New recordings, Feb. 2022: orchestras

Posted on: February 10, 2022

Music Director Andris Nelsons will conduct his two orchestras—the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester—in a Richard Strauss project to feature three new albums from each orchestra on Deutsche Grammophon; a seven-CD set, which includes a joint performance of the Festival Prelude (Festliches Präludium), will be released on May 6, 2022. The Cleveland Orchestra’s third recording on its own record label features Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 2 and Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, with pianist Yefim Bronfman, led by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst; performances were recorded in 2020, and the recording includes a 40-page booklet with an essay by Franz Welser-Möst and President and CEO Andre Gremillet. Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Music Director Alexander Shelley have released Lyric Echoes on the Analekta label, featuring Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Clara Schumann lieder performed by soprano Adrianna Pieczonka with pianist Liz Upchurch, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. The New York Youth Symphony and Music Director Michael Repper have announced plans for a debut studio recording that will feature Florence Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America and Piano Concerto in One Movement, the latter with pianist Michelle Cann; Valerie Coleman’s Umoja; and Jessie Montgomery’s Soul Force. The album, recorded at the DiMenna Center in New York City with a socially distanced orchestra in 2020, is set for April 8, 2022 release on AVIE Records. The Miami, Florida-based Nu Deco Ensemble has released Still Cruisin’—An Orchestral Tribute to The Beach Boys. Nu Deco’s co-founders and co-artistic directors are Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos; the group focuses on music by contemporary composers. Naxos has released an all-Florence Price recording featuring the composer’s Symphony No. 3 performed by the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by John Jeter. The recording also features The Mississippi River and Ethiopia’s Shadow in America. Jeter is music director of the Fort Smith (Arkansas) Symphony, which in 2019 released a recording of Price’s first and fourth symphonies on the Naxos label.