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Patrick Ayrton|Some like it plucked (Gershwin, Horovitz, Schnittke, Stravinsky, Garner, Satie, Poulenc...)

Some like it plucked (Gershwin, Horovitz, Schnittke, Stravinsky, Garner, Satie, Poulenc...)

Patrick Ayrton

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The affinity between Baroque music and jazz, often remarked upon since the days of the Modern Jazz Quartet and Gunther Schuller's "Third Stream," has not really been fully explored beyond the surface similarity: that both are rooted in a steadily progressing bass line. Consider this limited-edition (and numbered!) release by harpsichordist Patrick Ayrton. Hearing Gershwin's I Got Rhythm played, however vigorously, on the harpsichord at the beginning may cause you to ask whether this experiment was really necessary, but persist: there are several types of fusion here, and the variety is very attractive. For one thing, Ayrton touches on the actual Baroque only once, in Alec Templeton's Bach Goes to Town (Prelude and Fugue in Swing). He has another popular song treatment, Vernon Duke's I Can't Get Started with You, and a jazz piece, Artie Shaw's Summer Ridge Drive, as well as probably the only work written for this particular combination of forces, Joseph Horowitz's Jazz Harpsichord Concerto. Mostly the program features works of the 20th century that flirt with either the Baroque, jazz, or both. It's quite intriguing to reflect on how both these languages were unfamiliar to classical composers, who had to strive to assimilate them. Consider Alfred Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style (1965), which sounds a bit like Fritz Kreisler's phony Baroque violin pieces but hardly like actual Baroque music. Likewise, sample some of the Esquisses de jazz (Jazz Sketches) by the doomed Erwin Schulhoff, whose oeuvre seems more multifaceted with each passing year: they are certainly marked by jazz, but are only lightly jazzy. Throughout, the fusion is approached from different directions, whether that of improvisation (Poulenc's 7ème Improvisation) to genre (Stravinsky's "Marche Royale" from L'Histoire du Soldat, which has a very jazzy feel despite the fact that Stravinsky had hardly heard jazz in 1918). The whole thing effectively situates the neoclassic interest in jazz as part of a larger picture and is a great deal of fun besides. Recommended.
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I got rhythm (George Gershwin)

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I got rhythm
Patrick Ayrton
00:01:29

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - George Gershwin, Composer

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Bach Goes To Town (Alec Templeton)

2
Bach Goes To Town (Prelude and Fugue in swing)
Patrick Ayrton
00:03:15

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Alec Templeton, Composer

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Suite in the Old Style (Alfred Schnittke)

3
I. Pastorale
Thomas Gould
00:03:38

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Thomas Gould, Violin - Alfred Schnittke, Composer

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II. Ballet
Thomas Gould
00:02:18

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Thomas Gould, Violin - Alfred Schnittke, Composer

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III. Menuet
Thomas Gould
00:03:08

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Thomas Gould, Violin - Alfred Schnittke, Composer

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IV. Fugue
Thomas Gould
00:02:26

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Thomas Gould, Violin - Alfred Schnittke, Composer

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V. Pantomime
Patrick Ayrton
00:03:46

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Thomas Gould, Violin - Alfred Schnittke, Composer

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I can't get started with you (Erroll Garner)

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I can't get started with you (Arr. for Harpsichord by Laurence Fish)
Patrick Ayrton
00:02:34

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erroll Garner, Composer

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Gnossienne No. 2 (Erik Satie)

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Gnossienne No. 2
Patrick Ayrton
00:02:15

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erik Satie, Composer

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Esquisses de jazz (Erwin Schulhoff)

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I. Rag
Patrick Ayrton
00:02:36

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erwin Schulhoff, Composer

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II. Boston
Patrick Ayrton
00:02:44

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erwin Schulhoff, Composer

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III. Tango
Patrick Ayrton
00:02:01

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erwin Schulhoff, Composer

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IV. Blues
Patrick Ayrton
00:01:52

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erwin Schulhoff, Composer

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V. Charleston
Patrick Ayrton
00:01:45

Erwin Schulhoff, Composer - Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erwin Schulhoff, Composer

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VI. Black Bottom
Patrick Ayrton
00:02:00

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Erwin Schulhoff, Composer

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L'Histoire du soldat (Igor Stravinsky)

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Marche Royale (Arr. for Keyboard & Violin by Patrick Ayrton)
Thomas Gould
00:02:58

Thomas Gould, Violin - Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord & Arrangement - Igor Stravinsky, Composer

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10 Improvisations, FP 63 (Francis Poulenc)

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No. 7 in C Major
Patrick Ayrton
00:03:06

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Francis Poulenc, Composer

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Summer Ridge Drive (Artie Shaw)

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Summer Ridge Drive (Arr. for Keyboard and Violin by Laurence Fish)
Thomas Gould
00:03:29

Thomas Gould, Violin - Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Artie Shaw, Composer - Laurence Fish, Arrangement

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Sentimental Melody (Aaron Copland)

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Sentimental Melody
Patrick Ayrton
00:01:59

Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Aaron Copland, Composer

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Jazz Harpsichord Concerto (Joseph Horovitz)

20
I. Allegro
Patrick Ayrton
00:06:43

Thomas Gould, Violin - Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Les Inventions - Joseph Horovitz, Composer

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21
II. Slow Blues
Patrick Ayrton
00:05:51

Thomas Gould, Violin - Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Les Inventions - Joseph Horovitz, Composer

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III. Vivace
Thomas Gould
00:04:12

Thomas Gould, Violin - Patrick Ayrton, Harpsichord - Les Inventions - Joseph Horovitz, Composer

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Album Description

The affinity between Baroque music and jazz, often remarked upon since the days of the Modern Jazz Quartet and Gunther Schuller's "Third Stream," has not really been fully explored beyond the surface similarity: that both are rooted in a steadily progressing bass line. Consider this limited-edition (and numbered!) release by harpsichordist Patrick Ayrton. Hearing Gershwin's I Got Rhythm played, however vigorously, on the harpsichord at the beginning may cause you to ask whether this experiment was really necessary, but persist: there are several types of fusion here, and the variety is very attractive. For one thing, Ayrton touches on the actual Baroque only once, in Alec Templeton's Bach Goes to Town (Prelude and Fugue in Swing). He has another popular song treatment, Vernon Duke's I Can't Get Started with You, and a jazz piece, Artie Shaw's Summer Ridge Drive, as well as probably the only work written for this particular combination of forces, Joseph Horowitz's Jazz Harpsichord Concerto. Mostly the program features works of the 20th century that flirt with either the Baroque, jazz, or both. It's quite intriguing to reflect on how both these languages were unfamiliar to classical composers, who had to strive to assimilate them. Consider Alfred Schnittke's Suite in the Old Style (1965), which sounds a bit like Fritz Kreisler's phony Baroque violin pieces but hardly like actual Baroque music. Likewise, sample some of the Esquisses de jazz (Jazz Sketches) by the doomed Erwin Schulhoff, whose oeuvre seems more multifaceted with each passing year: they are certainly marked by jazz, but are only lightly jazzy. Throughout, the fusion is approached from different directions, whether that of improvisation (Poulenc's 7ème Improvisation) to genre (Stravinsky's "Marche Royale" from L'Histoire du Soldat, which has a very jazzy feel despite the fact that Stravinsky had hardly heard jazz in 1918). The whole thing effectively situates the neoclassic interest in jazz as part of a larger picture and is a great deal of fun besides. Recommended.
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Details of original recording : Recorded Augustus 2018, St. Blaise, Chenôves (Sâone-et-Loire in France) and February 2018, Atrium, The Hague (Netherlands)

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