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

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943931622
  • Catalog Number: 8559316
  • Sales rank: 305,122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–8 Double Concerto for violin, cello & orchestra - Ned Rorem & Jaime Laredo (32:22)
    Composed byNed Rorem
    Conducted byMichael Stern
    Performed byMichael Stern, IRIS Orchestra
    1. 1Morning
    2. 2Adam and Eve
    3. 3Mazurka
    4. 4Staying on Alone
    5. 5Their Accord
    6. 6Looking
    7. 7Conversation at Midnight
    8. 8Flight
  2. 9–17 After Reading Shakespeare, for cello - Ned Rorem & Sharon Robinson (21:43)
    Composed byNed Rorem
    1. 9Lear
    2. 10Katharine
    3. 11Lear
    4. 12Titania and Oberon
    5. 13Caliban
    6. 14Portia
    7. 15Why hear'st thou music sadly?
    8. 16Remembrance of things past
    9. 17Iago and Othello
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Sharon Robinson Primary Artist
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