Robert Spano

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Robert Spano (pronounced /ˈspænoʊ/ SPAN-oh) (born 7 May 1961, Conneaut, Ohio) is an American conductor and pianist. Since 2001 he has been Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), and he served as Music Director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 1996 to 2004. He is the Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, beginning full-time responsibilities in the 2012 season.

Spano has gained national and international prominence in recent years, appearing with major orchestras and opera companies throughout the United States and Europe. He is regarded as an advocate of contemporary composers, and has earned a reputation for ambitious and adventurous orchestral programming and presentation.

In addition to raising his profile with, for example, appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, Spano has made several prominent recordings with the ASO, which have garnered multiple Grammy Awards. Spano has also won the favor of many major music critics, and he is frequently mentioned as a candidate to lead any of the most prominent orchestras in the USA.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 A Sea Symphony: Poems by Walt Whitman Vaughan Williams; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano 1
2003 Rainbow Body Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano 1
2005 City Scape / Concerto for Orchestra Jennifer Higdon; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano 1
2006 Ainadamar Osvaldo Golijov; Dawn Upshaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano 1
2006 Kullervo Jean Sibelius; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Men's Chorus, Charlotte Hellekant, Nathan Gunn, Robert Spano 2
2007 Oceana Osvaldo Golijov; Souza, Kronos Quartet, Upshaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chorus, Spano 1
2008 Ein deutsches Requiem Johannes Brahms; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Spano, Twyla Robinson, Mariusz Kwiecien 1
2011 Higdon: On a Wire / Gandolfi: Q.E.D.: Engaging Richard Feynman Jennifer Higdon, Michael Gandolfi; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Spano, eighth blackbird 1
2013 Symphonies nos. 6 & 7 / Tapiola Sibelius; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 La bohème (2007 cast) Giacomo Puccini, Norah Amsellem, Marcus Haddock, Georgia Jarman, Fabio Capitanucci, Denis Sedov, Christopher Schaldenbrand, Kevin Glavin, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Spano 1

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