2018 Orchestra of the Year Award nominee: Seattle Symphony

Gramophone Fri 1st June 2018

Discover why the Seattle Symphony has been nominated for the 2018 Gramophone Orchestra of the Year Award

Gramophone Orchestra of the Year

Gramophone Orchestra of the Year

The Seattle Symphony has a long tradition in the recording studios; under Gerard Schwarz, its Music Director from 1985 to 2011, it recorded extensively for Delos and Naxos leaving a priceless discography of largely American music. Now this 115-year-old ensemble is back making recordings (usually based on live performances) and is sounding superb. Ludovic Morlot (2011-19) has focused on French repertoire including Messiaen and Dutilleux – with a rewarding side-step towards Charles Ives – while the ensemble’s Music Director-elect Thomas Dausgaard has taken them into other under-explored areas of the repertoire. After last year’s Gramophone Award-shortlisted Mahler Tenth, we’ve had a bracing and thrilling coupling of Nielsen’s Third and Fourth Symphonies.

Orchestra of the Year 2018: the nominees

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Il Pomo d'Oro

Les Siècles

Seattle Symphony

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

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