|Entre Dos Mundos Music
Composed by David Johnstone
performed by the Swining Strings of the Basque National Orchestra
Original popular and light classical music. The Swinging Strings of the Basque National Orchestra, Conducted by Caroline Collier, plays the music of David Johnstone.
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|01||VIAJE EN EL TOPO - Anything for you||5.46|
|04||AMARA, DONOSTIA, - Wishful Thinking||5.13|
|06||POEMA DE AMOR||6.08|
|07||ZAPATEADO DE SAN FERMIN||5.38|
|08||ORIO - Violin Company||5.27|
|11||WALKING TO HEAVEN WITH THE MASTERS||6.04|
DAVID JOHNSTONE was born in England and studied music at the Royal Academy of Music. As a cellist he has worked with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English String Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, and the Pablo Sarasate Orchestra of Pamplona. He shares his playing activities with composing. The première of his symphonic poem “Exorcismo de una Pasion” was considered by the magazine “Melómano’ as the highlight of the 1996 orchestral season in Pamplona. He has composed the sound tracks for several short films commissioned by Channel 4 and the London Film Institute. Recently he has undertaken several projects, both as player and composer, for the Spanish television channel Tele 5. He is also experimenting with the sounds of Celtic tradition and "cross-over" music (classical-pop and classical-jazz).
As part of a wide-ranging repertoire the British-born conductor CAROLINE COLLIER has received acclaim for the premieres she has given of the orchestral works of Johnstone, forming a successful partnership in ‘cross-over” collaborations.
ENTRE DOS MUNDOS - BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
David Johnstone’s works for string orchestra follow two distinct tendencies: some pieces are on the frontier between classical music and pop and others lean more towards romantic film music.
VIAJE EN EL TOPO is a jovial invatation to dance. It is a small homage to the users of the little train that connects San Sebastian to the French border.
SWINGING STRINGS is, as its na indicates, a mellow ‘swing” piece influenced by traditional British pop music.
CALLING, C.C. is a fast and funny "blues" piece.
AMARA, DONOSTIA, a work full of pop rhythm and energy which occasionally hints at the Beatles’ Yesterday.
PERPETUUM MOBILE for violin and orchestra requires great virtuoso playing from the soloist.
POEMA DE AMOR, commissioned by the clarinettist Joan Borràs is a romantic piece for clarinet and strings with hints of film music.
ZAPATEADO DE SAN FERMIN for flute and strings is a piece “a la Sarasate”, but with the flute taking the place of the violin.
ORIO is another soft pop work for an unusual string combination. The orchestra -without cellos or doublebasses- produces a lyrical sound in which the first and second violins alternate, imitating the waves of the river Oria.
PLEASING PIZZICATOS is a humorous work in which all the orchestra plays in pizzicato, the doublebasses playing a special role to the accompaniment of the other strings.
RESURRECCION begins as an echo of Pachelbel's famous Canon but its very romantic development progressively gains in intensity until the final peak after which the tension fades and evaporates into the air.
WALKING TO HEAVEN WITH THE MASTERS is on the borderline between jazz and classical; its rhythm is that of the former, though in various parts it recalls famous classical themes. It is dedicated to the memory of the French violinist Christophe Migdula.
|Instruments:||String Orchestra (Violin Viola, Cello, Double Bass)|
David Johnstone is considered one of the most creative and interesting string players in the Iberian peninsula today, combining a career as a cellist with that of a busy composer. Although British by birth he has, for over a decade, been principal cellist of the 'Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra' of Spain, and a composer who specializes in string and/or lighter classical writing. In particular, he composes for all the bowed string instruments as soloists, and for chamber groups of various sizes (some including wind and brass instruments). He also specializes in writing String Orchestra pieces that are well within the capabilities of youth and conservatoire orchestras, whilst other compositions are better suited to fully professional ensembles (such as the 'Camerata Cambrensis', conducted by Caroline Collier, who have premiered several works). Indeed, many of his compositions are now published by Creighton's Collection, UK (www.cccd.co.uk / see the section 'Sheet Music'). His compositions have been heard in more than thirty countries across five continents and on European radio stations and television channels particularly Spanish National Television 'Tele Cinco', who have featured many of his chamber works.
As a performer he has European-wide orchestral and ensemble experience, including playing for renowned orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the English String Orchestra. He has also performed in London West-End shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Barnum etc., and regularly recorded for BBC Radio programmes. As an arranger, his adventurous attitude has seen him arrange anything from solo cello to full orchestra with choir, and also to folk-influenced music from around the world. Additionally, he has organized the music for multi-cello groups, composed for animation films (especially for Channel 4 Television, UK), improvised on the cello in silent films (Cine Chimera), ventured into jazz (with the Basque pianist Mikel Gaztelurrutia), into ragtime (the London Ragtime Orchestra), and into celtic based music (especially Scottish).
He is at present a member of the well-established concert trio 'B3 Classic' (clarinet-cello-piano), of Neofusion (with its base of accordion and cello, with Javier López Jaso), and of new-age formations led by Joaquin Taboada). He also participates in varying projects with the well-known Spanish actress and presenter Belén Otxotorena, and with the Spanish film composer Mikel Salas.
is married to Rosa María and has two children, Kevin and
Jon-Erik. They live near Pamplona, the capital city of the Navarre
region of Spain. His hobbies include current affairs and politics,
all things ‘Celtic’ (especially geography and travel),
animals (and animal welfare and animal rights), and most sports
(he is a life-long fan of Reading Football Club!).
PO Box 7003
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|The Scores shown above are some of those recorded on Entre Dos Mundos|