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New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Since the mid-20th century, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has generally been considered the finest full-scale symphony orchestra from New Zealand. Holding the status as the national orchestra of New Zealand, it is government-funded and thus less constrained by commercial factors that hamper independent ensembles. The NZSO consists of about 90 players and performs its 100-plus yearly concerts throughout New Zealand, with a larger portion of its programs presented in the cities of Wellington, where it is based, and Auckland. Its Wellington concerts are presented in two locations, Wellington Town Hall and the Michael Fowler Centre. The NZSO travels to as many as 30 New Zealand cities in a typical concert season and occasionally goes on tour overseas. It has made numerous recordings over the years, but has only recently become a familiar name to record buyers in Europe and the Americas. The group has recorded for several labels, including BMG, Koch International, Sony Classical, and Naxos.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, known as the National Orchestra until 1975, was founded in 1946, but did not give its inaugural concert until March 6 of the following year. From 1946 to 1989 it functioned under the aegis of the New Zealand Broadcasting Service, but since the latter year has been independent of that broadcast network, serving under a government-appointed board of directors instead.

The orchestra functioned for most of its existence without an official music director. In 1999 that practice ended when English conductor James Judd was named the NZSO's first music director. Previous conductors were called resident conductors and included James Robertson (1954-1977), John Hopkins (1957-1963), Juan Matteucci (1964-1999), and Brian Priestman (1973-1975).

Priestman's tenure was notable for its inaugural foreign tour, which involved a series of concerts in Australia. Upon his departure, the National Orchestra took its current name and until 1999 used only principal conductors and guest conductors. Judd served as music director until 2007. During his eight years on the podium many prominent soloists appeared with the NZSO, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lang Lang, and Hilary Hahn. Finland native Pietari Inkinen was named Judd's successor, effective January 2008. Important recordings by the NZSO for Naxos include the 2002 CD of Symphonies No. 1-3 by New Zealander Douglas Lilburn, the 2005 DVD of orchestral works by Vaughan Williams, both led by James Judd, and the 2011 album, The Emperor and the Nightingale, by New Zealander Jenny McLeod, led by Uwe Grodd.
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Track List: Elgar: Orchestral Miniatures

Title: Froissart, Concert Overture For Orchestra, Op. 19

1. Froissart, Concert Overture For Orchestra, Op. 19: Froissart - Concert Overture Op. 19

Title: May Song, For Piano (also For Violin & Piano Or Orchestra)

2. May Song, For Piano (also For Violin & Piano Or Orchestra): May Song

Title: Carissima, For Small Orchestra (or Piano)

3. Carissima, For Small Orchestra (or Piano): Carissima

Title: Romance, For Bassoon & Orchestra (also Arr. For Cello & Piano), Op. 62

4. Romance, For Bassoon & Orchestra (also Arr. For Cello & Piano), Op. 62: Romance (For Bassoon And Orchestra Op.62)

Title: Characteristic Pieces (3), For Orchestra, Op. 10

5. Characteristic Pieces (3), For Orchestra, Op. 10: I. Mazurka

Title: Minuet, For Piano (later Orchestrated), Op. 21

6. Minuet, For Piano (later Orchestrated), Op. 21: Minuet Op. 21

Title: Characteristic Pieces (3), For Orchestra, Op. 10

7. Characteristic Pieces (3), For Orchestra, Op. 10: II. Sérénade Mauresque

8. Characteristic Pieces (3), For Orchestra, Op. 10: III. Contrasts: The Gavotte

Title: Pieces (2) ("Chanson De Matin" & "Chanson De Nuit"), For Violin & Piano (Later Orchestrated), Op. 15

9. Pieces (2) ("Chanson De Matin" & "Chanson De Nuit"), For Violin & Piano (Later Orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson De Matin, Op. 15 No. 2

10. Pieces (2) ("Chanson De Matin" & "Chanson De Nuit"), For Violin & Piano (Later Orchestrated), Op. 15: Chanson De Nuit, Op. 15, No. 1

Title: Bavarian Dances (3), For Orchestra, Op. 27b

11. Bavarian Dances (3), For Orchestra, Op. 27b: No.1

12. Bavarian Dances (3), For Orchestra, Op. 27b: No.2

13. Bavarian Dances (3), For Orchestra, Op. 27b: No.3

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Track List: Elgar: The Wand Of Youth; Nursery Suite

Title: Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a

1. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: I. Overture

2. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: II. Serenade

3. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: III. Minuet

4. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: IV. Sun Dance

5. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: V. Fairy Pipers

6. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: VI. Slumber Scene

7. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.1, For Orchestra, Op. 1a: VII. Fairies & Giants

Title: Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b

8. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b: I. March

9. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b: II. Little Bells

10. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b: III. Moths & Butterflies

11. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b: IV. Fountain Dance

12. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b: V. The Tame Bear

13. Wand Of Youth, Suite No.2, For Orchestra, Op. 1b: VI. The Wild Bears

Title: Dream Children, For Small Orchestra (or Piano), Op. 43

14. Dream Children, For Small Orchestra (or Piano), Op. 43: I. Andantino In G Minor

15. Dream Children, For Small Orchestra (or Piano), Op. 43: II. Allegretto Piacevole In G Major

Title: Nursery Suite, For Orchestra

16. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: I. Aubade

17. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: II. The Serious Doll

18. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: III. Busy-ness

19. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: IV. The Sad Doll

20. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: V. The Wagon (Passes)

21. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: VI. The Merry Doll

22. Nursery Suite, For Orchestra: VII. Dreaming

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Track List: Janácek: Orchestral Suites from the Operas, Vol. 2

Title: Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8

1. Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8: I. Overture

2. Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8: II. Je Cas, Tichone

3. Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8: III. Vida, Chvastalajsi Se

4. Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8: IV. Intermezzo And Songs

5. Káta Kabanová, Opera, JW 1/8: V. Prije Boure

Title: The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10

6. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10: I.smrt Na Mne Sahala

7. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10: II. Causa Gregor Prus

8. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10: III. Zda Se Vamio Divne, Co?

9. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10: IV. Ja Jsem Totiz Idiot

10. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10: V. A Ja Vas Miluji!

11. The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10: VI. Nu?

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Track List: Massenet: Orchestral Suites

Title: Suite No.4 For Orchestra ("Scènes Pittoresques")

1. Suite No.4 For Orchestra ("Scènes Pittoresques"): I. Marche

2. Suite No.4 For Orchestra ("Scènes Pittoresques"): II. Air De Ballet

3. Suite No.4 For Orchestra ("Scènes Pittoresques"): III. Angelus

4. Suite No.4 For Orchestra ("Scènes Pittoresques"): IV. Fetê Bohème

Title: Suite No.5 For Orchestra ("Scènes Napolitaines")

5. Suite No.5 For Orchestra ("Scènes Napolitaines"): I. La Danse

6. Suite No.5 For Orchestra ("Scènes Napolitaines"): II. La Procession

7. Suite No.5 For Orchestra ("Scènes Napolitaines"): III. La Fete

Title: Suite No.6 For Orchestra ("Scènes De Féerie")

8. Suite No.6 For Orchestra ("Scènes De Féerie"): I. Cortege

9. Suite No.6 For Orchestra ("Scènes De Féerie"): II. Ballet

10. Suite No.6 For Orchestra ("Scènes De Féerie"): III. Apparition

11. Suite No.6 For Orchestra ("Scènes De Féerie"): IV. Dimanche Soir

Title: Suite No.7 For Orchestra ("Scènes Alsaciennes")

12. Suite No.7 For Orchestra ("Scènes Alsaciennes"): Dimanche Matin

13. Suite No.7 For Orchestra ("Scènes Alsaciennes"): Au Cabaret

14. Suite No.7 For Orchestra ("Scènes Alsaciennes"): Sous Les Tilleuls

15. Suite No.7 For Orchestra ("Scènes Alsaciennes"): Dimanche Soir

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Track List: Meyerbeer: Overtures And Entr'actes From The French Operas

Title: Robert Le Diable, Grand Opera In 5 Acts

1. Robert Le Diable, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: Robert Le Diable: Overture

Title: L' éToile Du Nord, Comic Opera In 3 Acts

2. L' éToile Du Nord, Comic Opera In 3 Acts: Overture

Title: Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts

3. Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: I. Overture

4. Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: II. Orgie (Drinking Song)

5. Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: III. Entr'acte (Act 2)

6. Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: IV. Entr'acte (Act 5)

7. Les Huguenots, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: V. Ballet

Title: L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts

8. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: I. Overture

9. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: II. Entr'acte (Act 2)

10. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: III. Entr'acte (Act 3)

11. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: IV. Entr'acte (Act 5)

12. L' Africaine, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: V. Grand Scene Du Mancenillier

Title: Dinorah (Le Pardon De Ploërmel), Comic Opera In 3 Acts

13. Dinorah (Le Pardon De Ploërmel), Comic Opera In 3 Acts: I. Overture

14. Dinorah (Le Pardon De Ploërmel), Comic Opera In 3 Acts: II. Entr'acte (Act 2)

15. Dinorah (Le Pardon De Ploërmel), Comic Opera In 3 Acts: III. Entr'acte (Act 3)

Title: Le Prophète, Grand Opera In 5 Acts

16. Le Prophète, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: I. Overture

17. Le Prophète, Grand Opera In 5 Acts: II. Coronation

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Track List: Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition; Songs And Dances Of Death; The Nursery

Title: Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner

1. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: I. Promenade

2. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: II. Gnomus

3. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: III. Promenade

4. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: IV. The Old Castle

5. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: V. Promenade

6. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: VI. Tuileries

7. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: VII. Bydlo

8. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: VIII. Promenade

9. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: IX. Ballet Of The Chickens In Their Shells

10. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: X. Samuel Goldenberg And Schmuyle

11. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: XI. Promenade

12. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: XII. Limoges, The Market

13. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: XIII. Catacombs

14. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: XIV. With The Dead

15. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: XV. The Hut On Fowl's Legs

16. Pictures At An Exhibition (Kartinki S Vïstavski), For Orchestra, Orchestrated By Peter Breiner: XVI. The Great Gate Of Kiev

Title: Songs & Dances Of Death, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (Orchestration By Peter Breiner)

17. Songs & Dances Of Death, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (Orchestration By Peter Breiner): I. Lullaby

18. Songs & Dances Of Death, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (Orchestration By Peter Breiner): II. Serenade

19. Songs & Dances Of Death, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (Orchestration By Peter Breiner): III. Trepak

20. Songs & Dances Of Death, Song Cycle For Voice & Orchestra (Orchestration By Peter Breiner): IV. The Field-marshall

Title: The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov

21. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: I. With Nanny

22. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: II. In The Corner

23. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: III. The Beetle

24. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: IV. With The Doll

25. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: V. Going to Sleep

26. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: VI. The Cat Sailor

27. The Nursery (Detskaya; 7), Song Cycle For Voice & Piano, Edited By Rimsky-korsakov: VII. The Hobby-horse

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Track List: Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7; Finlandia

Title: Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104

1. Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104: I. Allegro Molto Moderato

2. Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104: II. Allegretto Moderato

3. Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104: III. Poco Vivace

4. Symphony No. 6 In D Minor, Op. 104: IV. Allegro Molto

Title: Symphony No. 7 In C Major, Op. 105

5. Symphony No. 7 In C Major, Op. 105: VII. In C Major, Op. 105

Title: Finlandia, Tone Poem For Orchestra, Op. 26

6. Finlandia, Tone Poem For Orchestra, Op. 26: Finlandia Op26

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Track List: Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves; Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1; Concerto Gr

Title: Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis, For 2 String Orchestras

1. Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis, For 2 String Orchestras: Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis

Title: Norfolk Rhapsody For Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor

2. Norfolk Rhapsody For Orchestra No. 1 In E Minor: Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 In E Minor

Title: In The Fen Country, Symphonic Impression For Orchestra

3. In The Fen Country, Symphonic Impression For Orchestra: In The Fen Country: Symphonic Impression

Title: Fantasia On Greensleeves, For Harp, Flute & Strings (Arranged By R. Greaves; From The Opera "Sir John In Love")

4. Fantasia On Greensleeves, For Harp, Flute & Strings (Arranged By R. Greaves; From The Opera "Sir John In Love"): Fantasia On Greensleeves

Title: Concerto Grosso For Strings In 3 Groups

5. Concerto Grosso For Strings In 3 Groups: Intrada

6. Concerto Grosso For Strings In 3 Groups: Burlesca Ostinata

7. Concerto Grosso For Strings In 3 Groups: Sarabande

8. Concerto Grosso For Strings In 3 Groups: Scherzo

9. Concerto Grosso For Strings In 3 Groups: March And Reprise

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Track List: Virgil Thomson: Symphony No 1-3

Title: Symphony No. 2

1. Symphony No. 2: I. Allegro Militaire

2. Symphony No. 2: II. Andante

3. Symphony No. 2: III. Allegro

Title: Symphony No. 3

4. Symphony No. 3: I. Allegro Moderato

5. Symphony No. 3: II. Tempo Di Valzer

6. Symphony No. 3: III. Adagio Sostenuto

7. Symphony No. 3: IV. Allegretto

Title: Pilgrims And Pioneers, For Orchestra (arrangement Of The Film Score "Journey To America")

8. Pilgrims And Pioneers, For Orchestra (arrangement Of The Film Score "Journey To America"): Pilgrims And Pioneers

Title: Symphony On A Hymn Tune ("Symphony No. 1")

9. Symphony On A Hymn Tune ("Symphony No. 1"): I. Introduction And Allegro

10. Symphony On A Hymn Tune ("Symphony No. 1"): II. Andante Cantabile

11. Symphony On A Hymn Tune ("Symphony No. 1"): III. Allegretto

12. Symphony On A Hymn Tune ("Symphony No. 1"): IV. Alla Breve

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