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House of Cards Symphony

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2299 SACD
Release date2018-08-24
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time132:23

This 2-disc set grew out of the fascination of Robert von Bahr, founder and managing director of BIS Records, for the television series House of Cards. It wasn’t only – or even primarily – the script or the acting that grabbed him, however, but just as much the music. Said and done – Jeff Beal, the composer of the House of Cards soundtrack, was contacted and it was soon decided that he should compose a Flute Concerto for the virtuosic Sharon Bezaly.

To complement the concerto a selection of music from the series was agreed upon, but with five seasons worth of instalments to choose from, this quickly grew into a large-scale (very large-scale!) House of Cards Symphony which at 83 minutes takes up a disc all on its own. So now the decision was made to record and present a lavish two disc-set, with three further works: Six Sixteen for guitar and orchestra (performed by Grammy Award winner Jason Vieaux), Canticle for strings and a brand new House of Cards Fantasy for flute and orchestra. The Norrköping Symphony Orchestra has received international acclaim for its recordings of the hyper-intense music of modernist Allan Pettersson, but here, under the direction of the composer himself, it has taken to the new idiom and welcomes the additional instruments necessary to bring out that House of Cards feeling: electric guitar and bass guitar, drum kit, piano and flugelhorn.
    File formats included in STUDIO QUALITY
    • FLAC 24-bit Stereo
    • FLAC 24-bit Surround 5.0
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
    File formats included in CD QUALITY | MP3
    • FLAC 16-bit Stereo
    • MP3 Stereo
$ 31.74
Extra material for download
Disc 1
  Composer: Beal, Jeff
  House of Cards Symphony 82:18
01 1. Forward March 04:45 $ 1.16 USD
02 2. Betrayal 13:19 $ 3.24 USD
03 3. New Deal 05:38 $ 1.37 USD
04 4. Claire Underwood 05:29 $ 1.35 USD
05 5. Russia 07:25 $ 1.82 USD
06 6. Portrait of A Marriage 08:02 $ 1.93 USD
07 7. Power 08:38 $ 2.10 USD
08 8. Dignity 10:19 $ 2.50 USD
09 9. Puppet Master 07:59 $ 1.94 USD
10 10. Making History 10:44 $ 2.68 USD
Disc 2
  House of Cards Fantasy, for flute and orchestra 
01 House of Cards Fantasy, for flute and orchestra 03:22 $ 0.84 USD
  Six Sixteen, for guitar and chamber orchestra 14:20
02 I. Freely 05:39 $ 1.37 USD
03 II. Gently 03:48 $ 0.92 USD
04 III. 04:53 $ 1.20 USD
  Canticle, for string orchestra
05 Canticle, for string orchestra 06:27 $ 1.58 USD
  Concerto for Flute and Orchestra 23:26
06 I. 08:11 $ 1.98 USD
07 II. 07:47 $ 1.87 USD
08 III. 07:28 $ 1.89 USD
  Album total 132:23
ComposerBeal, Jeff
ConductorBeal, Jeff
OrchestraNorrköping Symphony Orchestra
FluteBezaly, Sharon
GuitarVieaux, Jason

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