The New York Philharmonic announces details about recordings being released from January-March 2010 as part of the Alan Gilbert: The Inaugural Season iTunes Pass - the new digital music series available exclusively from the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com and nyphil.org/itunes). Eight new releases comprising 21 works will become available over the three months.
The first January release will be Haydn's Symphony No. 95; Martin?'s Piano Concerto No. 4, Incantation, with Garrick Ohlsson; and Sibelius's Symphony No. 1, conducted by Xian Zhang. The second January release, led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, features Bartók's Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta; Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, with the French pianist David Fray making his Philharmonic debut; and Debussy's La Mer.
In February, Christoph von Dohnányi leads Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola, featuring solo appearances by Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and PrincipAl Viola Cynthia Phelps, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 4. The second February release, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, comprises two works by Webern- Im Sommerwind and Symphony, Op. 21 - alongside Schumann's Symphony No. 2.
The final February release, also led by Mr. Gilbert, features Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Yefim Bronfman as soloist. The March 2010 releases, all conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert, begin with Haydn's Symphony No. 49, La passione; John Adams's The Wound-Dresser, featuring baritone Thomas Hampson, the Philharmonic's Artist-in-Residence; and Schubert's Symphony in B minor, Unfinished. The second March release - an all-American program from the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert - features Copland's Suite from Appalachian Spring and selections from his Old American Songs, sung by Thomas Hampson, and will conclude with Gershwin's An American in Paris.