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Corigliano: Symphony No.1 / Of Rage and Remembrance [Box set]

John Corigliano , Leonard Slatkin , National Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Symphony No. 1: Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance13:43$1.98  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Composer: John Corigliano
  • Audio CD (September 17, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000003G1M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,337 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Corigliano's most famous piece of music is the score to the film Altered States. Actually, all of his music kind of sounds like that-- alternating moments of poignant lyricism with explosions of rhythmic energy. The son of the former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Corigliano literally grew up around the orchestra. So it's no surprise that his music is orchestrated with almost preternatural skill and brilliance. The First Symphony, inspired in part by the AIDS tragedy, is both an angry and a moving work. Leonard Slatkin plays it with the kind of manic energy the music demands, and the sound quality is terrific. --David Hurwitz

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific absolute music too July 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The extra-musical considerations of these works are interesting in and of themselves, but they are in no way necessary for an understanding and enjoyment of these considerable achievements by Corigliano.
The composer has come some way from the piano concerto that Hilde Somer recorded in San Antonio back in the late '60s. There is the same rythmic pulse, the same intense desire to innovate while remaining accessible. There's more content in ideas and art surrounding those ideas that remind me strongly of Penderecki, Panufnik,Rieti, Nicholas Flagello and Creston without in the least way being derivative. Corigliano, truly an original voice, deserves to be in such distinguished company.
My only concern is that these works have been pinned as so occasional that they might meet the fate of period pieces, much as some of the fine 1970s works of Gould, Carter, or Gregg Smith: we don't hear them any more because they've been so oft-discussed and fraught with situational association.
The National Symphony has mended its somewhat slack ways proliferated under the Slavka regime. Antal Dorati would have been proud to hear the exquisite execution DC's superlative orchestra affords these affecting works.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truely incredible piece of music. October 13, 1999
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John Corigliano's first symphony, "Of Rage and Remebrance", is an amazing piece of music. Corigliano attempts to capture the feelings he has experienced with dealing with the lost of his dear friends, who died of AIDS.
The first movement, titled "Of Rage and Remembrance" deals with the struggle of attempting to understand and accept the loss of his friends. The listener gets a sense of the conflicting feelings of sorrow and anger. Very powerful.
My favorite is the second movement, where he shows, musically, the decaying of the mind of his friend. His friend was a clarinet player and you can hear throughout the movement the nature of the carefree theme as it goes through fits of fast paced insanity and mind numbing slowness.
The cello solo in the third movement is one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies I've heard. The entire piece ends with open muted brass sounds, representing the vastness of the ocean. This picture displays Corigliano's idea of emptiness but acceptance. This is a rather bleak view of death, but is honest with human emotions
A beautiful recording of an amazing piece
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of two June 29, 2000
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It is amazing (although perhaps not once you hear this music) that a modern symphony dealing with a difficult and controversial issue like AIDS should be given not one, but TWO excellent recordings by major American orchestras (the other being the premiere recording with the Chicago Symphony and Daniel Barenboim). But that simply indicates the importance and magnitude of this piece. It is certainly one of the best symphonies by an American composer, possibly one of the greatest symphonies of the 20th century. And of the two recordings available, this is to my mind the finest. Slatkin's direction is much tighter, giving the faster more rhythmic sections more clout, whereas in Barenboim's version, the orchestra lacked that precision. Some might prefer Barenboim's Mahleresque sound (like an orchestra so big it can barely hold itself together) but Slatkin achieves amazing power through precision without sacrificing the work's epic breadth. As an added bonus, there is the choral work 'Of Rage and Remembrance' which you should listen to only after hearing the symphony.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing dynamics and stereo effects June 7, 2000
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First off, this is one of the two only recordings of this piece. Second, this is the best performed and best recorded of the two. If you're not into extremely dissonant and modern classical, this piece might take some getting used to before its total effect can come across. Corgliano utilizes a huge orchestration including, antiphonally, just about everything that can possibly be imagined. It is very unique and inventive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angry and spiritual music January 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It is interesting, at a time when we are seeing compositions written about, dedicated to, and in memory of those lost in the September 11th terrorist attacks and the subsequent reactions, to go back to works written about WWI, WWII, and other wars that inspired so many great works. This CD of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1, is a personal reaction to the loss of friends and family to the AIDS epidemic, during a time, a decade or two ago, when AIDS was a worldwide headline and crisis (It still is today, really). The image of the AIDS quilt on the cover of the CD brings back many of the feelings the nation had at that time. This highly personal and intense symphony spurned a 12-minute cantata based on the symphony's 3rd movement, which vocalizes with words, the powerful impact of the loss of life to AIDS.

Each movement of the 40-minute Symphony No. 1, has a personal reference to someone Corigliano has lost to AIDS. The opening movement is subtitled Of Rage and Remembrance, and the rage can be seen on page 1 with a score marking of "ferocious". Aleatoric elements give a fearful tone: playing with string vibratos, odd wind rhythms, brass slidings, and percussion clatterings. The Rage section also has instrumental instructions such as hysterical and nasty, which lead into the cacophonous poundings. The middle section has long sustained strings, but in the distance, is an off-stage piano playing Issac Albeniz's tango, a favorite piece of one of Corigliano's pianist friends. The dissonant strings continue the minds' rage (almost creepily) while the remembrance in a fog is represented in the tonal and major-mode piano work. The opening hysteric poundings and aleatoric elements return, but all ends with the distant piano, as if in a distant memory.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For Fans of Corigliano
Not quite as dynamic as hearing it in person, but still satisfying! Hard to beat Dudamel and the LA Phil in person!
Published 3 months ago by Cappy
2.0 out of 5 stars An Unknown Piece
The orchestral music is very moving and very well performed. While I am a long-time fan of opera, the choral contribution to Corigliano's First left me cold. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Dr. Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Title raises a question.
I fully agree with the other reviewers that this symphony is a remarkable work and a significant contribution to American symphonic literature, but I do not understand the title. Read more
Published on December 13, 2009 by R. Walters
4.0 out of 5 stars The Symphony Is Worth Hearing
Several years ago I recommended the debut recording of this work, an Erato release featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Read more
Published on July 16, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Of Rage and Remembrance is a great piece, very interesting techniques used, worth checking out!
Published on January 31, 2007 by Sensei
4.0 out of 5 stars 800 performances later...
In the fifteen years since its premiere, Corigliano's AIDS symphony has achieved 800 live performances, giving it claim to being the most established orchestral work since... Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by Santa Fe Listener
4.0 out of 5 stars As powerful as your AIDS inolvement
These works have to be viewed from two perspectives: as purely musical works and as personal reflections on the impact of AIDS. Read more
Published on June 15, 2000 by Czinczar
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