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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Releases New Recording

The Grammy Award-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) today released its fifth recording on its record label, ASO Media.

Distributed by Naxos of America, this all-Vaughan Williams release features Music Director Robert Spano leading the Orchestra in The Lark Ascending, with ASO Concertmaster David Coucheron as soloist, as well as Dona nobis pacem, featuring soprano Jessica Rivera, baritone Brett Polegato and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC). The composer's Fourth Symphony is also included on the album.

The digital release is available for download on iTunes today, and the physical release may be ordered online at aso.org/asomedia.

The ASO Media label is one of the many hallmarks of Mr. Spano's 14-year tenure with the Orchestra, and the production team includes longtime ASO collaborators Elaine Martone and Michael Bishop.

The Orchestra released its first recording on ASO Media in February 2011. The premiere ASO Media recording featured Music Director Robert Spano leading the Orchestra in Jennifer Higdon's new concerto, On A Wire, featuring eighth blackbird. Ms. Higdon is an Atlanta School of Composers member and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. Michael Gandolfi's new choral work, QED: Engaging Richard Feynman, featuring the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus was also featured. Both works were commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony and given world-premiere performances in June 2010 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Two additional ASO Media recordings with Mr. Spano and the Orchestra were also released in 2011: the June 2011 release features the Atlanta Symphony's commission of Atlanta School of Composers member Christopher Theofanidis' Symphony and Peter Lieberson's Neruda Songs; the October 2011 release - an all-Rachmaninov recording - features Garrick Ohlsson playing Piano Concerto No. 3, and also includes Symphonic Dances.

Mr. Spano and the Orchestra released their fourth album on ASO Media -featuring Sibelius' Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7- in November 2013.

"This has been an exciting time in the Orchestra's history of performing great music and presenting great artists," Atlanta Symphony Orchestra President and CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D, has said. "We are especially thrilled to have a distribution partnership with Naxos as we grow ASO Media. Together, we will ensure the Orchestra's recordings are available to music lovers around the globe."

"One of the many impressive facets of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is the great recording history it has had with Telarc," Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano has said. "Our ongoing relationship with Naxos provides the opportunity to perpetuate this legacy, with our recording history remaining a vital and integral part of our future."

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY Awards.



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