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Danny Elfman's writing is phenomenal on Eleven Eleven / Synchrotones' Soundtrack Reviews

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Two years ago the Prague orchestra requested that Danny Elfman compose a violin concerto for Sandy Cameron. Elfman responded by composing the concerto as his first free-standing orchestral work. That he loves the late Romantic idiom and especially its masters shines through clearly in the Violin Concerto, which he subtitled Eleven Eleven. Performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by John Mauceri it really is quite spectacular.

Elfman's Violin Concerto consists of four parts. The writing for violin, and the performance of it by Sandy Cameron, is exquisite. It's virtuous; and it's akin to his ‘gypsy violin' writing for Edward Scissorhands. The composer mentions in the liner notes that a performance of that Scissorhands music led to the commissioning of this concerto. On a few occasions the music builds to powerful orchestral outbursts, during which I'm reminded of Hulk and Red Dragon. I should say that I find these moments immensely satisfying, but what I really need to say is that those moments are absolutely f***ing incredible! There's a lot of really cool stuff going on in this piece; and I'd also like to highlight the shift in tone around the 10-minute mark, when Elfman introduces an oddly timed string ostinato complete with col-legno slaps.

As said, the writing is phenomenal, and is likely to surprise and impress many a fan.

Will Elfman achieve his objective of please (most of) both filmmusic and classical audiences? I sincerely hope he does. It's great to hear a filmcomposer venturing out into concert works; and over the years and decades we've been treated to many wonderful works. Not least Elfman's own Serenada Schizophrana and his work for Cirque du Soleil, but also from the likes of Michael Kamen, James Horner, John Powell, Elliot Goldenthal, James Newton Howard, Laura Karpman, Debbie Wiseman and many others. Elfman's work is up there with the best of them.

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