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Pictures at an Exhibition and Cinderella

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (recorded live in February, 2018)
Prokofiev Cinderella, Op. 87 (recorded live in April, 2017)                                                                

"Over the last several years at the artistic helm of the FWSO I have identified works that portray the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and its members at their best performance level, and at the same time create an original and attractive CD album. This recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Gorchakov) and Prokofiev’s Cinderella, op. 87 was made during live concerts this winter and last spring at Bass Hall. There is something special about capturing a live performance with an audience, a testimony of a performance in a particular point in time. When we made these recordings, there was a particular excitement in the hall after each of the performances; we all - orchestra and audience -knew that something magical had happened. In listening to the playbacks I could hear that alchemy in the FWSO's spectacular solo playing, and in the totality of the collective orchestral sounds, creating a warm, lush tone, as well as energetic and precise execution." - Miguel Harth-Bedoya

 “What does it take to turn a regional American symphony orchestra into a world-class one? To venture an answer would be a fool’s errand, so suffice for us to direct your attention to the live recording of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition here coupled to a handful of selections from Prokofiev’s 1945 Cinderella, and let you be the judge…. The results are splendidly satisfying and, for this listener, this FWSO release is a keeper.”  

—Rafael de Acha, Rafael’s Music Notes

 “…The approach is straightforward; it emphasizes weight and drama and commands that you listen...”

—Roger Hecht, American Record Guide

Released June 1, 2018 by FWSO Live

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Variations Over Variations

Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Tine Thing Helseth, trumpet

“…The pieces by Alfred Janson, Jan Erik Mikalsen, Knut Vaage, and Maja Ratkje, performed under the Norwegian Radio Orchestra conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya, faithfully preserve Nordic themes that so defined the life of the land, while embracing worldly sources steeped into the country for two centuries…”

—Norman Cahn, I Care if You Listen

Released March 10, 2017 by Aurora

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Celso Garrido-Lecca: Orchestral Works

 

Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

GARRIDO-LECCA: Danzas Populares Andinas
GARRIDO-LECCA: Retablos Sinfónicos
GARRIDO-LECCA: Suite Peruana
GARRIDO-LECCA: Laudes

Released December 2, 2016 by Naxos

“Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya pays loving tribute to the music of one of Latin America’s major composers, Celso Garrido-Lecca, a major force in the musical development of both Peru and Chile…You probably couldn’t ask for a more persuasive interpreter than Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who leads both the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony in wholly winning performances of all four pieces…” (10/10)

—David Hurwitz, —ClassicsToday

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New South American Discoveries

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Jorge Villavicencio GROSSMAN: Wayra (2011)
Victor AGUDELO: El Sombrerón (2009)
Sebastián VERGARA: Mecánica (2005)
Diego LUZURIAGA: Responsorio (2000)
Diego VEGA: Música Música (2009)
Sebastián ERRÁZURIZ: La Caravana (2003)
Agustín FERNANDEZ: Una música escondida (2004)
Antonio GERVASONI: Icarus (2003)

Released November 18, 2016 by harmonia mundi usa

“While most collections of orchestral music from South America cover the same repertoire (Revueltas's Sensemaya and Moncayo's Huapango being among the most ubiquitous inclusions), Miguel Harth-Bedoya's new disc offers fare that is rare, interesting, and absolutely up to date… No praise can be high enough for conductor Harth-Bedoya's care in balancing the various orchestral strands, while the warmly characterful playing of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra is an asset throughout…”

—Phillip Scott, Fanfare 

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Cold Mountain

Santa Fe Opera
Jennifer Higdon, composer
Gene Scheer, librettist
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

** Nominated for a Grammy Award, 2017 - Best Opera Recording**

Released April 8, 2016 by Pentatone Music

“...Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Santa Fe forces with clarity and forward propulsion—this is music drama that lives...” 

—Robert Levine, Classics Today (Cold Mountain)

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Lutoslawski/Brahms

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

LUTOSLAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra
BRAHMS (orch. Arnold SCHOENBERG): Piano Quartet in G minor, op. 25

Released April 1, 2016 by harmonia mundi usa.

"...shines out with its precision, vigour and clarity of sound...A seriously interesting and worthwhile disc."

—Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian, March 2016

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Sergei Prokofiev

 

PIANO CONCERTOS 2 & 5
Vadym Kholodenko, piano
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Released Feb 5, 2016 by harmonia mundi usa.

“This is an auspicious first installment of an apparent projected complete Prokofiev Cycle. The fresh, robust sound of The Fort Worth Symphony orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, beautifully recorded here, is ravishing throughout…for a heroic reading of singular power, this reading of Kholodenko and Harth-Bedoya can scarcely be beaten…”

—Patrick Rucker, Gramophone

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Grieg/Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos

Vadym Kholodenko, piano
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G. minor, Op. 22

Released August 14, 2015 by harmonia mundi usa

“For a truly outstanding recording of the Grieg, turn to Vadym Kholodenko, Miguel Harth Bedoya and the Norweigan Radio Orchestra, with its notably eloquent horn, cello and flute soloists making their presence felt alongside a pianist who allows the big tunes to breathe, knows exactly how to shape each movement and yet injects the urgency of a live performance into the proceedings”.

“Editor’s Choice,”Gramophone

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Jimmy López

Jesús Castro-Balbi, cello
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

LÓPEZ: Perú Negro (2012)
LÓPEZ: Synesthésie (2011)
LÓPEZ: Lord of the Air (2012)
LÓPEZ: América Salvaje (2006)

Award-winning composer Jimmy López (born 1978 - Lima, Peru) is considered "one of the most interesting young composers anywhere today" (Chicago Sun-Times). Miguel Harth-Bedoya leads the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in América Salvaje, Synethésie, Perú Negro, and Lord of the Air - a cello concerto featuring Jesús Castro-Balbi. All four orchestral works included here are being commercially released for the first time by Harmonia Mundi.

Released August 14, 2015 by harmonia mundi usa

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Augustin Hadelich: Bartók and Mendelssohn

Augustin Hadelich, violin
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

BARTÓK: Violin Concerto No. 2
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto

Released July 10, 2015 by Avie

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Amy Dickson: Island Songs

Amy Dickson, Saxophone
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Ross Edwards' Full Moon Dances is made up of five seamless movements, creating a kaleidoscope of sound featuring fragments of birdsong, plainsong, drones and Indigenous chants from around the world. These sounds are brought together around the central figure of the solo saxophonist, who acts as "Moon Goddess incarnate, source of plant life and protector of the environment." Full Moon Dances was recorded live in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House with Miguel Harth-Bedoya on the podium.

Released May, 2015 by Sony Classical

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SUR

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

ENRIQUE SORO: Tres Aires Chilenos
CELSO GARRIDO-LECCA: Retablos Sinfónicos
ADOLFO MEJÍA: Pequeña Suite
ESTEBAN BENZECRY: Colores de la Cruz del Sur
CLAUDIO REBAGLIATI: Rapsodia Peruana

The recording includes compositions spanning over two hundred years and explores the divergent landscapes of South America - from the coast to the mountains – all watched over by the Southern Cross as portrayed in Argentinean composer Esteban Benzecry’s Colores de la Cruz del Sur. Popular melodies and dance themes are illustrated in Tres Aires Chilenos and Retablos Sinfónicos. In Mejía’s Pequeña Suite and Rebagliati’s Rapsodia Peruana the anniversaries of the founding of Bogotá and the independence of Peru are celebrated.

Recorded live in Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall.

Release Date: November, 2012

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Take Six

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor
Hanan Alattar, Soprano
Michael Shih, Violin
Time for Three

JENNIFER HIGDON: Concerto 4-3*
GABRIELA LENA FRANK: Elegía Andina*
KEVIN PUTS: Symphony No 3, Vespertine*
JOHN B HEDGES: Slapdance*
PETER BOYER: Celebration Overture
BEHZAD RANJBARAN: Songs of Eternity*
JENNIFER HIGDON: Loco*
KEVIN PUTS: Violin Concerto*

*World premiere recording

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Nazareno

Marielle & Katia Labèque, pianos
Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

OSVALDO GOLIJOV / GONZALO GRAU: Nazareno
GINASTERA: Estancia, Suite Op. 8a
REVUELTAS: La noche de los mayas

Released 2011 by Universal Music/Deutsche Grammophon, limited edition recording

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Traditions and Transformations
 

Sounds of Silk Road Chicago

**Nominated for two Grammy Awards**
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Silk Road Ensemble
Yo-Yo Ma/Wu Man
Miguel Harth-Bedoya/Alan Gilbert, conductors

Released November 17, 2009 by CSO Resound

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New Impossibilities

Yo Yo Ma, cello
Silk Road Ensemble
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

New Impossibilities captures an extraordinary yearlong Silk Road Chicago celebration. Partnering with the City of Chicago and its leading arts and cultural organizations, in performances, exhibitions, and workshops, the Silk Road Project traced the weave of tradition and innovation through Chicago.  New Impossibilities was recorded during a series of sold-out concerts at historic Orchestra Hall.

Released January 14, 2014 by Sony Classical

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INTI: Three Centuries of Peruvian Music

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

ENRIQUE ITURRIAGA: Sinfonía “Junín y Ayacucho: 1824”
BALTASAR MARTÍNEZ Y COMPAÑON: Colección de Música Virreinal*
GABRIELA FRANK: Elegía Andina*
ARMANDO GUEVARA OCHOA: Vilcanota*
JIMMY LÓPEZ: Fiesta!*
ENRIQUE ITURRIAGA: Obertura para una comedia*

*World premiere recording

Released July 25, 2012 by FWSO LIVE

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Alma del Peru

Orquésta Filarmónica de Lima
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Peruvian folk music is the result of a long process of assimilation between ancient native cultures, the Spanish conquerors (since 1535) and the African cultures that arrived in Peru with the slaves during the time of colonialism.

This recording offers a rich variety of Criollo (vals, polka, marinera, tondero) and Andean (huayno, carnival, fox incaico) music, translated into the language of a symphony orchestra.

Released in 2006 by Filarmonika Music Publishing and Caminos del Inka                                    

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Sentimiento Latino

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Juan Diego Florez, Tenor
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Released January 1, 2006 by Decca/London

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Peter and the Wolf

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor and Spanish Narrator
Michael York, English Narrator

PROKOFIEV: Peter and the Wolf
SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the Animals

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Tchaikovsky 5

 

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Conductor

Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra present an extraordinary performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. This is the symphony's first-ever live recording, captured in Fort Worth's acoustically superior Bass Performance Hall. (The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra went on to perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 to great acclaim at Carnegie Hall.)