Lord gets sentimental

Jon Lord's latest recording is a disjointed but enjoyable tribute to his late friend writer Sir John Mortimer

Composer:  Lord
Repertoire:  To Notice Such Things 
Artists:  Cormac Henry (fl), RLPO/Clark Rundell
Rating:   3/5
Genre: Orchestral
Label:  Avie Records AV 2192

The latest disc from Jon Lord, the former Deep Purple keyboardist-turned-composer, is inspired by and dedicated to his late friend Sir John Mortimer, the barrister, dramatist and screenwriter. The title work is a six-movement concerto suite with flute soloist. It’s composed around three pre-existing pieces Lord had written for Mortimer’s stage shows and, while such a compositional tactic must have seemed both appropriate and convenient, the resultant suite feels more like six individual pieces than a single cohesive work. However, it’s still an enjoyable listen, albeit highly sentimental-sounding, with the RLPO and Cormac Henry giving slick, warm performances.


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