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Weekly AUDIO NEWS for March 26, 2003

Record Label News

Seattle Symphony in 10-CD Series for Naxos - The label’s acclaimed American Classics series will be expanded by the release next month of the first three recordings in a planned 10-CD series featuring the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz in works by Piston, Hovhaness, Creston, David Diamond and Henri Lazarof. Among the featured artists will be Garrick Ohlsson, Janos Starker, Dennis Russell Davies and the Juillard String Quartet. Some of these titles were previously available on the Delos label.

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen Signs With DGG - Deutsche Grammophon has announced signing of an exclusive contract with Salonen, current Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Finnish conductor will record for both the standard DGG label and their 20/21 series, which is devoted to 20th century and contemporary repertory.

Concord Records to Release 30 SACDs - Concord Records - named for the Northern California city in which car-dealer Carl Jefferson founded the label - is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Now located in Los Angeles and co-owned by TV legend Norman Lear, Concord plans to observe the occasion with a nationwide tour of their leading artists, and the release during this year of 30 hybrid SACDs. A favorite of audiophiles since LP- only days, the label’s impressive catalog of some of the best talent in jazz will now be heard in the best possible sonic quality. Breaking new ground is an upcoming Chick Corea double-SACD release, Rendezvous in New York, the first 16-track all-DSD multichannel recording ever.

Silverline Records to Release 40 DVD-Audio Reissues - Silverline, who produced the first DVD-A title (the Big Phat Band), has so far released more DVD-A discs than any other label. Their new From the Front Row...Live collection will feature 40 pop artists at the height of their careers and remixed in 5.1 surround sound. Among them: Pat Benatar, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Elvin Bishop, Jerry Lee Lewis and Iggy Pop.

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