Alexandre Da Costa: Schindler's List

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Label: ATMA
Catalog: ACD22579
Format: CD

Alexandre da Costa, violin
Orchestre symphonique de Bienne (Switzerland) / Thomas Rösner, conductor
Marc Pantillon, piano

John Williams (1932- ): Schindler’s List Suite for violin and orchestra
Ernst Bloch (1880-1959): Suite Hébraîque for violin and orchestra; Concerto grosso no 1 for piano and orchestra

Wholenote Discoveries - April 2009
The title work is John Williams’ suite for violin and orchestra extrapolated from the soundtrack to “Schindler’s List”. Both that and Bloch’s “Suite Hébraïque” feature the outstanding young Canadian violinist Alexandre da Costa who is in fine form here. But the highlight for me is the performance of Bloch’s Concerto Grosso under the direction Thomas Rösner who captures the rustic energy of the dance movements and brings a driving force to the fugal finale without sacrificing any of the inherent stateliness of the work. And in this instance I can tell you the name of the pianist, Marc Pantillon.
David Olds
Of Williams’ approximately seventy film scores, the soundtrack for Schindler’s List is considered one of his masterpieces. Compositionally, Williams departed from his usual swashbuckling style for a more classical sounding score. The effect is that of subtlety and nuance in a score rich with hauntingly beautiful melodies. Williams chose to feature the violin as the principal voice in large part because of its associations to Jewish music and since, “the violin itself remains an instrument of enormous expressive power.”
To complement Williams Schindler’s List suite, Alexandre da Costa has chosen Ernst Bloch’s Suite Hébraîque. Rounding out the program, Swiss pianist Marc Pantillon joins the Bienne orchestra for Bloch’s Concerto grosso #1.
Alexandre da Costa’s previous ATMA disc was one of ATMA’s two top-selling 2008 releases.
Produced, recorded and edited by Johanne Goyette at the Palais des Congrès de Bienne, Switzerland, 19-21 March, 2008.

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