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The USA celebrates its Independence Day on the Fourth of July, and Naxos takes pride in joining the salute by highlighting the significant contribution that American composers, conductors and artists have made to our treasured world of classical music.

The highly acclaimed Naxos American Classics catalogue boasts a unique collection of both well-known works, rarely recorded masterpieces and a host of world premiere releases. The landmark series has now reached 500 titles and features a distinguished pool of works by the greatest American composers: from the romantic strains of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Edward MacDowell to the visionary modernism of Charles Ives and John Cage, the buoyant spirits of John Philip Sousa and Scott Joplin, and the present-day sounds of Roberto Sierra and Michael Daugherty.

We lay out below details of the 2018 releases to date in the Naxos American Classics series, recordings that reflect both the diversity of repertoire and excellence in performance of the entire catalogue, which you can view here.

8.559824
Aug 2018 release
FUCHS, K.:
Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’
Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush

Biegel • Cohen • Sparr • McAllister
London Symphony Orchestra • Falletta
Buy/Stream
8.559836
New
HARBISON, J.:
Symphony No. 4
RUGGLES, C.:
Sun-Treader
STUCKY, S.:
Second Concerto for Orchestra

National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • David Alan Miller
“Thoroughly modern Miller;
plenty more, please.”
MusicWeb International
8.559848
New
COATES, G:
Piano Quintet • Symphony No. 10 ‘Drones of Druids on Celtic Ruins’

Kreutzer Quartet • Chadwick • CalArts Orchestra • Allen
8.559842
DIAMOND, D.:
Symphony No. 6
Rounds for String Orchestra
Romeo and Juliet

Indiana University Chamber
Orchestra • Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra • Fagen
“Music and readings that are telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded.”
MusicWeb International
“This is an attractive chamber music program with works from Roberto Sierra, showing him as an inspired
and inventive composer. The performances are committed and eloquent throughout.”
Pizzicato ★★★★
“The performances by cellist Kim Cook and pianist Christopher Guzman
are keenly alive to Reale’s
vivid sound world.”
Gramophone
“Daugherty ... writes splendid parts for all three soloists in these concertos, but Glennie’s is breathtaking …
this is an unusually strong
Daugherty release.”
AllMusic.com
8.559837
HOVHANESS, A.:
Suite for Band
October Mountain
Ruins of Ani

Central Washington University Wind Ensemble • Gookin • Brion
Goodenberger
“… several [recordings] are world premieres. This is all to the good,
for the broader the picture of Hovhaness that emerges, the more remarkable his output as a whole seems in its diversity.”
AllMusic.com
8.559829
Statements
Lang • Hearne • Lash

Brenner • Consilvio • Lash
Yale Philharmonia
Yale Choral Artists • Douma
“Jeffrey Douma leads the chorus and instrumental ensemble with feeling and understanding throughout in this world première recording.”
Infodad.com
8.559818
Wind Concertos
Ticheli • Warnaar • Ranjbaran

Zimmermann • Norton • Gratton
Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
“As 21st-century wind concertos go, this is as entertaining as it gets …on the evidence of these straightforward yet superbly constructed pieces I definitely want to hear more.”
Gramophone
8.559831
Living Music
New Chamber Music for Flute
Kernis • Fine • Elkies
Barker • Coleman

Dade • Yoo • Arvinder • Banaszek
Kim • Cahill • Elkies • Novacek
“Contemporary music is alive and well ... This collection of beautiful chamber music with flute is performed by award-winning soloist Alice K. Dade and includes four premiere recordings.”
WFMT (Chicago)
8.559845
DANIELPOUR, R.:
String Quartets Nos. 5-7

Delray String Quartet
“Richard Danielpour’s String Quartets Nos. 5 – 7 are masterworks. Written in a contemporary neo-romantic style the music is immediately appealing in these outstanding performances by the Delray String Quartet.”
Pizzicato ★★★★★


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