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Principalmente durante la década de 1990, el conductor y productor Ettore Stratta construyó una carrera discográfica en la refundacion de varias marcas de la música popular en sinfónica de acuerdos a su estilo orquestal. Algunas veces eso lo lleva a incursionanar en la música latinoamericana (como Sinfónica de Boleros, Symphonic Tango, Bossa Nova y sinfónico) y algunas veces eso significa la elección de estándares compatibles en el mundo del jazz y el pop para crear registros con los estados de ánimo constante (como en el Viaje Sentimental y 2000 como Time Goes By: Great Love Songs of the 20th Century).
Él también hace las colecciones más específicas, como un tributo a la ciencia-ficción bandas sonoras de películas (Música de las galaxias) y, curiosamente, a Elvis Presley (Elvis Sinfónica, grabado - por supuesto - con la Orquesta Sinfónica de Memphis). Stratta ha grabado con la Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, la Orquesta Sinfónica de Londres, y las cadenas de fantasía, entre otros grupos, y no mostró señales de desaceleración tras el cambio de milenio
Born in Cuneo, Italy, multi-talented Ettore Stratta travels throughout the world as conductor / composer / arranger and producer. His work touches many musical bases -- classical, pop and jazz and sometimes combines these in unique recording and concert projects. Stratta's record productions include Tony Bennett's "The Art of Excellence, ", Eddie Daniels' "Break-through", ""Stephane Grappelli Plays Kern", and Cleo Laine's "Jazz". He also was conductor/music coordinator for Maureen McGovern's "State of the Heart". Lena Horne's album "The Men In My Life", which he produced in l988, received three Grammy nominations. He also produced Diahann Carroll's most recent CD "The Time Of My Life".
His additional record productions include the Sony Classical "Los Tangueros" with Emanuel Ax and Pablo Ziegler performing on two pianos the music of Astor Piazzoilla --and the l997-released CD by Maureen McGovern "The Music Never Ends", featuring the lyrics of Marilyn & Alan Bergman. Recently, he recorded Pablo Ziegler and the Orpheus Orchestra in "Tango Romance" for BMG Classics.
As conductor/recording artist for Teldec Records, Ettore Stratta has to his credit five best-selling CD's: "Symphonic Tango", "Symphonic Bossa Nova", "Symphonic Boleros", and"Symphonic Evita", recorded with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. "Symphonic Elvis", recorded with The Memphis Symphony and several original members of Presley's band, was on the charts for over 30 weeks.
Stratta has conducted and recorded with The London Symphony, The English Chamber Orchestra, The Baroque Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic and The London Studio Orchestra, with such artists as: Arturo Sandoval, Samuel Ramey, Placido Domingo, Chanticleer, Maureen McGovern, Al Jarreau, Dori Caymmi, Tom Scott and Gary Burton, among others.
He also conducted Goerge Duke's "Muir Woods Suite", recorded live at Montreux, and recently, at The Belleayre Music Festival, The St. Luke's Orchestra, in a program of music by Mozart and Copland.
As a Producer, Stratta has gold and platinum albums with Barbra Streisand and Wendy Carlos of "Switched on Bach". In l98l, he won first prize at the Castlebar International Music Festival for his instrumental composition. "Tempus Fugit".
Together with Pat Philips of the partnership, Stratta/Philips Productions, he has staged over 50 major concerts of pop, jazz and classical music at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles as well as in other cities of the United States and Europe.
Stratta/Philips also recently produced highly acclaimed "Tribute to the Nicholas Brothers - From Harlem to Hollywood" at Carnegie Hall with Lena Horne, Bill Cosby, Savion Glover, Maurice Hines, Ben Vereen and others.
Other concert events have included Stephane Grappelli's 80th Birthday at Carnegie Hall with Yo-Yo Ma and Michel Legrand as well as "All Jobim - the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim", with Al Jarrreau, Ivan LIns, and Joe Lovano and an earlier Jobim concert with Gilberto Gil, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Mann and Eliane Elias. Stratta/Philips produced projects with The Joffrey Ballet as well as the classic symphonic series "Absolut Concerto" for five years at Lincoln Center.
This year, Stratta has produced a new recording with soprano, Sumi Jo, for Erato Records. He is also working on productions for BMG Classics and Jazz as well as a forthcoming Teldec/Atlantic Classics project, as both producer and conductor.
In l998, Stratta was honored with the NARAS Legendary Producer's Award, presented during an industry luncheon in New York. Since then, he has recorded and produced a new CD with Pablo Ziegler and his Quintet for New Tango for RCA Records... and his own CD "As Time Goes By" as conductor/producer for Teldec/Atlantic Classics.
Last September, Stratta conducted three sold-out concerts in Sao Paulo with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London in programs of Symphonic Tangos and Bossa Novas...in celebration of "500 Years of the Discovery of Brazil."
Currently, Stratta is completing a new recording for Warner Classics with Star Tenor Jose Cura in a program of "Latin Love Songs". Ettore Stratta will conduct the symphonic orchestra and co-produce the CD. He is also working on a new "crossover" project with operatic mezzo soprano Denyce Graves for RCA Records to be released in 2002.
Stratta just Produced and Conducted the new CD for DECCA of the fabulous artist SISSEL from Norway which already has become #1 in several European countries and soon to be released in America. Arrangements for the CD were done by famed Arranger, JORGE CALANDRELLI.
The DJANGO FESTIVAL is scheduled for November 16-21, 2004 at BIRDLAND......Look for the feature article in DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE in the Spring (March-April) issue. Recording projects are in the works.
The Italian conductor Ettore Stratta studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He also attended conducting courses given by Tibor Serly in New York, and Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil. Stratta has conducted various major orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the English Chamber Orchestra. In 1984 he conducted the recording premiere of Britten's "Scottish Ballad" and in both 1986 and 1988 he was nominated for the prestigious Wavendon Award as "Conductor of the Year". Among the well-known artists Ettore Stratta has appeared with are: Placido Domingo, Justino Diaz, Yo-Yo Ma and Barbra Streisand as well as having done "lighter" programs with Arturo Sandoval, Stephane Grappelli, Lena Horne and Al Jarreau. His series of recordings for Teldec have appeared consistently in the Billboard charts. These recordings include: "Symphonic Lloyd Weber", "Symphonic Tango", "Symphonic Bolero" and the most popular "Symphonic Elvis". Many of his recordings have been produced together with Phoenix USA Founder and Director: Jeffrey Kaufman. These recordings include: "Music from the Galaxies" performed by the London Symphony, "A Portrait of Julio" performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the aforementioned "Symphonic Elvis" featuring the Memphis Symphony, as well as Phoenix USA THE MUSIC OF MARTINU AND BRITTEN with the Orchestra Radio/Television Luxembourg featuring Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas, duo-pianos and JUSTINO DIAZ/ MOZART ARIAS with The English Chamber Orchestra.