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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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Naxos Goes to the GRAMMYs

The GRAMMY Awards are coming up in a week (February 8th) and Naxos has 15 nominations, the most of any classical music label. Most of the Naxos discs up for awards feature composers that are actually still alive, which is pretty exciting.

William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience led the way with three nominations, including Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Classical Contemporary Composition; a CD of the composer's songs earned two nominations.

The GRAMMY people also liked the performances on discs with music by Ken Fuchs and Michael Daugherty: English horn player Thomas Stacy, who played on the Fuchs, and percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who's on the Daugherty, are both up for Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra.

Other Naxos nominations for music by people not yet dead include Penderecki’s A Polish Requiem (Best Choral Performance) and Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Best Contemporary Classical Composition).

There's a podcast up on with an overview of the GRAMMY nominees.