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Price & Cockerham: Violin Concertos / Kahng, Cockerham, Jacacek Philharmonic


Release Date: 02/05/2018 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1706  
Composer:  Florence Beatrice PriceRyan Cockerham
Performer:  Er-Gene Kahng
Conductor:  Ryan Cockerham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is indeed a cause for excitement when two concertos by Florence Price, the first African American woman to write a symphony performed by a major U.S. Orchestra, are recorded. There are no known performances of Price's first violin concerto, but the Violin Concerto No. 2, completed in 1952 was performed posthumously by its dedicatee, Minnie Cedargreen Jemberg at the opening of the Florence B. Price School in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood in 1964. The two concertos are joined on this recording by a work for violin and orchestra by Ryan Cockerham, which is a tribute to Florence Price's home state of Arkansas. Violinist Er-Gene Kahng is on the faculty at the Universityof Arkansas in Fayetteville and is concertmaster of the Arkansas Read more Philharmonic Orchestra. She is on the violin faculty at the Montecito International Music Festival, the Beverly Hills International Music Festival, and performs with the Bay View Music Festival string quartet. Ryan Cockerham's creative work has been exhibited and performed by leading arts and academic organizations around the world, including the English National Ballet, Art Expo Milano, and the Texas Ballet Theater, among many others.

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REVIEW:

Florence Price's first Violin Concerto, from 1939, sometimes sounds like a throwback, echoing Tchaikovsky’s famous concerto for that instrument and demonstrating her thorough understanding of 19th-century harmony and orchestration. But the second, composed in a single movement in 1952 and long thought lost, is, while still highly lyrical, more concentrated and harmonically adventurous, reflecting the richly chromatic language of composers like William Schuman and Roy Harris.

– New York TImes (Feb 9, 2018) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin No. 2 by Florence Beatrice Price
Performer:  Er-Gene Kahng (Violin)
Conductor:  Ryan Cockerham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
2.
Concerto for Violin No. 1 in D Major by Florence Beatrice Price
Performer:  Er-Gene Kahng (Violin)
Conductor:  Ryan Cockerham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: United States 
3.
Before, It Was Golden by Ryan Cockerham
Performer:  Er-Gene Kahng (Violin)
Conductor:  Ryan Cockerham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 

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