Notes & Reviews:
New York’s critically acclaimed Riverside Symphony delivers powerful performances of three major orchestral works by Romanian-French 20th century master Marius Constant. Under the direction of conductor George Rothman with a stunning solo appearance by French violin virtuoso Olivier Charlier (“played with suppleness and drive” - The New York Times) this Lincoln Center-based orchestra (“..awesomely assured performances” - Fanfare Magazine) performs Turner (inspired by three paintings by the English master), Brevissima (a four-movement symphony in nine minutes) and 103 Regards dans l’eau (a violin concerto based on 103 poetic reflections on water) on its seventh CD, the first on Riverside Symphony Records. Widely unknown as the composer of the famed Twilight Zone theme and Music Director for Roland Petit’s Ballets des Paris, Constant passed away 10 years ago in Paris. This collection is sure to launch an investigation into his astonishing compositional legacy.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Still, for all Constant's apparent skill, and for how impressive the music is. It is never boring. Mark Lehman liked Turner (Citade 88106, Sept/Oct 1995, p.247) but said about another Constant album. I enjoyed the Passacaglia from Brevissima the most, viscerally. Charlier is an exceptional violinist, and his superb playing does help Constant's cause. The performance is of the highest quality, and the sound is flattering; notes are in English and French. If you are already interested in the composer, this will be worthwhile.
Submitted on 01/09/15 by Allen Cohen
Langgaard: Music of the Spheres, etc / Rozhdestvensky, et al
Strauss: Don Juan; Ein Heldenleben / Anton Barachovsky, violin; Bavarian Radio SO; Jansons
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-'96): Chamber Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Helsingborg SO; Svedlund
Walter Braunfels (1882-1954): The Annunciation / Juliane Banse, Robert Holl, Matthias Klink, Hanna Schwarz et al. Munich RSO, Ulf Schirmer
Peter Lieberson, Vol. 3: Piano Concerto No. 3; Viola Concerto / Steven Beck, piano; Robert Diaz, viola. Odense SO
1919: Viola Sonatas by Clarke, Hindemith, Bloch / Barbara Buntrock, viola; Daniel Heide, piano
Richard Strauss: Violinkonzert; Sonate fur Violin und Klavier
Music of Eric Zeisl (1905-1959) / Antonio Lysy, cello
Balakirev: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1 - Sonatas / Nicholas Walker