Ned Rorem

Naxos: 8559315

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Ned Rorem

Awards:

Gramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - December 2007

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559315
(8.559315)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th Aug 2007

Barcode:

0636943931523

Length:

59 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Ned Rorem


Rorem:

Piano Concerto No. 2 (1951)

Cello Concerto (2002)


Simon Mulligan (piano) & Wen-Sinn Yang (cello)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, José Serebrier

World Première Recordings

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Ned Rorem: Piano Concerto No. 2

I. Somber and Steady

II. Quiet and Sad

III. Real Fast!

Ned Rorem: Cello Concerto

I. Curtain-rise

II. There and Back

III. Three Queries, One Response

IV. Competative Chaos

V. A Single Tone, A Dozen Implications

VI. One Coin, Two Sides

VII. Valse Rappelee

VIII. Adrift

BBC Music Magazine

February 2008

****

“Simon Mulligan is an outstanding piano soloist, combining precision with a beautiful pearly sound in the upper register. The cellist Weng-Sinn Yang isn't always as tight rhythmically, but makes the most of his many opportunities for lyricism. They're expertly supported by Serebrier, the RSNO, and Naxos's engineering.”

Gramophone Magazine

December 2007

“The Second Piano Concerto (1951)… has lain dormant until its present revival by Simon Mulligan whose brilliance, ideally matched by José Serebrier, is worthy of Katchen himself. In the Cello Concerto Rorem happily eschews a conventional form… offering Wen-Sinn Yang a rich opportunity, whether playing primus inter pares or revelling in Rorem's alternating nostalgia and effervescence. Finely recorded, it's a clear winner for the Naxos American Classics series.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“How remarkable that two such delectable concertos should be receiving their world premieres on disc. Unapologetically romantic and accessible, those qualities may well have mitigated against acceptance among the industry's fashion- mongers. The Second Piano Concerto (1951) was written for Julius Katchen and was given its first performance by that superb pianist in 1954. Since then it has lain dormant until its present revival by Simon Mulligan whose brilliance, ideally matched by José Serebrier, is worthy of Katchen himself. Here, the ghosts of Ravel, Françaix, Gershwin, Stravinsky and, most of all, Poulenc, jostle for attention. Yet Rorem's idiom is as personal as it is chic. The final pages of the central 'Quiet and Sad' movement, where the piano weaves intricate tracery round the orchestral theme, may owe much to the Adagioassai from Ravel's G major Concerto but it maintains its own character. The finale, 'Real Fast', is an irresistible tour de force played up to the hilt by Mulligan.
In the Cello Concerto Rorem happily eschews a conventional form, giving programmatic subtitles to each section. These range from 'Curtain Raise' to 'Adrift', offering Wen-Sinn Yang a rich opportunity, whether playing primus inter pares or revelling in Rorem's alternating nostalgia and effervescence. Finely recorded, it's a clear winner.”

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