The Atlantic Classical Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Pops, and a quartet of cellist from the Boston Symphony Orchestra are among the orchestras and musicians with recent recording news. The Atlantic Classical Orchestra, based north of Miami, Florida, has released an all-Schumann CD, its first recording on the Artek label, under Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Stewart Robertson, recorded live in Boca Raton on March 5, 2012, with violinist Elmar Oliveira as soloist. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project started the year with two new releases on its BMOP/sound label, featuring music by Paul Moravec and Thomas Oboe Lee. Moravec’s Northern Lights Electric features four of his new works, including a clarinet concerto with David Krakauer as soloist, plus the title composition. Lee’s CD contains six concertos, one each for harp, flute, cello, piano, oboe, and violin. The Boston Cello Quartet—all of whom are members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra—has released its debut album, Pictures, featuring arrangements of classical pieces and original compositions written for them. In additional to classical repertoire, the quartet performs jazz, tango, and music from movies and video games.  The Boston Pops Orchestra has released a digital recording of John Williams’s 2011 Oboe Concerto, with the composer leading the Pops and featuring Boston Pops Principal Oboist Keisuke Wakao as soloist. In Connecticut, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra has recorded the second of three CDs of music by William Walton, his Viola Concerto. The NHSO recorded the work on February 28 at New Haven’s Woolsey Hall, with Music Director William Boughton leading the orchestra and soloist Roberto Diaz. The project aims to preserve Walton’s symphonic works and concertos, utilizing his original manuscripts housed at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The New York-based orchestra The Knights has released an all-Beethoven CD on the Sony Classical label, featuring the Triple Concerto, with cellist Jan Vogler, and Symphony No. 5. Eleven-year-old pianist and composer Emily Bear has released Diversity, produced by Quincy Jones and featuring thirteen songs written by Bear performed with a jazz trio, on the Concord Records label. Diversity is the sixth CD for Bear, who was recipient, at age six, of an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award for her piece Northern Lights; her more than 350 compositions to date span classical, jazz, and be-bop styles.

Posted March 5, 2013