Newsletter No.79
  The World's Leading Classical Music Label April 2, 2004
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    Ask the Artist: Gerard Schwarz

    This week on you can read "Ask the Artist" answers from the Nashville Symphony, plus submit your questions for Gerard Schwarz, conductor and Music Director for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Current highlights for the Maestro include the Seattle Symphony's Carnegie Hall debut and Centennial Season this year, as well as the ongoing success of the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, for which Schwarz is an adviser. Send your questions for Gerard Schwarz to

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    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 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.
    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
    3 Preludes, Book 1 • Arabesque No. 1 • Arabesque No. 2 • Children's Corner Suite • Danse (Tarantelle styrienne) • Estampes 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 ChorusEnglish 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, violaNew 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, 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, pianoRussian 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 / and others
    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, organRoyal 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 ChoraleSeattle 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 / Czech Philharmonic Choir, BrnoCzech Chamber Soloists / Gabriele Bellini, conductor and others
    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, pianoRussian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
    Cat. 5.110051
    Naxos SACD
    TCHAIKOVKSY: Swan Lake
    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 (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, pianoRussian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
    Cat. 6.110051
    Naxos Historical Recordings
    WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde (Fischer-Dieskau) (1952)
    Tristan und Isolde
    Rhoderick Davies, baritone / Edgar Evans, tenor / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone / Kirsten Flagstad, soprano / Josef Greindl, bass / Royal Opera House Chorus, Covent GardenPhilharmonia Orchestra / Wilhelm Furtwangler, conductor and others
    Cat. 8.110321-24
    Not available in the United States.
    Caruso, Enrico: Complete Recordings, Vol. 12 (1902-1920)
    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 Military Band / Victor Orchestra / Josef A. Pasternack, conductor
    Cat. 8.110753
    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
    BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion (Mengelberg) (1939)
    Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1010 • St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 (abridged) • 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 / Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir / Zanglust Boys' Choir / Concertgebouw Orchestra / New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra / Willem Mengelberg, conductor and others
    Cat. 8.110880-82
    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, vocalsAlbert 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, vocalsFats Waller RhythmFats 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, vocalsAlmanac Singers
    Cat. 8.120733
    Not available in the United States.
    Naxos World
    WORLD Rhythm 4 Kids: Sing-A-Long
    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 / Irish Children's Choir / Golden Bough / Iligi / Kid Pan Alley Band / Makam / Shenanigans / Taj Mahal / The Jews Brothers Band and others
    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 AudioBooks
    NESBIT: Five Children and It
    Five Children and It

    Cat. NA230512
    DOSTOYEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov
    The Brothers Karamazov

    Cat. NA830612
    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
    RAMEAU: Platee
    Platee (PAL)
    Paul Agnew, accordion / Yann Beuron, tenor / Franck Leguerinel, baritone / Laurent Naouri, tenorLes Musiciens du Louvre / Mark Minkowski, conductor
    Cat. DV-OPPLT
    Not available in North and South America.
    WAGNER: Siegfried (Stuttgart Ring)
    Siegfried (PAL)
    Lisa Gasteen, soprano / Heinz Gohrig, tenor / Gabriela Herrera, soprano / Attila Jun, bass / Helene Ranada, contralto / Stuttgart State Opera Orchestra / Lothar Zagrosek, conductor and others
    Cat. DV-OPRDNS
    Not available in North and South America.
    Arthaus Musik DVD
    BRITTEN: Billy Budd
    Billy Budd (PAL)
    Richard van Allan, bass / Thomas Allen, baritone / Philip Langridge, tenorEnglish National Opera ChorusEnglish National Opera Orchestra / David Atherton, conductor
    Cat. 100278
    Not available in North and South America.
    MUSSORGSKY: Khovanshchina
    Khovanshchina (PAL)
    Vladimir Atlantov, tenor / Paata Burchuladze, bass / Nicolai Ghiaurov, bass / Anatoly Kocherga, baritone / Yuri Marusin, tenor / Ludmila Semtschuk, mezzo-soprano / Slovak Philharmonic Chorus / Vienna Boys Choir / Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna State Opera Orchestra / Claudio Abbado, conductor
    Cat. 100310
    Not available in North and South America.
    BBC/Opus Arte DVD
    ALBENIZ: Merlin
    Merlin (PAL)
    Eva Marton, soprano / Stuart Skelton, tenor / Carol Vaness, soprano / David Wilson-Johnson, bassMadrid Symphony ChorusMadrid Symphony Orchestra / Jose de Eusebio, conductor
    Cat. OA0887D
    Not available in North and South America.

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    Classical Music Quiz

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    1. Tony Banks, the composer of Seven, is a founding member of which progressive rock group?
    2. How many violas are used in Spohr's string quintets?
    3. How did composer David Diamond earn a living in New York during World War II?
    4. Who premiered many of Finnish composer Toivo Kuula's songs?
    5. Which of Leoncavallo's operas was eclipsed by Puccini's opera of the same name?

    Note: all answers can be found on

    Book of the Month

    Congratulations to A. L. (Spain), G. H. (USA) and J. G. (Australia) who have won copies of The Song of Names: A Novel by Norman Lebrecht. The answer to our question ("To which violinist did Elgar dedicate his Violin Concerto") was 'Fritz Kreisler'. We thank all of our contestants for participating.
    This month's book is Evenings with Horowitz: A Personal Portrait by David Dubal. Just visit for contest details.

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