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, January 04, 2006
Coming to America: Spectrum Concerts Berlin

I had lunch yesterday with Frank Dodge, founder and Artistic Director of Spectrum Concerts Berlin, the German chamber ensemble who have recorded discs of music by Robert Helps and John Harbison for Naxos.

These recordings are not the casual dabblings in the music of contemporary American composers by a European group but represent one step in the goal of Spectrum Concerts Berlin to become a truly trans-Atlantic troupe. Over the past 18 seasons, Dodge has programmed eclectic concerts of European and American chamber music for a team of expatriate Americans, including himself, and such European stars as violinist Janine Jansen and Julian Rachlin.

Dodge has also started Spectrum Concerts Berlin-USA, Inc., a non-profit organization here in the United States, with the goal of broadening the group's fundraising base and facilitating concert programming. In November 2006, Spectrum will be performing two concerts in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, which Dodge sees as a launching pad to more U.S. appearances.

In May, Spectrum Concerts Berlin will record for Naxos works by Ernst Toch, a Viennese-born composer who left Europe in 1933 for the United States. Scheduled for release in November 2006, this CD of music by a trans-Atlantic composer promises to further enhance Spectrum's reputation on both sides of the pond.