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PostClassical Ensemble [PCE] was founded in 2003 by Angel Gil-Ordonez and Joseph Horowitz as an experimental orchestral laboratory. The Ensemble’s point of origin is the conviction that musical events demand a sense of occasion, and that this criterion has been sacrificed to familiarity and routine. PCE is committed to radically rethinking the concert experience, to refreshing both format and repertoire. All PCE programming is thematic, with many programmes integrating theatre, dance or film.

Bernard HERRMANN (1911–1975)
Whitman (Radio Drama by Norman Corwin) 1
Souvenirs de voyage 2
Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra 3

William Sharp and Murray Horwitz, Narrators 1 • David Jones, Clarinet 2
Netanel Draiblate and Eva Cappelletti Chao, Violins 2
Philippe Chao, Viola 2 • Benjamin Capps, Cello 2
PostClassical Ensemble 1,3 • Angel Gil-Ordóñez 1,3

Bernard Herrmann was famous for his film scores, but he was also a leading figure in music for radio, to which he brought his inimitable palette of mood and sonority. Whitman, whose subject is Walt Whitman’s collection of poems Leaves of Grass, was a 1944 radio drama, a genre now much neglected but revived in this newly restored version. Psycho: A Narrative for String Orchestra is not a suite or excerpts from the film but a concert work, re-ordered and re-composed, while Souvenirs de voyage is one of the most polished and seductive of all American chamber works.

Listen to an extract from Whitman:
A simple separate person (Whitman, Cynic)
Listen to an extract from Souvenirs de voyage:
II. Berceuse. Andante.
About the Artists
Angel Gil-Ordóñez is the music director of PostClassical Ensemble and Georgetown University Orchestra and principal guest conductor of New York’s Perspectives Ensemble. In León, Mexico, he serves as lead advisor for Trinitate Philharmonia, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema. He regularly conducts at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine, and at the Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.
PostClassical Ensemble's previous Naxos releases, conducted by Gil-Ordóñez, include Dvořák and America (8.559777): featuring the world premiere recording of the PCE-created Hiawatha Melodrama, it was named one of the best albums of the year by Minnesota Public Radio. PCE’s series of Naxos DVDs presents classic films from the 1930s - The Plow that Broke the Plains and The River (2.110521), The City (2.110231) and Redes (2.110372) - with the scores newly recorded. During the COVID-19 pandemic, PCE has turned to film-making. See
More recordings by Angel Gil-Ordóñez and PostClassical Ensemble
Hiawatha Melodrama
American Suite
Farewell: Navajo War Dance
Pawnee Horses

Deas • Pasternack
PostClassical Ensemble
‘This compendium of music and words provides a genuinely interesting and difficult-to-describe musical experience that provides considerable insight into the ways in which America influenced Dvořák and the way the great Czech composer returned the favour.’
Violin Concerto
Grand Duo
Double Music (with John Cage)

Fain • Boriskin
PostClassical Ensemble
‘The result of this recording is simply magnificent. Tim Fain and Michael Boriskin are soloists of great class, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez does an extraordinary job at the helm of his PostClassical Ensemble of Washington.’
The Plow that Broke the Plains
The River

PostClassical Ensemble
‘ … very well played and recorded. Excellent notes too.’
Penguin Guide
‘The historical importance of this release is undeniable.’
Also available on DVD
The City

PostClassical Ensemble
Gil-Ordóñez • Guinan
‘A fascinating disc, and highly recommended.’
Opera Today

PostClassical Ensemble
Gil-Ordóñez • Guinan
Redes amazes with its experimental photography, and its depictions of social injustice tug at the heart … A powerful and unforgettable sequence.’
Soundstage! Xperience

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