VERNON DUKE (1903-1969): Violin Concerto (Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Scott Dunn), Violin Sonata in D, Hommage to Offenbach and Capriccio Méxicano for Violin and Piano (Scott Dunn [piano]), Etude for Violin and Bassoon (Kim Laskowski [bassoon]).
Catalogue Number: 12Q006
Label: Urlicht Audiovisual
Description: Our last orchestral release by this composer was seven years ago this month (12J094) when Naxos issued his piano and cello concertos. Now we have the World Premiere Recording of his violin concerto, written in 1940-41 and premiered in Boston in 1943. The Prokofievian first movement is followed by a Valse and the longest of the three movements, a theme-and-variations finale which is a virtual kaleidoscope of the various hats Duke could wear, from popular song to Broadway to operetta to ballet. Only the 1948-49 sonata has been recorded before and this work, inspired by Mexican folk music in its outer movements, is joined by the 1939 Capriccio and the popular-music suffused Hommage to Offenbach which is drawn from a 1957 ballet score Emperor Norton. Elmira Darvarova (violin).