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New CD Features Philadelphia Orchestra Flutist Jeffrey Khaner and Includes
Violin Concerto with Philippe Quint

On May 16th, Naxos of America is proud to release the world premiere recording of Ned Rorem’s Flute Concerto performed by Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Flutist Jeffrey Khaner with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under José Serebrier.  Also on the CD is Rorem’s Violin Concerto, performed by Philippe Quint, and the orchestral work Pilgrims.

The Flute Concerto, composed between August 2001 and May 2002, was the first in a series of Philadelphia Orchestra commissions for its principal players and consists of six movements, each with evocative subtitles.  Although Rorem does not believe that “non-vocal music can be proved to ‘mean’ anything precise,” he does feel that “sometimes it’s helpful and fun to ascribe (usually after the fact) names to separate movements.”  The six subtitles are: “The Stone Tower,” referring to a studio in Yaddo, the artists’ community where the first movement was written; “Leaving-Traveling-Hoping,” “Sirens,” “Hymn,” and “False Waltz,” which the composer describes as “rollicking,” and “Résumé and Prayer.”

Jeffrey Khaner premiered the Flute Concerto on December 4th, 2003 with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Roberto Abbado; his performance on this recording is his first appearance on Naxos.  Prior to his Philadelphia Orchestra appointment in 1990, Khaner served as principal of the Cleveland Orchestra.  Mr. Khaner is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is a founding member of the Syrinx Trio (with fellow Philadelphia Orchestra principals Roberto Diaz, viola and Elizabeth Hainen, harp).

Rorem’s Violin Concerto, completed in 1985, is performed on the new Naxos disc by Philippe Quint, whose 2001 Naxos recording of William Schuman’s Violin Concerto (8559083) was nominated for a GRAMMY.  Quint has also recorded Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade for Solo Violin (8559245) in a performance that Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun praised as “sterling.”

Rorem (b. 1923), who gained fame for his art songs and his autobiographical writings, is regarded as one of America’s top composers.  The 2003 GRAMMY-nominated Naxos recording of his three symphonies (1950-1958; catalog number 8559149) with José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra received near universal praise as one of the top CDs of the year.  In 2001, Rorem accompanied soprano Carole Farley on a disc of his songs (8559084) for Naxos that Lawrence Johnson of the Florida Sun-Sentinel described as “essential Rorem.”  Earlier this year, the Indiana University Opera Theater premiered the composer’s opera Our Town, based on the play by Thornton Wilder.

Ned ROREM: Flute Concerto, Violin Concerto, Pilgrims 

Jeffrey Khaner (flute), Philippe Quint (violin)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, José Serebrier



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