Derek “D-day” Kendall’s New Album titled, Opus 59; The Razumovsky Files is a Fresh Approach to Beethoven’s String Quartets
Chandler, Arizona, March 22, 2017– GOLIATH RECORDS-It is always a welcome event when the pioneering spirit explores and conquers uncharted territory. It’s the thing legends are made of. Derek “D-day” Kendall and his new album is no exception. Opus 59; The Razumovsky Files is a departure from the “standard” arrangement and performance of Beethoven’s middle period string quartets.
D-day performs all four parts of what is normally an arrangement for 2 violins a viola and cello, on concert acoustic guitar.
“With the exception of some of the violin passages that play above the high C on guitar, my arrangements are true to form,” the veteran guitarist remarked. “The pieces transpose to guitar seamlessly, and voice very well when performed.”
D-day, not only performs all of the parts of the entirety of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Opus 59 string quartets, he has also brought, as producer, a uniquely modern flavor to the individual parts, as well.
“When Ludwig Van wrote these works for Count Andreas Razumovsky, music had just evolved greatly for composers with the introduction of new keyboard mechanics and the piano, where before, unless you had an entire ensemble at your constant beckon call, composing was done the ‘old fashioned way’, in your head.
The advent of the keyboard meant composers could play out all of the various parts together, kind of like olden day real time. And, I feel that if Beethoven were here today, he would take advantage of modern recording techniques, as well.”
When asked to elaborate, D-day points out that he produced each of the parts with the tone and timbre fitting each part’s range and voice, and different effects were used for various passages to enhance the guitar’s characteristic with respect to the instruments of that time period.
“There are, for instance, a couple of places where I added a voice or two of chorus, as well as adjusting the equalization to the guitar in order to achieve a harpsichord-like quality. The Idea was to utilize the entire aural spectrum in the foundation of my arrangement while observing due respect to Beethoven’s woven fabric of strings. The violin, viola, and cello kind, so I dare not have the same guitar tone for all of the parts all of the time.”
Opus 59; The Razumovsky Files is scheduled for release March 31, 2017 and will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and all major online digital stores.