Philippe Quint: William Schuman Violin Concerto, José Serebrier

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William Schuman (1910-1992) Violin Concerto (1947, rev. 1959)

Philippe Quint, violin
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/José Serebrier, conductor

William Schuman's Violin Concerto, which Samuel Dushkin commissioned in 1947, was premiered instead by Isaac Stern in 1950, with the Boston Symphony conducted by Charles Munch. During a 1956 revision, Schuman decided on its final two-movement form, introduced at Aspen three years after that by Roman Totenberg.
"I worked on that piece for fourteen years, the most time I ever spent on a work. I knew I never wanted to do another violin concerto, that I had said everything I had to say in a violin concerto in this one, and I wanted to do it right." ~ W.SCH.