SEIJI OZAWA’S CELEBRATES HIS 85TH BIRTHDAY WITH BEETHOVEN RELEASE
NEW RECORDINGS OF THE 7TH SYMPHONY & LEONORE OVERTURE NO. three WITH THE SAITO KINEN ORCHESTRA
RELEASED ON DECCA CLASSICS ON SEPTEMBER 1
17 JULY 2020 (TORONTO, ON) – Decca Classics proclaims the discharge of a brand new report marking the 85th birthday of Grammy-winning Japanese conductor, Seiji Ozawa. Recorded stay in 2016/17, Ozawa leads the Saito Kinen Orchestra in performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Leonore Overture No. three, additionally marking the German composer’s 250th birthday yr.
Dominic Fyfe, Label Director of Decca Classics and the producer of recordings by Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra’s since 2003, says, “All of us want Seiji the happiest of birthdays. Whereas current years have been difficult due to sickness, his music-making has shone by way of with a willpower and resilience that are apt for Beethoven and this most exhilarating of his symphonies”.
Born in 1935 in Shenyang, China, Ozawa studied conducting below Hideo Saito on the Toho Faculty of Music, later profitable first prize on the Worldwide Competitors of Orchestra Conductors held in Besançon, France. He was invited in the summertime of 1960 to Tanglewood by Charles Munch, who was a choose on the competitors and music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the time. Ozawa proceeded to review below Karajan and Bernstein and went on to function assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Ravinia Competition, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and music director of the San Francisco Symphony. In 1973, he grew to become the 13th music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the place his tenure of 29 years was the longest within the historical past of American orchestras.
In Japan, Ozawa shaped the Saito Kinen Orchestra with Kazuyoshi Akiyama in 1984 to commemorate their late mentor, Hideo Saito. The orchestra held drastically profitable live shows in Tokyo and Osaka and went on to tour Europe in 1987, 1989, and 1990. In 1991, it carried out live shows in Europe and America and was obtained with nice accolades. These actions result in the inception of Ozawa’s creative dream in 1992: the Saito Kinen Competition Matsumoto. Ozawa grew to become director of this worldwide music pageant, a job that continues to today. SKO continued to tour, with abroad live shows in 1994, 1997 and 2004. From 2015, the pageant has entered a brand new stage because the Seiji Ozawa Matsumoto Competition.
In Ozawa’s 85th birthday yr, a double Beethoven launch commemorates not solely the German composer’s legacy, but in addition that of the “lithe, balletic athlete with a shock of thick black hair” (Steven Spielberg, talking in 1998, reflecting on their first assembly) who continues to captivate audiences effectively into his ninth decade.
Decca Classics releases ‘Beethoven Symphony No.7/Leonore Overture No.three’ with Seiji Ozawa and the Saito Kinen Orchestra on 1st September 2020.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonore Overture No. three, Op. 72
Symphony No. 7 in A significant, Op. 92, i. Poco sostenuto – Vivace
Symphony No. 7 in A significant, Op. 92, ii. Allegretto
Symphony No. 7 in A significant, Op. 92, iii. Presto – Assai meno presto
Symphony No. 7 in A significant, Op. 92, iv. Allegro con brio