Rorem: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello; After Reading Shakespeare

Rorem: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello; After Reading Shakespeare

by Sharon Robinson
     
 

Ned Rorem's "Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra" was commissioned for the two soloists heard on this recording: Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. It is programmatic in nature in that Rorem ascribes titles to each of the movements (e.g., "Looking" and "Conversation at Midnight"). What Rorem does differently, however, is leaves the meaning of these titles… See more details below

Overview

Ned Rorem's "Double Concerto for violin, cello, and orchestra" was commissioned for the two soloists heard on this recording: Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson. It is programmatic in nature in that Rorem ascribes titles to each of the movements (e.g., "Looking" and "Conversation at Midnight"). What Rorem does differently, however, is leaves the meaning of these titles up to the listener. There's no back story or information that Rorem had in mind, and there's no linear connection between each of the movements. Listeners are therefore brought into the performance process by being required to make up their own story. Laredo and Robinson do a splendid job with this intricate work and it is abundantly clear that these two have been performing together for years. Unlike the "Double Concerto," the solo cello work "After Reading Shakespeare" does indeed have a specific story in mind. In this case, each movement is set to excerpts from various plays and sonnets of the Bard. However, the liner notes and case cover of this recording do an enormous disservice to listeners. First and foremost, the titles and order of the movements are completely wrong. "Lear" is listed twice and the movement "Our Minutes Hasten to Their End" is not listed at all. Therefore, only the first two tracks have the correct names. This means that for most listeners, the music makes little or no sense when compared with the title. Furthermore, the liner notes fail to include the Shakespearean excerpts that Rorem takes the trouble to include in the score. Despite these problems, Robinson, who commissioned this work for herself, displays her exceptional technique and flare in yet another highly evocative performance.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Newark Star-Ledger - Bradley Bambarger
This disc -- an entry in Naxos' valiant American Classics series -- reminds us that, despite the fame of his books, [Rorem] has always been a composer first.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/12/2006
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943931622
catalogNumber:
8559316
Rank:
335522

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Double Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra  - Ned Rorem  - Jaime Laredo  - Sharon Robinson  -  Michael Stern  -  IRIS Orchestra
  2. After Reading Shakespeare, for cello  - Ned Rorem  - Sharon Robinson

Read More

Album Credits

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >