03-01-2017

HOUSTON SYMPHONY RELEASES FINAL DISC IN RECORDING SERIES FEATURING DVORÁK’S LAST FOUR SYMPHONIES

 

HOUSTON (March 1, 2017) – The Houston Symphony, in collaboration with Dutch music label Pentatone, announced today the international release of its most recent recording, which features Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9 (From the New World) and select Slavonic Dances. The recording is the third and final in a mini-series highlighting Dvorák’s last four symphonies.

Dvorak’s New World Symphony is counted among the most successful and distinctive symphonies ever written. Inspired by American spirituals and Henry Longfellow’s epic poem The Song of Hiawatha, this infectiously tuneful work with its colorful orchestration and rhythmic verve has its creative wellspring in Dvorak’s own homesickness.

The recording also includes two of Dvorak’s evergreen Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 3 and 5, which are equally popular with audiences. Responsible for establishing Dvorak’s international reputation, these charming pieces overflow with appealing melodies and catchy rhythms.

The completed series of all three recordings marks a milestone for Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, now in his third season as music director as he, together with the orchestra, continues to forge a remarkable relationship and a growing reputation as a heritage-rich, world-class orchestra for audiences in Houston and beyond.

In addition to his role as Music Director of the Houston Symphony, Orozco-Estrada is Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. The previously released albums of Dvorák symphonies with PENTATONE and the Houston Symphony have been described by Gramophone as “an interpretation full of theatricality, with a sure sense of the monumental.”

The live recording of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and Slavonic Dances was made possible in part bythe Micajah S. Stude Special Production Fund. The Houston Symphony’s recording and electronic media initiatives are supported by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. and Bobby and Phoebe Tudor. Additional support is provided by Mr. John N. Neighbors, Mr. Jay Steinfeld and Mrs. Barbara Winthrop, and Stephen and Mariglyn Glenn. The Houston Symphony’s Classical Series is recorded for broadcast on Houston Public Media. The Classical Series is endowed by The Wortham Foundation, Inc. in memory of Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham.

All three albums are now available on stereo SACD and in digital formats for streaming and high resolution downloads through Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

About the Houston Symphony
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony, one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, held its inaugural performance at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians presents nearly 170 concerts annually, making it the largest performing arts organization in Houston. Additionally, musicians of the orchestra and the Symphony’s four Community-Embedded Musicians offer over 900 community-based performances each year, reaching thousands of people in Greater Houston. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.

About PENTATONE
PENTATONE is a Dutch classical music label specialising in high-end, multichannel surround sound recordings. It was founded in 2001 by three former Philips Classics executives. PENTATONE’s catalogue includes performances by conductors Kent Nagano, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, Mikhail Pletnev, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Sir Colin Davis, Vladimir Jurowski, Marc Albrecht and Lawrence Foster; artists Arabella Steinbacher, Johannes Moser, Denis Kozhukhin, Joyce DiDonato, Julia Fischer, Jake Heggie, Mari Kodama, Nareh Arghamanyan, Martin Helmchen; and orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, the Wiener Symphoniker, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the New Dutch Academy and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

MEDIA CONTACTS:           

Vanessa Astros: (713) 337-8560,
vanessa.astros@houstonsymphony.org

Lorena Cozzari: (713) 337-8548,
lorena.cozzari@houstonsymphony.org          

Kristen Bennett: (713) 337-8557,
kristen.bennett@houstonsymphony.org

 

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