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CORIGLIANO: Red Violin Caprices (The) / Violin Sonata / THOMSON, V.: 5 Ladies / Portraits (Quint)

Composer(s):Corigliano, Jr., JohnThomson, Virgil
Artist(s) Wolfram, William, piano • Quint, Philippe, violin
Period(s) 20th CenturyContemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.559364
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

John Corigliano has revisited his score for the 1997 film The Red Violin several times. In The Red Violin Caprices, content is allied to a technique making strenuous demands on the performer. The pensive Theme is identical in substance to that heard in the earlier Chaconne (Naxos 8.559306), and its five variations range in style from the Paganinian virtuosity of the first, to the restrained ‘folk’ tinge of the third. Corigliano’s Violin Sonata is among his earliest acknowledged works, its final Allegro enhanced by some scintillating instrumental interplay. Coming from a very different musical background, and representing a very different musical aesthetic, Virgil Thomson’s music displays a skilful assimilation of



Review By Peter Dickinson,Gramophone,September 2008

Engaging solo repertoire as The Red Violin yields up more musical delights

This is another incarnation of John Corigliano’s Red Violin music. First the film and the Chaconne for violin and orchestra derived from it (1997); then the Concerto (2003); and now the composer has extracted a set of caprices for solo violin.

These were originally written as studies and the actors, filmed playing the instrument, had to mime to them. Because of the demands of the film, reflecting the life of a violin at various times and places, the writing has a wider stylistic range than most contemporary works for solo violin.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2008

Born in New York City in 1938, John Corigliano is one of the most listener-friendly composers of present day America. He has a sizeable catalogue of works in many genre including compositions for the film industry, his score for The Red Violin winning him the Oscar for the Best Original Score of 1999. He has since visited the music on several occasions, The Red Violin Caprices for solo violin, dating from 2002, being one of the most technically demanding manifestations. Stating the theme, he then devises five variations in direct lineage of Paganini, though I guess the great virtuoso may well have found them too taxing. Calling upon the soloist for so many devises, it is, to the listener, a superb exhibition of technique. Having already heard this recording by the



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