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You'll Hear Some of the World’s Great Orchestras on Naxos

From The Academy of Ancient Music and The Academy of St Martin in the Fields to the Zhejiang Song and Dance Troupe Orchestra and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony to the Vienna Philharmonic and the Wurttemburg Philharmonic—you’ll be surprised by how many of the world’s great orchestras perform on Naxos recordings.

Did you know that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra can also be enjoyed on Naxos recordings and other labels that we distribute?

You’ll be delighted to find all the great classics as well as a wide range of fascinating rarities and exciting works by today’s most accomplished composers awaiting discovery.

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 5 & 9
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

Following their electrifying account of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11 (8.572082), Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra explore the profound ambivalences of the composer’s most performed symphony, the Fifth (1937), widely regarded as ‘the practical creative answer of a Soviet artist to just criticism’, and the Ninth (1945), whose neo-classical character prompted the composer to remark that ‘musicians will like to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it’. Shostakovich’s original draft for the opening of the Ninth Symphony’s first movement is available on 8.572138.

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No 11 ‘The Year 1905'
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Vasily Petrenko

Charismatic young conductor Vasily Petrenko launches his Shostakovich Symphonies series with a tragic titan, the Eleventh. Though composed for the 40th anniversary of the 1917 Revolution and commemorating the abortive 1905 Revolution, the composer remarked that the symphony “deals with contemporary themes”, alluding to the 1956 Hungarian uprising that was suppressed by the Red Army.

Petrenko’s recording with the RLPO of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony (8.570568) has been acclaimed as “beyond polished, red-blooded music-making. Call it taste and intelligence” (The Times). His Shostakovich series promises to set a thrilling new benchmark.

Liszt’s Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 and Totentanz with Eldar Nebolsin, piano, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko (8.570517) has also been highly praised: “Nebolsin greatly impresses with great enthusiasm and vigour which he combines royally with innate musical intelligence. He is greatly supported by the admirable RLPO under their exciting and charismatic principal conductor Vasily Petrenko; who has presided over the recent revival of the orchestra's fortunes.” (MusicWeb International)
SCHUBERT: Symphony ‘Death and the Maiden’ (arr. A. Stein), Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’ (completed Newbould & Venzago)
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

Schubert’s music has been arranged by many other composers, though few have succeeded in amplifying the astonishing drama and pathos of a masterpiece such as the ‘Death and the Maiden’ Quartet as has Andy Stein, who writes: ‘I have tried to create a late classical/early Romantic symphony out of this great chamber work, so that it perhaps would sound as if Schubert himself had conceived it in this form’. The reconstruction of the Scherzo of Schubert’s ‘Unfinished’ Symphony is based on fragments from the composer’s notebooks. The last movement uses segments from Schubert’s incidental music for Rosamunde, written shortly after he had set aside the Symphony, and which scholars believe may have been intended for its finale.

JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Copland’s Prairie Journal, The Red Pony Suite, Four Dances from Rodeo and Letter from Home (8.559240) gained a 10/10 rating from Classics Today, a special mention in Gramophone’s Awards Issue for 2006, and praise from many reviewers around the world.

Her recording with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra of Dohnányi’s Violin Concertos Nos 1 and 2 (8.570833) also scored 10/10 from Classics Today. Fanfare praised solo violinist Michael Ludwig, declaring “anyone seriously interested in the violin or in post-Romantic music should have at least one version of each of these concertos”, and Gramophone strongly recommended this album.

And her recording of John Corigliano’s Mr Tambournine Man (8.559331) won two Grammy® Awards, for Best Classical Vocal Performance and for Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Read more

See JoAnn Falleta’s Biography & Discography
SCHMIDT: Symphony No 1, Notre Dame Suite
Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Vassily Sinaisky

First volume with Vassily Sinaisky conducting the Malmö Symphony Orchestra in the complete symphonies of Franz Schmidt: Highly accessible, richly flavored orchestral music. Franz Schmidt’s finely crafted Symphony No 1, grandiose in scale and optimistic in mood, recalls the masterpieces of other great Romantic composers, Brahms, Bruckner and Reger, and won the Beethoven Prize in 1900. His opera Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo’s novel, was first staged in Vienna in 1914, and won him an international reputation. Under Vassily Sinaisky the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, whose other Naxos recordings have been highly praised, makes a strong case for the revival of Schmidt’s strangely neglected, yet sumptuous and deeply satisfying music.

The Malmö Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bjarte Engeset, has also recorded several other outstanding discs for Naxos:

GRIEG: Orchestral Music Vol 3 - Symphony in C minor, Old Norwegian Romance with Variations (8.557991)
“The recordings deliver the Malmö orchestra's work clearly and the disc is a convenient and inexpensive introduction to orchestral Grieg and the great charms of his prentice work.” (Gramophone)

GRIEG: Orchestral Music Vol 4 - Peer Gynt Suites,
Orchestral Songs
“Naxos' ongoing series of Grieg orchestral music has been offering performances basically as fine as any in the catalog. These performances of the two canonical Peer Gynt Suites are gorgeous, perfectly paced, and thrillingly recorded.” (Classics Today)

GRIEG: Orchestral Music Vol 5 - Peer Gynt (complete incidental music), Foran sydens kloster, Bergliot (8.570871-72)
“These performances of the two canonical Peer Gynt Suites are gorgeous, perfectly paced, and thrillingly recorded.”
(Classics Today)

Malmo Symphony Orchestra Biography & Discography
MARTUCCI: Symphony No 1
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Fondazione Roma • Francesco La Vecchia

Respighi’s teacher Giuseppe Martucci led the group of composers determined to break away from opera’s dominance in Italian musical life. His lyrical gift and sense of fantasy nonetheless lighten the noble purpose and striving mood of his Symphony No 1 (1888–95) and shine through the sparkling orchestral arrangements of shorter works on this disc. The Rome Symphony Orchestra performs worldwide to capacity houses, including the crowned heads and political leaders of Europe, and here makes its eagerly-awaited Naxos début under its beloved conductor, Maestro La Vecchia.

Further volumes in Naxos’s new Martucci Edition featuring the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della Fondazione Roma conducted by La Vecchia (Symphony No 2, Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2) are also scheduled for release.
SHENG: Red Silk Dance, Tibetan Swing, H’UN (Lacerations),
The Phoenix

Bright Sheng, piano • Shana Blake Hill, soprano • Seattle Symphony Orchestra • Gerard Schwarz

The Phoenix, co-commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and Danish National Symphony Orchestra, was inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson tale, the mythical bird symbolizing for Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng “the muse of all peoples”. Aggressive fervour seeks meditative peace in H’un: In Memoriam 1966-1976, hailed by The New York Times as “a searing portrait of the Cultural Revolution in China...deeply affecting”. Sheng’s exquisite Spring Dreams, Three Fantasias and Tibetan Dance (8.570601) and China Dreams and Nanking Nanking (8.555866) are also available.

Seattle Symphony Orchestra has an innovative and extensive Naxos discography.

Conductor Gerard Schwarz, Music Director of Seattle Symphony since 1985, also boasts an impressive and highly praised Naxos discography.

Browse through the complete roster of orchestras featured on Naxos – it’s truly an A–Z of great performers and music!

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