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

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ADAMS, J.: Violin Concerto / CORIGLIANO: Chaconne from The Red Violin 1:04:10 $11.98
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1 I. quarter note = 78 (Violin Concerto) 16:52 44.1/16 Album only
2 II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows (Violin Concerto) 2:30 44.1/16 Album only
3 III. Toccare (Violin Concerto) 11:06 44.1/16 Album only
4 The Red Violin: Chaconne [Chaconne] 15:23 44.1/16 Album only
5 Tristan and Isolde Fantasia [Tristan and Isolde Fantasia] 10:53 44.1/16 Album only
6 2 Romanian Rhapsody, Op. 11: No. 1 in A major (arr. F. Waxman) [2 Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11] 7:26 44.1/16 Album only

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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.

American composer John Adams, composer of the astonishingly moving 1980 Harmonium," is better known for operatic forays into politics - "Nixon in China," "The Death of Klinghoffer" - than his formal instrumental work. But the real colorist he has become (he's dismissed too easily as a minimalist) makes him an American icon. The young English artist Chloe Hanslip, when she can wrest her violin from her marketing mavens, has a start on some real subtlety in Adams' 1993 Violin Concerto. This Naxos album has Hanslip also essay the John Corigliano Chaconne from "The Red Violin" - music closely related to the superior Joshua Bell -- but her reading of the Franz Waxman "Tristan and Isolde Fantasia" marries her technique and emotion nicely." -, November 2006