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Grammys 2019 !

Published on Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Boston Baroque has been nominated in the the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for its latest Linn recording 'Biber: The Mystery Sonatas' at the 61st GRAMMYs. Congratulations to Christina Day Martinson, Martin Pearlman, Michael Unterman, Michael Leopold & all involved!  The 61st GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10, 2019. Watch this space to see if they win!

 

#SANTTUSIBELIUS: COMPLETE SYMPHONIES & POEMS by SIBELIUS

Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

GOTHENBURG SYMPHONY, SANTTU-MATIAS ROUVALI

VOL 1: SYMPHONY 1 & EN SAGA

Alpha begins a complete cycle of the symphonies by Sibelius alongside some of his symphonic poems with Gothenburg Symphony and its new musical director  Finnish conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali.

In the great tradition of Finnish conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali is known for his extremely physical and organic interpretations: ‘Music unmistakeably flows from him,’ commented The Sunday Times.  This was evident when, at a very young age, he stepped in to conduct a concert with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which began the journey to his first tenure as Chief Conductor with the Tampere Philharmonic; a meteoric rise to a career working at the highest musical level internationally; and a third post as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. 

When Bachtrack asked him how he shapes the orchestral sound, he replied: ‘I sing it, I move my hands the way I want it (…) the conductor should be able to show tempo somewhere in the body (…) I was also a drum kit player, so my feet and hands can do different things at the same time. When you read the score, you sing it in your head (…) I think it’s the sense of inside groove that you get from playing percussion which is very important in Sibelius’s music .’

In the Gothenburg Symphony he finds a prestigious cohort of musicians with an impressive discography, and joins a line of their illustrious musical directors, notably Neeme Järvi, the orchestra’s principal conductor from 1982 to 2004, but also Gustavo Dudamel – who made his first major recordings with them – Christoph Eschenbach, Kent Nagano, and others.

#SANTTUSIBELIUS TOUR WITH GOTHENBURG SYMPHONY (Symphonies 2, 5): 
31 JAN, 1, 14 FEB Gothenburg
16 FEB Stockholm (Konserthus)
18 FEB Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie)
19 FEB Berlin (Philharmonie)
20 FEB München (Gasteig)
21 FEB Frankfurt (Alte Oper)
24 FEB Cologne ( Philharmonie)
26 FEB Vienna ( Konzerthaus)
27&28 FEB & 1 MAR Salzburg (Felsenreitschule)

Soloists on the tour are Martin Grubinger who premieres a new percussion concerto by Daníel Bjarnason and pianist Alice Sara Ott. 

ALPHA 440 (1 CD)
RELEASE DATE: 25th JANUARY 2019
TEASER #1 https://youtu.be/D5ttWc9rrFw

Schumann & Kurtág by Hélène Desaint with Louis Lortie, Nathanaël Gouin & Ronald Van Spaendonck

Published on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Schumann & Kurtág by Hélène Desaint with Louis Lortie, Nathanaël Gouin & Ronald Van Spaendonck