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Corigliano: Concerto For Piano, Etc / Douglas, Slatkin


Release Date: 08/18/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 68100   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Corigliano
Performer:  Barry Douglas
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Corigliano's Piano Concerto [is] a powerful and ambitious work in four sharply contrasted movements. Dating from 1968, long before his AIDS-inspired Symphony No. 1 and the brilliantly successful Met opera, The Ghosts of Versailles, it communicates with similar immediacy. The substantial opening Allegro, much the longest movement, is in modified sonata form, with a jazzy first subject prompting heavyweight virtuoso writing for the soloist, quickly leading to a broadly lyrical, meditative second theme. If Corigliano unashamedly uses a freely eclectic style, his writing is consistently positive and energetic, never merely conventional, both in that first movement and the compact scherzo, the lyrical Andante appassionato slow movement and Read more the Rondo finale which follow.

Having an all-Corigliano coupling has the merit of setting the work in context. The Elegy and the show-piece, Tournaments Overture, both date from even earlier and are his first full orchestral works— the one developed from the love scene in incidental music Corigliano wrote for a play about Helen of Troy, the other a virtuoso piece, substantially monothematic, that tests the orchestra to the limit in its three clearly defined sections, fast-slow-fast. Unlike most composers Corigliano is consistently helpful and direct in his comments on each work. One would never have realized that the Fantasia on an Ostinato was adapted from a solo piano piece, so fluent and brilliant is the orchestral writing. The argument is built on the main theme of the Allegretto second movement of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, which eventually emerges gently and slowly at the very end, with the final chord taken direct from the symphony. As Corigliano puts it, "I have attempted to combine what I felt were the attractive aspects of minimalism with convincing architecture and emotional expression".

Slatkin draws outstanding playing from the St Louis orchestra, and Barry Douglas proves a powerful advocate, using a daringly wide dynamic range and tonal palate.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [11/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Tournaments Overture by John Corigliano
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/11/1993 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 11 Minutes 46 Secs. 
2.
Fantasia on an Ostinato by John Corigliano
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/11/1993 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: John Corigliano (1986) 
3.
Elegy by John Corigliano
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1965; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/24/1994 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Piano by John Corigliano
Performer:  Barry Douglas (Piano)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis 
Length: 32 Minutes 12 Secs. 

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