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ADAMS, J.: Violin Concerto / CORIGLIANO: Chaconne from The Red Violin

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Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559302
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


The works on this disc offer a broad survey of American violin music. John Corigliano’s Chaconne is a set of variations based on his music for the 1998 film The Red Violin, while George Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 is a nineteeth-century fantasia on a traditional melody, here in an arrangement by the Hollywood film composer Franz Waxman. Waxman’s own Tristan and Isolde Fantasia includes a demanding obbligato piano part, and originally formed an emotional climax to the 1946 film Humoresque. The disc closes with John Adams’s hugely popular Violin Concerto, a virtuosic masterpiece in which the soloist almost never stops playing.


   




Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Violin Concerto is an enigmatic work, with a not too easily penetrable opening movement, in which Chloë Hanslip is much more successful than Kremer in his Nonesuch version. She also catches the calm serenity which informs much of the Chaconne slow movement and is superb in the dazzling finale which has made the work popular. The Corigliano coupling is appropriate, but the Waxman transcriptions of Wagner (turned into a film-style piano concerto, with soloist Charles Owen) and the much abbreviated First Romanian Rhapsody of Enescu are curious, if enjoyable, encores. Vivid Abbey Road recording.



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The 17-minute Chaconne which John Corigliano has fashioned from the main theme of his film score for The Red Violin is cleverly structured, but uneven in appeal. It opens seductively, reaches an explosive climax and, after a cadenza, ends decisively. The performance and recording here can hardly be faulted.



Review By Kirsty Humphrey,Stringendo,October 2008

Chloe Hanslip is a phenomenal violinist. John Adams is a diverse and skilfulcomposer. This Cd is not to be missed! At just 19 years of age, Chloe has already proven herself to be one of the most talented young violinists of today. Her playing is not only technically brilliant, it has ‘soul’.  She communicates with a passion and understanding beyond her years. Additionally to the Adams Concerto, Chloe’s stunning performances of Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody no. 1, [Corigliano’s] Red Violin Chaconne, and Waxman’s little-known Tristan & Isolde Fantasia, put her entirely in a class of her own. Chloe has been playing the violin since she was two years old; her love of performing spills over. She studied with the great Russian pedagogue,

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Review By Christopher Latham,Limelight Magazine,January 2007

This might be one of Naxos� best recordings ever. Young British violinist Chloe Hanslip is outstanding on this fascinating solo portrait CD, taking us through a range of eclectic and recent works. Corigliano�s Red Violin �Chaconne�, based on his main theme from the film�s soundtrack, demonstrates immediately that we are hearing a very special violinist. Hanslip�s sound is sensual, vocal and yearning and totally radiant in it top register. The Enescu Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 (arr Waxman) is a gem of Gypsy fiddling, and Waxman�s movie score Tristan and Isolde Fantasia, weaves the famous tunes into 11 minutes �over the top� excess that is deliciously good fun. To finish there is John Adams� impressive violin concerto, the most original approach to the genre since the Alban

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Review By Alan G. Artner,Chicago Tribune,October 2006

This is the third recording of Adams' engaging 1993 Concerto, and the 19-year-old Hanslip provides a feline, lyrical alternative to Gidon Kremer's recorded premiere on Nonesuch. She lacks Kremer's cumulative power in the first and third movements, but nor does he have her sense of meandering fantasy or Slatkin's delicate orchestral support in which especially the writing for winds, percussion and synthesizer register less as punctuation than atmospheric touches of color. The rest of the program is played as rapturously but, alas, it's based in inferior movie music. Those who have the now-deleted disc of the Waxman paraphrases on Koch may rest assured no new depths are discovered here. Each previous recording of the Adams Concerto provides better couplings--but Hanslip is singular in

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Review By Scott Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,September 2006

Apart from a couple of arrangements by Franz Waxman (now mainly remembered as a film composer), these two CDs feature American music from the last decade and a half. There are patches of atonality, but only patches in what's been called a "maximalism" embracing multiple stylistic strands. This is the public face of American musical modernity.

John Adams' Violin Concerto has had well-deserved success in the concert hall. If on CD it sometimes seems a little long-winded, it's still a brilliantly written showpiece. John Corigliano eventually devised a whole violin concerto from music he wrote for the 1998 film The Red Violin, but he first released this Chaconne, a dramatic and effective updating of the baroque variation form.

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