Marin Alsop

Biography

Born: 1956   Country: USA  
Marin Alsop is an American conductor and jazz violinist whose parents were both orchestral musicians, and whose father once toured with Fred Waring. Raised in a very traditional musical environment, Alsop studied music at Yale and took her degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School. Alsop's childhood idol was conductor Leonard Bernstein, and, in 1988 and 1989, she studied with Bernstein on a conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. In Read more 1989, Alsop was awarded the Koussevitsky Conducting Prize, and later that year the Stokowski Prize. Alsop also studied conducting with Seiji Ozawa, Carl Bamberger, and Harold Farberman.

In 1981, Alsop founded the New York-based String Fever, a ten-piece chamber ensemble devoted to the literature of Big Band Swing. 1984, Alsop founded a larger group, the Concordia Orchestra, which performs classical music with as jazz flavor, compositions such as the orchestral works of stride pianist James P. Johnson, and the Gospel version of Handel's Messiah. In 1991, Alsop accepted a post as director of the Cabrillo Music Festival; two years later, she got her first job as the regular conductor of an American orchestra, the Colorado Symphony.

Needless to say, the very idea that a woman could land a conductor's position in such a highly competitive, and overwhelmingly male, job market, did not escape the notice of commentators and the press. Nor did the level of accomplishment to which Alsop took her respective organizations; the Cabrillo Festival was distinguished with an ASCAP award in 1991, and the Colorado Symphony received the same honor in 1997 and 2000. Demand for Alsop's services as a guest conductor became very high, and in 1994 the position of "creative conductor chair" was invented for her at the St. Louis Symphony.

In 1996, Alsop was appointed conductor laureate of the Eugene (Oregon) Symphony. Alsop responded to an increasing number of requests for European appearances by accepting the position of Principal Guest conductor of the London Sinfonietta. In 2001, Alsop agreed to become the Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and began her tenure there in the 2002-2003 season.

In 2006, the classical world was stunned by the news that Alsop had been named Principal Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, beginning with the 2007-2008 season. It was the first time a woman had been chosen for a regular conducting post with a major American orchestra, and not a choice that was without a measure of controversy. Nevertheless, Alsop seems good for it - in 2005 she won both the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor Award and Gramophone Magazine's "Artist of the Year" distinction, and became the first conductor to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. In the time Alsop has led the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra she has helped build the orchestra into one of the UK's most popular ensembles.

Alsop maintains an incredibly busy schedule, often conducting on both sides of the Atlantic in the same month. Surprisingly, Alsop is under-recorded by commercial classical music concerns. For Naxos, she has undertaken the complete orchestral music of Barber and works by Bartók, Brahms, Philip Glass, Roy Harris, Orff, Takemitsu, and Kurt Weill. Moreover, she has recorded an item here and there for other labels, including works of Rouse, Tower, Gershwin, James P. Johnson, Mark O'Connor, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Edward Collins. Read less
Prokofiev: Symphony No 3, Scythian Suite... / Alsop
Release Date: 05/12/2015   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573452   Number of Discs: 1
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Biography

Born: 1956   Country: USA  
Marin Alsop is an American conductor and jazz violinist whose parents were both orchestral musicians, and whose father once toured with Fred Waring. Raised in a very traditional musical environment, Alsop studied music at Yale and took her degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School. Alsop's childhood idol was conductor Leonard Bernstein, and, in 1988 and 1989, she studied with Bernstein on a conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood. In Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro
II. Larghetto
III. Gavotta: Non troppo allegro
IV. Finale: Molto vivace
I. Allegro ben articolato
II. Theme -
II. Variation 1 -
II. Variation 2 -
II. Variation 3 -
II. Variation 4 -
II. Variation 5 -
II. Variation 6 and Theme
I. Andante - Allegro eroico - Allegretto
II. Andante tranquillo
III. Moderato, quasi allegretto
IV. Allegro risoluto
Scene 1: Le depart (The departure)
Scene 1: Rencontre avec des camarades (Meeting friends)
Scene 1: L'enjoleuse (The seductress)
Scene 1: Les danseurs (The dancers)
Scene 2: L'enfant prodigue et l'enjoleuse (The prodigal son and the seductress)
Scene 2: L'ivresse (Drunkenness)
Scene 2: Pillage (The despoiling)
Scene 2: Reveil et remords (Awakening and remorse)
Scene 3: Intermede: Partage du butin (Interlude: Sharing the spoils)
Scene 3: Le retour (The return)
I. Selig sind, die da Leid tragen (Blessed are they that mourn)
II. Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (For all flesh is as grass)
III. Herr, lehre doch mich (Lord, make me to know mine end)
IV. Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (How amiable are thy tabernacles)
V. Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit (And ye now therefore have sorrow)
VI. Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt (For here have we no continuing city)
VII. Selig sind die Toten (Blessed are the dead)
I. Langsam, schleppend
II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell
III. Feierlich und gemessen, ohne zu schleppen
IV. Sturmisch bewegt
I. In the Struggle
II. In the Night
III. For the Brotherhood of Man
I. Andante
II. Allegro marcato
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro giocoso
I. Introduzione: Andante non troppo - Allegro vivace
II. Giuoco delle coppie: Allegretto scherzando
III. Elegia: Andante non troppo
IV. Intermezzo interrotto: Allegretto
V. Finale: Presto
I. Andante tranquillo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro non tanto
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivace - Poco meno mosso
IV. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio
III. Allegretto grazioso - Molto vivace
IV. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Andante con moto
3. Allegro agitato
I. Awakening
II. Conflict
III. Dedication
IV. Affirmation
I. -
II. -
III. -
Devotions before : Antiphon: Kyrie eleison (High Soprano, Bass, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Devotions before : Hymn and Psalm, "A Simple Song" (Celebrant)
Devotions before : Responsory, "Alleluia" (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Bass)
First Introit: Prefatory Prayers (Street Chorus, Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Soprano, Celebrant, Boy Soprano, Boys' Choir)
First Introit: Thrice-Triple Canon: Dominus vobiscum (Celebrant, Boys' Choir, Street Chorus)
Second Introit: In nomine Patris (Boys' Choir, Chorus, Celebrant)
Second Introit: Prayer for the Congregation, "Almighty Father" (Chorus)
Second Introit: Epiphany (Celebrant)
Confession: Confiteor (Chorus)
Confession: Trope, "I Don't Know" (First Rock Singer and Descant, Second Rock Singer, Male Street Chorus)
Confession: Trope, "Easy" (First Blues Singer, Second Rock Singer, Second Blues Singer, Third Rock Singer, Third Blues Singer, First Rock Singer and Descant, Celebrant, Chorus)
Meditation No. 1
Gloria: Gloria tibi (Celebrant, Boys' Choir)
Gloria: Gloria in Excelsis (Chorus)
Gloria: Trope, "Half of the People" (Street Chorus, Chorus)
Gloria: Trope, "Thank You" (Soprano, Street Chorus)
Meditation No. 2
Epistle: "The Word of the Lord" (Celebrant, A Young Man, Another Young Man, Street Chorus, An Older Man, A Young Woman)
Gospel-Sermon: "God Said" (Preacher, Street Chorus, 5 Solo Voices)
Credo: Credo in unum Deum (Celebrant, Chorus)
Credo: Trope: "Non Credo" (Street Chorus Male Group, Baritone) - "Crucifixus" (Chorus)
Credo: Trope, "Hurry" (Mezzo-soprano) - Sedet ad dexteram Patris (Chorus)
Credo: Trope, "World without End" (Street Chorus, Mezzo-soprano) - Et in Spiritum Sanctum (Chorus, 3 Solo Voices)
Credo: Trope, "I Believe in God" (3 Solo Voices, Street Chorus, Rock Singer, Chorus)
Meditation No. 3 (De profundis, Part 1) (Chorus, Celebrant)
Offertory (De profundis, Part 2) (Boys' Choir, Chorus)
I. -
II. -
III. -
IV. -
I. Prelude: Andante
II. Scherzo: Molto allegro
III. Finale: Lento
I. quarter note = 144
II. half note = 44
III. quarter note = 144
I. Adagio - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Scherzo: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco
Opening -
First Dance: Dance of the Princess in the Forest -
The Prince Meets the Fairy and Sees the Princess -
Second Dance: Dance of the Trees -
The Fairy Enchants the Stream - Third Dance: Dance of the Waves -
The Prince Builds a Wooden Prince -
The Princess Spies the Wooden Prince -
Fourth Dance: Dance of the Princess with the Wooden Prince -
The Prince is in Despair - The Fairy Comforts Him -
Great Apotheosis -
Fifth Dance: The Princess Prods and Encourages the Wooden Prince to Dance -
Sixth Dance: With an Alluring Dance, the Princess Tries to Appeal to the Prince -
Seventh Dance: Alarmed, the Princess Hurries After the Prince, but the Forest Keeps Her Back -
The Prince and Princess Embrace - Long Kiss - Slow Curtain
No. 1. No Way Out
No. 2. Inside (part 1)
No. 3. Love
No. 4. By the Sea
No. 5. Inside (part 2)
No. 6. Four Walls
No. 7. Interlude
No. 8. Landslide
No. 9. China Cup
No. 1. Prologue
No. 2. Loss
No. 3. No More Jokes
No. 4. Wounded
No. 5. Interlude
No. 6. The Mouthless Dead
No. 7. Aftermath
Megerkeztunk (We have arrived) (Bluebeard, Judith)
Ez a Kekszekallu vara! (This is Bluebeard's castle!) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Nagy csukott ajtokat latok (I see large closed doors) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Jaj! (1. Ajto) (Oh! (Door 1)) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Mit latsz? (2. Ajto) (What do you see? (Door 2)) (Bluebeard, Judith)
O be sok kincs! (3. Ajto) (Oh, how much treasure! (Door 3)) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Oh! Viragok! (4. Ajto) (Oh, flowers! (Door 4)) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Nezd, hogy derul mar a varam (5. Ajto) (See how my castle brightens (Door 5)) (Bluebeard, Judith)
Csendes feher tavat latok (6. Ajto) (I see a silent white lake (Door 6)) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Az utolsot nem nyitom ki (I won't open the last one) (Bluebeard, Judith)
Tudom, tudom, Kekszakallu (I know, I know, Bluebeard) (Judith, Bluebeard)
Lasd a regi asszonyokat (7. Ajto) (Look at the women of the past (Door 7)) (Bluebeard, Judith)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso - Poco meno presto
IV. Allegro energico e passionato - Piu allegro
I. Chaconne
II. Pianissimo Scherzo
III. Andante Flautando
IV. Accelerando Finale
I. Allegro con brio - Un poco sostenuto - Tempo I
II. Andante
III. Poco Allegretto
IV. Allegro
Thema, "Chorale St. Antoni": Andante
Variation 1: Poco piu animato
Variation 2: Piu vivace
Variation 3: Con moto
Variation 4: Andante con moto
Variation 5: Vivace
Variation 6: Vivace
Variation 7: Grazioso
Variation 8: Presto non troppo
Finale: Andante
I. Heroes
II. Abdulmajid
III. Sense of Doubt
IV. Sons of the Silent Age
V. Neukoln
VI. V2 Schneider
O Fortuna
Fortune plango vulnera
Veris leta facies
Omnia sol temperat
Ecce gratum
Tanz
Floret Silva
Chramer, gip die verwe mir
Reie
Were diu werlt alle min
Estuans interius
Olim lacus colueram
Ego sum abbas
In taberna quando sumus
Amor volat undique
Dies, nox et omnia
Stetit puella
Circa mea pectora
Si puer cum puellula
Veni, veni, venias
In trutina
Tempus est iocundum
Dulcissime
Ave formosissima
O Fortuna
I. The Girl I Left Behind Me
II. Western Cowboy
III. Interlude: Dance Tunes for Strings and Percussion
IV. Mountaineer Love Song
V. Interlude: Dance Tunes for Full Orchestra
VI. Negro Fantasy
VII. Johnny Comes Marching Home
I. Phaedrus - Pausanias: Lento - Allegro
II. Aristophanes: Allegretto
III. Erixymachos: Presto
IV. Agathon: Adagio
V. Socrates - Alcibiades: Molto tenuto - Allegro molto vivace
I. Sennets and Tuckets: Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
II. Waltz: Allegretto, con grazia
III. Mazurka: Mesto
IV. Samba: Allegro giusto
V: Turkey Trot: Allegretto, ben misurato
VI. Sphinxes: Adagio lugubre
VII. Blues: Slow blues tempo
VIII. In Memoriam: March, "The BSO Forever"
I. Cut Up
II. A Soothing Interlude
III. Another Set To
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Adagio non troppo
III. Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino
IV. Allegro con spirito
I. Sostenuto - Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro vivace
I. My Ship: Andante misterioso
II. Girl of the Moment
III. Bolero, "This is New"
IV. Allegro alla marcia
V. Dance of the Tumblers
VI. The Saga of Jenny
Opening ? The girl and three tramps
First seduction game: the shabby old rake
Second seduction game: the young student
Third seduction game
The Mandarin enters and remains immobile in the doorway
The girl begins a hesitant dance...
The Mandarin stumbles ? the chase becomes even more passionate
The three tramps leap out, seize the Mandarin and tear him away from the girl
Suddenly the Mandarin's head appears between the pillows and he looks longingly at the girl
The terrified tramps discuss how they are to get rid of the Mandarin
The body of the Mandarin begins to glow with a greenish blue light
She resists no longer ? they embrace
I. Moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Molto tranquillo
V. Comodo - Finale
An Evening in the Village
Bear Dance
Melody
Slightly Tipsy
Swineherd's Dance


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