Recordings news: U.S. orchestras

Posted on: September 11, 2017

The Boston Modern Orchestra Project has released Transformations, an album of works by Wayne Peterson, with Gil Rose leading the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and PRISM Quartet, on its own BMOP/sound label. On September 22, Decca will release the Louisville Orchestra’s All In CD, featuring Copland’s Clarinet Concerto with Music Director Teddy Abrams as soloist; vocalist Storm Large with the orchestra in songs by Cole Porter, herself, and Abrams; and an original piece by Abrams entitled Unified Field. The Minnesota Orchestra has released Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, on the BIS label, led by Osmo Vänskä. It is the first disc in the orchestra’s Mahler Recording Project, and was recorded in June 2016. The Sixth Symphony was recorded that November, and the First and Fourth will be recorded in 2017-18. The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, based in New York City, has released a CD of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 conducted by Music Director David Bernard on the Recursive Classics label. The recording features singers from three choruses: the New Amsterdam Singers, West Point Glee Club, and Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. The PostClassical Ensemble, based in Washington, D.C., is featured on a new Naxos recording entitled Dvořák in America, led by Music Director Angel Gil-Ordoñez. Featured works include Dvorák’s Hiawatha Melodrama, plus Arthur Farwell’s Navajo War Dance No. 2 and From Mesa and Plain in versions for piano and a cappella chorus. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is featured on a new Bridge CD of orchestral and chamber works by Fred Lerdahl including his Time and Again, led by Roberto Abbado. Composer Max Richter is the curator of Behind the Counter with Max Richter, a curated recording on the Rough Trade label featuring music ranging from the New York Philharmonic’s recording of Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question led by Leonard Bernstein to the “Sky with Four Suns” movement from John Luther Adams’s Canticles of the Sky, performed by the Northwestern University Cello Ensemble. The recording comes in three vinyl LPs, two CDs, and can be downloaded. 

Posted September 11, 2017