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NA435312 - MORRIS, J.: Venice (Abridged)

Recording the Classics: from Ancient to Modern

Naxos AudioBooks established its reputation as the leading label for classics on audiobooks with a series of award-winning recordings, both abridged and unabridged. The novels of Charles Dickens read by Anton Lesser, Sean Barrett and David Timson present full Technicolor characterisation; Jane Austen is elegantly and memorably served by Juliet Stevenson and Emilia Fox; Jim Norton’s readings of the novels of James Joyce, especially Ulysses, are milestones in audiobook history.

But Naxos AudioBooks has also embarked vigorously on contemporary literature. The major novels of the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami now appear on the label – among them Kafka on the Shore, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle and A Wild Sheep Chase – and have won plaudits and awards. Cormac McCarthy’s bleak and powerful novels The Road, Blood Meridian and No Country for Old Men are read by Rupert Degas, Robert G. Slade and Sean Barrett in intense and atmospheric recordings; the 2007 Booker Prize-winner The Gathering by Anne Enright was recorded unabridged in the presence of the writer by the charismatic Fiona Shaw; and Rose Tremain’s engaging novels The Road Home, Music & Silence and Restoration have been brought to life by Juliet Stevenson, Michael Praed (with Clare Wille and Alison Dowling) and Rupert Degas.

In this fascinating book Jan Morris brings to life Venice’s unique history.


The music on this recording is taken from the NAXOS catalogue

GABRIELI Music for Brass Vol. 1 8.553609
London Symphony Brass / Eric Crees

VIVALDI Flute Concerto in D major, RV 90, ‘Il gardellino’ 8.553365
Béla Drahoš, Flute / Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia 

MONTEVERDI Sonata 8.550662–63
Scholars Baroque Ensemble

MENDELSSOHN Venetian Gondola Song, Op. 19, No. 6 8.550087
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Ondrej Lenárd

MAHLER Symphony No. 5 8.550528
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Antoni Wit

ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2 8.550739
Anthony Camden, Oboe / London Virtuosi / John Georgiadis

Medieval Pilgrim Music 8.553132
Oni Wytars Ensemble / Unicorn Ensemble

VIVALDI Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 8, No. 6, RV 180, ‘Il piacere’ 8.557920
Cho-Liang Lin, Violin / Anthony Newman, Organ / Sejong

WAGNER Tristan und Isolde: Prelude to Act I / Isolde’s Liebestod 8.550498
Polish National Radio Orchestra / Johannes Wildner

LISZT La lugubre gondola, S200/R81 8.553852
Arnaldo Cohen, Piano

MONTEVERDI Ave Maris Stella 8.550662–63
Scholars Baroque Ensemble

CHOPIN Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 8.550291
Balázs Szokalay, Piano

Music programming by Sarah Butcher

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