Artist: Inscape, Richard Scerbo (conductor)
Composer: Igor Stravinsky, David Plylar (arranger)
Recorded in DXD at 24bit, 352.8kHz in 9.1 Surround Sound.
Petrushka is the follow-up to Inscape’s American Aggregate and their GRAMMY®-nominated debut album Sprung Rhythm on the Sono Luminus label. It features a powerful transcription of the monumental ballet of the same name written by Igor Stravinsky for Michel Fokine’s choreography in 1911. Originally written for full orchestra, David Plylar has taken this iconic piece and transcribed it especially for the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. As put by Plylar himself: “When I was asked by Inscape to transcribe the 1911 version of Igor Stravinsky’s Petrushka for a chamber orchestra of seventeen players, I responded with equal parts excitement and trepidation. The principles of translation were in essence the same—create a musically successful version of a work in a new medium—but added to the mix was the orchestrational precedent of Stravinsky himself … The final score of the transcription preserves as much of the Stravinsky sound as possible, but it is also filled with decisions of mine that were intended to make it successful in this new chamber orchestra context. After all, if you do not have a tuba or contrabassoon available for the great moments Stravinsky provided them, you have to do something.” The result is a stunningly momentous interpretation of Stravinsky’s classic given by Inscape for a modern audience.
Founded in 2004 by Artistic Director Richard Scerbo, Inscape Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience. With its flexible roster and unique brand of programming, this critically acclaimed, GRAMMY®-nominated group of high energy master musicians has quickly established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, DC region and beyond. Inscape has worked joyously and often with emerging American composers and has a commitment to presenting concerts featuring the music of our time. Since its inception, Inscape has commissioned and premiered over twenty new works. Inscape members regularly perform with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Detroit, Virginia, Richmond, and Delaware symphonies. Former Inscape performers are members of orchestras across the United States and abroad. Inscape’s roots can be traced to the University of Maryland School of Music when Scerbo and other music students collaborated at the Clarice Smith Center as the Philharmonia Ensemble. Inscape regularly performs at the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Music Center, Kennedy Center and other local and national venues.
1. Tableau I: The Shrovetide Fair 10:26
2. Tableau II: Petrushka’s Room 4:58
3. Tableau III: The Moor’s Room 7:31
4. Tableau IV: The Shrovetide Fair (Toward Evening) 14:29
Total time: 37:25
Release date: August 28, 2015