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GREAT MOVIE THEMES 2
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Carl Davis   
8.572111

‘…excellent production values allied to superb orchestral playing…RLPO is currently in fine form… This is the kind of spectacular engineering that was never found only a few years back on any but the most premium priced of labels …Hear it to enjoy the quality of British orchestral playing that is now the norm throughout the country caught in excellent and opulent sound.’ (MusicWeb International)
NEW RELEASE
In Terra Pax – A Christmas Anthology

Williams, Doyle, Williams, City of London Choir
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Whetton

8.572102
RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2009
Seized By Sweet Desire – Singing Nuns and Ladies From the Cathedral to the Bed Chamber

Musica Ficta, Bo Holten
8.572265
NEW RELEASE
ADAMO Late Victorians, Alcott Music, Regina Coeli

Pulley, Sullivan, Levalier, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Alimena
8.559258
RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2009
ADAMS Nixon in China

Orth, Kanyova, Hammons, Heller, Opera Colorado Chorus, Colorado Symphony, Alsop
8.669022-24

‘This new recording, taken from a live performance at Denver's Ellie Caulkins Opera House in June, 2008, is brilliant.’ (10/10 Classics Today)

Nixon is the first all-American opera, voicing a specifically American language (minimalism) and world-view…Alsop conducts the Colorado Symphony and chorus of Opera Colorado in an incandescent performance, recorded live last year, with a strong cast…’ - (5 STARS The Financial Times)
BALADA Cristóbal Colón (Christopher Columbus)
Carreras, Caballé, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Alcantara   
8.660237-38

‘the engineers have created a wonderfully realistic internal balance, the amount of stage noise almost non-existent with applause restricted to the end of acts.’ (David’s Review Corner)
BERNSTEIN Mass
Sykes, Wulfman, Morgan State University Choir, Peabody Children's Chorus, Baltimore Symphony, Alsop 
8.559622-23

‘This is, handily, the best sung, best played, most intelligently interpreted recording of Mass currently available.’ (10/10 - Classics Today)

‘It is unquestionably the finest thing that Marin Alsop has yet placed on disc, and it comes with the pedigree of being from a Bernstein protégée… In the actor/singer role of the Celebrant we have Jubilant Sykes, a baritone who moves happily between major opera houses and the world of jazz. He throws everything he has into the performance, changing his style to suite the words and situation to perfection. The Morgan State University Choir prove a virile and powerful group, while those singing the Street People are so ideal for the part. Alsop’s choice of tempo is right at every twist and turn, the orchestra, with a host of additional musicians - including electric guitars, ‘rock’ organ and a range of percussion - is full of impact and oozing with virtuosity.’ (David’s Review Corner)
CORIGLIANO Symphony No 3 ‘Circus Maximus’, Gazebo Dances
University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin   
8.559601

‘Bring on the gladiators! John Corigliano is ready, and so is the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Corigliano here satirizes the human need for ‘glamorous barbarity’, whether it be lions devouring Christians at the Circus Maximus or minor celebrities covering themselves in tarantulas on a TV reality show.’ (Music & Vision)
DANKWORTH/COPLAND/BERNSTEIN Music for Clarinet and Piano
Emma Johnson, John Lenehan
8.572240

‘the playing is superb throughout—how could it not be when two such exciting and talented young players are at work [?]’ (MusicWeb International)
DAUGHERTY Fire and Blood, MotorCity Triptych, Raise the Roof
Kavafian, Jones, Detroit Symphony, Järvi
8.559372

‘Among the most performed living American composer, Michael Daugherty, has reestablished links with the world of tonality using it to create colourful scores that immediately burn themselves into your memory.’ (David’s Review Corner)
DAUGHERTY Metropolis Symphony, Deus ex Machina
Wilson, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero
8.559635

‘Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Superman in comics… This will make a nice addition to your hopefully ever growing collection of American Classics on Naxos. Superman collectors will also find this a welcome addition to their collections.’ (Film Music: The Neglected Art)
UPCOMING RELEASE DECEMBER 2009
DUFFY & JOHNSON MANNING The Manchester Carols
The Manchester Carollers, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Tanner
8.572469

This new sequence of Christmas carols was written in 2007 by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and composer Sasha Johnson Manning, and premièred in the same year. The Manchester Carols re-tell the Christmas Story for the 21st Century, celebrating a child’s birth and all that child was to become: a man who lived by a humble, selfless creed, championing the marginalised in a society which was, as it is now, fraught with political tensions. These carols are for everybody, the believer and the non-believer, people of other faiths and everyone wishing to join in the Christmas celebrations.
HUBAY Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Scenes de la Csarda Nos 3 & 4
Hanslip, Bournemouth Symphony, Mogrelia
8.572078

‘Described as “the most charismatic violinist the UK has produced in recent years”, this disc would show Chloe Hanslip on the way to being the greatest it has ever produced… The Bournemouth Symphony is in scintillating form, and Andrew Mogrelia conducts. (David’s Review Corner)
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto, Schauspiel Overture,
Much Ado About Nothing Suite

Quint, Mineria Symphony Orchestra, Prieto
8.570791

‘Like Heifetz, Quint adopts generally swift tempos, and this pays huge dividends in the opening movement…there is urgency along with passion, and a wonderful lightness in passagework that sustains the melodic thread even in the sections containing multiple stopping—and there are a lot of them. Quint’s effortless technique also permits him to find all of the puckish humor in the finale…A good bit of the credit for the success of this performance must go to conductor Carlos Prieto and his Mexican orchestra.’ (Classics Today)

‘Korngold’s lush, lyrical concerto in a subtle and compelling performance. Philippe Quint has already made a sequence of fine concerto recordings for Naxos: William Schuman [8.559083], Rózsa [8.570190] and Rorem [8.559278], as well as John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices [8.559364] and Bernstein’s Serenade [8.559245]. Here he caps that achievement with this outstanding version of Korngold’s Violin Concerto, his most popular work.’ (Gramophone)
LISZT Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Totentanz
Ebolsin, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
8.570517

‘Clearly Nebolsin has this music in his fingers…There is sheer pyrotechnic display on offer here that rivals the best on my shelf’ (American Record Guide)

‘Not only can the performances hold their own with the very best of the same three works (Nelson Freire/Michel Plasson, Arnaldo Cohen/John Neschling inter alia)but the individual concertos compare with those by the likes of Katchen and Richter. They are that good.’ (Gramophone)
MACMILLAN Seven Last Words from the Cross, Christus vincit, Nemo te condemnavit, …here in hiding…
Dmitri Ensemble, Ross 
8.570719

‘This recording is warmly commended by the composer himself and is a sheer pleasure to listen to’ (MusicWeb International)

‘this wonderful album by the newly formed Dmitri Ensemble—celebrating the composer’s 50th birthday—may easily turn out to be the preferred medium for buyers to acquaint themselves with this seminal, and fabulous, piece of music. Don’t end the year without making its acquaintance!’ (5 STARS – Audiophile Audition)
MENOTTI Amahl and the Night Visitors
Willis, Chicago & Nashville Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony, Mabry
8.669019

‘This new recording now holds the field’ (Gramophone)

‘Menotti’s seasonal opera gets a welcome outing on Naxos with an all-American cast who give superb commitment to the score. The end product is very satisfying and a welcome addition to the work’s discography.’ (MusicWeb International)
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 1
- Symphony No 11 `The Year 1905’

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko   
8.572082

‘This is one of the best recordings I’ve heard of this piece’ (American Record Guide)

‘RECORDING OF THE MONTH It’s a very fine piece. And this is a very fine performance. With the Liverpool Phil on top form, responding to every one of Petrenko’s demands, it is a resounding success. It is electrifying in the way that a concert performance is’ (MusicWeb International)
RELEASED IN OCTOBER 2009
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 2 - Symphonies Nos 5 & 9

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
8.572167

‘So much is expected of this new Shostakovich symphony cycle from Vasily Petrenko, one of the most exciting conductors Russia has produced in recent times, and this new edition will certainly not disappoint…I would place Petrenko in the upper echelon of an already over-crowded market’ (David’s Review Corner)
NEW RELEASE
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Piano Concerto, The Wasps Suite,
English Folksong Suite, The Running Set

Wass, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Judd
8.572304
GRAMOPHONE AWARD 2009 – BEST ORCHESTRAL RECORDING
TCHAIKOVSKY  Manfred Symphony, The Voyevoda
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
8.570568

‘This is the work where Tchaikovsky, who had found melodic beauty and was then treated so badly inside his country, asked why this had happened. He opened his soul through sound here. I’m also glad we included his Voyevoda, a great piece so neglected the players had never even played it. It deserves a huge reassessment’ (Vasily Petrenko)


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