American Classics - Schuman: Violin Concerto, Etc; Ives

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The Violin Concerto is one of Schuman's most powerful works. Emotionally packed, it could almost be considered a symphony for violin and orchestra. Rather than...
The Violin Concerto is one of Schuman's most powerful works. Emotionally packed, it could almost be considered a symphony for violin and orchestra. Rather than "accompanying" the soloist in the classic tradition, the orchestra becomes a participant in the high drama. The work is indeed extremely theatrical, evoking powerful emotions in a highly charged romantic atmosphere. Schuman was a poet at heart. His earliest interests actually included the writing of poetry. The concerto has some of the most poetic music ever written by Schuman. The work underwent several transformations after each of the first performances. Schuman seemed unsatisfied with the form, eventually settling for the final version of two very large movements instead of the original three. The final version of the work was performed by Roman Totenberg at the Aspen Festival in Colorado in 1959. - Jose Serebrier

This selection was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Awards for "Best Orchestral Performance" and "Best Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (with Orchestra)."


Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 01, 2001


  • UPC: 636943908327


  • Catalog Number: 8559083


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Composer: Charles Ives, William Schuman


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: José, Philippe, Serebrier, Quint