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09-23-2010, 05:54 PM
City of London Sinfonia
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Paul Nash - We Are Making a New World, 1918.

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As well as the full Requiem, which firmly established Burgon in 1976 as a 'serious' composer, I've included here samples from two other discs of classical works, my favourite being the Noir-inspired Cello Concerto. Full performing credits in the mp3 tags.

Excerpt from Richard Morrison:

In this post-modem age, when artists, architects or composers no longer risk losing reputation by being thought too accessible, too popular, too pleasing to the ear or eye, Geoffrey Burgon's success seems a natural reward for talent and imagination of high order. But forty years ago, when Burgon was first making his mark, that kind of open-minded attitude from a composer was a lot rarer, and hence more courageous, than it is today. When Burgon intuitively turned his back on on the avant-garde orthodoxies prevailing in the sixties, he was also turning his back on a contemporary music establishment that largely controlled commissions and performances in London. And his present high standing owes little to any championing of his music by critics. His pieces have spoken powerfully and directly to audiences and musicians alike.

Yet the more one learns about Burgon's life and output , (more than two hundred compositions in the last forty eight years alone), the more paradoxes appear. For one thing, the very accessibility of his style is itself an enigma, suggestive not of a simplistic mind but of a very complex personality that is certain of it's mode of communication and can therefore convey difficult concepts (metaphysical poetry for instance) with utmost clarity.

But perhaps the greatest paradox is that, despite the huge success that Burgon has achieved with his forays into film and television work (which take up, according to the composer, less than two months of each working year), his music packs an intense emotional charge that has been quite undiluted by his increasing fame.

His most recent large-scale work is the Cello Concerto (2007). It is the fourth of Burgon's concertos and in this one he explores the relationship between soloist and orchestra in a novel way. He said that as he was writing it he began to see the soloist as a figure in a 'Film Noir', pursued and assailed throughout it's three movements by dark forces, but eventually prevailing and escaping to a dream like world, a kind of 'Hollywood Heaven'.

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Geoffrey Burgon, 1941-2010

09-23-2010, 06:08 PM
Thank You for this!!!

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05-29-2015, 02:35 PM
Is there any chance this could be re-uploaded?