Jon Lord
Boom Of The Tingling Strings / Disguises
Press Release

EMI Classics are pleased to release two symphonic works by Jon Lord,  better known as a founder member of one of the all-time great rock  groups, Deep Purple. Lord's new Piano Concerto, 'Boom of the Tingling  Strings,' is performed by Nelson Goerner with the Odense  Symfoniorkester under conductor Paul Mann, the concerto's dedicatee.  Lord's Suite for String Orchestra, entitled 'Disguises,' completes  the programme.

Parallel to his rock career, Jon Lord has composed music for  orchestra for nearly forty years. Sometimes described as 'classical  cross-over,' Lord's compositions reflect his many musical  enthusiasms, which, in addition to orchestral music and rock, include  jazz and folk music. While still a member of the 'band,' Lord's  Concerto for Group and Orchestra was recorded by Deep Purple with the  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Malcolm Arnold, selling  hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Since leaving the re- formed Deep Purple in 2002, Jon has focused his attention on  composing. EMI have previously released a number of his works to  critical acclaim, including Pictured Within and Beyond the Notes.

Describing the genesis of his Piano Concerto, Jon Lord said, "Since I  started to write music for the orchestra, somewhere in my thoughts  had been the urge to write a piano concerto. Not so much in the  traditional … sense of a concerto … but more as a vehicle to express  my love for the piano, which I began playing aged six. … (The  concerto) would not be for me to play … but for concert pianists …  for whom I have unbounded respect and admiration. … I also wanted to  celebrate my lifelong love affair with the orchestra, which seems to  me perhaps the greatest of 'instruments' … and to marry these two  loves of mine in music that would sing from my heart to the heart of  this wonderful union that is a concerto. …  After a few aborted  attempts to begin writing while touring the world with a rock band,  in 1998 I came across a poem by D.H. Lawrence called simply Piano,  and its effect on me was immediate and profound. The 'I' of the poem  seemed to be me. I recognised the childhood that Lawrence described,  for it seemed to mirror my own, and the idea of using his images to  paint pictures from my own experiences was a persuasive one. … I  immediately began to jot down ideas. The experience was made more resonant for me by that marvellous phrase “the boom of the tingling  strings” and I decided then and there, that would be the title."

Former EMI Debut series artist Nelson Goerner, “a player of exalted  poetic verve” (Gramophone), is the soloist in Boom of the Tingling  Strings. He rises admirably to the technical challenges of the work,  particularly the fiendishly difficult last movement and, at the  recording sessions, he moved the composer to tears with his deftness  of touch and musical sensitivity.

Disguises is a suite in three movements, each a portrait of someone  who has inspired the composer. Lord originally conceived the work for  string quartet but later expanded it for string orchestra. The first  movement, M.A.s.q.u.e., is a portrait of Sir Malcolm Arnold, a  seminal influence on Jon Lord's musical life. The second, MUSIC for  MIRIAM, is a portrait of the composer's late mother. The final  movement, IL BUFFONE (G.C.) is for an old friend, a big bustling man  who brings Lord 'occasional benign madness and hilarity when I most  need it, but whose joviality can disguise a certain wistfulness.'  When Disguises was completed in 2006, Jon Lord decided to dedicate it  to Sir Malcolm Arnold, and received word that the great English  composer, delighted to be the dedicatee, looked forward to hearing  the work. Sadly, Sir Malcolm  never heard it as he died four days later.

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