World Premiere Recording "Wild, idiosyncratic, and gripping." -- LA Times
"It is difficult to argue with such a technically dazzling and unfailingly musical interpretation." -- Gramophone
Includes two world premiere works. Composers John Corigliano and Matthew Hindson are two of the most important musicians on the global scene. Corigliano won an Academy Award and a Grammy for his music to the film The Red Violin. These two composers were present during the recording sessions.
John Corigliano writes:
I'm thrilled to be included in a new recording by the brilliant and always surprising Lara St. John. She is a real maverick, as a performer and in her choice of repertoire. An opulent and virtuosic new violin concerto and my Red Violin suite are coupled with a newly arranged version of a 19th century pianistic tour de force in her latest stunning release.
1. VIOLIN CONCERTO: WIND TURBINE AT KOORAGANG ISLAND(9:20)
2. VIOLIN CONCERTO: WESTERWAY(13:42)
3. VIOLIN CONCERTO: GRAND FINAL DAY(6:42)
4. SUITE FROM THE RED VIOLIN(24:59)
5. TOTENTANZ (WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING) (15:23)
"What Makes A Great Album?"
Rosebrook Classical Blog, October 2009
"St. John plays with her usual intensity, the Royal Philharmonic is a very polished ensemble, and Sarah Ioannides provides precise leadership."
American Record Guide, July 2009
""In either case, these three compositions with strong extra-musical associations - Hindson's hauntingly evocative tryptych, Corigliano's equally atmospheric movie score in miniature, and Listz's theatrical horror show should appeal broadly to general listeners...Strongly recommended.""
Fanfare, April 2009
"..she is an extremely fine player who mixes quicksilver technique with gripping spontaneity to captivating effect."
Strad Magazine, November 2008
"All Praise to this Excellent Violinist for Championing Such a Vivid New Concerto"
Gramophone, October 2008
"But this is intriguing to the ear, and the solo violin, especially when played as brilliantly as it is here, does have a rather macabre sound in this music."
Classical CD Review.com
Originally published in http://www.classicalcdreview.com/MC245.htmlJune 2008
"St. John demonstrates the pioneer spirit in an art often thought of as dusty and drab. Her effect on the music is one of warm humidity, a frankly sensual vision seen through the lenses of certain youth, wonder, and determination."
All About Jazz, originally published in All About Jazz, May 23, 2008
"Hindson’s music is monumentally eclectic...Lara St. John shows an admirable spirit of risk-taking with this disc... it’s an exciting recording that tells us a lot about the ambition and independent-mindedness of this excellent violinist."