Currently in its 23rd season, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra (ACO) proudly announces the release of the orchestra's first ever CD on the Artek label under the baton of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Stewart Robertson. In a nod to the orchestra's core repertory of late 18th and 19th century works, the recording comprises works by Robert Schumann, considered one of, if not the, greatest composers of the Romantic era. The CD opens with the lyrical gem, Hermann and Dorothea Op 136, based on Goethe's epic poem about the fate of two young lovers, followed by the Overture Scherzo and Finale, Op. 52 (second version without trombones), a symphony in all but name. The last work on the recording is the composer's sole violin concerto, the Violin Concerto in D minor, Woo1, written for the 19th century violin virtuoso Joseph Joachim, and performed on the recording by the distinguished violinist Elmar Oliveira.
Recorded live March 5, 2012 at Lynn University's Wold Performing Arts Center in Boca Raton, Florida, the CD includes a bonus track, a 20 plus- minute conversation on the Schumann Violin Concerto with Elmar Oliveira and Stewart Robertson.
Executive Director Anne Berquist stated, "Atlantic Classical Orchestra has proven itself to be a performing arts organization of the highest level over the past two decades. As we move toward our 25th anniversary in Florida's Treasure Coast, it brings me great pleasure to be able to share the unique sound of this orchestra with an even wider audience."
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Stewart Robertson said, "This is a wonderful opportunity for ACO as the organization continues to grow. It was a truly enjoyable endeavor to record these works with one of America's renowned violinists, Elmar Oliveira, who has appeared as a guest artist on our concert season in the past. We are also deeply grateful to Artek and Naxos for working with us to make the recording available to the public."