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Mark O'Connor: The American Seasons / Yoo, O'Connor, et al

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>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : The American Seasons (Seasons of an American Life), for violin & orchestra
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Strings & Threads Suite, for violin & string orchestra
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz

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>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : The American Seasons (Seasons of an American Life), for violin & orchestra
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Strings & Threads Suite, for violin & string orchestra
>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
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Personnel: Mark O'Connor (violin).

Recording information: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA (04/30/2001-05/02/2001).

Bluegrass violin virtuoso and composer Mark O'Connor has devoted a great deal of time to exploring classical forms in an effort to effectively meld them with American vernacular styles. THE AMERICAN SEASONS features three of his compositions that put a down-home spin on traditional classical structures. In the album's titular work, O'Connor gives a nod and a wink to Vivaldi and thematically fashions a violin concerto around the four seasons. The result is an ambitious orchestral extravaganza that blends folk, blues, and jazz with classical and gives O'Connor abundant opportunities to showcase his dazzling technique.

Unlike the Baroque master's famous ode to the natural divisions of the year, though, O'Connor's is not an evocation of climatic activity. Rather, it's a musical journey through the cycles of an American life, loaded with plenty of Texas-style fiddling. The 'Strings & Threads Suite' is O'Connor's take on the evolution of folk music on the violin in America, from jigs, reels, and waltzes, through blues, spirituals, swing, and bebop. The plaintive melody of 'Appalachia Waltz' is expanded to Coplandesque proportions in a moody arrangement for string orchestra. Scott Yoo and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra ably assist O'Connor in his adventurous quest to merge traditions.



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>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : The American Seasons (Seasons of an American Life), for violin & orchestra
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra; Scott Yoo (Violin)
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Strings & Threads Suite, for violin & string orchestra
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra; Scott Yoo (Violin)
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>O'Connor, Mark [Violin] : Appalachia Waltz
  • Performers: Mark O'Connor (Violin); Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra; Scott Yoo (Violin)
  • Conductor: Scott Yoo
  • Ensemble: Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary