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  1. Extremely mediocre plus he cannot actually orchestrate himself from what I remember. I think a composer who is writing for orchestra should know how to actually compose and orchestrate his or her own work.
  2. I'm so happy that in the last 10 years his violin concerto is becoming one of the concerto's to play. It's gorgeous!
  3. Wait, Richard Strauss is 38?! and no Korngold? But Montiverdi is 10th? O.o ok then.......... I'm not sure what constitutes best, I just always go with who my favorites are, and that list would be so different for me. I think any art is so subjective though.
  4. It was in one of the videos of the scoring session, when he said it and when they started the recording, he said, something to the effect of "this one is for Korngold", but it was such a long time ago. Check out the videos of the recording sessions, they should still be around.
  5. Sad that Sabrina was not shown as Roberto said it was the best one according to him and many others in the orchestra.
  6. Fantastic! One of my best friends, Roberto, playing 4th chair cello with the RPO was telling me that she sounded absolutely fantastic during the rehearsals and the concert. Completely different to the CD. Hope you had an amazing time. He said when they played ET he looked up and it was a full moon and that it made it even more special. He also mentioned that his favorite was Sabrina. He also said that originally they were contracted to do the album with her. Not sure why they changed it although he said "I think it's because he is sick".... I hope there is nothing more than him not being able to travel. As for seeing it, he asked me to find it online as it was televised and should be online right now, so we should be able to see the concert.
  7. I'm so happy after all the years of snubbing Korngold's concerto it's now firmly one of the favorites. Seriously I do not understand the snubbery. I will check out Gil's recording for sure! And yes, one of my favorites is Cinderella Liberty on the album. I think she sounds way too harsh on others. You do need that lightness, like you said. I would love to here Ehnes interpretation of Williams concerto!
  8. Say What?! Happy so many of you are enjoying the album. There are a few nice pieces. Although, for me I wish I had someone dynamic who goes into her music with so much passion and loses herself like Janine Jansen, here with the incomparable Berlin Phil playing part of the second movement of Britten's Violin Concerto. Or my favorite, James Ehnes, who's interpretation of the 3 movement Korngold Violin Concerto, in fact this whole CD is astounding. He keeps the original fast tempos with total precision in tune which many did not since Heifetz originated them with the Korngold and Walton. I believe Heifetz debuted both. All three concertos are so haunting in parts (opening and the theme around 2.40 and later in this movement) and vigorous in others, the last movement of the Korngold being spectacular, and the gentleness of the middle movement is almost a lullaby. But I am happy to see any musician want to work with Williams and be energized to record so much. Sorry to derail the conversation a bit and thanks for letting me natter on.....
  9. I agree in that Williams music does not need anything extra to stand on it's own next to some classical pieces and they work beautifully together in a concert.
  10. That's not what I mean about harsh. The Concerto's I mentioned are all concert pieces, and if you want harsh in that sense, listen to Bartok's, the middle movement. I mean Harsh in a way that is not pleasant to hear. It's not well played or crafted, especially the first half of it, to me, others can love it, that's the beauty of any art.
  11. Really? I think the violin playing is way too harsh and it's just written OTT. It's lost it's magic for me totally in this way. I have to turn it off and I love Violin Concertos. Walton, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, etc... It's just way too harsh here, an't tell if it's the arrangement or the playing or both. I love Hedwig's Theme, just can't listen to this version without wanting to stick knives into my ears, lol.
  12. I have to say there is some shaky playing here on some tracks which I am surprised over. Either the arrangements were too odd or hard and in a funny key to be played better. Dunno. Surprised though because she is a stellar Violinist. For me the stand out track is Cinderella Liberty. Beautiful and well played. But, Oh My Days, Hedwig's Theme does not work for me AT ALL. It's just not right. Playing is bad, not everything has to be for solo violin and orchestra. Some things are better left for full orchestra. As for Sabrina, Love that main title but I think that is better with Piano and Orchestra. One key ingredient is sorely missing in this CD that was gorgeously present on Cinema Serenade. RIP Angela Morley! Her arrangements were second to none!
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