Oregon Symphony discography

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Oregon Symphony discography
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James DePreist, Oregon Symphony conductor from 1980 to 2003, being congratulated by President George W. Bush after receiving the National Medal of Arts in 2005; the Symphony released 17 albums during DePreist's tenure.
Releases
Studio albums 18
Compilation albums 1

The Oregon Symphony, based in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 1896 as the Portland Symphony Society; it is the sixth oldest orchestra in the United States (and the oldest in the Western United States),[1] and claims to be one of the largest arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest.[2] The Symphony has released eighteen studio albums and one compilation album through the record labels Delos, Koch International Classics, Albany and PentaTone Classics. The first recording, Bravura (1987), was released under the artistic leadership of James DePreist. It received favorable reviews and was the first of three released through Delos.[3][4] The next two recordings were collections of compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff (The Sea and the Gulls, 1987) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; The Tempest; Hamlet, 1989).

In 1992, the orchestra released its first record through Koch,[5] with works by Gian Carlo Menotti, Ronald Lo Presti and Norman Dello Joio. DePreist and the Symphony then issued two special edition albums not available commercially: Romeo and Juliet (1992), featuring Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture Romeo and Juliet, and Roman Festivals (1993), a re-issue of the performance of Respighi's Feste Romane from Bravura. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 1995, the Symphony released its second album through Koch, with works by Joseph Schwantner and Nicolas Flagello; more than 30 United States radio stations broadcast Schwantner's piece on the holiday to commemorate the civil rights leader.[6] The album reached a peak position of number three on Billboard's Classical Albums chart and remains the Symphony's best-selling album to date.[7][8][9] Later that year, to commemorate its centenary, the Symphony released its first compilation album, Centennial Collection, which contained material from previously released recordings. Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk; Symphony in F-Sharp followed in 1998.

During DePreist's final five years as music director, the Symphony was able to fund two recording sessions per year due to a $1 million bequest that established the Gretchen Brooks Recording Fund. The first two resulting albums were Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebird Suite (2001) and Respighi's Rome (2001), which completed the "Roman Triptych" of Respighi started by Bravura and continued with Roman Festivals.[10] The remaining albums released through Delos included American Contrasts (2003), Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905" (2003), Sibelius: Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 7 (2004), Walton: Suite from Henry V; Cello Concerto; Violin and Piano Sonata; Bernard Rands: Tre Canzoni Senza Parole (2005) and Tragic Lovers (2008). Each of these featured DePreist as conductor, though some were released following his departure from the Oregon Symphony in April 2003.[11] In 2003, the orchestra also released Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda, its first album through Albany. The recording of Tomáš Svoboda's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, featuring percussionist Niel DePonte, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.[12] The orchestra released 17 albums conducted by DePreist.[13]

In 2011, the Symphony released Music for a Time of War, which debuted and peaked at number 31 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart and received Grammy Award nominations for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical.[14][15] This England followed in 2012. These recordings marked the first and second of four albums to be produced by the Symphony and the Dutch record label PentaTone by the end of the 2014–15 season,[16][17] all under the artistic leadership of current conductor Carlos Kalmar.[18]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with featured conductors and works
Title Album details Conductor Works Ref.
Bravura
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [19]
[20]
The Sea and the Gulls
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [21]
[22]
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; The Tempest; Hamlet
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [23]
[24]
Menotti: Apocalypse (World Premiere Recording); Dello Joio: Meditations on Ecclesiastes James DePreist [25]
[26]
Romeo and Juliet
  • Released: 1992
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [27]
Roman Festivals
  • Released: 1993
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [28]
Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World; Nicolas Flagello: The Passion of Martin Luther King
  • Released: January 16, 1995[29]
  • Label: Koch International Classics
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [30]
[31]
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk; Symphony in F-Sharp
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [32]
[33]
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebird Suite
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [34]
[35]
Respighi's Rome
  • Released: 2001
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist
  • Ottorino RespighiFountains of Rome (Fontane di Roma), P. 106
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome (Pini di Roma), P. 141
  • Respighi – Roman Festivals (Feste romane), P. 157
[36]
[37]
American Contrasts
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [38]
[39]
Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda James DePreist
  • Tomáš SvobodaOverture of the Season, Op. 89
  • Svoboda – Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra, Op. 148
  • Svoboda – Symphony No. 1 (of Nature), Op. 20
[41]
[42]
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905"
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [43]
[44]
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 7
  • Released: 2004
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [45]
Walton: Suite from Henry V; Cello Concerto; Violin and Piano Sonata; Bernard Rands: Tre Canzoni Senza Parole
  • Released: 2005
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [46]
[47]
Tragic Lovers
  • Released: September 30, 2008[48]
  • Label: Delos
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [49]
[50]
Music for a Time of War Carlos Kalmar [51]
[52]
This England
  • Released: November 13, 2012
  • Label: PentaTone Classics
  • Format: CD
Carlos Kalmar [53]
[54]

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with featured conductors and works
Title Album details Conductor Works Ref.
Centennial Collection
  • Released: 1995
  • Format: CD
James DePreist [55]

References[edit]

General

Specific

  1. ^ Johnson, Barry (June 17, 2012). "The Oregon Symphony after Elaine Calder: an introduction". Oregon ArtsWatch. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Auditions". Oregon Symphony. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stabler, David (February 8, 2013). "James DePreist: Scenes from a musical life". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publication). ISSN 8750-1317. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ Smith, Bill. "The Maestro". Willamette Week (Portland, Oregon: City of Roses Newspapers). Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Is, Horowitz (October 12, 1991). "Keeping Score". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 103 (41): 54. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Waleson, Heidi (January 14, 1995). "Keeping Score". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 107 (2): 31. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Stabler, David (November 30, 2011). "Oregon Symphony's CD hits Billboard's classical chart". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publications). ISSN 8750-1317. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Oregon Symphony to Record American Repertoire". NewMusicBox. New Music USA. May 1, 2001. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Oregon Symphony: A Brief History". Oregon Symphony. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  10. ^ Smith, Steve (June 16, 2001). "Keeping Score". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 113 (24): 37. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "James DePreist Finishes Classical Season with "Emperor" Piano Concerto Performed by Pianist Horacio Gutiérrez and Brahms' Symphony No. 4". Oregon Symphony. April 18, 2003. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Oregon Symphony gets Grammy nomination". The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). December 5, 2003. Retrieved February 13, 2013. 
  13. ^ Stabler, David (February 8, 2013). "James DePreist, Oregon Symphony conductor, matched Portland's growing ambitions". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publication). ISSN 8750-1317. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Classical Albums: Week of November 19, 2011". Billboard (Prometheus Global Media). ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ Bash, James (December 5, 2012). "Oregon Symphony in the running for a Grammy – update! – two Grammys!". Oregon Music News (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  16. ^ McQuillen, James (February 19, 2012). "Oregon Symphony Orchestra review: Lush, gentle strings and warm bass highlight performance". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Advance Publications). ISSN 8750-1317. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ Bash, James (December 8, 2011). "Oregon Symphony CD makes Alex Ross's top 10 list". Oregon Music News (Portland, Oregon). Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Oregon Symphony Renews Carlos Kalmar's Contract". Oregon Symphony. August 31, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  19. ^ Bravura (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 1987. 
  20. ^ "Bravura". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  21. ^ The Sea and the Gulls (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 1987. 
  22. ^ "The Sea and the Gulls: Rachmaninov". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  23. ^ Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture; The Tempest; Hamlet (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 1989. 
  24. ^ "Tchaikovsky: 1812, Hamlet, Tempest / DePreist". Delos. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  25. ^ Ennis, Rudy (1992). Menotti: Apocalypse (World Premiere Recording); Dello Joio: Meditations on Ecclesiastes (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Koch International Classics. 
  26. ^ Hixon, Donald L. (2000). Gian Carlo Menotti: A Bio-Bibliography. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 87. ISBN 0-313-26139-3. ISSN 0742-6968. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  27. ^ Romeo and Juliet (booklet). Oregon Symphony. 1992.  Note: Special edition recording, not available commercially.
  28. ^ Roman Festivals (booklet). Oregon Symphony. 1993.  Note: Special edition recording, not available commercially.
  29. ^ Forever King 107 (4). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. January 28, 1995. p. 10. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 14, 2013. 
  30. ^ Svejda, Jim (1995). Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World; Nicolas Flagello: The Passion of Martin Luther King (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Koch International Classics. 
  31. ^ "Joseph Schwantner: New Morning for the World; Nicolas Flagello: The Passion of Martin Luther King". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  32. ^ Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk; Symphony in F-Sharp (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 1998. 
  33. ^ Cummings, Robert. "Erich Wolfgang Korngold: The Sea Hawk; Symphony in F-Sharp". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  34. ^ Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebird Suite (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 2001. 
  35. ^ "Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring; The Firebird Suite". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  36. ^ Svejda, Jim (2001). Respighi's Rome (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 
  37. ^ "Respighi's Rome". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  38. ^ American Contrasts (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 2003. 
  39. ^ "American Contrasts". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  40. ^ "French Twist". Friends of Chamber Music. Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  41. ^ Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Albany Records. 2003. 
  42. ^ Sanderson, Blair. "Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  43. ^ Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905" (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 2003. 
  44. ^ Roberts, W. Mark. "DSCH CD Review: Symphony No. 11, The Year 1905, opus 103. James DePreist, Oregon Symphony.". DSCH Journal. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 
  45. ^ Leonard, James. "Sibelius: Symphony No. 2; Symphony No. 7". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  46. ^ Walton: Suite from Henry V; Cello Concerto; Violin and Piano Sonata; Bernard Rands: Tre Canzoni Senza Parole (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 2005. 
  47. ^ "Walton: Suite from Henry V; Cello Concerto; Violin & Piano Sonata; Rands: Tre Canzoni Senza Parole". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  48. ^ "Tragic Lovers (CD – Delos #DE3369)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  49. ^ Svejda, Jim (2008). Tragic Lovers (booklet). Oregon Symphony. Delos. 
  50. ^ "Tragic Lovers". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  51. ^ Steven, Kruger (2011). Music for a Time of War (booklet). Oregon Symphony. PentaTone Classics. 
  52. ^ Brownell, Mike D. "Music for a Time of War". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  53. ^ Steven, Kruger (2012). This England (booklet). Oregon Symphony. PentaTone Classics. 
  54. ^ "This England". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  55. ^ Centennial Collection (booklet). Oregon Symphony.  Note: Special edition recording, not available commercially.