Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 


















Join the celebrated music director Gerard Schwarz and a team of leading musicians from American orchestras as they guide you through a series highlighting the life-changing wonder of symphonic music.

The All-Star Orchestra celebrates a new movement of classical music, while encouraging a greater understanding and enjoyment of the genre. Each one-hour episode of the All-Star Orchestra offers interviews with the conductor, musicians, composers, and special guests, and subsequently pairs a familiar masterwork with a contemporary symphonic piece from an American composer—the masterpieces of the future.

Naxos invites you to enjoy this television series in a set of four DVDs offering the first season’s 8 episodes including:

Naxos 2.110348
The All-Star Orchestra
MUSIC FOR THE THEATRE • WHAT MAKES A MASTERPIECE?

PROGRAM 1: MUSIC FOR THE THEATRE
Igor Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2
Bright Sheng: Black Swan

The legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev of the Ballet Russes commissioned from Stravinsky and Ravel some of the greatest music for the ballet. His influence stretched from St. Petersburg to Paris to the New York City Ballet founded by Diaghilev’s collaborator George Balanchine. Former NYCB Composer in Residence Bright Sheng captures the beauty of the dance in Black Swan, inspired by a Brahms intermezzo.

PROGRAM 2: WHAT MAKES A MASTERPIECE?
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Philip Glass: Harmonium Mountain

This program is an exploration of the creative process, tracing the genesis of Beethoven’s iconic symphony and the development of a new work by a modern master. Introductory features demonstrate how short rhythmic and melodic motives evolve into vast symphonic organisms. Interviews include leading Beethoven scholars and the All-Star musicians.

Igor Stravinsky
Maurice Ravel
Ludwig van
Beethoven
Bright Sheng
Philip Glass

Naxos 2.110349
The All-Star Orchestra
THE NEW WORLD AND ITS MUSIC • POLITICS AND ART

PROGRAM 3: THE NEW WORLD AND ITS MUSIC
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 ‘From the New World’
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Avanti!

Inspired by American dreams and legends, Dvořák created some of his greatest works while living in the United States, above all the ‘New World’ Symphony. This program illuminates the multiple stories and influences – Native American, African-American and Czech – that Dvořák transformed in his most beloved work. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Avanti! offers a contemporary interpretation of the American archetype of ‘moving on’.

PROGRAM 4: POLITICS AND ART
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Music has sometimes reflected, and at other times challenged repressive ideologies. Shostakovich abandoned the premiere of his challenging 4th Symphony for fear of reprisals from the Stalinist government. His triumphant 5th Symphony was next, and the authorities were pleased. To this day the 5th is Shostakovich’s most popular symphony. What is its message? What does ‘political music’ mean today?

Antonín Dvořák
Dmitri
Shostakovich
Ellen Taaffe
Zwilich

Naxos 2.110350
The All-Star Orchestra
RELATIONSHIPS IN MUSIC • THE LIVING ART FORM

PROGRAM 5: RELATIONSHIPS IN MUSIC
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 ‘Rhenish’

Robert Schumann’s wife Clara was herself a gifted pianist and composer. She became a lifelong friend and source of inspiration for Schumann’s protégé Johannes Brahms. This program will explore the turbulent musical and emotional relationships between these three, and the masterpieces that they produced.

PROGRAM 6: THE LIVING ART FORM
Richard Danielpour: Piano Concerto No. 4 ‘A Hero’s Journey’: 3rd Movement
Xiayin Wang, soloist
Samuel Jones: Concerto for Violoncello
Julian Schwarz, soloist
Joseph Schwantner: The Poet’s Hour – Soliloquy for Violin
Yevgeny Kutik, soloist

This program explores the creation of new concertos and the artistic process. Outstanding young soloists and leading American composers are featured in performance and in interviews.

Johannes
Brahms
Robert
Schumann
Richard
Danielpour
Samuel Jones
Joseph
Schwantner

Naxos 2.110351
The All-Star Orchestra
MUSIC’S EMOTIONAL IMPACT • LOVE, SORROW AND TRANSCENDENCE

PROGRAM 7: MUSIC’S EMOTIONAL IMPACT
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
David Stock: Blast!

This program delves into Tchaikovsky’s dramatic personal life, his brief marriage, and his intense correspondence with his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, whom he never met, and to whom he dedicated his 4th Symphony. The dramatic brass fanfares that for Tchaikovsky symbolized Fate find a modern echo in David Stock’s Blast!

PROGRAM 8: MAHLER: LOVE, SORROW AND TRANSCENDENCE
Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder (Songs from Latter Days – selections)
Soloist: Nancy Maultsby, mezzo-soprano
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’: 1st Movement
Augusta Read Thomas: Of Paradise and Light
Bernard Rands: Adieu

Mahler’s turbulent passions are expressed through his music. His settings of poems by Friedrich Rückert explore themes of love, nature, and otherworldliness. Mahler was haunted throughout his life by the premonition of his own death. The first movement of his 2nd Symphony, which Mahler called ‘Totenfeier’ (‘Funerary Rites’), draws stark contrasts between the composer’s premonition of doom, and his vision of life. Modern reflections on these themes can be found in Adieu by Bernard Rands and Of Paradise and Light by Augusta Read Thomas.

Gustav Mahler
Pyotr Il'yich
Tchaikovsky
Bernard Rands
David Stock
Augusta Read
Thomas



About the artists


Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra and the Eastern Music Festival. Schwarz recently completed his 26th and final season as Seattle Symphony Music Director and now serves as its Conductor Laureate. His previous positions as Music Director include New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Chamber Symphony.

The All-Star Orchestra is a new ensemble comprised of top players from major orchestras across the United States, including the orchestras of Boston, Chicago, New York (Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera), Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, New Jersey, Houston, Minnesota, Detroit, Seattle, Nashville, Oregon, Dallas, Florida, Utah, Cincinnati, the National Symphony, and more. These extraordinary musicians not only share worldclass talent, but also care deeply about the living tradition of symphonic music and are excited to share it with you.



View our special weekly features:
 
View all Features »

 



Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
3:21:11 PM, 24 October 2014
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-212-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.