RPO nets two Grammy nominations for ‘American Rapture’

13WHAM.com. Click here for the original article. Rochester, N.Y. – The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating two Grammy nominations Wednesday. “American Rapture” was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The recording was directed by RPO conductor Ward Stare and featured soloist Yolanda Kondonassis. It includes Jennifer... read more

RPO and Ward Stare’s recording up for two Grammys

Jeff Spevak, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Ward Stare's recording of composer Jennifer Higdon's "Harp Concerto,” featuring the classical harpist Yolanda Kondonassis,  has been nominated for two Grammys. Wednesday’s announcements included “Higdon: Harp Concerto” not only for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, but... read more

‘Bach to Bartók’ an RPO journey worth taking

David Raymond, CITY Newspaper. Click here for the original article. Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, and Alban Berg – great composers but only occasional visitors to Kodak Hall at best — finally made it on the same Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra program last night. The evening also included a 20th-century standard, Béla Bartók’s Concerto... read more

Jennifer Higdon’s Lovely New Harp Concerto

David Hurwitz, Classics Today. Click here for the original review. Yolanda Kondonassis plays a mean harp, and Jennifer Higdon has written a lovely concerto to exploit her abilities. Lasting about 20 minutes, its four shapely movements have titles that aptly characterize the music without asking listeners to fit a square conceptual peg... read more

Review: American Rapture

Richard Cummings, MusicWeb International. Click here for the original review.   This is an unusual disc in the way it is presented: the cover gives the most prominent billing among the performers to the harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis, who is featured in only one work; yet the album’s title comes from the shortest... read more

Review: American Rapture

Jean-Jacques Millo, Opus Haute Definition (French). Click here for the original review (with translation). With two world premieres, this album is a godsend that allows you to discover a part of American music. Besides the famous Symphony Nº1 Op. 9 by Samuel Barber, dating from 1936, we can savor the Concerto for... read more

American Rapture

Laurence Vittes, Gramophone. Click here for the original review. The Rochester Philharmonic’s excellent calling card features premiere recordings of Jennifer Higdon’s Harp Concerto, starring Yolanda Kondonassis, and Patrick Harlin’s Rapture, bookending an outstanding performance of Samuel Barber’s First Symphony. Higdon’s concerto, commissioned by a consortium of orchestras from six heartland cities – in... read more