Dame Evelyn Glennie, virtuoso percussionist from Scotland, is soloist on a Grammy-winner in the category of Best Classical Instrumental Solo — John Corigliano's Conjurer: Concerto for Percussion and String Orchestra
— with the Albany Symphony Orchestra on an all-Corigliano recording released by Naxos in the fall of 2013. The ASO's conductor, David Alan Miller, accepted the award at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Conjurer
is based on instruments of "wood, metal, and skin." Using numerous instruments including xylophone, chimes, and kick drum. Corigliano's composition establishes the soloist as a kind of sorcerer, conjuring possible themes from these three instrumental categories and then passing them onto the orchestra to develop and embellish. The recording also features Hila Plitmann in Vocalise
for soprano and orchestra.
Corigliano won an Oscar in 1999 for Best Music Score for "The Red Violin," and in 2001 he won a Pulitzer Prize for Symphony No. 2
Available on Naxos 8.559757