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Marin Alsop

We're featuring the recordings of American conductor Marin Alsop, with 25% off her discography on the NAXOS Label

Marin Alsop is currently music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In the UK, Alsop has served as principal guest conductor with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and with the City of London Sinfonia, and was Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2002 to 2008. On 7 September 2013, Alsop became the first female conductor of the Last Night of The Proms, and returned to conduct the Last Night on 12 September 2015. Explore her extensive discography on the Naxos label and enjoy 25% off.

Offer ends July 17th.

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“… James Blachly, conducting New York’s Experiential Chorus and Orchestra, catches the music’s sweeping, sonorous energy. Sarah Brailey’s soprano radiates assurance, and Dashon Burton is outstanding as the pensive Prisoner.” ****
“… James Blachly, conducting New York’s Experiential Chorus and Orchestra, catches the music’s sweeping, sonorous energy. Sarah Brailey’s soprano radiates assurance, and Dashon Burton is outstanding as the pensive Prisoner.” ****
Erica Jeal – The Guardian – 7 August 2020
“…“The Prison” is a good place to start if you’re unfamiliar with Smyth’s music, as I was. This flowing, highly charged performance features soprano Sarah Brailey and Grammy-winning bass-baritone Dashon Burton. Together with the orchestra and chorus they do full justice to the enormous creative power Smyth wielded as her career crested… Brailey’s golden tone is a perfect instrument for it. In one movement, in a nod toward the modern, Smyth has the soprano soloist sing most of her part on just one note while the orchestra twists intriguing melodies and harmonies around it. Brailey’s performance throughout is one of profound grace, complemented nicely by Burton’s smooth, sensitive and focused portrayal of the Prisoner, who ultimately “disbands his ego” and glories in death’s summons…  As interesting as the music is, it’s also an easy listen, in the best sense of the word…”
“…“The Prison” is a good place to start if you’re unfamiliar with Smyth’s music, as I was. This flowing, highly charged performance features soprano Sarah Brailey and Grammy-winning bass-baritone Dashon Burton. Together with the orchestra and chorus they do full justice to the enormous creative power Smyth wielded as her career crested… Brailey’s golden tone is a perfect instrument for it. In one movement, in a nod toward the modern, Smyth has the soprano soloist sing most of her part on just one note while the orchestra twists intriguing melodies and harmonies around it. Brailey’s performance throughout is one of profound grace, complemented nicely by Burton’s smooth, sensitive and focused portrayal of the Prisoner, who ultimately “disbands his ego” and glories in death’s summons…  As interesting as the music is, it’s also an easy listen, in the best sense of the word…”
Jon Sobel – blogcritics.org – 3 August 2020
Classical Album of the Week    
“… Gardiner’s trump cards are his famous choir — thrilling in the great choral reaction to Semele’s death, O Terror and Astonishment! — and Louise Alder’s entrancing Semele, who makes every highlight, especially her vain and seductive Myself I shall adore and the bravura No, no, I’ll take no less. Hugo Hymas’s young Jupiter is an appealing, stylish Handelian. Gardiner is in his element with this great piece.”
Classical Album of the Week    
“… Gardiner’s trump cards are his famous choir — thrilling in the great choral reaction to Semele’s death, O Terror and Astonishment! — and Louise Alder’s entrancing Semele, who makes every highlight, especially her vain and seductive Myself I shall adore and the bravura No, no, I’ll take no less. Hugo Hymas’s young Jupiter is an appealing, stylish Handelian. Gardiner is in his element with this great piece.”
Hugh Canning The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 2 August 2020
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Remy Franck - Pizzicato.lu – 2 August 2020
“… it [Sym No. 5] is a very characteristic and memorable neo-romantic work, brilliantly and atmospherically played by the Nashville Symphony, one of the three orchestras that commissioned the work. Supplica is a kind of lament… ». Giancarlo Guerrero’s conducting is very sensitive and lyrical. The concluding Concerto for Orchestra, dedicated to Marin Alsop, first contrasts smaller virtuoso and calm passages, followed by a longer calm and reflective part and finally an Allegro, which reaches a frenzied, almost hysterical climax. This very characteristic and exciting work can also be heard in a gripping performance, which concludes this grandiose and recommendable CD… a welcome and top-class homage to this wonderful composer.” *****
“… it [Sym No. 5] is a very characteristic and memorable neo-romantic work, brilliantly and atmospherically played by the Nashville Symphony, one of the three orchestras that commissioned the work. Supplica is a kind of lament… ». Giancarlo Guerrero’s conducting is very sensitive and lyrical. The concluding Concerto for Orchestra, dedicated to Marin Alsop, first contrasts smaller virtuoso and calm passages, followed by a longer calm and reflective part and finally an Allegro, which reaches a frenzied, almost hysterical climax. This very characteristic and exciting work can also be heard in a gripping performance, which concludes this grandiose and recommendable CD… a welcome and top-class homage to this wonderful composer.” *****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 31 July 2020
“… It was to be expected that the Berlin Baroque Soloists under the musical direction of Reinhard Goebel would perform to the best of their ability. In both symphonies they play flexibly, colourfully and expressively, and as the singer’s accompanists they nestle wonderfully to the voice. The baritone Benjamin Appl inspires with a fabulous diction and tasteful phrasing. In terms of vocal culture, artful singing and Bach interpretation he shows himself to be a sovereign master. His extremely warm and very agile voice is as if made for the cantatas and goes far beyond the intellectual view of his teacher Fischer-Dieskau, both vocally and interpretatively. Also worth mentioning is the excellent solo playing of oboist Christoph Hartmann.”  *****
“… It was to be expected that the Berlin Baroque Soloists under the musical direction of Reinhard Goebel would perform to the best of their ability. In both symphonies they play flexibly, colourfully and expressively, and as the singer’s accompanists they nestle wonderfully to the voice. The baritone Benjamin Appl inspires with a fabulous diction and tasteful phrasing. In terms of vocal culture, artful singing and Bach interpretation he shows himself to be a sovereign master. His extremely warm and very agile voice is as if made for the cantatas and goes far beyond the intellectual view of his teacher Fischer-Dieskau, both vocally and interpretatively. Also worth mentioning is the excellent solo playing of oboist Christoph Hartmann.”  *****
Norbert Tischer – Pizzicato.lu – 24 July 2020
“… It [Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra in 2010] is dedicated to Heidrun Holtmann, who also plays it in this recording. With echoes of Prokofiev and Bartok, the three-movement work is a pleasing mix of reflective and lively playful passages in consistently bright colours… these works are very rhetorical and often describe situations. They are played by Heidrun Holtman in an expressive and technically excellent way. The Piano Concerto is wonderfully light and lively, with excellent, very vital piano playing and a very transparent and colourful orchestral part.” ****
“… It [Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra in 2010] is dedicated to Heidrun Holtmann, who also plays it in this recording. With echoes of Prokofiev and Bartok, the three-movement work is a pleasing mix of reflective and lively playful passages in consistently bright colours… these works are very rhetorical and often describe situations. They are played by Heidrun Holtman in an expressive and technically excellent way. The Piano Concerto is wonderfully light and lively, with excellent, very vital piano playing and a very transparent and colourful orchestral part.” ****
Norbert Tischer – Pizzicato.lu – 24 July 2020
“… The first CD begins with the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major (D 87) from 1813, which can be heard in an interpretation that is as sensitive as it is vital. This is followed by an outstanding interpretation full of unity and expressiveness of the well-known C minor Quartettsatz. The four musicians have a real feeling for the sound world of this torso, they create a great inner tension and show the innovative nature of this music with great clarity…” ****
“… The first CD begins with the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major (D 87) from 1813, which can be heard in an interpretation that is as sensitive as it is vital. This is followed by an outstanding interpretation full of unity and expressiveness of the well-known C minor Quartettsatz. The four musicians have a real feeling for the sound world of this torso, they create a great inner tension and show the innovative nature of this music with great clarity…” ****
Remy Franck – Pizzicato.lu – 24 July 2020
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