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Composer Jack Gallagher continues his association with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by GRAMMY®-award winner JoAnn Falletta with Symphony No. 2 ‘Ascendant' and Quiet Reflections, a gentle, lyrical meditation.Gallagher's previous Naxos release Orchestral Music, with the LSO conducted by JoAnn Falletta, was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine and hailed as "fresh and exuberant" and for "its explosions of sound and colour"by Gramophone.Also awarding the disc five stars, Audiophile Audition found his first symphony"truly a work of genius."
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A rare glimpse into Jack Gallagher's symphonic process / KUAF
As part of Of Note's Symphony Sunday edition, Ohio-based composer Jack Gallagher allowed a rare glimpse into the deeper processes behind writing a major symphony, specifically his Symphony No.2 'Ascendant,' a tremendous work that stretches over an hour in length. "I had always admired pieces of enterprising and grandiose architecture, such as written by Muller and Bruckner in their symphonies...
Jack Gallagher at 70 - WGTE: Classical Conversations
Composer Jack Gallagher's works have been performed or recorded by the London Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra of Krakow, Kiev Philharmonic, U.S. Air Force Band of Flight, GRAMMY® award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, Trio Terzetto, and others. His Naxos debut recording by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by G...
Jack Gallagher interview with All Classical Portland
American composer Jack Gallagher (born in Brooklyn in 1947), is a Grammy®-winning composer of works for a variety of instruments, including several orchestral works. Some are of a large scale, such as his Symphony No. 2, ‘Ascendant', while others, such as his Berceuse (lullaby) are diminutive but make as much of an impression. Part of the appeal for me of Gallagher's work is the sen...
Jack Gallagher interview with 88.9 IdeaStation - Richmond
American composer Jack Gallagher's music has been performed and recorded by major symphony orchestras and many leading solo and chamber musicians. The Cleveland Plain Dealer said his music "evokes glowing images" and exhibits "glistening personality." He's been the recipient of many awards, grants and fellowships. Jack is currently a Professor of Music at The College of Wooster, Ohio. 88.9 WCVE: Rich...
Jack Gallagher interview with WQED: Pittsburgh
Jack Gallagher, composer of widely broadcast works recorded on two discs for Naxos by Grammy®-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra and a recent Centaur recording of music for solo piano, has been named "An American Master" in the May/June 2017 issue of Fanfare magazine. Fanfare critic David DeBoor Canfield singled out Gallagher's Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant" as "o...
WBAA - Radio Purdue celebrates Jack Gallagher's 70th birthday
Tuesday, June 27th marks the 70th birthday for composer/teacher/trumpeter Jack Gallagher. Jack's music has been performed around the world, featured on stages and in broadcasts. His most recent release is piano music with Frank Huang. Jack has been the recipient of awards, grants, fellowships, or recognition from the Ohio Arts Council, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, Meet the Co...
Jack Gallagher - An American Master, speaks with classical radio to commemorate 70th birthday
Jack Gallagher, composer of widely broadcast works recorded on two discs for Naxos by Grammy®-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra and a recent Centaur recording of music for solo piano, has been named "An American Master" in the May/June 2017 issue of Fanfare magazine. Fanfare critic David DeBoor Canfield singled out Gallagher's Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant" as "one of the...
Jack Gallagher succeeds brilliantly in his 'Ascendant - Symphony No. 2' / Fanfare
I began my immersion into the music of Jack Gallagher with his magnum opus, the Symphony No. 2 written during the time span of 2010 through 2013. The work bears the subtitle "Ascendant," a title immediately evoked in the opening upward swoops in the horns, a device that immediately engages the listener. Maintaining a listener's interest in an hour-long work demands inordinate skill on the part of a compo...
Jack Gallagher - Piano Music is KDFC: Download of the Week
Each week, KDFC: San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. This week's selection is from Composer Jack Gallagher's newest release of solo piano music performed by Juilliard graduate Frank Huang The album includes numerous works, often dedicated to his wife or daughter, composed across a 40-year span. Gallag...
Jack Gallagher - An American Master / Fanfare Q&A
One of the things I like best about writing for Fanfare is the opportunity to become acquainted with the music of new and worthwhile composers. In a feature such as this, there are often multiple CDs to review, which adds the opportunity to really immerse myself in the music of a composer hitherto unknown to me and to gain a true perspective of his art through the hearing of numerous works. Thu...
Jack Gallagher - Piano Music / Fanfare review
GALLAGHER Sonata for Piano. Evening Music. Sonatina for Piano. Nocturne. Six Bagatelles. Pastorale. Six Pieces for Kelly. Malambo Nouveau. Happy Birthday, April Frank Huang (pn) CENTAUR The music ofJack Gallagher has always been positively received in these pages, its freshness and approachability being among its most appealing features. As Jerry Dubins say...
Jack Gallagher - Piano Music makes ClevelandClassical.com 'Best Of For 2016'
The gift of music is always a wonderful way to say happy holidays to friends and family. The week, the editors and correspondents of ClevelandClassical.com are pleased to suggest nineteen CDs released in 2016 by outstanding musicians, most of whom call Northeast Ohio home. There's certainly something on this list for every classical music lover. Click on the links at the end of each paragraph to read com...
Jack Gallagher - Piano Music goes 'ClassicalTop 5' @CFBX Kamloops, BC
Composer Jack Gallagher's newest release of solo piano music performed by Juilliard graduate Frank Huang includes numerous works, often dedicated to his wife or daughter, composed across a 40-year span. Gallagher's Sonatina aspires to unabashed geniality, its middle movement the original piano incarnation of his Berceuse for orchestra, itself widely broadcast by national and regional me...
Jack Gallagher - Piano Music / Gapplegate review
As the world turns around us, new music is ever appearing, thankfully. Today it is the Piano Music (Centaur 3522) of Jack Gallagher. We have encountered his music fruitfully with the release of his orchestral music on several Naxos disks a while back (type his name in the index box for my review of his "Symphony No.2"). The orchestral disks showed a fine musical mind at work. This new release g...
Jack Gallagher and JoAnn Falletta record second disc together / WCLV: Radio
LISTEN TO THE WCLV - Cleveland INTERVIEW READ THE TRNSCRIPT - Composer Jack Gallagher and GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor JoAnn Falletta recorded their second collaborative disc for Naxos on September 2 and 3, 2013 at Blackheath Halls, London. The new release, produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Tim Handley, includes Gallagher's Symphony No 2 ("Ascendant"), a four-movement work lasting near...
Jack Gallagher - Sym 2 | Quiet Reflections / Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jack Gallagher: Symphony No. 2 "Ascendant" on Naxos featuring the London Symphony Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
READ THE Cleveland Plain Dealer REVIEW No wonder College of Wooster professor Jack Gallagher is so well-known outside north-central Ohio. This recording of his Symphony No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta, his second with those forces, reflect a...
Jack Gallagher - Symphony No. 2 | Quiet Reflections / Gramophone
Born in Brooklyn in 1947, Jack Gallagher studied composition, counterpoint and orchestration with Elie Siegmeister (1909 91). It's hard not to be won over by the prodigious energy, long-term thinking and melodic fecundity of Gallagher's exuberant inspiration, to say nothing of the breathtaking skill and swaggering confidence with which he handles his forces. JoAnn Falletta directs with contagio...
Jack Gallagher - Sym 2 | Quiet Reflections / ClassicalSource review
This is my first encounter with (Gallagher's) music and I want to hear more. Certainly this release graces Naxos's American Classics series with distinction. Symphony No. 2 seems remarkably spontaneous, free-flowing from the pen of a quick-thinking and assured creator. There is an attractive fluidity to this music. The ideas are inventive and thoroughly well developed. The varied and brilliant...
Jack Gallagher - Sym 2 | Quiet Reflections / Classical.net review
An epic character and heroic sense that bespeak a deep expressive manner. This is a big work with a purpose and colorful personality, almost taking on a whole world of expression. He is one of the more original contemporary composers you're likely to encounter. The symphony's twenty-minute first movement, marked Boldly, bristles with energy. The development section is quite imaginative in it...
Jack Gallagher - Sym 2 | Quiet Reflections / WTJU: Ralph Graves weighs in
What better way to present a new work than with a world-class orchestra and conductor? Jack Gallagher's second symphony gets such a treatment, and the results are stunning. JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra perform with assurance, bringing out all the expressive energy of the music. And there's a lot for them to work with. Gallagher's well-constructed Symphony No. 2 is tonal and tunefu...
Jack Gallagher - Symphony No. 2 | Quiet Reflections / Fine Arts This Week
Join us for this edition of Fine Arts This Week where we will spotlight composer Jack Gallagher and the new release on the Naxos label of the composer's Symphony no. 2, the Ascendant Symphony. Join host Keith Peters as he speaks with Gallagher about his career and this new symphony and its debut with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Gallagher's previous Naxos r...
Jack Gallagher - Symphony No. 2 | Quiet Reflections / Audiophile Audition
My previous, and indeed, first, encounter with the music of Jack Gallagher occurred when I reviewed another outstanding Naxos disc with these same forces. Now they're back, and to even more stunning effect. The first disc was a miscellany that provided a nice overview to this composer's music, and it was outstanding. Now we get an encore that proves not just a continuation of a symphonic sequence, ...
Jack Gallagher interview on New Jersey's 'Classical Network'
You'll hear presents regional, national and international performing artists, on The Classical Network- Cadenza. Each Thursday at 10p ET. Host David Osenberg has conversations with today's leading soloists, conductors and composers. The show is the 2014 Winner- Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award for Broadcasting awarded by ASCAP Composer Jack Gallagher continues h...
Jack Gallagher - Symphony #2 / Fanfare review
The music of Jack Gallagher (b. 1947) has previously been welcomed in these pages (making the Want List in 2011 of Steven Ritter). It is not difficult to hear why: This is expertly scored, exuberant music. It can broadly be defined, I suppose, as "Americana," but it brings in much else besides. The Second Symphony (2010–13) emerges as fresh as a daisy, the textures clear-cut throughout. Its sub...
Jack Gallagher - Symphony #2 / ClassicalNet review
This is the second Naxos CD of Jack Gallagher's music performed by Joann Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra. My review of the previous disc, which includes some information about Gallagher's background, is also available (Naxos 8.559652). Superlatives do not come easily to me, and I would be embarrassed to attempt the kind of purple prose some critics manage to summon. However, I have...
Jack Gallagher: Diversions Overture included in Buffalo Philharmonic - February subscription concerts
Jack Gallagher's Diversions Overture is being performed on two February subscription concerts of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the orchestra's Grammy®-winning Music Director, JoAnn Falletta. The performances will take place at the orchestra's home in Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, Saturday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m. Gallagher will be interviewed by ...
Jack Gallagher named 'Naxos Composer of the Week'
Jack Gallagher has been named 'Naxos Composer of the Week' for the week of January 19 2015. Gallagher's new CD release - Symphony No. 2: Ascendant, is a gentle, lyrical meditation and features the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by GRAMMY®-award winner JoAnn Falletta. About the recording, the esteemed conductor commented "I am delighted to welcome the release ...
Jack Gallagher Symphony No. 2: Ascendant / WFMT: Chicago - New Release of the Week
Jack Gallagher continues his association with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta with Symphony No. 2, Ascendant, a robust, colorful work of dramatic contrasts and expansive architecture that seeks to express the aspirations and strivings of the human spirit. Quiet Reflections is a calm, serenely lyrical meditation which evokes a sense of longing for past tranquility. Gallagher's pr...
Jack Gallagher makes his debut with 'Orchestral Music'
American composer Jack Gallagher makes his Naxos debut in this recording by the distinguished London Symphony Orchestra conducted by GRAMMY-winner JoAnn Falletta. Acclaimed by rave reviews in Fanfare magazine as "a most welcome release of some absolutely fantastic music" revealing "a warm-hearted directness that is tremendously engaging," the release was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and ...