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American Concertos


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“America, you are better off” – wrote Goethe in 1827, weary of German Romanticism and the “fruitless wrangling” of sterile debates. A century later, the New World experienced an unprecedented wave of migration consisting of leading figures, largely Jewish, from the cultural and intellectual spheres of German and Austrian life. The composers among them were attracted by the rich rewards that seemed to be on offer from the new world of sound film in Hollywood, but few were able to reap those rewards to the full: among those few, who were able to make their way in a competitive marketplace through pragmatism and perseverance, were Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Miklos Rozsa – both regularly nominated for Oscars and frequently successful. While making a living from this genre of “music drama”, each of them –whether or not they were recognized by the classical music business – sought to push the limits of the traditional formats and were remarkably successful in doing so. Taking a phone call, Rozsa could scarcely believe that the legendary virtuoso really was seriously interested in his Violin Concerto and was ready to give the work its premiere – but so he did in 1956, and the first recording of the work, with its extreme technical challenges, was also made by Heifetz. And it had been just the same with the Violin Concerto by Korngold, Rozsa’s senior by ten years: the 1947 premiere and the brilliant first recording of this twentieth-century classic again showcased Heifetz as soloist. In the new generation of genuinely American musicians, one outstanding figure was Leonard Bernstein, an all-rounder whose early success led on to even greater heights: here too, one can hardly ignore his contribution to film music, even if it amounts to one single film. Bernstein rated his Violin Concerto of 1954, “Serenade”, inspired by Plato’s Symposium, as his best work ever, and this work too in its imaginatively slimmed-down scoring for string orchestra, harp and percussion is now acknowledged to be an important 20th-century concerto for violin. As an “encore”, this compilation includes the masterly Symphonic Dances from the immortal “West Side Story”, which has long risen above the “fruitless wrangling” over “light” and “serious” music.
Facts
Item number ORF-C932182A
Barcode 4011790932224
Release date 9/21/2018
Category Classical Music
Label ORFEO
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Conductor Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
Orchestra Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc: 1
Serenade00:30:00
1 Serenade: I. Phaedrus - Pausanias. Lento - Allegro 00:06:46 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
2 Serenade: II. Aristophanes. Allegretto 00:04:46 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
3 Serenade: III. Eryximachus. Presto 00:01:36 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
4 Serenade: IV. Agathon. Adagio 00:07:38 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
5 Serenade: V. Socrates - Alcibiades. Molto tenuto - 00:11:05 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 3500:24:00
6 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59: I. Mode 00:10:00 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
7 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59: II. Rom 00:09:14 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
8 Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59: III. Al 00:07:33 Göteborgs Symfoniker Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
Disc: 2
Violin Concerto, Op. 2400:30:09
1 Violin Concerto, Op. 24: I. Allegro non troppo ma 00:13:20 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
2 Violin Concerto, Op. 24: II. Lento cantabile 00:09:41 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
3 Violin Concerto, Op. 24: III. Allegro vivace 00:08:53 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias Skride, Baiba
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story00:19:56
4 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": I. Prolog 00:04:38 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
5 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": II. Somew 00:04:46 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
6 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": III. Sche 00:01:32 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
7 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": IV. Mambo 00:02:35 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
8 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": V. Cha-ch 00:01:03 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
9 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": VI. Meeti 00:00:56 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
10 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": VII. Cool 00:03:53 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
11 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": IX. Rumbl 00:02:03 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
12 Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story": X. Finale 00:03:46 Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Rouvali, Santtu-Matias
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