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What they say about Angel

Invigorating… Gil-Ordóñez led a vital rendition

Alex RossThe New Yorker (April 2017)

(…) one of the country’s most innovative music groups – the Post-Classical Ensemble (…)

Philip KennicottThe Washington Post (February 2015)

Charismatic PCE Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez led a taut, unforgettable reading.

Brett CampbellMusical America (March 2011)

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Articles 12

Open your ears

Article published on February 04, 2019 in El País in Spanish

For PostClassical Ensemble, it is not enough to complain about the monotony, or the ethnic or social bias, of symphonic programs. [Horowitz and Angel Gil-Ordóñez] devise alternatives… They produce stimulating evidence the music belongs to life and to the cultural and political environment of the times in which it was created… Classical music needs to leave the confinement of concert halls.

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PostClassical Ensemble Hosts Indonesia Gamelan Experience at Washington Cathedral

Article published on January 13, 2019 in The Washington Diplomat

In reference to Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

The Indonesian gamelan will be the centerpiece of PostClassical Ensemble’s latest musical creation, Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience, on Jan. 23 at the Washington National Cathedral.

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In the Studio

Article published on January 01, 2019 in Gramophone

The Conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Perspectives Ensemble have recorded two of Manuel de Falla’s dramatic works –El retablo de Maese Pedro and El Amor Brujo (in its 1915 version). Esperanza Fernández, one of Spain’s leading exponents of flamenco art, joined the ensemble for El Amor Brujo. Sessions for this Naxos release, due in April, took place at the end of summer in Scarsdale, New York.

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DC-based Conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez brings Classical Music to the 40th Annual Havana Film Festival

Article published on December 07, 2018 in DC Metro Theater Arts

When patrons of the 40th annual Havana Film Festival in Cuba enter the city’s Cine la Rampa on December 8, they’ll be treated to an unexpected viewing experience – a conductor and an orchestra beneath the venue’s large projection screen. DC-based conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez will lead Cuba’s Mozart Lyceum Orchestra of Havana in a live performance of the score to classic Mexican neo-doc, Redes.

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Concert reviews 16

Lou Harrison and The Great American Piano Concerto – Reprised

Concert review published on February 08, 2019 in ArtsJournal

In reference to Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

At our performance, the chorale was consecrated by stained-glass windows. Angel Gil-Ordóñez is a sovereign conductor of all and any slow-motion music. Our exceptional concertmaster, Nati Draiblate, was the violin soloist.

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An Earful of Indonesian Inspiration

Concert review published on February 08, 2019 in The Georgetowner

In reference to Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

Extending for 530 feet, the nave of Washington National Cathedral, the world’s sixth largest, can easily accommodate several orchestras. On Jan. 23, it held three: PostClassical Ensemble, directed by Angel Gil-Ordóñez; the Indonesian Embassy Javanese Gamelan, directed by Pak Muryanto; and the Indonesian Embassy Balinese Gamelan, directed by I. Nyoman Suadin.

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Indonesia and the West

Concert review published on January 31, 2019 in The American Scholar

In reference to Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

These days, the word fusion, especially in the context of food but also in discussions of the arts, has become a cliché. But here was a vivid, persuasive argument in favor of embracing a fluid world culture.

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Does Indonesia matter to Western music? Here’s a 3-hour concert that proves it does

Concert review published on January 24, 2019 in The Washington Post

In reference to Cultural Fusion: The Gamelan Experience

Adventurous programming is a hallmark of the Post-Classical Ensemble. This “experimental music laboratory,” now in its 15th year, explored the profound influence that gamelan has had on Western classical composers in a three-hour concert at the cathedral, its new home, on Wednesday night.

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Disc reviews 42

Gil-Ordóñez’ Wonderful de Falla

Disc review published on April 10, 2019 in The Art Music Lounge

In reference to Falla: El amor brujo (1915 original version) / El retablo de Maese Pedro

This performance of El retablo goes straight to the top of my list of preferred versions, and I consider the El amor brujo to be very nearly the equal of Toscanini’s in performance quality and, of course, far superior in sound.

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Los excepcionales del mes de octubre de 2017

Disc review published on October 04, 2017 in Sherzo in Spanish

In reference to Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music

The result of this recording is simply magnificent. Tim Fain and Michael Borinskin are soloists of great class, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez does an extraordinary job at the helm of his PostClassical Ensemble of Washington.

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Harrison: Concierto para violín / Grand Duo / Double Music

Disc review published on October 01, 2017 in in Spanish

In reference to Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music

The performances are irreproachable, which make this recording the best introduction ever registered to the work of Harrison.

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Lou Harrison zum 100. Geburtstag

Disc review published on May 19, 2017 in Pizzicato in German

In reference to Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music

Three intriguingly special works, extremely well served by the performers. The recording is altogether first class and one superb homage to Lou Harrison for his 100th birthday.

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Interviews 7

Conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez Embraces Sublime Experience With Classical Music

Interview published on April 04, 2019 in Classical Post

Conductor Angel Gil-Ordoñez has always had a passion for music. So much so, that he convinced his parents to let him study music in college at the Madrid Conservatory of Music, as long as he would first study Engineering at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. He completed both degrees and then continued with his musical education and career.

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Angel of Music

Interview published on April 01, 2019 in Modern Luxury

Silence –it’s in the still seconds as a a conductor raises his arms. It’s also what Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director of DC-based PostClassical Ensemble, calls the “condition” for sound. “As my teacher and mentor, Sergiu Celibidache, used to say, “Sound is not music,” he recalls. “Sound, under certain circumstances, can become music.”

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Food, friends and music: How Angel Gil-Ordóñez would spend a free day in D.C.

Interview published on March 07, 2019 in The Washington Post

I love conducting so much, a dream day would include rehearsing a Haydn symphony in one of my favorite spaces in Washington, the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress. When I conduct Haydn, I am the happiest person in the world. I love his sense of humor and simplicity. Everything is so clear, and at the same time so fine, so elegant. The Coolidge Auditorium is such an intimate space, it was made for chamber music.

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Ángel Gil-Ordóñez: Infravaloramos a nuestras audiencias y lo que hay que hacer es retarlas

Interview published on July 09, 2018 in Konpartitu Magazine in Spanish

El maestro madrileño cumple 25 años de carrera en Estados Unidos, donde trabaja como profesor en la Universidad de Georgetown y dirige desde 2003 el PostClassical Ensemble.

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Podcasts 11

PostClassical Revels in Music of Revueltas

Podcast published on April 20, 2018 in WWFM Classical

In reference to Silvestre Revueltas: Redes (DVD)

This two-part podcast presents the music of “The Great Composer You’ve Never Heard Of” as author and music historian Joseph Horowitz, Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez and Exploring Music’s Bill McGlaughlin host this program devoted to the life and music of the 20th-century composer Silvestre Revueltas. This broadcast includes PostClassical Ensemble’s recording that reconstructs the soundtrack Revueltas composed for the 1936 film Redes.

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Schubert 'Uncorked'

Podcast published on December 15, 2017 in WWFM Classical

This two-part podcast entitled Schubert ‘Uncorked’ — a subversive reconsideration of a famous composer includes two broadcast premieres: Schubert’s Arpeggione Concerto and Schubert songs with bass trombone, along with the slow movement from Bruckner’s String Quintet and two movements from Daniel Schnyder’s Bass Trombone Concerto. With David Taylor (bass trombone), William Sharp (baritone) and PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

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Angel Gil-Ordóñez – Music Director of Post Classical Ensemble, Lila Downs, Sultans of String

Podcast published on November 16, 2017 in Antidote

Hear music by the PostClassical Ensemble and Angel Gil-Ordóñez’s remarkable story on this week’s episode, along with opening tracks by the Sultans of String and the wonderful Lila Downs, a prior musical collaborator with the Ensemble. Antidote is broadcast live every Tuesday at 9 am on WERA 96.7FM, and streams live on, Sundays at 4 pm.

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PostClassical – The Most Under-Rated 20th Century American Composer: Celebrating Bernard Herrmann

Podcast published on October 20, 2017 in WWFM Classical

In reference to Psycho: A Narrative For String Orchestra

PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) celebrates the music of the “most under-rated 20th-Century American composer,” Bernard Herrmann. Author, music historian and co-founder of PCE Joseph Horowitz co-hosts this bi-monthly program with PCE Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Exploring Music Host Bill McGlaughlin. This week’s broadcast includes performances by PostClassical Ensemble of Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet, Sinfonietta, and Psycho Narrative, as well as music from his radio play Whitman and his Cantata Moby Dick.

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Videos 3

Mirador Cultural TV's Hugo Almanza interviews Ángel Gil-Ordoñez

Video published on December 19, 2018 in Mirador Cultural TV in Spanish

Mirador Cultural TV interviews the internationally renowned Spanish-American conductor Ángel Gil-Ordoñez, as part of the Christmas Gala concert that the Orchestra and choirs of the Trinitate Philarmonia offered to the Leonese audience at the Renacimiento Auditorium on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

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The Importance Of Music Education For Youth. A Conversation With Maestro Angel Gil-Ordóñez.

Video published on September 21, 2017

My professional work as a conductor has been always accompanied with a dedication to young musicians. In this video I present some thoughts about the importance of music education for the youngest, for the underprivileged, and for those whose future professional life won’t be related to artistic activities.

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Cuban Musicians to Play Alongside Georgetown University Students

Video published on April 20, 2017 in NBC News (Channel 4 / Washington)

In reference to Music for Cuba Exchange

A group of Cuban musicians is set to join students from Georgetown University for a first-of-its-kind orchestra performance. News4’s David Culver reports how the concert is meant to bridge the longheld divide between two nations. Music for US-Cuban Relations is an International Cultural Exchange Project created by Angel Gil-Ordóñez between the students and faculty of Georgetown University and members of Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana, which consists of travel between the two countries and joint musical presentations in Havana, Cuba. The first edition of the program took place in March of 2017 and in Washington, D.C. in April of 2017.

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