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Naxos Classical Music Spotlight Podcasts

April 15, 2009

Visit the Naxos Blog Podcasts page to hear fascinating podcasts about our artists and albums presented by Raymond Bisha, Naxos Radio Promotions Manager for North America. Our Podcasts are FREE and are available in several different ways—you will find all the information you need to subscribe and/or listen to our podcasts anyway you like on the Naxos Blog Podcast page. Enhanced Podcasts may not be available on all platforms.

During April, the following Naxos Podcasts are scheduled:


7 April An Interview with Conductor JoAnn Falletta  HEAR PODCAST

JoAnn Falletta conducts on many fine Naxos recordings, including the exciting new release of Daron Hagen’s acclaimed opera Shining Brow. Ms Falletta also conducted the Naxos recording of John Corigliano’s Mr Tambourine Man: Seven Poems Of Bob Dylan (8.559331) which this year won Grammy ® awards for Best Classical Vocal Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

JoAnn Falletta Biography & Discography

14 April Daron Hagen’s Opera Shining Brow  HEAR PODCAST

American composer Daron Hagen gained international recognition and acclaim following the première of his first major opera, Shining Brow in 1992. Naxos released Shining Brow on CD in March 2009.

8.669020-21 HAGEN Shining Brow

Daron Hagen and Paul Muldoon’s first, and highly successful, opera is based on the life of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin (Welsh for ‘Shining Brow’), the home he built for himself in Wisconsin. Popular with audiences and critics alike, Shining Brow has been hailed as a masterpiece full of fresh ideas, and is frequently performed. ‘Hagen has a gift for the big tune, and he serves up some beauties’ (New York Times). ‘Its libretto is unusually inventive and poetic’ (Capital Times).

Daron Hagen Biography & Discography

21 April An Interview with Composer Mark Grey, composer of Enemy Slayer -
A Navajo Oratorio

In addition to his work as a composer, Mark Grey was the artistic collaborator, sound designer and soundscape engineer for John Adams’s critically acclaimed On the Transmigration of Souls, which received the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Music as well as three Grammy awards in 2005.

8.559604 GREY Enemy Slayer –
A Navajo Oratorio

The Phoenix Symphony enjoys a long history of premiering new works that bridge gaps between Western art music and Native cultures. Hailed as ‘a master’, Mark Grey ‘is a composer as well as a sound engineer, and what he is up to has far-reaching implications for the direction that classical music will take this century’ (Los Angeles Times). This recording of Enemy Slayer - A Navajo Oratorio is of the world première performance of the first oratorio based on an indigenous North American creation story. ‘Mark Grey’s score is perfectly crafted, impeccably paced, beautifully scored’ (The Arizona Republic).

Mark Grey Biography & Discography

28 April Telemann’s Fantasies for Solo Violin  HEAR PODCAST

Augustin Hadelich has established himself as an eloquent and unique voice among the new generation of violinists. To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Haydn’s death, a special 6-CD Box Set of THE COMPLETE CONCERTOS (8.506019) has been released featuring Augustin Hadelich. In March 2009, Naxos released his recording of Telemann’s Fantasias for Solo Violin.

8.570563 TELEMANN 12 Fantasies for Solo Violin  

Highly characterful and unfailingly inventive, Telemann’s Twelve Fantasies for Solo Violin were written with an eye to the amateur or student market. They explore the possibilities of solo violin writing with suggestions of polyphony and modest elements of double and triple stopping, while making use of instrumental forms derived from the sonata or the suite, often with an overt debt to Corelli and his Italian successors. American Record Guide proclaimed that “the future of great violin playing is safe and very bright in Augustin Hadelich's 24-year-old hands” of Haydn’s Violin Concertos (8.570483), recorded after he won the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Augustin Hadelich Biography & Discography


You can also catch up on some great podcasts from March 2009 that are currently accessible on Naxos Blog Podcasts page:

  • An Introduction to Karol Szymanowski
  • An Interview with John Corigliano
  • Lincoln Portraits
  • Passaggi Featuring The Hartt School Wind Ensemble
  • An Introduction to Vittorio Giannini

Previous Podcasts are also accessible on the Naxos Blog Podcasts page.


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