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OCTOBER 11th, 2005

Recording Follows Critically-Acclaimed First Disc in Complete Brahms Cycle 

On October 11th, Naxos will release a new recording of Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Hungarian Dances, the second installment in its Brahms symphonies cycle featuring Marin Alsop, recent recipient of a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. 

The first CD in the cycle, a recording of Symphony No. 1, the “Tragic” Overture, and the “Academic Festival” Overture (8557428), was released in February 2005 to significant critical acclaim.  Adam Baer of the Los Angeles Times praised the “sumptuously lyrical rendition” of the Symphony.  Melinda Bargreen of the Seattle Times complimented the “deft, spirited performances” of the London Philharmonic while Bradley Bambarger of the Newark Star-Ledger noted that Alsop’s “dramatic” reading “bodes well for her entire enterprise.” 

Alsop will be performing the music of Brahms throughout the 2005-2006 season with the Atlanta Symphony on September 29th, 30th, and October 1st; the New York Philharmonic on October 14th-16th; and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on November 18th-20th.  In January 2006, Alsop will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, who recently appointed her as their new music director, and will return to lead them in June; she will also perform with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida in April. 

This commitment to Brahms began during the 2004-2005 concert season, Alsop’s “Brahms year.”  In addition to performances with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony, Alsop also led the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in a three-day “Brahms Festival of Symphonies” that Rocky Mountain News critic Marc Shulgold called “pure gold.” 

The Brahms cycle is only the latest in a string of critically acclaimed projects involving Alsop and Naxos, including a recent recording of Kurt Weill’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (8557481).  Alsop has also narrated the Naxos AudioBook The Story of Classical Music, which was nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album for Children GRAMMY Award, and the new Famous Composers, out in Fall 2005. 

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2; Hungarian Dances
Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Release date: October 11th, 2005


BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1; “Academic Festival” Overture; “Tragic” Overture
Marin Alsop, London Philharmonic Orchestra

(also available on SACD and DVD-A)



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