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  • Performer: Royal Po, Slatkin Hanslip
  • Composer: Adams Corigliano
  • Audio CD (Sept. 26 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nam
  • ASIN: B000H4VZC6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Chaconne
2. Romanian Rhapsody No.1
3. Tristan And Isolde Fantasia - Charles Owen
4. I. Quarter Note 78
5. II. Chaconne: Body Through Which The Dream Flows
6. III. Toccare

Product Description

The works on this disc offer a broad survey of American violin music. John Corigliano's Chaconne is a set of variations based on his music for the 1998 film The Red Violin, while George Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 is a nineteeth-century fantasia on a

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A Mixed Bag Oct. 12 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There must be something wrong with my ears. I have heard John Adams's wildly popular Violin Concerto numerous times, and it has already been recorded at least three other times. But I hear little in it that appeals to me; it does not touch me at all emotionally. I can admire the skill and the complexity of the writing, but for me it doesn't really add up to much. That said, Chloë Hanslip does a bang-up job of playing it and if you already know this piece and want a recording of it you could certainly do worse, particularly when you consider its budget price. Hanslip's playing may not be quite as intense as that of Gidon Kremer on the first recording of the work or that of Robert McDuffie on Telarc, but it comes a close second. Her tone is a bit more slender but also perhaps more lyrical than that of the other-mentioned violinists.

The more positive parts of this CD for me are the accompanying pieces. I had not heard any of John Corigliano's music for the movie 'The Red Violin' but know it was quite successful and that Joshua Bell's recording of the music from the movie was a best-seller. The present work, the 'Chaconne from The Red Violin', a sixteen-minute confection based on a recurring melody from the movie, is altogether more compelling for me and is played beautifully here.

The other two pieces on the CD are from the pen of the great movie composer, Franz Waxman. First is his arrangement for violin and orchestra of Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1. It is actually primarily music from the orchestral original's fast middle section, and Hanslip plays the fireworks with requisite heat and sparkle. Waxman's 'Tristan and Isolde Fantasia' is from the 1940s movie 'Humoresque' (a Jean Negulesco soap opera about a violinist, played by John Garfield, pursued by a rich woman, Joan Crawford). It is for violin and orchestra (with a prominent piano obbligato part played expertly here by Charles Owen) and is essentially a paraphrase of the love music from Wagner's opera. It accompanies the climax of the film and carries much of the emotional freight of that scene. Hanslip and the Royal Philharmonic under Leonard Slatkin do it proud.

My recommendation, then, is that if you already know you are fond of the Adams Violin Concerto and don't have a recording of it, this might be for you. If you are curious about the Adams but aren't familiar with it, its budget price might appeal, although this performance is not quite as effective as those by Kremer and McDuffie. I can recommend the CD for the other, briefer pieces (they do add up to about 30 minutes of music, though). One small caveat: on my system the orchestral sound seemed a bit recessed with the violin in a bright spotlight.

Scott Morrison
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
What a deal! Lovely performance of J. Adams' Violin Concerto, but with a weird coupling July 2 2011
By dysfunctional-harmony - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Right to the point: Chloë Hanslip gives Gidon Kremer a good run for his craggy-tone money in this astounding recording of John Adams' Violin Concerto. The sprawling lyricism of the first movement, the odd sentiment of the second, and the sheer head-banging excitement of the third are all perfectly captured by the young Miss Hanslip in this wondrous disc. American conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the Royal Philharmonic in absolutely perfect harmony with Hanslip. Honestly, the couplings are a trifle. They don't really add much to this (already amazing) disc. I honestly wish they had just paired it with the entire Red Violin Concerto, but that may have been too much to fit on the disc. But at Naxos' price, the added stuff is hardly unaffordable. My only I would say that they could have mixed in the orchestra a little louder (and the violin a little softer!) in the engineering studio. Just saying. But otherwise, this is required listening for any fan of John Adams. Highly recommended.
Solo/orchestra balance sounds fine to me July 29 2015
By Paul H. Goldstein - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm writing briefly, primarily to counter several reviewers who have said that this recording unduly favors the violin soloist. On my system and to my ears, this is simply not the case. In fact, I find this to be a superb recording in every way, including the important factor of solo/orchestra balance. In addition, both of the main works seem like major additions to the American violin concerto repertoire, and they are played extremely well here.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great performance, bad editing Feb. 20 2008
By A. Meronek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was listening to this recording and thinking, "boy Chloe is really taring up that violin part!" And she did. But these pieces are not violin solos with unimportant accompaniment; they are solos with full orchestra. When the solo violin sounds equally as loud as a forte full brass section plus percussion, I know that the sound enginners seriously altered the recording.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good playing, mediocre music April 29 2014
By ricardo_guerrero - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Chloe Hanslip is one of the best of the younger generation of concertizing classical fiddlers. She is a much better tonalist than Hilary Hahn and some other boys and girls around her own age group. However, this disc does not evoke her strengths as a musician or as an interpreter - except perhaps her skill at performing/recording not-very-good music. The Adams Concerto doesn't have much in the way of real musical substance. It's one of those modern works that leaves no real impression upon the listener. The first movement is boring, and the second movement "Dream Through Which The Body Flows" does not live up to its title at all, nor does the last movement, entitled "Toccare". The Corigliano "Red Violin" Chaconne, which opens the disc, is alright. Just alright. I was never crazy about "The Red Violin" and never felt that the music did anything to enhance the story. The Waxman "Tristan and Isolde Fantasy" is one of those rare works, only available for performance/recording via permissions from the Franz Waxman estate. It's a pleasant number for violin, piano, and orchestra, reminiscent of many of Waxman's nostalgic old film scores...not really fitting on a classical concert program in the way the composer's "Carmen Fantasy" is. Enesco's "Romanian Rhapsody #1" consists of only a 2 1/2 minute snippet of the original piece for orchestra which is about 10 minutes long, arranged by Waxman. Why it was included here is anyone's good guess. Others have transcribed this piece in its entirety for violin and orchestra, and it would've been interesting if one of those had been recorded here instead.
Not recommended. Check out some of Chloe's other work, which is far better.