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SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA RELEASES TWO NEW RECORDINGS ON JUNE 10

Press Release:

Tuesday, 24 May, 2016

Live Recording of Stravinsky’s Petrushka, and Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux, with Music Director Ludovic Morlot

Live Recording of Mahler Symphony No. 10 with Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard

Both Releases Now Available for Pre-sale on iTunes and Amazon

Seattle, WA – Seattle Symphony releases two new recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label on June 10. The first release features Music Director Ludovic Morlot as he brings to life two pieces that celebrate children’s play ­— a scintillating live recording of Stravinsky’s much-loved Petrushka and studio recording of Debussy’s rarely recorded La boîte à joujoux (“The Toy Box”). The Stravinsky recording is part of the Symphony’s ongoing live performance recording series of orchestral works by the composer, following The Rite of Spring released in 2014 and an upcoming release of The Firebird scheduled for later this year.

Also to be released is a recording of the unforgettable live performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Deryck Cooke final version) during the 2015–2016 Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season, with the Symphony performing under Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard. Of the performance, The Seattle Times wrote, “It was impossible to be in the house and not realize that something rare and significant had taken place.”

Both releases are now available for pre-sale on iTunes and Amazon. To obtain physical or digital review copies of either release, or other information on Seattle Symphony Media, please contact You You Xia at youyou.xia@seattlesymphony.org.


RECORDING DETAILS:

IGOR STRAVINSKY

PETRUSHKA

CLAUDE DEBUSSY

LE BOÎTE À JOUJOUX (“THE TOY BOX”)

Seattle Symphony

Ludovic Morlot, conductor







IGOR STRAVINSKY
Petrushka

The Shrovetide Fair............................................................10:19

Petrushka.............................................................................4:32

The Blackamoor...................................................................6:56

The Shrovetide Fair and the Death of Petrushka...............14:08
Kimberly Russ, piano

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
La boîte à joujoux (“The Toy Box”)

Prelude. The Toy-box Asleep...............................................2:20

The Toy Shop.....................................................................10:53

The Field of Battle...............................................................9:38

The Sheepfold for Sale........................................................6:29

After Making a Fortune......................................................1:49

Epilogue..............................................................................1:20

Total Timing: 68:33 // Catalog Number: SSM1010 // Producer: Dmitriy Lipay

Recorded in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington.

Stravinsky’s Petrushka was recorded live in concert on June 19 & 21, 2014. Debussy’s La boÎte à joujoux was recorded on September 25 & October 2, 2015 and February 5, 2016.

Digital downloads and CDs are available through iTunes and Amazon. Recordings can be streamed through Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Rhapsody, Microsoft Groove.

MAHLER
SYMPHONY NO. 10

Seattle Symphony
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor







GUSTAV MAHLER
Symphony No. 10 (performing version by Deryck Cooke)
            Part I:

Adagio............................................................................. 23:15

Scherzo I: Schnelle Vierteln..............................................11:05

Part II:

Allegretto moderato (Purgatorio)..................................... 4:06

Scherzo II: Allegro pesante..............................................10:57

Finale: Lento non troppo—Allegro moderato.................22:26

Total Timing: 71:54 // Catalog Number: SSM1011 // Producer: Dmitriy Lipay

Recorded live in concert at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, Seattle,

Washington, on November 19, 21 and 22, 2015.

The performances were presented as part of the Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season.


The Seattle Symphony is grateful to Joan Watjen for her generous support of Seattle Symphony Media CDs in memory of her husband Craig.

Digital downloads and CDs are available through iTunes and Amazon. Recordings can be streamed through Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Google Play, Rhapsody, Microsoft Groove.

Seattle Symphony Media page 

Seattle Symphony Media recordings are also available in 96k 24-bit high resolution and 5.1 surround sound formats.

ABOUT THOMAS DAUSGAARD:

Thomas Dausgaard is Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of the Orchestra della Toscana (ORT) and Honorary Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its Principal Conductor from 2004–2011. He is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings.

He has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including in Europe the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Vienna Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; in North America, The Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Washington National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the Montreal Symphony; and in Asia and Australia the New Japan Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies. Festival appearances have included the BBC Proms, the Salzburg Festival, Mostly Mozart and Tanglewood.

As a recording artist, he enjoys long-standing relationships with the BIS and Da Capo labels and has made well over 50 CDs, including complete cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rued Langgaard.  Future recording plans include a Brahms cycle for BIS, and a disc for Da Capo of the works of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Thomas Dausgaard has been awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark, and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.  Currently he lives in Denmark with his family. 

Photo credit: Brandon Patoc

ABOUT LUDOVIC MORLOT:
French conductor Ludovic Morlot is in his fifth season as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. There have been many highlights during his first four seasons in this position, including an exhilarating performance at Carnegie Hall in May 2014, as reported in The New York Times: “The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy.”

During the 2015–2016 season he leads the Seattle Symphony in a wide variety of works including the launch of a two-year cycle of Beethoven symphonies and piano concertos; Berio's Sinfonia featuring vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4; Mahler’s Symphony No. 1; and Fauré’s Requiem. Complemented by the Seattle Symphony’s highly innovative series, Untuxed and [untitled], this season will also see the release of several more recordings on the Orchestra’s label, Seattle Symphony Media.

Morlot was also Chief Conductor of La Monnaie, one of Europe’s most prestigious opera houses, for three years (2012–2014). During this time he conducted several new productions including La Clemenza di Tito, Jenůfa and Pelléas et Mélisande. Concert performances, both in Brussels and Aix-en-Provence, included repertoire by Beethoven, Britten, Bruneau, Stravinsky and Webern.

Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as recipient of the Norman del Mar Conducting Fellowship. Morlot was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music and lives in Seattle with his wife, Ghizlane, and their two children.

Photo credit:  Brandon Patoc

ABOUT SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA:
Launched in 2014, Seattle Symphony Media is the Seattle Symphony’s independent in-house record label.  The Symphony has an extensive catalogue of over 140 recordings, which have brought forth 21 Grammy Award nominations throughout its history. Under the direction of Music Director Ludovic Morlot, and President & CEO Simon Woods, the Symphony's in-house record label features both “core repertoire” and some of the eclectic and contemporary programming for which the Seattle Symphony has become recognized. The label includes both studio recordings and performances captured live in concert, allowing the organization an unprecedented breadth of repertoire choices. 

All recordings are made in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall and engineered by the Grammy-nominated recording engineer Dmitriy Lipay. Using the Symphony’s own state-of-the-art in-house recording studio, recordings have been engineered to audiophile standards and aim to capture as realistically as possible the sound of the orchestra performing onstage with naturalistic imaging, depth of field and dynamic range. Distributed by Naxos of America, the recordings are available in both physical and digital formats from a variety of retailers. Digital content is available in stereo, “Mastered for iTunes,” 96k 24-bit high resolution and 5.1 surround sound.

ABOUT SEATTLE SYMPHONY:
The Seattle Symphony is one of America's leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Under the leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot since September 2011, the Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts. It performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received two Grammy Awards, 21 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.



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