BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS-BRAHMS & DVOŘÁK SERENADES
This new BSO Classics release from the Boston Symphony Chamber Players pairs two delightful arrangements for chamber ensemble of charming, youthful serenades written originally for orchestra by Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák.
The new recording features recordings of Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11, arranged by Alan Boustead for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, and double bass; and Dvořák’s Octet-Serenade, Op. 22, arranged by Nicholas Ingman for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, double bass, and piano.
Available as a CD and as a Digital Download
Released on BSO Classics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s own record label, the recording will be available as a CD priced at $17.95, and as a digital download priced from $8.99-$9.99. The digital recording is available in three formats-MP3 320 kbs, 96/24bit AIFF (stereo), and 96/24bit FLAC HD (stereo). The recordings are available in CD or digital formats through the Symphony Shop, BSO.org, and other online retailers.
BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS ON BRAHMS|DVOŘÁK SERENADES
Boston Symphony Chamber Players musicians featured on Brahms|Dvořák Serenades include Malcolm Lowe, violin; Haldan Martinson, violin; Steven Ansell, viola; Jules Eskin, cello; Edwin Barker, bass; Elizabeth Rowe, flute; William R. Hudgins, clarinet; Richard Svoboda, bassoon; and James Sommerville, horn; along with BSO clarinetist Michael Wayne and pianistRandall Hodgkinson.
Recording personnel responsible for producing the Boston Symphony Chamber Players’ new recording of Brahms’s Serenade No. 1 and Dvorak’s Octet-Serenade are BSO Artistic Administrator and Director of Tanglewood Anthony Fogg, Executive Producer; David Frost, Producer and Editor; Tim Martyn of Phoenix Audio, Recording Engineer and Mixing and Mastering Engineer; Nick Squire, Recording Engineer; and Joel Watts, Production Assistant.
BACKGROUND ON BRAHMS AND DVOŘÁK SERENADES
Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D for winds and strings is one of the composer’s least familiar orchestral works, reconstructed by Alan Boustead in the 1980s for what is presumed to be the original intended instrumentation. Although light in character, the Serenade was a major undertaking by Brahms, a kind of stand-in for a symphony he wouldn’t finish until much later.
Dvořák’s Octet-Serenade in E for winds, strings, and piano is a reconstruction by Nick Ingman of an early version (completed in September 1873 but subsequently lost) of Dvořák’s popular Serenade for Strings in E major, Op. 22. Elegant, charming, and easy on the ear, the Serenade is very much in the light, eager-to-please style characteristic of its genre, which composers generally employed for simple entertainment-oriented music. Over the course of its five movements, however, Dvořák imbues his Serenade with impressive variety and musical interest without marring the joyful, spontaneous atmosphere.
BOSTON SYMPHONY CHAMBER PLAYERS
One of the world’s most distinguished chamber music ensembles sponsored by a major symphony orchestra and made up of principal players from that orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players include first-chair string and wind players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1964 during Erich Leinsdorf’s tenure as BSO music director, the Chamber Players can perform virtually any work within the vast chamber music literature, expanding their range of repertoire by calling upon other BSO members or enlisting the services of such distinguished artists as pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, and André Previn. The Chamber Players’ activities include an annual four-concert series in Boston’s Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, regular appearances at Tanglewood, and a busy touring schedule. In addition to their appearances throughout the United States, they have performed in Europe, Japan, South America, and the Soviet Union. In September 2008, sponsored by Cunard® Line, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players performed on the Queen Mary 2‘s transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England. The Boston Symphony Chamber Players celebrated their 50th Anniversary Season in 2013-14. To mark that milestone anniversary, the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned new works for the Chamber Players from Gunther Schuller, Yehudi Wyner, Sebastian Currier, Kati Agócs, and Hannah Lash, and reissued as downloads on BSO Classics the historic recordings made by the ensemble’s original membership for RCA between 1964 and 1968. Their most recent recordings, on BSO Classics, include an album of Mozart chamber music for winds and strings; a disc of chamber music by American composers William Bolcom, Lukas Foss, Michael Gandolfi, and Osvaldo Golijov; and “Profanes et Sacrées,” a Grammy-nominated disc of 20th-century French chamber music by Ravel, Debussy, Tomasi, Françaix, and Dutilleux