RICHARD DANIELPOUR (b.1956): A Child's Reliquary for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, DAVID LUDWIG (b.1974): Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, DARON ARIC HAGEN (b.1961): Masquerade - Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 01N080
Description: Danielpour's Reliquary is an intensely moving in memoriam piece for the child of a colleague, and frames a nostalgically playful central movement with elegiac mourning music in the outer movements. The piece as heard here is the composer's 2006 orchestral version of his 1999 piano trio (09G005) and is in the composer's customary tonal, sumptuously orchestrated, neo-romantic style. Ludwig's concerto explores three aspects of love - erotic, passionate but unfulfilled, and universal or humanitarian, as illustrated by the stories of Odysseus and Calypso, Tristan and Isolde, and Buddha respectively. Thus the first movement entwines the solo lines amid sensuous music based on sinuous dances with a modal, folk-music feeling; we encounter somber, chromatic yearning in the slow movement; and celebratory, bright music full of exultant bells and uplifting energy in a lively rondo-finale. Hagen's piece illustrates scenes of the Commedia dell'arte in attractively accessible music, tonal and neo-romantic and unashamed of its crowd-pleasing melodiousness. Jaime Laredo (violin), Sharon Robinson (cello), Vermont Symphony Orchestra; Sarah Hicks, Troy Peters (Masquerade).