George Antheil vol. 2
Symphony No. 3 ‘American’ (1936)
Hot-Time Dance (1948)
Symphony No. 6 ‘After Delacroix’ (1947-48)
Spectre of the Rose Waltz (1946)
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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Following the ‘Editor’s Choice’ (Gramophone) success of their first volume, the symphonic output of George Antheil, the self-proclaimed ‘bad boy of music’, is further investigated by the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Guest Conductor, John Storgårds, in the second album of the series.
Following his early experimentations with modernist ideas as an enfant terrible in 1920s Paris, the stylistic trajectory of Antheil’s symphonies over the next decades mirrors his self-confessed desire to learn more orthodox compositional techniques. This album explores two more of his symphonies: Symphony No. 3 (compl. 1946), only one movement of which was performed during Antheil’s lifetime, and Symphony No. 6 (compl. 1950), in which the influences of Shostakovich and Ives make themselves heard.
Completing this exciting disc from the BBC Philharmonic and Storgårds are two lively symphonic pieces, Archipelago (1935) and Hot-Time Dance (1948), and a re-orchestration into a concert waltz of music from the strikingly eclectic score to Spectre of the Rose (1946). This film tells the gripping story of a male ballet dancer suspected of having murdered his first wife and of being on the verge of dispatching his second in the same manner.
“The BBC Phil and Storgårds deliver it all with scintillating gusto.”
Storgårds conducts Haydn, Bartók and world premiere of the Trombone concerto Suuna by Jukka Tiensuu at the Helsinki Music Center in January 11th 2019. Watch and listen the whole concert:
John Storgårds conducts Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony with Detroit Symphony Orchestra in November 2018. Watch and listen:
Experience the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s Eroica symphony under the baton of John Storgårds:
Watch and listen Storgårds conducting Strauss with Lahti Symphony in September 2017:
A short introduction to Munich Chamber Ortchestra’s Haydn/Ligeti project:
23. February 2019, The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Whenever Principal Guest Conductor John Storgårds is in town [Ottawa], the NAC Orchestra plays with a little extra fire in its belly. ...Storgårds made a convincing case for the work [Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5] , creating great shining planes of sound between the instrument groups. The scherzo had the churning, swirling shape of a murmuration of starlings. In the slow third movement, led off by Anna Petersen’s languid cor anglais solo, the maestro shaped the lines with fervent gestures to bring out the vocal, spiritual qualities of the music. The final passacaglia swept toward its climactic fortissimo with a clear sense of purpose and impulsion. Natasha Gauthier, artsfile.ca, 9 February 2019 National Arts Center Orchestra Ottawa The Finnish conductor somehow topped this fine first half with an outstanding rendition of the overfamiliar Fifth Symphony of Tchaikovsky. He approached the piece with a confident hand, transferring that confidence to the bleak opening in the clarinet, supported by darkened low strings, and using clear articulation to differentiate motifs from one another. [...] If you are not a believer in Tchaikovsky, this performance could make you one.
Charles T. Downey, Washington Classical Review, 4 October 2018 National Symphony Orchestra Washington