Recordings news, September 2015

Posted on: September 29, 2015

The Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Andris Nelsons have released Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow, a new Deutsche Grammophon recording of the composer’s Symphony No. 10 and the Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival has released Seascapes, a new recording of works by Kevin Puts including Rounds for Robin, inspired by the late actor Robin Williams. The Chelsea Symphony, based in New York City, has released Joy & Sorrow, a CD of works by David Chesky, led by Yaniv Segal. Included are Chesky’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 (“Klezmer Concerto”), The Wiener Psalm, Betty’s March, The Fiddle Maker, and Arbeit Macht Frei. RCA Red Seal has reissued recordings featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by Jean Martinon, the orchestra’s music director from 1963 to 1968, on ten CDs. In September, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell released American Originals on its own Fanfare Cincinnati label. The album reimagines the work of Stephen Foster and features guest musicians Rosanne Cash, Over the Rhine, Joe Henry, Dom Flemons, Aoife O’Donovan, and Cincinnati’s Comet Bluegrass All-Stars. In August, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announced the limited release of three commemorative discs, The Music of LUMENOCITY 2013, a live recording featuring CSO Music Director Louis Langrée leading works of Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Beethoven, and Ravel. Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas, is the conductor on Jimmy López: Four Orchestral Scores, a new Harmonia CD featuring the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, where Harth-Bedoya is chief conductor. Lopez’s opera Bel Canto, based on the Ann Patchett novel, will have its world premiere in December at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Houston Symphony and Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada recorded Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 in September, the final work to be recorded for the orchestra’s Pentatone recording of Dvořák’s sixth through ninth symphonies. The National Brass Ensemble is featured on Gabrieli, a new recording of works by Giovanni Gabrieli that also includes John Williams’s Music for Brass. The ensemble’s members are principal brass players from Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, as well as the San Francisco Opera and Ballet Orchestra. The San Francisco Symphony has released a recording on its SFS Media label featuring John Adams’s Absolute Jest and Grand Pianola Music, recorded live with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas leading the orchestra and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. The Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot have released their second volume of orchestral works by Henri Dutilleux on Seattle Symphony Media, including the composer’s Symphony No. 2, Métaboles, and L’arbre des songes (“The Tree of Dreams”), the latter a violin concerto featuring soloist Augustin Hadelich. The Utah Symphony and Music Director Thierry Fischer have released a recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “(“Titan”) on the Reference Recordings label.

Posted September 29, 2015