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Rorem: Double Concerto, After Reading Shakespeare

Album Summary

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Double Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra
>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : After Reading Shakespeare, for cello
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Ned Rorem describes this performance of his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello as "perfect", so it would be presumptuous to challenge his opinion of it technically. Certainly the playing of Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson is excellent, as is that of the IRIS Orchestra under Michael Stern. Like some of Rorem's other concertante works, this takes the form of a series of short movements, eight in all, save that one of them (Conversation at Midnight) isn't so short, lasting for nearly a quarter of an hour, or about half the concerto's total time. The two soloists offer admirably focused playing here, with a real feeling of dialog both between themselves and with the orchestra. The scoring is Spartan--strings, eight woodwinds, and four brass--but there's no lack of color or incident. In short, this is a lovely addition to the string concerto repertoire, and a terrific piece for chamber orchestras to consider programming." -Classics Today



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Works Details

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : Double Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra
  • Performers: Jaime Laredo (Violin); Sharon Robinson (Cello)
  • Conductor: Michael Stern
  • Ensemble: Iris Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Rorem, Ned [Composer] : After Reading Shakespeare, for cello
  • Performer: Sharon Robinson (Cello)
  • Notes: Astoria Studios, Queens, NY (03/23/1982-03/24/1982)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980