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Samuel Adler (b.1928): Symphony No. 6; Concerto for Cello and Orchestra; Drifting on Winds and Currents / Maximilian Hornung, cello; Royal Scottish NO, José Serebrier

Album Summary

>Adler, Samuel : Symphony no 6
>Adler, Samuel : Concerto for Cello
>Adler, Samuel : Drifiting on Winds and Currents, for orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Conducting legend José Serebrier, together with the RSNO, performs a program of works by the hugely influential American composer Samuel Adler, including the world premiere of his Sixth Symphony. For those unfamiliar with Adler's catalogue, this album is a great entrance point; for those who are, it adds a valuable first hearing of his Symphony No. 6 which is dynamic and full of energy. These works are benchmarks of contemporary American composition: monumental in scale and embracing a wide expressive spectrum with ease and visceral power, Adler merges twenty-first century ebullience with an almost classical economy and balance. In his Concerto For Cello And Orchestra, Adler celebrates all aspects of the instrument, creating a wide emotional and expressive palette for young cellist Maximilian Hornung, who excels as the soloist. Drifting On Wind And Currents, a memorial tone-poem inspired by the poetry of Louise Glück, rounds off this album of classical music which, while challenging, is rewarding at every turn. José Serebrier is one of the most recorded classical artists in history. He has received forty-five GRAMMY Award nominations and eight GRAMMY wins including the Latin GRAMMY in the 'Best Classical Recording of the Year' category. Serebrier served as Associate Conductor under Leopold Stokowski who hailed him as 'the greatest master of orchestral balance'. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its recordings, receiving two Diapason d'Or de l'année awards for Symphonic Music and eight GRAMMY Award nominations to date. Cellist Maximilian Hornung already has two ECHO Klassik awards for his recordings and he continues to take the international music scene by storm with his striking musicality and musical maturity.

The Guardian, 10th July 2016
Adler's sixth symphony is so loud, frantic and brilliantly exciting it will blow you across the room...The cello concerto is initially far more introspective, offering long, singing lines for the soloist, beautifully realised here by Maximilian Hornung. But Adler can't resist moving things along in the finale.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Royal Scottish National Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (09/17/2015-09/20/2015).



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Works Details

>Adler, Samuel : Symphony no 6
  • Performer: Maximilian Hornung (Cello)
  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Scottish National Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (09/17/2015-09/20/2015)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Adler, Samuel : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Maximilian Hornung (Cello)
  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Scottish National Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (09/17/2015-09/20/2015)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1995

>Adler, Samuel : Drifiting on Winds and Currents, for orchestra
  • Performer: Maximilian Hornung (Cello)
  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
  • Notes: Royal Scottish National Concert Hall, Glasgow, Scotland (09/17/2015-09/20/2015)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2010