Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Unusual concertos 111-115: From serpent to electric bass guitar
 Serpent. This ancestor of the tuba is another one of the ancient instruments that are going through a small revival in classical music. I came across a concerto for serpent and orchestra by Simon Proctor, played by Doug Yeo and the Boston Pops under John Williams, available on Youtube.
 Knifonium. A new instrument, a tube analogue synthesizer. Already one concerto has been composed and recorded, by Olli Virtaperko. I have it in a version by Jonte Knif and the Jyvaskyla Sinfonia under Ville Matvejeff on an Ondine CD.
 Turkish instruments and voices. An exotic combination of kemenche, zurnas, ney, and wordless voices - courtesy of a concerto by Kamran Ince. Available on Youtube.
 Txistu. An old basque fipple flute, rarely heard outside Basque folk music. I came across an interesting concerto for this rarity recently. It is composed by Tomas Arangues, and played by Jose Ansorena and the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra under Cristian Mandeal on an Elkar CD.
 Electric bass guitar. I recently came across a concerto for this instrument by Lauri Porra. A performance by the composer and the Sinfonia Lahti Orchestra under Kuusisto is available on Youtube.
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