New release – Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony: Berio, Boulez & Ravel



Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony’s latest release with Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is now available. The Seattle Symphony Media disc features performances of Berio’s Sinfonia, Boulez Notations I-IV for Orchestra and Ravel’s La Valse, and captures the innovative and colourful work of the Seattle Symphony.

Music Director Ludovic Morlot says: “These three composers drew on the Viennese tradition — Berio from Mahler, Boulez from Schoenberg, Ravel from J. Strauss — and expanded it to create amazingly rich orchestral scores through their incredible skill as orchestrators… What a delight it was to work with Roomful of Teeth, whose outstanding versatility makes them ideal champions for this repertoire.”

This is Ludovic’s fifteenth recording for Seattle Symphony Media. Their three-release series of works by Dutilleux received a total of five Grammy nominations, winning Best Surround Sound for Dmitry Lipay (Dutilleux III, 2017) and Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Augustin Hadelich (Dutilleux II, 2016). They also received the 2015 Best Contemporary Classical Composition award for their recording of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, released on Cantaloupe Music.

Other releases include: the world premiere performance of sound-sculptor Trimpin’s site-specific installation and original composition, Above, Below, and In Between; works by Alexander Raskatov and Stravinsky; Ives, Gershwin and Carter; and The Sinewaveland, Russian composer Vladimir Nikolaev’s tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

The Seattle Symphony is one of eight international ensembles nominated for the Orchestra of the Year Award, a new award from Gramophone. Compiled by the magazine’s editors and critics, finalists were chosen from recordings made from June 2017 through May 2018. The winner will be voted on by the general public, with voting closing on 31 July and the winner will be announced at this year’s Gramophone Classical Musical Awards on 13 September 2018.

For more information, see the Seattle Symphony website.

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