Best Of Series 21st Century Classics Orchestral Boxed Sete Naxos Music Library Jazz

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Naxos offers a comprehensive collection of great orchestral music in boxed sets at irresistible prices. Not to be missed is the latest addition, Of beauty & light: The Music of Philip Glass, plus a special bonus CD, Sonic Rebellion: Alternative Classical, a cutting edge sampler of music by such composers as Penderecki, Ligeti, Rautavaara and others.

Our ‘Best Of compilations present essential music from a vast range of composers on a single CD.  Each CD in the series presents a carefully selected programme of a composer’s most important music.  Four English composers, Britten, Delius, Finzi and Vaughan Williams, join our ‘Best Of’ series this month.

Naxos is a leader in contemporary music and consistently breaks new ground with its 21st Century Classics series.   John Tavener’s rarely heard piano music is the newest addition to the series. Our new recording features the critically acclaimed young Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat.

Our Critics’ Choice for June section presents more favourable reviews from the leading specialized magazines, quality dailies and online review sites.

Naxos Music Library Jazz is the most comprehensive online music library available anywhere. Offering an exhaustive range of jazz styles at an affordable subscription price, Naxos Music Library Jazz is essential to anyone interested in jazz.

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Album of the Month

DVORAK: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" / Symphonic Variations (Alsop)

This recording by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop is the first of three discs of Dvořák’s symphonies taken from live performances at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The most popular of all Dvořák’s works, Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’,makes an immediate appeal by virtue of a seemingly inexhaustible flow of melody and sparkling orchestration. Based on a melody he had composed earlier for men’s chorus, I am a fiddler, the Symphonic Variations are one of the composer’s most beautifully crafted and beguiling works.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

Most Streamed Tracks on - May 2008

Click on each track description to view the full album.
  1. Violin Concerto in C major, Hob. VIIa:1 - I. Allegro moderato
    From the album HAYDN, J.: Violin Concertos, Hob. VIIa: 1, 3, 4 (Hadelich) 8.570483
  2. Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
    From the album DEBUSSY: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - La mer / Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune / Jeux 8.570759
  3. O cohors milite floris
    From the album HILDEGARD VON BINGEN: Celestial Harmonies - Responsories and Antiphons (Oxford Camerata) 8.557983
  4. Act II: Prelude for the Witches (Sorceress and 1st Witch): Wayward sisters
    From the album PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas 8.553108
  5. Act II: Chorus: Harm's our delight
    From the album PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas 8.553108
  6. Christ lag in Todesbanden (Chorus)
    From the album BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 1 (BWV 4, 150, 196) BIS-CD-751
  7. Act II: Sorceress: The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate
    From the album PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas 8.553108
  8. Prologue
    From the album MONTEVERDI: Orfeo (L') 8.554094-95
  9. String Quintet No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 87 - I. Allegro vivace
    From the album MENDELSSOHN: String Quintets (Complete) 8.570488
  10. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4 - Sinfonia
    From the album BACH, J.S.: Cantatas, Vol. 1 (BWV 4, 150, 196) BIS-CD-751
Recommended Listening

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  1. If you enjoyed listening to PURCELL why not try these:

  1. If you enjoyed listening to MONTEVERDI, why not try these:


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