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Corigliano: The Red Violin Caprices / Quint, Wolfram


Release Date: 05/27/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559364   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John CoriglianoVirgil Thomson
Performer:  Philippe QuintWilliam Wolfram
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Engaging solo repertoire as The Red Violin yields up more musical delights

This is another incarnation of John Corigliano’s Red Violin music. First the film and the Chaconne for violin and orchestra derived from it (1997); then the Concerto (2003); and now the composer has extracted a set of caprices for solo violin.

These were originally written as studies and the actors, filmed playing the instrument, had to mime to them. Because of the demands of the film, reflecting the life of a violin at various times and places, the writing has a wider stylistic range than most contemporary works for solo violin.

Corigliano’s Sonata for
Read more Violin and Piano (1963) is an early piece with ingenious Stravinskian panache in the rapid writing and lyrical charm elsewhere of the kind which led to The Red Violin 35 years later. Quint and Wolfram make it sound just as impressive as Bell and Denk (Sony, 2/08).

Most of Virgil Thomson’s Portraits were for piano so it’s unusual to have three groups for violin, with and without piano. Thomson began with seven of the Eight Portraits for solo violin in 1928 and went on to produce about 150. He actually composed in front of the sitter like an artist sketching, and the results are delightfully spontaneous. There’s a “Tango Lullaby” for Mlle Alvarez de Toledo, who must have been quite a character; sketches of Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas, both so important in Thomson’s life; and composer colleagues like Henri Sauguet (see Virgil Thomson’s Musical Portraits by Anthony Tommasini – Pendragon Press – for full details).

Philippe Quint’s panache is stunning and this CD offers some of the most attractive music for solo violin in the entire repertoire.

-- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone [9/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Red Violin Caprices for Violin solo by John Corigliano
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano by John Corigliano
Performer:  William Wolfram (Piano), Philippe Quint (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; USA 
3.
Portraits (25) for Piano, 1940: no 9, Barcarolle - Georges Hugnet by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Paris, France 
Notes: Arranged: Samuel Dushkin (1947) 
4.
Portraits (25) for Piano, 1940: no 1, Tango Lullaby - Flavie Alvarez de Toledo by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; Paris, France 
Notes:  Arranged: Samuel Dushkin (1947) 
5.
Portraits (25) for Piano, 1940: no 7, In a Bird Cage - Lise Deharme by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; France 
6.
Five Ladies by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin), William Wolfram (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930s 
7.
Portraits (8) for Violin solo by Virgil Thomson
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin)

Sound Samples

The Red Violin Caprices: Theme
The Red Violin Caprices: Variation 2
The Red Violin Caprices: Variation 3
The Red Violin Caprices: Variation 4
The Red Violin Caprices: Variation 5
Violin Sonata: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata: II. Andantino
Violin Sonata: III. Lento
Violin Sonata: IV. Allegro
3 Portraits (arr. S. Dushkin for violin and piano): No. 1. Barcarolle, A Portrait of Georges Hugnet
3 Portraits (arr. S. Dushkin for violin and piano): No. 2. Tango Lullaby, A Portrait of Mlle. Alvarez de Toledo
3 Portraits (arr. S. Dushkin for violin and piano): No. 3. In a Bird Cage, A Portrait of Lise Deharme
5 Ladies: I. Cynthia Kemper, A Fanfare
5 Ladies: II. Anne Miracle
5 Ladies: III. Alice Toklas
5 Ladies: IV. Yvonne de Casa Fuerte
5 Ladies: V. Mary Reynolds
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 3. Georges Hugnet, Poet and Man of Letters
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 1. Senorita Juanita de Medina Accompanied by her Mother
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 2. Madame Marthe-Marthine
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 4. Miss Gertrude Stein as a Young Girl
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 5. Cliquet-Pleyel in F
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 6. Mrs. C[hester] W[hitin] L[asell]
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 7. Sauguet, from Life
8 Portraits for Violin Alone: No. 8. Ruth Smallens

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