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20/21 - Glass, Rorem, Bernstein / Kremer, Bernstein, Et Al


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 445185   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Philip GlassNed RoremLeonard Bernstein
Performer:  Gidon Kremer
Conductor:  Christoph von DohnányiLeonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraNew York PhilharmonicIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sadly, new compositions often disappear after their premieres, never to be heard again. Concertos have a better chance of surviving, at least if a soloist is willing to champion the work. Violinist Gidon Kremer has long been such a champion of new music, lending his expressive powers and accomplished technique to works ranging from the most thorny modernists to the concertos on this disc, all of which are more popular in style.
Philip Glass' 1987 concerto is one of this composer's most successful concert scores, the ceaselessly whirling arpeggios and melodic embroidery of the outer movements giving the soloist ample chance to display virtuosity, while the slow central movement and coda create a more poetic mood within Glass' typical
Read more minimalist style. Both the concerto of Ned Rorem and Leonard Bernstein's Serenade go beyond the usual concerto form to incorporate programmatic ideas. Rorem's concerto in six short movements proceeds from "Twilight" through "Midnight" (followed by an almost Bernstein-like jazzy toccata) to a pensive, restrained "Dawn." The least-known work on this disc, Rorem's lyrical concerto is well worth a listen. Bernstein's Serenade is based on Plato's 'Symposium,' with each movement representing a different banquet guest speaking on the topic of love, and the celebratory music of Bernstein's finale leaves no doubts about the composer's own feelings on the topic. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin by Philip Glass
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Great Hall, Musikverein, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 24 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Violin by Ned Rorem
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1988 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 23 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Serenade for Violin and Orchestra "after Plato's Symposium" by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1979 
Venue:  Live  Frederic R. Mann Auditorium, Tel Aviv 
Length: 29 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 

Sound Samples

Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: = 104 - = 120
Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: = ca. 108
Concerto For Violin And Orchestra: = ca. 150 - Coda: Poco meno = 104
Violin Concerto (1984): 1. Twilight: Free and Spacious - attacca
Violin Concerto (1984): 2. Toccata-Chaconne: Very Fast
Violin Concerto (1984): 3. Romance without Words: Hardly moving
Violin Concerto (1984): 4. Midnight: Slow
Violin Concerto (1984): 5. Toccata-Rondo: Very Fast
Violin Concerto (1984): 6. Dawn: Wistful
Serenade (1954) After Plato's "Symposium": 1. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro marcato
Serenade (1954) After Plato's "Symposium": 2. Aristophanes: Allegretto
Serenade (1954) After Plato's "Symposium": 3. Erixymachus: Presto
Serenade (1954) After Plato's "Symposium": 4. Agathon: Adagio
Serenade (1954) After Plato's "Symposium": 5. Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace

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