Building on the combination of creative programming and electrifying performance which have become the hallmarks of Aurora’s concert season, the recordings will take audiences on a series of thematically-inspired musical journeys roaming across widely varying repertoire. The first disc, due for release in Autumn 2014, will be entitled Road Trip, and features the music of John Adams, Charles Ives and Aaron Copland alongside newly-commissioned folk song arrangements by Nico Muhly. American singer-songwriters Sam Amidon and Dawn Landes feature as guest soloists.
Since its launch in 2005, Aurora Orchestra has rapidly established itself as the most significant new British chamber orchestra in a generation. Under the artistic direction of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, Aurora has developed flourishing London series at LSO St Luke’s and Kings Place, and also enjoys an increasingly busy touring calendar both in the UK and internationally.
It has worked with a roster of world-class artists including Ian Bostridge, Gerald Finley, Angelika Kirchschlager, Anthony Marwood, Kate Royal, Maxim Rysanov and Robin Ticciati. The orchestra is the youngest-ever recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Ensemble Award.
Aurora has developed a particular reputation for creative programming incorporating a wide variety of musical styles and art forms, focused around its New Moves series at LSO St Luke’s. Since its launch in 2010, New Moves has pioneered a new kind of ‘Orchestral Theatre’, infused with eclectic programming, innovative presentation, and inspiring artistic partnerships ranging across dance, film, visual art and theatre. Recent highlights have included collaborations with Brazilian capoeira dancers, klezmer musicians, painters, and breakdancers; the Australian film-maker Jon Frank and the American horror novelist Peter Straub. The series has attracted consistent critical acclaim, with one recent review describing “an almost belligerent brilliance” (Geoff Brown, The Times).
Speaking of the new partnership with Warner Classics, John Harte (Chief Executive, Aurora Orchestra) said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Warner Classics in what is a hugely important opportunity for the orchestra to bring its performances to a worldwide audience and build a recorded legacy. Aurora has had a long-held ambition to release discs that truly reflect the orchestra’s personality and programming style, and we are thrilled that the team at Warner Classics has embraced the idea with such enthusiasm. It’s exciting to be making what we hope will feel to listeners like a genuinely new kind of orchestral recording in which constraints of musical genre disappear and there’s an exhilarating sense of unfettered musical adventure.”
Jean Philippe-Rolland, Head of A&R at Warner Classics, said, “As a record label we are always looking for the great talents of tomorrow. Aurora Orchestra are undoubtedly one of the most creative and innovative ensembles in the music industry today. We are confident that with this new partnership we can work together to share their invigorating energy and love for music-making with an even wider audience. We are very proud to welcome them to the Warner Classics family.
Aurora’s Road Trip tracklist will include:
John Adams / Chamber Symphony
Trad. (arr. Nico Muhly) / The Brown Girl
Charles Ives / ‘The Housatonic at Stockbridge’ from Three Places in New England
Trad. (arr. Nico Muhly) / Reynardine
Aaron Copland / Appalachian Spring
Paul Simon (arr. Nico Muhly) / Hearts and Bones
Aurora Orchestra will return to the studio in November 2014 to record a second disc for release in 2015.