JOHN CORIGLIANO (b.1938): Conjurer for Percussionist and String Orchestra with Optional Brass, Vocalise for Soprano, Electronics and Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 10P065
Description: Conjurer, so called because the soloist 'conjures' the motivic material for each movement in a prefatory cadenza, is, as we have come to expect from Corigliano, an emotionally rich work in somewhat neo-romantic vein, very tonal. Each of the three linked movements employs a different family of percussion instruments, emphasizing the very different character of the music and by means of this instrumental restraint rendering the dialogue between soloist and orchestra more like that of conventional concertante couplings than a sonically spectacular free-for-all featuring a plethora of timbres. A lively opening movement for the wooden 'keyboard' instruments featuring motivic lines jumping around in fifths is followed by a mysterious slow movement that exploits gentle bell-like metallic sonorities, which gives way to the strongly rhythmic drumming motifs of the finale. Vocalise consists of an extended solo cantilena, often with a vaguely late-romantic (Richard Strauss et al) melodic contour, embellished with an increasingly demonstrative orchestral accompaniment. Some non-threatening spatialized amplification and echo effects add to the rich timbral palette. Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Hila Plitmann (soprano), Albany Symphony; David Alan Miller.