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As keyboardist and founder member of the rock band Genesis, Tony Banks enjoys superstar recognition by millions of fans. Naxos has seasoned that status with three recordings of his orchestral works.

Released fifteen years ago, Seven (8.557466) had Gramophone recognising that ‘Banks has a genuine melodic gift’, while the 2012 release, SIX Pieces for Orchestra (8.572986), was noted for being ‘full of open-hearted melody and glamorous orchestration.’ (American Record Guide)

Counting down and stepping up, we now present Five, a melodically captivating and colourful orchestral suite that will both continue to rock Banks' countless followers and appeal to newcomers to his attractive scores.

Tony BANKS (b. 1950)
Prelude to a Million Years
Reveille • Ebb and Flow
Autumn Sonata • Renaissance
Orchestrated and arranged by Nick Ingman (b. 1948)

Tony Banks, Piano, Celeste
Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Nick Ingman

Tony Banks, the renowned founder member and keyboard maven of the rock band Genesis, continues his acclaimed series of orchestral compositions with Five. The suite opens with Prelude to a Million Years, originally commissioned for and performed at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks’ signature melodic gifts and feel for cinematic scale are all in evidence in Five, just as they were in Six (8.572986) and Seven (8.557466), ‘a work of stirring beauty’ (ProgSheet).

First released by BMG Records in February 2018, Naxos is proud to present this recording which is described by Stage And Cinema as 'gorgeous, transporting music sounds exactly like a soaring soundtrack'. CrypticRock gave this recording 5 out of 5 stars: ‘Five is therefore no different from what one would expect from this artist: stunning, evocative, beautifully-orchestrated, and timeless. With five marvelous pieces of brilliance, Five is a shining gem of sonic beauty that is truly deserving of your attention and a round of emphatic applause.’

About the Artists
John Barclay | © Emily Banks
John Barclay
and trumpet
Martin Robertson | © Emily Banks
Martin Robertson
and duduk
Previous releases in the Tony Banks series
SIX Pieces for Orchestra

Siem • Robertson
The City of Prague
Philharmonic Orchestra • Englishby
‘This well-performed set covers a diverse range of moods within its six pieces … Banks’ lyrical bent is sincere and his sounds are comfortably plush.’
Winnipeg Free Press
A Suite for Orchestra

London Philharmonic Orchestra • Dixon
‘These are enchanting fantasy pieces to which you can listen and just let your mind go. Their range of emotion and moods is surprisingly wide.’
Audiophile Audition

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