Peter Blanchette • The Virtual Consort:
Charlie Schneeweis, trumpet & Jean Chiane, bass.
Had Miles Met Maurice features some of the music heard on NPR’s All Things Considered profile of Peter Blanchette and the Virtual Consort. Listeners sent over 500 enthusiastic emails inquiring about these distinctive arrangements. The CD also includes the pieces played on live broadcast appearances of NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Elegant themes from Fellini’s great films, impressionist, light-hearted trios of early music along with Spanish and Brazilian romances: this CD has a very soft and sophisticated sound. If it were a car it would be a Cadillac. Get in the back and get comfortable with The Virtual Consort! DORIAN recordings licensed this CD, which Peter Blanchette originally released as Gymnopedie.
Blanchette & the Virtual Consort backstage after a live broadcast appearance on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion.
L-R: Jean Chiane, Charlie Schneeweis, Peter Blanchette and Garrison Keillor
-- Jorgen Falck, NPR's All Things Considered
Click on the song titles to hear excerpts from this CD:
Had Miles Met Maurice was selected as Classical CD of the Month by NPR's Alan Bunin.
"This month something a little different: Had Miles Met Maurice presents 17 different selections in a huge range -- music from the 15th century, then Bach and on to the 20th-century music of Nino Rota (for the films of Fellini), Carols Jobim and Eric Satie. There are even some original compositions (the title selection, for example, which brings together the spirits of Miles Davis and Maurice Ravel). Peter Blanchette plays a custom-made, 11-string alto archguitar-- a cross between a baroque lute and a modern guitar. The Virtual Consort is rounded out by Jean Chaline, who plays a 13-string tenor archguitar and bass guitar, while Charlie Schneeweis plays a (usually) muted trumped. Despite the limited instrumentation, the album offers lots of variety and is a delight from beginning to end. Nothing particularly profound, just profoundly satisfying. This is one of the more enjoyable CDs to come along in the last few months."
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