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, July 21, 2006
New Release Tuesday: Sallinen, Schreker on DVD; Harris, Hanson, Takemitsu on Naxos

Naxos of America is releasing two particularly interesting DVDs from its distributed labels on Tuesday, as well as new Harris, Hanson, and Takemitsu CDs from Naxos.

Aulis Sallinen's opera The Palace is a meditation on authoritarian power whose libretto draws from both Mozart's The Abduction fromt the Seraglio as well as the novel The Emporer by Polish writer Ryszard Kapuscinski. The Arthaus DVD of the 1995 Savonlinna Opera Festival production includes a bonus documentary on the work. Critics loved the 2005 Salzburg Festival production of Schreker's Die Gezeichneten that EuroArts is releasing on Tuesday (a clip is available on the opera's page on

Roy Harris' Symphonies 3 and 4, performed by Marin Alsop and the Colorado Symphony and Chorus, and a disc with Howard Hanson's Organ Concerto with the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and organist Joseph Jackson are out on Naxos this week. Naxos' Japanese Classics series continues with a disc of music from Toru Takemitsu with Marin Alsop and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.