January 2010
Naxos New Releases

  CD of the Month

Roy HARRIS (1898-1979)
Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

Roy Harris made an indelible mark on American orchestral music, enlivening Old World symphonic traditions with New World individualism.

Amid the background of war in Europe, he crafted his Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, the former dedicated to ‘the heroic and freedom-loving people of our great ally, the Union of Soviet Republics’, the latter, subtitled Gettysburg, to ‘the Armed Forces of Our Nation’.

The single-movement Acceleration was later reworked within the Sixth Symphony. In each piece, Harris’s nationalistic fervour is underpinned by an abiding faith in the ability of the human spirit to triumph through adversity.

“Ms. Alsop’s chorus is fine, and the Colorado players do well enough to make us grateful that recordings like this are around.” The New York Times on 8.559227 (Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4)


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Detroit Symphony Orchestra,
Leonard Slatkin

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Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 5

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Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Incidental Music to ‘Egmont’, Op. 84

Madeleine Pierard (soprano), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd

Joseph Martin KRAUS (1756-1792)
Aeneas in Carthage – Opera

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Patrick Gallois
Gaetano DONIZETTI (1797-1848)
Lucrezia Borgia

Dimitra Theodossiou, Roberto De Biasio, Enrico Giuseppe Iori, Nidia Palacios,
Orchestra and Chorus of the Bergamo Musica Festival Gaetano Donizetti,
Tiziano Severini
Alberto GINASTERA (1916-1983)
Glosses on Themes of Pablo Casals

London Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Gisèle Ben-Dor
Alexander Konstantinovich
GLAZUNOV (1865-1936)
Les Ruses d’amour, Op. 61

Romanian State Orchestra, Horia Andreescu
Claude-Bénigne BALBASTRE (1727-1799)
Music for Harpsichord

Elizabeth Farr (harpsichord)
Silvius Leopold WEISS (1687-1750)
Lute Sonatas, Volume 10

Robert Barto (baroque lute)
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