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See John Storgårds conducting Mahler Symphony No. 7 at his farewell concert as Chief Conductor of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra at the Helsinki Music Centre on Dec 17 2015:
ECHO Klassik Award
John Storgårds’ Aho recording with the Lapland Chamber Orchestra has been awarded ‘Concert Recording of the Year (20th/21st Century Music)’ by ECHO Klassik. This recording was released by BIS in August 2014 and it consists of the Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra (2011), Acht Jahreszeiten (Eight Seasons) (2011) and the Concerto for Theremin and Chamber Orchestra, all composed by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho.
The German music award ECHO is one the most important and renowned music awards worldwide. Since 1992, the Deutsche Phono-Akademie, the cultural institute of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German music industry federation), awards the ECHO to honour the most successful and outstanding achievements of German and international musicians annually.
This year, the ECHO Klassik award ceremony will be held in the Konzerthaus Berlin on the 18th October.
John Storgårds’ New CD Release
Ondine released this month a new recording of Conductor John Storgårds together with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and featuring soprano Soile Isokoski. The new CD includes two major works in the French song repertoire – Ernest Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer and Hector Berlioz’s Nuits d’été. The CD ends with three finely-crafted miniature songs by Henri Duparc.
John Storgårds’ three CD box set of “Sibelius Complete Symphonies”, recorded with the BBC Philharmonic (Chandos, April 2014) has been selected to be part of the Gramophone Magazine Awards Short List 2015 in the Orchestral Category. The Sibelius recording is listed among the top CDs of the past 12 months and received stellar reviews.
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13. February 2016, Jones Hall, Houston
Houston Symphony Orchestra
There are few conductors around who are more riveting and involving in performance than Storgårds, [...] who gave an incredibly detailed account of the orchestral score, bringing wonderful variety to the string textures, an overarching beauty to the winds (especially at the end of the Canzonetta), and great Slavic fervour and anticipation to the dramatic, driving moments. The brass had remarkable ‘bite’. With this conducting, it seemed that a sense of musical space and natural motion just opened out as the work progressed – and the interaction and timing of soloist and conductor were impeccable.
Vancouver Classical Music 16 January 2016
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Zemlinsky: Chamber Symphony
Alexander von Zemlinsky:
‘Seven Songs of Night and Dream’ (arr. Richard Dünser)
Chamber Symphony (based on String Quartet No. 2)
Jenny Carlstedt, mezzo-soprano
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor