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Piston: Violin Concertos 1, 2, Fantasia [CD]

Walter Piston , Theodore Kuchar , National Symphony of Ukraine , James Buswell Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: National Symphony of Ukraine
  • Conductor: Theodore Kuchar
  • Composer: Walter Piston
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00000DHT6
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Violin Concerto No. 1: I Allegro energico 8:22Album Only
Listen  2. Violin Concerto No. 1: II Andantino molto tranquillo 6:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Violin Concerto No. 1: III Allegro con spririto 6:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fantasia for Violin and Orchestra14:39Album Only
Listen  5. Violin Concerto No. 2: I Moderato 8:03Album Only
Listen  6. Violin Concerto No. 2: II Adagio11:08Album Only
Listen  7. Violin Concerto No. 2: III Allegro 5:260.69  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Piston's First Violin Concerto (1939), which was once recorded on a German LP, is a prize. It's as entertaining as Piston's popular Incredible Flutist, yet so carefully crafted and serious in content as to be satisfying on every level. The other two works were written much later (in 1960 and 1970), and they are both more introspective and a bit less accessible. But they are still very rewarding music. Kuchar, who studied and lives in the U.S., has his fine Ukrainian orchestra playing as though they've known the music for decades. Buswell, who lives across the street from Piston's graveyard, sounds as though he's in touch with the composer's spirit. Add state-of-the-art sound and the disc is a total winner. --Leslie Gerber

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible Piston 25 Oct 2000
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This CD is one of Naxos' successful American series. Piston was a distinguished American composer who died in 1976. An academic at Harvard, he wrote several standard textbooks on composition. He taught himself to play the saxophone and violin, yet was obviously a quiet, slightly introverted man as you might presume from the pipe-smoking man in the photo in the sleeve note. A man of tremendous accomplishment, greatly respected by his fellow composers. The works for violin and orchestra recorded here span over 30 years. The 1st concerto (1939) could be described as Neoclassical in the sense that the textures are pared down, the orchestra being kept in its place to allow the violin to sing and there is no over-blown emotion. The opening reminded me a bit of the opening of Stravinsky's own violin concerto. The whole piece is immensely enjoyable. One is conscious that Piston knows exactly where he is going at all times. He apparently never revised anything. The second concerto (1960) is a bit more dissonant and the orchestration perhaps a bit more fulsome but the violin is always allowed its way. There is a gentle sadness in the middle movement and the final one opens with a bang, ending the piece with a brilliant allegro. The final piece (second on the CD) is the Fantasia (1970). In some ways this is the most interesting piece if only because it indicates how Piston was moving in his old age. Like a number of important tonal composers at this time, Piston was incorporating elements of serialism, al la Schoenberg, into his work. Britten, Walton, Shostakovitch and Rawsthorne were others. Many of us detest serialism but all of these composers subsumed it to their own tonal language. In the Fantasia, Piston uses an extreme chromatic style to produce a quite fascinating piece. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buswell is amazing! 21 Mar 2000
By Ichin Wu - Published on
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What a wonderful CD! This is the first time I have had a chance to hear this much talked about CD and I am blown away by the sheer virtuosity, imagination and integrity of Buswell's playing. This is a true artist whose mind, heart and soul are completely engaged in the music of Piston. I have often enjoyed his live performances and this CD confirms much of what I already know: Buswell is amazing! The conviction of his playing in this recording and the stories he tells from the violin is truly mesmerizing. This recording is right up there with his legendary Bach unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas performances and recording! Bravo to Naxos for finding this gem of an artist!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Exciting 5 April 1999
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I just purchased this cd a few days ago, and I really enjoy it. The engineering sounds fresh and believable, and the playing by the soloist and orchestra are engaging and musical. I recommend it! It is worthwhile music, and I find it exciting to discover good music I have not heard, especially of such quality! If I were I violinist I would want to explore getting the music and playing it myself. I am a violist and have begun trying to turn up viola works by Piston.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two great violin concertos from Walter Piston 12 Dec 2003
By Sean Patterson - Published on
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I am generally wary of "modern" music and tend to shy away from anything remotely atonal. But with this release of Walter Piston's two Violin Concertos plus the off-beat Fanatasia, I find that a little bit of spice isn't all that unnerving! His compositions here are very attractive and very listenable, even the later works on this disc. As others have noted, James Buswell is an amazing talent. His tone is very rich and warm, while his technique is sharp and crisp. So if you want to take a chance on some mildly spicy music, look no further!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamite! 7 Mar 2001
By Steven L. Patterson - Published on
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Hey, how could you go wrong? These are three wonderful works at an unbelievably reasonable price. Thank goodness for Naxos which seems to be the only label these days venturing outside the standard repertory. Piston's works have always given me great pleasure. I would love to see choreographer Paul Taylor create a work on the 1st Violin Concerto. A brilliant match, I think, given the piece's energy, drive and (somewhat tempered) all-American sunny-ness.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First recordings of Piston Violin Concertos 18 Jan 1999
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Admirable recordings of fine works by the great american composer Walter Piston. The orchestra is amazingly into this idiom (the conductor is now conducting in the United States). I am further looking forward to the rest of the issues in this enterprising series! Hats off, Naxos!
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