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French conductor Ludovic Morlot holds dual positions as Music Director of the Seattle Symphony and Chief Conductor of La Monnaie ¦ De Munt opera house in Brussels, Belgium. Read on to learn about his upcoming performance schedule, explore a range of video and audio samples, and hear the latest news about his performances and recordings.

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Simone Porter, Ludovic Morlot a star combo at Hollywood Bowl

5th September, 2014

Simone Porter, Ludovic Morlot a star combo at Hollywood Bowl

“In his second program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl this week, enterprising maestro Ludovic Morlot zeroed in on two areas in which he is making his mark with the Seattle Symphony: American and French music of the 20th century.”

“Each half of the concert led off with delicate Ravel — the “Ma Mere L’Oye” Suite and “Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte.” Morlot quickly managed to impose a contemplative mood in both pieces — no easy task in this vast, noisy amphitheater — with performances of lucid, spotlighted detail and a solid bass underpinning.”

“Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” — which had plenty of vigor, just enough sharp rhythm, and a satisfying meditative coda — closed the announced program but hardly anyone left, for the anticipated fireworks hadn’t materialized yet. That came with the encore, the “Hoe-Down” from Copland’s “Rodeo” in which the grinning Morlot seemed to be getting a kick out of the shotgun-like blasts and starbursts overhead.”

 

Richard S. Ginell / Los Angeles Times
5 September 2014

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…the loveliest apocalypse in musical history.”

Alex Ross / The New Yorker

 

John Luther Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning composition Become Ocean – commissioned and recorded by Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony — will be released on September 30.

 

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