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Caroline Goulding


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80744   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  John CoriglianoFritz KreislerPaul SchoenfieldHenri Vieuxtemps,   ... 
Performer:  Caroline GouldingChristopher O'RileyJanine Randall
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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CAROLINE GOULDING Caroline Goulding (vn); Christopher O’Riley (pn); Janine Randall (pn) 1 TELARC 80744 (67:31)


KREISLER La gitana. Gypsy Caprice. Berceuse romantique. Syncopation. CORIGLIANO Red Violin Caprices. SCHOENFELD Souvenirs. VIEUXTEMPS Souvenir d’amérique Read more on “Yankee Doodle.” GERSHWIN (arr. Heifetz) Porgy and Bess: Selections. TRAD Hector the Hero. 1 Hey, Johnny Cope/Tullochigorum/Jean’s Reel 1


The time may not be far past, if it’s past at all, when young violinists attempted answer the question, “But how would so-and-so play Beethoven’s Concerto”—as if only that work, or one like it, could test an artist’s mettle—by programming major repertoire in their debut recordings. But here’s Caroline Goulding, an aspiring young artist, offering a program that includes Henri Vieuxtemps’s variations on “Yankee Doodle” and some Cape Breton Island fiddling. The program opens with Kreisler bonbons that she may have chosen (at least the first two) for their seductiveness—a quality she conveys with surprising maturity. Carroll Glenn used to advise her students, “I hope you’re a virgin, and I hope you won’t play that way.” (Imagine that remark in our more politically correct, zero-tolerance world.) Goulding plays the less familiar Berceuse romantique with the same black-velvet slinkiness; and although the Syncopation may not match the first three numbers stylistically, she captures in it the era’s full flavor.


John Corigliano’s score for The Red Violin has generated so many spin-offs— Chaconne , Concerto, and soundtrack—that the Caprices might seem almost gratuitous if they didn’t provide such a practical way for violinists to approach the more extended scores and if they weren’t so effective for solo violin. Goulding plays them with infectious exuberance and haunting emotional viscosity, recalling the prodigy’s etudes and the Gypsy improvisations that may have made the movie tolerable for those unable to identify thoroughly with the plot (it’s an insightful investigation of the hold that great [and even not-so-great] instruments exercise on those who play them).


Paul Schoenfeld’s four Souvenirs tap veins of virtuosity and jazzy abandon, and Goulding makes them convincing as serious concert pieces. Occasionally, a sly allusion to familiar numbers (like Autumn Leaves ) provides identifiable signposts. Vieuxtemps’s variations, perhaps tongue in cheek (he states the theme backwards, and what does that mean?), would be bracing enough by themselves, but Goulding has added an octave or a flourish here and there, which, in this case hardly amounts to painting the lily. In fact, it’s hard to imagine Vieuxtemps himself playing them with more charisma—after all, Philippe Koch, Ruggiero Ricci, and Itzhak Perlman don’t.


In Jascha Heifetz’s arrangements of music from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess , Goulding moves from Vieuxtemps’s barn-burning brightness into more shadowy regions. Aside from being a revolutionary technician, Heifetz also played pieces of this type with a smoldering sensuality that even violinists who possess stunning instrumental command can’t quite match. Goulding doesn’t either, but she makes a creditable try, and that’s more than can be said for many violinists. Goulding’s way with the fiddle tunes recalls the haunting, harrowing, and hallelujah manners of the other pieces in the collection. Christopher O’Riley and Janine Randall provide appropriate and insightful accompaniments, and the engineers have represented Goulding in vibrant recorded sound. This issue, along with Shannon Lee’s striking debut, Telarc 80695, 32:1 on last year’s Want List, makes it clear that someone at Telarc has a nose for promising violinists. Urgently recommended.


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Works on This Recording

1. The Red Violin Caprices for Violin solo by John Corigliano
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
2. Berceuse romantique, Op. 9 by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
3. La Gitana by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
4. Gypsy Caprice by Fritz Kreisler
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Austria 
5. Souvenirs (4) for Violin and Piano by Paul Schoenfield
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
6. Souvenir d'Amerique on "Yankee Doodle", Op. 17 by Henri Vieuxtemps
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
7. Porgy and Bess: Summertime by George Gershwin
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
8. Porgy and Bess: A woman is a sometime thing by George Gershwin
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
9. Porgy and Bess: My man's gone now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
10. Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so by George Gershwin
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Christopher O'Riley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
11. Hector The Hero by Traditional
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Janine Randall (Piano)
12. Hey, Johnny Cope! by Traditional
Performer:  Caroline Goulding (Violin), Janine Randall (Piano)

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