Thursday, September 9, 1999
Festival Music Director Marin Alsop, recording with the Colorado Symphony, released Christopher Rouse''s Trombone Concerto, Gorgon and Iscariot, on a 1997 CD from RCA Red Seal. (It features the same trombone soloist, Joseph Alessi, who played the concerto at the ''94 Cabrillo Festival.) Rouse''s Symphony No. 2 and Flute Concerto were heard respectively during the ''98 and ''99 festivals, and are contained in a Telarc CD issued in ''97 with the Houston Symphony, and featuring the same flute soloist who appeared in Santa Cruz this summer, Carol Wincenc.
James MacMillan''s The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, which tore the roof off the Mission San Juan Baustista 18 days ago, was issued on a 1992 Koch International CD in a recording by the Scottish Symphony under Jerzy Maksymiuk. (Another MacMillan piece, Veni, veni, Emanuel, was heard during the ''96 Cabrillo Fest, and recorded/released in 1993 by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the composer conducting, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.)
John Corigliano''s The Red Violin "concerto," a highlight of last year''s festival, was issued early this year on a Sony Classical CD, along with the composer''s movie soundtrack. Though the film itself was flawed, the music proved to be one of its strengths. Joshua Bell is soloist in the recording.
Michael Daugherty''s composing career has revolved around American icons, including his Metropolis Symphony and Motown Metal, both heard at the ''98 festival, and the opera Jackie O, all available on recent Argo CDs. Motown Metal is, in fact, included in Daugherty''s newest Argo CD, American Icons, which also contains a highlight of this summer in Santa Cruz, Le Tombeau de Liberace, plus Dead Elvis (for bassoon and orchestra),What''s That Spell? (for two "Barbie" sopranos), Flamingo and other vernacular-inspired items. Aaron Jay Kernis is represented in a just-issued Argo CD of three works, including the deeply-expressive Lament and Prayer, heard in San Juan on Aug. 15. (Pamela Frank is soloist in the recording.) Marin Alsop has long championed Richard Danielpour, three of whose recent works, all heard in festival concerts >(Celestial Night, Toward the Splendid City and Urban Dances) are contained in a new Sony Classical CD with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Also brand new is Telarc''s release of the John Adams Violin Concerto (heard during the ''95 festival) and Philip Glass Concerto for Violin (heard at the ''96 festival), with soloist Robert McDuffie and the Houston Symphony.
The Carmel Bach Festival hosted Chanticleer on two of its Monday concerts. The acclaimed male chorus from San Francisco appears in a program of stunning new music (including a piece heard in Carmel, John Tavener''s Village Wedding) by Steven Stucky, Bernard Rands, Zhou Long, Chen Yi, Augusta Read Thomas and Steven Sametz, all on a new Teldec CD called "Colors of Love." The festival itself has released Celestial Beauty in the Mission, a program of baroque music recorded at Carmel Mission Basilica by soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, trumpeter Wolfgang Basch and organist John Butt.
Composer Stephen Tosh scored the local documentary Longtimers, a suite from which is contained in a new Fault Line CD by Dancing on Strings (the McDowell family trio of guitar, violin and cello). If you can''t find the disc at a retailer''s, make contact at 109 Camino Pacifico, Aptos 95003.
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