Recordings news, February 2017

Posted on: February 8, 2017

On February 13 at Symphony Hall, composer Jeff Beal will conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra as it records the soundtrack for Boston, a documentary about the Boston Marathon with a score by Beal (composer of TV’s House of Cards series). The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra will perform the world premiere of the Boston soundtrack on April 15 at Boston’s Wang Center. John Morris Russell conducts the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in American Originals, a new recording of songs such as “O! Susannah” and “Camptown Races,” featuring Rosanne Cash, Aoife O’Donovan, Dom Flemons, the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, and Joe Henry, on the Pops’ own Fanfare Cincinnati label. This month, the Cleveland Orchestra is releasing a DVD of a live Brahms’s A German Requiem performance recorded in August 2016 at Austria’s Abbey of Saint Florian; Music Director Franz Welser-Möst conducts, with the Wiener Singverein, soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, and baritone Simon Keenlyside. Indiana’s Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra will release its first commercial CD on February 10, featuring Respighi’s Piano Concerto in A minor, recorded live in January 2016 and led by Music Director Alfred Savia with soloist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. The Kansas City Symphony’s all-Adam Schoenberg recording has been released on a new Reference Recordings CD, featuring American Symphony, Finding Rothko, and Picture Studies, led by Music Director Michael Stern. Featured on a new BIS Records two-disc set are the Minnesota Orchestra’s February 2016 live concert performances of Sibelius’s Finlandia and the world premiere of Olli Kortekangas’ Migrations, led by Osmo Vänskä. Klaus Heymann, founding chairman of Naxos Records, will receive a Special Achievement Award from the International Classical Music Awards at an April 1 ceremony at Germany’s Gewandhaus; the award is “in recognition of his entrepreneurial and visionary development of the classical music recording industry.” In April, Sony Classical will release New York Philharmonic—175th Anniversary Edition, a 65-CD compilation featuring recordings made between 1917 and 1995. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s all-Tchaikovsky CD—featuring the Symphony No. 1 and The Tempest led by Music Director Pablo Heras-Casado—was named recording of the month in January by Gramophone magazine. Sony Classical has released the 2017 New Year’s Concert featuring the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna Boys Choir, led by led by Gustavo Dudamel.

Posted February 8, 2017