[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 31 July 2015
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Born in Lima, Peru in 1978, Jimmy López is one of the most admired among the younger generation of South American Composers. His works have been performed by leading orchestras around the world including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Sydney Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestras of Peru, Argentina and Chile.
Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in 'América Salvaje' (2006), 'Synesthésie' (2011), 'Perú Negro' (2012), and 'Lord of the Air' - a 2012 cello concerto featuring Jesús Castro-Balbi. All four orchestral works included here are being commercially released for the first time.
Grammy®-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is currently Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra/Oslo and just concluded his 15th season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, Inc., a non-profit organisation dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas.
He regularly conducts the upper echelon of American orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Cleveland, Minnesota, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras. In Europe, he is a regular guest with the Helsinki Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, National Orchestra of Spain and has appeared with the LPO, BBC Scottish Symphony, CBSO, Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle etc. In summer 2015 he conducted the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's first opera, 'Cold Mountain', for Santa Fe Opera. Other opera productions include' La Bohème' at ENO, directed by Jonathan Miller, and productions of Golijov's' Ainadamar' with the Cincinnati Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and at the New Zealand Festival.
[i"This collection of works spans eight years of creative output, and follows along my journey from Finland to the United States and an increasing interest in the music of my native country... 'Perú Negro' and 'América Salvaje' are firmly rooted in Peruvian folk music, making use of its instruments, rhythms and melodies. 'Lord of the Air', although inspired by the Andean condor, roams free from those musical attachments and constitutes a more direct look into my own harmonic and melodic language. 'Synesthésie', on the other hand, is an exercise in creativity inspired by the human senses and the subtle artistry of the French masters of orchestration. I am deeply grateful to the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, harmonia mundi and Caminos del Inka for placing their faith and trust in this project." Jimmy López
"Committed playing by Jesús Castro-Balbi, and unarguably idiomatic response from the Norwegian Radio Orchestra…a disc which seems sure to raise López's profile - and deservedly so." (Gramophone)
"Virile, noisy and rhythmic, tonal and modal, the music of Peru's Jimmy López (b.1978) is widely known in America but less so to audiences here...These orchestral works show the influence of Afro-Peruvian music, in the pulsating Perú Negro especially, but López is also an honorary European, having studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki." (The Observer, Aug 2015)
"López is a fine composer who brings the influences of his native Peru to his own unique style producing music of imagination and brilliance. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra with their Chief Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya provide brilliantly played performances. The recording is excellent and there are authoritative and informative notes from the composer." (TheClassicalReviewer)
Lord of the Air (Jesús Castro-Balbi - cello)