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ROREM: Double Concerto / After Reading Shakespeare


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ROREM: Double Concerto / After Reading Shakespeare

Ned Rorem's life, as his diaries have revealed, has been unconventional, but his music is conceived largely in accordance with traditional, tonal norms, treated with originality and immense inventiveness. He has had a long acquaintance with both Sharon Robinson and Jaime Laredo, the soloists on this disc, of whom he says “...gradually they came to exemplify for me the ideal string players.” Having already created works for both of them individually, Rorem felt they would make an ideal team, which resulted in the Double Concerto. Rorem suggests that the two instruments “are born on stage, emerging from the womb of the orchestra.” After Reading Shakespeare for solo cello is a refutation of the notion that a rich-sounding string instrument such as the cello requires any accompaniment.

Rorem, Ned

  Double Concerto for Violin and Cello
1.   I. Morning 00:01:28
2.   II. Adam and Eve 00:05:30
3.   III. Mazurka 00:03:16
4.   IV. Staying on Alone 00:01:54
5.   V. Their Accord 00:02:22
6.   VI. Looking 00:02:06
7.   VII. Conversation at Midnight 00:14:27
8.   VIII. Flight 00:01:17
  After Reading Shakespeare
9.   I. Lear 00:04:41
10.   II. Katharine 00:01:16
11.   III. Lear 00:03:28
12.   IV. Titania and Oberon 00:02:03
13.   V. Caliban 00:01:41
14.   VI. Portia 00:01:23
15.   VII. Why hear'st thou music sadly 00:00:49
16.   VIII. Remembrance of things past 00:02:33
17.   IX. Iago and Othello 00:04:00

Total Playing Time: 00:54:14

Rorem, Ned

Stern, Michael

IRIS Orchestra

Laredo, Jaime; Robinson, Sharon

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Concerto; Instrumental

Catalogue No: 8.559316

Barcode: 0636943931622

Physical Release: 12/2006

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