John Storgårds

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John Storgårds





In the category Contemporary Music John Storgårds’ recording of Rautavaara’s cello concerto No. 2 ‘Towards Horizon’ on Finnish record label Ondine featuring the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and soloist Truls Mørk received a 2013 International Classical Music Award.


Early evidence of the Storgards effect came in Beethoven's "Fidelio" Overture. Though brief, the program opener spoke volumes about the man on the podium, revealing him to be an artist of bold intention and possessed of both theatrical and lyrical insight. Not until later did the audience learn he's also an artist of great resolve. Under Saturday's conditions, plenty of musicians would have foundered, fallen victim to distraction by the incredible sights and sounds of nature. Not Storgards. Under duress, he responded by producing incredible Sibelius [Symphony 2]. In that sense, the evening hardly could have turned out any better. 28 July 2014 The Cleveland Orchestra  at the Blossom Music Center The third piece of the matinee was a vivid performance of the more cheerful Pastorale d’été by Arthur Honegger. This pastoral was composed during a summer holiday on the Alps. The strings, woodwinds and horn worked together to depict the peaceful sensation of a summer idyll. The whole orchestra was vibrating with sentiment at the hands of Storgårds’s light yet impassioned gesture. 10 August 2014 The Lapland Chamber Orchestra at The BBC Proms Storgårds had begun by conducting the strings-only Bach [C. P. E Bach's Hamburg] symphony from the violin, a bracing performance more about urgency than suaveness; to end, he shaped the Sibelius suite [Rakastava] with such naturalness that no one would have ever guessed it began life as a work for male-voice choir. The Guardian 11 August 2014 The Lapland Chamber Orchestra at The BBC Proms   And who was the driving force behind all this [Holst's "The Hymn of Jesus"]? Conductor John Storgårds [...] It was him who gave us the delightful contrasts of tone and timbre with which the Holst was replete; and who supplied that remarkable energy that fired 'The Heav'nly Spheres make music for us' passage, which he drove particularly impressively. He also teased out those eerie Planets-like touches and gave the work such a satisfying overall structure. 28 July 2014 The Cleveland Orchestra  at the Blossom Music Center

Latest CD releases

CD-Christmas 2014

Christmas Carols

Soile Isokoski, soprano
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor

ODE 1252-2
October 2014