The Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (OSCyL) will release the first recording under its own label on 9 January 2019, soon after the culmination of its 25th anniversary celebrations. The project is the brainchild of Music Director Andrew Gourlay, and comes following the news that Gourlay will remain in his post with the OSCyL for another year.
“I’m incredibly proud of what the OSCyL has achieved in its first 25 years,” comments Gourlay. “The OSCyL is still relatively young, but I truly believe that it is becoming one of the great orchestras of the world. I hope that this recording will be the first of many on our new label, and will take the OSCyL further afield.”
Gourlay rose to prominence in Spain following his success at the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition in 2010, which led to a series of engagements with a number of Spanish orchestras, including the OSCyL. He became Principal Guest Conductor in 2014/15 and took up the post of Music Director in January 2016 in succession to Lionel Bringuier.
“For the first recording on our new label, we wanted to show what the orchestra can do, and what better way than with major symphonic repertoire?” says Gourlay. “Rachmaninov was one of the first composers I performed with the OSCyL, and I was so impressed with the way they captured his style of music. The music of Rachmaninov has also been a constant thread in my life, in no small part down to my Russian heritage, so it felt like the perfect fit.”
“The Isle of the Dead brings out so much of the darkness we hear in the composer’s pianistic writing, and I feel that the OSCyL’s detail and orchestral skill comes across very clearly. The Second Symphony is much-loved the world over, of course, so this recording is a great opportunity to allow our orchestra to shine, and show the level at which we play.”
The next disc on the OSCyL’s new label will be a recording of Shostakovich Symphony No. 10, which the orchestra will also perform in February 2019. Other highlights from the orchestra’s current season include a programme of Strauss and Mozart with soprano Katherine Broderick; the premiere of a new work by the winner of the OSCyL’s third Spanish Composers Competition; the European premiere of a new Cello Concerto by Andrew Norman; a performance of Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with Pinchas Zuckerman; and a grand season finale which sees the OSCyL collaborate with the Hallé Chorus and the massed choruses of Castilla y León.