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Tuesday, September 18, 1973

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Five

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By TONY CECERE
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4,
"Romantic"; Chicago Symphony, Dan-
iel Barenboim, Conductor. DGG 2530-
336:
Bruckner's "Romantic" sym-
phony has been viewed as a ca-
thedral of sound, the ultimate
nmonument to God whom Bruck-
ner, worshipped with child-like
faith.
This new recording has to be
the best rendering of Bruckner's
piece in terms of both musical
performance and tech-

rdi ngs.
nicel achievement.. Non - Bruck-
nerites may well find the perfect
door to the Austrian's music in 3
this recording.
Barenboim deserves applause
for his thoughtful and fresh read-
ing of the work, including a hair-
raising tempo in the scherzo. The
brasses turn in the biggest and
best rendition of the finale, bring-
ing new filigree to the surface.
of the work.
Piano Music by George Gershwin,
William Bolcom, Piano; Nonesuch
No H 71284.

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8055 HUN -REX REED,
M Eduinof Syndicated Columnist

Piano Music presents Gersh-
win's Song Book arrangements
for solo piano in their first com-
plete recording, along with the
Three Preludes.
William Bolcom's performance
is probably the most definitive re-
cording to date. The playing is
due to the intimate placement of
the microphones.
Most of the selections are quite
short, varying from 50 seconds
for Strike up the Band to three-
minute Promenade.
Bolcom is currently teaching at
the University.'s School of Music;
perhaps (with a little persuasion)
a performance of these pieces
might take place on campus in
the near future.

Mozart: The Four Horn Con-
certi, Rondo for Horn and Or-
chestra, K. 371. Alan Civil, Horn
with The Academy of St. Mar.
tin-in-the-Fields directed by Ne-
ville Marriner.
It seems to be very chic to re-
cord the Mozart Horn Concerti
these days. Barry Tuckwell came
out with a recording last season
that made many waves in the
music world with its romantic
emphasis of classical pieces.
However, Civil was not to be
outdone by Tuckwell. Civil em-
barked on this recording venture
(his third recording of these,
pieces) with yet another new ap-
proach to the concerti.
Civil pulls out all the hornist's

tricks here - everything from
double stops to matchsticks in
the slides. Yet, the performance
stands as a true classical model
of the concerti.
Neville Marriner and the or-
chestra from the Academy ac-
company Civil with grace and
supportive sound.
The Contemporary Composer In
the USA-Howard Hanson
Symphony No. 6, Virgil Thomson
Suite, "Louisiana Story"
The Westchester Symphony and the
Westphalian Symphony conducted by
Siegfried Landau. Turnabout No,
TYS 34534.
Although the conductor and or-
chestra are hardly noteworthy, I
must recommend these pieces as.
v ete ranl

fine
what
can"

neo-traditional writing in
might be called an "Ameri-
style of composition.

This "American" style reflects
European training tempered with
the use of U. S. folk materials.
The Thomson piece, for instance,
uses Acadian material taken
from the anthology Louisiana
French Folk Songs.
The suite was actually extract-
ed from the music written by
Thomson for the Robert Flaher-
ty film (1948) of the same name.
The conposition mirrors folk in a
classical setting - a very old
idea - with four movements: a
pastorale, a passacaglia, a fugue,
and a choral a la J. S. Bach.
The Hanson piece is a mature
composition with six movements.
Strong influence fromn Aaron
Copland isrevident in this work,
as there are many open sonori-
ties and several heavy percus-
sive sections reminiscent of Cop-
lind's Third Symphony.

Music by- Lyics by
BURTBACHARACH HAL DAVID
A*.w n asARR0 R"'RSWIR0°OS A TT

A NOVEL BY
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A FILM BY
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NOW SHOWING!
Open 12:45
Shows at 1, 3, 5, 7 9 P.M.
feature 15 minutes later

Solos on
By TOM KIPPERT
Matthew Fisher, the man who +
once gave Procol Harum a mu-
sical identity, has just returned
to the recording scene with a
thoroughly enjoyable .a 1 b u m,
Journey's End (RCA APL-1-0195).
Fisher's innovative keyboard
fingering, such as his baroque or-
gan on "A Whiter Shade of
Pale," pushed Procol Harum to
the top of the fence for good. But ;
Fisher left the group in 1969 af-
ter their album A Salty Dog was l
released.
Now in his solo work, he ex- +
amines love, lamentation, and,
flight in songs which run the
gamut of true rock versatility.
We get excellent move in a few
offerings, classical mastery in a
few others, and a mellow mood
in the rest.
In appropriate case, the artist
toys with the memories of his
listeners. The confusion - filled
"Hard To Be Sure" parallels
Matthew's classic . "Pilgrim's
Progress" in its arrangement

real solid LP'

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and feeling. The lyrically melan-
choly "Going For a Song" is his
warning of a new identity despite
past reputation.
In addition to songwriting, gui-
tar work, and vocals for the al-
bum, Fisher contributes once.
again his mystifying baroque or-
gan sounds. "Separation," for in-
stance features baroque style
with a Bach-like organ-trills
and all - backed by a string sec-
tion conducted by the accredited
Del Newman.
Newman is known for his or-
chestrations backing George Har-
rison, Nicky Hopkins, and Harry
Nilsson, to name a few.
Fisher is equally talented on
piano as he is on organ, as is
pinpointed on "Play the Game."
Yet, his skill on guitar is merely
adequate. To make up for this, he
uses a minimum of electric solos.
The artist's acoustic and elec-
tric rhythm work backdrops the
more flowing numbers well. Like
Pete Townshend, Fisher knows
when balance is due and flashi-

ness is uncalled for.
Aside from his instrumentation,
Fisher continually exhibits vocal
stamina on Journey's End. The
man's voice and styling ability
hasn't the flash of a rollicking
Rod Stewart, but brightness is
present in the total of its emo-
tion.
"Marie," a very pretty and
personal tune not unlike Nilsson's
"Without You," gives an indica-
tion of Fisher's feel for a sweet
and pleading lament.
Accompanying Fisher on this
album is Mick Hawksworth (ex-
Toe Fat) whose ever-adaptable
bass changes from up tempo
tunes such as "Suzanne" (not
Leonard Cohen's song) to slower,
more majestic works like "Hard
To Be Sure" and "Journey's
End" (parts I and 11).
Fisher's drummer, G e o f f
Swettenham, reminds one of
Ringo Starr in his stated preci-
sion, 'obviously an inheritance
from a band he once belonged
to - Badfinger.
Swettingham's quick bass-to-
snare transitions and cymbal
work are reminiscient of Procol
Harum's B. J. Wilson, but his
flowing style is lost in the mix at
times.
Fisher's album has all the cre-
dentials of a real solid LP. Alas,
he is virtually unknown though
he deserves great popularity. I
only hope that Journey's End will
not be the end of his solo journey
into the music world.

Despite the performances'
shortcomings, it is good to see
recordings of these 'pieces back
in print.
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Daily Photo by DAVID MARGOLICK
Best damn cowgirl singe' -
Rosalie Sorrels, in her unique country-western style, sings her
own compositions last night at the Ark. She will perform in an-
other benefit tonight to help the non-profit coffeehouse, which is
suffering financially.
ART..rS

FILM-Cinema Guild presents Laurence Olivier in The Enter-
tainer in the Arch. Aud. at 7 and 9:05 tonight; Ann Arbor
Film Co-op shows Fillmore, a documentary of the rock
palace's last days with the Grateful Dead, in Aud. A at 7
and 9:30; New World Film Co-op presents Cool Hand
Luke in Nat. Sci. Aud. at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m.
MUSIC-The Ark presents Rosalie Sorrels tonight at 8:30.
UPCOMING CONCERT TIP-UAC-Daystar presents Stephen
Stills with Manassas at Crisler, 8 p.m., Sept. 28. Tickets
on sale at the Union.

AN

mow.
0
tonight
6:00 2 4 7 News'
9 Andy Griffith-Comedy
50 Giligan's Island-Comedy
56 Lilias, Yoga and You
6:30 2 CBS News
4 NBC News
7 ABC News
9 I Dream of Jeannie-Comedy
50 Hogan's Heroes-Comedy,
56 Consumer Game
7:00 2 Truth or Consequences
4 News
7 To Tell the Truth-Game
9 Beverly Hillbillies-Comedy
50 Mission: Impossible.
56 Speaking Freely
7:30 2 What's My Line?
4 Hollywood Squares
7 Let's Make a Deal
9 Bewitched-Comedy
8:00 2 Gunsmoke
4 Lotsa Luck-Comedy
7'Rookies
9'Irish Rovers
50 Night Gallery
8:30 4 Diana-Comedy
9 Greg Landry
50 Xderv Griffin
9:00 2 Here's Lucy
4 Movie-Thriller
"PlaryMisty for Me" (1971)
7 Pro Football
9 News
9:30 2 Dick Van Dyke
9 This Is The Law
56 Book Beat
10:00 2 Medical Center
9 In the South Seas

50 Perry Mason
56 The Silent Years BW
10:30 9 Man Alive
11:00 2 4 'News
9 CBC News
50 One Step Beyond-Drama BW
11:30 2 Movie-Comedy
"Doctor You've Got to Be
Kidding." (1967)
4 Johnny Carson
9 News
50 Movie-Thriller BW
"Doctor X" (1932)
12:00 7 News
9 Movie-Drama
"The Wild Season." (conth
African; 1968)
12:30 7 Movie-Western
"Broken Arrow." (1950)
1:004 News
1:30 2 Movie-Mystery
"Charlie Chan in .London,"
(1934)
2:00 7 News
3:09 2 News
wcbn
7 Morning Show
9 Rock
12 Progressive
3 Folk/Rock/Progressive
6 News/Sports
6:30 Public Service
7:30 Jazz/Blues
11 Progressive

J-
LAURENCE OLIVIER
IN
THE ENTERTAINER
Tony Richardson directs this 1960 version of John
Osborne's play dealing with the life and hard
times of a family comic team touring England.
Olivier is in fine form in the leading role with
support from Albert Finney and John Plowright.
SHORT: HAROLD LLOYD in HAUNTED SPOOKS

WED: OLIVIER in CLOUDS OVER EUROPE
TWO RENOIR MASTERPIECES.
THURS: First time in a long time-LA BETE HUMANE.
FRI: Back again the great-RULES OF THE GAME.

cinema guild

ARCHITECTURE AUD.

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