Brahms - Symphony no.4; MacMillan - Larghetto for Orchestra
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Label: Reference Recordings
Cat No: FR744
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 5th November 2021
ArtistsPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Honeck honors us again with his meticulous music notes, in which he gives us great insight into his unique interpretation as well as the history and musical structure of Brahms's final and beloved tragic symphony.
James MacMillan is the preeminent Scottish composer of his generation. His Larghetto for Orchestra was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in honour of the tenth anniversary of Manfred Honeck as Music Director. It had its world premiere performance in October 2017. This album contains the world-premiere recording. The composer generously includes his own album notes about this solemn and repentant, but ultimately hopeful work.
The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, known for its artistic excellence for more than 125 years, is credited with a rich history of the world’s finest conductors and musicians. Past music directors have included many of the greats, including Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg, André Previn, Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons. This tradition of outstanding international music directors was furthered in autumn 2008, when Austrian conductor Manfred Honeck became music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has always been at the forefront of championing new works, including recent commissions by Mason Bates, Jonathan Leshnoff, James MacMillan and Julia Wolfe. The Pittsburgh Symphony has a long and illustrious history in the areas of recordings and live radio broadcasts dating back to the 1930s. It has toured frequently both domestically and overseas since 1900 – including more than 37 international tours. The Pittsburgh Symphony continues to be critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest orchestras.
This release is the twelfth in the highly acclaimed Pittsburgh Live! series of multichannel hybrid SACD releases on the FRESH! imprint from Reference Recordings. This series has received Grammy Nominations in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Its recording of Shostakovich’s Symphony no.5 /Barber Adagio for Strings won the 2018 Grammy Awards for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Classical Album. The Pittsburgh Live! series are recorded and mastered by Soundmirror, whose outstanding orchestral, solo, opera and chamber recordings have received more than 130 Grammy nominations and awards.
Reference Recordings, founded in 1976 in San Francisco, has multiple Grammy awards and a catalogue that includes numerous American and international orchestras, ensembles and choruses. FRESH! is part of Reference Recordings’ mission to encourage unique and fine artists, and give them a strong platform for promotion and sales nationally and internationally.
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