Violin Concerto / Variations on America
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 13.97 x 12.7 x 0.64 cm; 97.24 g
- メーカー : Naxos American
- EAN : 0636943908327
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2001
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Naxos American
- ASIN : B00005AYEH
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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A life-long ambassador for American music, William Schuman (1910-1992) is known above all for his powerful Third Symphony (1941), though his substantial output is now being reassessed. The Violin Concerto (1959) is a good place to start: there's the high-velocity orchestral writing of his earlier music, but also a pensive, brooding quality that speaks of the uncertainty of the Cold War era . The solo part, perhaps mindful of Shostakovich's First Violin Concerto which took the US by storm in 1955, is virtuosic with an emotional depth to match, and effortlessly sustains itself over the two large-scale movements of Schuman's unorthodox yet effective design. Violinist Philip Quint is fully equal to the task, and José Serebrier, a seasoned champion of American music, steers the performance convincingly. New England Triptych makes inventive and exciting play with three 17th-century hymn-tunes by William Billings, while the 1963 orchestration of Charles Ives' youthful Variations on "America" (more recognisable to UK listeners as the National Anthem!) is pure fun. With spacious sound that lacks nothing in impact, this is an excellent introduction to a composer of real personality. --Richard Whitehouse
One of the greatest American symphonists, William Schuman established an orchestral sound unmistakably his own. A master orchestrator, he could turn a simple tune into a symphonic statement of universal appeal. His witty and imaginative orchestration of
The music is great.
While I'm not familiar to any great extent with the artists featured, the playing sounds exemplar to my ears. It's another, very fine and low budget gem from the good people at NAXOS and I'm quite satisfied with it.
I have come to the conclusion over the past decade or so that the Bournemouth players were simply not quite a world class ensemble. Well, listening to this disc certainly proves that was not always the case. Considering that this disc was recorded in 2001 - before Marin Alsop arrived in Bournemouth and practically ruined them, and Kirill Karabits continues the trend by snoozing through most of his conducting efforts with this group - one must surmise just exactly what these observations indicate: the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra used to be right up there with the best. But alas, with poor back-to-back music-director choices, their quality has fallen substantially over the years. Their limp response in recent recordings for Karabits (for Naxos, Onyx and Decca) is certainly not the fault of the recording teams. Indeed Naxos's 2001 recording here for this all-Schuman program under Serebrier is extremely impressive - dynamic and dramatic, full-bodied and powerful. This certainly contributes to the overall magnificence of these performances. Indeed, the 1st movement of the Violin Concerto and "Be Glad Then America" from New England Triptych left me exclaiming: "WOW!" When was the last time a recording from Bournemouth has done much more than put you to sleep?
I've written it before (Benedetti's Korngold Concerto recording) and I'll write it again: poor Bournemouth - they deserve so much better. But until their management wakes up and hires a competent conductor, we'll remember them as they used to be. This disc is a fabulous memorial and a glimmer of what they might become again one day.