This LP was released by Symphony Land, a Parisian sheet music publisher specializing in horn and percussion scores, to showcase the skills of some of the great names on their catalog and the mastery of trombone virtuoso Michel Becquet. A French library music composer from ex-Yugoslavia, Janko Nilović (born 1941) has a hundred LPs under his own name or various aliases (Andy Loore, Emiliano Orti, The Johnny Montevideo Group, to name a few) whose monumental Montparnasse LP ‘Rhythmes Contemporains’ is a recommended introduction (available here). His Concerto for Trombone and String Ensemble has some really great string parts even if, at times, the music is drawned from various sources, including Benjamin Britten’s Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes (check 2nd Mvt, ~2:40 and 5:40). Other quotations pop up here and there (some from Ligeti or Pendrecki, possibly), but as a whole, this Concerto is a joy to listen and the solo trombone is brilliant. Georges Delerue (1925-1992) is arguably France’s most famous film music composer, who collaborated with directors Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut or Alain Resnais (see Wiki). His Madrigal is a fine piece for 6 trombones, though the sound quality is marred by pressing and/or stylus limitations. The introduction of percussion in Jean-Michel Defaye‘s Fluctuations is a nice addition, as it opens possibilities of interplay and dialog with the 4 trombones, as opposed to solo trombones monologues in the previous pieces. Classically trained Defaye (born 1932) was French singer Léo Ferré’s arranger for years, as well as a respected contemporary music composer and film music stalwart, especially composing soundtracks for entertainer Louis de Funès’ films, including Pouic Pouic, 1963, as well as children TV program Collargol aka Barnaby The Bear, 1970 [listen here].
Janko Nilović ‘Concerto pour Trombone et Orchestre à cordes’
(Concerto for Trombone and String Ensemble)
01 1st Movement (6:18)
02 2nd Movement (7:24)
03 3rd Movement (10:10)
Michel Becquet: trombone
Chamber Orchestra, Bernard Thomas, cond.
04 Madrigal (6:55)
For trombone sextet, G. Delerue, cond.
05 Fluctuations (12:06)
For trombone solo, trombone sextet and percussion
J.-M. Defaye, cond.
Total time 42:40
LP released by Symphony Land, France, 1981