Seattle Gets Some Classical Cred Courtesy of New Label

Seattle – the home of Starbucks, the birthplace of grunge, and now possibly a new movement in classical music? Announced today, The Seattle Symphony and its Music Director Ludovic Morlot are launching Seattle Symphony Media, the Seattle Symphony’s in-house record label, with its first three recordings scheduled for release this coming April.

The first three releases on the new label feature Ludovic Morlot conducting the Seattle Symphony in works by French and American composers, celebrating the flourishing relationship between French conductor and American orchestra that has electrified audiences in Seattle. The discs include works by Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, George Gershwin, Henri Dutilleux, Maurice Ravel and Camille Saint-Saëns.

While the Seattle Symphony may not be the most known of orchestras in North America, they are one of the most respected. Bewildered by many, The Seattle Symphony surprisingly has an extensive catalogue of over 140 recordings and have twelve Grammy Award nominations to their cred. Ludovic Morlot and the symphony intend to make the label a new home for not only the traditional classical recordings but as a new magnet for contemporary works.

The label’s launch is not only a significant step for the Seattle Symphony but for the city itself. While classical has taken more of a backseat in Seattle’s rich music history, the label will provide not only greater national coverage for the Seattle Symphony but more prominence for Seattle itself as a more expressive and open-minded field for classical music. Executive Director Simon Woods, who holds nearly a decade of experience in the recording industry, explains, “Over the past three years, this orchestra has developed a highly sophisticated sound under Ludovic Morlot’s leadership, producing night after night of inspired music making. Our new label will not only introduce this partnership to a global audience, but also reflect the creative and imaginative programming that we have become known for at home.”

For contemporary composers, Seattle Symphony Media’s launch and the more adventurous forward-thinking of its music director provides a possible new outlet to expand their works. The advent of classical music prominence in Seattle is inevitable, and given the city’s more eclectic feeder system of musicians, the label could very well be holding on to the very next “Nico Muhly” breakout artist.

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