John Casken - Orion over Farne, Concertos
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Label: NMC Recordings
Cat No: NMCD189
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 21st April 2014
ArtistsSophia Jaffe (violin)
John Caskenís work is often inspired by the Northumberland countryside and coastline where he lives and in the symphonic poem Orion Over Farne (1984-86) he conjures up the magical atmosphere of the Farne Islands, drawing on the myth, landscape and poetry of area using rich orchestral sonorities.
The Violin Concerto received its premiere at the BBC Proms in 1995 and is performed by the young German violinist Sophia Jaffť. It loosely takes narrative from Tolstoy's 'Father Sergius', a story reflecting some of the turmoil of human experience and the dilemmas arising from the decisions we make, and the things we do. Some of the musical material resurfaces in the Casken's opera Godís Liar.
Concerto for Orchestra (2007) is Caskenís most recent orchestral work, which was written for the National theater-Orchesters Mannheim and continues the composer's interest in two-movement forms that began with his Cello Concerto (1991), a recording of which is available on NMCD086.
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