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Tower: Violin Concerto… / Lin, Guerrero

Tower / Lin / Nashville Symphony / Guerrero
Release Date: 05/26/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559775   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joan Tower
Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joan Tower creates music which is bold, colorful and communicative, her list of commissions and awards providing ample evidence of her ability to engage performers and audiences alike. Emotional intensity characterizes Stroke, which vividly conveys a stroke victim’s dramatic turmoil while also offering a vision of hope. The Violin Concerto, selected for the final round of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, is both a virtuoso showcase and a lyrical vehicle for the soloist, its conversational cadenzas representing a poignant exchange between the living and the departed. The deceptively titled Chamber Dance alternates huge blocks of sound with intimate solos and duets in an ever-evolving riot of colors.


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Read more Violin Concerto the ear is caught by the constantly changing colours of the soloists interaction with different orchestral players. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is lyrical and muscular as required, and his slender tone is well balanced with the excellent Nashville Symphony. The orchestra impresses also in two more recent pieces by Tower, and bears further witness to Tower's imaginative handling of instrumental coloring.

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Works on This Recording

Stroke, for orchestra by Joan Tower
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010 
Venue:  Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhor 
Length: 19 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Concerto for violin & orchestra by Joan Tower
Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang (Violin)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: Modern 
Written: 1992 
Venue:  Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhor 
Length: 21 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Chamber Dance, for chamber orchestra by Joan Tower
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006 
Venue:  Laura Turner Concert Hall at Schermerhor 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Outstanding Recording June 10, 2017 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Joan Tower's 3 single movement works on this very fine Naxos disk exhibit a variety of moods, rhythms, tempos, and colors. To lead off the program, one encounters a work called Stroke, which has a programmatic aspect, the anguish and intense struggle to cope with the crippling effect of a stroke. The composer develops this forbidding theme through a series of juxtapositioned passages of rhythmic power, tumultuous organizational breakdown (the stroke) and the serenity of recovery and the prospect of continued merit in the victim's life (i.e., something far beyond the physical struggle for survival is at stake here). The centerpiece of the recording is her intriguing and assuredly virtuosic Violin Concerto from 1991. Tonality and guaranteed accessibility (which means the work establishes a comfort level with the listener rather than driving the listener away)are the virtues I would immediately attach to this attractive and engaging modern concerto. Finally, there is a work which receives its world premiere on this disk, Chamber Dance, whose qualities in this recording go far beyond what a chamber-sized ensemble could project; thus, the work's very title is decidedly understated. I found it to be a dynamic, strongly assertive piece that never lets the interest flag. In short, Joan Tower has again demonstrated why she is rightfully considered one of America's finest living composers. The works contained on this disk are vividly brought to life in the highest standard of excellence by conductor Giancarlo Guerrero's superb Nashville Symphony Orchestra and soloist Cho-Liang Lin in the concerto. Naxos' audio engineers have, as usual, done a great job, producing clear, balanced sound. In short, this is a very excellent recording of modern music from an excellent composer and played by a top notch orchestra. What more could you ask for? Definitely recommended." Report Abuse
 Outstanding Orchestral Works July 9, 2015 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "This new release serves up three outstanding orchestral works by American composer Joan Tower. Stroke is a 2010 musical portrait of a stroke, and the disruptive effect it has on the victim. Tower's music upends itself early on, and over the course of the piece moves through several violent emotions before settling on serene acceptance of the new norm. The earliest work on the album is the 1991 Violin Concerto. This single-movement piece was originally composed for violinist Elmar Oliveria. In this recording, Cho-Liang Lin is the featured soloist. Lin has an intense style that imbues his performance with a frantic energy that gives the entire work a sense of urgency -- and to good effect. While Lin's style may differ from Oliveria's his interpretation is no less valid. The Chamber Dance, to my ears, seems like a kind of a concerto for orchestra. Over the course of the 16-minute work, each instrument (and instrumental combination) is showcased. Originally written in 2006 for the Orpheus Ensemble, the work betrays its origin as a piece for leaderless orchestra. In such an organization, all players are equal -- and the Chamber Dance gives everyone equal time to shine. The piece moves through various orchestral textures and colors in kaleidoscopic fashion. Underneath it all is a thematic framework with a clear sense of direction, giving the work substance as well as glitter. A colleague of mine calls Joan Tower one of the greatest living composers. After hearing this release, I can't argue with him." Report Abuse
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