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Patrick Ayrton: Some Like it Plucked - 20th Century Music for Harpsichord

By Les Inventions

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By Les Inventions, Patrick Ayrton, and Thomas Gould. By Various. Classical. CD. Globe #GLO5272. Published by Globe (NX.GLO5272).

Item Number: NX.GLO5272

On Some Like It Plucked harpsichordist, organist, and conductor Patrick Ayrton successfully combines jazz and 20th century piano pieces in arrangements for harpsichord. Ayrton's ensemble Les Inventions and violinist Thomas Gould join in for the piece de resistance of this album: Joseph Horovitz' 1965 Jazz Harpsichord Concerto. In this highly entertaining concerto, Horovitz ingeniously crosses Vivaldian sonata and concerto forms with Gershwinian harmonies in what the composer describes himself as an attempt to fuse Baroque structures into a modern conception of swing texture. This album is an important addition to the very limited repertoire of jazz recordings involving harpsichord. Patrick Ayrton works internationally as a conductor, harpsichordist and organist. He is also a passionate pedagog in the field of improvisation and a sought-for motivational speaker.

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