Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony awarded ‘Orchestra of the Year’ by Gramophone Magazine

Seattle Symphony was announced as ‘Orchestra of the Year’ by Gramophone Magazine yesterday evening.  The orchestra was one of seven international ensembles selected by Gramophone’s editors and critics, and the winner was voted on by the general public.

“I am so proud of our orchestra for winning Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year Award,” said Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Music Director. “We’ve had an incredible journey together over the past seven years and I’m looking forward to another season of inspiring concerts and exciting releases of music on the Seattle Symphony Media label, with a focus on French repertoire.”

“The Seattle Symphony has a long and highly distinguished tradition of making recordings, and that tradition has continued under the musical directorship of Ludovic Morlot and his successor Thomas Dausgaard. The orchestra’s dynamic work in concert and the resulting recordings have clearly captured the public’s imagination who delivered an astounding 47 percent of votes to make the Seattle Symphony our inaugural Orchestra of the Year, an Award sponsored for the first time by Apple Music,” commented James Jolly, Editor in Chief for Gramophone.

Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony’s disc of Berlioz’s Requiem is released today. The Requiem was recorded live in November 2017 with over 190 singers from the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Pro Musica, and Vocalpoint! Seattle. The performance included brass bands positioned around the hall for the Dies irae: Prose – Tuba mirum, and eighteen timpani on stage. 

Beginning his last season with the Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot is renowned for his interpretation of French repertoire and grew up in Berlioz’s childhood home in La Côte-Saint-André in southeastern France. Ludovic said of the Requiem “He [Berlioz] had this drive to make his ideas larger than life. It’s not just the size of the forces, but the way the instruments are placed around the space to intensify the drama, the bold harmonies, and orchestral colours. That’s why I call Berlioz the ultimate embodiment of Romanticism”.

A digital disc of this recording is also released today which includes Berlioz’s La mort d’Orphée, featuring tenor Kenneth Tarver.

The CD of Berlioz Les Troyens, featuring Joyce DiDonato, was announced yesterday by Gramophone Magazine as their ‘Recording of the Year’.

Ludovic Morlot and Joyce DiDonato performed Berlioz’s La Mort de Cléopâtre with the Berliner Philharmoniker last year. Their concert is available to watch on the Digital Concert Hall.

For more information, see the Seattle Symphony Website.

You can buy Berlioz: Requiem here at Amazon and you can listen to it on Spotify.


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