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"Philharmonic Soloists" Project Brings Top Players to Naxos

Naxos is embarking on a comprehensive series focused on the most important instruments of the orchestra, presented by the leading instrumentalists of the Vienna Philharmonic. Each instrument will be featured on one CD, presented in chamber music repertoire by a Vienna soloist. The series will allow listeners to explore the secrets of the unique sound of the Vienna Philharmonic through the performances of its principal players.

When the series is complete, it will form a detailed introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, with repertoire spanning from Bach to Takemitsu. Each CD will have a detailed booklet written by the soloist, with an explanation of the instrument, its history, its function, and its specific sound.

The series will be co-produced by the Herbert von Karajan Centrum in Vienna and the O.R.F., the Austrian broadcasting organization, which will provide production and engineering. The O.R.F. is known for the high quality of its productions.

The first CD in the series is "The Art of the Clarinet" (8.557232) with world famous clarinettist Peter Schmidl. A soloist with the Philharmonic and a professor with the Vienna conservatory, Schmidl is well-known for his recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto under Leonard Bernstein.

The pianist on the disc is Madoka Inui, a Japanese artist who lives in Vienna, and the winner of many international competitions. She will participate in every volume of the series. The cellist is Teodora Miteva , recipient of a scholarship grant by the Karajan Centrum, and the basset horn is played by Pierre Pichler, a student of Professor Schmidl at the Vienna conservatory.

The series will be comprised of at least ten CDs, with programmes including horn, viola, flute, oboe, bassoon, cello, violin, trumpet, and trombone. The next CD, which will be devoted to the horn, is scheduled for recording this fall. It will include chamber works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, and Dukas. The featured horn soloist on the CD will be Wolfgang Tomboeck of the Vienna Philharmonic, with Madoka Inui on the piano.

A CD featuring the viola will be recorded in the spring of 2004, and the Flute CD is scheduled to be recorded in autumn of 2004. Two CDs are planned for each year until the series is completed.

The Art of the Clarinet (8.557232) currently is available in Germany and Austria and will have a May release in the U.S. It will available in the U.K. and other regions later this year.


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