John Corigliano: Mr. Tambourine Man, Three Hallucinations

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943933121
  • Catalog Number: 8559331
  • Sales rank: 396,288


Disc 1
  1. 1 1. Prelude: Mr. Tambourine Man - Hila Plitmann (4:23)
  2. 2 2. Clothes Line - Hila Plitmann (6:42)
  3. 3 3. Blowin' in the Wind - Hila Plitmann (6:18)
  4. 4 4. Masters of War - Hila Plitmann (3:50)
  5. 5 5. All Along the Watchtower - Hila Plitmann (3:22)
  6. 6 6. Chimes of Freedom - Hila Plitmann (7:18)
  7. 7 7. Postlude: Forever Young - Hila Plitmann (5:05)
  8. 8 1. Sacrifice - Orchestre Philharmonique De Berlin (6:40)
  9. 9 2. Hymn - Orchestre Philharmonique De Berlin (5:40)
  10. 10 3. Ritual - Orchestre Philharmonique De Berlin (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Corigliano Primary Artist
JoAnn Falletta Conductor
Hila Plitmann Soprano (Vocal)
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
John Corigliano Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Bob Dylan Lyricist
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Tim Handley Producer, Engineer
Richard Howe Cover Image
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dylan, reconfigured

    Naxos has just released the world premiere recording of John Corigliano&#8217 s &#8220 Mr. Tambourine Man,&#8221 in which the noted composer has created new musical settings for the lyrics to seven famous Bob Dylan songs. The project has &#8220 high concept&#8221 written all over it, and will doubtless please the NPR &#8220 Morning Becomes Eclectic&#8221 crowd. While there&#8217 s no denying the sincerity of everyone involved, the results to my ears sound forced and awkward. Corigliano&#8217 s orchestral arrangements range from lugubrious string sections to brass and woodwind passages full of rapid tempo shifts and jangling percussion, yet they actually divert attention from the words rather than support them. And each tune seems to drag on forever, especially the 7- minute &#8220 Chimes of Freedom.&#8221 The lyrics are sung in an operatic-cum-art song style by soprano Hila Plittmann, who tries mightily&#8212 but ultimately fails&#8212 to inject a sense of naturalism into her vocal interpretations. Plitmann has an amazing voice that she is able to bend in weird and wonderful ways, but her delivery is too precise, too studied to make the words come alive. Part of the problem is the lyrics themselves. They&#8217 re written in a streetwise vernacular that just doesn&#8217 t work without Dylan&#8217 s rough- edged delivery. Fortunately, this disc also includes a much more successful piece: a three-movement orchestral suite titled &#8220 Three Hallucinations,&#8221 which is based on Corigliano&#8217 s score for Ken Russell&#8217 s film &#8220 Altered States.&#8221 The tense, trancelike tonalities in the opening movement immediately establish an ominous mood fully appropriate to Russell&#8217 s hallucinatory, cold sweat visuals. Corigliano&#8217 s music successfully evokes and sustains the film&#8217 s fever pitch atmosphere and is marked by numerous shifts of tone, at times radiating moments of eerie calm, at others exploding into frenzied atonality.

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