Hot on the heels of Aurora’s Road Trip performance on 4 January 2014, the orchestra went straight into the studio for three days of recording sessions to capture the same programme for its inaugural disc on the Warner Classics label.
Aurora is delighted to be one of the first new signings to the recently relaunched label and to have the opportunity to record repertoire close to the orchestra’s heart.
Hall Two at Kings Place played host to the sessions and the orchestra enjoyed working with leading classical music producer, Raphael Mouterde, and Kings Place’s in-house studio team, One Oak Studios, over the three days. As with the Road Trip performance, Dawn Landes joined Aurora to record a number of specially-commissioned folk song arrangements by Nico Muhly and Iain Farrington and will feature on the disc alongside another celebrated folk singer-songwriter, Sam Amidon.
Recording sessions are intense periods of work but Aurora’s principal conductor Nicholas Collon commented on how much he enjoys the process:
“I sit squarely in the camp of conductors who adore recording, and our latest venture has been no exception. Recording in the right environment can push an ensemble to the limits of its musical ability in a way that’s very different from concert-giving, and I love that process. Our sessions in January were a good example of this; we were all aware that we were recording music such as Appalachian Spring that is exposed, soloistic, and virtuosic, and would take all our energies to perform as well as we wanted to, and to create the benchmark recordings we aspire to. The sessions were intense; we worked harder than ever to fine-tune ensemble, intonation, blend of sound, and everyone rose to the occasion. It made me realise what an important feature of an ensemble’s life recording should be, and we are excited to have entered this deal with Warner Classics that will see Aurora returning to the studio in November. But for now we can relax and wait for the edit of our Road Trip disc!”
Nicholas and the orchestra particularly wish to thank Aurora’s supporters whose financial backing enabled these sessions to take place and for us to realise a long-held ambition to release a disc that truly reflects the orchestra’s personality and programming style. Sincere thanks from all of us.
The final track list and release date are to be confirmed but in the meantime we hope you’ll enjoy looking through some behind-the-scenes photos from the sessions below. You’ll be the first to know when a release date is set!
Max Baillie(Principal Viola)