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Adam Minkoff – ‘Til The End My Dear: Arrangements of Stravinsky (Record Release)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
at 8:00 PM

(le) poisson rouge
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Adam Minkoff – ‘TIl The End My Dear: Arrangements of Stravinsky (Record Release) on August 14th at Le Poisson Rouge

Adam Minkoff’s debut album, “Til The End My Dear: Arrangements of Stravinsky” began as a live performance in New York City on the 100th Anniversary of the premeire of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Minkoff gathered this ecstatic ensemble to perform the piece in its entirety. With one catch: he’d arranged it for an eight-piece rock/jazz ensemble consisting of electric guitar and electric bass, keyboard, drum kit, and four horns. Minkoff created said arrangements himself by transcribing it from previous recordings or, as we say in the vulgate, by ear.

To give some breadth to the record, Minkoff has added a few more pieces to the ensemble’s repertoire. All of it Stravinsky, all of it beautiful and challenging, and all of it transcribed by ear. “Suite No. 1 for Orchestra” from 1925, and four vocal pieces written between 1917-1919, “Tilimbom”, “Chant dissident”, “Les canards, les cygnes, les oies”, and “Canard”.

Each of these selections, turned out of their ordinary settings in orchestral or chamber ensembles, are imbued with a hard to describe radical vigorousness that was likely part of the excitement audiences felt in hearing them for the first time a century or so ago. Indeed, Minkoff’s re-orchestrations highlight the freshness, melodic invention, and arch counterpoint which are so paramount to appreciating Stravinsky’s contributions to modern music.


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