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JoAnn Falletta Interview on Vimeo

October 5, 2010

JoAnn Falletta discusses her Naxos new releases and how she became a conductor. Filmed on location by John Clare.

CORIGLIANO Mr Tambourine Man, 3 Hallucinations
Hila Plitmann, soprano
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor


‘…A colleague suggested that I look into the poetry of the songs of Bob Dylan. Having not yet listened to the songs, I decided to send away for the texts only…and found many of them to be every bit as beautiful and as immediate as I had heard—and surprisingly well-suited to my own musical language…these would be in no way arrangements, or variations, or in any way derivations of the music of the original songs, which I decided to not hear before the cycle was complete…I intended to treat the Dylan lyrics as the poems I found them to be. Nor would their settings make any attempt at pop or rock writing. I wanted to take poetry I knew to be strongly associated with popular art and readdress it in terms of concert art—crossover in the opposite direction, one might say. Dylan granted his permission, and I set to work.’ — John Corigliano

CORIGLIANO Violin Concerto ‘The Red Violin’, Phantasmagoria
Michael Ludwig, violin
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor


With this new recording, JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic continue their revelatory exploration of Corigliano’s highly engaging and imaginative symphonic music. Phantasmagoria draws material from his immense opera The Ghosts of Versailles, with subliminal quotes from Mozart, Rossini and Wagner. Music from his third film score, The Red Violin, provided elements which Corigliano elaborates in the Violin Concerto, its opening Chaconne being described by the composer as ‘a passionate romantic essay’ which he has complemented with an effervescent Scherzo, an intensely emotional Andante and a racing, rollicking Finale.

DOHNÁNYI Variations on a Nursery Song
Symphonic Minutes, Suite

Eldar Nebolsin, piano
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta, conductor


Ernő von Dohnányi had a long career as an important composer, pianist and teacher. Deeply indebted to the Germanic Romantic tradition, the works on this disc showcase his love of scintillating orchestral tone-colour—notably of brass, wind and percussion—and his fascination with Classical forms such as the variation. His Variations on a Nursery Song traverses several musical styles in a tour de force of good-humoured virtuosity, while the Symphonic Minutes and the Suite in F sharp minor cultivate a lush, romantic mood with characteristic dashes of suavity.

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JoAnn Falletta Biography & Discography


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