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Music for a New Century - Sidney Corbett: Yaël for Violin & Orchestra; Christopher Adler: Violin Concerto / Sarah Plum, violin

Album Summary

>Corbett, Sidney : Yaël, for violin & orchestra
>Adler, Christopher : Concerto for Violin
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In this CD, noted new music specialist Sarah Plum brings together two new violin concertos - one commissioned by her and one that she premiered in world premiere recordings. Sarah Plum performed the violin concerto, entitled Yael, by Sidney Corbett in its North American premiere at the Chamber Music Midwest Festival in June of 2011. The live recording of that performance is here paired with the violin concerto of Christopher Adler, which Plum commissioned. These two beautiful, original and quite striking works are destined to join the repertoire and be heard for many years to come.

American Record Guide, November/December 2015
Sidney Corbett studied at the University of California, San Diego, at Yale, and at the Hamburg Academy of the Arts with Ligeti. Yael was inspired by Edmond Jabes's Book of Questions. The notes say, "The violin line is Yael's spirit as she travels among the ruins of a Judaic culture which God has abandoned, ruins full of questions, Hebrew letters, and books." Knowing the program behind it helps with listening.

Christopher Adler's concerto barks and tugs at you in I. There is more forward momentum. II has - at last - some smoothness and gentleness. A rather enchanting harp accompaniment forms the background for atmospheric long notes, first from the winds and then from the soloist. Then, with III, it's back to the pounding and scraping. Everyone plays well. Notes are in English.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio West, San Diego, CA, Unites States (06/05/2011); The Chamber Music Midwest Festival in Osceola, Wisconsi (06/05/2011); Studio West, San Diego, CA, Unites States (09/2014); The Chamber Music Midwest Festival in Osceola, Wisconsi (09/2014).


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Works Details

>Corbett, Sidney : Yaël, for violin & orchestra
  • Performer: Sarah Plum (Violin)
  • Conductor: Akira Mori
  • Ensemble: Chamber Music Midwest Festival Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2005

>Adler, Christopher : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Sarah Plum (Violin)
  • Conductor: Nicholas Deyoe
  • Ensemble: San Diego New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 31 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2013