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American Classics - Schuman: Violin Concerto, Etc; Ives


Release Date: 05/15/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559083   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  William SchumanCharles Ives
Performer:  Philippe Quint
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Violin Concerto is one of Schuman's most powerful works. Emotionally packed, it could almost be considered a symphony for violin and orchestra. Rather than "accompanying" the soloist in the classic tradition, the orchestra becomes a participant in the high drama. The work is indeed extremely theatrical, evoking powerful emotions in a highly charged romantic atmosphere. Schuman was a poet at heart. His earliest interests actually included the writing of poetry. The concerto has some of the most poetic music ever written by Schuman. The work underwent several transformations after each of the first performances. Schuman seemed unsatisfied with the form, eventually settling for the final version of two very large movements Read more instead of the original three. The final version of the work was performed by Roman Totenberg at the Aspen Festival in Colorado in 1959. - Jose Serebrier

This selection was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Awards for "Best Orchestral Performance" and "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)."
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Violin by William Schuman
Performer:  Philippe Quint (Violin)
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
2. New England Triptych by William Schuman
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
3. Variations for Organ on "America" by Charles Ives
Conductor:  José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: ?1891; USA 
Notes: Orchestrated: William Schuman (1963) 

Sound Samples

Violin Concerto: Allegro risoluto
Violin Concerto: Introduzione
New England Triptych: Be Glad then America
New England Triptych: When Jesus Wept
New England Triptych: Chester
Variations on America (orch. W. Schuman): Variations on 'America'

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