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CORIGLIANO, J.: Violin Concerto, "The Red Violin" / Phantasmagoria (M. Ludwig, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Composer(s):Corigliano, Jr., John
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic OrchestraLudwig, Michael, violin
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559671
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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With this new recording, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic continue their revelatory exploration of Corigliano’s highly engaging and imaginative symphonic music. Phantasmagoria draws material from his immense opera The Ghosts of Versailles, with subliminal quotes from Mozart, Rossini and Wagner. Music from his third film score, The Red Violin, provided elements which Corigliano elaborates in the Violin Concerto, its opening Chaconne being described by the composer as ‘a passionate romantic essay’ which he has complemented with an effervescent Scherzo, an intensely emotional Andante and a racing, rollicking Finale.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,,January 2011

One can hardly say that John Corigliano (b. 1938) has been overlooked. He is one of the most celebrated contemporary American composers. He had big hit with his film score to The Red Violin, later utilizing the music in a number of forms. Perhaps the most successful is the Red Violin Chaconne, which he turned into a full-blown Violin Concerto, “The Red Violin,” in 2003. It is a big-boned piece that, like the Fetler, harkens back to Barber. I particularly enjoyed Corigliano’s remark that the liberty of first writing this highly romantic music for film allowed him to bypass his “censor button.” He knows how to write a great melody, and he has one in the opening movement, which he calls “a passionate romantic essay.” This theme


Review By Bill Gowen ,Daily Herald (IL),January 2011

The New York-based Corigliano, former composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has built an impressive catalog of orchestral works, along with the opera “The Ghosts of Versailles,” from which “Phantasmagoria” is derived. He also wrote the score for the film “The Red Violin,” which he later adapted into the excellent concerto featured on this recording.

Review By Steven A. Kennedy,Film Score Monthly,June 2010

Naxos continues their fine series of Corigliano recordings with this entry featuring what is becoming one of the composer’s more popular works, the violin concerto based on his score for The Red Violin. The Buffalo Philharmonic in turn continues an impressive string of releases under music director JoAnn Falletta, which included an earlier disc of Corigliano’s music. That Grammy-winning CD featured music derived from the composer’s first film score, Altered States, and an odd setting of texts by Bob Dylan.


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