|Recent Works||New Release|
Aflame for solo viola, composed for the 50th Anniversary of the Cleveland Composers Guild. First performance, Mark Jackobs, violist (the Cleveland Orchestra), Cleveland Hts., OH, 23 April 2010.
Twin Spirits for two trumpets and piano, commissioned by Shaun Fontaine for the birth of his twin sons, Gavin and Cooper. First performance, Amanda Bekeny, Jane Rackley, trumpets and Kim Bakkum, piano, Akron, OH, 21 February 2010.
Malambo Nouveau for piano, significantly expanded and reworked from the earlier Malambo. First performance by Grammy award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, 13 September 2009, Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh High School of the Creative and Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA.
Podcasts and Recognition for Naxos / LSO / Falletta disc:
New Classical Tracks: The Best of 2010
“(A) top pick for 2010.”
— Valerie Kahler and Julie Amacher
Minnesota Public Radio
"His art is on the highest level and I cannot imagine anyone not liking it."
– 2011 Want List
The Best of Preview 2010
9 January 2011
— Paul Jordan
WCPE 89.7 FM, The Classical Station, North Carolina
Best of October (2010)
“A fascinating Symphony, and several shorter works. Colorful orchestral sound.”
—Steven A. Kennedy Cinemusical
New Classical Tracks
Julie Amacher, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR)
CD of the Week
Sterling Beaff, KBAQ-FM, Tempe, Arizona
Keith Lockhart: Keith's Classical Corner
David Mellor Recommends, BEST BARGAIN
Classic FM, London, UK
Choice CD of the Month
Bill O'Connell, WCLV-FM, Cleveland
“Making a List” 2010 Annual selections
Ed Simone, WNED-FM, Buffalo/Toronto
Deceptive Cadence, Classical Lost and Found
Bill McQuiston, NPR
Tara Lynn, WCPE-FM, North Carolina
Reviews of Jack Gallagher: Orchestral Music, Naxos 8.559652
“Fresh and exuberant. The LSO couldn’t sound finer; it’s as if the music had been specifically written to showcase their approach to making sound.”
— Lawrence Vittes, Gramophone
“JACK GALLAGHER composes with assurance for orchestra. Strongly conceived.” (Five stars)
— Anthony Burton, BBC Music Magazine
“Jack Gallagher is a name to remember, and this disc is definitely one to own. (The Symphony) is truly a work of genius. If you buy only one disc of new music this year, I would certainly suggest this as the place to begin.” (Five stars)
– Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition
“Challenging stuff, and very impressive indeed. The ending is a riot of colour and energy. Powerful, well written music. A real find!”
—Bob Briggs, Music Web International, U.K.
“The sheer variety of orchestral textures . . . is nothing short of amazing. Gallagher's Sinfonietta for strings is a marvel of a work. It is hoped that we can hear more from this composer.”
— Chris Hathaway, KUHF, Houston Public Radio
“Fresh, imaginative, colorful and deftly orchestrated. Exudes engaging lyricism and exciting rhythmic patterns. Unreservedly recommended.”
— Herman Trotter, Buffalo News
“Poignancy, explosive energy, good-natured humor . . . and a warm-hearted directness that is tremendously engaging. Urgently recommended.”
— Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare
“One is entranced by the atmospheric ambiance. Gallagher writes beautiful music and he is very, very good at it. I was thoroughly captivated. My very strongest recommendation.”
— Jerry Dubins, Fanfare
“Exciting orchestral music. You'll be grateful for the on-going mission of conductor JoAnn Falletta. . . to spotlight well-deserving composers and their music.”
— Julie Amacher, Minnesota Public Radio
“Very cogently structured in one movement, part of a long and distinguished lineage stretching back through Samuel Barber and Roy Harris to the Seventh Symphony of Sibelius. Gallagher is definitely worth getting to know.”
— David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
“A composer of diverse coloristic gifts. Inhabits sound world(s) of . . . vivacity and lyricism . . . poignancy . . . and dark, swirling drama. The London Symphony Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta are first-rate champions of Gallagher's creations. Grade: A."
— Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Do you want optimistic exuberance? Go to the Diversions Overture. Poignancy? The liltingly lovely Berceuse. Music does not get much lovelier than this. Vivacity? The Sinfonietta for strings. The Symphony in One Movement: Threnody pretty much has it all. I highly recommend this CD. You will think you have been cheated that you have not heard it before."
– Robert R. Reilly, Crisis Magazine
“Music that is warm, inventive, melodic and carefully structured. (Exhibits) multi-instrumental virtuosity, featuring a number of very well-conceived scoring touches.”
“Gallagher's compositions add to the evidence that contemporary classical music can be widely accessible without sacrificing richness or subtlety.”
— Jerome Crossley, WCLV-FM, Cleveland
"Irresistible rhythmic élan and not a little wit, exhilarating in its effect. Powerful and deeply felt."
– Colin Anderson, The Classical Review
“A marvel of invention and orchestration. This recording with the London Symphony Orchestra is a true consecration.”
— Abeille Musique.com, Paris, France
“Brilliantly orchestrated and impeccably constructed. Not only intellectually stimulating but immediately appealing.”
— Bob McQuiston, National Public Radio
“All is brilliantly orchestrated and performed here. Touchingly beautiful. Engaging performances captured in a perfect sound picture. Highly recommended.”
Recording: ****/****; Performance: ****/****.
— Steven A. Kennedy, Cinemusical
28 September 2010
||CD release by Naxos American Classics of Jack Gallagher: Orchestral Music, recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Michael Fine, producer.|
24 and 26 September 2009
JoAnn Falletta will conduct the Virginia Symphony in two
performances of Berceuse at
St. Bede's Catholic Church in Williamsburg (24th) and Regent University Theatre
in Virginia Beach (26th) at 8:00 p.m.
||Grammy award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, head of keyboard studies at Cleveland State University, will record part II of the piano works of Jack Gallagher for forthcoming publication on CD. David Yost, recording engineer of Dr. Chang's Grammy-winning recording of Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques, will engineer the disc.|
||Mixing by Michael Fine of the forthcoming CD of Gallagher orchestral works, recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Michael Fine, producer. The CD is scheduled to be released in late 2010 on the Naxos label.|
9 June 2009, 8:00 p.m.
||Robert Sullivan, Principal Trumpet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Julie Spangler, pianist, will give the first performance of Remembrance of Robin at Werner Recital Hall of the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The 11-minute work, for trumpet in C and piano, was commissioned by Mr. Sullivan in memory of his wife, an untimely victim of sarcoma. The program will benefit the Sarcoma Foundation of America.|
Grammy award-winning pianist Angelin Chang, head of keyboard studies at Cleveland State University, will record the piano works of Jack Gallagher for forthcoming publication on CD. David Yost, recording engineer of Dr. Chang's Grammy-winning recording of Messiaen's Oiseaux exotiques, will engineer the disc.
||Completion of the second edit of the forthcoming CD of Gallagher orchestral works, recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the London Symphony Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta, conductor and Michael Fine, producer. The CD is scheduled to be released in late 2010 on the Naxos label.|
24 March 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Ancient Evenings and Distant Music performed by the University of Mississippi Faculty Woodwind Quintet at Nutt Auditorium, The University of Mississippi.
15 March 2009
Resonances, for trumpet ensemble, performed for Finals of the National Trumpet Competition by the Boston University Trumpet Ensemble 1 at Harris Theatre, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.
7-13 March 2009
||Dance No More (Thomas Chatterton) presented by The Wooster Chorus, Gregory Brown, Director, at Spring Tour performances in Indianapolis, St. Louis, Chicago Heights, Urbana, Cincinnati, and Lima, Ohio.|
28 February 2009
||Let Me Make Songs performed at Southern College Music Society Conference, University of Central Florida, by Nancy Maria Balach, soprano, John Schuesselin, trumpet, and Amanda Johnston, piano.|
11 and 13 January 2009
||Ancient Evenings and Distant Music performed by the Chinook Winds Quintet for the Great Falls Symphony Chamber Music Series at C.M. Russell Museum and elsewhere, Great Falls, Montana.|