Corigliano: Phantasmagoria, To Music, Fantasia on an Ostinato, Three Hallucinations

Corigliano: Phantasmagoria, To Music, Fantasia on an Ostinato, Three Hallucinations

by Eri Klas
     
 

Few can challenge John Corigliano's mastery of orchestration and his fertile musical imagination, which encompasses all styles and techniques and brings the most diverse elements together into fluid, coherent pieces that almost always work. However, Corigliano's virtuosity as a composer may seem to some too much for show, and his eclecticism a slick gambit to hide an… See more details below

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Few can challenge John Corigliano's mastery of orchestration and his fertile musical imagination, which encompasses all styles and techniques and brings the most diverse elements together into fluid, coherent pieces that almost always work. However, Corigliano's virtuosity as a composer may seem to some too much for show, and his eclecticism a slick gambit to hide an expressive shallowness. Corigliano's coy Classical references in "Phantasmagoria" (based on his opera "The Ghosts of Versailles"), his dramatic manipulations of Schubert's "An die Musik" in "To Music," and his quasi-minimalist toying with Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7" in the "Fantasia on an Ostinato" are effective "handles" that give audiences something solid to grasp. Yet when taken as a whole, these clever displays of postmodern appropriation seem too calculated for effect, and little of emotional value can be found behind their brilliant surfaces. Excluded from this criticism, though, are the "Three Hallucinations" from Altered States, drawn from Corigliano's first film score; these may be judged separately, for their effectiveness as soundtrack music mitigates their quotations and borrowings, and genuine expression is less of an issue. The Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Eri Klas, plays these scores with fine color and verve, and Ondine's sound quality is exceptional.

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Editorial Reviews

Time Out New York - Steve Smith
Phantasmagoria traces the opera's [The Ghosts of Versailles] narrative in the composer's characteristic blend of lush, romantic gestures and shrewdly deployed avant-garde effects, punctuated by cheeky quotes from operas by Mozart, Rossini and Wagner.... Eri Klas leads his Finnish ensemble in impulsive, idiomatic performances.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2005
Label:
Ondine
UPC:
0761195105825
catalogNumber:
1058
Rank:
126744

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  1. Phantasmagoria, suite from "The Ghosts of Versailles," for orchestra  - John Corigliano  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Eri Klas  -  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  2. To Music, for orchestra (arrangement of "Fanfares to Music")  - John Corigliano  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Eri Klas  -  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  3. Fantasia on an Ostinato, for orchestra  - John Corigliano  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Eri Klas  -  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
  4. Three Hallucinations, for orchsetra (based on the film score "Altered States")  - John Corigliano  - Reijo Kiilunen  - Eri Klas  -  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra

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Eri Klas   Primary Artist

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