James Matheson Violin Concerto (Vinyl)

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


James Matheson Violin Concerto
Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Baird Dodge, violin soloist

Recorded live in Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall
December 15th, 2011

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SKU: YAR65005-670V Vinyl James Matheson Violin Concerto Category: Tags: , , ,


Executive Producers:

Sally Swab Austin and Bradford L. Austin

Producer: Bob Attiyeh

Recording Engineer: Christopher Willis

Mixing Engineer: Arian Jansen, SonoruS Audio

Mastering Engineers: Steve Hoffman & Bob Attiyeh

45 RPM Vinyl Mastering: Bernie Grundman

“Matheson’s concerto is a supercharged showpiece for virtuoso violinist and orchestra that connects with the listener on a visceral as well as intellectual level. It keeps the soloist extremely busy as he negotiates a maze of vivid, colorful orchestral effects that ultimately are the most interesting aspect of the piece. While neo-romantic in overall flavor, Matheson is original enough to shun the feel-good bromides that constitute so much of today’s ‘new’ classical music.”

–John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

3 reviews for James Matheson Violin Concerto (Vinyl)

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yarlung Records

    “Unlike many younger composers who have a basic idea and then try to orchestrate it, Matheson writes in full orchestral 3-D.  Waves of tonal sounds moved across the stage, and sections had individual voices and even voices within the sections.”
    –Andrew Patner, Chicago Sun-Times

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yarlung Records

    “Yarlung Record’s program produced and financed by the musical philanthropists J and Helen Schlichting of Southern California, is an excellent introduction to the notable American composer James Matheson. Matheson, now in his mid-40s, wrote his Violin Concerto for Baird Dodge, principal second violinist of the Chicago Symphony — and once the composer’s roommate at Swarthmore College. All of Matheson’s music has a bold, cinematic flair. His writing for solo violin is highly idiomatic and virtuosic; the orchestral contribution is extravagantly colorful. Matheson employs an advanced tonal syntax and confidently cites other styles as he makes his argument: the central Chaconne of the Concerto references the slow movement from Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and the energetic finale strongly suggests bluegrass. Esa-Pekka Salonen was on the podium leading the CSO for the world premiere recorded here in December of 2011.”

    –Andrew Quint, The Absolute Sound

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ali Khan

    Never heard of the composer James Matheson until recently from an International Classical Music website. Glad I did! A great introduction (at least for me) to a composer from audiophile label Yarlung Records with a superb Violin Concerto. Sound & Performance from Baird Dodge, violin soloist and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen is Spectacular. Do yourself a favor audiophilers buy this 45 RPM Vinyl Mastered by the great Bernie Grundman.

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