Never heard it before but what the work it is!!!
I have to admit that the Corigliano’s work is not something that usually goes into my definition of beautiful concerto. It is a typical Shostakovich-like “vulgar” and brutal music but even with this stylistic the things might be brilliant. The Corigliano's Concerto is brilliant and the brilliance in amassing a smartness of this concerto, smartness that rises to the change of being … beautiful. Sure you will not found in Corigliano’s concerto the such a primitive and stupid thing that most of the today composers forget – melody, but still the intelligence of composition, the quality of orchestration and the phenomenal soloist play truly threw me to feel that it was… great.
Joshua Bell visits today Tanglewood with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (that will be something and I am drooling to record this live broadcast) and WGBH to warm up the crowd for Mr. Bell played his recording of Corigliano's Violin Concerto with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop. I did not know that work and was sitting and guessing who the hell might compose it. I had no idea.
Anyhow, you feel that new time does not bring new good work? Listen this one…
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche