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Neglected masterworks performed by Marin Alsop and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Naxos will release Kurt Weill’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 on August 16th, 2005 with conductor Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

While many of Weill’s stage-works have endured as early twentieth-century classics of the genre, his orchestral and instrumental music, much of it written early in his career, has been undeservedly neglected.

Symphony No. 1 was completed in Berlin in 1921 shortly after Weill began his studies with Ferruccio Busoni.  In 1933, Weill and his wife escaped Nazi Germany to Paris where he wrote Symphony No. 2, his last large-scale orchestral work and one of the 20th century’s forgotten masterpieces. The Symphonic Nocturne, an orchestral suite from the Broadway musical Lady in the Dark (1940) arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, exhibits the bitter-sweet lyricism of Weill’s theatrical works from his American years.

Marin Alsop, recently appointed the new music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, has been at the center of a number of important Naxos projects.  Her critically-acclaimed Brahms Symphony No. 1 CD, released in February, was the first in a complete Brahms symphonies cycle with the London Philharmonic Orchestra; the second release, featuring Symphony No. 2 and the Hungarian Dances, will be released in October.

With the Bournemouth Symphony, Alsop, who is the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor, has recorded some of the most popular CDs in Naxos’s American Classics series, including John Adams’s Shaker Loops, distinguished as a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and cited by Richard Scheinin of the San Jose Mercury News as one of the best CDs of 2004, and Philip Glass’s Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3.

Alsop has also narrated the Naxos Audiobooks The Story of Classical Music, nominated for a Best Spoken Word Album for Children GRAMMY Award and a winner of two Audie awards (given by the Audio Publishers Association), and Famous Composers, available in Fall 2005.

KURT WEILL (1900-1950): Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 2; Lady in the Dark: Symphonic Nocturne (concert suite arranged by Robert Russell Bennett)

Marin Alsop, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: August 16th, 2005


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