The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has a way of getting under your skin. LACO got under mine, and I am grateful. There is something intimate and personal about this Orchestra, something that brings audiences and musicians closer together. No doubt this electricity existed when Neville Marriner founded the ensemble as its first music director 40 years ago. Now that Sir Neville has been knighted, it is fun to think of the royal succession of music directors from him to Jeffrey Kahane and realize that LACO’s special charm remains unbroken across the dynasties of leadership.
Jeff grew up in Los Angeles and was twelve years old when he heard Sir Neville conduct LACO for the first time. It had been Jeff’s dream to perform with Sir Neville ever since, and the collaboration in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on the opening night of LACO’s 40th anniversary season was a great pleasure for him and for everyone who heard that remarkable performance. In fact, it was witnessing that friendly collaboration of musical titans which inspired us to release this archival recording.
Bob Attiyeh, producer