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A ZAPPA GALA WITH THE NORWEGIAN RADIO ORCHESTRA Frank Zappa’s music crosses all boundaries and has fans in all musical camps. The recordings of Zappa’s own band are legendary, but with the release of “The Yellow Shark” featuring Ensemble Modern, a German chamber orchestra based in Frankfurt, Zappa’s music became standard repertoire for symphony orchestras — or at least for those that dare to accept the challenge. This is intense and demanding music for an orchestra, but who is better equipped for the task than the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, celebrated for the diversity of its repertoire and collaborations? The orchestra is led by former Chief Conductor Thomas Søndergård (now Principal Conductor of BBC National Orchestra of Wales). The Danish maestro is known for taking contemporary music seriously — and, yes, Zappa is contemporary music. Heiner Goebbels is well-known and respected as dramatist, director, musician, and composer. He received the International Ibsen Award in 2012. “Suite for Sampler and Orchestra” is from his large work “Surrogate Cities”, a fable of the modern city. It draws inspiration from, among others, Baroque music, Jewish prayer chants, and industrial noise. In the composer’s words it is “an attempt to approach the phenomenon of the city from various sides, to tell stories of cities, expose oneself to them, observe them; it is material about metropolises that has accumulated over the course of time.” The recording was made during a concert at Rockefeller Concert Hall in Oslo in February 2010. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is known and cherished throughout the land and regarded by music-loving Norwegians with a unique combination of respect and affection. Owing to its remarkably diverse repertoire, it is doubtless the orchestra heard most often — on radio, television, and the internet, and at its many and diverse venues around the country. It is a flexible orchestra, playing everything from symphonic and contemporary classical music to pop, rock, folk and jazz. Every year the orchestra performs together with internationally acclaimed artists at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, which is aired to millions of viewers worldwide. Among those with whom it has collaborated in recent years are Kaizers Orchestra, Mari Boine, Jarle Bernhoft, Diamanda Galàs, René Fleming, Andrew Manze, Anna Netrebko, and Gregory Porter. The Norwegian Radio Orchestra was founded by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in 1946. Its first conductor, Øivind Bergh, led the ensemble in a series of concerts from the main studio that established the basis of its popularity and its status as a national treasure. The orchestra continues to perform in the context of important media events. It is comprised of highly talented classical instrumentalists, yet its musical philosophy has remained the same: versatility, a light-hearted approach, a curiosity for all kinds of music, and an unwillingness to pigeonhole musical styles. Miguel Harth-Bedoya took over as principal conductor in the autumn of 2013. Thomas Søndergård – Conductor Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård (b. 1969) is currently principal conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and principal guest conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. His recent appearances at the 2013 BBC Proms (which included performances of Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.11) received widespread praise from audience and critics alike. From 1989 to 1992 Søndergård studied percussion and timpani with, among others, Gert Mortensen, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He was also timpanist in the European Union Youth Orchestra during this time. In 1992 he joined the Royal Danish Orchestra as timpanist. He served on the faculty of the Royal Danish Academy of Music from 2001-2002. Søndergård has devoted greater attention to conducting from age twenty-seven, with his mentors including Alexander Polianichko, Yves Abel and Graham Bond. In the realm of contemporary music he conducted the Royal Danish Opera in the 2005 premiere of the Poul Ruders opera, Kafka's Trial, which was recorded for commercial release. Søndergård served as principal conductor and musical adviser of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra from 2009-2012. REVIEWS «The works, like the Goebbels, are a technical challenge for the orchestra, with difficult rhythms and unexpected instrument entrances, but the playing seems perfect. One of the best recordings I’ve heard, and it fully engages the surround channels as well as the LFE if you have a solid subwoofer. It’s a demonstration quality disc and fully justifies the SACD high resolution format. Highly recommended!» Mel Martin - Audiophile Audition «With its booklet given added value by the mildly disturbing photographs by Anna-Julia Granberg and Anette L’orange this live recording is superbly produced. The engineers are to be complimented on creating something both enticing and detailed, capturing the concert feel without any sense of loss in content.» Dominy Clements - MusicWeb International «The Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Thomas Søndergård plays with energy and self-confidence.» The Resentment Listner review_LWC1063_THE_RESENTMENT_LISTENER.pdf «The live concert recorded here, which includes ample applause, are models of enthusiasm. Under the excellent Danish conductor, Thomas Sondergard, the performances give off more heat and swing than the aloof haute couture readings under Boulez, in the case of Zappa. The recorded sound is very good as heard through two-channel stereo, the notes interesting, although they might have told us more about the individual Zappa pieces. The whole enterprise came as a delightful surprise but most especially the Goebbels Suite, which is the product of a talent worth paying more attention to.» Huntley Dent – Fanfare review_LWC1063_Fanfare.pdf «Famously intolerant of ‘dumbing down’ on whatever level, Zappa demands a commitment from his players such as the Norwegian forces meet admirably.» Richard Whitehouse – Gramophone review_LWC1063_Gramophone.pdf «Whether or not this extraordinary music is convincing or not, I leave to the listener, but there is no doubt of the superb performance by the Radio Orchestra, for sheer precision and verve in handling this hugely complicated score. [...] However, apart from 'G-Spot Tornado' in which the NRO attack a country song on steroids at terrific speed, there is paradoxically little real humour in the bones of Zappa's pieces. But they are superbly played by the Radio Orchestra and Søndergård, each piece being applauded by a very enthusiastic Norwegian audience (applause for the Goebbels comes only at its end)» John Miller – SA-CD.net review_LWC1063_sacd_net.pdf review_LWC1063_neue_musikzeitung.pdf interview_LWC1063_Fanfare.pdf review_LWC1063_pizzicato.pdf
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1. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: I. Sarabande / N-touch 00:02:15 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: II. Allemande / Les Ruines 00:03:37 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: III. Courante 00:03:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: IV. Gigue 00:03:21 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: V. Bourée / Wildcard 00:01:26 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: VI. Passacaglia 00:01:52 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: VII. Chaconne / Kantorloops 00:05:54 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: VIII. Menuet / L'Ingenieur 00:04:14 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: IX. Gavotte / N-touch remix 00:01:05 1.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Suite for Sampler and Orchestra: X. Air 00:02:58 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Heiner Goebbels
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat 00:05:14 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Frank Zappa
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. Dupree's Paradise 00:08:24 1.80 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Frank Zappa
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
13. The Perfect Stranger 00:12:54 2.00 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Frank Zappa
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
14. G-spot Tornado 00:03:41 1.50 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Frank Zappa
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas
15. Revised Music for Low Budget Orchestra 00:08:50 1.80 USD
Main artist Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Composer Frank Zappa
Performers Kringkastingsorkestret | Norwegian Radio Orchestra | Thomas Søndergård | KORK
Featuring artists Thomas Søndergård
Conductors Thomas Søndergård
Producers Vegard Landaas