Clear some room on your iPod and on your CD shelves because the Orchestra's first studio album in more than 15 years is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 24.
The album, being released on the iconic classical music label Deutsche Grammophon, is conceived as a tribute to Leopold Stokowski and was recorded last spring. Conducted by Yannick, it features Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Stokowski and the Orchestra gave the U.S. premieres of the work in both its concert and staged versions, in 1922 and 1930 respectively, and they also made the first American recording of this piece. In addition to The Rite of Spring, other works include Stokowski transcriptions for full orchestra of three of Bach's most famous organ works, as well as his transcription of Stravinsky's "Pastorale."
"This is a proud moment for me and for my Philadelphia Orchestra," Yannick said. "I am so eager to share our incredible musical partnership with listeners beyond the bounds of our concert hall. Now the whole world will be able to hear and experience our work together!"
Writing in the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns praised the recording, claiming Yannick "has a keen sense of contour, of well-judged peaks and valleys, as well as a coloristic precision that reveals the individual nature of each moment. Repeated listenings uncover new things, such as Daniel Matsukawa's subtle use of vibrato in the opening bassoon solo."
You can pre-order your copy of the CD at the Deutsche Grammophon website. http://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en/cat/4791074