James Judd

Biography

Born: October 30, 1949   Country: England  
English conductor James Judd became well known in the 1990s primarily for his outstanding results with an American regional orchestra and as a youth and chamber orchestra conductor.

He studied at the Trinity College of Music in London from 1967 to 1971. His piano instructor was Alfred Kitchin, and he took conducting from Bernard Keefe. He was accepted for training at the London Opera Centre. He has retained his interest in opera and
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Judd became assistant to Lorin Maazel, music director of the Cleveland Orchestra, and worked with him there from 1973 to 1975. In 1978 he returned to Europe at the request of Claudio Abbado. One of Abbado's favorite projects was the new European Community Youth Orchestra, and in 1978 Abbado appointed Judd its associate music director. He has remained associated with the ECYO, and in 1990 became its honorary artistic director.

A demand for his services as a guest conductor began at this time. The major orchestras he has led include the London Symphony Orchestra; the Hallé Orchestra; the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the London Philharmonic; the Royal Scottish Orchestra; the Vienna Symphony Orchestra; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; the National Arts Center of Ottawa, Canada; the Cincinnati Symphony; the Indianapolis Symphony; the Orchestra of the Mozarteum of Salzburg; the NHK Symphony of Tokyo; the CBC Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; the Pittsburgh Symphony; the Israel Philharmonic; the Berlin Philharmonic; and many others. He was a co-founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and toured with them through America, Europe, and Asia.

In 1987, he became the music director of the Florida Philharmonic, a post he held until 2001. This orchestra is ranked as a regional orchestra, but he built its quality and polish to the level of a major orchestra. Although its home concerts are in a variety of auditoriums in Miami-Dade, Brouward, and Palm Beach Counties -- the warm south Atlantic coast area of Florida, location of several affluent cities in addition to Miami and Miami Beach -- it is praised for a remarkable consistency of tone. Judd's performance with the FSO of Mahler's Symphony No. 1 was rated the "Best New Mahler Recording of the Year" by the international Gustav Mahler Society and received several awards and other recognition as a "best recording" from several sources. Channel Magazine named him as "one of the 25 most influential men in South Florida," known for his efforts to promote classical music, including frequent appearances on local FM radio stations. He instituted outreach programs such as "Beethoven by the Beach" and his Community Tours, a series of free concerts in unusual venues.

He has recorded the complete symphonies of Leonard Bernstein in Naxos Records' American Classics Series. Others of his more than thirty CD releases include works of Meyerbeer, Elgar, and Donizetti, and the Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Judd frequently has led productions of the English National Opera and was, from 1993 - 1996, artistic director of the Greater Miami Opera. He also has conducted at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

In 1999, he became music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the first to hold that title in the orchestra's 50-year history. As such, he appeared on the international 2000 millennium telecast, with soprano Kiri Te Kanawa. He has conducted several world premieres, inclduing Michael Nyman's Saxophone Concerto and Garth Farr's Hikoi, with percussionist Evelyn Glennie as soloist. Read less
Brahms: Symphony No 2, Academic Festival Overture / Judd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 02/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28500   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Piano Concerto, Lyric Pieces / O'Hora, Judd, RPO
Release Date: 02/10/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28140   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms: Symphony No 1, Haydn Variations / Judd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Release Date: 01/10/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 29230   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto no 1, The Seasons / O'Hora, Judd
Release Date: 01/11/2011   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28610   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: October 30, 1949   Country: England  
English conductor James Judd became well known in the 1990s primarily for his outstanding results with an American regional orchestra and as a youth and chamber orchestra conductor.

He studied at the Trinity College of Music in London from 1967 to 1971. His piano instructor was Alfred Kitchin, and he took conducting from Bernard Keefe. He was accepted for training at the London Opera Centre. He has retained his interest in opera and
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Andante sostenuto
2. Allegro scherzando
3. Presto
1. Allegramente
2. Adagio assai
3. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Lento, molto espressivo
III. Molto moderato - Allegro molto -
III. Epilogue: Molto cantabile
I. Langsam. Schleppend. Immer sehr gemächlich.
II. Kräftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell.
III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen.
IV. Stürmisch bewegt.
Overture
Act I: Scherzo
Act II Scene 1: How now, spirit! (Puck, Fairy)
Act II Scene 1: Fairies' March - Ill met by moonlight (Oberon, Titania, Puck)
Act II Scene 2: Come, now a roundel and a fairy song (Titania) - Song with Chorus: Ye spotted snakes (First Fairy, Second Fairy, Chorus of Fairies)
Act II Scene 2: What thou seest, when thou dost wake (Oberon, Puck)
Act II: Intermezzo
Act III Scene 1: Come, sit down, every mother's son (Quince, Puck, Bottom, Flute, Snout, Titania, Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed)
Act III Scene 2: I wonder if Titania be awaked (Oberon, Puck, Lysander, Demetrius, Helena, Hermia)
Act III: Nocturne
Act IV Scene 1: Her dotage now I do begin to pity... (Oberon, Titania, Puck, Theseus)
Act IV Scene 1: Wedding March
Act V Scene 1: So please your grace, the Prologue is address'd (Philostrate, Theseus, Prologue, Pyramus)
Act V Scene 1: Funeral March: How chance Moonshine is gone (Hippolyta, Theseus, Thisbe)
Act V Scene 1: A Dance of Clowns: The iron tongue of midnight hath told twelve (Theseus, Puck)
Act V Scene 1: Through the house give glimmering light (Oberon, Titania)
Act V Scene 1: Song: Through the house give glimmering light (Fairies) - Now until the break of day... (Oberon, Fairies, Puck)
Overture
No. 1. Act I Scene 3: Die Trommel geruhret (Clarchen)
No. 2. Entr'acte No. 1: Andante
No. 3. Entr'acte No. 2: Larghetto
No. 4. Act III Scene 2: Freudvoll und leidvoll (Clarchen)
No. 5. Entr'acte No. 3: Allegro - Marcia, Vivace
No. 6. Entr'acte No. 4: Larghetto
No. 7. Act V Scene 3: Death of Clarchen
No. 8. Act V Scene 4: Melodrama (Egmont)
No. 9. Act V Scene 4: Symphony of Victory
I. Toccata: Allegro moderato -
II. Romanza: Lento
III. Fuga chromatica con finale alla tedesca: Allegro - Lento - Largo sostenuto - Andante sostenuto -
IV. Finale
I. Sehr lebhaft -
II. Ballade: Sehr gemessen [poco adagio], doch nicht schleppend -
III. Sehr lebhaft
Part I: Theme: Lento espressivo -
Part I: Variation 1, "Youth": Allegro: Restless and tumultuous -
Part I: Variation 2, "Nocturne": Slow and serene, Broadly -
Part I: Variation 3, "Strife": Allegro vivace
Part II: Variation 4, "The Temple": Slow and solemn -
Part II: Variation 5, "Play": Scherzo: Allegretto vivace - Intermezzo, "Enchantment": Very moderate tempo -
Part II: Variation 6, "Triumph": Moderate tempo: Glowing and passionate
I. Allegro moderato
II. Moderato tranquillo
III. Rondo: Allegro moderato
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
No. 2. Serenade mauresque,
No. 3. Contrasts: The Gavotte
Chanson de matin, Op. 15, No. 2
Chanson de nuit, Op. 15, No. 1
No. 1
No. 2
No. 3
I. Allegro deciso
II. Adagio e tranquillo
III. Tempo primo
IV. Adagio molto e tranquillo
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro con fuoco
No. 1 in D major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 3 in C minor
No. 4 in G major
No. 5 in C major
A Beloved Rose (Kazakh Folk Song)
The Half-Moon Climbs (Uygur Folk Song)
Spinning (Gansu Folk Song)
All at Work (Great North-West Folk Song)
Sa Li Hong Ba (Uygur Folk Song)
Lan Hua Hua (Shanxi Folk Song)
Lift Your Veil (Uygur Folk Song)
Tulufan (Xinjiang Folk Song)
I. Overture
II. Serenade
III. Minuet
IV. Sun Dance
V. Fairy Pipers
VI. Slumber Scene
VII. Fairies and Giants
I. March
II. Little Bells
III. Moths and Butterflies
IV. Fountain Dance
V. The Tame Bear
VI. The Wild Bears
I. Andante
II. Allegretto piacevole
I. Aubade
II. The Serious Doll
III. Busy-Ness
IV. The Sad Doll
V. The Wagon (Passes)
VI. The Merry Doll
VII. Dreaming
Molto moderato
Allegro molto
Andantino
Molto deliberato


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