Newsletter No.78
  The World's Leading Classical Music Label March 18, 2004
Naxos News New Reviews April Forthcoming Releases Classical Music Quiz Book of the Month
Naxos News

Naxos announces Seven from Tony Banks.
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In the Studio: The Blair String Quartet

A recent recording session with the Blair String Quartet allowed the staff a glimpse into some of the recording techniques that make the Naxos American Classics series a favourite with critics and fans. The sessions took place in early March at Ingram Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and featured the Blair String Quartet recording Charles Ives' string quartets. Click here to read more about the recording process.

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.
April 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.
Gershwin for Trumpet (arr. J. Bartos and P. Breiner)
A Foggy Day • But Not for Me • By Strauss • Embraceable You • How Long Has This Been Going On? • It Ain't Necessarily So and others
Juraj Bartos, trumpet / Peter Breiner, piano
Cat. 8.554302
DEBUSSY: Piano Favourites
Arabesque No. 1 • Arabesque No. 2 • Children's Corner Suite • Danse (Tarantelle styrienne) • Images • La plus que lente and others
Francois-Joel Thiollier, piano
Cat. 8.555800
WALTON: Belshazzar's Feast / Crown Imperial
Belshazzar's Feast • Crown Imperial • Orb and Sceptre
Simon Lindley, organ / Christopher Purves, baritone / Huddersfield Choral Society / Laudibus / Leeds Philharmonic Chorus / English Northern Philharmonia / Paul Daniel, conductor
Cat. 8.555869
SCHUBERT: Piano Works for Four Hands, Vol. 4
Divertissement uber franzosische in B minor Motive: Andantino Varie, D. 823/II • Duo in A minor, Allegro, D. 947, "Lebenssturme" • Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 • Rondo in A major, D. 951 • Variations in B flat major, D. 968A (D. 603)
Rico Gulda, piano / Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
Cat. 8.555930
SPOHR: String Quintets Nos. 3 and 4
String Quintet No. 3 in B minor, Op. 69 • String Quintet No. 4 in A minor, Op. 91
Sandor Papp, viola / New Haydn Quartet
Cat. 8.555966
Norwegian Classical Favourites
A Hundred Hardanger Tunes, Op. 151 • At Evening, Op. 60 • Bol's Song • Hjalarljod Overture, Op. 38 • Legend • Little Overture, Op. 11 and others
Iceland Symphony Orchestra / Bjarte Engeset, conductor
Cat. 8.557018
HOWELLS: Rhapsodic Quintet / Violin Sonata No. 3
A Near-Minuet for Clarinet and Piano • Prelude for Harp • Rhapsodic Quintet, Op. 31 • Sonata for Clarinet and Piano • Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in E minor, Op. 38
Cat. 8.557188
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 7a, 11 and 12 (Fragments)
Piano Sonata No. 11 in C, D. 612/163 (fragment) • Piano Sonata No. 12 in F minor, D. 625/505 (fragment) • Piano Sonata No. 5 in A flat major, D. 557 • Piano Sonata No. 7a in D flat major, D. 567 (incomplete)
Gottlieb Wallisch, piano
Cat. 8.557189
PENDERECKI: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2
Cadenza for solo viola • Miniatures • Violin Sonata No. 1 • Violin Sonata No. 2
Ida Bieler, viola / Ida Bieler, violin / Nina Tichman, piano
Cat. 8.557253
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3
Andante and Finale, Op.79 (orch. S. Taneyev) • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 • Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano / Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 8.557257
Guitar Music from Brazil
Agua e Vinho (Water and Wine) • Appassionata • Aquarelle • Forests of the Amazon: Sentimental Melody • Garota de Ipanema (Girl from Ipanema) • Grauna (Blackbird) and others
Graham Anthony Devine, guitar
Cat. 8.557295
BANKS: Seven, A Suite for Orchestra
Seven, A Suite for Orchestra
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Mike Dixon, conductor
Cat. 8.557466
Naxos Opera
ROSSINI: Pietra del paragone (La)
La pietra del paragone
Agata Bienkowska, mezzo-soprano / Alessandro Codeluppi, tenor / Raffaele Constantini, bass / Anna Rita Gemmabella, soprano / Anke Herrmann, soprano / Dariusz Machej, bass / Teru Yoshihara, baritone / Gioacchino Zarrelli, baritone
Cat. 8.660093-95
Naxos American Classics
BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 / Essays for Orchestra Nos. 2 & 3
Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 • Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17 • Third Essay for Orchestra, Op. 47 • Toccata Festiva, Op. 36
Karina Gauvin, soprano / Thomas Trotter, organ / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Marin Alsop, conductor
Cat. 8.559134
DIAMOND: TOM Suite / Symphony No. 8 / This Sacred Ground
Suite from the Ballet TOM • Symphony No. 8 • This Sacred Ground
Erich Parce, baritone / Northwest Boychoir / Seattle Girls' Choir / Seattle Symphony Chorale / Seattle Symphony Orchestra / Gerard Schwarz, conductor
Cat. 8.559156
Marco Polo
KUULA / MADETOJA: Finnish Songs
Aamulaulu (Morning Song), Op. 2, No. 3 • Epilogi (Epilogue), Op. 6, No. 2 • Imandran laulu (Imandra's Song), Op. 30c, No. 4 • Jaakukkia (Ice Flowers), Op. 24, No. 2 • Kesayo kirkkomaalla (Summer Night in the Churchyard), Op. 6, No. 1 • Lauantai-ilta (Saturday Evening), Op. 24, No. 1 and others
Satu Salminen, piano / Kirsi Tiihonen, soprano
Cat. 8.225177
WINTER: Maometto
Maria Luigia Borsi, soprano / Petr Fiala, choirmaster / Antonio de Gobbi, bass / Gloria Montanari, mezzo-soprano / Sebastian Na, tenor / Jan Ocetek, choirmaster / Cesare Ruta, tenor / Luca Salsi, baritone / Czech Philharmonic Choir, Brno / Czech Chamber Soloists / Gabriele Bellini, conductor
Cat. 8.225279-80
Naxos DVD Audio
TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake (highlights)
Swan Lake: highlights, Op. 20
Russian State Symphony Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 5.110005
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3
Andante and Finale, Op. 79 • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 • Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano / Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 5.110051
Naxos SACD
Swan Lake, Op. 20
Russian State Symphony Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 6.110005-06
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 3
Andante and Finale, Op. 79 • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 • Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 75
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano / Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
Cat. 6.110051
Naxos Historical Recordings
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde
Tristan und Isolde
Rhoderick Davies, baritone / Edgar Evans, tenor / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone / Kirsten Flagstad, soprano / Josef Greindl, bass / Rudolf Schock, tenor / Ludwig Suthaus, tenor / Blanche Thebom, mezzo-soprano / Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent Garden / Philharmonia Orchestra / Wilhelm Furtwangler, conductor
Cat. 8.110321-24
US Availability Pending
Caruso, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 12
A Dream • Amadis de Gaule: Act II - Bois epais • Germania: Studenti, udite • I' m'arricordo 'e Napule • L'Africana: Act III - Deh, ch'io ritorni • La Juive: Act IV - Rachel, quand du Seigneur and others
Enrico Caruso, tenor / Francis Lapitino, harp / Billy Murray, vocals / Victor Orchestra / Josef A. Pasternack, conductor
Cat. 8.110753
US Availability Pending
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Triple Concerto (Weingartner) (1937-1939)
Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, Op. 56, • Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 7
Stefan Auber, cello / Marguerite Long, piano / Angelica Morales, piano / Ricardo Odnoposoff, violin / Paris Conservatoire Orchestra / Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Felix Weingartner, conductor
Cat. 8.110878
US Availability Pending
BACH: St. Matthew Passion (Mengelberg) (1939)
Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1010 • St. Matthew Passion (abridged), BVW 244 • Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 • Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
Hubert Barwahser, flute / G. Blanchard, oboe / Ilona Durigo, alto / Piet van Egmond, organ / Karl Erb, tenor / Ferdinand Helman, violin / Johannes den Hertog, harpsichord / W. Peddemors, oboe / Willem Ravelli, bass / Herman Schey, bass / Louis van Tulder, tenor / Jo Vincent, soprano / Louis Zimmermann, violin / Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir / Zanglust Boys' Choir / Concertgebouw Orchestra / New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra / Willem Mengelberg, conductor
Cat. 8.110880-82
US Availability Pending
Naxos Nostalgia
TRENET, Charles: Je chante (1937-48)
Annie-Anna • Biguine a bango • Coquelicot • En quittant une ville (J'entends) • Fleur bleue • Jardins du mois de mai and others
Charles Lavannes, piano / Charles Trenet, vocals / Albert Lasry Chorus / Albert Lasry Orchestra / Bernard Hilda Orchestra / Charles Trenet Orchestra / Le Jazz de Paris / Wal-Berg Orchestra / Albert Lasry, conductor
Cat. 8.120753
Naxos Jazz Legends
WALLER, Fats: A Handful of Fats - Classic Hits (1929-42)
Ain't Misbehavin' • Carolina Shout • Come and Get It • Darktown Strutter's Ball • Georgia on My Mind • Handful of Keys and others
Thomas 'Fats' Waller, organ / Thomas 'Fats' Waller, piano / Thomas 'Fats' Waller, vocals / Fats Waller Rhythm / Fats Waller Orchestra
Cat. 8.120760
Naxos Folk Legends
Almanac Singers: The Sea, The Soil and the Struggle
Away Rio • Blow the Man Down • Blow Ye Winds High-O • Boontown Bill • Coast of High Barbary • Cookhouse; The Young Man from Alcala and others
Tom Glazer, vocals / Woody Guthrie, vocals / Butch Hawes, vocals / Peter Hawes, vocals / Lee Hays, vocals / Pete Seeger, vocals / Almanac Singers
Cat. 8.120733
Not available in the United States.
Naxos World
Rhythm 4 Kids
Afrika Wassa • All Spirits Sing • El Gallo Pinto • I Like to Eat • Koori Dreamtime • Mate mani audzedama and others
Bapi Das Baul, vocals / Alessandra Belloni, vocals / Vieux Diop, vocals / Richard Ferry, vocals / Claudia Gomez, vocals / Amina Annabi Laurence, vocals / Rafael Lorenzo, vocals / Cedella Marley-Booker, vocals / Joanne Shenandoah, vocals / Irish Children's Choir / Golden Bough / Iligi / Kid Pan Alley Band / Makam / Shenanigans / Taj Mahal / The Jews Brothers Band
Cat. 76051-2
Naxos Educational Products
LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci (Opera Explained)
Opera Explained: I Pagliacci
David Timson, reader
Cat. 8.558143
Beniamino Gigli - A Life
Gigli: A Life in Words and Music
Graeme Kay, narrator
Cat. 8.558148-51
Naxos DVD
A Musical Journey - London
A Musical Tour of London and Oxford
Cat. 2.110501
A Musical Journey - Vienna
Vienna - A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present
Cat. 2.110502
A Musical Journey - Prague
Prague - A Musical Tour of the Ciity's Past and Present
Cat. 2.110503
A Musical Journey - Rome
Rome - A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present
Cat. 2.110504
A Musical Journey - Venice
Venice - A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present
Cat. 2.110505
A Musical Journey - Paris
A Musical Tour of Paris, Chantilly, Versailles and Chartres
Cat. 2.110506
Naxos AudioBooks
NESBIT: Five Children and It
Five Children and It
Cat. NA230512
DOSTOYEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
Cat. NA830612
RAMEAU: Platee
Platee (PAL)
Not available in North and South America.
WAGNER: Siegfried (Stuttgart Ring)
Siegfried (PAL)
Not available in North and South America.
Jazz It! (Compilation DVD sampler)
A Jazz Sampler from TDK
Not available in North and South America.
Arthaus Musik DVD
BRITTEN: Billy Budd
Billy Budd (PAL)
Cat. 100278
Not available in North and South America.
MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina
Khovanshchina (PAL)
Cat. 100310
Not available in North and South America.
BBC/Opus Arte DVD
Merlin (PAL)
Cat. OA0887D
Not available in North and South America.

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

March 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 March Classical Music Quiz:

  1. D. G. (USA)
  2. D. L. (China)
  3. I. E. (UK)
  4. E. E. (UK)
  5. G. W. (UK)
  6. J. P. (Denmark)
  7. E. V. (Mexico)
  8. S. B (UK)
  9. S. L. (USA)
  10. V. B. (France)


  1. For whom were Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo written?
  2. How many symphonies did Shostakovich write?
  3. Which key participant in the English Song Series conducted the world premiere of Britten's Death in Venice?
  4. In which country was Franz Liszt born?
  5. What does the Italian term 'piano' mean in musical context?


  1. Tenor Peter Pears
  2. 15
  3. Steuart Bedford
  4. Hungary
  5. Soft, play quietly

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 The Song of Names: A Novel by Norman Lebrecht.

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