June 15: Sony Classical Releases Jan Vogler and Mira Wang's Double Concertos - Brahms, Rihm, Harbison
Source: Sony Classical

Cellist Jan Vogler and Violinist Mira Wang
with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Conducted by Peter Oundjian

Sony Classical: June 15, 2018 (U.S. Release Date)

New York, NY — Cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang have recorded three Double Concertos with the renowned Royal Scottish National Orchestra under direction of Peter Oundjian. The album features Brahms’ double concerto, and the world premiere recordings of new double concertos by Wolfgang Rihm and John Harbison.

Brahms' famous double concerto captivates with wonderfully sweeping melodies, romantic sounds, eloquent solos and great orchestral sound. The English press wrote about one of the previous concerts: "Vogler, in particular, treated his solo sections like an operatic recitative, even in the faster Vivace sections of the finale, and Wang, his wife, matched him both in virtuosity and in beauty of tone. The highlight, however, was the opening of the slow movement, which produced sensational legato tone, soloists and orchestra slotting into one another like concentric circles, and creating a sound like molten chocolate.”

American composer John Harbison (born 1938), whose cello concerto premiered by Yo-Yo Ma has already caused a sensation, composed his double concerto for the Boston Symphony Orchestra commissioned by the Friends of the Dresden Festival. The highly praised world premiere with Jan Vogler and Mira Wang took place on April 8, 2010 in Boston under the direction of Carlos Kalmar. Now this colorful, dynamic work, written in memory of Roman Totenberg, full of glittering virtuosity, can be heard for the first time in a recording.

The German composer Wolfgang Rihm (born 1953) is considered one of the most important composers of our time. His duo concerto, performed at Carnegie Hall in New York by Vogler and Wang with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2015, completes this fascinating new recording of three Double concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Track List:
Wolfgang Rihm (b. 1952)
Duo concerto for violin, cello and orchestra (2015)
1 Allegro ma non troppo

Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Concerto for violin, cello and orchestra, op. 102
2 I. Allegro
3 II. Andante
4 III. Vivace non troppo

John Harbison (b. 1938)
Double concerto in memory of Roman Totenberg (2010)
5 I. Affetuoso, poco inquieto
6 II. Notturno: Adagio
7 III. Tempo giusto

Jan Vogler
Jan Vogler’s distinguished career has seen him perform with renowned conductors and internationally acclaimed orchestras around the world, such as New York Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and London Philharmonic Orchestra. His strong artistic foundation has allowed him to explore the boundaries of his sound, creating an ongoing dialogue also with contemporary composers and performers. He regularly premieres new works, for instance compositions by celebrated composers Tigran Mansurian (with WDR Sinfonieorchester conducted by Semyon Bychkov), John Harbison (with Mira Wang and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Udo Zimmermann (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra), Wolfgang Rihm (Double Concerto with Mira Wang) and Jörg Widman (Cello Concerto “Dunkle Saiten”, dedicated to Jan Vogler himself). The New York Times praises his “soulful, richly hued playing” and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung grants him the ability “to make his cello speak like a singing voice.”

Jan Vogler has been Director of the renowned Dresden Music Festival since October 2008 as well as Artistic Director of the Moritzburg Festival since 2001. In 2017 the Moritzburg Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary as one of the most established chamber music festivals internationally.

Highlights of Jan Vogler’s career as a soloist are concerts with the New York Philharmonic – both in New York and Dresden at the occasion of the inauguration of the rebuilt Dresdner Frauenkirche under the direction of Lorin Maazel in 2005 – Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Montréal and Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Sächsischen Staatskapelle Dresden, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic as well as with The Knights.

Mira Wang
Mira Wang has built a remarkable bridge from her time as a child prodigy in Beijing, China to an acclaimed soloist on the world stage today. She has appeared as a soloist with many prestigious orchestras all over the world including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Saarbrücken Radio Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and NDR Philharmonic Hannover.

An avid chamber musician, Mira’s partners include Hélène Grimaud, Oli Mustonen, Alice Sara Ott, Lise de la Salle, Louis Lortie, Jeremy Denk, Heinrich Schiff, Daniel Müller-Schott, Gautier Capucon, Jan Vogler, Roberto Diaz, Lawrence Power, Lars Anders Tomter and Naoko Shimizu. She is an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, premiering the violin concerto Spring in Dresden by Chinese-American composer Chen Yi with the Staatskapelle Dresden, conducted by Ivan Fischer and John Harbison’s Double Concerto for Violin and Cello with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Carlos Kalmar. In 2015 she premiered the double concerto by Wolfgang Rihm, with Jan Vogler and the Orpheus Camber orchestra at Carnegie Hall.

Mira has recorded extensively for many labels including Sony Classical and Edel Classics. She has been Artistic Director of the Model Room Musicales concert series in New York City since 2005 and in 2013, she became Director of the Moritzburg Festival Academy in Germany, a training program for young musicians that is part of the annual Moritzburg Chamber Music Festival.

Born in China, Ms. Wang studied at Central Conservatory in Beijing. She was sponsored by renowned violin teacher, the late Roman Totenberg to further her studies at Boston University, where she graduated summa cum laude and received the prestigious Kahn Award given to outstanding performers. She has won 1st prizes in several international violin competitions including the Geneva Competition. Mira plays on a violin by Antonia Stradivari that once belonged to Joseph Joachim.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977. Throughout its history, the Orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish Parliament building in 2004. Many renowned conductors have contributed to its success, including George Szell, Sir John Barbirolli, Walter Susskind, Sir Alexander Gibson, Neeme Järvi, Walter Weller, Alexander Lazarev and Stéphane Denève.

The Orchestra’s current artistic team is led by British Canadian conductor Peter Oundjian, who joined as Music Director in 2012. Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor in the same year, with Holly Mathieson joining as Assistant Conductor in 2016.  In May 2017, it was announced that Søndergård would succeed Oundjian as Music Director, with Søndergård taking up his new post from September 2018.  Hong Kong-born conductor Elim Chan will succeed Søndergård as Principal Guest Conductor.

The RSNO performs across Scotland, including concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival, the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall and the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, and has made recent tours to the United States of America, Spain, France, China and Germany.

Peter Oundjian
A dynamic presence in the conducting world, Peter Oundjian is renowned for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality. 2017-18 marks Oundjian’s fourteenth and final season as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). His appointment in 2004 reinvigorated the Orchestra with recordings, tours, and acclaimed innovative programming, as well as extensive audience growth, significantly strengthening the ensemble’s presence in the world. In 2014, he led the TSO on a tour of Europe, which included a sold-out performance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the first performance of a North American orchestra at Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall. Last season, Oundjian led the TSO on a major tour of Israel and Europe.

Oundjian was appointed Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) in 2012. Under his baton, the orchestra has enjoyed several successful tours including one to China. Oundjian concludes his six-year tenure with the RSNO at the end of the 17-18 season. Oundjian was recently named Artistic Advisor for the Colorado Music Festival, and this season he returns to the Baltimore, Atlanta, and NHK Symphonies, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  

Few conductors bring such musicianship and engagement to the world’s great podiums—from Berlin, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv, to New York, Chicago, and Sydney. He has also appeared at some of the great annual gatherings of music and music-lovers: from the BBC Proms and the Prague Spring Festival, to the Edinburgh Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2005.

Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and Artistic Director of the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and 2007. Since 1981, he has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, and was awarded the university’s Sanford Medal for distinguished service to music in 2013.

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