Corigliano: Red Violin Caprices, Thomson: Eight Po

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Label: NAXOS
Catalog: 8559364
Format: CD

Philippe Quint - Violin, William Wolfram - Piano

Corigliano: Red Violin Caprices
Thomson: Three Portraits (1944) arr. Samuel Dushkin, 1947 / Five Ladies (1983) / Eight Portraits (1928-1940)

The Caprices and Thomson’s Eight Portraits are for solo violin; Corigliano is also represented by his Violin Sonata from 1963 and Thomson by Three Portraits and Five Ladies. Quint is tremendous in the solo pieces, although his assorted breathing noises do become a bit annoying after a while.
- excerpt from Wholenote Magazine review, July 2008
John Corigliano has revisited his score for the 1997 film The Red Violin several times. In The Red Violin Caprices, content is allied to a technique making strenuous demands on the performer. The pensive Theme is identical in substance to that heard in the earlier Chaconne (Naxos 8.559306), and its five variations range in style from the Paganinian virtuosity of the first, to the restrained ‘folk’ tinge of the third. Corigliano’s Violin Sonata is among his earliest acknowledged works, its final Allegro enhanced by some scintillating instrumental interplay. Coming from a very different musical background, and representing a very different musical aesthetic, Virgil Thomson’s music displays a skilful assimilation of Gallic clarity and an American-derived nostalgia, with hymn tunes and traditional songs often being evident. “I just heard Philippe Quint’s new recording of my Red Violin Caprices and he was absolutely amazing.” – John Corigliano

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