CHARLES CASTLEMAN – VIOLIN
A BRIEF CAREER BIOGRAPHY
Charles Castleman, perhaps the world’s most active performer/pedagogue on the violin, has been soloist with the orchestras of
Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul and Shanghai. Medalist at
Tchaikovsky and Brussels, his Jongen Concerto is included in a Cypres CD set of the 17 best prize-winning performances of the Brussels Concours’ 50-
Mr. Castleman was 2nd to record the Ysaye Solo Sonatas complete (for Nonesuch), in a CD made at the time of his unique performance of
the set at Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, His other solo CDs include eight Hubay Csardases for Violin and Orchestra, and ten Sarasate
virtuoso cameos on Music and Arts, Gershwin and Antheil on MusicMasters, and contemporary violin and harpsichord music for Albany. Selected by the
Ford Foundation as one of the sixteen most important Concert Artists under the age of 35, he commissioned the David Amram Concerto, premiering it
with Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, recording it for Newport Classic. He is dedicatee of "Lares Hercii" by Pulitzer winner Christopher
Charles Castleman has performed at such international festivals as Marlboro, AFCM (Australia), Budapest, Fuefukigawa, Montreux, Shanghai,
Sheffield, and the Vienna Festwoche. His recitals have been broadcast on NPR, BBC, in Berlin and in Paris.
Professor and former String Department Chair at the Eastman School, Mr Castleman has conducted master-classes in London, Vienna, Helsinki, Kiev,
Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and all major cities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. His students have been winners at Brussels,
Munich, Naumburg and Szeryng, are in 30 professionally active chamber groups and are 1st desk players in 11 major orchestras. He is
founder/director of THE CASTLEMAN QUARTET PROGRAM, in its 42nd season, now at S.U.N.Y Fredonia and University Colorado Boulder, an
intensive workshop in solo and chamber performance. Yo-Yo Ma has praised it as “the best program of its kind..a training ground in
Charles Castleman’s long-term chamber music associations have included THE NEW STRING TRIO OF N.Y. with BASF recordings of
Reger and Frank Martin and THE RAPHAEL TRIO with CDs of Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Wolf-Ferrari for NONESUCH,
SONY CLASSICAL, DISCOVER, UNICORN, and ASV, and with premieres by Rainer Bischof and Frederic Rzewski for the Vienna
Festival and Kennedy Center.
Mr. Castleman earned degrees from Harvard, Curtis, and University of Pennsylvania. His teachers were Emanuel Ondricek (teaching
assistant of Sevcik, Ysaye student) and Ivan Galamian, his most influential coaches David Oistrakh, Szeryng, and Gingold. He plays the
“Marquis de Champeaux” Stradivarius and "Sammons" Goffriller from 1708, and chooses from over 80 bows.
www.charlescastleman.com CURRICULUM VITAE
International Competition Prizes:
Queen Elisabeth (Belgium)..Silver Medal
Tchaikovsky (Russia)..Bronze Medal
International Who’s Who in Music; Who’s Who in Twenty-First Century; Who’s Who in Entertainment
Life Achievement Award and dedication of Charles Castleman Music Library–Thayer Academy (Braintree, Massachusetts)
Biographical Mention:The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
Bakers Biographical Dictionary
The New International Dictionary of Music (ed. Philip Morehead., Meridian Press)
"Arthur Fiedler, Music for the Millions", Carol Green Wilson (Evans)
"Musical Prodigies: Masters at an early age", Renee Fisher (Association)
[age 5] Public: McDowell Artists Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
[age 7] Orchestral: Boston Pops (Arthur Fiedler)
[age 9] New York Recital: Town Hall
[age 10] Television: Frank Sinatra Show also featuring Jack Benny
[age 22] Adult Orchestral: Philadelphia Orchestra (Eugene Ormandy)..
David & Igor Oistrakh and Henryk Szeryng there in support
Other prodigy highlights:
[age 12] N.Y. Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic
[age 14] "Life Begins at 80.. only live performer on national TV broadcast honoring Fritz Kreisler on 80th birthday.
[age 12-16] Other TV: Arthur Godfrey (twice Talent Scouts & once AM show), Philip Morris Playhouse (violin & acting-"The Little Stone House"), Jackie Gleason, Stage Show (with Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey), Chance of a Lifetime, Lawrence Welk..
Important Orchestral Appearances:
Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, St Louis, San Francisco.
Brisbane, Brussels, Kiev, Mexico City, Montreal, Moscow, Seoul, Shanghai.
Noteworthy Tours and Recitalsfor Jeunesses Musicales in Quebec province (1964), Unaccompanied Recitals in European Capitols (1968), 6 Solo Sonatas of Ysaye in Tully Hall, New York City (1981); 3 weeks in Shanghai(1992); a month in Australia & New Zealand(1995, 2003-6)
1: Ysaye Sonatas for Solo Violin (NONESUCH 71408 ‘83), (MUSIC&ARTS 854 ‘95 )
2: Sarasate Malaguena, Zigeunerweisen, Carmen & Faust Fantasies, other favorites( MUSIC&ARTS 855 ‘95)
3: David Amram 3 Concertos (ViolinConcerto) (NEWPORTCLASSIC NPD85601 ‘95)
4: Music for Violin with Harpsichord: Milhaud, Piston, Adler, Martinu, Rubbra, Dvorak (ALBANY TROY 041 ‘90)
5: Digital George (Gershwin: Short Story) (MUSICMASTERS 1612-67082-2 ‘92)
6: Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique (Violin Sonata #2) (MUSICMASTERS 1612-67094-2 ‘92)
7: 1951-2001, 50 years of emotion (outstanding performances from the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Concours) (CYPRES CYP9612-1 ‘01)
8: Jeno Hubay, Scenes de la Csarda (MUSICANDARTS 1164 ‘05 )
1: Prokofiev f Sonata Op 80 & Faure c Piano Quartet (HARRY LLAMA VIDEO @YAHOO.COM)
1 Dvorak-Kreisler Slavonic Fantasy.mp4 Claudia Hoca-- piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mkh9b5Ho2fQ
2 Dvorak-E Ondricek Waltzes.mp4 Claudia Hoca--piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTW6662Hzvw
3 Franz Ondricek Barcarole.mp4 Claudia Hoca--piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmkocQIqeNU
4 Mozart Violin and Viola Bb Duo.mp4 Jesse Levine viola http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uGAvVJEWP8
5 Gershwin It Aint Necessarily So.mp4 Barry Snyder piano Kilbourn Hall Eastman School of Music February 2010.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruDanL53fY0
6 Dvorak Violin Sonatina Scherzo + Finale.mp4 Claudia Hoca piano Kilbourn Hall Eastman School February 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=970FmVMGumI
7 Dvorak Violin Sonata Allegro ma non troppo.mp4 Claudia Hoca piano Kilbourn Hall Eastman School February 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLGB-gN-ra4
8 Dvorak Violin Sonata Poco moderato + Allegro molto.mp4 Claudia Hoca piano Kilbourn Hall Eastman School February 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfsbSoGSEVA
9 Janacek Violin Sonata_1st half_.mp4 Barry Snyder piano 2/13/11 Kilbourn Hall Eastman School of Music February 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6dSIuwBc78
10 Janacek Violin Sonata_2nd half_.mp4 Barry Snyder piano 2/13/11 Kilbourn Hall Eastman School of Music February 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UH8i51JSmY
11 Poème Élègaique in D minor by E. Ysaye/Su Jung Jang, piano
recital at the Quartet Program, Rosch Recital Hall, SUNY Fredonia, 8:00 p.m., 23 July 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf7YgNGHI6k&feature=related
12 Schumann_a_Violin_Sonata_2_movements.mov Barry Snyder-piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do0OoGGe3AM
13 Schumann_a_violin_ Sonata_3rd_movement February 18, 2011 06:33 AM | Barry Snyder piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcwIsZ2tkPw
14 Charles Castleman Master class (a moment) UofM Faculty of Music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oMOMNrhT-c&feature=related
15 World-renowned violinist Charles Castleman and Weber State University music professor Shi-Hwa Wang perform Duo Concertante for Two Violins in D, Op. 67 by Louis Spohr (1784-1859) in Weber State University's Browning Center. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSBpFYVe_48&feature=related
16 Debussy Violin Sonata mp4
Claudia Hoca-- piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg7XiQl_T6s&feature=related
17 Franz Ondricek Barcarole
Claudia Hoca--piano http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmkocQIqeNU&feature=related
18 Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major (1886) by Cesar Franck (1822-1890) part 1 HD Claudia Hoca, piano 1. Allegretto ben moderato 2. Allegro
"A MUSICAL FEAST" concert April 10, 2011 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium Buffalo, NY www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAitJffMnkg
19 Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major (1886) by Cesar Franck (1822-1890) part 2 Claudia Hoca, piano 3. Ben moderato
"A MUSICAL FEAST" concert April 10, 2011 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium Buffalo, NYhttp://www.amusicalfeast.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-Wpw5_fArE
20 Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major (1886) by Cesar Franck (1822-1890) part 3 Claudia Hoca, piano 4. Allegretto poco mosso
"A MUSICAL FEAST" concert April 10, 2011 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center Peter & Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium Buffalo, NY
New String Trio of N. Y. (Paul Doktor/Jennifer Langham) 1971-4
Raphael Trio (Susan Salm/Daniel Epstein) 1975-2000
1: Reger String Trios (LP only) (BASF KBB21642 ‘73)
2: Frank Martin Trios(LP only) (BASF 2521638-1 ‘74)
3: Dvorak Piano Trio in f(LP/cassette only) (NONESUCH NS71397 ‘81)
4: Prince Louis Ferdinand Piano Quartet(LP only) (Robert Spillman/Francis Tursi/Robert Sylvester) (DESMAR DSM10256 ‘80)
5: Mendelssohn Piano Trios (DISCOVERY ‘94)
)6: Dvorak Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2 (NEWPORTCLASSIC NCC60074 ‘89)..(SONY CLASSICAL SBK63057 ‘97)
7: Beethoven "Kakadu" Variations, Allegretto, Trio in Eb [Sextet] (UNICORN- KANCHANA DKP9118 ‘92)
8: Wolf-Ferrari Piano Trios (ASV CDDCA935 ‘95)
9. Ravel String Quartet (EINSTEIN '97)
10, Schumann Piano Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (OURAY PERF ARTS GUILD '99)
International: Australia Festival of Chamber Music (1991-8) (performances in Australia, Ukraine, U.S.); Fuefukigawa (Japan) (1996,1998,1999;2005)
Shanghai, Sheffields(England), Budapest Mozart (Hungary), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna).
Domestic: Marlboro (VT); Grant Park(IL); Barge Concerts (NY); Saratoga (NY); Juneau Jazz & Classics(AK); Sitka (AK) (2000-), Ouray(CO) (1993-99),Musicians West(ID), Great Woods (MA), Bowdoin(ME), Great Gorge(NJ), Las Vegas(NV) (2001-), Skaneateles(NY), Newport (RI), Round Top (TX), Park City(UT) (1988-), Hampden-Sydney(VA).
Current Long-Term Positions:
The Quartet Program (1970-): Founder-Director
Eastman School of Music (1975-): Professor; String Chair (1986-88, 2003-); Faculty Senator
Philadelphia Musical Academy (1967-77): Professor;
SUNY Purchase (1970-77): Founding Advisor, Adjunct Associate;
Curtis Institute of Music (1973-76): Founding V.P. Alumni Association, member Board of Directors
The Quartet Program at Beaver Creek,CO (1993): Director
Music from Ouray,CO (1993-1999): Co-Artistic Director
Hartt School of Music (1996-9): Visiting Artist
The Quartet Program at Oberwart, Austria (2003) Director
Teaching residencies: (3 days or more; NOT adjunct to performance)
Montreux, Switzerland (Institut Haut Etudes Musicales) (shared Zino Francescatti)’73-5
Burlington, VT (U. VT)‘82-3
Christ Church, New Zealand (Canterbury) ‘95
Townsville, Australia (James Cook) ‘95
Durango, CO (Ft Lewis) ‘98
Dallas (SMU) ‘98
Las Vegas (UNLV) ‘99, ‘00, '05
Seoul (National University)‘99,’02
Australian National Academy of Music (Melbourne) '04
Sydney Conservatory '06
Sibelius Academy (Helsinki) '08
Australia: ANAM '04, Queensland Conservatory (Brisbane)'95,'03, James Cook University ‘95, MelbourneU '03,'05, UQueensland '03, Monash ‘03, UWA (Perth) '04,'05. VCA '05, Sydney Conservatory '04,'05, '07, Hobart '04
Austria: Vienna Hochschule ‘01, Salzburg Mozarteum '02, '04, Oberwart '03
Canada: Royal Conservatory (Toronto) ‘96,'10, Victoria ‘01,'03,'06,'10, UBC(Vancouver) '03,'06,'10, U Alberta(Edmonton) '06,'10 UManitoba(Winnipeg) '07,'10, Brandon '07,'10
China: Shanghai Conservatory ‘92. HPAKA Hong Kong '04,'05, Beijing Concert Hall '11
England: Guildhall ‘86,’89,’93, ‘97, ‘02. '04, '06, '08; Royal Academy ‘86, '04, '08;
Japan: Toho Gauken ‘92,’02
Korea: Seoul National University’99,’02,'04,'11; Yonsei '99, '09,'11
New Zealand: Otago University(Dunedin) ‘95,'06,'07; Canterbury Univ ’95,'07,'10, Auckland Univ ‘95,'07,'08 Victoria Univ '05, '06, Akaroa Festival '09,'10
Switzerland: IHEM (Montreux,Switzerland)’73-5;
Ukraine: Kiev Conservatory ‘95; Lviv Conservatory ‘95
Conservatories: Boston Conservatory, Cleveland Institute, Eastman, Lynn (Harid), Longy, Manhattan, North Carolina School of the Arts, Peabody, Shenandoah
Universities (private): Andrews, Colgate, Converse, Denver, Duke, Hope, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Northwestern, Oberlin, Queens, Rice, S.M.U., U.S.C.
Universities (state): Alaska(Juneau), Boise State, Central Michigan, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nevada (Las Vegas), North Carolina (Chapel Hill & Greensboro), North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Portland (Oregon) State, South Carolina, SUNY (Fredonia, Purchase & Stony Brook), Syracuse, Texas (Arlington & Austin & San Antonio), Texas Tech and Washington
Arts Academies: Austin, Boulder, Interlochen, Levine (DC), MacPhail (Minneapolis), North Carolina School of the Arts, Walnut Hill (Natick,MA)
Some former degree students
Laura Bossert-Silver Medalist Szeryng Competition, faculty Longy & Wellesley; Martha Curtis-featured on "60 Minutes" and "Today", violinist/inspirational speaker; Julie Gigante-background soloist in TV and movies ("Star Trek", "Sneakers",China Beach"; Diane Monroe-jazz violinist String Trio NY & Uptown Quartet;Tim Lees-Concertmaster Cincinnati; Peter Matzka- Concertmaster Vienna Radio Orchestra, Vienna String Sextet; Jeffrey Irvine-Professor C.I.M.; Kathleen Tesar-Director Admissions Colborn School, Laura Millman Concertmaster Army Strings
GENERAL MUSICAL ACTIVITY
1: David Amram: Violin Concerto ‘74--Commission: Ford Foundation Concert Artists Grant; Premiere: St Louis Symphony (Leonard Slatkin) ‘81
2: Thomas Read: Variations for Piano Trio ‘82--Premiere: Lane Series, Burlington,VT
3: Christopher Rouse: Lares Hercii for violin and harpsichord ‘83--Premieres: Kilbourn Hall, Rochester, NY ; Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, N .Y. C. ‘85(Arthur Haas)
4: Rainer Bischof: Trio 89 ‘89--Commission for Wiener Festwochen; Premieres: Vienna (Wiener Festwochen), Paris (Chatelets), New York (Town Hall), D.C. (Kennedy Center)
5: Christian Woehr: Alaska Passages for Violin and Viola ‘90--Premiere: Park City, Utah, International Chamber Music Festival (Christian Woehr)
6: David Liptak: Piano Trio ‘91--Premiere: Columbia University ‘92
7: Edward Cohen: Piano Trio ‘92--Premiere: M.I.T. ‘93
8: Thomas Oboe Lee: Piano Trio ‘94--Premieres: DC (Phillips Gallery);Rockefeller University(N.Y.C.) ‘95
9: Frederic Rzewski: Piano Trio ‘98--Premiere: DC (Kennedy Center)
International: Washington ‘75, Indianapolis ‘82, Szeryng (Toluca,MX) ‘92, Ives (Composition) ‘91,’92, Fullbright adjudication ‘98,’01Domestic: Music Festival of Arkansas ‘86, Hudson Valley ‘87, WAMSO (Minnesota Orchestra) ‘92,’93,’94, Fischoff ‘93, Greater Spokane Festival ‘95, Schubert Club (Minnesota) ‘98, Greater Seattle Festival ‘99.
Indianapolis Competition, Lyrica (chamber music series in NJ), Market Square Concerts (chamber music series in PA), Walnut Hill School, Charles Ives Foundation, Las Vegas Music Festival, Park City(UT) Chamber Festival.
Century Association; American Federation of Musicians
"Bocca della Verita" of George Rochberg edited Charles Castleman 1965 Presser Music Company
"Tre Dame di Ferrara" 1969 (l’Anuario Musicale)..an edition and treatise on the 16th century madrigals of Luzzasco Luzzaschi
"The Romantic Violinist-Composer: Pro-active Artist before a Susceptible Public" -- Liber Amicorum Isabelle Cazeaux Festschrift
2003 Pendragon Press
"Superior Finger Exercises" of Emanuel Ondricek edited Charles Castleman 2005 Southern Music Company
"Violin Masters: Their Bow Techniques" 2007 Self-Published
A.B.-HARVARD UNIVERSITY -----B.M.-CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC----- M.A-UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
EMANUEL ONDRICEK (Sevcik assistant/ Ysaye student), IVAN GALAMIAN
JOSEF GINGOLD, DAVID OISTRAKH, HENRYK SZERYNG
INSTRUMENT AND BOWS
Stradivarius "Marquis de Champeaux" 1708
D & F Peccatte, Persois, Pageot, Fonclause, Simon, Eury, Ouchard
-- -"Stylish playing by an artist with taste as well as technique." THE NEW YORK TIMES"
--- "A first-rate musical intelligence - fire, brilliance and spirit which makes for lasting effect." THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE"
--- " Quite simply one of the masters of our time." SVENSKA DAGBLADET (Stockholm)
--- " a stirring rendition of Amram’s "Violin Concerto" by the internationally renowned Charles Castleman (for whom Amram wrote it in 1973)
MOMENT MAGAZINE-June 2001-Carole Ashkinaze"
---"A (Park City, Utah) Festival favorite, violinist Charles Castleman, dazzled the crowd by playing Bartok’s 2nd Rhapsody for Violin and Piano. Performing sans score, Castleman took this showpiece and infused it with high octane energy, overflowing style and elegance"
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE....7/13/01 Jeff Manookian
---"Soloist Charles Castleman dazzled the audience with his ability to master such incredibly fast and complex rhythms, while keeping individual notes audible ... Castleman’s delicate touch was so subtle, the notes became a whisper.. overall brilliance and flourish"
ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS.9/22/02 .S.L.Guthrie
---"Thursday’s soloist, violinist Charles Castleman, proved his virtuosity in two hugely contrasting pieces for violin and orchestra, Chausson’s "Poeme" and Ravel’s "Tzigane".The elongated, sustained melody of the Chausson piece showcased Castleman’s intensely lyrical playing and a pure,full tone. Mostly melancholy and sometimes tragic though "Poeme" is, the piece occasionally revealed the violinist’s incisive dexterity, plus his ability to sail in the stratosphere of his instrument’s upper register.While the Chausson piece is a contemplative poem in music, Ravel’s effects-filled "Tzigane" is all flash and fire. The piece isn’t coy about its inspiration - gypsy music. Befitting gypsy fiddling tradition, Castleman’s extroverted playing was often without even a whisper of orchestral accompaniment. He attacked his violin with his bow, raced through scales, plucked cascading eruptions of pizzicato. Judging by the thick applause that followed the violinist’s performance, the audience was noticeably impressed. Castleman may well be the season’s finest guest artist."
BATON ROUGE, LA ADVOCATE . 4/12/03 .John Wirt
---"One major figure of the violin who has been conspicuously missing from the recorded repertoire is Jenö Hubay.. Since the collapse of the Soviet bloc,
interest in Hubay is slowly coming back, and Music and Arts' set Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda goes a long way to restoring his primacy. Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda is a two-disc survey which features digital recordings of Hubay's music on the first disc, played with brilliance and
gusto by violinist Charles Castleman. In these .. recordings, made with the Eastman Chamber Orchestra led by Mendi Rohan, Castleman is superb, playing these Hubay pieces with authority, sensitivity and fire. .. Violinists who are looking to expand their repertoire into the realm of Hubay will find a lot of stimulation with Jenö Hubay: Scènes de la Csarda..
ALL MUSIC GUIDE 2005 David N. Lewis
Here is a unique anthology for those interested in violin playing of a bygone era, specifically the Hubay or Hungarian school. It is presented here for the first time by wizard of the violin Charles Castleman –well known to Australian audiences through his many tours and master classes. . Our modern day hero Charles Castleman is a worthy successor to this great tradition of violin playing. He immediately sets the mood in "So they say…." Opus 60, #8, lushly romantic in tone and breadth of phrasing. He speaks every note intuitively, drawing the ear with the richest of G string sounds and the sweetest of E's.The stratosphere holds no terrors as he zips around the fingerboard with nonchalance, at the same time spinning gorgeous tunes with an ineffably sweet tone, grace and freedom. Castleman is equally at ease in the long spun melodies as in the highly virtuosic cadenzas and exuberantly rhythmic fast passages.The Eastman Orchestra under Mendi Rodan accompanies idiomatically, with segments nicely paced and special effects such as the cimbalom adding to the colour and evocation of the Hungarian and gypsy feel..Interesting liner notes by Hungarian musicologist Dr. László Gombos and by Charles himself contribute to this fascinating, important and lovingly recorded document.
STRINGENDO (Australia) /STRINGS (U.S.) 10/05 -Mary Nemet
---Music and Arts' collection of eight of (Jeno Hubay's) Scenes, produced jointly with the Eastman School of Music, where violinist Charles Castleman serves as Chair of the String Department, includes orchestral accompaniments by the Eastman Chamber Orchestra, and one of the Scenes has been orchestrated .. by Eastman graduate David Wish......Charles Castleman fans the smoldering embers that glow in these rhapodic pieces...the tonal beauty of Castleman's 1708 Stradivarius......URGENTLY RECOMMENDED
FANFARE 9/05 -Robert Maxham
Charles Castleman, who won some notice from me a few years ago for his performances of the Ysaye Op. 27 Solo Sonatas on the Nonesuch label, plays the 14 nationalistic pieces (of Jeno Hubay) ...called Scenes from the Csarda (Tavern) composed 1880-1920...suave execution by Castleman and Mendi Rodan in the Csardas pieces...Warm expressive music played by masters of the idiom, a most unusual and satisfying couple of discs.
AUDIOPHILE AUDITION 9/05 -Gary Lemco
This unusual pair of CDs will have violin fanciers drooling. If you want to know about the Hungarian soul and its extremes, you need look no further than the Scènes de la Csárda. They sob and they wail, but after they get a little red wine into them, as it were, they are transformed into dancing whirlwinds of unstoppable kinetic excitement.Castleman, like Hubay, has divided his time between pedagogy and performing. His relatively infrequent recordings - often of underplayed and terribly difficult music - are always noteworthy. This one is no exception. I suspect the only way Castleman could exceed his achievement here would be if he were born a Hungarian! Although capable of facing Hubay’s challenges head-on, he is a musician before he is a virtuoso. That distinction is what makes this music sound as good as it does. Castleman treats it with respect - and with affection too - rather than as an opportunity to show off, and its stature is increased accordingly. The complete set of Scènes has been recorded by Hyperion, and Hungaroton also has a complete Hubay edition, but Castleman’s collection probably is the best way for interested listeners to dive into Hubay’s collection in all its varied glory without breaking the bank. Bravo to Music and Arts Programs of America for putting this two-disc collection together!
CLASSICAL NET 11/05 -Raymond Tuttle
(Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall George Rochberg Tribute Concert)
..One of Rochberg's last serial works , La Bocca Della Verita, for violin and piano (from an original for oboe and piano), received a thrillingly hair-raising exorcism by Charles Castleman and Jerry Lowenthal -- how could an oboe contain this music? This is jagged, explosive late-1950s serial music taken to a new level of refinement, beside which contemporaneous Stockhausen seems clumsy and Boulez esoteric...The later music is supremely human; La Bocca Della Verita is superhuman.
SEQUENZA 21/THE CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC PORTAL 1/06 -Eric Bruskin
Our Selections Classical
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra: Ferry Road Orchestral Studios..today 3pm . Concert #2, Gala, features American violinist Charles Castleman who has made a big impact on the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville.
THE SUNDAY MAIL (Brisbane, Australia) May 21, 2006
.. On Bartok’s “Rhapsody No.2”for violin and orchestra, soloist Charles Castleman was a wonder to watch and hear. He played notes so fast, in keeping with the more playful passages, that they bordered on glissando. Hubay’s “Scenes de la Csarda No. 12, Op. 83,” sounded more like what comes to mind when one thinks of Gypsy music, and Castleman once again was running the gamut of technique – at one point he had to alternate bowing with pizzicato very quickly, and many of the melodic passages are punctuated with super-high notes..BINGHAMTON (NY) PRESS& SUN-BULLETIN October 15,2006 Sarah D ’Esti Miller
"..a seamlessly flowing, cogent, cohesive and utterly shimmering account of (Rachmaninov Piano Trio Op 9)..
"..an exquisite reading of Haydn's String Quartet in G major, op. 76, no. 3, "Emperor."
DESERET MORNING NEWS Sep 26, 2006 Edward Reichel
".. a wonderful reading(of the Rachmaninov Trio) that captured the intensely colored romanticism, the restless energy and the drama of the work compellingly...Castleman's playing was heartfelt and expressive..
a luminous reading of the(Mendelssohn Piano)quartet. Their playing captured the electrifying energy and impassioned expressiveness of the music forcefully, but with nuance and subtlety. It was an insightful and intelligent interpretation that was dynamic and vivid."DESERET MORNING NEWS Sep 27, 2006 Edward Reichel