Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Robert Spano, conductor of the year

Monday evening's Brahms Requiem recording session ended with a surprising, ecstatic coda: ASO President Allison Vulgamore, along with various other ASO staffers, clattered onto the stage around 10:40, to the maestro's great consternation, as we were about to put down 10 seconds of ambience. The chorus and remaining orchestra members were then witness to the announcement that our very own Robert Spano was named Musical America's 2008 conductor of the year. Vulgamore & co. came prepared, with a rollout banner all ready to go:

Spano, along with fellow honorees Charles Rosen and Anna Netrebko
(among others),
will be feted in NYC on December 13.

Spano was clearly floored by the announcement, especially since it came on the heels of a long and intensive recording session. It was a truly joyful and gratifying moment to be a part of.

It's always a thrill to work with Spano in performance, and recording is no different. Keep your eyes out for the ASO recording of Ein Deutsches Requiem (May 2008), because it's going to be phenomenal.

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