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Lausanne Chamber Orchestra conducted by Joshua Weilerstein - works by American and British composers - CD Review, the 26 th of January 2024

William Grant Still - Mother and Child; Ethel Smyth - Serenade in D major.

The Lausanne Chamber Orchestra is one of Europe's leading orchestras, with over 8 decades of artistic activity - founded in 1942 by Victor Desarzens, an ensemble with notable appearances on prestigious stages, including that of the "George Enescu" international festival. Over the years the orchestra has been conducted by conductors such as Armin Jordan, Lawrence Foster and Christian Zacharias. Since 2021 Renaud Capucon has become the Orchestra's artistic director. And from 2015 to 2020 this position was held by Joshua Weilerstein. Under his leadership, the ensemble has completed successful projects, one of which was the recording of an album of works from the British and North American repertoire. The disc was printed in the Metropole Hall of the Radio Television of Lausanne and released on the Swiss label Claves Records.

"I hope that this repertoire exploration will be as rewarding for listeners as it has been for me and the musicians of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, my loyal and enthusiastic partners in the process of recording our album," says conductor Joshua Weilerstein, one of today's most esteemed conductors, who has collaborated over the years with such renowned ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and the London, New York and Oslo Philharmonics, of these recordings. Admired for his dynamism and expressiveness on the concert podium, mastering a repertoire ranging from Renaissance to contemporary works, Joshua Weilerstein combines masterpieces of world music with lesser-known pieces in his programmes, highlighting works by composers such as Pavel Haas, William Levi Dawson, William Grant Still and Ethel Smyth.

The album released on the 26th of January 2024 features pieces by Charles Ives, Ethel Smyth, William Grant Still, Caroline Shaw and Edward Elgar.

Larisa Clempuș