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ZWILICH: Violin Concerto / Rituals

Composer(s):Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe
Artist(s)
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559268
Label Naxos
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Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,November 2005

The violin concerto has had a great run as a genre over the last century. Ms. Zwilich's first try at the form lives up to the high standards of her predecessors. It's stormily dramatic, but with high-lying lyrical solos that have real substance. Pamela Frank is among those formidable players who have taken refuge at Naxos after losing a major-label contract. The concerto's difficulties don't faze her, and she plays the lyrical episodes meltingly.



Review By Lawson Taitte,The Dallas Morning News,November 2005

"The violin concerto has had a great run as a genre over the last century. Ms. Zwilich's first try at the form lives up to the high standards of her predecessors. It's stormily dramatic, but with high-lying lyrical solos that have real substance. Pamela Frank is among those formidable players who have taken refuge at Naxos after losing a major-label contract. The concerto's difficulties don't faze her, and she plays the lyrical episodes meltingly."



Review By Christopher Blank,Memphis Commercial Appeal,October 2005

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: "Rituals" performed by Nexus and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra (Naxos, 8.559268)

In March 2004, the IRIS Chamber Orchestra of Germantown commissioned the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ellen Taaffe Zwilich to compose a new work featuring the Canadian percussion ensemble Nexus.

"Shellshocking" was one word that described the experience of hearing five percussionists clashing and banging on a tremendous variety of exotic instruments while conductor Michael Stern and his orchestra provided accompaniment.

Zwilich's exotic "Rituals" is not an easily digested work, but absolutely worth a second listen in this beautifully mastered new Naxos release.


 

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