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Our highly acclaimed American Classics catalogue boasts a unique collection of both well-known and rarely recorded masterpieces. The landmark series 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 cutting-edge sounds of John Adams and Philip Glass.

Below you will find an introductory alphabetical sweep of the American Classics collection. Alternatively, you can consult the complete catalogue here.

Recent additions to the American Classics catalogue

Naxos 8.559764
HEGGIE, J.: Connection: 3 Song Cycles
Zona, Tagg

Famed for his operatic music, Jake Heggie has always been a devoted and prolific songwriter. Three early song cycles for soprano and piano feature in this release, each cycle exploring the many varied facets of the three women depicted, who include Ophelia and Eve. Each was written for a specific singer and they all reflect Heggie’s very personal and exciting lexicon of musical influences, which range from folk and jazz to art song and music theatre.

Listen to an extract from
Songs and Sonnets to Ophelia: Not in a Silver Casket

An A-Z of American Classics

John Adams
Nixon in China

“Naxos’ Nixon really
is one for our times.”
- Classic FM

Leonard Bernstein

“We finally have a worthy successor to Bernstein’s own recording.”
- Gramophone

Elliott Carter
100th Anniversary Release

“This is a fantastic product, with world class recordings of
Carter’s music.”
- MusicWeb International

Michael Daugherty
Philadelphia Stories/UFO

“If 20th-century American music currently has a better friend than Naxos I can't think who it is.”
- Gramophone

Duke Ellington
Includes Black, Brown
and Beige

“Give us another disc like this!”
- Fanfare

Morton Feldman
String Quartet

“Its appearance now in budget-priced Naxos is a godsend to venturesome ears and spirits.”
- The Buffalo News

Philip Glass
Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3

“Magnetically performed and brilliantly recorded.”
- Penguin Guide

Roy Harris
Symphonies Nos. 7 and 9

“An essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in the twentieth century symphony.”
- MusicWeb International

Charles Ives
String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

“Collectors really need
look no further.”
- MusicWeb International

Scott Joplin
Piano Rags Vol. 2

“A winning compilation, sympathetically played.”
- MusicWeb International

Earl Kim
Violin Concerto/

“I cannot recommend it too highly.”
- Fanfare

Morten Lauridsen
Choral works

“Highly recommended.”

Cindy McTee
Orchestral works

“A cascade of diverting activity…that Slatkin and the Detroit musicians fill to the sonic brim.”
- Gramophone

Conlon Nancarrow
Chamber music

“Here's another
essential entry in Naxos' valuable American Classics series.”
- Chicago Tribune

Leo Ornstein
Piano Sonatas Nos. 4 and 7

“Fascinating music, superlative pianism, excellent sound, and low price: need we say more?"

Vincent Persichetti
Violin and piano works

“These are fine interpretations and well-crafted performances.”
- MusicWeb International

George Rochberg
Symphony No. 1

“This is an amazingly
assured, mature, personal,
and daring work.”
- Classical Net

Joseph Schwantner
Sparrows/Music of Amber

“Board-sweepingly excellent.”
- BBC Music Magazine

Art Tatum

“One hopes there will be
many more CDs like this one.”

Eric Whitacre
Choral music

“This stimulating and superb disc is a bargain and an absolute “must have”.”
- Gramophone

Ronn Yedidia
Chamber works

“A very fine disc indeed.”
- MusicWeb International

Judith Lang Zaimont
Includes Symphony No. 2

“This well-recorded CD
rewards repeated listening.”
- Fanfare

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