Discs dedicated to overlooked composers Harold Shapero and Peter Lieberson are well worth your attention. Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra don’t do well by Charles Ives’ final symphony, but the three preceding symphonies fare better.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
New Yorker critic Alex Ross has called the LAPO the best orchestra in the country and that appellation seems about right.
For at least the last decade, the LAPO has set the bar in creative programming, commissioning new works, and integrating itself into its community.
Orango is one of the tantalizing “what might have been’s” of musical history: a biting social commentary on Soviet society on the fifteenth anniversary of the October Revolution, written when Shostakovich was at the height of his musical powers and popularity.