Resistance Is Futile

"Sure, there's still resistance to the concept of electric guitar in the orchestra," says American composer Steve Mackey. "It's closed a lot of doors, but it's opened a lot too, and those are doors that I want to go through." Though always controversial, music for electric guitar and orchestra is less of an anomaly than one might expect. On this edition of New Sounds we hear selections from Rarum, the new CD by Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal; John Adams’s Naive & Sentimental Music (with its guitar-tinged second movement); and works by Steve Mackey.

PROGRAM # 2097 Unusual Orchestral Works (First aired on Thursday, November 14, 2002)





Terje Rypdal

Rarum VII: Selected Recordings

Double Concerto, 2nd movement [5:30]

ECM#440014 201***

Steven Mackey

Tuck and Roll

Anthem [6:30]
Puffe [830]

BMG #63826**
also available online*

John Adams

Naive And Sentimental Music

Mother Of The Man [15:00]
Chain To The Rhythm [11:00]

Nonesuch #79636**

Jon Catler

Evolution for Electric Guitar And Orchestra

Finale, excerpt [3:00]

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