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Joseph Swensen

Joseph Swensen

Joseph Swensen was principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005.



Scottish Chamber Orchestra: 40th Anniversary Edition
Scottish Chamber Orchestra: 40th Anniversary Edition
Celebrates the SCO's fortieth year with a brand new recording of Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. 

CKD 540  

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto No. 2 & 'Scottish' Symphony
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto No. 2 & 'Scottish' Symphony
An exceptionally beautiful recording of Mendelssohn, with violinist Joseph Swensen. 

BKD 216  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
The second disc in the highly popular SACD sampler series. A great overview of the best of Linn. 

AKP 284  

Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor
Excellent performances and recorded sound mark this album as a must-have in the SCO series. 

CKD 241  

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto
This delightful all-Prokofiev programme adds another dimension to the indispensable SCO series. 

CKD 219  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

Brahms: Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances
Brahms: Violin Concerto & Hungarian Dances
Another triumphant success for director Joseph Swensen and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. 

BKD 224  

Sibelius: Theatre Music
Sibelius: Theatre Music
Sibelius' better-known incidental scores together with music less often heard vividly presented 

CKD 220  

Joseph Swensen 

 

Joseph Swensen currently holds the posts of Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Founder/Director of Habitat4Music. Swensen was Principal Guest Conductor & Artistic Adviser of the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris (formerly known as the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris) from 2009-2012. He was Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1996-2005, and has also held positions at the Malmö Opera (2008-2011), Lahti Symphony and the BBC National Orchestra
of Wales. Swensen is a busy guest conductor throughout the world (from Europe, to the USA, Japan and Australia), enjoying
long-established relationships with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (with whom he recently completed a
Mahler cycle, spanning ten years), London Mozart Players and Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música, amongst others.

As principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swensen and the orchestra toured extensively in the USA, UK,
Europe and the Far East. They have performed together at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Tanglewood and Ravinia
Festivals, the BBC Proms, the Barbican and the Concertgebouw. Swensen and the Orchestra have also made several albums
including a series of recordings for Linn where he also featured as violin soloist. As Principal Conductor of the Malmö Opera in
Sweden, Swensen was widely recognised as the driving force behind Malmö Opera's transformation into one of the most important opera companies in Sweden. During his tenure there, he conducted highly acclaimed productions of Salome, La Bohème, La Traviata, Macbeth, Vanessa, The Dialogues of the Carmelites, La Fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly, among others.

In addition to his conducting engagements, Swensen has recently returned to the concert platform as a violin soloist, performing the major concerti including the Brahms Violin Concerto with the London Mozart Players and Mozart's Violin Concerto in G Major, K. 216 in Aalborg, Denmark. Before launching his conducting career in the mid-1990s, Swensen enjoyed a highly successful career as a violin soloist, appearing frequently with the world's major orchestras and conductors. As an exclusive recording artist with BMG Classics his recordings of the Beethoven and Sibelius concerti in particular (with André Previn and Jukka-Pekka Saraste respectively) were well-received and influential. 

Chamber music has always been a hugely important and essential part of Swensen's music-making. He is a member of a violin-piano duo with the American pianist and conductor, Jeff rey Kahane, and a new piano trio including cellist Carter Brey: KahaneSwensenBrey. Swensen has also recently been appointed Visiting Professor of Music (violin) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

As a composer, Swensen's works include Mantram (1998) for string orchestra, Latif (1999) for solo cello with chamber ensemble, Shizue (2001) for solo shakuhachi and orchestra, and Sinfonia Concertante for Horn and Orchestra, The Fire and the Rose (2008). Swensen's orchestration of the rarely performed 1854 version of Brahms' Trio Op. 8, a work he has entitled Sinfonia in B, has been performed by orchestras in Europe and the USA since its premiere in 2007. In 2012, the world premiere recording of Sinfonia in B was released on Signum, along with orchestrations by Swensen of works originally for violin and piano by Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. 

With Victoria Eisen, Swensen is co-founder of Habitat4Music. Habitat4Music connects highly qualified, passionate young American-trained classical musicians with children living in challenged areas across the world. The goal is to use the power of long-term, committed, participatory music education and classical music programs to inspire and bring together individuals and communities.

Swensen was born in 1960 in Hoboken, New Jersey and grew up in Harlem, New York City (an American, of Norwegian and Japanese descent). He maintains residences in Copenhagen (Denmark), Bloomington, Indiana and Vermont.

 


For further information - www.josephswensen.com
MusicWeb International
'...a world away from what you normally expect to hear from Wagner, and the transparency of the sound...allows the winds to come through with more clarity and equality...'
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Audiophile Audition
'The musical salute to the 40th Anniversary of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra assembles three glowing performances from master musicians.'
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Classical Candor
'... the best sound yet afforded these works by anyone. The sound has depth and breadth, dimensionality, air, ambiance, you name it.'
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Classic FM 'Drive'
‘Together Ticciati and the strings of the SCO bring out the work's radiantly rich tones.’
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...sparkling performances...'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
'luminous beauty'
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Sinfini Music
4 Stars
‘…the result is a gorgeous, gleaming account.’
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The Sunday Times
'The Orchestra shows itself brilliantly adapted to any style and conductor...'
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Orchestral Disc of the Month
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The Strad
'BRIGHTLY RECORDED'
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