Newsletter No.74
  The World's Leading Classical Music Label January 15, 2004
Naxos News New Reviews February Forthcoming Releases Classical Music Quiz Book of the Month
Naxos News

Ask the Artist: Konstantin Scherbakov

With next month's release of Rachmaninov's Second and Third Piano Concertos (available in DVD-A and SACD), followed by Tchaikovsky concertos in May, Konstantin Scherbakov's endless repertoire accomplishments continue to amaze. Specialising in virtuoso repertoire, much of it previously considered unplayable, Scherbakov has been called a "modern Rachmaninov" and has gained international acclaim for his performances of Liszt's transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies. Now you can ask the artist about his life, his career, wherever your curiosity takes you. Send questions to

Next Month from Naxos

A fabulous February is in store for music fans, with the newest releases from Naxos. Audiophiles are in for a treat, with Rachmaninov's Second and Third Piano Concertos on DVD-A and SACD, played by the incredible Konstantin Scherbakov. A new twist on the "three B's" comes with Beethoven's unforgettable Missa Solemnis, piano music from Dave Brubeck, and music from . . . Bjork? Naxos Educational presents A Life: John Tavener, with a special world premiere track written by Tavener especially for the Icelandic singer.

New Reviews
Every day we add new reviews of our recordings to We present a weekly sampling of these under the heading 'Recent Reviews' and invite you to read what the critics are saying about Naxos.
February Forthcoming Releases
Please note that not all releases are immediately available in all territories. If you are unable to find a particular title, please check with the distributor or sales representative for your country.
SCHUBERT: Goethe Lieder, Vol. 3
Am Flusse, 1st setting / 1. Bearbeitung, D160 • Am Flusse, 2nd setting / 2. Bearbeitung, D. 766 • An die Entfernte, D. 765 • Auf dem See, D. 543 • Der Goldschmiedsgesell, D. 560 • Der Musensohn, D. 764 and others
Johannes Kalpers, tenor / Burkhard Kehring, piano
Cat. 8.554667
YAMADA: Triumph and Peace / Overture in D major
Overture in D major • Symphonic Poem, "Madara No Hana" • Symphonic Poem, "The Dark Gate" • Symphony in F major, "Triumph and Peace"
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Ulster Orchestra / Takuo Yuasa, conductor
Cat. 8.555350
IVANOVS: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 20
Symphony No. 20 in E flat major • Symphony No. 8 in B minor
Moscow Symphony Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 8.555740
LEIGHTON: Sacred Choral Music
An Easter Sequence • Crucifixus pro nobis • Give me the wings of faith • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis 'Collegium Magdalene Oxoniense' • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis (The Second Service) • Rockingham: Chorale Prelude on 'When I survey the wondrous Cross' and others
Benjamin Durrant, treble / Gareth Jones, baritone / James Oxley, tenor / Christopher Robinson, choirmaster / Crispian Steele-Perkins, trumpet / Christopher Whitton, organ / St. John's College Choir, Cambridge
Cat. 8.555795
*Available only in the UK and English speaking territories
CHOPIN: Butterfly Etude / Scherzo No. 2 / Grand Valse
Ballade No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47 • Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 • Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57 • Etude No. 13 in A flat major, Op. 25, No. 1, "Aeolian Harp" • Etude No. 21 in G flat major, Op. 25, No. 9, "Butterfly" • Fantasie in F minor, Op. 49 and others
Idil Biret, piano
Cat. 8.555799
Guitar Music from Cuba
Cancion • Cancion de cuna (Berceuse) • Cancion triste (Sad Song) • Cantos Yoruba de Cuba • Danza • El manicero (The Peanut-Seller) and others
Marco Tamayo, guitar
Cat. 8.555887
BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
Missa Solemnis, Op. 123
Jay Baylon, bass-baritone / Lori Phillips, soprano / Robynne Redmon, mezzo-soprano / James Taylor, tenor / Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, violin / Nashville Symphony Chorus / Nashville Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor
Cat. 8.557060
Violin Fantasies
Carmen Fantasy • Fantaisie brilliante sur l'opera 'Otello' de Rossini, Op. 11 • Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D. 934, Op. 159 • Phantasy for Violin with Piano Accompaniment, Op. 47
Frank Huang, violin / Dina Vainstein, piano
Cat. 8.557121
DELIUS: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
A Song before Sunrise • A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden • American Rhapsody • Fantastic Dance • Marche Caprice • Three Small Tone Poems and others
Royal Scottish National Orchestra / David Lloyd-Jones, conductor
Cat. 8.557143
SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Sonata (arr. Viola) / Viola Sonata
Cello Sonata, Op. 40 • Viola Sonata, Op. 147
Annette Bartholdy, viola / Julius Drake, piano
Cat. 8.557231
Naxos Opera
RAMEAU: Castor et Pollux
Castor et Pollux
Colin Ainsworth, tenor / Meredith Hall, soprano / Joshua Hopkins, baritone / Brian McMillan, baritone / Gilles Tomkins, bass / Monica Whicher, soprano / Renee Winick, soprano / Opera in Concert / Aradia Ensemble / Kevin Mallon, conductor
Cat. 8.660118-19
Naxos American Classics
CARTER: Piano Concerto / Holiday Overture / Symphony No. 1
Holiday Overture • Piano Concerto • Symphony No. 1
Mark Wait, piano / Nashville Symphony Orchestra / Kenneth Schermerhorn, conductor
Cat. 8.559151
CRESTON: Symphony No. 5
Invocation and Dance, Op. 58 • Out of the Cradle, Op. 5 • Partita, Op. 12 • Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 • Toccata, Op. 68
Scott Goff, flute / Ilkka Talvi, violin / Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Cat. 8.559153
BRUBECK: Piano Works
Chromatic Fantasy Sonata • Rising Sun • The Salmon Strikes • Tritonis • Two-Part Adventures (Excerpt)
John Salmon, piano
Cat. 8.559212
Marco Polo
LUMBYE: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 9
Alexandra Vals • Blanche Polka • Donau Blumen, Quadrille • Drommebilleder, Fantasi • En promenade over Dyrehavsbakken, Galopade • Manoeuvre Galop and others
Tivoli Symphony Orchestra / David Riddell, conductor
Cat. 8.225264
Naxos DVD Audio
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 • Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano / Russian State Symphony Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 5.110013
Naxos SACD
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 • Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano / Russian State Symphony Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 6.110013
Naxos Historical Recordings
SIBELIUS: Tapiola / Pohjola's Daughter
Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34: No. 2, The Last Spring • Swanwhite, Op. 54: No. 3, The Maidens with the Roses • Symphonic Fantasy, Op. 49, "Pohjola's Daughter" • Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 • Tapiola, Op. 112
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Boston Symphony Orchestra / Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
Cat. 8.110168
*US Availability Pending
MOZART: Cosi fan tutte
Cosi fan tutte
John Brownlee, baritone / Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender, baritone / Irene Eisinger, soprano / Luise Helletsgruber, soprano / Heddle Nash, tenor / Ina Souez, soprano / Glyndebourne Festival Chorus / Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra / Fritz Busch, conductor
Cat. 8.110280-81
*US Availability Pending
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 17, 18 and 21 - Schnabel
Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest" • Sonata No. 18 in E flat major, Op. 31, No. 3 • Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53, "Waldstein"
Artur Schnabel, piano
Cat. 8.110760
Casals: Encores & Transcriptions, Vol. 2
Cello Concerto in D major: Grave ed espressivo • Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 • English Suite No. 6, BWV 811: Gavotte • Kinderszenen, Op. 15: Traumerei • L'estro armonico: Concerto Grosso in D minor, Op. 3, No. 11: Largo • Mazurka, Op. 11, No. 3 and others
Pablo Casals, cello / Nicolai Mednikoff, piano / Blas Net, piano / Otto Schulhoff, piano / London Symphony Orchestra / Pablo Casals, conductor
Cat. 8.110976
*US Availability Pending
Naxos Nostalgia
John McCormack, Vol. 2
A Ballynure Ballad • Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms • Come Back to Erin • Dear Little Shamrock • Ireland, My Sireland • It's a Long Way to Tipperary and others
Spencer Clay, piano / John McCormack, tenor / Joseph Rattay, violin / Edwin Schneider, piano / Studio Chorus / Studio Orchestra / Victor Herbert, conductor / Josef A. Pasternack, conductor / Walter B. Rogers, conductor
Cat. 8.120748
Naxos Jazz Legends
King Cole Trio: Transcriptions, Vol. 5 - Vine Street Jump
B Flat • Bedtime • Early Morning Blues • Falling In and Out of Love • French Toast • Goin' to Town with Honey and others
Nat 'King' Cole, piano / Nat 'King' Cole, vocals / Maxene Johnson, vocals / King Cole Trio
Cat. 8.120705
Stan Kenton - McGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 5
And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine • Artistry in Rhythm • Baby Won't You Please Come Home • Blow Jack • Blue Skies • Elegie and others
June Christy, vocals / Stan Getz, tenor saxophone / Gene Howard, vocals / Stan Kenton, piano / Boots Mussuli, alto saxophone / Anita O'Day, vocals / Stan Kenton Orchestra
Cat. 8.120714
*US Availability Pending
Naxos Educational Products
An Introduction to...MASCAGNI: Cavalleria rusticana
Opera Explained: Cavalleria rusticana
David Timson, reader
Cat. 8.558080
Life and Works - Dvorak
Life and Works
Sean Barrett, reader
Cat. 8.558101-04
A Portrait: John Tavener
TAVENER: His Works - His Life - His Words
Cat. 8.558152-53
Naxos AudioBooks
CONAN-DOYLE: The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
Cat. NA330112
PLUTARCH: Roman Lives
Roman Lives
Cat. NA630212
BBC/Opus Arte DVD
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons
The Four Seasons, Op. 8, Nos. 1-4
Julia Fischer, violin / Academy of St. Martin in the Fields / Kenneth Sillito, conductor
Cat. OA0895D
Cecilia Bartoli Sings Mozart and Haydn
Ariana a Naxos • Bella mia fiamma, addio • Giunse alfin il momento – Al desio di chi t’adora • Symphony No. 38, "Prague" • Symphony No. 92, "Oxford" • Un moto di gioia mi sento and others
Cecilia Bartoli, soprano
Cat. OA0897D

To our readers in North and South America: Not all releases are available in the United States. For a complete list of new releases available in your region, please go to

January Quiz Winners

Our Classical Music Quiz is open exclusively to subscribers of our newsletter. If you are not yet a subscriber, please take a moment to Register.

Here are the 10 winners of our January Classical Music Quiz:

  1. A. G. (Portugal)
  2. C. H. (Netherlands)
  3. E. S. (Australia)
  4. H. H. (Canada)
  5. J. K. (USA)
  6. J. K. (Netherlands)
  7. P. S. (Australia)
  8. S. C. (France)
  9. H. S. (Singapore)
  10. T. H. (USA)


  1. Which Chilean conductor, featured on Naxos releases of music by Rodrigo and Orbon, was formerly the Music Director for the Buffalo Philharmonic?
  2. Which Mozart opera's first run was cut short by the death of the Austrian emperor?
  3. What term is used for the traveling composer-poets of Southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries?
  4. What was Jussi Björling's native language?
  5. Who is the writer and opera lover behind Naxos Educational's Opera Explained Series?


  1. Maximiano Valdes
  2. Cosi fan tutte
  3. Troubadours
  4. Swedish
  5. Thomson Smillie

Winners will also be notified through email and prizes will be sent upon confirmation of their mailing addresses. Each winner is entitled to 1 single Naxos CD of his / her choice.

Book of the Month

Please enter our Book of the Month Contest, for a chance to win a copy of George Enescu: His Life and Music by Noel Malcolm.
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