Randall Goosby - Max Bruch, Florence Price Violin Concertos

Randall Goosby - Max Bruch, Florence Price Violin Concertos

485 4234 (Decca Classics, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (19 May 2023)

Playing time: 73'50"
Tracks: 8
Booklet pages: 20
℗ 2023 Universal Music Operations Limited (tracks 1-3)
2023 The Philadelphia Orchestra Association, under exclusive licence to Universal Music Operations Limited (tracks 4-8)
© 2023 Universal Music Operations Ltd
Main country of recording: United States of America
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Randall Goosby - Max Bruch, Florence Price Violin Concertos published on 11 June 2023

Randall Goosby, violin
Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Max Bruch (1838-1920):

Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor, Op 26
1 Vorspiel: Allegro moderato
2 Adagio
3 Finale: Allegro energico

Florence B Price (1887-1953) arranged by Jim Gray:

4 Adoration

Florence B Price:

Violin Concerto No 1 in D
5 Tempo moderato
6 Andante
7 Allegro

8 Violin Concerto No 2

American violinist Randall Goosby releases his keenly awaited second album with Decca Classics: Randall Goosby, Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Max Bruch & Florence Price Violin Concertos. The recording is an impressive collaboration with the Grammy Award-winning partnership of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra cementing Goosby's ever-growing stature as a multifaceted talent. Building on his debut album Roots (2021), which celebrated Black classical composers, this album showcases the trailblazing composer Florence Price and German romantic composer and conductor Max Bruch. Goosby says, 'I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to record three stunning concertos with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra. I fell in love with Bruch Concerto No 1 when I was a kid, and it's one of those pieces that just doesn't get old. It is loaded with drama, excitement, heartbreak, and everything in between. What a joy it was to record this all-time favorite with the lush and expressive sound of the Philadelphia Orchestra behind me! 'It was only a little more than a decade ago that Florence Price's Violin Concertos were discovered in what used to be her summer home. Since the discovery, Florence Price's unique musical language and style has enjoyed widespread recognition and appreciation, thanks in large part to Philadelphia's incredible recordings of her orchestral works. Our recording of the violin concertos was incredibly special, not only because it was taken from live performances, but also because of the tangible energy and passion we share for Price's music and legacy. Her music is an important part of American History, and it tells a story that I bet you haven't heard before.' Acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship, Goosby is also known for his desire to make music inclusive and accessible, bringing the work of under-represented composers to light.

Recorded 6-9 October 2022 (tracks 4-8, live) and 15 November 2022 (tracks 1-3) at Verizon Hall, Philadelphia, USA.