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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Friday, June 30, 2006
Pick A Winner: New Acclaim for Berio's Sequenzas

About a month ago, I posted a blog entry about the new Naxos recording of Berio's Sequenzas and cited a review by Chris de Laurenti. Since then, there's been even more ink spilled.

Anne Midgette, writing in The New York Times, singles out the "elegant, even melting rendition" of the clarinet piece by Joaquin Valdepenas as a highlight. Elissa Poole of the Globe and Mail likes Erica Goodman's harp performance and Joseph Petric's according playing but notes that "there's not really a loser in the box."

So, what's your favorite? Don't worry about picking the wrong one: we're all winners here.