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John Corigliano: Violin Concerto; Phantasmagori

Album Summary

>Corigliano, John : Phantasmagoria, suite from "The Ghosts of Versailles," for orchestra
>Corigliano, John : Concerto for Violin & orchestra ("The Red Violin")
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Notes & Reviews:

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.

"It says something good about our contemporary musical life that major works such as these are available in multiple recordings. This is a wonderfully smart coupling: two major works both based on theatrical scores. Phantasmagoria comes from the opera The Ghosts of Versailles, while the "Red Violin" Concerto has its origins in the film of the same name. The concerto already has been recorded, splendidly, by Joshua Bell and Marin Alsop for Sony Classical, but its coupling, Corigliano's Violin Sonata, while apt for the composer's fans, isn't as much fun as this one. Corigliano is, first and foremost, a splendid writer for the orchestra.

Furthermore, Michael Ludwig's solo work certainly compares favorably to Bell's. He's completely at home in the work's atrocious technical demands, and in the whirlwind scherzo and the rustic finale he even brings an extra measure of pyrotechnical dazzle. JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo players also put on a virtuosic display, clearly relishing the many opportunities that Corigliano gives them to strut their stuff. Phantasmagoria truly is, well, phantasmagorical. The whole production is engineered with vivid but unobtrusive naturalness. A total winner."-classicstoday.com

"...[it's] not surprising that violinists are lining up to play this reinvigoration of the grand manner." -Gramophone Magazine

"Phantasmagoria juxtaposes several elements, including appropriately haunting and ethereal 'ghost music' associated with Versailles's one-time occupants and guests, music in an opera buffa style (much of it transparently borrowed from Rossini and Mozart) and music associated with the collisions between the opera's different 'planes of reality'...a roller-coaster for the ears" -International Record Review

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Unites States (10/17/2008-10/19/2008).



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>Corigliano, John : Phantasmagoria, suite from "The Ghosts of Versailles," for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Notes: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Unites States (10/17/2008-10/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Corigliano, John : Concerto for Violin & orchestra ("The Red Violin")
  • Performer: Michael Ludwig (Violin)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Notes: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Unites States (10/17/2008-10/19/2008)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003