Recordings news, June 2016

Posted on: June 7, 2016

The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released Shostakovich’s Symphony Nos. 5, 8, and 9, plus the Suite from Hamlet, led by Music Director Andris Nelsons, on Deutsche Grammophon. The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, May Festival Chorus, and vocal soloists are featured performers on a new Bridge recording of R. Nathaniel Dett’s oratorio The Ordering of Moses, led by James Conlon and recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2014. On June 10, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will release Mason Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology on its CSO Resound label; the 35-minute work was recorded live in June 2015 at Orchestra Hall and was led by Music Director Riccardo Muti. The Houston Symphony has released Dvořák’s Symphony No. 6 and Slavonic Dance Op. 46, No. 8, led by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, on the Pentatone label. The New York Philharmonic has released an album of live recordings of works by Christopher Rouse, its former composer-in-residence, on Dacapo Records, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert. The Philharmonic also released two digital albums featuring music by current composer-in-residence Esa-Pekka Salonen and by Brahms, Beethoven, and Richard Strauss. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has released Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Dvořák’s Rusalka Fantasy Suite on the Reference Recordings label. The Dvořák suite was conceived by Music Director Manfred Honeck and arranged by Tomas Ille. The Utah Symphony and Music Director Thierry Fischer have released Dawn to Dust, featuring Augusta Read Thomas’s EOS, Nico Muhly’s Control, and Andrew Norman’s percussion concerto Switch, all new works commissioned to mark the Utah Symphony’s 75th anniversary. JoAnn Falletta is conductor and Fred Child is narrator for a new Naxos recording of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale recorded during the 2015 Virginia Arts Festival and featuring a chamber ensemble of musicians from the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, where Falletta is music director. Klemperer in Philadelphia: Volumes 1 and 2, featuring Otto Klemperer leading the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1962, has been reissued on the European label Pristine Classical; included are Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, Beethoven’s Symphony Nos. 3, 6 and 7, Brahms’s Symphony No. 3, Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1.

Posted June 7, 2016