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Concertos & Tone Poems

James Cohn , Vakhtang Jordania , Latvian National Symphony Orchestra , Mirian Conti Audio CD
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  • Performer: Mirian Conti
  • Orchestra: Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Vakhtang Jordania
  • Composer: James Cohn
  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Xlnt
  • ASIN: B0000793U9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,334 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Homage Op.31 (Tone Poem)
2. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra Op.79: Allegro
3. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra Op.79: Moderato
4. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra Op.79: Allegretto, Con Fuoco
5. Concerto For Trumpet & Strings Op.76: Formations
6. Concerto For Trumpet & Strings Op.76: Blue Waltz
7. Concerto For Trumpet & Strings Op.76: Parade
8. Concerto For Concertina & Strings Op.44: Capriccio
9. Concerto For Concertina & Strings Op.44: Romanza
10. Concerto For Concertina & Strings Op.44: Rondo
11. Evocations Op.75 (Concerto No.2 For Clarinet And Strings): Legend
12. Evocations Op.75 (Concerto No.2 For Clarinet And Strings): Night Song
13. Evocations Op.75 (Concerto No.2 For Clarinet And Strings): Carnival
14. A Song Of The Waters Op.53 (Tone Poem) (Variations On 'Shenandoah')

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This CD contains one work each from the 1950s ('Homage'), 1960s ('Concerto for Concertina and Strings'), and the 1970s ('A Song of the Waters'), as well as three compositions written by James Cohn during the last decade of the twentieth century. The combination of compositions and performers on this CD are so beautifully wedded that it would be hard to imagine them in the hands of others, yet one can only hope that this CD will lead to further performances and wider exposure of Mr Cohn's creative efforts.

Three works in particular have fast become personal favourites: the 'Concerto for Piano' (1995), the 'Concerto for Concertina and Strings' (1966), and the evocative orchestral piece 'A Song of the Waters' (1976). The 'Concerto for Piano' is a decidedly neo-classical work with overtones of Prokofiev and Copland. Originally scored for piano quartet in 1995, but never performed in this format, the work took on a new life as a commission for virtuoso Mirian Conti. Shifting easily between haunting melodies and fiercely contrapuntal outbursts, the first and third movements are infused with rhythmic energy; whilst the second movement has a decidedly early American jazz feel with liberal doses of warmth and humour.

'Concerto for Concertina and Strings' is a tour de force for an oft-neglected instrument, which ranks on a scale with some of the best serious compositions for piano accordion (Hovhaness, Creston, Berg, et al). Soloist Wim Wakker works his magic with Cohn's carefully constructed score and manages to leave the listener absolutely breathless, yet at the same time, the Romanza (second movement) conveys the deepest passion and longing.
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