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Ballets - Released March 9, 2018 | Naxos

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While most of Sergey Prokofiev's music has gone in and out of fashion in western countries, a few works have always remained popular: the "Classical" Symphony, Peter and the Wolf, the Third Piano Concerto, the Lieutenant Kije Suite, and perhaps most beloved of all, the ballet Romeo and Juliet. Conductor Marin Alsop completed her cycle of Prokofiev's seven symphonies in 2017, showing a commitment to the composer that few of her contemporaries can match, and she follows that achievement with this 2018 Naxos release, a nearly flawless performance of the complete Romeo and Juliet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. This recording is typical of Alsop's clear-headed approach, revealing her thorough mastery of details, balanced phrasing, close attention to the orchestral sound, and fidelity to the score, which provides many challenges in its episodic structure. This first-rate performance may remind listeners of the classic complete recordings by André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, and Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and even though those recordings are still readily available, Alsop's shows that Romeo and Juliet can still inspire a fine interpretation in the digital era, making this recording essential listening for Prokofiev fans. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 27, 2008 | Naxos

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Coming as it does after disappointingly turgid readings of Brahms' four symphonies with the London Philharmonic, Marin Alsop's powerful recording of Dvorák's Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony is a surprise. Recorded live in Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Alsop's Ninth is robust and energetic, with muscular rhythms and stalwart tempos. Her Molto vivace Scherzo has real heft and weight and her closing Allegro con fuoco has drive and strength. Better yet, Alsop coaxes warm, characterful playing from the Baltimore musicians. The ensemble is tight and direct in the fast movements, but the playing is colorful and soulful in the slow movements. The burnished lower strings in the opening Adagio and the solemn trombones at the start of the central Largo are deeply felt and quietly affecting. Preceded by a brilliant and bumptious account of the same composer's Symphonic Variations, this disc will add luster to both Alsop and the Baltimore's reputation. © TiVo
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Symphonic Music - Released October 12, 2018 | Naxos

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As a longtime protégé of Leonard Bernstein, Marin Alsop has recognized her unique position to continue his mission to change lives through educating people about music, and she has shown a special commitment to performing his works, keeping his legacy alive and relevant. Anticipating the Bernstein centennial in 2018, Alsop has released a series of recordings of the major works for Naxos, including the Chichester Psalms, Mass, the Serenade after Plato's Symposium, the three symphonies, and various orchestral works derived from the musicals, all to find a place in a box set of the complete recordings. Not to be overlooked is this 2018 collection with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, featuring the Overture to Candide (1956), the ballet Fancy Free (1944), Anniversaries (1946-89), and the Overture to Wonderful Town (1953), which reveal Bernstein's vivacious personality and eclectic musical character in colorful and readily digestible pieces. While the lasting value of Bernstein's large-scale compositions is still debated, and listeners are sometimes unprepared to take on the philosophical aspects of his heavier works, the tuneful pieces on this CD are immediately appealing and extremely memorable, particularly the Overture to Candide, which, more than any of Bernstein's concert staples, became his calling card. The world premiere recording of Garth Edwin Sunderland's orchestration of Anniversaries is perhaps less engaging and infectious, and though the originals for piano are generally quite intimate and subdued, this orchestral version has the potential to be programmed regularly. © TiVo
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Symphonic Music - Released October 12, 2018 | Naxos

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American conductor Marin Alsop has established a reputation as a Leonard Bernstein specialist, and this release, nicely timed for the centenary of Bernstein's birth in 2018, is the seventh in a series on the Naxos label. Various orchestras have been involved, but the marriage of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra to Bernstein's pieces with Latin-inflected rhythms is an especially happy one in the opening Mambo from West Side Story and the Times Square ballet from On the Town; sample either one and you may find yourself hooked. The rest is a mixed bag of pieces that never totally succeeded but still tell you something about Bernstein's creative personality. There is music from Bernstein's failed musical 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which some believe is merely in need of an imaginative staging for a successful revival; certainly the somewhat humorous inflection of the composer's basic idiom will maintain your interest. Slava! A Political Overture, part of a concert celebrating Mstislav Rostropovich, was taken from tunes for the same musical and is cut from similar cloth. The CBS Music of 1978 is rarely played; it was written for an anniversary show for the American broadcast network and has been mostly reconstructed or fleshed out by arrangers here. Perhaps most interesting is the Bernstein Birthday Banquet of 1988, not by Bernstein but rather a kind of musical Festschrift by other composers, even including Toru Takemitsu, that shows just how deep Bernstein's influence ran, even at a time when his critical reputation was arguably at a low point. This release is probably of most interest to Bernstein fans; it mostly consists of pieces that may fairly be called obscure. Yet anyone will find things to enjoy here. © TiVo
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Symphonic Music - Released September 9, 2003 | Naxos

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Symphonic Music - Released September 10, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Opera - Released July 9, 2021 | PentaTone

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The ultimate American "folk opera". The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Marin Alsop present a live recording with highlights of Gershwin’s self-proclaimed American “Folk Opera” Porgy and Bess, together with a stellar cast and the Morgan State University Choir. Since its premiere in 1935, Porgy and Bess has been one of the most significant attempts to – following Antonin Dvořák’s famous instruction of 1893 – create American classical music inspired by Afro-American styles such as jazz, spirituals and the blues. It has also proven to be a powerful catalyst for bringing more diverse casts to the opera stage. The hard-knock life at a Charleston waterfront tenement is presented here by an outstanding cast including Lester Lynch (Porgy), Angel Blue (Bess, Clara and Serena), Chauncey Packer (Sportin’ Life) and Kevin Short (Crown, Jake). Multi-award-winning soprano Angel Blue is one of the most promising voices of her generation, while Chauncey Packer is arguably one of the greatest and sought-after Sportin’ Life interpreters today. Lester Lynch and Kevin Short both enjoy a flourishing stage career, as well as a vast Pentatone discography. © Pentatone
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English - Released August 1, 2010 | Naxos Audiobooks

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Classical - Released April 1, 2007 | Phoenix USA

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Classical - Released June 5, 2010 | Queen Elisabeth Competition

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Opera - To be released October 15, 2021 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released April 1, 2004 | Albany Records

American composer Edward Joseph Collins is having his entire work list recorded in 10 volumes by Albany Records, of which this is the sixth volume. It contains an ambitious and very assured choral orchestral work, Hymn to the Earth (1929), which owes a debt to Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, his Eighth Symphony, and at least betrays a familiarity with Frederick Delius' A Mass of Life. Composed for New York's Society of the Friends of Music but apparently not used, this work remained unheard until William Ferris revived the score in Chicago in 1989. The Ferris performance was issued in a limited edition at that time; this is a recording made in City Halls in Glasgow by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Marin Alsop in 2002. Alsop shapes Collins' familiar-sounding, but unfamiliar music very well and never loses sight of the work's fluid forward trajectory. Alsop also helms the two shorter works, Variations on an Irish Folksong (1932) and Collins' rowdy, very short Cowboy's Breakdown (1944) with confidence and a sense of style. The Variations are based on an earlier piano piece and seems a bit dense and crowded; Cowboy's Breakdown, sketched out in the mid-'30s, looks forward to the "vernacular" style of Copland and Roy Harris. The soloists in Hymn to the Earth do a splendid job, particularly mezzo-soprano Jane Irwin in the alto solo in "Comes Autumn." Dyed in the wool Mahlerians might scoff and say there is no way on Earth an American composer could erect even a little temple worthy of placement alongside the great cathedrals built by Mahler in his Eighth and Das Lied. If so, they would be missing out on admiring how close Collins came; other than the soprano solo "Hour of Youth," which smacks a little of the flavor of operetta, Hymn to the Earth is a very serious and substantive effort. Likewise, it is heartening to know that at the time Havergal Brian was putting a wrap on his overabundant and scary "Gothic" Symphony, essentially proclaiming "the end of the world as we (knew) it," across the pond, Collins was composing this positive reaffirmation of the world as a living, timeless entity. With any luck, more choral societies and orchestras will adopt Collins' dynamic and highly enjoyable Hymn to the Earth for performance, as it has very strong and well-defined characteristics and deserves to be heard, and this recording is a fine vehicle to test it out, even if it could have used a little more bottom end. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2005 | MMC Recordings

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English - Released March 6, 2007 | Naxos Audiobooks

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Humour/Spoken Word - Released October 1, 2005 | Naxos Audiobooks