Angel Gil-Ordonez

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"Exuberant, unfettered, almost cinematic in its rich colors and heady sweep of ideas, the work seemed to explode with vitality and a sense of freedom and infinite possibility. Much of that was due to superb playing by the ensemble itself – led with fluidity and precision by music director Angel Gil-Ordonez." [Re Dvorak's American Suite]  ~Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

"Angel Gil-Ordóñez' insight into Shostakovich's music is astounding. He discovers in Rudolf Barshai's string orchestra arrangement of the Eighth Quartet a profound spirituality and greatly enriches our appreciation of Shostakovich's stature as a great twentieth century composer."
Solomon Volkov, author, Testimony

"...under the nuanced and utterly fluid direction of Angel Gil-Ordóñez, the work [Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, Op. 110a, transcription by Rudolf Barshai of Shostakovich's autobiographical eighth quartet] lost none of its roiling, acrid bite nor its unearthly luminosity. The wild-eyed allegretto was as menacing as ever, the three largo movements even more sweeping and ethereal than in the quartet version.... The quartet may be a whirlwind, but in these hands, the chamber version became a tornado."  Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

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     The Washington Post, Washington, D. C.
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    …it was also utterly charming, so lovingly cast and accompanied with such ardor by Angel Gil-Ordóñez and the Post-Classical Ensemble that it would have taken a curmudgeon to resist its appeal'

                

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    (Anne Midgette)
    REVIEW from
    2015-02-16 The Washington Post,
    "". . . one of the country’s most innovative music groups — the PostClassical Ensemble . . .""
    (Philip Kennicott)
    REVIEW from 2015-02-16  
     American Record Guide, July 2014,
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    a dozen members of the Perspectives Ensemble [Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director and conductor] perform [Cinco Invocaciones al Crucificado] with searing emotion.

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     The Orange County Register, Santa Ana
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    …one couldn't do better than Wednesday's evening program offered by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Madrid-born Angel Gil-Ordóñez. The concert captured brilliantly the delightful torments, ineffable longing, tenderness and muscularity of the flamenco spirit (in Falla's "Amor Brujo"). The PSO sounded balanced and articulate, Gil-Ordóñez leading the players through the sweep, grandeur and frenzy of the work with an unflappable demeanor.

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    (Peter Lefevre)
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     Infodad.com, January 2014,
    "Montsalvatge's more-substantial works … conducted with sure-handed skill by Angel Gil-Ordóñez…"
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     The Washington Post , Washington, D. C.
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    …under the nuanced and utterly fluid direction of Angel Gil-Ordóñez, the work [Chamber Symphony for Strings in C Minor, Op. 110a, transcription by Rudolf Barshai of Shostakovich's autobiographical eighth quartet] lost none of its roiling, acrid bite nor its unearthly luminosity. The wild-eyed allegretto was as menacing as ever, the three largo movements even more sweeping and ethereal than in the quartet version….  The quartet may be a whirlwind, but in these hands, the chamber version became a tornado.

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    (Stephen Brookes)
    REVIEW from
    Angel Gil-Ordonez, co-founder and Music Director of the PostClassical Ensemble in Washington, DC
    talks about the innovative programming of PCE.  
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    PostClassical brings warmth and sensuality to an all-Bach concert at Dumbarton Church
    2014-11-16 The Washington Post,
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    "…music director Angel Gil-Ordóñez (whose wonderful conducting style is equal parts dance, bullfighting and ecstatic bliss) also brought great warmth and even sensuality to the music, setting the tone for rest of the evening. …

    " … Gil-Ordóñez's infectious enthusiasm; … underscored the refreshing lack of stuffiness that has become the hallmark of the PostClassical Ensemble's concerts - still among the most interesting in town."

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    (Stephen Brookes)
    REVIEW from 2014-11-16  
    Shostakovich Chamber Symphony op.110a Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor
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    The PostClassical Ensemble - TED Talk
    TED Talk by Angel Gil-Ordonez with members of the PostClassical Ensemble  
     Opera News, June 2014,
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    … the shimmering string accompaniment of the Perspectives Ensemble, conducted with sensitivity by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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    (Joshua Rosenblum)
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     The Buffalo News, June 2014,
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    The performances [ NAXOS CD Dvořák and America, with the PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez] are unfailingly excellent… This…deserves your full attention…

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    (Herman Trotter)
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    Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    PostClassical Ensemble
    Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor  
     David's Review Corner, July 2014,
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    … the admirable PostClassical Orchestra and its conductor, Angel Gil-Ordóñez [is] responsible for the Hiawatha Melodrama.

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    (David Denton)
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     The Washington Post, Washington, D. C.
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    Under the skillful Spanish conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez, the Post-Classical Ensemble performed Revueltas's score in live accompaniment to this hour-long 1936 film about village fishermen struggling against the power of a monopoly. The orchestra gave a wonderfully lucid account of the score. The phrasing, dynamics and general sound were alive to the evolving sense of desperation, anger and empowerment expressed in the film. Gil-Ordoñez kept everything moving apace and always synced with the images on-screen.

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    (Daniel Ginsberg)
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     La Vanguardia, Spain
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    The conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez is pioneering one of the most remarkable experiments in the musical scene in the United States.

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    (Eusebio Val)
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     MusicalAmerica.com, New York City
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    The Post-Classical Ensemble, . . . presented a mini (Lou) Harrison festival . . . Charismatic P-CE Music Director Angel GilOrdonez led a taut, unforgettable reading. . . the engaging performance, expertly shaped by Gil Ordonez, made a strong case for "Strict Songs" to be in the pantheon of American vocal music.

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    (Brett Campbell)
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    2012-11-20 Personal letter following PostClassical Ensemble's "Interpreting Shostakovich" festival, Washington, D. C.
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    Angel Gil-Ordóñez' insight into Shostakovich's music is astounding. He discovers in Rudolf Barshai's string orchestra arrangement of the Eighth Quartet a profound spirituality and greatly enriches our appreciation of Shostakovich's stature as a great twentieth century composer.

                

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    (Solomon Volkov, author, "Testimony")
    REVIEW from 2012-11-20  
    2013-03-03 The Washington Post, Washington, D. C.
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    [Re Dvorak's "American Suite"]  Exuberant, unfettered, almost cinematic in its rich colors and heady sweep of ideas, the work seemed to explode with vitality and a sense of freedom and infinite possibility. Much of that was due to superb playing by the ensemble itself - led with fluidity and precision by music director Angel Gil-Ordonez.

     

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    ( Stephen Brookes)
    REVIEW from 2013-03-03  
    Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor
     The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore
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     The continuing struggle to reinvigorate the classical-music scene has led to some interesting and rewarding new vehicles for the art form. In the Washington area, the Post-Classical Ensemble has been livening things up with an embrace of a broad cultural spectrum, including film, dance, folk music and poetry. In one program earlier this season, the group celebrated the vibrant music of Mexican composers; another offered traditional Chinese music and a chamber version of Gustav Mahler's Chinese poetry-inspired "Das Lied von der Erde." On Saturday, the group presented its audience with a rare opportunity to see two acclaimed New Deal-era documentaries by Pare Lorentz, performed with live orchestral accompaniment at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre in Silver Spring. Angel Gil-Ordonez, music director of the Post-Classical Ensemble, led a tightly in-synch performance that unlocked the score's expressive potency.

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    (Tim Smith)
    REVIEW from
    Hiawatha Melodrama (after Dvořák): The Hunting of Pau-Puk-Keewis
    PostClassical Ensemble
    Angel Gil-Ordonez, conductor  
      The Washington Post, Washington, D. C.
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    The Post-Classical Ensemble has added a new and engaging dimension to our musical life in the years since it was founded -- all of its programs are of both musical and intellectual interest.

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    (Tim Page)
    REVIEW from
     Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, Janury 2014,
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    The Perspectives Ensemble under conductor Angel Gil-Ordonez brings us lovely performances that exemplify Montsalvatge in various stylistic guises.…

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    (Grego Applegate Edwards)
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