Florida Orchestra hopes to expand reach with new recording

Posted on: September 27, 2012

In Tuesday’s (9/25) Tampa Bay Times (Florida), John Fleming writes, “Today, the Florida Orchestra has a brand new major label recording on iTunes and other online sites, just a download away from a potentially vast audience. For a symphony orchestra, nothing tops a successful recording in getting its name out beyond its local audience. The orchestra is hoping to make an impact with the release of works by Frederick Delius, an English composer with Florida ties, on a CD for Naxos, one of the world’s largest classical record labels. ‘That Naxos was excited to start recording with us is a statement about the caliber of the orchestra,’ president Michael Pastreich said. … Two works by Delius are on the disc: Appalachia and Sea Drift, both featuring the orchestra, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and baritone Leon Williams, with then music director Stefan Sanderling conducting. They were recorded during two concerts in a Delius festival in January at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. … This year is the 150th anniversary of Delius’ birth, and the British music press is likely to pay attention to the recording of Appalachia and Sea Drift, which have not been paired on the same recording in more than 30 years.”

Posted September 27, 2012