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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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Dvorák - Symphony No. 9

Dvorák - Symphony No. 9


Dvorak:

Symphonic Variations, Op. 78

Based on a melody he had composed earlier for men’s chorus, ‘I am a fiddler’, the Symphonic Variations are one of the composer’s most beautifully crafted and beguiling works

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'


This recording by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop is the first of three discs of Dvorák symphonies taken from live performances at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

“The unashamed brassiness of the orchestra's sound marks it out as the work of an American ensemble, but alongside that there is plenty of subtlety to the wind-playing, not least the marvellous cor anglais in the famous slow movement, as well as the cameos given to flute and clarinet elsewhere in the work. The strings, on the other hand, bring a sheen more in keeping with the music's European roots. The recorded sound is particularly warm and welcoming, and both that and the superlative performances mean that the two promised successors to this disc - more Dvorák recorded under the same circumstances - cannot arrive soon enough.” Matthew Rye, The Telegraph, 28th June 2006 Disc of the Week

“It’s hard to understand why a work as enjoyable as the Symphonic Variations, by a composer as popular as Dvorak, should be so neglected. Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony remind us of its charms and richly inventive colours in this vivid, incisive account. They also do the symphony proud, proving that a warhorse such as the New World is hackneyed only in the minds of jaded performers and listeners.” Sunday Times, 22nd June 2008 ****

“It is rare to be able to say that a performance forces one to listen to a work anew, but this is exactly what Alsop's reading achieves. Excellently recorded and with an elegant and witty performance of the Symphonic Variations as makeweight, this is a superb issue all round.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

“…a terrific reading of a firm favourite. Yet overall, Alsop's is not a histrionic reading but one full of affectionate touches… What makes this disc doubly recommendable is the superb account of the Symphonic Variations… The recording is outstanding in every way, well balanced and vivid in detail.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2008

“Dvorák's New World has already been recorded by almost everyone who matters! But Marin Alsop makes it very much her own, with her fine Baltimore orchestra responding with an account full of warmth, moments of high drama, and, above all, finely paced with a flowing, spontaneous feeling. One notes the delightful flute-playing, the bold, strong trombones in tuttis, and the luminous grace of the strings, immediately apparent at the affectionate opening of both first and second movements. The delicate close of the Largo, after the songful repeat of the beautifully simple and very lovely cor anglais melody, is memorable. The movement's central episodes are equally poetic, particularly the gentle clarinet theme over the murmuring bass pizzicati.
The Scherzo bursts in, and the finale has all the impetus one could want. Yet overall, Alsop's is not a histrionic reading but one full of affectionate touches, the appealing little nudge at the end of the second subject of the first movement for instance, while the closing retrospective section of the finale is particularly satisfying.
What makes this disc doubly recommendable is the superb account of the Symphonic Variations, inspired but surprisingly neglected. It is a work which after the mysterious opening Lento emolto tranquillo, which is perfectly captured here, needs to move on flexibly but with plenty of impetus, capturing the continual changes of mood and colour. The extraordinary variety of invention and scoring captivates the ear, sometimes perky, sometimes gentle (like the enchanting little repeated-note flute solo, followed immediately by gruff trombones), until it reaches its genial fugal apotheosis and the performance sweeps to its folksy, grandiloquent close. The recording is outstanding in every way, well balanced and vivid in detail.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“an account full of warmth, moments of high drama, and above all finely paced with a spontaneous forward flow...Throughout, the recording is outstanding in every way” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ***

BBC Music Magazine

Disc of the month - July 2008

BBC Music Magazine Awards 2009

Orchestral Finalist

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8570714

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Howells: Hymnus Paradisi & Sir Patrick Spens

Howells: Hymnus Paradisi & Sir Patrick Spens


Howells:

Hymnus Paradisi

Sir Patrick Spens

The world premiere recording of Sir Patrick Spens provides the coupling, a Scottish ballad for huge forces – very large orchestra, choir and baritone soloist. It was written around 1922 when the composer was around 30 years of age


“Hymnus Paradisi is the composer's most widely acknowledged masterpiece. Choral and orchestral forces are well balanced and precise… Claire Rutter sustains her long phrases and has the right consolatory warmth in her middle range, while tenor James Gilchrist sings with grace and fine diction. Sir Patrick Spens, recorded now for the first time, is strong in its own merits. In this setting of the old Scots ballad Howells is at his most vigorously imaginative; it is difficult to understand the neglect.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2007

“Crippling numbness of loss' was the effect on Herbert Howells of his young son Michael's death from meningitis. The composer eventually confronted his bereavement in Hymnus Paradisi… David Hill… sensitively presents the emotional nerve-ends of Howell's moving work. Notwithstanding explicitly dramatic moments, the pervasive feel of the performance is one of intimate serenity, the 'light and warmth of consolation' which Howells wanted for himself, and for the listener. The coupling is of major interest to Howells specialists - Sir Patrick Spens, a maritime cantata with solo baritone (the excellent Roderick Williams)…” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2007 ****

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8570352

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Fauré: Requiem, Op. 48, etc.

Fauré:

Requiem, Op. 48

Messe basse

Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11

Severac:

Tantum ergo

Vierne, L:

Pièces de fantaisie, 1st suite, Op. 51: No. 2, Andantino


Lisa Beckley (soprano), Colm Carey (organ), Nicholas Gedge (bass-baritone)

Oxford Schola Cantorum, Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly

“Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine makes a perfect conclusion to this lovely programme.” Gramophone Magazine

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8550765

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Gorecki: Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs', etc.

Gorecki:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs'

Three Pieces in the Old Style


“This disc seems a clear first choice.” Classic CD

“This recording is virtually as good as the betterknown Zinman version. The performance is exceptionally fine, although the acoustic is more resonant, the orchestral choirs less closely balanced and Antoni Wit isn't as meticulous as Zinman in his observance of minor details.
Interpretatively, Wit leaves the more austere impression. His relative inwardness squares convincingly with the symphony's harrowing texts and 'Sorrowful Songs' sub-title. If spectacular singing is your main priority, then Upshaw's is the vocal tour de force. Zofia Kilanowicz displays stronger lower registers and a brilliant, bleached-white soprano that reflects the score's innate pathos, its sense of shock. Her enunciation is more idiomatic, while her partial suspension of vibrato is a powerful interpretative ploy. What's most impressive about this performance is its spirituality; and given the overall excellence of the recording, the conducting and the singing, it's strongly recommended, particularly to those who have yet to discover the Symphony's hypnotic sound-world. It's also commended to those who do know the work but who find Upshaw and Zinman too 'plush'.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8550822

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Orff: Carmina Burana

Orff: Carmina Burana


Claire Rutter, Tom Randle & Markus Eiche

Highcliffe Junior Choir (Director: Mary Denniss), Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus (Director: Andrew Knights) & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (Director: Greg Beardsell), Marin Alsop

“Marin Alsop is a sound judge of tempi and of when to push on near the end of a number to squeeze a bit more juice out of even the most routine material. The springtime round dances are delicately done and she lays on a sexy carpet of string sound for the opening numbers of the "Cour d'amours".” Gramophone Magazine, June 2007

“Marin Alsop's pacing of the opening 'O Fortuna' chorus is spot on… Diction is excellent… Tenor Tom Randle… is the pick of the soloists. Soprano Claire Rutter makes worthy contributions… Conductor Alsop is a constantly energising presence. Rough edges notwithstanding, this is a lusty and in many ways extremely appealing version of Orff's popular classic.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2007 ****

Naxos Top 30

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Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67, etc.

Britten:

The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34

Dame Edna Everage (narrator)

Poulenc:

L'histoire de Babar, le petit éléphant

Barry Humphries (narrator)

Prokofiev:

Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67

Dame Edna Everage (narrator)


Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

Naxos Top 30

Naxos - 8554170

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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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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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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)

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Naxos - 8555800

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