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Corigliano: The Red Violin Concerto, Violin Sonata
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The 'Pieces De Resistance', the best of the best, begin with the Red Violin Concerto's 'knock-out' of a 16 minute multi-layered, multi-tempo "Chaconne" movement that runs the gamut of emotions from ethereal to intense, from arco to pizzacato, beautifully played by Joshua Bell and supported by Ms Alsop and the orchestra. A 'Tour de Force' in one movement! That's followed by 'castanet'-like accents, skittering notes, and a marvelous dissonant waltz in the second "Pianissimo Scherzo" movement with Mr Bell playing like a dervish, displaying a wonderful tone. And lastly, the thrilling 'train ride' of the final "Accelerando" movement with Bell playing hard, fast, and heartfelt amid orchestral cacophony full of surprises.Read more ›
Joshua Bell is a thrilling performer. I can't compare his playing of these two compositions to anyone else's, since I haven't heard any other, but Bell clearly has the bowing technique to meet any eccentic demands of the music.Read more ›
Five stars here! Ever since the Red Violin Concerto by John Corigliano made its world premiere in 2003 I've been impatiently waiting for Joshua Bell to record it. I must say, I have not been disappointed with this recording! The concerto was recorded live, and Josh, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop were all vibrantly dynamic in as fine a performance of contemporary music as I've heard.
The concerto develops the themes of the Oscar winning Red Violin movie score. The first movement, Chaconne, was previously recorded with the sound-track of the Red Violin movie, though this recording seems more vibrant. The second, third and fourth movements include beautiful and highly unusual effects, with the fourth movement featuring races that bring the concerto to a climax with the soloist and orchestra each accelerating at different times and speeds.
The conductor, Marin Alsop, conducted the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for twelve years, giving me previous exposure to her depth, skill and insight particularly into contemporary music. The combination of Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Joshua Bell in this recording is positively stellar.
Also on this CD is Corigliano's Sonata for Violin and Piano played by Joshua Bell and Jeremy Denk. Although violin-piano pieces usually seem to use the piano as support and accompaniment for the violin, in this sonata violin and piano have distinct parts in the manner of co-partners. I especially love the fourth movement, Allegro, as it seems very beautiful and cheerful.
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Beautiful in every way. Came quickly, well-packed. I LOVED it.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
But the recording was a little disappointing. The instruments did not seem to come through clearly. Read more
Terrific movie and music by Jonathan Bell, the world's greatest violinist, in my view. I need not be more eloquent.Published on May 11, 2014 by Joyce M. Richards
I acquired this set after many listenings to the very beautiful Red Violin Soundtrack. My advice- Enjoy the OST. Stay Away from this disk! Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Robert
I did know better, but under the influence of the glowing review by Mr Levine, I thought maybe, just maybe, this one would be different. No such luck. Read morePublished on August 27, 2009 by wdhspg
Joshua Bell is an amazing violinist who is able to perform effectively in a wide range of musical genres. Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by musiclover
You may have overheard at some party the following or a similar comment coming from a self-proclaimed music expert: "I only listen to Beethoven and the real music. Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Vera Kolb
If you happen to be among the many who greatly treasure Joshua Bell's expressive, lyrical style of playing (myself included), then you'll find much to rejoice in this recently... Read morePublished on December 17, 2007 by John Kwok
Before Corigliano, the genre of crossover concerto was occupied by Miklos Rosza and Korngold, both of whom applied lush, easy to assimilate music familiar from Hollywood movies. Read morePublished on October 17, 2007 by Santa Fe Listener