Newsletter No.75
  The World's Leading Classical Music Label February 3, 2004
Naxos News New Reviews February New Releases Classical Music Quiz Book of the Month
Naxos News

Naxos Labels Win Three Cannes Classical Awards
Cannes, FRANCE - When the winners of the 2004 Cannes Classical Awards were announced on Tuesday, Naxos had three recordings from its family of labels receive honour. Affirming the exciting diversity and quality found amongst the company's releases, the Naxos winners included chamber and orchestra works as well as a stunning choral piece. The two awards for Naxos recordings and one for Marco Polo made HNH, the parent company of both labels, the only CD company to receive more than one award. Click here to see the winners.

Maggini Quartet "In the Studio"
"In the Studio" is the section on where you can find out which Naxos artists currently are recording. This week catch a glimpse of the Maggini Quartet recording music by John Ireland. Click here to view pictures, or go to "News and Reviews" on the left menu of "In the Studio" is in the News section.
Watch this section in future weeks for recording news from Marin Alsop and producer Norbert Kraft.

Naxos Historical: Naxos Remastering of Callas Tosca receives rave review in The Times
"This new remastering is streets ahead of the others . . ."
Click here to read more.

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 New 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: Symphony in F Major, 'Triumph and Peace'
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: Piano Favourites, Vol. 2
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's Wings" • 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 Recital: Frank Huang
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 / Giles Tomkins, bass-baritone / 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 / Toccata / Partita
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: Symphony No. 7 / 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
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
*Not available in the US
Naxos Nostalgia
McCORMACK, John: Come Back to Erin (1910 -21)
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 (1940)
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
*Not available in the US
KENTON, Stan: McGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 5 (1944-45)
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
MASCAGNI: An Introduction to 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
John Tavener: A Portrait
TAVENER: His Works - His Life - His Words
Cat. 8.558152-53
Naxos AudioBooks
CONAN-DOYLE: The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1
The Adventure of the Empty House • The Adventure of the Norwood Builder • The Adventure of the Six Napoleons • The Adventure of the Three Students
David Timson, reader
Cat. NA330112
PLUTARCH: Roman Lives
Roman Lives
Nicholas Farrell, narrator
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

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Classical Music Quiz

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. Winners will be notified through email and prizes will be sent upon confirmation of their mailing addresses. Winners are entitled to 1 single Naxos CD of their choice.

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  1. What is the name of Latvian composer Janis Ivanovs' last completed symphonic score?
  2. Which American conductor has been involved with several recent Naxos recordings as both the Music Director of the Seattle Symphony and as a key advisor for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music?
  3. In which year did Artur Schnabel flee Berlin for political reasons?
  4. Who are the producers for the two most recent releases from the Guitar Collection, Guitar Music of Cuba and Tango Argentino?
  5. How many strings are on a violin?

Note: all answers can be found on

Book of the Month

Congratulations to M.C. (UK) and J.M. (USA) who have won copies of George Enescu: His Life and Music by Noel Malcolm. The answer to our question ("In which region of Europe was Enescu born?") was 'Moldavia'. We thank all of our contestants for participating.
This month's book is Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences by Marianne Williams Tobias. Just visit for contest details.
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