Over the past year, I have been working diligently away on my 2nd classical vocal CD. I think people will really enjoy this one. I began the project with the huge undertaking of Gustav Holst’s: The Planets – “Mars, The Bringer Of War”. Not unlike my previous classical vocal project, “Songs Without Words”, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to vocalize all of an orchestration until I actually arrived at the “difficult” spots. This work took quite a lot of time to realize and the number of tracks in the final 35 seconds ran up to 58 – meaning, there are 58 of me singing the massive ending. I recorded this project in in 32 bit floating point/96khz high definition, so there is more depth and “space” in the recording. I will be releasing a high definition version after the initial CD release.
One work that I didn’t include on my first CD, “Songs Without Words” was J.S.Bach: Cantata, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, BWV 147. It joins three more Bach works on the new CD. One of my favorite compositions in the new collection is “Copland: Fanfare For The Common Man”. Different from the 1st project in which I played the lute solo on Electric Bass, “Fanfare For The Common Man” is completely done with vocals – the Tympani, Cymbals/Tam Tams – all percussion was creating using my voice. I did whistle some of the piccolo parts that were way out of my vocal range! Mozart: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”, K. 525 is a very different look on a familiar orchestral work. Notice how complex and interesting the rhythmic content is! Also included is my arrangement of Mendelssohn: “Midsummer’s Night Dream – Scherzo”, Opus 21. Each one of the works I chose presented their own unique challenges. The scherzo’s orchestration is dense and recreating the woodwind parts was “enlightening”. I have a fondness for Russian works and was having trouble locating one that would fit into the project’s order. I was listening to some selections late one night and heard Khachaturian: “Gayane’s Adagio.” A stunning and unusual piece of music which closes the CD. One of my good friends and musical associate suggested I look at Elgar: The Enigma Variations: “IX Nimrod”. This was the final work I recorded and because of its weight and beauty, it opens the CD.