Distributed by Naxos of America, this all-Sibelius release features Music Director Robert Spano leading the orchestra in “Symphony No. 6 in D minor,” “Symphony No. 7 in C Major” and “Tapiola.” The digital release is available for download on iTunes today. The physical release may be pre-ordered, and will be available beginning Nov. 19.
The ASO Media label is one of the many legacies of Spano’s 13-year tenure with the orchestra, and the production team includes longtime orchestra collaborators Elaine Martone and Michael Bishop.
The orchestra released the first recording on ASO Media in February 2011. The premiere ASO Media recording featured Spano leading the orchestra in Jennifer Higdon’s new concerto, “On A Wire,” featuring eighth blackbird. Higdon is an Atlanta School of Composers member and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Michael Gandolfi’s new choral work, “QED: Engaging Richard Feynman,” featuring the orchestra’s chorus, was also featured. Both works were commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony and given world-premiere performances in June 2010 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Two additional ASO Media recordings with Spano and the orchestra were released in 2011: the June 2011 release features the Atlanta Symphony’s commission of Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis’s Symphony and Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs; the October 2011 release — an all-Rachmaninov recording — features Garrick Ohlsson playing “Piano Concerto No. 3,” and also includes Symphonic Dances.
The orchestra and its recordings have won 27 Grammy Awards.