Order your copies of Celebrating Jon Lord – live at Royal Albert Hall, April 4 2014. It comes in five different editions.
a note from Paul Mann:
The previously available piano score of Jon Lord’s Sarabande has recently been subjected to a substantial revision. All those who have already purchased the score from our Score Shop are entitled to receive the updated version for free.
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Jon Lord’s archives continue to yield surprises large and small.
As conductor Paul Mann works his way through Jon’s comprehensive output, most new updates to the list of available scores are previously heard pieces already available on CD or album, but here is now a genuine rarity – Sir John, His Galliard – a four-minute piece for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello that was previously kept as a gift among friends.
– It is one of Jon’s richest and most charmingly beautiful short pieces, even though it was only composed for a single performance at a private party. Even under such circumstances, Jon lavished all his care and craftsmanship on it, and what could so easily have become something to be heard once and then forgotten about, is actually a significant composition, says Paul Mann.
Only performed once, at a surprise birthday party for Sir John Mortimer in 2002, the piece remains unrecorded. It was recently found among Jon’s archives and has now been diligently engraved and made available through our Scores Shop.
Read also Paul Mann’s full notes on the piece.
Heading the line-up is the newly revised full score of Durham Concerto, one of Jon’s finest orchestral achievements. This new edition incorporates all of the many alterations made by the composer since the premiere in 2007, and was first performed last month in Hagen, Germany.
Celebrating the performance, we are now offering the Durham Concerto score at a reduced price.
Also newly available in full score is a genuine Jon Lord rarity. Read the rest of this entry »
On Sunday, a Blue Plaque was revealed at Jon’s childhood home in Leicester. I attendance were Jon’s widow Vicky, his daughters Sara and Amy, his brother Steve and friends and old neighbours. Jon lived here until he turned 20 and moved to London to attend Drama College.
By Lee Marlow.
Number 120 Averil Road, Leicester, LE5 2DB. A 1930s-built three-bed semi-detached, an utterly unremarkable house in every way – except one. This is the house where Jon lived.
‘The legacy of Jon Lord – is the sound of time and space … The most extraordinary symphony concerts, the Philharmonic Orchestra Hagen has ever played …’
They also said: ‘Jon Lord’s Durham Concerto weaves an architecture of sound that isn’t alien to humans and in fact aspires to heaven. This listening experience aimed for the heart and the audience celebrated it with a sustained standing ovation. Even Conductor Paul Mann could not suppress his tears.’
Read the full review. (German)
Jon first performed with Orchester Hagen in February 2008. He would perform with the orchestra again in 2009, 2010, and in 2012 the orchestra made him their ‘composer in residence’ and performed more of his works. Tonight they will perform his Durham Concerto conducted by Paul Mann.
Two of Jon Lord’s major orchestral compositions – Boom of the Tingling Strings and Disguises – have been published by Schott Music, in new study scores edited by conductor Paul Mann.
Boom of the Tingling Strings, which takes its title from a poem by D.H. Lawrence, is a highly autobiographical piece, cast as a piano concerto in one continuous movement lasting around 35 minutes.
Jon was present for the world premiere in Brisbane Australia in 2003. In 2006, the piece was recorded by the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark conducted by Paul Mann, the work’s dedicatee, and with Nelson Goerner on piano.
Disguises, dedicated to Sir Malcolm Arnold, was originally intended as a string quartet, but grew into a work for full string orchestra when Jon found the material expanding beyond the limits of four solo players.
The work consists of three musical portraits, of Arnold in the first movement (the typically punningly-titled M.A.sque), of Jon’s mother Miriam in the central slow movement, and of a friend of Jon’s, identified in the score only as G.C. or “il buffone” (‘the fool’).
Watch Jon explain about the two works in this 8 minute film: Read the rest of this entry »
The full score of Jon Lord’s most famous composition, Concerto for Group and Orchestra, is now available as a pdf print-your-own. Order yours now from JonLord.org’s web shop.
The score reveals the finished work as it was recorded in the studio in 2011-12 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a cast of guest soloists, such as Joe Bonamassa and Bruce Dickinson, and conducted by Paul Mann.
Speaking in 2011, Jon explained that he had finally reached a point with the Concerto where he felt it was just right.
– I’ve worked so hard on the score that it’s now in as good a state as it can possibly be in, and therefore I would like to have it recorded, so it can go down in posterity. Since leaving Deep Purple, I’ve played it over 30 times with different orchestras and conductors all over the world, and, of course, in 2000 I did it well over 30 times with Purple on the Concerto Tour, so I’ve been honing the piece live on stage, and I’ve had the opportunity to change things in the score that weren’t sounding quite right.
– It’s a marvelous and exciting prospect to have the definitive recording of the definitive version of the score. I want it to sound absolutely spot on like a great classical orchestral recording sounds. And, God willing, it will sound pretty much like it must have sounded in my head 42 years ago.