Mark O'Connor Discography

Mark O'Connor Discography

Jam Session - 2010; OMAC

Jam Session (2010 OMAC)
String Quartets No. 2 and 3 (2009 OMAC)
Americana Symphony (2009 OMAC)
The Essential Mark O’Connor - Sony Classical (double CD) (2007)
Folk Mass (2007 OMAC)
Fiddle Camp - Vol. 1 (2006 OMAC)
Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio Live in New York (2005 OMAC)
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Double Violin Concerto (2005 OMAC)
Crossing Bridges (2004 OMAC)
Thirty-Year Retrospective (2003 OMAC)
In Full Swing (2003 Sony Odyssey)
The American Seasons (2001 Sony Classical)
Hot Swing! (2001 OMAC)

Appalachian Journey (2000 Sony Classical)
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Fanfare for the Volunteer (1999 Sony Classical)
Midnight on the Water (1998 Sony Classical)
Liberty! (1997 Sony Classical)
Appalachia Waltz (1996 Sony Classical)
The Fiddle Concerto (1994 Warner Bros.)
The Night Before Christmas (1993 Rabbit Ears)
Heroes (1993 Warner Bros.)
Johnny Appleseed (1992 Rabbit Ears)
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New Nashville Cats (1991 Warner Bros.)
Retrospective (1990 Rounder)

On the Mark (1989 Warner Bros.)
Strength In Numbers, The Telluride Sessions (1989 MCA)
Championship Years (1989 CMF)
Championship Years Book (Mel Bay)
Elysian Forest (1988 Warner Bros.)
Stone From Which the Arch Was Made (1986 Warner Bros.)
Meanings Of (1985 Warner Bros.)
False Dawn (1982 Rounder)
Soppin' the Gravy (1979 Rounder)
On the Rampage (1979 Rounder)
Markology (1978 Rounder)
Pickin' in the Wind (1975 Rounder)
National Junior Fiddling Champion (1974 Rounder)

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The Essential Mark O'Connor - Sony Classical (2007)

At first glance, the terms "virtuosity" and "versatility" seem almost contradictory in nature. The virtuoso typically does one thing extraordinarily well, while the versatile player, who's perfectly competent at many things, is just good to have around.

The violinist/composer Mark O'Connor plays havoc with that dichotomy. A prodigiously gifted interpreter of the musical traditions of the Southeast, O'Connor first came to prominence playing the fiercest hoedowns and hornpipes with deceptive ease. But over the years, he has come to work with a roster of musicians whose breadth of interest boggles the mind – from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, double bassist Edgar Meyer and the late great jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli.

A good part of this collection comes out of O'Connor's work with these players. Some of the pieces you will know as classics of their respective styles – standards like "Tiger Rag," "College Hornpipe," "Bonaparte's Retreat" and "Amazing Grace." Others, like "Appalachia Waltz," sound as if they, too, were born long ago of traditions lingering at the edge of memory, but are actually the compositions of Mark O'Connor.

So, indeed, are the orchestral works that fill the second half of this set. Like his virtuosic predecessors, O'Connor discovered that there were few concert pieces that matched his characteristics and skills as a player. Thus, he has composed a brace of works for violin and orchestra that find inspiration not only in the musics of tradition, but in the traditions of the concert hall as well. O'Connor's The American Seasons, for example, is more than just a nod to The Four Seasons of the Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi – the seasons O'Connor portrays in his work could only happen in North America.

The resulting work is at once distinctive yet familiar, a new American classical music that speaks of both America's heritage and landscape.

– Jackson Braider

updated 3 years ago