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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Piano Concerto & Variations For Orchestra - Ursula Oppens & The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra


Piano Concerto - Part 1

Elliott Carter
Piano Concerto
Ursula Oppens, Piano
Variations For Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 
Michael Gielen, Conductor
Recorded at performance in 1984 and 1985
Recorded in the Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio buy WGUC-FM
Piano Concerto recorded at a performance on October 5 and 6, 1984
Variations for Orchestra recorded at a performance on October 22, 1985
Recording Engineer: Brent Reider
Digital Editing: New York Digital Recording, Inc.
Mastering: Robert C. Ludwig, Masterdisk
Cover Art: Fannie Hillsmith (U.S. 1911 -). Nocturne
Oil on canvas, 50 1/2 x 56 in. (128.2 x 142.2 cm.)
Back cover photograph: E. S. Runyon
Jacket Design: Bob Defrin
New World Records
Digital Analog NW 347

From the back cover: Ursula Oppens has performed with major orchestras both in the United States and abroad, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the St. Louis Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Boston Symphony. Noted for her interpretations of contemporary music, she has premiered works of many composers, including Frederic Carter, George Ligeti and John Adams. She is a cofounder of Speculum Musicae, a contemporary music group in New York. Her recordings are on the None-such, Angel, CBS, CRI, Vanguard and Watt Works labels.

Michale Gielen grew up in Germany, Austria and Argentina. In 1951 he became a conductor at the Vienna State Opera, and he has been music director of the Royal Opera in Stockholm and the Belgium National Orchestra, and principal conductor of the Netherlands Opera. Gielen made his America debut in 1971 with the New York Philharmonic. He has since conducted the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, and National Symphony orchestras, and at the Blossom Festival. Gielen has been named chief conductor of the Southwest German Radio Orchestra in Baden-Baden.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1895, is one of the oldest orchestras in the United States. Several prominent musicians have served as music director of the symphony, including Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ysaye, Fritz Reiner, Thor Johnson and Max Rudolf. The orchestra has presented the American premieres of Mahler's Fifth Symphony and works by Ravel, Debussy, Respighi and Bartok, among others. The Cincinnati Symphony mad its first recording for Columbia in 1917; its recording can now be found on the Telarc, Vox, CRI and Candide labels.

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