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Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man; Seven Poems of Bob Dylan; Three Hallucinations

John Corigliano , JoAnn Falletta , Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra , Plitmann Audio CD
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listen  1. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 1. Prelude: Mr. Tambourine ManHila Plitmann 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 2. Clothes LineHila Plitmann 6:41$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 3. Blowin' in the WindHila Plitmann 6:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 4. Masters of WarHila Plitmann 3:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 5. All Along The WatchtowerHila Plitmann 3:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 6. Chimes of FreedomHila Plitmann 7:18$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mr. Tambourine Man (version with orchestra): No. 7. Postlude: Forever YoungHila Plitmann 5:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 3 Hallucinations: No. 1. SacrificeBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra 6:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 3 Hallucinations: No. 2. HymnBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra 5:40$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. 3 Hallucinations: No. 3. RitualBuffalo Philharmonic Orchestra 2:55$0.89  Buy MP3 


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  • Performer: Plitmann
  • Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Composer: John Corigliano
  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B001DELX6W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mr. Tambourine Man, John Corigliano's 35-minute song cycle for amplified soprano and orchestra, had a unique genesis. Corigliano took texts from songs by Bob Dylan, and treated them purely as poetry, without using or referring to Dylan's music. He professes not to even know the Dylan originals, but frankly, it's a little hard to believe that anyone who didn't spend the 1960s in an isolation chamber could have avoided hearing "Blowin' in the Wind" somewhere along the line. Corigliano's experiment pays off because the texts are indeed terrific, and his thoughtful and evocative settings are persuasive interpretations of Dylan's lyrics. His music makes no reference to the folk tradition in which Dylan writes. These are clearly art songs with an entirely different set of aesthetic parameters, but particularly in the more reflective movements, Corigliano's settings have a haunting melancholy that evokes a sensibility of American populism not too far from Dylan's in its depth of feeling and emotional impact. He gives "Forever Young" a strophic setting that's wonderfully melodically memorable; its simplicity and transparency make it achingly poignant. There's a homespun Ivesian flavor to Corigliano's wistful and mysterious setting of "Clothes Line." "Blowin' in the Wind," perhaps the hardest sell because Dylan's original is so distinctive, succeeds because it brings a new twist to the text; it quietly begins with a sense of smoldering anger and grows in intensity as the cumulative power of the unanswerable questions builds, until it erupts in an outcry of full-blown rage before subsiding into resigned sadness. Hila Plitmann's remarkably pure and expressive voice and emotionally direct and unmannered performance make her the ideal interpreter for this material. This is certainly one of the strongest new vocal compositions and extraordinary performances to appear on CD in a while. The CD also includes Three Hallucinations, a suite the composer made from his score for the 1980 Ken Russell film Altered States. The eclectic, skittish music is in fact hallucinatory, full of eccentric juxtapositions, distorted and distended musical gestures, and appropriately random weirdness. Corigliano is a fabulous orchestrator, and his colorful score, although it's definitely "modern music," is approachable and audience-friendly, especially with the subject matter kept in mind. JoAnn Falletta leads the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in accomplished performances that span the technical and expressive spectrum, from the delicacy and finesse of the Dylan songs to the over-the-top wildness of Three Hallucinations. Naxos' sound is immaculate, with great clarity and balance, as well as a convincing sense of depth. -- AllMusic.com, Stephen Eddins, November 2008

The premise seems bizarre at best. A renowned classical composer unfamiliar with Bob Dylan's music studies his lyrics and is subsequently inspired to re-imagine them as a classical concerto, recasting the works with new melodies wholly divorced from Dylan's original compositions. That's the bewildering back story behind John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man, a song cycle that expropriates Dylan's discography - seven songs in all - to underscore a journey of emotion and awareness. Sung by acclaimed soprano Hila Plitmann with JoAnn Falletta conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the music meanders from the idyllic sentiments of "Mr. Tambourine Man" to the call of "Blowin' in the Wind" and concludes with the uplifting optimism of "Forever Young". -- Performing Songwriter Magazine, Lee Zimmerman, December 2008

When Pulitzer-winning composer John Corigliano says he never listened to the songs of Bob Dylan, it's a shocking admission, particularly for a New York musician who was in his 20s in the '60s. One wonders what he would say if another artist admitted never having heard Aaron Copland. Regardless, without even hearing the tunes of Dylan's songs, Corigliano used some of the songwriter's lyrics -- mostly from the '60s protest period -- as poems for his own music. The result was an Americana song suite with political overtones called "Mr. Tambourine Man," first for soprano with piano and now for amplified soprano with orchestra. There are aspects of the cycle that feel almost comically arch, if one has any experience of Dylan's own gritty folk-rock. The bizarre musical-theater moments in the song "Mr. Tambourine Man" are cringe-worthy, as are the operatic outbursts in "Masters of War." But there are some surprisingly effective episodes in Corigliano's suite, thanks to his gift for long, arching melody and dramatic orchestrations. The Copland-esque treatment of "Clothes Line" is lovely, while the pastoral, ruminative setting of "Chimes of Freedom" has a grave, almost Shakespearean theatricality. Corigliano was lucky to find an ideal singer for the cycle: the Jerusalem-born Hila Plitmann, who pairs high technique with intimate phrasing. The disc also features "Three Hallucinations," a suite from Corigliano's score to the 1980 film "Altered States." If aptly nightmarish with the film, the music sounds slightly hokey on its own; still, the piece gets a high-impact performance. -- AllMusic.com, Stephen Eddins, October 2008

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Box of Ear Candy October 1, 2008
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Scoring poetry has had a long tradition, whether for art songs in classical music or for religious rites. Each poem challenges the classical composer to create music to reflect themes and specific phrases, producing a series of miniatures often of great variety. The American poems of Walt Whitman, for instance, were scored by John Adams, Howard Hanson, and Vaughan Williams, and those of Emily Dickinson were the focus of works by Aaron Copland and John Adams. The songs of the young Bob Dylan still have great appeal because of their poetry, besides the social and political commentary, and with this album they are elevated to high art in the hands of John Corigliano, who states that he was not familiar with the songs (hard to believe as he was age 30 in 1968) and reached his compositions solely through the written lyrics. Of course, the listener MUST forget about Dylan's original tunes, though strongly etched in the mind; something composers of Whitman et al. poetry need not be concerned. The result is a short series of wonderfully interesting music, full of orchestral color and mood and here nicely performed by soprano Hila Plitmann and the Buffalo Philharmonic. The second set of music are three religious "hallucinations"...wonderful title!....that also demonstrate the excellent orchestral abilities of Corigliano, who deserves more public attention beyond his popular Red Violin. Throw in Naxos budget pricing and you have a most splendid purchase. Buy it for your kids and enjoy their reactions!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece October 3, 2008
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I had the good fortune to hear Mr Tambourine Man in concert at the Cabrillo Festival in 2007. It was enthusiastically received. The performance under Falletta is superb, Hila Plitman is terrific, and the sonics are top notch.

For me, the setting of "Blowin' in the Wind" is worth twice the price of the CD. Taking its cue from "One Ever Hangs" from the Britten War Requiem, with a frighteningly ominous descending accompaniment, Corigliano's treatment will blow away your memories of Dylan's way of doing it, and make you write your last will and testament.

This song cycle of Corigliano affirms his status as one of the greatest living American composers. Not to be missed!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It should have been AMY ! April 5, 2009
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I've heard most of these pieces performed previously, live at the Cabrillo Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. There, Amy Burton, a soprano who regularly appears with the Metropolitan Opera, was the featured vocalist on Corigliano's TAMBOURINE MAN. I liked Amy's voice and interpretation much better than the woman on this recording. This woman seems much too percussive, overly dramatic, and quite pushy with her tone; almost as if she was singing a Torchy, Blues song down in New Orleans. Amy,on the other hand, is much more musical, tender, and seductive. I guess it boils down to ones likes or dislikes. In any event, I have no problem whatsoever with the instrumental portions of this recording. I really like the music of America's Dean of Composers, John Corigliano. I would recommend this CD to anyone who cares for Serious Contemporaneous Classical music, especially that of Mr. Corigliano. Gordon Wilson, Ariz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Journey September 25, 2012
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This song cycle touched my heart and mind, but it is not light and superficial; not recommended if you are seeking "easy listening." In spite of that, I am glad I purchased John Corigliano's song cycle and orchestral impressions; every time I listen to it, something new is discovered and I never get tired of listening. Bob Dylan's lyrics are very human, powerful and thought-provoking. The Hallucinations are cool - all sorts of colors and textures pop out at you.
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