New Orchestra of Washington
Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, conductor
Linda Mabbs, soprano
Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 depicts a child’s vision of heaven – performed here in the intimate Klaus Simon chamber orchestra version by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez and the New Orchestra of Washington, with Mahler and Strauss specialist, soprano Linda Mabbs.
1. Bedächtig, nicht eilen
2. In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast
3. Ruhevoll, poco adagio 4. Sehr behaglich
The New Orchestra of Washington’s mission is to make music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works. Unconstrained by the structure or repertoire of traditional orchestras, NOW is both modern and sustainable, proving how orchestral and chamber music can not only survive but flourish in the 21st century. Founded in 2012 by rising stars of the Washington area’s professional community, NOW embodies mutual respect and admiration for each other’s artistry and a common belief in the importance of revitalizing the role of music in our lives
Internationally recognized for her interpretation of Mahler and Strauss, Linda Mabbs has sung with many of the worlds leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica de Bilbao, Orchestre Bayonne, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra and the American orchestras of Chicago, Dallas, Saint Louis, New York, Washington, Baltimore, Cleveland, Miami, Houston, San Antonio, Vancouver and Minnesota; collaborating with such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Chailly, Sir Neville Marriner, Neeme Jërvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Georg Solti, David Robertson, Robert Shaw, Claus Peter Flor, Franz Welzer-Möst, Andrew Litton, Günter Herbig, and Leonard Slatkin among many others. She has presented recitals in some of the finest venues throughout the world singing a wide range of repertoire but with special emphasis on American and British Song. Robert Hanson composed his Songs of America for her and while in England, Sir Peter Pears asked her to give the American premiere of Britten’s Cabaret Songs.