Putting together Portugal’s finest orchestra and its top contemporary composer – arguably one of the best in the world – has produced this disc of colourful, world premiere recordings that carry an international appeal. Critics have responded enthusiastically to the eclectic style of Tinoco’s works that are "as engrossing as they are entertaining." (Musical Opinion)
These première recordings represent some of the most exciting new orchestral/vocal work to appear in recent years, as conductor David Alan Miller experienced: "Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as French Impressionism and Brazilian Jazz, Tinoco creates a sound world that is uniquely, distinctly Portuguese, equal parts sunshine, saudade and sensuality. I know it’s good when it makes my knees weak."
Luís Tinoco studied at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. More recently, he completed his PhD (composition) at the University of York, in the UK. Since 2000 he has worked as a freelance composer and as author and producer of new music radio programmes for Antena 2 / RTP. He also lectures at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon, where he is also the vice–principal. Tinoco’s recent compositions include stage works such as Evil Machines (2008), a music theatre project with libretto and stage direction by the former Monty Python Terry Jones, and Paint Me (2010), a chamber opera with libretto by Stephen Plaice. Other recent projects include Wanderings of the Solitary Dreamer (2011), a cantata with text by Almeida Faria and two new orchestral works commissioned by Radio France and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Tinoco’s music is published in the UK by the University of York Music Press. For more information please visit www.tinocoluis.com
The American conductor David Alan Miller has been Music Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1992. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. Frequently in demand as a guest conductor, he has worked with most of America’s major orchestras, and has conducted orchestras throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. He is also Founder and Artistic Director of New Paths in Music, a festival in New York City dedicated to presenting the works of significant non–American composers who are not well known in the United States. Prior to his appointment in Albany David Alan Miller was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From 1982 to 1988, he was Music Director of the New York Youth Symphony, earning considerable acclaim for his work with that ensemble. A native of Los Angeles, he holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkley, and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Juilliard School.
In 1962 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation decided to establish a permanent orchestral body, which initially consisted of twelve musicians only (strings and continuo group), originally known as the Orquestra de Câmara Gulbenkian (Gulbenkian Chamber Orchestra). This ensemble was successively enlarged up to a permanent body of 66 instrumentalists, known since 1971 as the Orquestra Gulbenkian. In each season the orchestra performs a regular series of concerts at the Foundation’s Grande Auditório and elsewhere, working with some of the most acclaimed conductors and soloists worldwide. The orchestra has been gradually expanding its activities internationally, performing in prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Orquestra Gulbenkian is also known for its association with record labels such as Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion, Teldec, Erato, Adès, Nimbus, Lyrinx, Naïve and Pentatone, among others. This activity has been recognized with several prestigious international prizes. Recent recording projects include the first recording of Salieri’s Requiem, a recording with works by Ligeti, Kodály and Bartók, and a new collaboration with the pianist Sa Chen released in 2012, all of them under the direction of Lawrence Foster who has been the Principal Conductor and responsible for the artistic direction of the orchestra since the 2002/2003 season. Claudio Scimone, who held this post between 1979 and 1986, was nominated Honorary Conductor in 1987. Joana Carneiro has been the Guest Conductor since the 2006/2007 season. Paul McCreesh has been appointed Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Gulbenkian from the 2013/2014 season.