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MacMillan, Verbey & Berio: Trombone Concertos

By Theo Verbey

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Composed by Theo Verbey, Luciano Berio (1925-2003), and James Macmillan. Classical. Hybrid SACD. Naxos #BIS-2333. Published by Naxos (NX.BIS-2333).

Item Number: NX.BIS-2333

Principal trombonist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jorgen van Rijen is also much in demand as a soloist with a special commitment to promoting his instrument. Various composers have written new pieces for him, including James MacMillan and Theo Verbey, whose works are included on the present release together with Luciano Berio's SOLO for trombone and orchestra. The present recordings were made at concerts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Ivan Fischer, Markus Stenz and Ed Spanjaard respectively. They have previously been showcased on three different discs on the RCO's own Live Horizon label, and are gathered together here for the first time. The album therefore highlights the versatility of van Rijen as a musician, but also of his instrument as perceived and presented by three very different composers.

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