NAXOS TO RELEASE
KURT WEILL’S SYMPHONIES NOS. 1 AND 2 AUGUST 16th
performed by Marin Alsop and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Naxos will release Kurt Weill’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 on
August 16th, 2005 with conductor Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth
While many of Weill’s stage-works have endured as early twentieth-century
classics of the genre, his orchestral and instrumental music, much of
it written early in his career, has been undeservedly neglected.
Symphony No. 1 was completed in Berlin in 1921 shortly after
Weill began his studies with Ferruccio Busoni. In 1933, Weill and
his wife escaped Nazi Germany to Paris where he wrote Symphony No.
2, his last large-scale orchestral work and one of the 20th century’s
forgotten masterpieces. The Symphonic Nocturne, an orchestral suite
from the Broadway musical Lady in the Dark (1940) arranged by Robert
Russell Bennett, exhibits the bitter-sweet lyricism of Weill’s theatrical
works from his American years.
Marin Alsop, recently appointed the new music director of the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has been at the center of a number of important
Naxos projects. Her critically-acclaimed Brahms Symphony No.
1 CD, released in February, was the first in a complete Brahms
symphonies cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the second
release, featuring Symphony No. 2 and the Hungarian Dances, will be
released in October.
With the Bournemouth Symphony, Alsop, who is the Orchestra’s
Principal Conductor, has recorded some of the most popular CDs in Naxos’s
American Classics series, including John Adams’s Shaker Loops,
distinguished as a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and cited by Richard
Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News as one of the best CDs of 2004,
and Philip Glass’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3.
Alsop has also narrated the Naxos Audiobooks The Story of Classical
Music, nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album for Children GRAMMY
Award and a winner of two Audie awards (given by the Audio Publishers
Association), and Famous Composers, available in Fall 2005.
KURT WEILL (1900-1950): Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Lady
in the Dark: Symphonic Nocturne (concert suite arranged by Robert
Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: August 16th, 2005