...is a CD that is
both royal - as in ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
... and classic in more ways than one - as in classical musicians
of one of the world's great orchestras giving a symphonic twist to
some of the classic hits of MOTOWN.
it's a totally different way of listening to the music of Motown's
beloved icons - STEVIE WONDER, SMOKEY ROBINSON, LIONEL RICHIE, MARVIN
GAYE to name just a few - but every bit just as enjoyable.
[CLICK PLAY BUTTON to hear excerpts from the CD.]
If you're a recluse who listens only to the music of Mozart and his
ilk, this might be just the CD to entice you to let your hair down,
open your auditory channels, and make your acquaintance with the refreshing
sounds of Motown.
And if you're one of the classically-challenged, this likewise might
be just the CD to poke you into taking an occasional trip out of pop/Motown
to discover the magical joys of classical music and realize that Mozart
and his cohorts - hey, they also rock!
So... whichever side of the fence you're on, for once in your life,
let the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and the CROUCH END FESTIVAL CHORUS
take you on a different journey through Motown and the music that
defined the generation that came of age in the '60s. You'll have no
the pop-music-challenged for whom the term MOTOWN may need an explanation....
is a pop-music genre that originated in the 1960's in MOTOR TOWN,
officially known as DETROIT, which was then the MOTOR CAPITAL of the
WORLD. The "blended" term came to be associated with music
blended from pop and rhythm and blues, with the unique influence of
gospel music, the most popular of which were released on the independent
MOTOWN record label that also called Detroit home until it moved to
Los Angeles in 1972. If you enjoy humming the songs popularized by
The Supremes, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops
and Diana Ross among others, then it Motown must be your occasional
ABOUT THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (RPO)
Also known as "Britain's national orchestra," the RPO was
founded in 1946 by the illustrious SIR THOMAS BEECHAM who was its
music director until his death in 1961. It was his vision to bring
world-class performances of the greatest music written to all corners
of the country and beyond. It is a legacy that has thrived through
the years under the masterful direction of the great conductors who
have succeeded him at the helm. Today, the orchestra is led by the
eminent Maestro Charles Dutoit in his roles as Artistic Director and
Principal Conductor. The orchestra's roster of Principal Conductors
shown below is literally a Whos' Who among the brightest stars in
the conducting firmament.
* Thomas Beecham (1946-1961, Music Director)
* Rudolf Kempe (1961-1962, Principal Conductor; 1963-1975, Music Director)
* Antal Doráti (1975-1978, Principal Conductor)
* Walter Weller (1980-1985, Principal Conductor)
* André Previn (1985-1988, Music Director; 1998-1992, Principal
* Vladimir Ashkenazy (1987-1994, Music Director)
* Yuri Temirkanov (1992-1998, Principal Conductor)
* Daniele Gatti (1996-2009, Music Director)
* Charles Dutoit (2009-present, Principal Conductor)
Based in London, with Cadogan Hall its official home, the orchestra
continues Sir Thomas Beecham's legacy by performing regularly each
year at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, and offering
an extensive and rich regional and international touring program.
ABOUT CROUNCH END FESTIVAL CHORUS
started in 1984 as a small amateur group of choral enthusiasts handing
out leaflets outside a London supermarket seeking volunteer singers
for Verdi's "Requiem" has since become one of Britain's
Today the choir of 150 singers (50 of whom sang the choral part in
this Motown program with the RPO) is known for its versatility and
eclectic repertoire. In 2008, the chorus made its fifth appearance
at the BBC Proms - no mean feat for a group that recruited some of
its first singers from passersby at a supermarket!