I was supposed to have 25 complimentary copies of Masterworks 12 by now, but as usual ERM Media is taking their time getting things done. Last week I finally gave up on waiting and just ordered one from their ordering page. It arrived yesterday. I’m glad to have it finally, but I’m more than a bit disgruntled that they made me wait for so long, first of all by delaying the release of the CD by a year and a half, then by taking their time sending my copies. I’d be a lot happier if they were just more efficent, or at least more honest about their doings.
So far, I’ve only listened to my piece, The Starry Messenger, so I won’t comment on the CD as a whole until I have time to listen to it. I definitely will, but it’s a four-CD set, so it’s going to take me a while to get through it all. Once I do, I’ll post my thoughts.
As for my own piece, I was quite blown away by the performance, though taken aback by a few things. For one thing, the tempo is quite a bit faster than I had intended. I deserve some of the blame here; before recording it, the conductor, Robert Ian Winstin, called me to discuss interpretation, and I may have suggested that the piece might go a little faster if the orchestra was up to it. Now I kind of wish I hadn’t said that. Previous performances clocked in at almost exactly 10 minutes, but the MW12 recording is just under 9 minutes long. It’s very exciting at that tempo, but I just can’t get used to it. Still, it sounds great, very well performed and recorded, and I’m really happy with the way it came out.
One problem, though. In the program note booklet (and nowhere else fortunately), I am identified as “Brendan Daniel Powers.” I have no idea where that came from!