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Artistry - American Landscapes / Isbin, Wolff, St. Paul CO


Release Date: 02/12/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67672   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John CoriglianoJoseph SchwantnerLukas Foss
Performer:  Sharon Isbin
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Corigliano’s deliciously atmospheric Troubadours conjures images from the 12th-century tradition of courtly love. This superbly recorded program will leave you wanting more.

Sharon Isbin has commissioned and premiered more guitar concerti than any other guitarist. Indeed, she commissioned the three works on this world premiere recording in response to the challenge posed by the surprising fact (quoted in the booklet notes) that though ‘the guitar is the most commonly owned instrument in America today... it continues to battle for proper respectability on the classical concert stage’.

John Corigliano’s deliciously atmospheric Troubadours is a series of free variations in three parts, conjuring images from
Read more the 12th-century tradition of courtly love. In this piece, Isbin’s fluent virtuosity, sympathetically supported by the St Paul Chamber Orchestra, vividly evokes both the soft, eerie textures of the outer sections, and the brighter colours of the central section’s exuberant portrayal of a medieval fair. However, the most striking feature of all the works here is the astonishing transcription of the guitar’s qualities of ‘incisive articulation, unique sonorous tonal coloration and haunting melodic voice’ (in the words of Joseph Schwantner) for the orchestra’s broader instrumental palette. Witness Isbin’s and the St Paul’s sensuous delight in Schwantner’s From Afar..., or their contrast of gentle, pastoral moods and breath taking vitality in Lukas Foss’s American Landscapes, with its fragrant echoes of Copland and Ives. This superbly recorded programme will leave you wanting more.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Nicholas Rast, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Troubadours by John Corigliano
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-94 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 23 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
From Afar by Joseph Schwantner
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-94 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 15 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
American landscapes by Lukas Foss
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1989; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-94 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 27 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Troubadours (Variations for Guitar and Orchestra)
From Afar....A Fantasy For Guitar and Orchestra
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part I - Slow and Free: Andante - Allegro vivace - Andante
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part II - Variations on "The Wayfaring Stranger"
American Landscapes for Guitar and Orchestra: Part III - Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 Isbin can do no wrong. September 17, 2013 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "Smooth; the soloist as usual sounds effortless. This music after many weeks first listen, idr." Report Abuse
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