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
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John Tavener: Lament for Jerusalem
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Classical Music Spotlight presents a special interview with Maestro Leonard Slatkin
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William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005
New Villa-Lobos from Naxos

Naxos offers two different ways to hear Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) this month. First is the 3 CD set of the composer's Bachianas Brasileiras, a collection of pieces composed between 1930 and 1945 as an "homage" to J. S. Bach that blend Baroque techniques with sounds of Brazil, performed by Kenneth Schermerhorn and the Nashville Symphony.

The fifth Bachianas Brasileiras, with that ethereal soprano solo, appears on another new Naxos release this month, a CD of songs and arias performed by Ana Maria Martinez (top left), who is making her Metropolitan Opera debut this Saturday as Micaela in Carmen. Gary Hoffman of has a review of this disc up on his web site.