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Conductor James Judd is a significant Naxos artist who has demonstrated his authority on American repertoire with numerous previous releases. His latest recording opens with Gershwin's An American in Paris, performed in the new 2019 critical edition that uses the composer's original orchestration, unheard for 75 years. Copland's An Outdoor Overture follows, a bright and open triumph of Americana. Topping the bill is Bernstein’s celebratory Songfest with a superb line-up of vocalists. The work was written to mark the Bicentennial Year in America.

James' flair is well complemented by the gifted young American musicians of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic in a release that is guaranteed to prove yet another winner for them.

Leonard BERNSTEIN (1919–1990)
Songfest *

George GERSHWIN (1898–1937)
An American in Paris

Aaron COPLAND (1900–1990)
An Outdoor Overture

Wolf Trap Opera * • National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
James Judd

An American in Paris is one of Gershwin’s most vivacious works, an orchestral ballet saturated in homesickness and the blues. This recording, however, uses the new 2019 critical edition and offers Gershwin’s original orchestration, unheard for 75 years – leaner, more angular and transparent, it also employs the correct use of the iconic taxi horns, for a new sonic experience. The breezy vitality of Copland’s An Outdoor Overture is balanced by Bernstein’s Songfest – written to celebrate the Bicentennial Year in America, setting the verses of 13 of the country’s poets.

Listen to an extract from Songfest:
No. 12. Israfel
About the Artists
British conductor James Judd first came to international attention as Lorin Maazel’s assistant at The Cleveland Orchestra. He has since conducted numerous orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig in prestigious European halls such as the Salzburg Mozarteum and Musikverein Vienna, and appeared with prestigious ensembles such as the Orchestre National de France, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and orchestras across the US.
The National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is formed each June by musicians of the National Orchestral Institute. Held annually since 1988, these musicians of extraordinary talent are chosen through rigorous international auditions and coalesce into one of the most dynamic orchestras in the country. Focused on creating future musicians and leaders in the world of orchestras, its alumni now occupy important positions in virtually every major symphony orchestra in the US.
In partnership with the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Wolf Trap Opera’s UNTRAPPED series takes thrilling vocal music to spaces beyond the company’s Northern Virginia home. These talented artists have given critically acclaimed performances with the NOI Philharmonic, including Maurice Ravel’s comedic L’heure espagnole, George Gershwin's iconic Porgy and Bess and Leonard Bernstein's picturesque Songfest.
Previous recordings from the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
‘The [orchestra] play with striking color and tight ensemble, and are captured in a slightly resonant acoustic that does nothing but enhance those attributes.’
Symphony No. 2
ADAMS, S.: Drift and Providence
BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 1

National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • Ross
‘Here we have a highly attractive program with three diverse compositions… in top notch performances.’
Pizzicato ★★★★★
‘Conductor David Alan Miller’s tempos are broad, letting the music breathe… The NOIP plays magnificently’
Audiophile Audition ★★★★★
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