Notes and Editorial Reviews
This disc received the 1997 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Album."
It was recorded in November 1995, and April & July 1996.
Written in 1989 at the height of the AIDS crisis, John Corigliano's Symphony no. 1 is very much a product of its times, an anguished response to the mounting epidemic which communicates the numbing terror felt by so many. That the terror has struck close to home for the composer is evidenced by the symphony's rhetorical devices, such as the offstage piano in the first movement or the cello's song in the third, both representing the music of departed friends. The air of anxiety is underscored by a barrage of coloristic effects, tone clusters, screeching strings and percussive outbursts against which tonal,
almost sentimental melodies stand in stark relief.
This widely performed and much honored work has known no greater champion than Leonard Slatkin, who leads the National Symphony Orchestra in this forceful performance, captured with great clarity by RCA Victor. The value of the disc is further enhanced by the inclusion of Corigliano's cantata 'Of Rage and Remembrance,' which gives voice to the words of poet William Hoffman that inspired the symphony's first movement while borrowing musical material from the third movement's Chaconne. Read less
Works on This Recording
Of Rage and Remembrance by John Corigliano
Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano),
Jason Stearns (Baritone),
Michael Accinno (Boy Soprano),
Robert P. Baker (Tenor),
James Shaffran (Baritone),
Michael Forest (Tenor)
National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,
Washington Oratorio Society Men's Chorus,
Washington Choral Arts Society Men
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991; USA
Venue: J. F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D. C.
Length: 12 Minutes 58 Secs.
Notes: This work is based on the 3rd movement of John Corigliano's "Symphony no. 1".
Symphony no 1 by John Corigliano
David Hardy (Cello),
Glenn Garlick (Cello),
Lambert Orkis (Piano)
National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989; USA
Venue: Live J. F. Kennedy Center, Washington, D. C.
Length: 39 Minutes 59 Secs.
Of Rage and Remembrance - Chaconne based upon Symphony No. 1, movt. 3
Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance
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