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Friday, December 3, 2010
Schirmer News Winter 2010

New Recordings featuring G. Schirmer/AMP composers.

The very first Blu-ray CD and DVD releases from Naxos are now available!


Mark Adamo: Little Women
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; Patrick Summers, conductor
Naxos DVD 2.110613

Based on Louisa May Alcott's enduringly popular novel about the adventures of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in civil-war era New England, Mark Adamo's opera Little Women has been performed in more than 70 national and international engagements since its 1998 première by Houston Grand Opera and has achieved the status of an American classic. This recording, with a superb cast expertly directed for television, vividly brings to life an opera that The New Yorker hailed as "A beautifully crafted work, brilliantly molding Alcott's tale into operatic form," and The New York Times dubbed a "masterpiece." Performance by the Houston Grand Opera, featuring Joyce DiDonato, recent winner of two prestigious awards: the Gramophone Artist of the Year and the German Echo Singer of the Year.

John Corigliano: Circus Maximus
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble; Jerry Junkin, conductor
Naxos Audio Blu-ray

Review: "This new Naxos audio Blu-ray is an astounding collection of sonorities, all the more remarkable in that both of the large scale pieces contained on it, the Third Symphony, otherwise known as Circus Maximus, and Gazebo Dances, are orchestrated for wind ensemble.... Experience what a surround recording actually can deliver, especially when it's a recording of music which has been composed with a heightened awareness of space and movement. Corigliano certainly deserves a much wider audience, and my ardent wish is that this new audio Blu-ray helps to make that happen. Very highly recommended." —, Jeffrey Kauffman, October 23, 2010

Other CD releases

Malcolm Arnold: Ballet Music
BBC Philharmonia
Rumon Gamba, conductor
Chandos 10550

Avner Dorman: Variations Without a Theme, for Large Orchestra "New Music from Bowling Green"
Bowling Green Philharmonia
Emily Freeman Brown, conductor
Albany Records

Tristan Keuris:
Complete Works Box SetAn incredible collection of Keuris' life work featuring the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Saxophone Quartet, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and many more.
Quattro Live

Peter Lieberson: Rilke Songs
"I Am No Longer of this World"
Don Krim, counter tenor
Suzanne Bradbury, piano
Don Krim, countertenor

Witold Lutoslawski: Partita; Interlude; Chain I; Chain II; Chantefleurs et Chantefables
Last Concert
New Music Concerts Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski, conductor
Fujiko Imajishi, violin
Valdine Anderson, soprano
Robert Desnos lyricist
Naxos 8.572450

Michael Nyman: Documentary and Concert - DVD
A portrait by Sylvia Beck
The Michael Nyman Band live at Studio Halle, featuring Steve Reich and Volker Schlondorff
Arthaus Musik 101526

Michael Nyman: Trysting Fields
Dmitri Shostakovich: Adagio, from Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
De Profundis
Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica.
Nonesuch 278228

Kaija Saariaho: Graal Théâtre for Violin and Chamber Ensemble
Toward the Inside (Nach Innen)
Hannah Weirich, violin
WERGO 68562

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