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Acclaim for the New Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Recording with Christopher Seaman

March 23, 2012

For immediate release
Contact: Mark Berry, 399-3645
March 5, 2012

Acclaim for the New Rochester Philharmonic
Orchestra Recording with Christopher Seaman


Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony; Serenade to Music
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Seaman
a Mundi HMU 807567

On March 13, Harmonia Mundi released the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s new recording of Vaughan Williams’s A London Symphony and Serenade to Music with its Conductor Laureate, Christopher Seaman. Here’s what critics have been saying:

“(A) fine recording of an English classic. It is rich in accuracy of detail and felicity of mood throughout. The majesty of the finale (of the symphony) is as impressive as I have ever heard.” —Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

“A wonderfully atmospheric account of VW’s London portrait … (Seaman) finds rapture and vitality in the symphony’s impressionist tableaux.”—Andrew Clark, Financial Times (UK)

“They (the RPO) seem to have an instinctive feel and affection for Vaughan Williams’s language.”—Andrew McGregor, CD Review (BBC Radio 3)

“The fruitful partnership here of British conductor Christopher Seaman and his American orchestra (after 13 years as music director Seaman is now Rochester Philharmonic's conductor laureate) offers much gleam, warmth and vitality”—Fiona Maddocks, Guardian (UK)

“Seaman emphasizes drama, contrast, luster: the quick refrain pings, the marches are stirring, the forte is forte.”—Deanne Sole, popmatters.com

“The playing from every section of the ensemble is first rate … always controlled and defined, but with plenty of punch too.”—Gavin Dixon, classical-cd-reviews.com

“He (Seaman) has so much love and the orchestra clearly returns it to him.”—Julia Figueras, Soundcheck (WNYC)



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