The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Pacific Symphony, and Seattle Symphony are among orchestras recently announcing new recordings. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project has released Anthony Paul De Ritis’s 2004 work Devolution on its own BMOP/sound label. De Ritis’s piece is a concerto for turntablist and symphony orchestra conceived for DJ Spooky—featured on the recording—and incorporates popular and jazz music, as well as interactive performance technology via Max/MSP software language. The Pacific Symphony’s performance of Philip Glass’s 45-minute-long The Passion of Ramakrishna, recorded in 2011 and led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, with vocal soloists Janice Chandler-Eteme, Christópheren Nomura, and Kevin Deas, has been released on the Orange Mountain Music label. The Seattle Symphony has released a Naxos CD, featuring Gerard Schwarz conducting Deems Taylor’s Through the Looking Glass, Op. 12, and several works by Charles Tomlinson Griffes, including his Poem, The White Peacock, and The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan. Additional new classical releases include the DVD “Music in the Air,” Reiner Moritz’s film on the Arthaus label exploring the life of classical music in television from its inception to today; and the three-CD OPERA America Songbook, featuring works by 47 composers commissioned from American composers to celebrate the opening of OPERA America’s National Opera Center in New York City this month. 

Posted September 25, 2012