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Violin Concerto / String Quartet No. 1

Leshnoff^Wetherbee^Baltimore Chamber^Thakar Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Violin Concerto: I. AllegroCharles Wetherbee 5:280.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Violin Concerto: II. SlowCharles Wetherbee 8:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Violin Concerto: III. ScherzoCharles Wetherbee 4:020.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Violin Concerto: IV. Slow - FastCharles Wetherbee 4:150.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Violin Concerto: V. ElegyCharles Wetherbee 3:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Distant ReflectionsCharles Wetherbee10:52Album Only
Listen  7. String Quartet No. 1, "Pearl German": I. WinterCarpe Diem String Quartet 6:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. String Quartet No. 1, "Pearl German": II. SpringCarpe Diem String Quartet 3:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. String Quartet No. 1, "Pearl German": III. SummerCarpe Diem String Quartet 5:010.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. String Quartet No. 1, "Pearl German": IV. AutumnCarpe Diem String Quartet 5:190.69  Buy MP3 

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Concerto pour violon - Distant Reflections - Quartuor à cordes n°1 "Pearl German" / Charles Wetherbee, violon - Baltimore Chamber Orchestra - Markand Thakar, direction - Carpe Diem String Quartet

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent additions to the contemporary music repertoire 26 Jun 2009
By Jennifer Siegel - Published on Amazon.com
This recording of three works by contemporary composer Jonathan Leshnoff is an inspiring find. The violin concerto is, at times, painfully exquisite, with soaring lyrical lines highlighted by Wetherbee's virtuosic playing. "Distant Reflections" is an extremely interesting work, creatively scored and wonderfully sonorous. And the string quartet is an elegant example of the genre, beautifully performed. In all, a wonderful recording, well worth adding to the collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Significant Debut 4 April 2009
By Dorothy L. Rosenthal - Published on Amazon.com
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Jonathan Leshnoff's new CD is a fascinating look at contemporary American composing, showing a solid rebirth of melody, harmony and orchestration. Based on a tale from the Holocaust, there are sections of the violin concerto that are deeply moving, evoking images sometimes too painful to hold in one's mind for long. The structure of the piece owes much to tradition while delivering a fresh approach to harmony and melody. I truly love this piece and would love to hear live performances of it. Markad Thakar's conducting, the emotional involvement of the Batimore Chamber Orchestra and Chas Wetherbee's soloing are marvelous.

The string quartet is a "four seasons" review that takes it roots from Barber, Bartok and flows smoothly and is played well by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Young Composer 4 April 2009
By Wm A. Nerenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm terrifically impressed with the new Naxos CD comprising some of Jonathan Leshnoff's chamber and orchestral music. As Tim Smith mentioned in the Baltimore Sun, the violin concerto is "a major addition to the repertoire." I heard the world premiere by the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra in 2006. I was very tired that night and was more or less relaxing in a semi-conscious state but when the Leshnoff began, it made me sit upright in my seat. I was entranced and this led to my introducing myself to the composer and congratulating him. The soloist, Charles Wetherbee, who is the Concertmaster of the Columbus (OH) Symphony, delivered what I thought was an impassioned performance and the orchestra, composed of a lot of Baltimore Symphony members and conducted that evening by its new conductor, Markand Thakar, was terrific. Buy this CD if you like new but melodic and lyrical music. This one will be around for a very long time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great work by a modern composer and modern quartet 28 April 2009
By D. Bosch - Published on Amazon.com
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I hadn't heard of the composer, but had heard the quartet before...
This is a challenging and interesting piece, played beautifully by Mr. Wetherbee and the rest of the Carpe Diem quartet...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Important New Composer. 10 April 2009
By Richard Hutchinson - Published on Amazon.com
The new American Classics release of Jonathan Leshnoff's music is a real gem. The Violin Concerto keeps unfolding in many layers, each one beautifully constructed and evoking a rich sense of mystery and transcendence. The quality of sound on this CD is excellent, bringing out the crisp colors of the orchestration. Jonathan Leshnoff is certain to become of of America's great composers.
Charles Wetherbee and The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra with Markand Thakar conducting give a deeply moving performance.
Distant Reflections is richly medative, and String Quartet No.1 shows why The Carpe Diem String Quartet is a rising star in the world of classical music.
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