Serebrier: Symphonic BACH Variations & Other Orchestral Works / RTE Symphony

Release Date: 1/3/2020
Label: BIS
Catalog Number: BIS-2423
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

SACD
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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
An esteemed conductor who has worked with most of the major orchestras and made more than 300 recordings, José Serebrier is also a prolific composer. He became established at an early age with Leopold Stokowski giving the world première of his Symphony No. 1, when he was only 17 years old. He studied composition with Martinu and Copland, while also learning conducting from Doráti, Monteux and Stokowski, who named the 22-year old Serebrier his associate conductor. This dual career has flourished ever since, as demonstrated by this disc on which Serebrier conducts the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in some of his most recent works. These include the Symphonic BACH Variations for piano and orchestra in which Alexandre Kantorow, winner of the 2019 Tchaikovsky competition, shines in the solo part. Newly recorded material is combined with the previously released Flute Concerto – the only work on the disc not conducted by Serebrier himself – and two tango-inspired shorter pieces. For Serebrier, these and the recent Last Tango before Sunrise form a kind of return to his youth in Uruguay, where he was born.

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REVIEW:

Alongside his illustrious career as expert conductor of an unlikely range of repertoire, Serebrier has composed prolifically since his teenage years. These works, all from this century, show a master craftsman of great expressive and emotional potency at work, in a thoroughly accessible idiom that variously evokes a podium-eye view of Sibelius, Mahler, Tchaikovsky and the 20th century tonal tradition.

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Works on This Recording
1. Concerto with Tango for Flute by José Serebrier
Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor: Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Australian Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2008 ;
1. Symphonic BACH Variations by José Serebrier
Performer: Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2017-2018 ; Uruguay
2. Tango en Azul by José Serebrier
Conductor: José Serebrier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001 ;
2. Laments and Hallelujahs by José Serebrier
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2018 ; Uruguay
3. Casi Un Tango by José Serebrier
Performer: Molly Judson (Cor Anglais)
Conductor: José Serebrier
3. Last Tango before Sunrise by José Serebrier
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2018 ; Uruguay
4. Adagio by José Serebrier
Conductor: José Serebrier
Period: Modern
Written: 1964 ;
5. Songs (6), Op. 6: no 6, None but the lonely heart by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor: José Serebrier
Period: Romantic
Written: 1869 ; Russia
6. Symphonic BACH Variations by José Serebrier
Performer: Alexandre Kantorow (Piano)
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2017-2018 ; Uruguay
7. Laments and Hallelujahs by José Serebrier
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: RTE National Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary
Written: 2018 ; Uruguay
8. Concerto with Tango for Flute by José Serebrier
Performer: Sharon Bezaly (Flute)
Conductor: Richard Tognetti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Australian Chamber Orchestra
Written: 2008 ;
9. Tango en Azul by José Serebrier
Conductor: José Serebrier
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001 ;
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