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James Aikman: Venice of the North Concerti: Violin Concerto; Saxophone Concerto; Ania's Song / Wetherbee, violin; Sullivan, saxophone

Audio Samples

>Aikman, James : Concerto for Violin ("Lines in Motion")
>Aikman, James : Ania's Song, pavane for string orchestra
>Aikman, James : Concerto for saxophone & orchestra

Album Summary

>Aikman, James : Concerto for Violin ("Lines in Motion")
>Aikman, James : Ania's Song, pavane for string orchestra
>Aikman, James : Concerto for saxophone & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Award-winning composer James Aikman's music is 'accessible and inventive' (Fanfare magazine), and these three works embrace a colorful tapestry of stylistic influences, including jazz and pop. The elegantly simple and subtle Ania's Song is described by the composer as a 'peaceful isle' between the supple lines and intricate counterpoint of the Violin Concerto and the Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra with its translucent orchestration and echoes of Alban Berg. Leading American soloists join one of Russia's finest orchestras for a recording with truly international appeal.

Charles Wetherbee is a founding member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, with whom he tours and performs regularly. Charles is on faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University.

AnnArbor.com
His latest CD, for Naxos, is attracting brilliant reviews in the likes of "Fanfare" and "Gramophone," which recently declared, "This could easily be a best-seller in the USA if there were some mechanism to make innovative American composers the talk of the town.

Gramophone
The soloists ... are spectacular ... Ania's Song ... makes an ideal interlude between two wonderful concertos.

The Indianapolis Star
"Quasi una Fantasia," is a brilliant piece of work - quite discursive but somehow coherent and a virtuoso exercise in orchestration. As for the finale, it has aspects of the gratuitous display of churning energy often found in the music of one of Aikman's teachers, Donald Erb. I enjoyed the occasional abrupt pauses, as if Aikman was conscious of needing to check the perpetual-motion tendency of this movement.

Infodad.com
The three Aikman works here draw on multiple stylistic influences, with distinct jazz and pop-music elements and very different levels of expressiveness. The Violin Concerto is the most intricate of the pieces, retaining a strong flavor of improvisation even when thoroughly written-out... At the other emotional and structural end of things is the dissonant and rather harsh Saxophone Concerto, whose clarity of orchestration strongly contrasts with its generally acerbic tone and a sound recalling that of Alban Berg. ... Ania's Song... functions... as a respite for the ear... the orchestra here is Russian and the recording was made in St. Petersburg, yet nothing sounds exotic or as if it is played by musicians uncomfortable with Aikman's American style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Luthera (2009-06-23_2009-06-24&2010-).



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Works Details

>Aikman, James : Concerto for Violin ("Lines in Motion")
  • Performer: Charles Wetherbee (Violin)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Lande
  • Ensemble: St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (2009-06-23_2009-06-24&2010-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2009

>Aikman, James : Ania's Song, pavane for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Vladimir Lande
  • Ensemble: St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (2009-06-23_2009-06-24&2010-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2006

>Aikman, James : Concerto for saxophone & orchestra
  • Performer: Taimur Sullivan (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Vladimir Lande
  • Ensemble: St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Petersburg Recording Studio at the St Catherine Lutheran Church, St Petersburg, Russia (2009-06-23_2009-06-24&2010-)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010