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Naxos Releases DVD-A and SACD Simultaneously

Naxos is pleased to present programmes of core classical repertoire, released for the first time simultaneously on SACD and DVD-A.

Compatible with existing CD players, Naxos SACDs contain three separate versions of the same programme: 5.1 multichannel surround sound mastered in DSD; 2-channel stereo mastered in DSD; and CD standard stereo. DVD-Audio, an audio innovation of the Digital Versatile Disc, contains at least seven times the capacity of a CD. Engineered and edited as a 24-bit/96kHz five-channel surround production, carrying Dolby Digital and dts sound, it is also playable in stereo on DVD-V hardware.

Naxos began releasing DVD-As several years ago, beginning with Vivaldi's Four Seasons.  As the market for high-quality audio expanded, SACDs were released in the Far East market.  Now, with the release of both SACD and DVD-A formats into the worldwide market, quality classical music can be found in high-end audio formats for a reasonable price. 

The first SACD, released in January, was Holst's The Planets.  It was followed by the simultaneous DVD-A and SACD release of Rachmaninov's Second and Third Piano Concertos (5.110013 and 6.110013).  This month brings the DVD-A and SACD release of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony (5.110020 and 6.110020) with Dmitry Yablonsky and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, a must for all Shostakovich fans.

SACDs will be available in the North American market beginning in April with the release of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony. 

Currently Available SACDs:
(Availability may vary according to region)

HOLST: The Planets / Mystic Trumpeter

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad'

Currently Available DVD-As
(Availability may vary according to region)

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH: Jazz Suites Nos. 1 & 2

ELGAR: Symphony No. 3

GROFE: Grand Canyon 

HOLST: The Planets 

MOZART: Don Giovanni (Highlights)

MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro (Highlights)   

PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky / Pushkiniana / Hamlet

RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad' 

VIVALDI: Four Seasons

Naxos Releases Disc of Works by Helps

HELPS: Shall We Dance

This March, Naxos will release a disc of music by composer/pianist Robert Helps (1928-2001) on the label’s heralded American Classics Series.  The performance of Shall We Dance for solo piano is by the composer himself, recorded live from a recital given on November 6th, 2000 for Spectrum Concerts Berlin.   In conjunction with the CD release, publisher C. F. Peters will release the score for Shall We Dance for solo piano. The work was written in 1997 for the pianist Russell Sherman and was often referred to by the composer as one of his most powerful works.

Other works on the disc, all chamber music compositions written between 1960 and 1997, are performed here by violinists Janine Jansen and Quinten de Roos, violists Ronald Carbone and Hartmut Rohde, cellist Frank Dodge, hornist Ron Schaaper and pianist Daniel Blumenthal. All are members of Spectrum Concerts Berlin in Berlin, Germany.

 “Helps’ compositions demand much of the pianist and tempts one to add Helps to the line of famous composer/pianists of the 19th and 20th centuries.”    
 - James Bossert,
Los Angeles Times

This disc is currently available only in North America and Germany.


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