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John Casken (b.1949): Orion over Farne; Concerto for Orchestra; Violin Concerto / Sophia Jaffé, violin

Album Summary

>Casken, John : Concerto for Violin
>Casken, John : Concerto for orchestra
>Casken, John : Orion over Farne, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Casken's work is often inspired by the Northumberland countryside and coastline where he lives and in the symphonic poem Orion Over Farne (1984-86) he conjures up the magical atmosphere of the Farne Islands, drawing on the myth, landscape and poetry of the area using rich orchestral sonorities. The Violin Concerto received its premiere at the BBC Proms in 1995 and is performed by the young German violinist Sophia Jaffé. It loosely takes its narrative from Tolstoy's Father Sergius, a story re? ecting some of the turmoil of human experience and the dilemmas arising from the decisions we make. Concerto for Orchestra (2007) is Casken's most recent orchestral work, which was written for the Nationaltheater-Orchesters Mannheim and continues the composer's interest in two-movement forms that began with his Cello Concerto (1991), a recording of which is available on NMC D086

The Observer, 4th May 2014
As so often in Casken's evocative but rigorous music, the inspiration for Orion Over Farne (1984-86) is Northumberland - the Farne Islands - as well as Greek myth...A disc of vitality and contrast, expertly played by the HallT underMarkus Stenz.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Hallé St. Peter's, Manchester (2013-03-02_2013-03-04&2013-).



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>Casken, John : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Sophia Jaffe (Violin)
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Notes: Hallé St. Peter's, Manchester (03/02/2013-03/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1995

>Casken, John : Concerto for orchestra
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Notes: Hallé St. Peter's, Manchester (03/02/2013-03/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2007

>Casken, John : Orion over Farne, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Markus Stenz
  • Notes: Hallé St. Peter's, Manchester (11/28/2013-11/29/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984