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Violin Concerto

Adams , Corigliano Audio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Chaconne: The Red Violin: Chaconne16:48Album Only
listen  2. 2 Romanian Rhapsody, Op. 11: No. 1 in A major (arr. F. Waxman) 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Tristan and Isolde Fantasia11:02Album Only
listen  4. Violin Concerto: I. quarter note = 7815:19Album Only
listen  5. Violin Concerto: II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows10:49Album Only
listen  6. Violin Concerto: III. Toccare 7:22$0.89  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American
  • ASIN: B000H4VZC6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Violinist Chloë Hanslip here tackles John Adams's great Violin Concerto and comes out a winner. The beautiful piece, with its almost endlessly spun melodies from the soloist, is as unexpectedly interesting as it is ambitious. It was a joint commission by two orchestras and the New York City Ballet. Its purpose for dance is clear from the start, but there's far more to it than that. The first and central movements are rhapsodic; the third is all jittery movement. This is as fine a performance as Robert McDuffie's on Telarc. The rest of the CD is made up of fluff: Corigliano's Red Violin Chaconne is a surprisingly noisy, exciting piece, but hardly on the same level as the Adams. Franz Waxman's "version" of Enescu's First Romanian Rhapsody is a zippy, vulgar two-and-a-half minutes, and the same composer's Fantasia from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde is a fatty, heavy, Romantic piece of costume jewelry with piano solo (nicely played by Charles Owen). This bargain issue is needed for the Adams; the rest of the music is barely worth hearing, though Hanslip plays it all expertly and Leonard Slatkin and the Royal Philharmonic accompany with zest. --Robert Levine

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The works on this disc offer a broad survey of American violin music. John Corigliano's Chaconne is a set of variations based on his music for the 1998 film The Red Violin, while George Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 is a nineteeth-century fantasia on a

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag October 12, 2006
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There must be something wrong with my ears. I have heard John Adams's wildly popular Violin Concerto numerous times, and it has already been recorded at least three other times. But I hear little in it that appeals to me; it does not touch me at all emotionally. I can admire the skill and the complexity of the writing, but for me it doesn't really add up to much. That said, ChloŽ Hanslip does a bang-up job of playing it and if you already know this piece and want a recording of it you could certainly do worse, particularly when you consider its budget price. Hanslip's playing may not be quite as intense as that of Gidon Kremer on the first recording of the work or that of Robert McDuffie on Telarc, but it comes a close second. Her tone is a bit more slender but also perhaps more lyrical than that of the other-mentioned violinists.

The more positive parts of this CD for me are the accompanying pieces. I had not heard any of John Corigliano's music for the movie 'The Red Violin' but know it was quite successful and that Joshua Bell's recording of the music from the movie was a best-seller. The present work, the 'Chaconne from The Red Violin', a sixteen-minute confection based on a recurring melody from the movie, is altogether more compelling for me and is played beautifully here.

The other two pieces on the CD are from the pen of the great movie composer, Franz Waxman. First is his arrangement for violin and orchestra of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. It is actually primarily music from the orchestral original's fast middle section, and Hanslip plays the fireworks with requisite heat and sparkle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Right to the point: ChloŽ Hanslip gives Gidon Kremer a good run for his craggy-tone money in this astounding recording of John Adams' Violin Concerto. The sprawling lyricism of the first movement, the odd sentiment of the second, and the sheer head-banging excitement of the third are all perfectly captured by the young Miss Hanslip in this wondrous disc. American conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the Royal Philharmonic in absolutely perfect harmony with Hanslip. Honestly, the couplings are a trifle. They don't really add much to this (already amazing) disc. I honestly wish they had just paired it with the entire Red Violin Concerto, but that may have been too much to fit on the disc. But at Naxos' price, the added stuff is hardly unaffordable. My only I would say that they could have mixed in the orchestra a little louder (and the violin a little softer!) in the engineering studio. Just saying. But otherwise, this is required listening for any fan of John Adams. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars John Adams: Violing Concerto September 20, 2011
By FAL
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Great performance and artistry of a masterful work of art.
This peace brings forth a myriad of colors and dynamics
into a whirlwind of beauty.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, bad editing February 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was listening to this recording and thinking, "boy Chloe is really taring up that violin part!" And she did. But these pieces are not violin solos with unimportant accompaniment; they are solos with full orchestra. When the solo violin sounds equally as loud as a forte full brass section plus percussion, I know that the sound enginners seriously altered the recording.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good playing, mediocre music April 29, 2014
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Chloe Hanslip is one of the best of the younger generation of concertizing classical fiddlers. She is a much better tonalist than Hilary Hahn and some other boys and girls around her own age group. However, this disc does not evoke her strengths as a musician or as an interpreter - except perhaps her skill at performing/recording not-very-good music. The Adams Concerto doesn't have much in the way of real musical substance. It's one of those modern works that leaves no real impression upon the listener. The first movement is boring, and the second movement "Dream Through Which The Body Flows" does not live up to its title at all, nor does the last movement, entitled "Toccare". The Corigliano "Red Violin" Chaconne, which opens the disc, is alright. Just alright. I was never crazy about "The Red Violin" and never felt that the music did anything to enhance the story. The Waxman "Tristan and Isolde Fantasy" is one of those rare works, only available for performance/recording via permissions from the Franz Waxman estate. It's a pleasant number for violin, piano, and orchestra, reminiscent of many of Waxman's nostalgic old film scores...not really fitting on a classical concert program in the way the composer's "Carmen Fantasy" is. Enesco's "Romanian Rhapsody #1" consists of only a 2 1/2 minute snippet of the original piece for orchestra which is about 10 minutes long, arranged by Waxman. Why it was included here is anyone's good guess. Others have transcribed this piece in its entirety for violin and orchestra, and it would've been interesting if one of those had been recorded here instead.
Not recommended. Check out some of Chloe's other work, which is far better.
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