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American Classics - Corigliano: Music for Violin and Piano / Bieler, Tichman

Album Summary

>Corigliano, John : Sonata for violin & piano
>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin, chaconne for violin & piano
>Corigliano, John : Fantasia on an Ostinato, for piano
>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin Caprices for Violin solo
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Notes & Reviews:

One of America's finest and most widely recognized composers, John Corigliano has won several Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and dozens of other honors. His hauntingly beautiful 'Chaconne' and virtuosic 'The Red Violin Caprices', both based on his Academy Award-winning film score for 'The Red Violin', attest to his maverick imagination, while a famous passage from Beethoven's 'Seventh Symphony' is the seed from which 'Fantasia on an Ostinato' grew. The 'Violin Sonata', one of Corigliano's earliest works, combines sophistication and vigor.

"If you are unfamiliar with the music of the American John Corigliano, here’s the place to start. His Violin Sonata, written at 25, bears the optimism, inquisitiveness and open manner that have become hallmarks. Violinist Ida Bieler and pianist Nina Tichman combine superbly with fresh and vivacious playing, and the Chaconne based on the composer’s haunting film score, The Red Violin, is no less compelling. Add in Tichmans’s fine account of the composer’s minimalist Fantasia on an Ostinato, and this is great value." -Yorkshire Post

"This disc could serve anyone as an introduction to the music of John Corigliano, whose sympathetic treatment of the violin may derive from his status the son of a longtime New York Philharmonic Orchestra violinistThe program samples several aspects of Corigliano’s output, from his youthful Sonata for violin and piano, very much in the vein of his conservative conservatory models, to a pair of works derived from the score for The Red Violin, which has been a profitable lode of music for the composer. The Fantasia on an Ostinato (1985) is more often heard in its orchestral version, and it takes a bit of mental adjustment to get the sound of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, on which the ostinato is based, out of one’s head. However, this was the original version of the piece, and the music has a fine, minimal, hypnotic quality here. Both violinist Ida Bieler and pianist Nina Tichman are American-born and -trained but now live and teach in Germany, and both heed Corigliano’s dictum, expressed in connection with the Fantasia but applicable elsewhere, that "color, variety, and imagination" are essential in the performance of his music. Tichman’s performance of the Fantasia has an especially nice grasp of Corigliano’s particular take on minimalism in that work, which is undeniably influenced by that movement but has a personal quality the performer must be careful not to lose. The recording by the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne is another plus." -All Music Guide



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Works Details

>Corigliano, John : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ida Biehler (Violin); Nina Tichman (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus, KvB-Saal, Cologne, Germany (10/09/2006-10/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1963

>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin, chaconne for violin & piano
  • Performers: Ida Biehler (Violin); Nina Tichman (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus, KvB-Saal, Cologne, Germany (10/09/2006-10/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Corigliano, John : Fantasia on an Ostinato, for piano
  • Performer: Nina Tichman (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus, KvB-Saal, Cologne, Germany (10/09/2006-10/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Corigliano, John : The Red Violin Caprices for Violin solo
  • Performer: Ida Biehler (Violin)
  • Notes: Funkhaus, KvB-Saal, Cologne, Germany (10/09/2006-10/12/2006)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999