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Corigliano: Violin Concerto "Red Violin", Phantasmagoria / Ludwig, Falletta, Buffalo PO

Corigliano,John / Ludwig / Falletta / Bfpo
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559671   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Corigliano
Performer:  Michael Ludwig
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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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
Read more 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
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Works on This Recording

The Ghosts of Versailles: Phantasmagoria for Orchestra by John Corigliano
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; USA 
Venue:  Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Unite 
Length: 22 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin "The Red Violin" by John Corigliano
Performer:  Michael Ludwig (Violin)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, Unite 
Length: 38 Minutes 4 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Phantasmagoria - Suite from The Ghosts of Versailles
Violin Concerto, "The Red Violin": I. Chaconne
Violin Concerto, "The Red Violin": II. Pianissimo scherzo
Violin Concerto, "The Red Violin": III. Andante flautando
Violin Concerto, "The Red Violin": IV. Accelerando finale

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