Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
And now for something completely different. Todd Levin is a young composer whose music is a meld of adventurous neo-romanticism (mixed with a Broadway show-tune ambience) wherein the orchestra plays and Todd Levin himsel... more »
And now for something completely different. Todd Levin is a young composer whose music is a meld of adventurous neo-romanticism (mixed with a Broadway show-tune ambience) wherein the orchestra plays and Todd Levin himself speaks over, under, and around the ongoing orchestral procession. The disc, however, begins with Blur, fantastic orchestral set with the most daring (and harmonious) brass exchange you'll ever hear. I mean ever. Everyday then takes off, and I mean takes off. Levin appears with his hilarious narration (about composing) with Mary Nessinger singing her refrains in the background. This is a fantastic disc. Highly recommended. --Paul Cook
cloverlawn | New York, NY United States | 04/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Recently went to hear an orchestral concert which had a work by Todd Levin on the program. Couldn't believe how terrific the piece was, so I bought this disc. The disc is even better. I totally agree with the amazon.com editorial review - this is highly recommended. It's completely unlike anything I've ever heard before in classical music.... more to the point, it smashes through whatever preconceived notions or boundaries I thought were construed to be "classical." It's the first truly contemporary classical music I've ever heard in my lifetime, and by this I don't mean contemporary in its actual sound, but rather in its conceptual stance. The third piece on the disc, titled "Todd Levin," is the real centerpiece, a self portrait of the composer as a young man. Everybody should listen to this piece once - it'll be sure to polarize and exhaust people, but you'll definitely never forget it. Powerful, powerful stuff..."
Original work that deserves more exposure.
John S. Garrigues | The Woodlands, TX USA | 07/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased "DeLuxe" about five years ago and never tire of its clever juxposition of biting wit with "easy listening" music that really is anything but. I hope Todd Levin produces more works of this caliber. The London Symphony (well known for its ability to meld pop with classical) was superb on this recording. I highly recommend this highly original work."
Atheen M. Wilson | Mpls, MN United States | 06/06/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I attended a concert by the Minnesota Orchestra featuring works by modern composers, and Levin's work Blur was among those presented. I found in the piece a certain resonance with my own lifestyle: frenetic, occasionally discordant, but never dull. I purchased the recording for that reason and continue to enjoy that particular work. By the others, I find myself variously affected. It's definately not the average composition and probably won't appeal to those who look for relaxation in their musical choices."