Steven Sloane

conductor

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biography

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Reviews

On Aribert Reimann's 'Medea' at Komische Oper Berlin (premiered on 21 May 2017)

The orchestra of the Komische Oper took on the challenges of the score with impressive aplomb. Acoustically, this furioso of consistent rhythmic and tempo changes made for a continuous disorienting contrast of light and shade, whereas on the stage a dull grey mood prevailed. Superb too, was the way conductor Steven Sloane co-ordinated with the soloists, making the seemingly incompatible compatible for two full hours, right from the very first notes.
Tagesspiegel, Frederik Hanssen, 23/5/2017

The house orchestra, under guest conductor Steven Sloane, executes  the score’s broad palette of textures with impressive attention to nuance and balance, from gongs that crash in the outer aisles, to detuned, mocking flutes, to squealing brass. It may not always be a pleasant journey, but Reimann’s medea offers the listener no escape.
Financial Times, Rebecca Schmid, 23/5/2017

The real shock of Medea comes from Reimann’s orchestra. As in his Shakespeare opera Lear (…), all of the sound’s violence comes from the orchestral pit, which was released into the room with an incredible presence by Steven Sloane and the house orchestra – fierce, seething, wildly faltering string and brass figures, and raw and cracked percussion agglomerations. This was listening as a challenge and a dangerous exercise.
SZ, Wolfgang Schreiber, 25/5/2017

Steven Sloane conducted the vast orchestra of the Komische Oper congenially.
BR Klassik, Maria Ossowski, 22/5/2017

Directing the orchestra of the Komische Oper was Steven Sloane, who not only sparked off the lush tone painting of the score, with its blazes of fire, Medea’s horn melodies, Kreon’s brass pomp and Kreusa’s interplay of harp and celesta. The conductor also showed how virtuosically one section followed the other. Musically, the performance made a formidable case for a harsh, powerful and thrilling opera still on the search for a production to do it justice.
Berliner Zeitung, Peter Uehling, 22/5/17

Steven Sloane ensured that the realisation of Reimann’s score was tension-filled throughout.
NMZ, Peter P. Pachl, 23/5/17

The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the baton of Steven Sloane let the elements of dreams and the spicy fundamentals, of the illustrious and the ridiculous of everyday life become a colourful arc of sound – and made it clear at every moment that Britten’s sound worlds live on melodic and lyrical inspiration.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Rolf Urs Ringger, 25/11/2015

Steven Sloane moves through Britten’s music like a fish in the waters of a fresh, bubbly and crystal clear source. Immaculate entries from each musician, a rounded and delicate sound, orchestral flow, airy and brisk rhythms.
LE TEMPS, Sylvie Bonier, 21/11/2015 The orchestra is the true surprise of this recording. The musicians play with full sounds, rich accents and excellent colours. Of course, this compliment must be passed on to the conductor.
Fono Forum, Christoph Zimmermann, January 2014

The conductor, Steven Sloane, drew pulsing, feisty and textured playing from the orchestra.
New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, 18/9/2013

Steven Sloane, who already led the baroque orchestra to delicate transparence, unleashed not only the abundance of colours but also the entire force of Bartók’s music.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Gerhard Schroth, 31/5/2013

Steven Sloane conducted this ingenious piece with sharp drive and to great approval.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wolfgang Schreiber, 10/12/2012

Steven Sloane excelled at bringing out the mockery Prokofiev’s music makes of the theatre of illusion, with sharp contrasts and agility. This made listening to the singers an even greater pleasure.
Opernwelt, Albrecht Thiemann, February 2013

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repertoire

Sample Programmes
R. WAGNER Prelude to Parsifal
N. SHERIFF 'Akedah – Die Opferung Isaaks' in memory of Itzhak Rabin
S. ODEH-TAMIMI Halat Hissar - Belagerungszustand
R. STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration Op.24
E. SCHULHOFF Symphony No.2
A. ZEMLINSKY Symphonic Songs Op.20
E. W. KORNGOLD Symphonic Serenade Op.39
G. LIGETI Lux aeterna
O. MESSIAEN L’ascension – quatre meditations
R. WAGNER Parsifal (3rd Act)
J. HAYDN Symphony No.22 in E flat major 'The Philosopher'
more...
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Discography

Waiting for Miss Monroe - Robin de Raaff

Waiting for Miss Monroe - Robin de Raaff

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (live recording by Dutch National Opera)
Challenge Classics CC 72685, 2015

Violin concertos - Ludwig van Beethoven, Alban Berg

Violin concertos - Ludwig van Beethoven, Alban Berg

Antje Weithaas (violin), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Avi LC 15080, 2013

Orchestral Songs - Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Rihm

Orchestral Songs - Gustav Mahler, Wolfgang Rihm

Christoph Prégardien (tenor), Bochum Symphony Orchestra
CPO 777 675-2, 2013BBC Recording of the Month

Komm zur Ruhr - Herbert Grönemeyer

Komm zur Ruhr - Herbert Grönemeyer

Herbert Grönemeyer, Bochum Symphony Orchestra
EMI 5099962773928, 2010

Die Soldaten - B. A. Zimmermann

Die Soldaten - B. A. Zimmermann

Claudia Barainsky (soprano) et al., Bochum Symphony Orchestra
Director: David Pountney
DORO/RuhrTriennale DVD-9, 2006

The Brothers: a one act opera - George Antheil

The Brothers: a one act opera - George Antheil

Rebecca Nelsen, Ray M. Wade Jr., William Dazeley, E. Mark Murphy, Piotr Prochera
Bochum Symphony Orchestra
CPO 777545-2, 2011

Frank Martin - Suite from “Der Sturm”, Six monologues from “Jedermann”, Symphonie concertante

Frank Martin - Suite from “Der Sturm”, Six monologues from “Jedermann”, Symphonie concertante

Thomas Oliemans (baritone), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
MD&G Records B003A6OHF0, 2010

Hans Werner Henze - Requiem, Neun geistliche Konzerte

Hans Werner Henze - Requiem, Neun geistliche Konzerte

Dimitri Vassilakis (piano), Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), Bochum Symphony Orchestra
Cybele Records, ISBN 978-3-937794-10-5, 2010

Ernest Bloch - Baal-Shem, 2 Psalms, 3 Poèmes juifs, Suite hébraique

Ernest Bloch - Baal-Shem, 2 Psalms, 3 Poèmes juifs, Suite hébraique

Christiane Oelze (soprano), Antje Weithaas (violin), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Capriccio 1040775, 2009

"French cello concertos" - Frank Martin, Darius Milhaud, Camille Saint-Saens

"French cello concertos" - Frank Martin, Darius Milhaud, Camille Saint-Saens

Niklas Eppinger (cello), Bochum Symphony Orchestra
aulos AUL 66 148, 2007

Dmitri Shostakovich - Suite for Variety Orchestra, “Moscow Cheryomushki-Suite”, Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1, “Tahiti Trot”

Dmitri Shostakovich - Suite for Variety Orchestra, “Moscow Cheryomushki-Suite”, Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1, “Tahiti Trot”

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Capriccio, CD 71096, 2006

Ernest Bloch - 20th Century Portraits “Hiver-Printemps“, “Proclamation“,“Poèmes d’automne“, Suite for Viola and Orchestra

Ernest Bloch - 20th Century Portraits “Hiver-Printemps“, “Proclamation“,“Poèmes d’automne“, Suite for Viola and Orchestra

Sophie Koch (mezzo), Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet), Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Capriccio, CD 67076, 2004

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 4 “The Piano Concertos”

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 4 “The Piano Concertos”

David Lively (piano), Bochum Symphony Orchestra
ASV, CD DCA 1174, 2004

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 3 "Alt-Wiener Serenaden“, "Partita in modo antico", "Sinfonia in modo classico"

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 3 "Alt-Wiener Serenaden“, "Partita in modo antico", "Sinfonia in modo classico"

Bochum Symphony Orchestra
ASV, CD DCA 1158, 2003

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 2 “Orchestral Songs”

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 2 “Orchestral Songs”

Angela Maria Blasi (soprano), Stella Doufexis (mezzo), Bochum Symphony Orchestra
ASV, CD DCA 1164, 2003Nominated for the Grammy

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 1 “Nature Trilogy”

Joseph Marx - Complete Orchestral Music Vol. 1 “Nature Trilogy”

Bochum Symphony Orchestra
ASV, CD DCA 1137, 2003

Piano Concertos - Arthur Honegger, Aaron Copland

Piano Concertos - Arthur Honegger, Aaron Copland

Michael Rische (piano), WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Arte Nova Classics, B00005V4OS, 2002

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