Notes and Editorial Reviews
It says something good about our contemporary musical life that major works such as these are available in multiple recordings. This is a wonderfully smart coupling: two major works both based on theatrical scores. Phantasmagoria comes from the opera The Ghosts of Versailles, while the "Red Violin" Concerto has its origins in the film of the same name. The concerto already has been recorded, splendidly, by Joshua Bell and Marin Alsop for Sony Classical, but its coupling, Corigliano's Violin Sonata, while apt for the composer's fans, isn't as much fun as this one. Corigliano is, first and foremost, a splendid writer for the orchestra.
Furthermore, Michael Ludwig's solo work
certainly compares favorably to Bell's. He's completely at home in the work's atrocious technical demands, and in the whirlwind scherzo and the rustic finale he even brings an extra measure of pyrotechnical dazzle. JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo players also put on a virtuosic display, clearly relishing the many opportunities that Corigliano gives them to strut their stuff. Phantasmagoria truly is, well, phantasmagorical. The whole production is engineered with vivid but unobtrusive naturalness. A total winner.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Violin "The Red Violin" by John Corigliano
Michael Ludwig (Violin)
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Venue: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Unite
Length: 38 Minutes 4 Secs.
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