Corigliano: Of Rage and Remembrance; Symphony No. 1
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Corigliano's most famous piece of music is the score to the film Altered States. Actually, all of his music kind of sounds like that-- alternating moments of poignant lyricism with explosions of rhythmic energy. The son of the former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Corigliano literally grew up around the orchestra. So it's no surprise that his music is orchestrated with almost preternatural skill and brilliance. The First Symphony, inspired in part by the AIDS tragedy, is both an angry and a moving work. Leonard Slatkin plays it with the kind of manic energy the music demands, and the sound quality is terrific. --David Hurwitz
Top Customer Reviews
The composer has come some way from the piano concerto that Hilde Somer recorded in San Antonio back in the late '60s. There is the same rythmic pulse, the same intense desire to innovate while remaining accessible. There's more content in ideas and art surrounding those ideas that remind me strongly of Penderecki, Panufnik,Rieti, Nicholas Flagello and Creston without in the least way being derivative. Corigliano, truly an original voice, deserves to be in such distinguished company.
My only concern is that these works have been pinned as so occasional that they might meet the fate of period pieces, much as some of the fine 1970s works of Gould, Carter, or Gregg Smith: we don't hear them any more because they've been so oft-discussed and fraught with situational association.
The National Symphony has mended its somewhat slack ways proliferated under the Slavka regime. Antal Dorati would have been proud to hear the exquisite execution DC's superlative orchestra affords these affecting works.
The first movement, titled "Of Rage and Remembrance" deals with the struggle of attempting to understand and accept the loss of his friends. The listener gets a sense of the conflicting feelings of sorrow and anger. Very powerful.
My favorite is the second movement, where he shows, musically, the decaying of the mind of his friend. His friend was a clarinet player and you can hear throughout the movement the nature of the carefree theme as it goes through fits of fast paced insanity and mind numbing slowness.
The cello solo in the third movement is one of the most hauntingly beautiful melodies I've heard. The entire piece ends with open muted brass sounds, representing the vastness of the ocean. This picture displays Corigliano's idea of emptiness but acceptance. This is a rather bleak view of death, but is honest with human emotions
A beautiful recording of an amazing piece