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Ranjbaran, Ticheli & Warnaar: Wind Concertos
By Erik Gratton, Giancarlo Guerrero, James Zimmerman, Leslie Norton, and Nashville Symphony. By Brad Warnaar, Behzad Ranjbaran, and Frank Ticheli. Classical. CD. Naxos #8559818. Published by Naxos (NX.8559818).
Item Number: NX.8559818
These three concertos share a traditional three-movement structure and owe their origins to composers who are acclaimed and highly respected in their field, but this is as far as their similarities go. Frank Ticheli's Clarinet Concerto pays homage to Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein in its jazzy influences and song-like central movement, while Brad Warnaar's Horn Concerto is based entirely around the diatonic or 'white' scale, reverberating with bell motifs and concluding with jocular musical banter between soloist and orchestra. Behzad Ranjbaran is a native of Iran, and his Flute Concerto is packed with exotic color, expressing contrasts of grief and joy, dream-like tenderness, and festive energy.