Naxos Top 30 - roll back the price!

To celebrate Naxos's 30th Anniversary, we're rolling back the years and offering 30 favourite Naxos recordings at their 1980s prices. The selection includes acclaimed performances by Marin Alsop, Roderick Williams, Boris Giltburg, and Vasily Petrenko and showcases the outstanding recordings made by Naxos over the last thirty years.

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And the Bridge is Love

And the Bridge is Love

English Music for Strings


Delius:

Aquarelles (2)

arr. E. Fenby

Elgar:

Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20

Chanson de Nuit, Op. 15 No. 1

arr. W.H. Reed

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Chanson de Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

arr. W.H. Reed

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Goodall, H:

And the Bridge is Love

World Première Recording

Julian Lloyd Webber (cello)

Ireland:

A Downland Suite - Minuet

Lloyd Webber, W:

The Moon

World Première Recording

Vaughan Williams:

Charterhouse Suite: Prelude

Walton:

Passacaglia - Death of Falstaff and Touch her soft lips from Henry V


This wide-ranging programme of English music for strings includes the world première recording of Howard Goodall’s moving And the Bridge is Love, in which Julian Lloyd Webber plays cello, and of William Lloyd Webber’s The Moon, only performed for the first time in 2014. There are also established classics such as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47, as well as novelties in the case of the never-before-recorded arrangements by Elgar’s friend and biographer W.H. Reed of the two Chansons.

From the late nineteenth-century British music experienced a flourishing of compositions for strings, spearheaded by the genius of Elgar. His Introduction and Allegro, Op.4 is one of the masterpieces of the genre, but smaller pieces such as the two Chansons – heard in never-before-recorded arrangements by his friend and biography W.H. Reed - distil his lyric essence and are performed by one of the world’s leading musicians, Julian Lloyd Webber. He also plays cello in the world première recording of Howard Goodall’s moving And the

Bridge is Love. He has also included the poetic Moon written by his father, William, and unperformed until 2014.

“as a conductor, he evidently has the ability to make a difference to collective performance-level (the English Chamber Orchestra plays characteristically and vividly at every point) while not getting in the music's way - a combination of qualities nicely suited to this line-up of string works.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 *****

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - April 2015

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8573250

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Elgar: Symphony No. 3

Elgar: Symphony No. 3

(elaborated by Anthony Payne)


"The Bournemouth Symphony's fine playing touches more depths and scales more heights than we've heard before ... The result is remarkable; at Naxos's bargain price it becomes irresistible." The Guardian

“How thrillingly urgent Elgar's unforgettably gaunt introductory bars sound here – a magnificent launch-pad for an interpretation of unswerving dedication, plentiful character and intelligence. Audibly galvanised by Paul Daniel's direction, the Bournemouth orchestra responds with infectious eagerness, polish and, most important, all the freshness of new discovery.
In these newcomers' hands there's a rhythmic snap and athletic drive about the mighty opening movement that exhilarate. Where Davis perhaps scores over Daniel is in the spiritual, 'inner' dimension he brings to those ineffably beautiful bars at the start of the development section. Come the succeeding Allegretto, and Daniel's approach is more urgent, less evocative. The anguished slow movement welds a penetrating textural and harmonic clarity to a noble strength that's very moving. Best of all is the finale, which now emerges in a rather less piecemeal fashion than it does under Davis.
Particularly good is the dark swagger that Daniel locates in both the nobilmente paragraphs, while the closing bars are magical, the final soft tam-tam stroke disappearing into the ether like some vast unanswered question. The sound is excellent in every respect. Another jewel in the Naxos crown, not to be missed.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8554719

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Holst: The Planets, Op. 32, etc.

Holst:

The Planets, Op. 32

The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18

Claire Rutter (soprano)

Matthews, C:

Pluto, the Renewer


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Naxos - 8555776

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John Rutter: Requiem

John Rutter: Requiem


Rutter:

Requiem

(ensemble version)

Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano)

Arise, shine

Come down, O love divine

Musica Dei donum

A Clare Benediction

Go forth into the world in peace

Toccata in 7

Variations on an Easter theme


“There is no doubt that this new recording is exceptionally fine with the Clare College choir on top of their very considerable form…This CD is another feather in the Naxos cap and is urgently recommended.” MusicWeb International

“Naxos continues its conquest of Cambridge's college choirs and finds that from Clare College on excellent form. I suspect this will be one of those Naxos recordings that sells by the ten thousand rather than merely the thousand.” Gramophone Magazine

“The newest Naxos recording of the Requiem tends to trump all previous versions, even the composer's own very fine account. Recorded in the expansive acoustic of Douai Abbey, Berkshire, it is very beautifully sung indeed...Elin Manahan Thomas is the ideal soloist, singing the Pie Jesu with touching simplicity and rising up celestially in the Lux aeterna.” Penguin Guide, 2011 edition

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2003

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8557130

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Bliss: Piano Concerto

Bliss: Piano Concerto


Bliss:

Piano Concerto in B flat major

Piano Sonata

Concerto for Two Pianos


“Concerto for Two pianos is the most lively, attractive work on the disc, full of quick, spiky wit and delight on colour, all well brought out by Donohoe and Roscoe” BBC Music Magazine

“In recent times Bliss's swaggering Piano Concerto (written in 1938-9 for Solomon) has found a champion in Peter Donohoe, and it's good that he's been able to set down his powerful interpretation as part of Naxos's British Piano Concertos series. As those thunderous octaves at the outset demonstrate, Bliss's bravura writing holds no terrors for Donohoe and he generates a satisfying rapport with David Lloyd-Jones and the RSNO. Theirs is a beautifully prepared and attentive reading which grips from start to finish.
The bittersweet central Adagietto casts an especially potent spell, while both outer movements harness blistering virtuosity to supple affection. All told, a worthy modern counterpart to the thrilling historic displays from Solomon and Mewton-Wood.
No less compelling is the buoyant account of the Concerto for Two Pianos: an infectiously enjoyable, single-movement work that began life in 1921 as a Concerto for Piano, Tenor and Strings (that same year, Bliss embarked on his Colour Symphony, of which there are fleeting echoes here). The present revision dates from 1950; 18 years later, Bliss overhauled the piece one last time for the three-hand partnership of Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith. As in the Piano Concerto, the recording's a touch bright and clangorous, but the ear soon adjusts.
No such technical qualms surround Donohoe's intelligent and accomplished performance of the Sonata composed in 1952 for Noel Mewton- Wood. With his commanding presence and rich tonal palette, Donohoe again exhibits a remarkable empathy with Bliss's red-blooded inspiration. This rewarding Naxos disc deserves every success.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - February 2004

Naxos Top 30

Naxos British Piano Concertos - 8557146

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Bernstein - Chichester Psalms

Bernstein - Chichester Psalms


Bernstein:

On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite

Chichester Psalms

Dance Episodes (3) from ‘On The Town'


Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Marin Alsop

“Alsop and her Bournemouth band capture [On the Waterfront] as surely and atmospherically as they do the glitzy exuberance of On the Town...it reeks of adrenaline, and brutal oppression...It may be cheap, it may have been recorded this side of the Atlantic, but it never shows. This really is bargain Bernstein; his pupil's done him proud.” Andrew McGregor, bbc.co.uk, 9th October 2003

“Everything in the score clearly stands out under Alsop's eagle eyes and ears, with syncopated rhythms and canonic passages securely aligned and the Bournemouth brass at their assertive best” Classics Today

“Some years ago Andrew Litton presided over a memorable all-Bernstein concert for Virgin Classics that showed that the Bournemouth orchestra could swing with the best of them; now it's the turn of new principal conductor Marin Alsop to put them through their paces.
Very sassily they strut, too, in the exuberant outer numbers of On the Town. It's a similar tale in the symphonic suite from On the Waterfront.
Alsop displays a special sympathy for this score's intimate undertow, investing softer music with a tingling atmosphere and lyrical poetry that consistently ignite the imagination, and moulding the love theme with a warmth and vulnerability that all but match the composer's NYPO version. Not that there's any lack of red-blooded drama or brazen spectacle, even though Mike Clements's otherwise excitingly dynamic sound-frame exposes some slight thinness of violin tone.
The account of the Chichester Psalms is polished, communicative and beautifully sprung, attaining eloquent heights in the soothing setting of Psalm 23 for boy treble and mixed choir, as well as the strings' impassioned plea that launches the last movement.
A conspicuous success. The playing-time is comparatively stingy, but, given the superior quality of the music-making and the low Naxos price-tag, not many should complain.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“It’s good to have a new Naxos recording with Marin Alsop conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in sensitive, exciting, and impressively lucid performances of three Bernstein works… …The Bournemouth Symphony, in technically adept, bracing performances, plays like a top-notch orchestra.” New York Times

GGramophone Magazine

Disc of the Month - October 2003

Naxos Top 30

Naxos American Classics - 8559177

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Debussy - Clair de lune and other piano favourites

Debussy - Clair de lune and other piano favourites


Debussy:

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

La plus que lente

Arabesque No. 1

Le petit nègre

The Snow is dancing (from Children's Corner)

The Little Shepherd (from Children's Corner)

Golliwog's Cakewalk (from Children's Corner)

Estampe No. 2 - La soirée dans Grenade

Estampe No. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie

Valse romantique (L. 71)

Danse - Tarantelle styrienne

Pour le Piano: Toccata

Reflets dans l'eau (No. 1 from Images pour piano - Book 1)

Poissons d'or (No. 3 from Images pour piano - Book 2)

Mazurka

Rêverie

Préludes - Book 1: No. 8, La fille aux cheveux de lin

Préludes - Book 1: No. 12, Minstrels

Préludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathédrale engloutie

Arabesque No. 2


François-Joël Thiollier (piano)

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8555800

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Stainer: The Crucifixion

Stainer: The Crucifixion


“The impressive soloist James Gilchrist is spirited and fully immersed in the direct and tuneful simplicity of the music.”(Music Web)

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8557624

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Tallis - Spem in Alium

Tallis - Spem in Alium


Tallis:

Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'

I call and cry to thee, O Lord

With all our hearts and mouths

Discomfort them, O Lord

Missa Salve intemerata

Salve intemerata


“one of the most remarkable recordings of 2005…. the performances here are beyond praise.”The Penguin Guide

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8557770

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Adams, J: Violin Concerto, etc.

Adams, J:

Violin Concerto

Corigliano, J:

Red Violin ‘Chaconne’

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

(arr. Waxman)

Waxman, F:

Tristan and Isolde Fantasia


“The soloist in Sibelius’s Violin Concerto was the beguiling Chloë Hanslip, a sizzling young product of the Yehudi Menuhin School. Hanslip produces a full-blooded sound… Her dazzling technical proficiency made sparks fly.” The Independent, concert review 2005

“It's excellent sense to couple John Adams's Violin Concerto with John Corigliano's Chaconne based on his film music for The Red Violin. Both require bravura of the highest order… This is the fourth recording of the Adams Concerto. …Hanslip's new version seems to me undoubtedly the one to acquire.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2006 *****

“As an overall concept this album is a mess. Franz Waxman's arrangement of Enescu's First Romanian Rhapsody is positioned before the Adams Concerto and sounds like an encore before the main event. Waxman's Tristan and Isolde Fantasia pushes Wagner towards Cecil B DeMille histrionics, while John Corigliano's hacked-together Chaconne is episodic and rhetorical and is severely lacking in the material department.
This is a pity because nothing should hide the fact that Chloë Hanslip is the sort of musician every teenager forced to practise their scales dreams of becoming. The richness and clarity of her tone is beyond learning, and she demonstrates such profound empathy for John Adams's 1993 Violin Concerto that Gidon Kremer (Nonesuch) can consider himself completely outplayed. This is the sort of performance that secures a reputation for life.
The first movement is a particular challenge, as an unwinding melodic line generates itself over a quarter-hour span. Kremer plays the notes mechanically but Hanslip deconstructs their meaning and pieces together a cogent narrative direction that's a bona fide interpretation.
The sing-song ballad quality of the slow middle movement unlocks her lyrical imagination, while the tricky moto perpetuo of the violin part zigzags and breakdances across occasional Nancarrow-like rhythmic overlays in an exuberant finale. Assertive and enthused accompaniment from Slatkin and the RPO, too – everybody's doing Adams the greatest of service.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“…Chloë Hanslip is the sort of musician every teenager forced to practise their scales dreams of becoming. The richness and clarity of her tone is beyond learning, and she demonstrates such profound empathy for John Adams's 1993 Violin Concerto that Gidon Kremer... consider himself completely outplayed. This is the sort of performance that secures a reputation for life.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2006

Presto Disc of the Week

4th August 2008

Naxos Top 30

Naxos American Classics - 8559302

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