Concertos and Tone Poems
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Vakhtang Jordania
A major addition to the recorded canon of American music from American composer James Cohn, of whose music The New York Times has written, "Mr. Cohn has technical skill, an inventive musical imagination and a sense of humor. All these qualities are as rare as they are admirable." Fanfare magazine has written of him, "(his) music is ... thoroughly classical ... but with a distinctly American flavor. Chief characteristics are brevity, wit and clarity; Cohn's melodies are charming". ClassicsToday.com has written, "James Cohn writes graceful, fluent attractive music in a conservatively tonal style revealing the mastery of an experienced composer comfortable with his own voice." And American Record Guide has said, "Cohn seems not to mind writing music that one can enjoy and I applaud him for it."
James Cohn has written solo, chamber, choral and orchestral works. He has been awarded a Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Prize for his Symphony No. 2 (premiered at Brussels) and an A.I.D.E.M. prize for his Symphony No. 4 (premiered in Florence at the Maggio Musicale). Paul Paray and the Detroit Symphony introduced the composer's Symphony No. 3 and Variations on "The Wayfaring Stranger". Commissions have come from Jon Manasse (for the Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet and Strings), Christopher Jepperson (for 3 Evocations [Clarinet Concerto No. 2]) and Jeffrey Silberschlag (for the Concerto for Trumpet and Strings. Visit his webpage at http://www.jamesarts.com/artists/index.htm.
Mr. Cohn's orchestral works have been recorded in Europe by the Slovak National Radio Orchestra, (directed by Kirk Trevor and Vakhtang Jordania) and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, (directed by Vakhtang Jordania), and will be issued on a series of 4 CDs on the XLNT label. The repertory includes his 8 symphonies, 4 concertos and various tone poems. The music for this album (the first one to be released in the series) was composed between 1959 and 2000.Program:
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