Oscar Peterson's Easter Suite
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(Feb 28, 2012)
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The 'Easter Suite' has remained one of the least known compositions
by Oscar Peterson, even though virtually all sources mention it
as one of his major works. It was commissioned by the South Bank
Show, London Weekend Television's flagship arts programme, and
broadcast nation-wide on Good Friday, April 24th, 1984. Its eight
movements follow the events related in the gospel story.
This recording of the world premiere performance also features an
interview with Peterson, explaining how he went about composing
the suite, his initial scepticism about interpreting such a topic in the
medium of jazz and his relation to spiritual music. He also describes
in detail the various motifs of the work.
If the passion and resurrection seem surprising as topics for a longer
jazz work, Oscar Peterson with his 'Easter Suite' appears in a long
line of other jazz greats, who at least in their later works created
religiously inspired works. Includes a special feature of commentary by Oscar Peterson
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Also, the short theme song of the BBC show (a Rick Wakeman-like rock rendition of) the Paganini 24th Caprice is immediately followed by the OP Trio's own take on those 16 bars -- like the perfect "audio dessert."