Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony to feature on 52 CD releases in 2012
More than 50 recordings featuring Gerard Schwarz conducting the Seattle Symphony orchestra are to be released in 2012.
Four labels – Naxos, Delos, Artek, and Brilliance Audio – will release the equivalent of one recording per week during the course of the year. 2013 will see the 30th anniversary of Schwarz’s appointment as the Seattle Symphony’s Music Advisor. He was appointed Principal Conductor in 1984, and Music Director the following year.
The release schedule includes three new recordings made for Naxos –
a disc of orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov; Dvořák’s Sixth Symphony coupled with Janáček’s Idyll; and the complete ballet score of Hindemith’s Nobilissima Visione – as well as 46 re-releases on the label of earlier recordings for Delos, including 13 in the American Classics series, and 33 in the Naxos Seattle Symphony Collection.
Among the 49 Naxos recordings are works by 54 composers ranging from the Baroque to the contemporary era. They include major
20th-century ballets by Stravinsky, Richard Strauss, Bartók, Ravel
and Prokofiev, as well as multi-disc cycles of works by Schumann, Richard Strauss, Wagner and Stravinsky. 26 American composers are also featured.
Delos will also re-issue Hovhaness: American Mystic to mark the centenary of the Armenian-American composer’s birth.
Continuing Schwarz’s well-received Mahler symphony cycle, Artek will release Symphonies Nos. 3 and 10. And Brilliance Audio will release Ballet for Martha, an audiobook featuring Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker telling the story of the creation of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, which includes a performance of the ballet’s original version for 13 instruments.
Gerard Schwarz is one of the most prolific recording artists of his generation, having released 329 discs on 11 labels.
Photo credit: Ben van Houten.