Double Violin Concerto

Double Violin Concerto

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by Mark O'Connor, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
     
 

For his "Double Violin Concerto" (1997) Mark O'Connor temporarily set aside his popular "Appalachian" mode (adequately represented in the last three pieces here), and turned his attention to the blues and jazz -- or at least the aspects of these genres he had absorbed and accepted as fair game for "classicizing." Considering the Texas swing and Dixieland imitations in… See more details below

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For his "Double Violin Concerto" (1997) Mark O'Connor temporarily set aside his popular "Appalachian" mode (adequately represented in the last three pieces here), and turned his attention to the blues and jazz -- or at least the aspects of these genres he had absorbed and accepted as fair game for "classicizing." Considering the Texas swing and Dixieland imitations in the outer movements as timid choices, it seems that O'Connor has opted to play it safe, exploring only styles that have commercial viability. To that end, the opening and closing movements are showy and entertaining -- note especially O'Connor's "cutting" sessions in the dual cadenzas with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg -- but they are superficial, emotionally shallow, and kitschy, without a breath of poetry or lyricism to redeem them. In contrast, "Midnight on the Dance Room Floor" is more ingenious, interesting, and inviting, though O'Connor's jazz inflections seem heavily borrowed from Stéphane Grappelli's hot jazz recordings, and the symphonic orchestration is not suggestive of the big band sound O'Connor wished to re-create. If judged on the performance, he and Salerno-Sonnenberg are engaging as a virtuoso duo, and Marin Alsop and the Colorado Symphony provide exuberant accompaniment in all three movements. The recording levels are fine, though on the loud side.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2005
Label:
Omac
UPC:
0676519000185
catalogNumber:
8
Rank:
109579

Tracks

  1. Double Violin Concerto, for 2 violins & orchestra  - Mark O'Connor  - Marin Alsop  -  Colorado Symphony Orchestra  - Mark O'Connor  - Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
  2. Appalachia Waltz, version for solo cello  - Mark O'Connor  - Mark O'Connor  - Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
  3. Johnny Appleseed Suite  - Mark O'Connor  - Marin Alsop  -  Colorado Symphony Orchestra  - Mark O'Connor  - John Jarvis  - Bryan Sutton
  4. Amazing Grace  - John Newton  - Marin Alsop  -  Colorado Symphony Orchestra  - Mark O'Connor

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