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Matheson: Violin Concerto, String Quartet & Times Alone

Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Yarlung Records   Catalog #: 25670  
Composer:  James Matheson
Performer:  Baird DodgeLaura StricklingThomas Sauer
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony OrchestraColor Field
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

James Matheson composed his Violin Concerto specifically for violinist Baird Dodge, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Having lived in many places, Matheson feels as if Los Angeles "claimed him as their own". While in Los Angeles, Mathson has served as the director for the LA Phil Composer Fellowship Program, mentoring a number of young people, as they navigate the perilous, sometimes lonely and often exhilarating career into which their talents propel them. "Although this recording celebrates the wonderful music of James Matheson, Baird Dodge was the secret force that enabled the whole enterprise to reach fruition. The Violin Concerto was written for him. He played Read more the premiere performance that is memorialized here. A streamed recording of that performance was briefly available on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra website was what convinced me to pursue Jim for our first commissioning project. Baird is a key player in Color Field, the wonderful quartet who perform Jim's piece brilliantly in this recording. Baird and I enjoy the serendipity involved in projects like this, the collision of happy and odd events, often over a loong period of time, that magically result in a wonderful work of art. But serendipity by itself is not enough. A "special sauce" is needed to bring it all together. From my view, Baird is just that. Thank you, Baird" - J. Schlichting Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin by James Matheson
Performer:  Baird Dodge (Violin)
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Quartet for Strings by James Matheson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Color Field
Period: Contemporary 
Times Alone by James Matheson
Performer:  Laura Strickling (Soprano), Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Period: Contemporary 

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