Dan Locklair: Orchestral Works Slovak National Symphony Orchestra

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Label: Naxos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Orchestral

Artist: Slovak National Symphony Orchestra

Composer: Daniel Locklair (1949)

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  • Dan Locklair (b. 1949): Symphony No. 2 "America":
  • 1Symphony No. 2 "America": I. Independence Day08:46
  • 2Symphony No. 2 "America": II. Memorial Day06:51
  • 3Symphony No. 2 "America": III. Thanksgiving Day09:03
  • Dan Locklair:
  • 4Hail the Coming Day05:31
  • Organ Concerto:
  • 5Organ Concerto: I. Entrata05:46
  • 6Organ Concerto: II. Canto (To God and Dog)09:25
  • 7Organ Concerto: III. Toccata07:02
  • Dan Locklair:
  • 8Phoenix10:10
  • Total Runtime01:02:34

Info for Dan Locklair: Orchestral Works

This world premiere recording of four recent orchestral works by acclaimed composer Dan Locklair opens with the powerful Symphony no.2 ‘America’, the orchestral fireworks of which celebrate three significant American holidays. This work was summed up by Classical Voice North Carolina as ‘soon-to-be-a-hit’ for its highly rhythmical and lyrical character, typical features of Locklair’s music. Hail the Coming Day is a festive celebration of the consolidation of the towns of Winston and Salem in 1913, while the antiphonal dialogues of PHOENIX celebrate new life. The Concerto for Organ and Orchestra movingly unites ancient and modern musical techniques to create a work of dazzling and exquisite beauty.

The music of Dan Locklair is widely performed throughout the US, Canada and the world. His many awards have included consecutive ASCAP Awards since 1981. Renowned as an organist, Locklair is famously known for his organ work Rubrics, considered one of the most popular 20th/21st-century American solo organ piece all over the world.

Peter Mikula, organ
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
Michael Rohác, conductor
Kirk Trevor, conductor

Slovak National Symphony Orchestra
was established in 1949. Two highly reputed, internationally acclaimed personalities, Václav Talich (Principal Conductor, 1949 – 1952) and Ľudovít Rajter (1949 – 1976, and the orchestra’s Artistic Director until 1961), stood at the orchestra’s birth. Other chief conductors who have played an instrumental role in the orchestra’s musical evolution include Tibor Frešo, Ladislav Slovák, Libor Pešek, Vladimir Verbitsky, Bystrík Režucha and Aldo Ceccato. Between 1991 and 2001 the role of Chief Conductor and Music Director was held by Ondrej Lenárd. In the 2003/2004 season Jiří Bělohlávek acted as Artistic Director. In 2004 Vladimír Válek became Chief Conductor, and was succeeded by Peter Feranec in 2007 – 2009. From 2009 – 2016 the French conductor Emmanuel Villaume was the orchestra’s Chief Conductor and in the 2017/2018 season James Judd took over this appointment. Leoš Svárovský was the orchestra’s Permanent Guest Conductor from 2007 to 2018. At present the Slovak Philharmonic has two Permanent Guest Conductors, Rastislav Štúr (since the 2011/12 season) and Petr Altrichter (since the 2018/2019 season).

Among the many guest conductors who have worked with the Slovak Philharmonic over the years, international personalities like Claudio Abbado, Hermann Abendroth, Petr Altrichter, Karel Ančerl, Pavel Baleff, Serge Baudo, Roberto Benzi, Miltiades Caridis, Sergiu Celibidache, James Conlon, Oskar Danon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Vladimir Fedoseyev, János Ferencsik, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, James Judd, Peter Keuschnig, Dmitri Kitayenko, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Kirill Kondrashin, Franz Konwitschny, Zdeněk Košler (who, thanks to his longstanding fruitful collaboration with orchestra, was awarded the honorary title of ‘Chief Conductor in memoriam’ in 1996), Alain Lombard, Fabio Luisi, Jun Märkl, Wayne Marshall, Jean Martinon, Kurt Masur, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Riccardo Muti, Václav Neumann, Antonio Pedrotti, George Pehlivanian, Alexander Rahbari, Karl Richter, Mario Rossi, Witold Rowicki, Kurt Sanderling, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Peter Schreier, Václav Smetáček, Pinchas Steinberg, Otmar Suitner, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Juraj Valčuha, Ilan Volkov, Ralf Weikert and Carlo Zecchi, among others must be mentioned, as well as composers and artists of own works like Krzysztof Penderecki and Aram Khachaturian.

The orchestra has made numerous recordings for radio, television and the music publishers OPUS, Supraphon, Panton, Hungaroton, JVC Victor, RCA, Pacific Music, Naxos and Marco Polo. The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra regularly gives guest performances on leading European stages and at festivals. In the course of its numerous tours abroad, the Slovak Philharmonic has performed in nearly every European country, as well as in Cyprus, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, the USA and Oman.

Among the highlights of the 2017/2018 season were performances of the Slovak Philharmonic at the Murten Classics Festival in Switzerland under the leadership of the conductors Kaspar Zehnder and Rastislav Štúr, the closing concert of the Prague Spring festival with the Chief Conductor James Judd, the concert tour in Japan with the conductors Daniel Raiskin and Leoš Svárovsky and performances at summer festivals in Sankt Florian and Neuberg an der Mürz in Austria.

During the 2018 Bratislava Music Festival the Slovak Philharmonic will perform four concerts with the conductors James Judd, Juraj Valčuha, George Pehlivanian and Eivind Gullberg Jensen. In October 2018 the orchestra will play under the baton of Leoš Svárovský at the Musikverein in Vienna and undertake a tour of South Korea in November 2018, performing also at the Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul. In April 2019 the Slovak Philharmonic will be led by Rastislav Štúr in the concert cycle Kontrapunkt-Konzerte at the Cologne Philharmonic in Germany and will perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume at the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman. In June 2019 the orchestra will be playing at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern in Switzerland.

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