Friday, August 28, 2015

Utah Symphony Mahler in the New York Times!

The Utah Symphony's September release of Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan” gets a feature in the New York Times Classical Playlist:

“A cycle of Mahler symphonies was a nice way for the Swiss conductor Thierry Fischer, 57, who took over the Utah Symphony in 2009, to celebrate both its 75th anniversary (in 2015) and the memory of Maurice Abravanel, the orchestra’s great music director from 1947 to 1979.” —James R. Oestreich, New York Times

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan”


The Utah Symphony, celebrating its 75th anniversary in the 2015-season, is one of America’s major symphony orchestras and a leading cultural organization in the Intermountain West. It is recognized internationally for its distinctive performances, commitment to music education programs, and recording legacy. Reference Recordings is pleased to announce the release of this new and fresh performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. This work was performed as part of the orchestra’s two-year Mahler Symphony Cycle. Reference Recordings also joins Utah Symphony in thanks to the 75th Anniversary Mahler Cycle Sponsors: Kem & Carolyn Gardner.

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The Utah Symphony Celebrates 75 Years!




Utah Symphony Recordings on RR

Thursday, August 27, 2015

China Daily Features Joel Fan!

Joel Fan's From China with Love: Connecting Cultures Through Music program is featured in China Daily!

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“The Kennedy Center in Washington has heard many classics: but this summer pianist Joel Fan brought here something new. His performance in June, entitled "From China with Love: Connecting Cultures through Music", included both Chinese favorites like Liuyang River and Castle in the Sky and complex Western classics, all intended to give audiences from different cultures something unexpected. … Fan said he was inspired to create the program while he was touring extensively in China over the past three years. On his last tour over the winter he covered 20 Chinese cities in two months. That's when he decided to design a program that would "stretch the ears" of the audience. "I hope to have stimulated them both emotionally, and intellectually," he explained. He believes his program gives the audience an experience to remember, while trying to bridge cultures.” —Liu Jingyang, China Daily

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Utah Symphony's Mahler Tradition

September 11 might mark their release of Mahler's first symphony, but it's not the Utah Symphony's first brush with Mahler in their now 75-year history.

From The Utah Symphony:


The Utah Symphony's first performance of a Mahler symphony came in 1951:

In the Salt Lake Tribune the next day, Lowell M. Durham said it was "one of the most ambitious programs" yet attempted by Abravanel and the new symphony...The young ensemble met the challenge suprisingly well."

Read about The Utah Symphony's Mahler Tradition at www.utahsymphony.org

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan”


The Utah Symphony, celebrating its 75th anniversary in the 2015-season, is one of America’s major symphony orchestras and a leading cultural organization in the Intermountain West. It is recognized internationally for its distinctive performances, commitment to music education programs, and recording legacy. Reference Recordings is pleased to announce the release of this new and fresh performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. This work was performed as part of the orchestra’s two-year Mahler Symphony Cycle. Reference Recordings also joins Utah Symphony in thanks to the 75th Anniversary Mahler Cycle Sponsors: Kem & Carolyn Gardner.

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The Utah Symphony Celebrates 75 Years!




Utah Symphony Recordings on RR

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

True Concord Rehearses “Prayers and Remembrances” with Stephen Paulus

Enjoy video footage from True Concord Voices & Orchestra's 2011 rehearsals with composer Stephen Paulus before the world premiere of Prayers and Remembrances:



Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus


World Premiere Recordings! Choral Music by beloved composer Stephen Paulus


Far In The Heavens is comprised of recently composed and previously unrecorded works by Stephen Paulus, including two works that were commissioned and premiered by True Concord Voices & Orchestra: The Incomprehensible for their fifth anniversary season in 2009, and Prayers and Remembrances for the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in 2011. GRAMMY®-award winning producer Peter Rutenberg of Los Angeles produced the album, and Mr. Paulus supervised the recording in Tucson, Arizona. Tragically, Stephen Paulus suffered a major stroke just six weeks after recording the album. He never recovered, and passed away in October 2014 after being in a coma for more than a year.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Macallè Blues Reviews There's A Time

Italian blues outlet, Macallè Blues reviews Doug MacLeod's There's A Time:

“…Accompanied by the devoted rhythmics of Jimi Bott and Danny Croy, already present in the previous There's A Time, here the piano skills of Michael Thompson are added, also him back to family with MacLeod after the recent tours with the Eagles. The program that develops along the eleven tracks of the disk, moves from Rock 'Till The Cows Come Home, homage to the amused Louis Jordan, that works really well from proscenium for the savory piano of Thompson. The more intimistas and philosophical MacLeod reveals in Find Your Right Mind, while are numerous, after the initial passage, the other inspirations. Although, as always, the passages derive whole from MacLeod's own pen, musically the tributes are different: Vanetta is a John-Lee-Hooker-kinda boogie as the following Serious Doin' Woman conveys some echoes of Tony Joe White. New Morning Road, is instead a homage to the old Ernest Banks, Piedmont blues master and among the first MacLeod's mentors. It was not possible, then, to miss a tribute to the women: Raylene is type that, unlike the very famous coeva "baby child" sung by Muddy Waters, "...makes love like a woman, but she's nineteen years old...". By the end, the introspective MacLeod of Heaven's The Only Place reappears and then all is closed as it was opened: where the inspiration, to the beginning, was turned to Louis Jordan, here we find it addressed to Duke Ellington, rewritten in form of paraphrase. You Got It Good is, in fact, worthy as well as representative closing of the dominant feel in the listener once gets to the end of the listening of this disk. And that really ain't bad, Doug!!!” —GR, Macallè Blues

See the full review at www.macalleblues.it


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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus


World Premiere Recordings! Choral Music by beloved composer Stephen Paulus


Far In The Heavens is comprised of recently composed and previously unrecorded works by Stephen Paulus, including two works that were commissioned and premiered by True Concord Voices & Orchestra: The Incomprehensible for their fifth anniversary season in 2009, and Prayers and Remembrances for the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in 2011. GRAMMY®-award winning producer Peter Rutenberg of Los Angeles produced the album, and Mr. Paulus supervised the recording in Tucson, Arizona. Tragically, Stephen Paulus suffered a major stroke just six weeks after recording the album. He never recovered, and passed away in October 2014 after being in a coma for more than a year.

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Mahler: Symphony No. 1 “Titan”


The Utah Symphony, celebrating its 75th anniversary in the 2015-season, is one of America’s major symphony orchestras and a leading cultural organization in the Intermountain West. It is recognized internationally for its distinctive performances, commitment to music education programs, and recording legacy. Reference Recordings is pleased to announce the release of this new and fresh performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. This work was performed as part of the orchestra’s two-year Mahler Symphony Cycle. Reference Recordings also joins Utah Symphony in thanks to the 75th Anniversary Mahler Cycle Sponsors: Kem & Carolyn Gardner.

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The Utah Symphony Celebrates 75 Years!




Utah Symphony Recordings on RR

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kansas City Symphony Saint-Saëns a Gramophone Editor's Choice!

Gramophone Magazine names the new Kansas City Symphony Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 “Organ” recording a September Editor's Choice!

“…the crucial test is not so much the volume of the organ but the way in which the orchestral context of the symphony as a whole is established. Here Michael Stern impressively injects impetus into the first section’s sinewy fabric, alert to instrumental colour and the contrapuntal discipline and intrigue of the writing. The organ, making its muted first entry in the Adagio, is a 5,548-pipe Casavant Frères instrument, an integral part of Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts where the recording was made, as indeed is Jan Kraybill who plays it… the organ in the finale asserts its grandeur without overwhelming the orchestral palette. … Even in a competitive market, this version has a distinct edge.” —Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone

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