Singapore Symphony Orchestra
'Gil Shaham plays both works in fine style. The SSO play with verve and finesse, and the recorded sound is particularly full and well blended.'
'Shaham remains himself throughout, displaying his characteristic rich tone production and technical alertness, but he displays insight into the devices that help create the work’s [Butterfly Lovers] special identity if not with a memory of hearing it performed. Its cinematic lushness and its idiomatic violin part should help it gain a foothold, now after almost 50 years…. The recorded sound, with sufficient breadth and depth to capture the orchestra’s full dynamic range, nevertheless focusing directly on the soloist, shows all the detail that Shaham has worked into his performances… Strongly recommended for a welcome performance of The Butterfly Lovers and urgently recommended for an urgent reading of Tchaikovsky.'
A premier Asian orchestra rapidly gaining recognition around the world, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is a full-time professional orchestra with 96 members.
The Orchestra’s performing home is Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Hall, and it also performs regularly at the Victoria Concert Hall and other venues. Performing over 50 symphonic concerts a year, its versatile repertoire covers both popular orchestral masterpieces and exciting cutting-edge premieres. In support of Singaporean talent, local musicians and composers feature prominently in the concert season. Since its inception in 1979, the SSO has toured America, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Since Maestro Lan Shui assumed the position of Music Director in 1997, he hasraised the Orchestra’s profile and level of excellence and is committed to the performance of new Asian compositions. The Orchestra’s recordings of the first-ever complete symphony cycle of Alexander Tcherepnin received widespread acclaim, and the SSO has also recorded the music of Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Bright Sheng and Richard Yardumian. Artists heard on SSO recordings include Evelyn Glennie, Cho-Liang Lin, Noriko Ogawa, Christian Lindberg, Martin Frost and violinist Gil Shaham with whom they have recorded the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto coupled with the Butterfly Lovers concerto for his own label Canary Classics.