SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA RELEASES ALBUM FEATURING MUSIC BY MARC-ANDRÉ DALBAVIE
ALBUM ENCAPSULATES LUDOVIC MORLOT’S LEGACY AS A FOREMOST INTERPRETER OF CONTEMPORARY FRENCH REPERTOIRE
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SEATTLE, WA – Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony release an album featuring live and studio recordings of music by Marc-André Dalbavie on July 26, 2019. One of today’s most influential French composers, Dalbavie is known for the brilliant colors and intricate rhythms of his orchestral scores. This album features Dalbavie’s La Source d’un regard alongside his concertos for flute, oboe and cello. Morlot has championed the music of his countrymen throughout his career — and this album defines his legacy as a foremost interpreter of contemporary French repertoire.
Morlot recently concluded his eight year tenure as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony and was named the Judith Fong Conductor Emeritus in June 2019. His attention to color, drama, texture and bold repertoire has earned the Symphony international acclaim, including five Grammy Awards and Gramophone’s first Orchestra of the Year Award in 2018.
Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony through the timbrally-rich work of ‘La Source d’un regard’ by contemporary French composer, Marc-André Dalbavie in an April 2019 performance in Benaroya Hall. (Photo by Brandon Patoc.)
Morlot and the orchestra are joined on the album by cellist Jay Campbell and two Seattle Symphony principal musicians – Principal Flute Demarre McGill and Principal Oboe Mary Lynch – on their respective concertos.
Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” cellist Jay Campbell captures the dynamic essence of Dalbavie’s Cello Concerto in a studio recording from March 2019. In a sparkling live concert performance from April 2019, Principal Flute Demarre McGill performs Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto in which The Seattle Times commented, “How often do you get to hear a flute concerto a Seattle Symphony? When the flutist in question is the orchestra’s gifted principal, McGill, the answer is ‘not often enough’.” Hailed as “the star of the evening” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and praised for her “sweet oboe sound” (Washington Post), Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe Mary Lynch recorded Dalbavie’s Oboe Concerto in studio sessions with the orchestra.
Digital downloads and CDs are available now through all major online music retailers and streaming services. This recording is also in an immaculate 5.1 digital surround version engineered by 2017 Grammy Award winner for Best Surround Sound, Dmitriy Lipay.
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Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Mary Lynch, oboe
Demarre McGill, flute
Jay Campbell, cello
Following their acclaimed recordings of the French revolutionaries Berlioz, Boulez, Dutilleux and Messiaen, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony return with a release of works by contemporary French composer, Marc-André Dalbavie. This album features Dalbavie’s La Source d’un regard alongside his concertos for oboe, flute and cello featuring Seattle Symphony Principal Flute Demarre McGill, Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe Mary Lynch and guest cellist Jay Campbell. Morlot has championed the music of his countrymen throughout his career — and this album defines his legacy as a foremost interpreter of contemporary French repertoire.
DALBAVIE LA SOURCE D’UN REGARD
Total Timing: 16:41 // Catalog Number: SSM1022 // Producer: Dmitriy Lipay //
Label: Seattle Symphony Media
DALBAVIE OBOE CONCERTO
Total Timing: 13:11 // Catalog Number: SSM1022 // Producer: Dmitriy Lipay //
Label: Seattle Symphony Media
DALBAVIE FLUTE CONCERTO
Total Timing: 18:08 // Catalog Number: SSM1022 // Producer: Dmitriy Lipay //
Label: Seattle Symphony Media
DALBAVIE CELLO CONCERTO
Total Timing: 24:46 // Catalog Number: SSM1022 // Producer: Dmitriy Lipay //
Label: Seattle Symphony Media
The Seattle Symphony is grateful to Joan Watjen for her generous support of SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA CDs in memory of her husband Craig.
La source d’un regard was recorded live in concert on September 27, 28 and 29, 2018. The Oboe Concerto was recorded October 11 and 13, 2017. The Flute Concerto was recorded live in concert on April 18 and 20, 2019. The Cello Concerto was recorded March 22, 2019.
The performances of La source d’un regard and the Flute Concerto were presented as part of the Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season. Principal Oboe Mary Lynch’s position is generously supported by an anonymous donor. Principal Flute Demarre McGill’s position is generously supported by David and Shelley Hovind. Demarre McGill’s performances were generously underwritten by John Delo and Elizabeth Stokes through the Seattle Symphony’s Principal Musicians Circle and were presented as part of the Delta Air Lines Masterworks Season.
MARY LYNCH | OBOE
Hailed as “the star of the evening” by The Philadelphia Inquirer and praised for her “sweet oboe sound” by The Washington Post, Mary Lynch has been Principal Oboist of the Seattle Symphony since 2014. She began her career as Second Oboist of The Cleveland Orchestra and has performed as a guest with the Chicago and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Since the start of her tenure in Seattle, she has performed frequently as soloist with the Seattle Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Lynch has spent several summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, and performs regularly with the Newport Music Festival (RI) and the Seattle and Philadelphia Chamber Music Societies. Her chamber music performances have been enthusiastically reviewed and broadcast on radio stations around the U.S., including on American Public Media’s Performance Today. Lynch earned her BM and MM degrees at New England Conservatory and The Juilliard School respectively, studying with John Ferrillo, Elaine Douvas and Nathan Hughes. She is also a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied with Daniel Stolper. Now a devoted teacher herself, Lynch serves on faculty at the University of Washington.
DEMARRE MCGILL | FLUTE
A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill is Seattle Symphony’s Principal Flute, returning in 2017 after previously holding the position from 2011–14. During the time away, he was Principal Flute at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, McGill is acclaimed for his “richly saturated tone, spirited technique and expressive warmth” and has quickly become one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation. He enjoys an active career as a leading soloist, recitalist, educator, artistic director and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad. He is a founding member of The Myriad Trio and The McGill/McHale Trio, and has participated in many national and international chamber music festivals. McGill received his bachelor’s degree in Flute Performance from The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. He continued his studies with Julius Baker at The Juilliard School, where he received a Master of Music degree. In 2017 he was named Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
JAY CAMPBELL | CELLO
Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” American cellist Jay Campbell has forged a reputation as a spellbinding artist. He is the only artist ever to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants— as a soloist and as a member of the JACK Quartet. He has collaborated with musicians from Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, David Lang and John Zorn, to members of Radiohead and Einstürzende Neubauten. Campbell was the youngest-ever artist in residence for the Lucerne Festival. He was also artistic director of Ligeti Forward for the New York Philharmonic’s BIENNIAL. Campbell has premiered nearly 100 works, including concertos by Chris Rogerson, David Lang, Michael Van der Aa and Luca Francesconi. His association with John Zorn has resulted in many new works for cello. Hen to Pan, a disc with compositions written for him by Zorn, was named by The New York Time sin its “Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015.”Recipient of awards from BMI and ASCAP, Campbell was also First Prize winner of the Concert Artist Guild auditions, and Second Prize winner of the Walter W. Naumburg International Cello Competition. Born in Berkeley, California, he holds an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School where he studied with Fred Sherry.
LUDOVIC MORLOT | CONDUCTOR
Ludovic Morlot become the Music Director of the Seattle Symphony in September 2011 and was named the Judith Fong Conductor Emeritus in June 2019 at the conclusion of his eight year tenure. During the 2018–2019 season they have particularly focused on the music of Debussy and newly commissioned works have included Caroline Shaw’s Piano Concerto and the U.S. premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s At Swim-Two-Birds.
This season, Morlot’s guest engagements have included the Houston, Melbourne and Bamberg Symphony Orchestras, and the Netherlands Radio, BBC and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestras. In 2018 his summer festival appearances included the BBC Proms, Hollywood Bowl and the Aspen Music Festival. He also has a particularly strong connection with the Boston Symphony Orchestra having conducted them in subscription concerts, at Tanglewood and on a tour to the west coast of America.
Recent and future debuts include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Symphony (Wien Modern Festival) and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras. Other recent notable performances have included the New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Budapest Festival, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras.
Trained as a violinist, Morlot studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School (U.S.) and then continued his education in London at the Royal Academy of Music and then at the Royal College of Music. Morlot was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 in recognition of his significant contribution to music. He is Chair of Orchestral Conducting Studies at the University of Washington School of Music in Seattle.
SEATTLE SYMPHONY MEDIA
Launched in 2014, Seattle Symphony Media is the Seattle Symphony’s independent in-house record label. With a strong commitment to new music and a legacy of over 150 recordings, the orchestra has garnered five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year. Established under the direction of Music Director Emeritus Ludovic Morlot, the Symphony's in-house record label features both “core repertoire” and some of the eclectic and contemporary programming for which the Seattle Symphony has become recognized. The label includes both studio recordings and performances captured live in concert, allowing the organization an unprecedented breadth of repertoire choices.
All recordings are made in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall and engineered by the Grammy Award-winning recording engineer Dmitriy Lipay. Using the Symphony’s own state-of-the-art in-house recording studio, recordings have been engineered to audiophile standards and aim to capture as realistically as possible the sound of the orchestra performing onstage with naturalistic imaging, depth of field and dynamic range. Distributed by Naxos of America, the recordings are available in both physical and digital formats from a variety of retailers. Digital content is available in stereo, “Mastered for iTunes,” 96k 24-bit high resolution and 5.1 surround sound.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history. Since September 2011 the Symphony has been led by Music Director Ludovic Morlot and in September 2019 Principal Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard will become the next Music Director. The Symphony is heard from September through July by more than 500,000 people through live performances and radio broadcasts and performs in one of the finest modern concert halls in the world — the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall — in downtown Seattle. Its extensive education and community engagement programs reach over 65,000 children and adults each year. The Seattle Symphony has a deep commitment to new music, commissioning many works by living composers each season. The orchestra has made nearly 150 recordings and has received five Grammy Awards, 26 Grammy nominations, two Emmy Awards and was named Gramophone’s 2018 Orchestra of the Year. In 2014 the Symphony launched its in-house recording label, Seattle Symphony Media.