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CORIGLIANO, J.: Mr. Tambourine Man / 3 Hallucinations (Plitmann, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Corigliano, Jr., John
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic OrchestraPlitmann, Hila, soprano
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category OrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.559331
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99

USD 6.99


…A colleague suggested that I look into the poetry of the songs of Bob Dylan. Having not yet listened to the songs, I decided to send away for the texts only…and found many of them to be every bit as beautiful and as immediate as I had heard—and surprisingly well-suited to my own musical language…these would be in no way arrangements, or variations, or in any way derivations of the music of the original songs, which I decided to not hear before the cycle was complete…I intended to treat the Dylan lyrics as the poems I found them to be. Nor would their settings make any attempt at pop or rock writing. I wanted to take poetry I knew to be strongly associated with popular art and readdress it in terms of concert art—crossover in the opposite



Review By Santiago Martín Bermúdez,Scherzo,April 2009


Review By Record Geijutsu,March 2009


Review By David Williams,Charlestown Gazette,December 2008

I am about five years too young to have cared about Bob Dylan’s music or his notorious switch to electric guitar. So if John Corigliano wants to separate Dylan’s lyrics from his music and compose a piece with them, I say, “Go for it.”

And I am glad he did. The opening piece, “Prelude: Mr. Tambourine Man” is a tour de force in how to make a modern orchestra, whether thundering or whispering, work with voice. The obligatory tambourine solos are seamlessly thrown in, teasing the ear. If Corigliano’s melody hasn’t the ingratiating hook of Dylan’s, it still moves with athletic grace.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,September 2008

Using the words of the folk singer and songwriter, Bob Dylan, John Corigliano has created the first major American orchestral song cycle of the 21st century. Never a fan of folk music, he had been persuaded by a friend to read the words to some of Dylan’s songs and found he had empathy with their content. Born in New York City in 1938, the son of the New York Philharmonic concertmaster, Corigliano belongs to that group of composers who work within tonal and melodic music while using aspects of contemporary influences. The roots of Mr Tambourine Man go back to Italian late Romantic opera with a hint of Mahler, yet always with American composers of the Copland era as the major influence. Whimsical, disturbing and finally at peace, the songs were originally for



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