30 April 2016

Scott Borg

For acclaimed Australian guitarist, arranger, and conductor Scott Borg, this CD represented a voyage into the unknown; a journey filled with joy, inspiration and surprise. The one constant was his instrument. Each piece on this CD is an homage to his mentors, demonstrating the evolution of his musicianship.

‘On an Overgrown Path’ alludes to a Moravian wedding song, in which a bride observes wistfully that “the path to my mother’s has become overgrown with clover”. The poignant nostalgia expressed by these words reflects the mood of Janáček’s cycle, in which he conveys a series of memories, both tender and tragic, his luscious harmonies and floating melodies creating an idealistic view of a bygone world.

Tippett’s Blue Guitar is a monumental and hugely important contribution to the guitar repertoire. The three movements convey three “moods or gestures”: ‘Transforming’, ‘Juggling’, and ‘Dreaming’. To reflect both the title and the guitar’s own musical history, Tippett weaves blues-inflected harmonies into the fabric of the music.

When Scott Borg asked fellow-guitarist Eliot Fisk, “What is the most insane Castelnuovo-Tedesco piece you have ever played?” He replied without hesitation, “Suite!” Scott Borg takes up the challenge on this CD, relishing the work’s twists and turns and dazzling virtuosity.

Praised for his “enormous facility on the guitar, a fluent technique… with total confidence and professional expertise, panache and artful spontaneity”, Scott Borg has become renowned for his refined and daring performances. As a winner of the Artists International competition, the New York Concert Review described Scott Borg’s Carnegie Hall debut as “well balanced, gracefully presented, and expertly played… each note was purposeful and focused, as was each rest.”

Photo: Jiyang Chen

01 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – I Giocoso // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  1. 01 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – I Giocoso // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  2. 02 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – II Lent // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  3. 03 – Henri Tomasi – Sonatine Attique – III Giocoso tres rythme // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  4. 04 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – I Preamble // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  5. 05 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – II Waltz // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  6. 07 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – IV Soliloquy // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  7. 08 – Gordon Jacob – Five Pieces For Clarinet – V Scherzo and Trio // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  8. 09 – Rudolf Escher – Sonata for clarinet solo – I Molto tranquillo // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  9. 11 – Rudolf Escher – Sonata for clarinet solo – III Comodo // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  10. 12 – Erland von Koch – Monolog nr 3 – I Andante sostenuto // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  11. 13 – Erland von Koch – Monolog nr 3 – II Allegro vivace // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  12. 14 – Bela Kovacs – Hommage a M. Falla // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  13. 15 – Henrik Odegaard – Antiphona V Ave Maria // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  14. 16 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – I Allegro // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  15. 17 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – II In a not quite so relaxed mood // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  16. 18 – Sergio Azevedo – Sonatina para clarinete solo – III Allegro // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE
  17. 19 – Giovanni Mattaliano – Zeta world // LETTERS FROM QUARANTINE