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In the Studio
January 20, 2004

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
In September 2003, the NZSO recorded
works by Mendelssohn and Sculthorpe.

James Judd conducting the NZSO
Conductor James Judd presided over the
recording sessions with detailed precision. 

Tim Handley engineers the recording session
Producer Tim Handley lent careful ears to
the recording process to ensure the highest
sound quality.
Busy 2003 for NZSO bodes well for Naxos fans

Much to the future delight of Naxos fans everywhere, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra had a busy recording schedule in 2003.   The same forces that brought us critically-acclaimed recordings of works by Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin, Thomson, Vaughan Williams, and Lilburn spent quite a bit of the past year in empty halls, labouring to document their performances for the enjoyment of classical music aficionados worldwide.  Here's a peak at the NZSO's recording activities during 2003:

February:  The NZSO recorded symphonic works of Elgar, including the Pomp and Circumstance Marches and the Crown of India March.  Also, Hummel's Missa Solemnis was recorded with Uwe Grodd conducting.

April:  Takako Nishizaki joined James Judd and the NZSO for a new recording of The Butterfly Lovers' Concerto.

September:  Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream was recorded with soloists and the New Zealand Youth Choir. Remarkably, Sculthorpe's Piano Concerto was recorded during the same sessions, providing a packed week for the musicians.

While music collectors wait with anticipation for the release of these discs, they do have an option to quench their classical thirst for now with the recent release of a Bernstein disc from the NZSO and James Judd.  Part of the projected Naxos cycle of complete orchestral works by Bernstein, the disc includes both an early and a late work from the great American composer.  Bernstein's Jeremiah Symphony
was his first large-scale orchestral work, written while he was in his twenties.  It is paired with Jubilee Games, composed in 1986 for the 50th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (CD 8.559100).

2004 looks to be a fruitful year for great recordings as well.  To find out what's next for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and James Judd, stayed tuned to

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