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Bob Brookmeyer/Metropole Orchestra/Klimt

Bob Brookmeyer, Klimt!, Metropole Orchestra

Music For String Quartet & Orchestra

  • Type CD
  • Label Challenge Jazz
  • UPC 0608917013627
  • Catalog number CHR 70136
  • Release date 27 February 2009
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About the album

Arlia de Ruiter:  violin | Pauline Terlouw: violin | Mieke Honingh: viola | Bastiaan van der Werf: cello | The Metropole Orchestra conducted by Bob Brookmeyer.

I am very pleased to introduce this new work to you. It was a joy to do from the first note -- for the Orchestra, the Quartet and one grateful composer.  Now for some history -- a few years ago I had a project for the Metropole Orchestra and Kenny Wheeler. The violist, Mieke Honingh, came to me and told me of their Quartet and asked me to consider writing a piece for them. I was pleased but busy and the months passed. Mieke would not be denied, though, and soon I received a note from producer Frits Bayens, asking for a project for String Quartet AND Orchestra. It was both challenging and scary, a delicious package. I set to work and wound up with over 50 pages of sketches -- that’s a lot for me. I began to write the score and ended up with three Movements -- #1,2 and 4 on the CD. The recording was very successful and the mood in the studio -- from musicians and producers -- was -- MORE! We decided to add some time to fit a CD and #3 came into being.

While writing for the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra in 1980, I began to “go over to the other side” -- composing for classical players and trying to be very “in your face” and ultra modern. I had spent most my life in jazz music and some NY commercial work and I was very hungry for
some new horizons to investigate. Cologne and Stockholm were very open to a new face so, with their cooperation, I was allowed to experiment, fail, succeed and grow in my craft. Without them I would have remained trapped by my past.

In general, the orchestration is a result of too many odds and ends to list -- all of the many and varied things I have done over the past 63 years contributed and I did study and listen carefully to get better. So, you now have some music that I am glad to send to you -- I still enjoy it and hope you will also.

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