Five Melodies for Violin and Piano

What a melody—or rather, what melodies. Though I’ve never heard a performance of Charles Jones’s Five Melodies for Orchestra, and so cannot make a thorough comparison, I was quite amazed to discover that Five Melodies for Violin and Piano is a reduction of that score. I could not imagine adding or subtracting a note from the piece in its duo form. Curtis Macomber, as I’ve come to expect, turns in a breathtakingly accurate and energized performance. I’ve heard him play some very thorny repertoire in concert as if he were off on holiday. His joie de vivre does not disappoint here.