Recordings news, March 2020, part 1

Posted on: March 10, 2020

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra is featured on Be Still Moses, a new album of songs performed with the bluegrass ensemble Steep Canyon Rangers, on Yep Roc Records. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s latest release on its BMOP/sound label is David Felder’s 45-minute song cycle Les Quatre Temps Cardinaux led by conductor Gil Rose and featuring soprano Laura Aikin and bass Ethan Herschenfeld. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has released Adès Conducts Adès, featuring Thomas Adès’s 2016 Totentanz plus his 2019 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with soloist Kirill Gerstein, conducted by Adès, on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Ohio’s Canton Symphony Orchestra has announced plans to make a professional recording featuring CSO instrumentalists and seven of the bands featured in the orchestra’s Divergent Sounds series, which pairs CSO musicians with local artists from different music genres, to be financed through crowdfunding. Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on its new recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (“Babi Yar”) on its own CSO Resound label. The Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras has released A Celebration of Black Composers, an album featuring music by Michael Abels, Florence Price, George Walker, Slide Hampton, and Duke Ellington. The album features each of the organization’s four high-school ensembles. Sony Classical has released two boxed sets, one featuring the Juilliard String Quartet in Beethoven string quartets recorded from 1964 to 1970; the other featuring New York Philharmonic performances led by Sir John Barbirolli between 1938 and 1943. The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s New Music Group will be featured on Ted Hearne’s Place, to be released on April 3 by New Amsterdam Records; the West Coast premiere of the work is set to take place on March 24 Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the LA Phil’s “Power to the People!” festival.