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Kernis: Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar / Air for Violin / Lament and Prayer


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. AIR for violinJoshua Bell11:38Album Only
listen  2. Double Concerto for Violin & Guitar - 1. Fast and JazzyCho-Liang Lin 8:02Album Only
listen  3. Double Concerto for Violin & Guitar - 2. Adagio moltoCho-Liang Lin15:35Album Only
listen  4. Double Concerto for Violin & Guitar - 3. Presto, sempre ritmicoCho-Liang Lin 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lament and Prayer - Adagio (Lament)Minnesota Orchestra12:18Album Only
listen  6. Lament and Prayer - Tranquillo (Prayer)Minnesota Orchestra14:17Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Cho-Liang Lin, Sharon Isbin, Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank
  • Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: David Zinman, Hugh Wolff
  • Composer: Aaron Jay Kernis
  • Audio CD (April 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Argo
  • ASIN: B00000IIXU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Wow. Kudos, as always, to Mr. Bell for his superb and heartrending recording of "Air" for violin and orchestra. Those eleven minutes of heaven alone are worth the price of the CD. It's hard to breathe after listening to such great music played by such a great violinist. Isbin and Lin are great together in their jazzy, finger-snapping double concerto. I was a little wary of it when I read the description of tracks 2-4, but it's a fun piece. Kudos also to Pamela Frank for a soulful and searing rendition of Lamentation and Prayer. Beautiful to hear the orchestra and soloist mourn and meditate in unison. This CD is a keeper.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shuji Ogino on March 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I like "Lament and Prayer" best in this CD. It is a very serious, beautiful piece, which is dedicated "in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII and Holocaust". Pamela Frank, whom this piece was commissioned for, is playing as if praying. The Minnesota Orchestra, especially strings, lead by David Zinman responded very well. In the final minutes, her violin and the orchestra finish in a calm, timeless melody. I was so moved when I actually listened to this piece, played by Pamela Frank, in a concert hall. Air for Violin is also beautiful and serene, but it is a simpler piece. Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar is an interesting piece. The jazz-like first and third movements contrast with the second movement, partly dissonant but richly melodious. Violin and guitar is a very intriguing combination. This Pulitzer prize-winning CD contains masterpieces by Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Brody VINE VOICE on October 17, 2006
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The Kernis Double Concerto is an original. The style is not at all like that in Mr.Kernis' Colored Field (a concerto for English horn). Colored Field, at times, has a cartoonish quality reminiscent of the music of Carl Stalling, and at other times, has a crag-like, dignified quality of some of the music of Aaron Copland.

The Kernis Double Concerto has a busy, frantic quality. The Double Concerto appears grounded in tonality, but seems to have a bit of Alban Berg sprinkled in it, which adds sonic spice. Moreover, the Double Concerto has an continual alleatory quality to it, thick meandering sounds in the background, somewhat reminiscent of Ives. What is especially surprising in the Double Concerto are the occasional springy, spongey episodes sounding like a college marching band (or 1940s swing band). I had always liked the third movement of the Barber Violin Concerto, with its frantic, busy energy. The Kernis Double Concerto is somewhat similar to Barber Violin Concerto in that both pieces are fast and "happy," but Kernis takes it a few steps further, by adding the Alban Bergesque aleatory quality, and by adding the amusing springy college marching band episodes.

FIVE STARS to the Kernis Double Concerto. Also, FIVE STARS to Kernis' Colored Field with English horn, as recorded by the San Francisco Symphony.
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