Dominick Argento is not only America's pre-eminent opera composer, but a creator of vocal, choral and orchestral music that places him in the top rank of living composers. This significant release presents WORLD PREMIERE recordings of five important Argento works, all closely associated with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Valentino Dances is an infectious suite from the opera The Dream of Valentino, with a virtuoso solo played by "Mr. Accordion" himself, William Schimmel of The Tango Project. This flamboyant "Roaring Twenties" music has "FM hit" written all over it.
These melodically sweeping, romantic scores are captured in all their vivid colors in "Prof." Keith Johnson's dynamic HDCD recording.
Selections: Valentino Dances, Reverie Reflections On A Hymn Tune, Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe, Valse Triste, A Ring Of Time.