For me, the string orchestra is a very, very close second to an a cappella chorus for sheer beauty, expression, and dynamic range. I LOVE writing for strings. I’m slowly beginning to transcribe many of my choral works for string orchestra, with the eventual goal of recording an entire album. (I’ve already transcribed Water Night and Lux Aurumque, and I’ll also post those once I get recordings).
Here then, is my most recent attempt, recorded by the excellent Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in the Czech Republic, conducted by Mikel Toms. I wasn’t at the recording, so it’s fascinating to hear how the music was interpreted by a conductor who had never heard the original choral version. Also kind of astonishing to me how much it sounds like film music in this context.
Recording streamed with kind permission of Music Sales Limited
Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikel Toms conductor
Jonathan Allen Producer, John Boughtwood/Kate Johnson Executive Producers
And you can learn more about the original choral version at Chester/Novello’s excellent website.