An Impressive Performance
Michael Ludwig plays
music by John Corigliano -
'... should not fail to entertain ...'
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
CD INFORMATION: CORIGLIANO VIOLIN CONCERTO 'THE RED VIOLIN'