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Argento: Valentino Dances, Etc / Oue, Minnesota Orchestra


Release Date: 02/15/2000 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 91   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Dominick Argento
Performer:  William SchimmelChad Shelton
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

How fortunate the Minnesota Orchestra is to have a composer like Dominick Argento as its "composer laureate"! He has written seven works for the orchestra on commission, and four of them are presented on this exciting CD. Two are medium-length tone poems adapted from his operas The Dream of Valentino and The Voyage of Edgar Allen Poe. The former adds accordion to the orchestra and is a sensuous, voluptuous, tango-inspired work that's blessed with rich and colorful orchestration; the latter is moody and romantically crazed, building to an anguished climax reminiscent of Samuel Barber at his best. One thing that seems so wonderful about Argento's compositions is their length. He says what he has to say and then wraps things up; you Read more never have the feeling that anything is padded or superfluous. The tiny Valse Triste, a birthday tribute to former music director David Zinman, manages to be utterly charming and thoroughly complete in less than two minutes. The performances of all the works are splendid and the recorded sound is about the best I've heard from Reference in Minnesota. The colorful, cinematic orchestrations are well served by expert production; the various chimes and bell sounds in A Ring of Time are particularly memorable and effective.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com

"Rarely does one encounter a state-of-the-art audiophile recording that combines astounding sonics with definitive performances of finely crafted, contemporary classical music. Such is the case with this outstanding disc." -- Jason Serinus, SECRETS OF HOME THEATRE AND HIGH FIDELITY

"Argento's music is unmistakably New World: big, bright, brilliant, lyrically muscular, gymnastically supple and immediately appealing. . . magnificently articulate performances full of dash and detail that ring out with thrilling idiomatic aplomb." -- Michael Quinn, CLASSIC CD

"Bernstein-protege Eiji Oue secures first-rate results from his excellent, bright-toned band. Lovely, airy sound, too, as always from this enterprising label." -- Andrew Achenbach, GRAMOPHONE

" The orchestra provides richly textured, dynamically charged renditions that present the music in the best possible light. Offering a substantial portion of the output of a distinguished figure somewhat underrepresented on recording, this is an important release for those interested in American orchestral music of the late 20th century."--Walter Simmons, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Valentino Dances: Excerpt(s) by Dominick Argento
Performer:  William Schimmel (Accordion)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. Reverie, Reflections on a Hymn Tune by Dominick Argento
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1998 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe by Dominick Argento
Performer:  Chad Shelton (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1985; USA 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 15 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Valse Triste by Dominick Argento
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996 
Date of Recording: 09/28/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
5. A Ring of Time by Dominick Argento
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1972 
Date of Recording: 02/19/1999 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Minnesota 
Length: 27 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Valentino Dances
Reverie (Reflections on a Hymn Tune)
Le tombeau d'Edgar Poe
Valse triste
A Ring of Time: I. Spring (Dawn, Parade)
A Ring of Time: II. Summer (Noon, Processsion)
A Ring of Time: III. Fall (Twilight, March)
A Ring of Time: IV. Winter (Midnight, Cortege, Postlude - homage to Gustav Mahler)

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