Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop Featured on Recording of "The Red Violin Concerto," Available TODAY
Sony Classical disc features violinist Joshua Bell performing John Corigliano's popular work with Alsop, BSO
Baltimore, Md. (September 4, 2007) - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is featured on a newly released recording of John Corigliano's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, "The Red Violin," performed by violinist Joshua Bell and led by the BSO's new music director, Marin Alsop. The disc, released today on the Sony Classical label, marks the BSO's first major label recording in eight years. Packaged with Corigliano's Sonata for Violin and Piano (performed by Mr. Bell and pianist Jeremy Denk), the disc has already won advanced critical praise from the Baltimore Sun, which declared that "…[listeners] are likely to be impressed by the solidity and sizzle of the performance, which finds Alsop in tight control, and the orchestra operating as a fully equal partner to the dynamic Bell…it serves as a very effective calling card for the new team of Alsop and the BSO."
Recorded live at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in concerts on June 15, 16 and 17, 2006, "The Red Violin" Concerto is a big, dramatic work that demands both superhuman technique and deep expressiveness. The full-length concerto is based on Corigliano's Academy Award-winning score from the 1999 motion picture, The Red Violin, the soundtrack of which featured Mr. Bell as soloist. Since its world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony in September of 2003, the immensely popular concerto has been performed 23 times by major orchestras across the country and has the distinction of being the most performed concerto composed in the last quarter century.
The Sony Classical release marks the Baltimore Symphony's first recording on a major commercial label since its Grammy-nominated disc of Beethoven's Violin Concerto featuring violinist Hilary Hahn and former music director David Zinman. Under the baton of new music director Marin Alsop, the BSO will continue its commitment to commercial recording and has already begun work on a three-disc Dvorák cycle for the Naxos label.
Generous support for the recording of "The Red Violin" Concerto was provided by Sandra Levi Gerstung, and through individual board member contributions.
For more information or to receive a complimentary media copy of the disc, please contact the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Public Relations department, 410.783.8024.