The Naxos
Composer of the Month

In July, Naxos released its recording of Roy Harris’s Symphonies 3 and 4, part of a complete cycle of the composer’s symphonies.  

Roy HARRIS: Symphony No. 3 and No. 4, “Folk Song Symphony”
Colorado Symphony and Chorus, Marin Alsop

CD of the Month

Toru TAKEMITSU: A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden, etc.
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop

Roy Harris: Symphonies 3 and 4
Podcast Feed

John Tavener: Lament for Jerusalem
Podcast Feed

Classical Music Spotlight presents a special interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin
Podcast Feed

William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience
Podcast Feed

Friday, November 03, 2006
Ives String Quartets Now on Naxos with the Blair Quartet

Last Tuesday, Naxos released a new recording of Charles Ives' two String Quartets, performed by the Blair Quartet of Nashville, that has already received a positive response from one influential taste-maker: in an earlier post this week, Jerry picked this disc as one of his favorites for November and praised the ensemble for "play(ing) up a storm."

Cornelia Heard, violinist for the Blair Quartet, sat down for an interview recently about the new Ives recording with Naxos' podcast host Raymond Bisha; you can hear the podcast version of this discussion on

This new recording is the first for the Blair Quartet, in residence at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, on Naxos. The group will perform a program tonight at Ingram Hall on the Vanderbilt campus that will include Kurtag's Officium Breve: In Memoriam Andrae Szervanszky.