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CORIGLIANO: Snapshot - Circa 1909 / String Quartet No. 1 / FRIEDMAN: String Quartet No. 2

Composer(s):Corigliano, Jr., JohnFriedman, Jefferson
Artist(s) Corigliano Quartet, Ensemble
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.559180
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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John Corigliano is one of the finest and most widely recognized American composers. He has won several Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and an Academy Award for his score for the film The Red Violin. Corigliano’s nostalgic Snapshot: Circa 1909 was inspired by the photograph of his uncle and father – later to become concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic – that is reproduced on the cover of this disc. Corigliano’s String Quartet, written for the farewell tour of the Cleveland Quartet, is both celebratory and wistful in tone, and won the composer two Grammy Awards. A Black November Turkey takes its title from a savage allegorical poem by Richard Wilbur, and was especially



Review By Robert R Riley,,March 2009

Two chamber music CDs of John Corigliano's music are offered by Naxos [this one and 8.559306 CORIGLIANO Violin and Piano Music]. One contains his String Quartet, an intriguing but occasionally abrasive work, along with the String Quartet No. 2 of his student, Jefferson Friedman. Also included is Snapshot: Circa 1909, a string quartet movement inspired by an old photo of Corigliano's father playing the violin when he was eight years old, accompanied by his older brother on the guitar. I first listened to this nostalgic piece in the composer's presence after he had explained its inspiration. It is very sweet and touching, as lovely an evocation of his cherished father as one could imagine. I would

The same kind of touching lyricism also appears in the Nocturne movement of the Quartet, though it is followed by more asperities in the Fugue. In the Postlude, there is an ostinato that very much sounds like a slowed down version of a European police car siren. The ostinato occasionally gets passed between instruments and, toward the end, the speed picks up to the point that I thought an arrest would be made, but finally everything slowly dies down and gently fades out. This is a mysterious piece, then, but worth the effort it sometimes requires.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2007

Born in New York City in 1938, the son of the New York Philharmonic concertmaster, John Corigliano is numbered among the most influential American composers working in the second half of the 20th century. He was also one of a group who returned to melodic music while using aspects of contemporary influences, the aim being to rebuild bridges between composer and audience. He has worked to commissions from many of the major orchestras in the States, and is probably best known in this sphere, though his output includes a sizeable inventory of chamber music. Snapshot: Circa 1909 is a short piece for string quartet inspired by a photograph taken around 1909 showing his father as a child violinist accompanied by his brother on guitar. The work's



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