Notes and Editorial Reviews
Pianist Christopher O’Riley joins the 16-Year-Old Violinist in Works by Corigliano, Vieuxtemps, Kreisler, Schoenfeld and Gershwin Release on Telarc.
“Here was freshness, confidence, radiant technique and perfect optimism wrapped in sparkling beauty.” -- Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School
At age sixteen, violinist Caroline Goulding combines fearless technique and innate artistry with an unadulterated joy for music-making that is unmatched by most violinists of any age. In her young career, she has already graced the stage with prestigious orchestras such as The Cleveland Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony. She has won the coveted first prize of the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition (at age thirteen) and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, the MARTHA show hosted by Martha Stewart and been featured on National Public Radio’s From The Top as well as From the Top: Live at Carnegie on PBS Television.
Caroline Goulding joins forces with pianist and From the Top impresario Christopher O’Riley in her debut album to be released on Telarc. In this recital program Caroline performs several works by American composers, composers writing in this country and pieces inspired by uniquely American idioms. She offers a gripping account of the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices, crafted from his score to the 1998 film. “Caroline Goulding is a remarkable young artist,” said John Corigliano upon hearing her performance of the Caprices. “When I heard her recording of my Red Violin Caprices, I wondered why I had never heard of this very special performer. Now I know - she's 16. But at that age, she gives a totally individual interpretation to my music. She is so musical and the technique is so brilliant. I think she will shortly become a very famous young woman, and only hope she gives my other violin works a glance.”
Souvenir d’Amerique is a dazzling fantasy on the perennial American Revolutionary era favorite Yankee Doodle written in 1844 by Belgian violinist Henri Vieuxtemps. Fritz Kreisler’s delightful miniatures were written in the period from 1917-26 after Kreisler settled in the United States. American composer Paul Schoenfield’s Four Souvenirs from 1989 comprise of an energetic and elegant Samba, a sultry Tango, a soft-shoe number honoring Tin Pan Alley, and a rambunctious Square Dance. Jascha Heifetz’s 1944 transcriptions of selections from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess both respectfully retain the substance and the character of the vocal originals but suit Heifetz’s virtuosic style, with frequent double-stops, quickly shifting registers, and jazzy flourishes between phrases.