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The ROYAL PHILHARMONIC comes to MOTOWN... What FUN!
a Silva Screen Records release






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I HEAR A SYMPHONY...

...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.

Yes, 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 regrets.

ABOUT MOTOWN:

To the pop-music-challenged for whom the term MOTOWN may need an explanation.... 

MOTOWN 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 cup o'tea.


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 Conductor)
* 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

What 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 major choruses.

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!

 

For a fun comparison,
here's the original Motown sound with STEVIE WONDER
and here's an excerpt of crooner Tony Bennett's version.


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