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CSO's Concertos for Orchestra Recording Earns Two Grammy Nominations


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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestera
Louis Langrée

ZHOU TIAN                  

         Concerto for Orchestra

THIERRY ESCAICH      

         Psalmos, sinfonia concertante pour orchestre

SEBASTIAN CURRIER

         FLEX

The Recording Academy announced nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards, which included two nominations for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) recording, Concertos for Orchestra. This acclaimed live album features world premieres of three works commissioned by the CSO and conducted by Music Director Louis Langrée: Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Orchestra, Thierry Escaich’s Psalmos and Sebastian Currier’s FLEX.

Concertos for Orchestra received nominations for Best Orchestral Performance (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Louis Langrée, conductor) and Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Zhou Tian, Concerto for Orchestra). Awards will be announced and given on January 28 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

“These nominations are a testament to both the quality and commitment of the CSO’s musicianship, and a validation of our long institutional commitment to presenting and commissioning music by composers of today,” said Mr. Langrée. “I am so proud of our collective family, every one of whom played a critical role in making this project possible. Bravo to every musician of the Orchestra who played on this recording, every staff member who helped produce it, and every donor who supported the commissions and the recording.” 

Concertos for Orchestra was recorded live at Music Hall during the world premiere performances of the works in November 2015 and May 2016. Each work showcases the virtuosity, style and sound of the CSO, furthering a genre championed by the likes of Béla Bartók and Witold Lutosławski.

“We commissioned these concertos for orchestra not only because these full-scale pieces can demonstrate the virtuosity of the Orchestra and its players, but also because they allow for a rich variety of orchestral colors,” said Mr. Langrée. “There is room for solos as well as dialogue between individuals and groups. The specific style and sound of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra emerges from this rich genre.”

A three-part web documentary series goes behind-the-scenes of the Concertos for Orchestra project, and each episode features a different composer:

1. Sebastian Currier: 


2. Thierry Escaich: 


3. Zhou Tian: 

Concertos for Orchestra was produced by Elaine Martone of Sonarc Music Recording and engineered by Chelsea Crutcher of Cincinnati Public Radio. Production assistance was provided by CSO Associate Conductor Keitaro Harada and Assistant Conductor Gene Chang. The “behind-the-scenes” web documentary series was produced by CET.

The commissioned works of Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Orchestra, Thierry Escaich’s Psalmos and Sebastian Currier’s FLEX were made possible by a generous gift from Ann and Harry Santen. The recording of Zhou Tian’s Concerto for Orchestra was made possible by a generous gift from Mace Justice. The recording of Sebastian Currier’s FLEX and Thierry Escaich’s Psalmos was made possible by a generous gift from Tom and Dee Stegman.

The recording was released on the CSO’s Fanfare Cincinnati label, distributed by Naxos.