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 Posted:   Jan 13, 2007 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I'm an immense fan of Michael Kamen and found much of my favorite work of his to be his various concert work. What I do have is...

Concerto For Saxophone
Concerto For Guitar
On Wings Of Victory
The New Moon In The Old Moon's Arms


I also have Reel Life: The Private Music Of Film Composers which has some work by him.

What does everyone else thing of these releases? Are there other concert works that I'm missing?

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2007 - 1:40 PM   
 By:   BlanketyBlank   (Member)

On Wings Of Victory

Do you have any info on the CD containing this piece? I have honestly never heard of it, and am quite excited that there is Kamen music out there I haven't listened to yet!

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2007 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

ON Wings of Victory is a magnificent piece for orchestra, children choir, opera singer and percussions etc... very interesting piece i like from Kamen's non-film work the most.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2007 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   spielboy   (Member)

I love the guitar concert. Powerful.

 
 Posted:   Jan 13, 2007 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Do you have any info on the CD containing this piece?

Its a single from Japan that was used during one of the closing cerimonies at the Olympics.

You can see the cover here - http://www.musicfromthemovies.com/review.asp?ID=5813

Its quite a stunning peice, including more gutiar work with Hotei - who also did the guitar on the Concerto For Guitar disc.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 12:47 AM   
 By:   Demetris Christodoulides   (Member)

I haven't heard On Wings Of Victory, but if you can find the rest then get it, awesome works (The New Moon In The Old Moon's Arms).

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Michael Arlidge   (Member)

I've got The New Moon in the Old Moon's Arms and Concerto for Sanborn and Orchestra (a.k.a. Kamen's saxophone concerto). I listen to both frequently. It is sad that the project he was working on at the time of his passing (involving Israeli and Palestinian children singing songs of peace) was never realised.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   TerraEpon   (Member)

Ok, I assume this is the guitar concerto:
http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Concerto-%2B1-Bonus-Track/dp/B0000088US

Damn, that's a high price. Is it an electric guitar or accoustic, by the way?

And this is the saxophone one:
http://www.amazon.com/Concerto-Saxophone-Michael-Kamen-Sanborn/dp/B000008BG7

A possible purchase.


-Joshua

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 10:08 AM   
 By:   CAT   (Member)

Ok, I assume this is the guitar concerto:
http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Concerto-%2B1-Bonus-Track/dp/B0000088US

Damn, that's a high price. Is it an electric guitar or accoustic, by the way?

And this is the saxophone one:
http://www.amazon.com/Concerto-Saxophone-Michael-Kamen-Sanborn/dp/B000008BG7

A possible purchase.


-Joshua


Wow! That certainly is a high price on the Guitar Concerto...obviously the rarer of the two. I gotta hunt this down somewhere else. Cool cover, huh?

And I can't believe that they're practically giving away Concerto for Saxophone! A possible purchase? At these prices you better pick one up! It's worth every penny...and much, much more.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 11:50 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Damn, that's a high price. Is it an electric guitar or accoustic, by the way?

It's an electric guitar.

If you want to save yourself a ton of cash - do what I did and order it from Amazon Japan. With shipping, it comes to about $30. (and, yes, there is an option to change the Amazon Japan to a limited english format, so you can read it)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 3:34 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

FYI, the saxophone concerto is also available on a DVD - a live performance. It's the last part of a fine Kamen documentary.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 4:41 PM   
 By:   Miguel Andrade   (Member)

The recording on the CD and on the DVD (earlier released on Laser Disc) are the same. The orchestra and Kamen and Sanborn were taped to give the idea of a live concert, but they weren't playin live.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 4:42 PM   
 By:   Membership Expired   (Member)

You mean they weren't playing in front of an audience?

they naturally WERE playing live. wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 5:39 PM   
 By:   Miguel Andrade   (Member)

You mean they weren't playing in front of an audience?

they naturally WERE playing live. wink


No, no, they were just plastic dumies, that resembled orchestra members big grin

Anyway, Kamen is one of those persons, that I find a hard time thinking that is gone... and you understand what I mean when you watch him conduct. There was so much energy and life in him, that it seems he would never go away... sadly, he did.

 
 Posted:   Jan 14, 2007 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

In addition to the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Kamen also composed music for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. One track, titled "The Fire Within", was featured on the "limited edition" CD "Salt Lake 2002 Official Music of the Games" (track 9):



The work itself is similar to "On Wings of Victory" and definitely worth hunting down.

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 1:22 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Thanks for the tip!

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

I just noticed that the 2002 Olympics disc also has what I believe is the concert work by Basil Poledouris - "Tradition Of The Games".

However, it could also easily be another composer who used the same title.

There is an Ebay seller who has a stack of copies. I can't vouch for him - but I bought a copy from him just now. If anyone else is interested - the bidding item number is 260040546306

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

Looks like this Tradition of the Games is by Mark Watters.

http://www.markwatters.com/sntrcks.html

NP: Salomé (Roque Baños)

 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2007 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

Thanks for the correction!

I wonder if theres an "original recording" of Poledouris's work. I have the Silva rerecording - but the choral aspect is not recorded properly (Could someone who's heard it throw in some adjatives here? I think the term is "too wet" but recording terminology is largely new and alien to me)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 16, 2007 - 2:32 AM   
 By:   Squiddybop   (Member)

The original Poledouris track was released on the promotional Honor and Glory CD. There's a full length mp3 of it here:

http://www.basil-poledouris.com/basil/music.html

NP: Singapore Glimpses Suite for Orchestra (Gu Guanren)

 
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