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Jonathan Leshnoff: Zohar & Symphony No. 2 (Innerspace) by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Robert Spano

Jonathan Leshnoff: Zohar & Symphony No. 2 "Innerspace" by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Robert Spano

For Jonathan Leshnoff, the unique essence of music resides in its ability to transcend our physical limitations, and transport us to places that would otherwise be impossible to go. Leshnoff asks:

What happens during a concert? People purchase a ticket for their place in the concert hall. They sit in the hall, the lights are turned down, and they listen to the musicians. The concert ticket does not entitle the bearer to some tangible physical entity he can carry with him from the hall. Instead, we attend musical concerts to open ourselves to a language that transcends space and time. That takes us inside ourselves, that encourages and challenges us.

It is for this reason that Jonathan Leshnoff contends that his goal is to take the listener "on a journey. And if I haven't done that, I haven’t done my job."

Given that Jonathan Leshnoff's religious faith, and belief about the unique importance and function of music, it's little surprise that Jewish mysticism has played such a profound influence upon his recent compositions. The authentic Jewish mystical schools outline in great length the spiritual architecture of the universe and its interaction with G-d and mankind. It is within those systems that Leshnoff is in the midst of engaging on a ten-piece multi-year meta-project that parallels the fundamental building blocks of Jewish spiritual thought. The two works on this recording are part of that meta-project.

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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem, Symphony No. 4 & The Lark Ascending

World War I had not only a profound and deep impact on the world, but on Ralph Vaughan Williams as well. Robert Spano and the Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and production team delve into three pieces that reflect the composer's view on the war and the time itself. This recording brings an often poignant, sometimes eerie, quality to three of his most notable works. ASO Media recordings are distributed by Naxos.


Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Symphonic Dances

This recording presented by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is the result of a long-standing friendship between acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson and the Symphony. Mr. Ohlsson was the first soloist Spano ever worked with when he made his professional debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the two have shared many happy collaborations since.

Theofanidis: Symphony No. 1 & Lieberson: Neruda Songs

Music Director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis's Symphony No. 1 and Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs with mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor. This recording is the second release on the Orchestra’s record label, ASO Media.


Higdon: On a Wire; Gandolfi: Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman

Music Director Robert Spano leads the Orchestra in Atlanta School of Composers member, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Jennifer Higdon’s new concerto, On A Wire, featuring the chamber ensemble eighth blackbird. Also features Atlanta School of Composers member Michael Gandolfi’s new choral work, QED: Engaging Richard Feynman, with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7, and Tapiola

Distributed by Naxos of America, the all-Sibelius release features Music Director Robert Spano leading the Orchestra in Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7, and Tapiola. The production team includes long-time Atlanta Symphony Orchestra collaborators Elaine Martone and Michael Bishop.

Christopher Theofanidis: Creation/Creator release by ASO Media


Christopher Theofanidis: Creation/Creator World Premiere

Christopher Theofanidis's original composition for soloists, chorus, and orchestra – Creation/Creator – is an ambitious undertaking. Interweaving texts and ideas from philosophy, science, religion, poetry, and literature, his Creation/Creator gives, as Theofanidis describes, a "profoundly deeper understanding of the relationship between these two subjects and to remove a limiting sense of a passive relationship between 'God' and humanity." ASO Media recordings are distributed by Naxos.

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

Beethoven Symphony No. 9

As part of the celebration of Robert Shaw's centenary the Atlanta Symphony is issuing for public sale a live recording of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9, recorded in a single concert with Mr. Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus just prior to their triumphant 1988 tour to Europe. This particular concert also marked Mr. Shaw's final appearance in Atlanta as Music Director of the orchestra.