Learn more about the music and musicians.



New Release

Robert Spano: Hölderlin-Lieder composed for and performed by soprano Jessica Rivera & Sonata: Four Elements performed by Robert Spano

Robert Spano: Hölderlin-Lieder composed for and performed by soprano Jessica Rivera & Sonata: Four Elements performed by Robert Spano

Two of conductor, composer and pianist Robert Spano's original works make up ASO Media's newest release. The album, rooted in the philosophical and divine nature of creativity, consists of the Hölderlin-Lieder song cycle (2013), based on the poetry of 18th century German poet Friedrich Hölderlin. Mr. Spano wrote the cycle for longtime colleague and collaborator, soprano Jessica Rivera, who performs the cycle on this recording. Mr. Spano writes, "The imagery of the poems sparked in me musical correspondences that I attempted to express through a late-nineteenth-century musical vocabulary, in homage to the masters of the intimate and exquisite form of lieder. I wrote them for soprano Jessica Rivera, whose beautiful voice and rich artistry were my muse in the process."

Following the song cycle is a piano sonata which Mr. Spano himself performs. Composed in 2016, Sonata: Four Elements, is a play on the typical four movements found in sonata form, with each movement’s referring to one of the elements of nature: earth songs, air born, under water and on fire.

» Buy on Amazon
» Buy on iTunes




Recordings




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.

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. ASO Media recordings are distributed by Naxos.