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American Classics - Kim: Violin Concerto, Etc / Yoo, Et Al

Release Date: 07/19/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559226   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Earl Kim
Performer:  Cecylia ArzewskiWilliam WolframRobert Kim
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though Earl Kim's Violin Concerto opens with a long orchestral introduction much like the great works of the 19th century, there's no doubting this is a modern work. Kim's musical language moves through and extends beyond tonality so easily that there hardly seems any line of demarcation. The shifting sonic atmosphere also is indeterminate, moving seamlessly from light to shade and back again. Through all of this Kim's dramatic sense and vivid imagery invite cinematic comparisons. The violin enters ethereally from on high, and the part sometimes suggests Sibelius, with hints of Prokofiev and Berg appearing before the work's end. It's a challenging part, one that Cecylia Arzewski handles brilliantly, offering a technically impeccable, deeply Read more affecting performance.

In Dialogues for Piano and Orchestra Kim subjects the expression of his deeply felt wartime experiences to the highly disciplined concertante form. The effect is quite striking, especially as pianist William Wolfram's classically attuned playing renders the darkly dramatic music with such clarity and precision.

Cornet for narrator and orchestra also concerns war, though in this case the imagery is provided by Rainer Maria Rilke's evocative poetry, while Kim's score contains even greater cinematic allusions as it gives musical life to the spoken drama. Narrator Robert Kim (the composer's nephew) has a bit of a somber, detached style. That is, until the pulse-pounding battle scenes, and you realize his former subdued delivery was an expression of the war-weariness so perfectly captured by Rilke. As with all works on the program, Scott Yoo and the RTÉ National Symphony provide expertly realized and highly involving accompaniments, well captured by Naxos' top-drawer recording. Kim fans, and even those who don't know the composer, should certainly hear this recording.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin by Earl Kim
Performer:  Cecylia Arzewski (Violin)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; USA 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 22 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (05/31/2004 - 06/01/2004) 
Dialogues by Earl Kim
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (05/31/2004 - 06/01/2004) 
Cornet by Earl Kim
Performer:  Robert Kim (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Scott Yoo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland 
Length: 25 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (05/31/2004 - 06/01/2004) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto: Part I: Adagio molto sostenuto
Violin Concerto: Part I: Variation 1
Violin Concerto: Part I: Variation 2: poco scherzando
Violin Concerto: Part I: Episode 1
Violin Concerto: Part I: Episode 2: cadenza
Violin Concerto: Part II: Introduction
Violin Concerto: Part II: Episode: Adagio, ma non troppo/con affetto
Violin Concerto: Part II: Finale: Allegro molto
Cornet: I. Riding, riding, riding, through the day, through the night, through the day
Cornet: II. Von Langenau stirs in his saddle and says: "My Lord Marquis..."
Cornet: III. Camp-fire. They sit round it and wait
Cornet: IV. The little Marquis says, "You are very young, Sir?"
Cornet: V. One day, in the morning, a horseman appears...
Cornet: VI. A day's ride with the Army
Cornet: VII. Von Langenau is writing a letter, deep in thought
Cornet: VIII. They ride over a slain peasant
Cornet: IX. It began as a feast. Then it became a festival, one hardly knows how
Cornet: X. And there is one who stands and gazes with wonder upon this splendour
Cornet: XI. "Have you forgotten that you are my page for this day?"
Cornet: XII. Slowly the castle lights go out
Cornet: XIII. Was a window open? Is the storm in the house?
Cornet: XIV. He races to out-strip the blazing corridors, through the burning embrace of red-hot doors...
Cornet: XV. Count von Langenau is right in the midst of the enemy, but quite alone
Cornet: XVI. The tunic was burnt in the castle, the letter and the rose-leaf of a lady unknown

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