In September 2003, the NZSO recorded
works by Mendelssohn and Sculthorpe.
Conductor James Judd presided over the
recording sessions with detailed precision.
Producer Tim Handley lent careful ears to
the recording process to ensure the highest
|Busy 2003 for NZSO bodes well
for Naxos fans
Much to the
future delight of Naxos fans everywhere, the New Zealand Symphony
Orchestra had a busy recording schedule in 2003. The same
forces that brought us critically-acclaimed recordings of works by
Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Thomson, Vaughan Williams, and Lilburn
spent quite a bit of the past year in empty halls, labouring to
document their performances for the enjoyment of classical music
aficionados worldwide. Here's a peak at the NZSO's recording
activities during 2003:
February: The NZSO
recorded symphonic works of Elgar, including the Pomp and Circumstance Marches and
the Crown of India March.
Also, Hummel's Missa Solemnis was
recorded with Uwe Grodd conducting.
Nishizaki joined James Judd and the NZSO for a new recording of The Butterfly Lovers' Concerto.
Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's
Dream was recorded with soloists and the New Zealand Youth
Choir. Remarkably, Sculthorpe's Piano Concerto was recorded during the
same sessions, providing a packed week for the musicians.
While music collectors wait with anticipation for the release of these
discs, they do have an option to quench their classical thirst for now
with the recent release of a Bernstein disc from the NZSO and James
Judd. Part of the projected Naxos cycle of complete orchestral
works by Bernstein, the disc includes both an early and a late work
from the great American composer. Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony was his first
large-scale orchestral work, written while he was in his
twenties. It is paired with Jubilee
Games, composed in 1986 for the 50th anniversary of the Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra (CD 8.559100).
2004 looks to be a fruitful year for great recordings as well. To
find out what's next for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and James
Judd, stayed tuned to Naxos.com.
For more information about the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, visit http://www.nzso.co.nz.