About the album
The French magazine "Jazzman" placed Barry Guy's first release of the New Orchestra among its records of the year ("a scalpel from the first second") and the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" called his composition "a masterpiece looking toward the future." Nine years after the successful debut album Inscape-Tableaux, and five years after the second recording Oort-Entropy Barry Guy and his New Orchestra present their third release with two compositions of Barry Guy: Amphi and Radio Rondo.
Barry Guy writes: "As always I try to structure the composition to place all the players in a creative dialogue with each other, carefully grading the tensions and releases in the music to take the listener on – Amphi may be termed as "chamber music" whilst Radio Rondo looks towards a more orchestral landscape. In some ways, the listener must also adjust their expectations since the expansiveness of the concert grand piano resonating within an obvious "big picture" as in Radio Rondo, differs markedly from the (no less resonant) more internalized musical gestures of the baroque violin in Amphi. Importantly, the musicians in the BGNO deliver improvisations of nuanced sensibility in response to two quite different compositional strategies."
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