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Bernard Hoffer (b.1934): Violin Concerto; Piano Concerto; English Horn Concerto / Elmar Oliveira, violin; Randall Hodgkinson, piano; Thomas Stacy, horn; Ireland RTE National Symphony; Pittman

Album Summary

>Hoffer, Bernard : Concerto for Violin
>Hoffer, Bernard : Piano Concerto
>Hoffer, Bernard : English Horn Concerto
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This Artek new release features three new works by multiple Emmy award nominee and Meet the Composer Grant recipient Bernard Hoffer, composer of numerous hit TV series including "Thunder Cats", as well as the PBS MacNeil-Lehrer Report music & theme! The three concertos, for violin, piano and English horn respectively, are played by internationally renowned violinist Elmar Oliveira, pianist Randall Hodgkinson and American hornist icon, Thomas Stacy. Mr. Oliveira remains the first and only American violinist to win the Gold Medal at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Int'l Competition, and the first violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, among other honors. Grammy® nominee Thomas Stacy, responsible for the largest expansion of English Horn repertory in history, became the instrument's most recognized soloist during his 39 seasons with the New York Philharmonic. Randall Hodgkinson achieved recognition as a winner of the Int'l American Music Competition, and as a featured soloist with major orchestras in America and abroad.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The English Horn Concerto (1986) is in four movements: Prelude, Ode, Scherzo, Slalom, with obvious tempos to suit. This one is good enough to be of at least moderate interest if you are drawn to the genre. Certainly anyone who wants to hear the instrument piloted by an expert practitioner will find that on this release. The prize here is Hoffer's wondrous and remarkable Violin Concerto.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/17/2015-06/19/2015).



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Works Details

>Hoffer, Bernard : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Elmar Oliveira (Violin)
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Ensemble: Ireland RTE National Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/17/2015-06/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Hoffer, Bernard : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Randall Hodgkinson (Piano)
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Notes: The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/17/2015-06/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Hoffer, Bernard : English Horn Concerto
  • Performer: Thomas Stacy (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Richard Pittman
  • Notes: The National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (06/17/2015-06/19/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto