This style of Classical music is generally for the occasional or ordinary music listener, for the curious, for those who just need a change from other musical genres, and for the serious musician. All selections in this and subsequent albums are believed humanly playable by today's musicians.
Selections included in this first album are basically of musical works that I have favored from times spent in the College of Music at the University of Kentucky and from an early upbringing in Classical music. The longest-lasting musical memory is that of Handel's Largo from "Xerxes" (Track 13).
However, before and after the College of Music, I was playing and recording with many different dance and rock and roll bands at college concerts, in night clubs, country clubs, etc. for a living, and consistently following jazz.
Many of the selections in this CD were originally intended for a single musical instrument. To many of these, I have arranged scores for additional electrical and/or acoustical instruments. The â€œat-the-pianoâ€ sound was painstakingly crafted for the Chopin Premier Ballad (my favorite of the four Ballads) and the Beethoven Sonata No. 30 (the â€œMy Fatherâ€ Sonata).
Hope you enjoy listening to these various selections as much as I have enjoyed putting together this first CD album. CD Albums II and III are also available. Album IV is finished and will be available in mid-April.
On behalf of Studio Electra
PLEASE NOTE: This album was designed to be heard best over good to high-end sound systems (or earphones) and most DVD systems. However, any device will do. Thanks to all the many people who have paid to download selections from, and/or purchased, these CDs, and to those who called and sent emails.
1. Premier Ballade - F. Chopin
2. Mazurka, Opus 17, No. 4 - F. Chopin
3. Prelude No. 4, Opus 28 - F. Chopin
4. Impromptu, Opus 90, No. 2 - Shubert
5. Prelude in Cm - J.S. Bach
6. Minuet in G, A.M. Bach
7. Fugue in D - J.S. Bach
8. Ode to Joy - Symphony No. 9 - Beethoven
9. Claire de Lune - Debussy
10. Air for the G String - J.S. Bach
11. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
12. Sonata No. 30, Opus 109 - Beethoven
13. Xerxes Largo (excerpt) Handel