DARRELL ANG

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Asia's pre-eminent young conductor, Darrell was born in Singapore and is a regular guest with some of the world's greatest orchestras: the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool, Royal Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Munich Radio, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, RTVE Madrid, La Verdi, Belgian National Orchestra, etc. Having studied in St. Petersburg and at Yale, he was mentored by Lorin Maazel, Sir Colin Davis and Esa-Pekka Salonen.


KAM KEE YONG: SURPASSING BEAUTY & OTHER ORCHESTRAL WORKS
KAM NING, violin / SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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Performer, Composer and Painter, Kam Kee Yong was born in Malaysia but soon moved to Singapore. He entered the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied the violin with Fredrick Grinke and composition with Alan Bush, simultaneously showcasing his own artworks at various Galleries in London. Kam Kee Yong hears the colours of sound as vividly as he sees those in his paintings. Drawing inspiration from the Orient, nature and Christianity, his music successfully combines Eastern flavour with Western instrumentation. He was awarded the Cultural Medallion of Singapore in 1984 for his outstanding contribution in the field of music.


GIACOMO MEYERBEER: OVERTURES & ENTR'ACTES FROM THE FRENCH OPERAS
[NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA]
Naxos 8.573195

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"It’s a fun CD, and a perfect opportunity to celebrate both the genius of Meyerbeer and the runaway talent of this young Singaporean conductor. Intoxicating performances, thrillingly recorded; Darrell Ang is one to watch."
© Dan Morgan, 
Music Web International RECORDING OF THE MONTH (Click here to read the full review)

Giacomo Meyerbeer was the hottest operatic composer of his time, writing masterpiece-after-masterpiece for the Paris Opéra between 1831 and 1865. "Robert le Diable", "Les Huguenots", "L'Africaine" and "Le Prophète" were among the most spectacular and popular of his works, well lasting into the early 20th century. The overtures and orchestral pieces contained here illustrate the power of Meyerbeer's writing, his sense of drama, his orchestral coloring, and his melodic beauty. "L'Etoile du Nord" and "Dinorah", written for the Opéra Comique, are lighter in tone, but notable for their programmatic inventiveness.

Accolades

  • Music Web International “Recording of the Month”

  • Music Web International “Recording of the Year”

  • WQXR New York’s Classical Music Station “Album of the Week”


ZHOU, Long / CHEN, Yi: Symphony, "Humen 1839"
ZHOU, Long: The Rhyme of Taigu / The Enlightened
[New Zealand Symphony Orchestra]
NAXOS 8.570611


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“… the playing of the New Zealand Symphony, under the much sought after young conductor, Darrell Ang, carries conviction, impact and many beautifully played solos…”
© 2015 David Denton’s Review Corner


Widely regarded as one of China’s leading composers, Pulitzer Prize-winning Zhou Long writes music which is consistently compelling. The Rhyme of Taigu revives the spirit of Chinese court music from the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD), drawing on traditional percussion instruments. Symphony ‘Humen 1839’, co-composed with Chen Yi, vividly commemorates the public burning of over 1000 tonnes of opium, an event that was to lead to the First Opium War between Great Britain and China.

Accolades

  • 58th Grammy Awards Nominee “Best Orchestral Performance”


tchaikovsky: piano concerto no. 1 / nutcracker suite
[alexandra dariescu, piano / royal phiharmonic orchestra]
SIGNUM CD441

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”Ang and Dariescu’s approach to the concerto’s famous opening points to an urgent and incisive reading… I was particularly impressed by the pianist’s firm control of the notes and the conductor’s diligent, entirely supportive accompaniment… the RPO (are) on best behaviour, responding with alacrity to Ang’s clean, unfussy direction.”
© Dan Morgan, Music Web International (Click here to read the full review)

Alexandra Dariescu makes her concerto recording debut on Signum with Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Darrell Ang, pairing this with Mikhail Pletnev's concert suite of arrangements from The Nutcracker. Alexandra Dariescu has garnered an impresseve repution for her outstanding solo recordings and concert performances, and was recently named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career in the International Piano Magazine.


lalo: symphone espagnole / manén: violin concerto no. 1
[tianwa yang, violin / barcelona symphony orchestra]
naxos 8.573067

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”I was so stunned by the spirit and immediacy of this performance and by the feather-light nuanced beauty of Yang’s playing… And let’s not leave out Darrell Ang. This young conductor produces real sparkle and bounce… we have here the best version of the Lalo I’ve heard—the most vividly recorded, too. I don’t know what it tells one to say so, but I’ve been listening to this piece for 44 years—and I’ve never liked it so much as today.”

© Steven Kruger, FanfareMarch 2017

“Tianwa Yang, one of the most talented violinists of our time, delivers a sparkling and truly exciting account of Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, very well supported by the Barcelona Orchestra and conductor Darrell Ang. This brings it definitely to the top of the available recordings of this brilliant work.”
© Remy Franck, Pizzicato (Click here to read full review)

“Tianwa Yang lebt darin, sie trifft den Nerv dieser Musiken. Darrell Ang schafft mit seinem Orchester ein inspirierendes Umfeld für die bravouröse Solistin. Und auch klanglich bleiben bei diesen Referenzaufnahmen keine Wünsche offen.” © Norbert Hornig, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)

These two concertos—one a staple of the repertoire, the other almost unknown—share melodic richness and a Spanish influence. Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole reflects the quicksilver technique of its dedicatee, Pablo de Sarasate, in its ingenious and virtuosic passagework, with its moods and rhythms indelibly Iberian in feel. Joan Manén, in his day almost as famous as his fellow Catalan Pau Casals, was an admired virtuoso violinist and a prominent composer. His Concierto español, the first of three violin concertos, is suffused with technical demands, lyric warmth, and rhapsodic nostalgia. Soloist Tianwa Yang’s Sarasate recordings have received international acclaim.

  • Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik

  • International Classical Music Awards Nominee

  • Supersonic Pizzicato Award


dutilleux: symphony no. 2”le double” •
timbres, espaces, mouvements / mystères de l’instant
[orchestre nationale de lille]
naxos 8.573596


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“I am happy to report that Dutilleux’s music continues to get worthy attention on disc. I thought Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony said nearly everything that could be said about this composer. Enter Darrell Ang and Orchestre National de Lille in some of the most exciting and vibrant accounts this music has yet received. His bold approach has equal validity to Morlot’s rather more refined one…”

”… This is a young man’s performance, full of energy and engagement. I could easily see Leonard Bernstein conducting this kind of performance and that is high praise, indeed. The orchestral playing is impressive throughout the symphony…”

© Leslie Wright, MusicWeb International, December 2017

”…the Lille National Orchestra, founded in 1976, here sounds world class, every bit a match for the Seattle Symphony. …Singaporean Darrell Ang, 37, is superb.”
© Gil French, American Record GuideJuly 2017

Henri Dutilleux’s perfectionism resulted in a distinctive and individual musical language of rare poetry and invention. The interplay of stereophonic and polyrhythmic effects and jazzy brass writing in Symphony No. 2 ‘Le Double’ forms, in the composer’s own words, ‘a musical play of mirrors and of contrasting colours’, while Timbres, espaces, mouvement is Dutilleux’s response to Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, a ‘longing for the infinity of nature’. The series of snapshots in Mystère de l’instant evokes fleeting and almost magical moments in time, its cumulative power indicative of a consummate composer at the height of his powers.

Accolades

  • American Record Guide Critics’ Choice

  • Music Web International Recording of the Year

  • Scherzo “Los Discos Excepcionales”

  • Classics Today 9/9