Naxos and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra announce plans for collaboration
June 25, 2014
Naxos and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (NRO) have announced a new cooperative venture whereby highlights from archive material belonging to the 68-year-old orchestra will be made available to the widest possible audience through the recording label’s global marketing and distribution platforms.
Norwegian Radio Orchestra
Plans include the release of existing recordings in both digital and physical format, plus proposals for new recordings of a range of repertoire from Norwegian to Latin American composers. The latter category reflects the background and special interest of the NRO’s principal conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Born in Peru, he studied both at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York. He joined the NRO at the start of the 2013–14 season and currently holds the additional post of music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in Texas. He is also the founder of Caminos del Inka, a multimedia project devoted to promoting the rich musical legacy of the Americas.
One of the NRO’s greatest assets is its versatility; the ensemble boasts an exceptionally wide repertoire ranging from the core classical heritage to contemporary, jazz, pop and rock. The orchestra is a frequent collaborator at events such as the Ultima-Oslo Contemporary Music Festival and the Oslo World Music Festival; it also performs regularly at the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Rolf Lennart Stenso, the NRO’s chief executive, expressed his confidence in this latest initiative by the orchestra. “As a body that is partly funded by the Norwegian public via user licences, the orchestra has been mindful of an obligation to make its vast resource of recorded material more generally available,” he said. “Naxos was identified as the optimum channel to achieve this given their global distribution coverage for both physical CDs and digital albums.”
Klaus Heymann, founder and chairman of Naxos, was equally enthusiastic about the development. “We are delighted at the prospect of working closely with an orchestra of such versatility and quality,” he said. “To be able to survey such a rich archive of recordings while eyeing possibilities for future collaboration is immensely exciting.”
Norwegian Radio Orchestra Background & Discography