By Special Arrangement BSACD1
This album has proved highly popular over many years, featuring some of the group’s best loved arrangements, such as West Side Story, the William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker Suite’, in addition to Adrian Sutcliffe’s Jazz Suite and more besides.
The Sounds of Classic Rhythm: The Tree CRCD2
An eclectic mix of pieces, ranging from an exciting arrangement of Grieg’s ‘Peer Gynt Suite’ to the jazz piece ‘Sunshine Island’ (scored for flute, piano and drumkit), to the evocative ‘Folksong: The Emerald Isle’. The finale to the recording is Adrian Sutcliffe’s ‘Paganini Variations: The Tree’, the Theme and 12 Variations based on Paganini’s 24th Caprice, done in Classic Rhythm’s own inimitable style!
The CD begins with the group’s fiery arrangement of ‘Russlan and Ludmilla’ and goes on to feature Stephen McNeff’s rousing and thought-provoking ‘Running Scared’, commissioned specially by the group. In this latest album some old favourites such as the Andante from Haydn’s ‘Clock’ Symphony and Ravel’s Bolero, are set alongside an arrangement of ‘Porgy and Bess’, all interspersed with some delightful softer and more lyrical pieces.