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An Impressive Performance

Michael Ludwig plays
music by John Corigliano -
heard by
PATRIC STANDFORD

'... should not fail to entertain ...'

John Corigliano: Violin Concerto 'The Red Violin'. Michael Ludwig, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra / JoAnn Falletta. © 2010 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Very soon after he was asked to provide the signature violin solos for François Girard's film The Red Violin in 1997 -- the story of the life of a violin over three centuries -- Corigliano incorporated the material into a Chaconne for violin and orchestra for Joshua Bell who had played the solos in the film. That however presented a programming predicament. Single movement works (the composer sites Ravel's Tzigane, Chausson's Poeme and the Beethoven Romances) hardly merit a soloist's guest appearance, but a complete concerto might. A further three movements completed the work over the next few years for its first performance by Joshua Bell in September 2003. The opening Chaconne grew into a formidable seventeen-minute movement to become the substantial first of four, powerful, haunting and romantic...

Copyright © 6 August 2010 Patric Standford,
Wakefield UK

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CD INFORMATION: CORIGLIANO VIOLIN CONCERTO 'THE RED VIOLIN'

JOHN CORIGLIANO

NAXOS

ORCHESTRAL MUSIC

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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