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Category Archive for 'Concertos'

“Even though John Corigliano has proved himself time and again to be a master of instrumental colors and orchestration, he nonetheless had misgivings about composing a concerto for percussion, a daunting prospect merely because of the large number of instruments at his disposal. Yet Corigliano succeeded brilliantly in Conjurer.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“German composer Paul Hindemith wrote concertos for nearly every instrument in the orchestra. Here you get a concert for one of the most common instruments, the violin, along with two distinctively textured orchestral works, the giant Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by C.M. von Weber and the somewhat obscure Konzertmusik für Streichorchester und Blechbläser (Concert Music [...]

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“The combination of piano and orchestra isn’t a common one on Stravinsky programs, and none of the works here is among the most frequently heard Stravinsky works….For Stravinsky’s underrated piano concerto music, however, this is a strong pick.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“German violinist Isabelle Faust has accomplished highly regarded Bartók performances in the past, and she truly comes into her own with this recording….[T]he prime attraction of the album might be the earlier work, composed in 1907 and highly personal in content; it was written for a violinist with whom Bartók was hopelessly in love. She [...]

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“For all practical purposes, Morton Feldman’s Violin and Orchestra resembles an anti-concerto, insofar as the soloist’s role is minimized and frequently buried within the heavy textures of the orchestra, rather than featured prominently before it….[T]his piece is like many other compositions by Feldman, requiring suspension of expectations to let it flow by and create its [...]

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“This is a refreshing change from the usual Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov concertos one hears from young artists eager to impress, and Grosvenor is clever enough to play not only engaging concertos by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, and Gershwin, but to toss in short bon-bons by these composers to sweeten the program….Decca’s reproduction is close-up and vivid, so [...]

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“British trumpeter Alison Balsom has been popular from the start, and she seems to gain strength as she tackles each new project and expands her range. Here she plays a Baroque trumpet (apparently a natural trumpet with finger holes but no keys) and is accompanied by the period-instrument English Concert under its veteran conductor Trevor [...]

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“South African-born historical-performance specialist Kristian Bezuidenhout uses unusual microphone placement in this recording of two of Mozart’s mature and very frequently recorded concertos, and the effect is certainly different enough to justify yet another version.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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Elgar & Carter: Cello Concertos

“Alisa Weilerstein presents three major works of the cello repertoire with Daniel Barenboim leading the Staatskapelle Berlin. The star vehicle, naturally, is Edward Elgar’s Concerto in E minor, which Weilerstein plays with commanding presence, rich tone, and emotional depth.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Renowned as one of the world’s leading conductors, Esa-Pekka Salonen is also a gifted composer of highly expressive, colorful, and idiomatic music that has found a growing audience… If there is one influence that shines through this darkly brilliant score, it seems to be Sibelius, for Salonen shares much of the master’s sensitivity to low [...]

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Khatia Buniatishvili: Chopin

“Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili is a phenomenon, and kudos to Sony Classical for snagging her! This is Chopin of the old school, with massive interposition of the performer between music and listener. And it’s glorious…. This is the kind of Chopin playing that people used to line up to hear.” –All Music Guide Check Our [...]

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“Johannes Moser’s performance on this album of modern works for cello and orchestra is impressive, as is the playing of WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln under the direction of Pietari Inkinen. …Moser plays with so much vibrato and tension… that it keeps the listener on the edge of his or her seat. …Overall, Moser’s artistry is not [...]

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“Canadian violinist James Ehnes, ably backed by the BBC Philharmonic under the energetic Gianandrea Noseda, sets himself a challenge here with an original and difficult program, and then meets all the challenges involved in this fine Bartók disc. …An excellent choice not only for Bartók’s concertos, but as an introduction to this giant of 20th [...]

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“Dmitry Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 sets a keynote of gravitas and introduces us to the theme of the album, which is that the works presented here were influenced in one way or another by the culture and politics of the Soviet Union.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“A dominant figure in American music throughout most of the twentieth century, composer Leon Kirchner wrote a large quantity of music which, although stylistically tied to the work of Arnold Schoenberg and the Second Viennese School, remains powerfully individual in expression, and free of the systematic use of 12-tone techniques. In addition, he proved himself [...]

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“Violinist Lisa Batiashvili has developed a highly successful career both as a soloist appearing with the world’s leading orchestras and as a chamber player performing in duos or larger groups. A major recording artist, her vast repertory encompasses works from J.S. Bach and Beethoven to Prokofiev and Shostakovich and contemporaries.” –All Music Guide   Check [...]

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“Sir Colin Davis became one of the world’s best-known conductors during the last four decades of the twentieth century. He is particularly well known for his recordings of Berlioz and Sibelius.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“Szymanowski’s unique brand of expressive, lyric modernism has found many admirers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Though his earliest music is perhaps too closely allied to that of his childhood idol Chopin to fully stand on its own, his later work synthesizes the stylistic characteristics of a wide range of composers into a highly [...]

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Check Our Catalog “In this disc of Wellesz’s 1933 Piano Concerto and 1961 Violin Concerto, the musical language remains the same, fundamentally tonal in harmony, though with strong chromatic and atonal accents and essentially romantic in style, though with a dash more irony and a dollop more anguish. Both pieces are given exemplary performances by [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Hilary Hahn is among the world’s greatest violinists of her or, arguably, any generation. She is one of those rare artists who possess both a colossal technique and interpretive acumen to set them apart from most of their rivals.” –All Music Guide

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