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American Classics - Adams: Violin Concerto, Etc / Hanslip


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559302   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John CoriglianoGeorge EnescuFranz WaxmanJohn Adams
Performer:  Chloë HanslipCharles Owen
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an enticing program, particularly for the two Franz Waxman items, which will have fans of the composer delighted. The great film composer's arrangement of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 manages to squeeze bits of every tune in the original work's concluding quick section into just two-and-a-half minutes of violin and orchestra fireworks. Even more interesting is the Tristan and Isolde Fantasia for violin, piano, and orchestra--wonderfully lush and decadent, and proving once again that Isolde's Liebestod sounds much better without Isolde.

John Corigliano's Chaconne from The Red Violin is a splendid piece, and it makes an excellent foil to the Adams, which also features a chaconne as its central movement. The
Read more performances are quite good, but the competition is fierce: from Joshua Bell in the Corigliano, and from both Gidon Kremer (Nonesuch) and Robert McDuffie (Telarc) in the Adams. Chloë Hanslip isn't quite in their league. She's an estimable player, but her slender tone gets swamped now and then in the Waxman pieces, and she doesn't project the mysteriously lyrical opening movement of the Adams with as strong a profile as the competition (particularly at this relatively slow tempo).

Certainly I have no complaints about Slatkin's conducting, or regarding the well-balanced engineering. In the final analysis, although you can perhaps do a bit better in the Corigliano and Adams items, the value of this disc lies in bringing all of these varied and enjoyable works together at such an attractive price. Intelligent planning and solid musicianship certainly combine to overcome any minor technical or interpretive reservations.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra "The Red Violin" by John Corigliano
Performer:  Chloë Hanslip (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 16 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/11/2005 - 12/13/2005) 
2. Romanian Rhapsody no 1 in A major, Op. 11 no 1 by George Enescu
Performer:  Chloë Hanslip (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1901; Romania 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Franz Waxman.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/11/2005 - 12/13/2005) 
3. Tristan und Isolde Fantasie by Franz Waxman
Performer:  Charles Owen (Piano), Chloë Hanslip (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 11 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/11/2005 - 12/13/2005) 
4. Concerto for Violin by John Adams
Performer:  Chloë Hanslip (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 33 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (12/11/2005 - 12/13/2005) 

Sound Samples

Chaconne: The Red Violin:
2 Romanian Rhapsodies, Op. 11 (arr. F. Waxman): 2 Romanian Rhapsody, Op. 11: No. 1 in A major (arr. F. Waxman)
Tristan and Isolde Fantasia
Violin Concerto: I. quarter note = 78
Violin Concerto: II. Chaconne: Body Through Which the Dream Flows
Violin Concerto: III. Toccare

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