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listen  1. Violin Concerto: I. Quarter note = ca. 62Pamela Frank 8:46$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Violin Concerto: II. Quarter note = ca. 58Pamela Frank 7:22$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Violin Concerto: III. Quarter note = ca. 152Pamela Frank 9:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rituals: I. InvocationMichael Stern 6:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rituals: II. AmbulationMichael Stern 5:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rituals: III. RemembrancesMichael Stern 6:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rituals: IV. ContestsMichael Stern 7:35$0.89  Buy MP3 


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  • Audio CD (September 20, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • ASIN: B000AMMSOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When Ellen Taafe Zwilich wrote her Violin Concerto in 1998 she brought a violinist's perspective to it; she had played in Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra for a number of years. She chose Pamela Frank, the extraordinary violinist daughter of two pianists (Claude Frank and Lilian Kallir), to play its première with the Orchestra of St. Luke's under Hugh Wolff. In this recording, made in 1998 (before Frank began experiencing hand problems that necessitated her taking a long hiatus from playing), the orchestra is that of the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Saarbrücken (Germany) under its music director, Michael Stern, the son of another great musician, Isaac Stern. Soloist and orchestra meld effortlessly in this remarkably musical performance. The concerto has since made the rounds and almost universally critics and music-lovers comment about the intense beauty of the work's middle movement. It is a meditation on the first few notes (chords, really) of Bach's great unaccompanied 'Chaconne in D Minor' (from the Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004). But I'm getting ahead of myself. The first movement is a rhapsodic andante that has several cadenza-like passages for the violin (the concerto does not have a formal cadenza in any of its movements). It celebrates, among other things, the interval of a minor ninth. The second movement follows without pause, is only slightly slower than the first and according to the composer's directions is 'quiet, but intensely vocal with lots of shading.' In her article about the concerto at its première the late Shirley Fleming in the New York Post called the concerto 'a wonderfully engaging work' and commented on how Zwilich took the Chaconne melody and built it to an almost menacing climax - 'a theme of fate.Read more ›
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Redgecko on January 6, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Amazon neglected to list the tracks so I will:

1-3: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra (1998) 26:03

4-7: Rituals for Five Percussionists & Orchestra (2002) 25:59

If you're a collector of fine violin concertos then you'll want to get this recording because it's the only recording of this concerto written by this Pulitzer Prize winner in music. It is a lovely piece and deserved to be coupled with similar pieces like Zwilch's Double Concerto, Triple Concerto or Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra. Someone at Naxos wasn't thinking when they followed the lovely Violin Concerto with an often loud experimental piece for percussionists. It's not a terrible piece and has its moments, but it doesn't belong on this CD. And, since each of the two pieces is of equal length, you're really paying $7 for the concerto.

My 3 star isn't against Ellen Zwilch who deserves high marks for another fine concerto but for Naxos who gets low marks for a poorly designed program, and at only 52:04, a stingy one at that.

Recommended only if you can't wait for another recording of the Violin Concerto coupled with something that goes with it.

Redgecko
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