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Naxos New Releases

Naxos New Releases
  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Choral Music (9.30214):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Choral Music [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4-7 (Beethoven 32, Vol. 2) (Giltburg) (9.70308):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4-7 (Beethoven 32, Vol. 2) (Giltburg) Boris Giltburg has set out to study and film all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven by the end of 2020. The project started as a personal exploration, driven by curiosity and his strong love of the Beethoven sonatas. These performances display Giltburg’s customary spirit and technical finesse, and also convey the electric atmosphere of the live recording. Volume 1 can be found on Naxos 9.70307. [mehr]

  • BUSONI, F.: Works for 2 Pianos - Fantasia contrappuntistica / Preludio e Fuga / Capriccio in G Minor (Ciccolini, Orvieto, Rapetti) (8.574086):

    BUSONI, F.: Works for 2 Pianos - Fantasia contrappuntistica / Preludio e Fuga / Capriccio in G Minor (Ciccolini, Orvieto, Rapetti) Ferruccio Busoni composed a significant number of works for two pianos throughout his life. While Bach’s pervasive influence is already evident in some of his early compositions including the Preludio e Fuga and Capriccio, it reaches its most complex and glorious expression in the definitive 1921 version of his Fantasia contrappuntistica. In the case of Schumann’s Op. 134 for piano and orchestra, Busoni simply reduced the orchestral part for a second piano. However, his skill as a master transcriber and composer is revealed in his brilliant arrangements of Mozart’s works, which also highlight the subtlety and originality of his style. [mehr]

  • DONIZETTI, G.: Don Pasquale [Opera] (Sung in German) (Vienna State Opera, 1977) (NTSC) (2.110659):

    DONIZETTI, G.: Don Pasquale [Opera] (Sung in German) (Vienna State Opera, 1977) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • FUCHS, K.: Point of Tranquility / Christina's World / Rush / Forever Free (G. Case, The United States Coast Guard Band, A. Williamson) (8.573567):

    FUCHS, K.: Point of Tranquility / Christina's World / Rush / Forever Free (G. Case, The United States Coast Guard Band, A. Williamson) The fifth Naxos recording of works by Kenneth Fuchs with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta (8.559824), won the GRAMMY Award in 2018 for Best Classical Compendium. This new album reveals his mastery of the band medium and features the exceptional United States Coast Guard Band, in definitive performances of seven works for symphonic winds by one of America’s leading composers. [mehr]

  • GREGSON, E.: Piano Solo Music (Complete) - An Album for my Friends / Piano Sonata / 6 Little Pieces (M. and R. McLachlan, E. Gregson) (8.574222):

    GREGSON, E.: Piano Solo Music (Complete) - An Album for my Friends / Piano Sonata / 6 Little Pieces (M. and R. McLachlan, E. Gregson) Murray McLachlan says of Edward Gregson’s piano music that ‘he knows the importance of restraint and control; nothing is overly stated, repeated or extended. Concentration and craftsmanship permeate every bar that the composer has penned.’ Renowned for his orchestral oeuvre, Gregson shows us a more intimate but no less impressive side in his piano music. From the Lullaby composed while a student, to the Tippett-inspired Piano Sonata, we are charmed, moved and thrilled in equal measure by this programme of his complete music for solo piano. [mehr]

  • GUARNIERI, C.: Chôros, Vol. 1 / Seresta (Kopylova, Silvério, Nascimento, Graton, São Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky) (8.574197):

    GUARNIERI, C.: Chôros, Vol. 1 / Seresta (Kopylova, Silvério, Nascimento, Graton, São Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky) Camargo Guarnieri’s catalogue of works represents a legacy of incalculable worth for Brazilian culture, as has his influence as a teacher on several generations of younger composers. His association with the poet and musicologist Mário de Andrade led to the birth of the Brazilian Nationalist School and the ideals of using traditional Brazilian music in classical forms. The series of seven Choros and the Seresta for Piano and Orchestra represent Guarnieri’s personal approach to the concerto form, with striking contrasts between potent rhythm and dense, emotionally charged soundscapes and melodies full of Brazilian inspiration. This volume forms part of the first complete recording of the Choros. [mehr]

  • KALAFATI, V.: Symphony in A Minor / Légende / Polonaise (Choir of the Music Department of the University of Athens, Athens Philharmonia, Fidetzis) (8.574132):

    KALAFATI, V.: Symphony in A Minor / Légende / Polonaise (Choir of the Music Department of the University of Athens, Athens Philharmonia, Fidetzis) Greek by parentage, Vasily Kalafati settled permanently in St Petersburg where he counted Rimsky-Korsakov among his teachers, and later included Igor Stravinsky among a distinguished roll-call of his own students. Kalafati’s style incorporated elements of the Russian National School into traditional forms, as can be heard in the wide-ranging contrasts and Romantic lyricism of his only Symphony. The Polonaise has a celebratory character with exceptionally bright orchestration, while the ingenious Légende commemorates Schubert by transforming his themes into a colourful late-Romantic symphonic poem that earned Kalafati some well-deserved distinction at its premiere. [mehr]

  • KASTALSKY, A.: Requiem for Fallen Brothers (Dennis, Beutel, Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Slatkin) (8.574245):

    KASTALSKY, A.: Requiem for Fallen Brothers (Dennis, Beutel, Cathedral Choral Society, The Clarion Choir, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Slatkin) Alexander Kastalsky was a student of Tchaikovsky and a mentor to Rachmaninov, becoming director of the Moscow Synodal School until the Bolshevik regime banned all sacred music, including the extraordinary Requiem for Fallen Brothers which consequently lay forgotten for over a century. The Requiem is a rich and varied mosaic that honours those who perished in the First World War, poignantly combining Orthodox and Gregorian chant with hymns from the allied nations, even including Rock of Ages. This unprecedented and peerless monument to those who made the ultimate sacrifice was acclaimed on its 1917 premiere as a ‘uniquely Russian requiem that… gave musical voice to the tears of many nations’. [mehr]

  • MONTÉCLAIR, M.P. de: Beloved and Betrayed - Miniature dramas for Flute and Voice (C.H. Shaw, Breithaupt, Les Ordinaires) (8.573932):

    MONTÉCLAIR, M.P. de: Beloved and Betrayed - Miniature dramas for Flute and Voice (C.H. Shaw, Breithaupt, Les Ordinaires) Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667–1737), a noted basse violon player in Paris, composed a small but exquisite body of innovative works in a variety of forms, including an opera-ballet. He was also an important figure in the composition of music for flute at a time when innovations in design brought it to prominence as a solo instrument. This album traces his earliest published pieces through to his mature works of the 1730s. They show how Montéclair’s use of vocalised writing, and his ornate and complex obbligati in the cantatas proved to be pivotal in the development of the transverse flute. [mehr]

  • Piano Trios (Turkish) - ALNAR, H.F. / TÜZÜN, F. / BARAN, İ. / BALCI, O. (Bosphorus Trio) (8.579071):

    Piano Trios (Turkish) - ALNAR, H.F. / TÜZÜN, F. / BARAN, İ. / BALCI, O. (Bosphorus Trio) This album of piano trios by four Turkish composers, the first in a series, covers three generations of composers whose music combines traditional rhythms and modalities with established Western classical sonorities. Hasan Ferid Alnar represents the ‘Turkish Five’ collective, his style drawing on the monophonic textures and rhythmic cycles of traditional makam music, while Ferit Tüzün’s lyrical and fervent piano trio hints at folk melodies rather than using them as concrete material. İlhan Baran described his spellbinding Transformations as ‘a kind of atmospheric state of mind’, and from the younger generation, Oğuzhan Balcı’s Piano Trio No. 1 expresses a tranquillity reminiscent of the Anatolian soul. [mehr]

  • PICKER, T.: Opera Without Words / The Encantadas (Picker, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) (8.559853):

    PICKER, T.: Opera Without Words / The Encantadas (Picker, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) Tobias Picker, hailed as “a genuine creator” by The New Yorker, has written extensively for the stage and for symphonic forces, and these two approaches are represented in this album. The Encantadas (an older name for the Galápagos Islands) derives from a novella by Herman Melville. Picker has set it as a melodrama, exploring the enchanted isles in all their quietly menacing and spectacular beauty. In a radical new form, Picker’s Opera Without Words is set to a libretto by Irene Dische that has now been removed, allowing the music alone to bear the expressive richness and intensity of this “secret opera.” [mehr]

  • ROSSINI, G.: Moïse et Pharaon (1827 Paris version) [Opera] (Birkus, Balbo, Bills, Dalla Benetta, Górecki Chamber Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Carminati) (8.660473-75):

    ROSSINI, G.: Moïse et Pharaon (1827 Paris version) [Opera] (Birkus, Balbo, Bills, Dalla Benetta, Górecki Chamber Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Carminati) Following the French theatre tradition for spectacular biblical dramas during Lent, Rossini’s Moïse was an incredible success at its Parisian premiere in 1827, and the opera is presented here in its complete form. Alongside power struggles and miracles, there develops a love story between Pharaoh’s son Aménophis and the Israelite Anaï, though the main narrative is that of the Exodus from Egypt: Rossini’s riveting score with its spellbinding finales culminates in the parting of the waves of the Red Sea. In this single work, Rossini laid the foundations of grand opera, and it is widely considered to be among his greatest achievements. [mehr]

  • RUIZ-PIPÓ, A.: Works with Guitar, Vol. 2 (Weigel) (8.574167):

    RUIZ-PIPÓ, A.: Works with Guitar, Vol. 2 (Weigel) Antonio Ruiz-Pipó became an essentially Parisian artist, but his music always retained the historical roots and warmth of expression of his Spanish origins. Volume 1 of this edition (8.573971) focused on chamber music with guitar, and this programme presents four solo cycles. As with many of Ruiz-Pipó’s works, the Otoñales are dedicated to and inspired by figures amongst his own circle of friends and colleagues. The deeply expressive and vibrant Canciónes y danzas are a homage to Mompou, and representative of a composer steeped in the music of Albéniz and Falla but with a rigorous individuality that makes his voice unique, evocative and varied. [mehr]

  • RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (Sing, Wearing the Sky) (Kantorei, Rinsema) (8.559892):

    RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (Sing, Wearing the Sky) (Kantorei, Rinsema) The prolific young composer Jake Runestad has won numerous awards for his music, which ranges from opera to works for chamber ensemble. He is particularly valued for his choral compositions which exemplify a desire to write expertly crafted, socially conscious and emotionally potent music. On this album, Runestad explores a profound sea/life journey in The Secret of the Sea, and projects a powerful expression of grief in Let My Love Be Heard. Nature is a recurring theme for the composer and he employs texts that exalt the natural world, as well as finding seldom heard sound combinations in the exhilarating Ner Ner. [mehr]

  • SAY, F.: Violin Works - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 / Violin Concerto (Eichhorn, Say, German Radio Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Eschenbach) (8.574085):

    SAY, F.: Violin Works - Violin Sonatas Nos. 1, 2 / Violin Concerto (Eichhorn, Say, German Radio Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Eschenbach) Fazıl Say is one of the world’s most prominent pianists but he is also a much-admired composer with a substantial catalogue of works. He combines both these accomplishments in his two Violin Sonatas, the first of which is suffused with Turkish motifs and dances, such as the horon. The second sonata takes as its theme the abuse of nature and the need to resist despoliation. His Violin Concerto is subtitled ‘1001 Nights in the Harem’ and is full of rich melodies and atmosphere, and features an array of Turkish percussion instruments. [mehr]

  • SILVESTROV, V.: Ode to a Nightingale / Symphony No. 7 / Piano Concertino (Galatenko, Bezborodko, Lithuanian National Symphony, Lyndon-Gee) (8.574123):

    SILVESTROV, V.: Ode to a Nightingale / Symphony No. 7 / Piano Concertino (Galatenko, Bezborodko, Lithuanian National Symphony, Lyndon-Gee) Valentin Silvestrov’s elusive post-modern style is rich in nostalgia for the lost music of a barely remembered past filled with beauty and spiritual aspiration. Ode to a Nightingale is a masterly response to Keats’ unsentimental reflection on human mortality, contrasting with the beauty and affecting intimacy of the Cantata No. 4 and the resonant emotional world of its companion piece, the Concertino. Starkness set against elegiac melancholy are the shared features of Moments of Poetry and Music and the Seventh Symphony—an embodiment of Silvestrov’s dual musical nature of anguish and tenderness. [mehr]

  • WEISS, S.L.: Lute Works (arr. D. Cerović for guitar) (D. Cerović) (8.574068):

    WEISS, S.L.: Lute Works (arr. D. Cerović for guitar) (D. Cerović) Silvius Leopold Weiss was acknowledged as the greatest lutenist of his age, composing over 600 pieces for the instrument organised into suites or sonatas. In these arrangements for guitar, Danijel Cerović has selected the only two of Weiss’s sonatas to have been given poetic titles, Sonata No. 29 ‘L’Infidèle’ (‘The Infidel’), with its bell-like sonorities and triumphant conclusion, and Sonata No. 28 ‘Le Fameux Corsaire’ (‘The Famous Pirate’), thought to refer to the buccaneering pirate Blackbeard. Cerović also includes two of the great Tombeaux, elegies of profound and poignant depth. [mehr]

  • ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0112V):

    ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) (2.110662):

    ADAM, A.: Postillon de Lonjumeau (Le) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • AUBER, D.-F.: Overtures, Vol. 2 - Le concert à la cour / Fiorella / Julie / Violin Concerto (Čepická, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Salvi) (8.574006):

    AUBER, D.-F.: Overtures, Vol. 2 - Le concert à la cour / Fiorella / Julie / Violin Concerto (Čepická, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Salvi) The second volume in this series (Volume 1 is on 8.574005) continues to explore little-known examples of Auber’s elegant and refined operatic music. Julie was his first stage work, its fantasia-like beauty foreshadowing the operas, opéras-comiques and lyric dramas to come. Striking melodies and haunting episodes abound in these overtures and entr’actes, and there is restrained yet fragrant Iberian colour in the overture to Léocadie. The Violin Concerto is lightly scored and gentle, with a tarantella-like finale full of folk vitality. [mehr]

  • BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-3, BWV 1007-1009 (arr. J. McFadden for guitar) (McFadden) (8.573625):

    BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-3, BWV 1007-1009 (arr. J. McFadden for guitar) (McFadden) The six Cello Suites represent J.S. Bach’s genius at its most distilled, with the composer confronting the enigma of writing counterpoint for a monophonic instrument at its core. Jeffrey McFadden’s arrangement for guitar enhances the music, adding a harmonic dimension and making the implied interaction of voices explicit. The Suites contain some of the most fascinating and beautiful movements in all of Bach's oeuvre, and remain one of the most important works in the history of Western music. ‘Jeffrey McFadden not only is an extraordinary guitarist—he’s also an inspired musician’ (ClassicsToday.com on Naxos 8.554354, works by Napoléon Coste). [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Canons and Musical Jokes (Schlemmer, Tauber, Weiser, Ensemble Tamanial, Cantus Novus Wien, T. Holmes) (8.574176):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Canons and Musical Jokes (Schlemmer, Tauber, Weiser, Ensemble Tamanial, Cantus Novus Wien, T. Holmes) One of the least explored areas of Beethoven’s compositions is the miscellaneous sequence of canons, early exercises in counterpoint, mature jokes and jeux d’esprit that he wrote over many years. He composed a two-part canon for the composer Hummel in 1816 and in 1823 one for four voices (written in a tavern) for Count Lichnowsky. He also wrote birthday and Christmas greetings for colleagues and friends, and songs that punned on recipients’ names or poked fun at them. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Vocal Music (9.30215):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Vocal Music [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Beethoven 32, Vol. 1) (Giltburg) (9.70307):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Beethoven 32, Vol. 1) (Giltburg) Boris Giltburg has set out to learn and film all 32 piano sonatas by Beethoven by the end of 2020. The project started as a personal exploration, driven by curiosity and his strong love of the Beethoven sonatas, and the recordings presented in this initial volume display Giltburg’s customary spirit, technical finesse and convey the electric atmosphere of the live recording. [mehr]

  • BENZECRY, E.: Ciclo de canciones / Violin Concerto / Clarinet Concerto (Ayako Tanaka, Inchausti, Rey, Lviv National Philharmonic, Boggiano) (8.574128):

    BENZECRY, E.: Ciclo de canciones / Violin Concerto / Clarinet Concerto (Ayako Tanaka, Inchausti, Rey, Lviv National Philharmonic, Boggiano) French-Argentinian composer Esteban Benzecry has built up a distinctive body of work, from symphonies to works for solo piano. He stands as a worthy successor to such masters as Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Chávez, with music that is suffused with ‘imaginary folklore’, flashes of colour, fieriness and reverie. The autobiographical Violin Concerto draws on South American folk motifs and rhythms, whereas in Ciclo de canciones he explores the meeting of two cultures, Argentinian and Japanese. The breathtaking dialogues between soloist and orchestra in the Clarinet Concerto recall Andean and pre-Hispanic times. [mehr]

  • HOWELLS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Phantasy / Harlequin Dreaming / Summer Idyls / Siciliana / Petrus Suite (Schellhorn) (8.571382):

    HOWELLS, H.: Piano Music, Vol. 1 - Phantasy / Harlequin Dreaming / Summer Idyls / Siciliana / Petrus Suite (Schellhorn) With this album, Matthew Schellhorn sheds new light on Herbert Howells as a truly significant 20th-century composer for the piano. From the charming Summer Idyls, written before the composer began studies at the Royal College of Music, to the mature and subtle movements of the Petrus Suite, we encounter an extraordinary range of pianistic expression. Spanning over 60 years of Howells’ compositional style, every track on this release is a world premiere recording. [mehr]

  • KROUSE, I.: Nocturnes / Invocation (Rivera, Chernov, Pogossian, Sutre, R. O'Neill, Lysy, Hanulik, Maryanne Kim) (8.559877):

    KROUSE, I.: Nocturnes / Invocation (Rivera, Chernov, Pogossian, Sutre, R. O'Neill, Lysy, Hanulik, Maryanne Kim) Ian Krouse has been acclaimed by Gramophone as “one of the most communicative and intriguing” of today’s composers, his style drawing on historical and traditional influences as well as being innovative and modern. With references to Beethoven and Schubert, metaphors of darkness and light are conveyed with powerful emotion in Nocturnes, which sets four texts by well-known Armenian poets to form an odyssey through the mind of a man at mid-life. With profound sadness at its heart, Invocation explores the intangibility of love, contrasting atonality and tonality to express emotional outpourings that ultimately remain ephemeral and elusive. [mehr]

  • LAITMAN, L.: Secret Exit (The) / I Never Saw Another Butterfly / Living in the Body / OPPERMAN, K.: Un seul (Hurst-Wajszczuk, Gainey) (8.559890):

    LAITMAN, L.: Secret Exit (The) / I Never Saw Another Butterfly / Living in the Body / OPPERMAN, K.: Un seul (Hurst-Wajszczuk, Gainey) This collection of songs with voice and clarinet has at its heart Lori Laitman’s profoundly moving cycle I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which sets the words of hope and desolation written by children imprisoned in the Terezín concentration camp. Inspired by this poignant music, Kristine Hurst-Wajszczuk and Denise Gainey commissioned a follow-up, The Secret Exit, on poems by Nobel Laureate Nelly Sachs that reflect on life and death. Newly arranged for voice and clarinet, Living In The Body is a cycle about love, memory and resilience. The program is completed with Diana Rosenblum’s delightful setting of Winter Rain and Kalmen Opperman’s haunting Un seul. [mehr]

  • MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals (Complete) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) (15-CD Box Set) (8.501505):

    MONTEVERDI, C.: Madrigals (Complete) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini) (15-CD Box Set) The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive books that trace his technical and expressive innovations. In them, Monteverdi explored themes such as the vicissitudes and pleasures of love, as well as the art of war, and the pain of loss. The editions used in these recordings are the most authentic and uncut, and, in keeping with 17th-century practice, employ male voices only. Praised as ‘compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative’ (American Record Guide) the collection also includes pieces never before recorded. [mehr]

  • POTT, F.: At First Light / Word (Commotio, Spooner, C. Wilson, M. Berry) (8.573976):

    POTT, F.: At First Light / Word (Commotio, Spooner, C. Wilson, M. Berry) Francis Pott’s acclaimed musical voice is one of uncommon eloquence and seriousness of purpose, and his works have been performed and broadcast in over 40 countries. This recording presents world premiere recordings of two major pieces. At First Light is a memorial work which takes the form of a series of slow meditations surrounding an exuberant motet, with wordless commentary from a lamenting cello. Word, with its significant role for the organ and the inclusion of texts by the Welsh priest and poet R.S. Thomas, reveals Gospel contemplation in a postmodern world. [mehr]

  • REBAY, F.: Sonatas for Violin and Guitar / Sonata for Viola and Guitar (Complete) (Kayaleh, Kolk) (8.573992):

    REBAY, F.: Sonatas for Violin and Guitar / Sonata for Viola and Guitar (Complete) (Kayaleh, Kolk) Ferdinand Rebay was born in Vienna where he studied piano and composition, winning the Brahms Prize. He wrote operas, a symphony, concertos and many songs, but was increasingly drawn to writing for the guitar for which he wrote 600 pieces of various kinds. The three sonatas recorded here are little known and reflect Rebay’s immersion in Romantic neo-Classicism. Themes are lyrical, utilising folk song, energetic March themes and variations, with a tapestry of emotions both sombre and exuberant. [mehr]

  • RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / PONCE, M.M.: Concierto del sur (Junhong Kuang, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Darrell Ang) (8.579053):

    RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / PONCE, M.M.:  Concierto del sur (Junhong Kuang, Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Darrell Ang) Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is the most celebrated classical guitar work of the 20th century, music that conjures up the colour, sophistication and glories of eternal Spain. The founding father of Mexican music, Manuel Ponce, wrote his Concierto del sur for Segovia, and it is a work of vivid grandeur, Sevillian dances and melodic richness. To complete the programme, prize-winning international virtuoso Junhong Kuang plays a piece dedicated to him—Gerald Garcia’s China Sings!—a rhapsody inspired by two popular Chinese tunes. [mehr]

  • ROSSINI, G.: Nozze di Teti e di Peleo (Le) [Cantata] (J. Stewart, Bonilla, Bellocci, Górecki Chamber Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Rizzo) (8.574282):

    ROSSINI, G.: Nozze di Teti e di Peleo (Le) [Cantata] (J. Stewart, Bonilla, Bellocci, Górecki Chamber Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Rizzo) Rossini’s Neapolitan theatrical debut in 1815 won him overnight esteem as well as the favour of the Bourbon dynasty, ensuring lucrative contracts and commissions. The following year he composed Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo, an allegorical cantata on the theme of the wedding between the sea goddess Thetis and the hero Peleus. Written to celebrate a royal marriage, it is an intensely theatrical work in which Rossini drew on some of the greatest contemporary singers, specialists in the ornamented bel canto style, and created a staged spectacular with chorus and a wealth of colourful orchestration. [mehr]

  • ROUSE, C.: Symphony No. 5 / Supplica / Concerto for Orchestra (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) (8.559852):

    ROUSE, C.: Symphony No. 5 / Supplica / Concerto for Orchestra (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) Few contemporary artists have been as significant as Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award winner Christopher Rouse, whose imaginative approach made him one of the most frequently performed composers during his lifetime. The Concerto for Orchestra is a ‘hyper-concerto’ that gives each player a chance to shine, while the mournful intimacy and passion of Supplica unfolds somewhat like the slow movement of a Bruckner or Mahler symphony. Rouse’s Fifth Symphony fondly recalls Beethoven’s mighty Fifth but blurs the lines between tradition and modernity, transporting the listener from turbulence to serenity. It was described as “brilliant, exciting and at times hauntingly beautiful” in The Dallas Morning News. [mehr]

  • SCOTT, A.: Saxophone and Piano Works - Westland / Sonata / My Mountain Top / Three Letter Word (T. McAllister, Ames) (8.579076):

    SCOTT, A.: Saxophone and Piano Works - Westland / Sonata / My Mountain Top / Three Letter Word (T. McAllister, Ames) Andy Scott is a British Composer Award winner and a founder member of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. As a saxophonist for over 40 years, Scott’s virtuosic yet harmonically subtle music is open to a wide variety of influences. His works are performed on this album by the world-famous virtuoso Timothy McAllister, and the admired English author Lemn Sissay narrates his own poem on My Mountain Top. [mehr]

  • TELEMANN, G.P.: Concertos, TWV 53:G1, TWV 54:D1 / Sinfonia Melodica, TWV 50:2 (The Colorful Telemann) (Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, B. Kuijken) (8.573900):

    TELEMANN, G.P.: Concertos, TWV 53:G1, TWV 54:D1 / Sinfonia Melodica, TWV 50:2 (The Colorful Telemann) (Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, B. Kuijken) The Colourful Telemann presents works from different periods of Georg Philipp Telemann’s life, reflecting his lively personality and exploring his seemingly unlimited invention over a wide variety of styles and genres. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, Telemann wrote music that stands out for its delightful and remarkably generous character, each piece like a leisurely walk with a good friend. From the German and French influences of the earlier Sonata to the dignified Sinfonia Melodica, possibly composed in the year of his death, this is Telemann at his best. [mehr]

  • TOGNI, C.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 5 (Orvieto) (8.573986):

    TOGNI, C.: Piano Music (Complete), Vol. 5 (Orvieto) Camillo Togni loved the piano and fully understood the instrument’s great potential for colour and virtuosity. This final volume in the series explores Togni’s very first piano works, redolent of Chopin and Liszt, as well as pieces from his formative years of development. They include the Pezzo per pianoforte and the Fantasia a quattro voci e pedale where his use of chromaticism and contrapuntalism is vividly audible. His two cadenzas for the Mozart piano concertos reflect Togni’s endless admiration for his erstwhile teacher, the great pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. [mehr]

  • Trumpets and Chamber Orchestra Music - ALBÉNIZ, I. / CHARLIER, T. / OSCHER, E. (Egregore+) (Brum, Kammerensemble Konsonanz, Flores) (8.574204):

    Trumpets and Chamber Orchestra Music - ALBÉNIZ, I. / CHARLIER, T. / OSCHER, E. (Egregore+) (Brum, Kammerensemble Konsonanz, Flores) The aim of this innovative album is to introduce listeners to the rich variety of sounds in the trumpet family and through the use of modern instruments—one especially developed for the project—to imbue the music with unique colours and textures. All the pieces were either arranged or written specifically for this album and the programme includes the first ever orchestration of Théo Charlier’s operatic Solo de concours as well as Efraín Oscher’s evocative Rapsodia latina, which introduces a new instrument, the piccolo cornet in A. [mehr]

  • WEINER, L.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 3 - Divertimentos Nos. 1 and 2 (Rohmann, Felletár, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Csányi) (8.574125):

    WEINER, L.: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 3 - Divertimentos Nos. 1 and 2 (Rohmann, Felletár, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Csányi) Leó Weiner, a contemporary of Bartók and Kodály, was a profoundly important teacher in Budapest whose own music developed from a more traditional Romantic model—exemplified by the songful Románc, Op. 29—to an absorption of his native Hungarian folk music during the 1930s. The two Divertimentos for strings, vibrantly orchestrated sequences of dances, are among the best-known works of this period. The later Hungarian Nursery Rhymes and Folk Songs draw on some archaic and very popular native melodies. Volumes 1 and 2 can be heard on 8.573491 and 8.573847. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Chamber Music (9.30212):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Chamber Music [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Secular Vocal Works - Opferlied / Lied aus der Ferne / An die Geliebte (draft) (Ensemble Tamanial, Cantus Novus Wien, T. Holmes) (8.574175):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Secular Vocal Works - Opferlied / Lied aus der Ferne / An die Geliebte (draft) (Ensemble Tamanial, Cantus Novus Wien, T. Holmes) Beethoven’s secular vocal works, many rarely heard today, were composed for a variety of reasons. Some were written for marriages, to mark the departure of a friend or to celebrate a name day, while others allude to Masonic imagery or set the words of great literary contemporaries, such as Schiller. The larger canvas of Mehrstimmige italienische Gesänge reflects Beethoven’s studies of Italian word-setting with Antonio Salieri, revealing insights into Beethoven’s achievements during his early years in Vienna. [mehr]

  • BULATOVIĆ, S.: Balada (Bulatović) (9.70296):

    BULATOVIĆ, S.: Balada (Bulatović) This digital single complements Peninsula (8.574193), an album of guitar music composed and performed by Darko Nikčević and Srdjan Bulatović. [mehr]

  • CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 3 - 5 Bagatelles / Chant de Solitude / 12 Études / Divertimento a quattro (du Toit, Doreen Lee) (8.574155):

    CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 3 - 5 Bagatelles / Chant de Solitude / 12 Études / Divertimento a quattro (du Toit, Doreen Lee) Jacques Castérède composed in almost every genre, from stage and symphonic works to competition pieces, with music that remained rooted in expressive melody. This third and final volume of his flute music presents witty neo-Classicism in the 5 Bagatelles, and the composer’s delight in popular music with the post-Debussian 12 Études, works that are both communicative and vibrant. in the Divertimento we meet the composer at his most compulsively subversive, as an expert melodist, harmonist and contrapuntalist, in music as zany as it is disarming. [mehr]

  • CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 7 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Halász) (8.574103):

    CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 7 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Halász) Domenico Cimarosa was a prolific composer of church and instrumental music, but his reputation rests principally on his operas. During the second half of the 18th century, and until the arrival of Rossini, he was the most successful and performed operatic composer in Europe, and one of the last exponents of the Neapolitan School. His bracing and vivacious overtures in this final volume include the hugely popular Il convito (‘The Banquet’), a triumph in Venice and Florence, as well as some examples of his expressively moving overtures for oratorios. [mehr]

  • CLEMENTI, M.: Piano Music - 5 Variations on a Minuet by Mr. Collick / The Black Joke / Musical Characteristics (N. Rimmer) (8.573957):

    CLEMENTI, M.: Piano Music - 5 Variations on a Minuet by Mr. Collick / The Black Joke / Musical Characteristics (N. Rimmer) Muzio Clementi’s legacy to pianists lies not only in his teaching studies and in his exploration of new levels of virtuosity, but in compositions that were widely admired by contemporaries such as Beethoven. This album explores a variety of pieces, a number of which focus on variations. ‘The Black Joke’ was a popular English tune garnished by Clementi with 21 successive variations. Musical Characteristics captures the styles of leading figures of the time, including Mozart, Haydn and Koželuch, while the Variations on ‘Batti, batti’ is a virtuoso transcription. Nicholas Rimmer plays on an original fortepiano made in Clementi’s own workshop around 1806. [mehr]

  • DAWSON, W.L.: Negro Folk Symphony / KAY, U.: Fantasy Variations / Umbrian Scene (Vienna Radio Symphony, Fagen) (8.559870):

    DAWSON, W.L.: Negro Folk Symphony / KAY, U.: Fantasy Variations / Umbrian Scene (Vienna Radio Symphony, Fagen) William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony was premiered by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934 to huge enthusiasm. Its traditional form houses a continuous process of variation and introduces little-known spirituals in fragmentary form, while the work’s recurring motifs, remarkable transitions and syncopations are enhanced in Dawson’s 1952 revision heard here. The Fantasy Variations by composer and teacher Ulysses Kay employs dissonance with great expressivity in a work of textural and coloristic variety. Umbrian Scene, despite its pictorial suggestion, is lean and sombre. [mehr]

  • DELICATE DELIGHTS - Best Loved Classical Mandolin and Lute Music (8.578183):

    DELICATE DELIGHTS - Best Loved Classical Mandolin and Lute Music The distinctive sound of the mandolin conjures images of Mediterranean romance, and can claim a distinguished heritage in virtuoso and expressively lyrical music written for it by great composers such as Vivaldi and Beethoven. The lute is more ancient in its origins and gentler in its sound. The instrument saw its pinnacle in the 18th century in the music of Bach and his close colleague Leopold Weiss, the greatest lutenist of the Baroque period. Recent arrangements and compositions with the music of Albéniz and Febonio reveal how these instruments still cast their delightful spell today. [mehr]

  • FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Symphony No. 3 / Overtures / The Bride of Messina: Funeral March (Janáček Philharmonic, Štilec) (8.574120):

    FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Symphony No. 3 / Overtures / The Bride of Messina: Funeral March (Janáček Philharmonic, Štilec) Zdeněk Fibich’s three symphonies project very different qualities: No. 1 (available on 8.572985) prizes structural integration, and No. 2 (8.573157) cyclical unity. Symphony No. 3, written only two years before his untimely death, but at the zenith of his powers as one of the Czech Lands’ leading composers, reveals Fibich’s sustained melodic and atmospheric powers as the music pursues the ‘darkness to light’ trajectory synonymous with the symphony during the 19th century. The remaining pieces, drawn from his best stage works, showcase operatic qualities that extend the dramatic lineage of Smetana. This is the final volume in this series. [mehr]

  • GORGEOUS GUITAR - Best Loved Classical Guitar Music (8.578176):

    GORGEOUS GUITAR - Best Loved Classical Guitar Music From strumming the chords of an easy song to deeply expressive and spectacular technical heights, the classical guitar is in many ways a perfect instrument. The best works for guitar have often been by composers who were also virtuosos on the instrument: Fernando Sor and Francisco Tárrega laying the repertoire’s foundations with their subtle brilliance. Alongside delightful arrangements of famous works by Bach and Paganini this programme takes us from the wit and energy of Rodrigo’s Fandango to the unforgettable beauty of Stanley Myers’ Cavatina, famed as the theme to The Deer Hunter. [mehr]

  • Guitar Duo Recital: Nikčević, Darko / Bulatović, Srdjan - NIKČEVIĆ, D. / BULATOVIĆ, S. (Peninsula) (8.574193):

    Guitar Duo Recital: Nikčević, Darko / Bulatović, Srdjan - NIKČEVIĆ, D. / BULATOVIĆ, S. (Peninsula) Darko Nikčević and Srdjan Bulatović have gained international acclaim for virtuosic guitar duo performances providing a unique blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern mysticism. Their works are varied in terms of character, style, technique, rhythm and tempo, and share a common thread of Montenegrin traditional music, movie soundtracks, world music and popular contemporary movements. Their acclaimed album The Sea can be found on Naxos 8.573943. [mehr]

  • Guitar Quartets (Australian) - WESTLAKE, N. / CHARLTON, R. / HOUGHTON, P. / KATS-CHERNIN, E. (Bluetongue) (Guitar Trek) (8.579060):

    Guitar Quartets (Australian) - WESTLAKE, N. / CHARLTON, R. / HOUGHTON, P. / KATS-CHERNIN, E. (Bluetongue) (Guitar Trek) Australia’s premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek reflects life in modern Australia with a programme that showcases works of immense colour and rhythmic vitality. The album includes the rich melodic and nostalgic quality of Richard Charlton’s Five Tails in Cold Blood (including the eponymous ‘Bluetongue’); the driving energy and shifting timbres of Nigel Westlake’s Six Fish that adds the distinctive sound of the 12-string guitar and dobro to the mix; and at its heart the music of Philip Houghton, one of the most original and poetically imaginative guitar composers of our time. [mehr]

  • Guitar Recital: Smith, Johan - BACH, J.S. / BRITTEN, B. / MERTZ, J.K. / PONCE, M.M. / SCHWIZGEBEL, J. (8.574199):

    Guitar Recital: Smith, Johan - BACH, J.S. / BRITTEN, B. / MERTZ, J.K. / PONCE, M.M. / SCHWIZGEBEL, J. Johan Smith, 2019 winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition, presents his dream programme in this recital. Bach’s Toccata for harpsichord ‘borders on the unplayable’ for the guitar, especially in its final double fugue, while Manuel Ponce’s Variations on La folía de España and Fugue is one of the most challenging peaks of the repertoire. Mertz’s celebrated virtuoso Concertino is followed by Britten’s Nocturnal after John Dowland, renowned for its blend of Elizabethan melancholy and contemporary strangeness. The recital concludes with a world premiere, the evocative Sables Stellaires by Josquin Schwizgebel, dedicated to Johan Smith. [mehr]

  • HEAVENLY HARP - Best Loved Classical Harp Music (8.578182):

    HEAVENLY HARP - Best Loved Classical Harp Music One of the most antique of instruments, the harp has evolved from simple origins in entertaining the ancient civilisations of Greece, Assyria and Egypt, to the sophisticated 47-string pedal harps seen in orchestras today. The harp has always had a magical quality, but it really came of age as a solo instrument during the 19th century. Much of the repertoire here was created by composer/ performers who were skilfully able to portray the natural world, atmospherically tug at our heartstrings in evocations of love and homeland, charm us with elegant lyricism and amaze our ears with virtuoso technical feats. [mehr]

  • JENNER, G.U.: Lieder nach Theodor Storm und Klaus Groth (Die Welt ist lauter Stille, nur mein Gedanke wacht) (Bästlein, C. Spencer) (8.551422):

    JENNER, G.U.: Lieder nach Theodor Storm und Klaus Groth (Die Welt ist lauter Stille, nur mein Gedanke wacht) (Bästlein, C. Spencer) [mehr]

  • KERNIS, A.J.: Color Wheel / Symphony No. 4, `Chromelodeon` (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) (8.559838):

    KERNIS, A.J.: Color Wheel / Symphony No. 4, `Chromelodeon` (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) Pulitzer Prize recipient and GRAMMY award-winner Aaron Jay Kernis is one of America’s most performed composers. Both works on this album exemplify his creative approach to orchestral composition, sharing elements in common, such as virtuoso percussion writing and the use of variation form. Color Wheel is an exuberant miniature concerto for orchestra with a wide array of contrasts, while Symphony No. 4 ‘Chromelodeon’ explores the coexistence of opposing musical forces to powerful, pensive, and touching effect. [mehr]

  • LANDI, S.: Morte d'Orfeo (La) [Opera] (DNO, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0111V):

    LANDI, S.: Morte d'Orfeo (La) [Opera] (DNO, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • LANDI, S.: Morte d'Orfeo (La) [Opera] (DNO, 2018) (NTSC) (2.110661):

    LANDI, S.: Morte d'Orfeo (La) [Opera] (DNO, 2018) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • MASSENET, J.: Don César de Bazan (1888 version) [Opera] (Naouri, Dreisig, Lebègue, Ensemble Aedes, Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes, Romano) (8.660464-65):

    MASSENET, J.: Don César de Bazan (1888 version) [Opera] (Naouri, Dreisig, Lebègue, Ensemble Aedes, Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes, Romano) Don César de Bazan is an opéra-comique with a narrative of dashing Spanish chivalry and romance. Its plot revolves around deception and comedies of reversed identity, with a struggle between true nobility and wicked selfishness maintaining an animated momentum throughout. This was the young Jules Massenet’s first full-length opera and yet it is filled with the composer’s mature symphonic style, his gift for melody, feeling for the picturesque, and vivacity of rhythm. These distinctive qualities reveal an operatic feast whose time has at last arrived. [mehr]

  • MITSCHKE, Wolfgang: Berlin Nightbirds (The) (8.551425):

    MITSCHKE, Wolfgang: Berlin Nightbirds (The) [mehr]

  • NIKČEVIĆ, D.: Longing (Nikčević, Bulatović) (9.70297):

    NIKČEVIĆ, D.: Longing (Nikčević, Bulatović) This digital single complements Peninsula (8.574193), an album of guitar music composed and performed by Darko Nikčević and Srdjan Bulatović. [mehr]

  • Piano Music - CHOPIN, F. / SCHUMANN, R. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KURPIŃSKI, K.K. (2nd Chopin Festival Hamburg 2019) (Koch, Tysman, Olejniczak, Ritter) (8.579068):

    Piano Music - CHOPIN, F. / SCHUMANN, R. / RACHMANINOV, S. / KURPIŃSKI, K.K. (2nd Chopin Festival Hamburg 2019) (Koch, Tysman, Olejniczak, Ritter) Following the success of the 1st Chopin Festival Hamburg 2018 (available on Naxos 8.574058), the 2nd Chopin Festival Hamburg 2019 continues its unique approach of inviting pianists to perform on original historic instruments and, by way of comparison, on a modern grand piano in the same concert. Performances range from Chopin heard on his Pleyel ‘pianino’ of 1832 to the most technically advanced Shigeru Kawai grand piano built in 2019. Listeners are invited to discover ‘old’ and ‘new’ in completely fresh ways through these multifaceted interpretations. [mehr]

  • SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 24 (Goldstein) (8.574196):

    SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 24 (Goldstein) Domenico Scarlatti is best remembered for the hundreds of single-movement keyboard sonatas he composed for his pupil the Infanta Maria Bárbara, who married the heir to the Spanish throne in 1728, taking her music master with her from Lisbon to Madrid. Scarlatti’s panache and inventiveness is always on show in these compact sonatas, their delicacy and refinement hiding some surprising explorations of unexpected keys, and technical demands such as hand-crossing and chains of sixths and thirds that would have posed some interesting challenges to his clearly talented pupil. [mehr]

  • SCHUBERT, F.: String Quintet, D. 956 / String Trio, D. 581 (Aviv Quartet, Peled) (8.573891):

    SCHUBERT, F.: String Quintet, D. 956 / String Trio, D. 581 (Aviv Quartet, Peled) Schubert’s String Trio was modelled after the example of Beethoven, and its transparent textures, Classical structure and fine interplay are capped by a charming Rondo finale. Composed over a decade later, during the period of his final illness, the String Quintet is wholly different in character. Scored for two violins, viola and two cellos, it is one of the most compelling and moving works in the chamber music canon, and stands as the summation of Schubert’s writing for chamber forces. [mehr]

  • VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Violin and Orchestra Works - Souvenir de Russie / Old England / Duo brillant (Kuppel, Bogatyrev, Qatar Philharmonic, Bosch) (8.573993):

    VIEUXTEMPS, H.: Violin and Orchestra Works - Souvenir de Russie / Old England / Duo brillant (Kuppel, Bogatyrev, Qatar Philharmonic, Bosch) Henry Vieuxtemps was a towering figure in the line of 19th-century violinist-composers, receiving admiration from Wagner, Chopin and Berlioz. A virtuoso in the Paganini tradition, Vieuxtemps was also one of the first to employ a full Romantic orchestral palette in his concertante works and to imbue them with a true ‘symphonic’ conception, as these examples show. They include the Duo brillant, Op. 39—a dramatic and expressive mini double concerto for violin and cello, the bravura caprice Old England, Op. 42 and the Air varié, Op. 6 with its rich lyricism, four variations and dashing coda. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Keyboard Music (9.30211):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven – Keyboard Music [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Folk Songs (Bohnet, D. Johannsen, Klimbacher, Herzer, Christelbauer, B. Bartos) (8.574174):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Folk Songs (Bohnet, D. Johannsen, Klimbacher, Herzer, Christelbauer, B. Bartos) George Thomson of Edinburgh, a notable promoter of Scottish music, encouraged settings of his nation’s folk songs. In particular, he found a rich source of arrangements in Vienna, where he commissioned first Haydn and then Beethoven to set a large sequence of poems, including those of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott. Thomson envisaged simple works, agreeable to amateurs, but Beethoven found it impossible to compose within such limitations and his settings, which include Irish and Welsh songs, with the accompaniment of strings and piano, have proved perennially popular. [mehr]

  • BELEVI, K.: Guitar Duos - Cyprian Rhapsodies Nos. 1-4 / Suite Chypre / Turkish Suite (Duo Tandem) (8.574081):

    BELEVI, K.: Guitar Duos - Cyprian Rhapsodies Nos. 1-4 / Suite Chypre / Turkish Suite (Duo Tandem) Kemal Belevi’s music is steeped in the colours and atmosphere of the eastern Mediterranean, and his aim is ‘to create beautiful music’ based on melodies and rhythms that have been absorbed from the folk music of Greece, Turkey and the Middle East. Belevi’s own arrangements of works such as the evocative Suite Chypre and the richly varied Cyprian Rhapsodies have significantly extended the repertoire for two guitars. The Duo Tandem are drawn towards this composer’s skilful modernity and his celebration of traditional heritage reimagined within the sound world of the classical guitar. [mehr]

  • BOULEZ, P.: Incises (revised version, 2001) (van Raat) (9.70294):

    BOULEZ, P.: Incises (revised version, 2001) (van Raat) This digital single complements Naxos 8.573894, an album of French piano rarities also performed by Ralph van Raat. [mehr]

  • DAUGHERTY, M.: This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie (Socolofsky, J. Daugherty, Dogs of Desire, D.A. Miller) (8.559889):

    DAUGHERTY, M.: This Land Sings: Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie (Socolofsky, J. Daugherty, Dogs of Desire, D.A. Miller) In This Land Sings, GRAMMY Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty has created an original musical tribute to the singer-songwriter and political activist Woody Guthrie (1912–1967). Traveling the backroads of America from coast to coast with a guitar and harmonica, Woody Guthrie performed folk songs of love, wandering and social justice during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Daugherty has composed his own original songs and instrumental interludes that give haunting expression, ironic wit and contemporary relevance to political, social and environmental themes from Guthrie’s era. Under the baton of GRAMMY Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, the Albany Symphony’s new music ensemble Dogs of Desire, joined by soprano Annika Socolofsky and baritone John Daugherty, give a poignant and rousing performance. [mehr]

  • FRANCK, C.: Psyché (version for choir and orchestra) / Le Chasseur maudit / Les Éolides (RCS Voices, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tingaud) (8.573955):

    FRANCK, C.: Psyché (version for choir and orchestra) / Le Chasseur maudit / Les Éolides (RCS Voices, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tingaud) César Franck was a childhood prodigy who gained later renown as an organist and teacher. His compositions received scant attention until the success of Le Chasseur maudit, a symphonic morality tale that vividly portrays the ‘accursed huntsman’ from his defiance of the Sabbath to a dramatic chase and a horrific fate. Les Éolides is infused with Wagnerian colours and depicts the mythological Aeolids as they reawaken nature with their song. Franck’s lushly orchestrated final symphonic poem Psyché expresses the power of love in dreams and a passionate union. [mehr]

  • GROVEN, E.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Kristiansand Symphony, Szilvay) (8.573871):

    GROVEN, E.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Kristiansand Symphony, Szilvay) Many interwar Norwegian composers tried to create a new national music by combining elements of authentic folk music with new techniques. Eivind Groven was considered one of the most innovative composers in this quest, integrating the structure of folk dances from his rural upbringing into familiar formal principles. Both symphonies make use of techniques of so-called ‘progressive transformation’, which led fellow composer Arne Nordheim to declare: ‘While others made instrumentations of folk tunes, Groven created sounds, for example in his [two] symphonies which, in my opinion, are quite unique.’ [mehr]

  • HAUG, H.: Guitar Concertino / Wind Quintet / Guitar Quintet (Minder, Basel Philharmonic Quintet, Il Piccola Orchestra, Zemtsov) (8.551426):

    HAUG, H.: Guitar Concertino / Wind Quintet / Guitar Quintet (Minder, Basel Philharmonic Quintet, Il Piccola Orchestra, Zemtsov) [mehr]

  • MAYR, J.S.: Due duchesse (Le) [Opera] (M. Schäfer, T.M. Herbert, Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Choir, Concerto de Bassus, Hauk) (8.660422-23):

    MAYR, J.S.: Due duchesse (Le) [Opera] (M. Schäfer, T.M. Herbert, Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Choir, Concerto de Bassus, Hauk) As one of the leading operatic composers of his generation, Johann Simon Mayr nurtured a fascination with the chivalric stories of medieval England. Le due duchesse, an opera semiseria with buffa elements, is set during the reign of the 10th-century King Edgar. Huntsmen’s and Knights’ choruses and troubadour-like songs give great vivacity to a score that is both lyrical and dramatic. Mayr’s compound of Viennese Classicism and Italianate melodic beauty, allied to his ambitious writing and a skilful libretto, produced an important and influential opera couched in his own unmistakable idiom. [mehr]

  • Opéra-Comique Overtures - BOIELDIEU, F.-A. / DELIBES, L. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / HALÉVY, F. / HÉROLD, F. / LECOCQ, C. (Vienna Radio Symphony, M. Halász) (8.574122):

    Opéra-Comique Overtures - BOIELDIEU, F.-A. / DELIBES, L. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / HALÉVY, F. / HÉROLD, F. / LECOCQ, C. (Vienna Radio Symphony, M. Halász) Opéra-comique emerged in the 19th century as an intermediary between grand opera and burlesque operetta. This album charts its progression as a distinct genre, tracing the origins from Boieldieu and Méhul early in the century via the classic vitality of masters such as Hérold and Maillart into the operetta style of Offenbach and Lecocq. With innovative features, colourful orchestration, drama, wit and atmospheric writing, the operas proved very popular and these overtures encapsulate their immense vivacity and charm. [mehr]

  • Piano Music (French) - BOULEZ, P. / DEBUSSY, C. / MESSIAEN, O. / RAVEL, M. (Rare French Piano Music) (van Raat) (8.573894):

    Piano Music (French) - BOULEZ, P. / DEBUSSY, C. / MESSIAEN, O. / RAVEL, M. (Rare French Piano Music) (van Raat) This album of French piano rarities features seldom-heard and recently discovered works by composers who had an influence on Pierre Boulez, as well as the premiere recording of Boulez’s Prélude, Toccata et Scherzo. This large-scale early work looks back on virtuosic Romantic music, while at the same time exploring the new compositional styles that Boulez would subsequently embrace. Among the rarities is a posthumously discovered piano study by Debussy, a reconstructed birdsong work by Messiaen, and a tiny masterpiece by Ravel found in a notebook. [mehr]

  • Piano Recital: Choni, Dmytro - DEBUSSY, C. / GINASTERA, A. / LIGETI, G. / PROKOFIEV, S. (8.574136):

    Piano Recital: Choni, Dmytro - DEBUSSY, C. / GINASTERA, A. / LIGETI, G. / PROKOFIEV, S. The Ukrainian pianist Dmytro Choni, winner of the 2018 Paloma O’Shea Santander International Piano Competition, has selected a programme that spans the 20th century. The first book of Debussy’s Images offers poetic evocation and virtuoso caprice, whereas Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 6, completed in 1940, is the first of his ‘War Sonatas’, characteristically contrasting rhythmic vitality with rich lyricism. Ginastera, too, supplies vivid intensity in his Piano Sonata No. 1 suggesting the sound of the guitar, while Ligeti’s Étude is a Debussyian evocation of a rainbow. [mehr]

  • PRADO, J.A.R. de A: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Aurora / Concerto Fribourgeois (Rubinsky, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Mechetti) (8.574225):

    PRADO, J.A.R. de A: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Aurora / Concerto Fribourgeois (Rubinsky, Minas Gerais Philharmonic, Mechetti) At the time of his death in 2010, Almeida Prado was one of Brazil’s most internationally admired composers, one who created music of unique sonority and colour, rooted in his native country. In Aurora (‘Dawn’) he employs his newly developed ‘transtonality’ to radiant effect, while the Concerto Fribourgeois features a collage technique. In his Piano Concerto No. 1 Almeida Prado explores a cogent structure in which the soloist opens up, rips apart or transforms the theme and variations, in a work that is both grandiose and luminous. [mehr]

  • PROKOFIEV, S.: Songs and Romances (Gritskova, Prinz) (8.574030):

    PROKOFIEV, S.: Songs and Romances (Gritskova, Prinz) Sergey Prokofiev is acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s greatest composers, and his enduring popularity today rests on a rich legacy of orchestral and chamber works. Less well-known are his songs, which display a lyrical component that suited his liking for clear and simple forms. This can be heard particularly in Five Poems of Anna Akhmatova, but all of these pieces show Prokofiev to be a worthy successor of the great 19th-century tradition of art songs. Margarita Gritskova’s voice was described by Opera News as ‘a spectacular instrument’ in her recording of Russian Songs on Naxos 8.573908. [mehr]

  • SAURET, É.: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 4 - Nos. 20-24 (Rashidova) (8.574159):

    SAURET, É.: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 4 - Nos. 20-24 (Rashidova) The final volume of the 24 Études-Caprices by the internationally renowned virtuoso Émile Sauret, crowns one of the most impressive but seldom performed bodies of solo violin writing in the entire canon. In the last five Études, once again played by Nazrin Rashidova on Sauret’s own Stradivarius violin, the full range of his art can be heard, from double- and triple-stopping, to registral leaps, chordal and staccato techniques and exercises for absolute control of the bow. Of Volume 3 (8.573975) The Strad wrote: ‘Rashidova plays superbly’. [mehr]

  • SIERRA, R.: Cantares / Loíza / Triple Concierto (Trío Arbós, Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, Xalapa Symphony, Marcelletti) (8.559876):

    SIERRA, R.: Cantares / Loíza / Triple Concierto (Trío Arbós, Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club, Xalapa Symphony, Marcelletti) Roberto Sierra’s refined compositional voice is subtly combined with contemporary musical techniques and his Puerto Rican heritage in the three works recorded here. Cantares, commissioned by the Cornell University Chorus and Glee Club to celebrate the university’s sesquicentennial anniversary, evokes ancient Peruvian, Aztec and Afro Caribbean voices lost in time. The virtuoso Triple Concierto transforms the popular Caribbean rhythms of salsa, bolero and merengue into complex contemporary expressions, while the polyrhythmic layers of Loíza conjure a Puerto Rican town known for its strong African traditions. [mehr]

  • SINIGAGLIA, L.: String Quartet Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - String Quartet, Op. 27 / Brahms Variations / Hora Mystica (Archos Quartet) (8.574183):

    SINIGAGLIA, L.: String Quartet Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - String Quartet, Op. 27 / Brahms Variations / Hora Mystica (Archos Quartet) The renowned Italian composer and mountaineer Leone Sinigaglia wrote a fascinating series of pieces for string quartet that reflect his powers of characterisation and elegance. Flowing melodies can be heard throughout, not least in the Concert-Étude, Op. 5, while the more substantial Variations on a Theme of Brahms, Op. 22 display his technical skill and expressive variety, whether reflective, sombre or exuberant. His String Quartet in D major, Op. 27 exemplifies his dual inheritance: a commanding central European facility, combined with a natural Italian lyricism. [mehr]

  • SIVELÖV, N.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, `Concerto Classico`, 2, 5, `Riddarkonserten` (Sivelöv, Aviat, Björkman) (8.573181):

    SIVELÖV, N.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, `Concerto Classico`, 2, 5, `Riddarkonserten` (Sivelöv, Aviat, Björkman) [mehr]

  • SKORYK, M.: Violin Concertos (Complete), Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-9 (Bielow, Ukraine National Symphony, Sirenko) (8.574089):

    SKORYK, M.: Violin Concertos (Complete), Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-9 (Bielow, Ukraine National Symphony, Sirenko) Myroslav Skoryk is one of Ukraine’s leading composers and teachers, with a portfolio of works that include opera, a symphonic transcription of Paganini’s Caprices, and a cycle of nine violin concertos written over a 45-year span (Volume 1 is on 8.574088). Concerto No. 5 utilises jazz elements and a vivid fugato, while Concerto No. 6 explores the use of sensual moods and provocative dance rhythms. Syncopation and lyricism suffuse Concerto No. 7, while No. 9 is both touching and dramatic. Concerto No. 8 offers a representation of events in Chopin’s life through quotations, in combination with Skoryk’s own distinctive musical voice. [mehr]

  • STATE OPERA (THE) (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0110V):

    STATE OPERA (THE) (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • STATE OPERA (THE) (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) (2.110660):

    STATE OPERA (THE) (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • Violin Sonatas (American) - SCHOENFELD, P. / STUCKY, S. / HARBISON, J. (Three American Sonatas) (Cho-Liang Lin, J.K. Parker) (8.559888):

    Violin Sonatas (American) - SCHOENFELD, P. / STUCKY, S. / HARBISON, J. (Three American Sonatas) (Cho-Liang Lin, J.K. Parker) The three sonatas on this recording were written at the behest of violinist Cho-Liang Lin, who worked closely with each composer at their premiere performance. Paul Schoenfeld’s Violin Sonata references literary influences and the composer’s past as well as his Jewish heritage in the work’s final Freilach or “joyous dance”. Steven Stucky acknowledged Debussy as the source of inspiration in his work, while the alchemy of John Harbison’s style creates music that is simultaneously abstract and narrative. Wryly introduced as “crazy modern music”, Bernstein’s brief Canon for Aaron was composed for Copland’s 70th birthday celebrations. [mehr]

  • ZEMLINSKY, A.: Zwerg (Der) [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0108V):

    ZEMLINSKY, A.: Zwerg (Der) [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2019) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • ZEMLINSKY, A.: Zwerg (Der) [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2019) (NTSC) (2.110657):

    ZEMLINSKY, A.: Zwerg (Der) [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2019) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • ADÈS, T.: Piano Solo Works (Han Chen) (8.574109):

    ADÈS, T.: Piano Solo Works (Han Chen) Composer, conductor and pianist Thomas Adès has been described by The New York Times as ‘among the most accomplished all-round musicians of his generation’. His Concert Paraphrase on Powder Her Face reflects the glamour of the opera’s subject in the grand manner of Liszt or Busoni, while Still Sorrowing and Darknesse Visible explore John Dowland’s haunting lute works. Heard here in its world premiere recording, competition piece Blanca Variations is lyrical and flowing in character, and Traced Overhead is a vivid description of ascent and flight. Adès captures and transforms Polish style in his Mazurkas, and the spirit of Satie and Ravel in a Souvenir from the film Colette. [mehr]

  • BALADA, L.: Clarinet Works - Caprichos Nos. 6 and 7 / Double Concerto (Ivanov, Rominski, Polaczyk, Eryılmaz, Larson) (8.579056):

    BALADA, L.: Clarinet Works - Caprichos Nos. 6 and 7 / Double Concerto (Ivanov, Rominski, Polaczyk, Eryılmaz, Larson) Barcelona native Leonardo Balada’s creative style has been labelled ‘Dalí’s surrealism in music’—an aspect of his work explored in this programme through the technique of ‘sound transformation’ in which abstract musical materials become familiar melody. Fusing traditional and contemporary elements, Caprichos Nos. 6 and 7 engage intimately with Spanish culture and history, while the virtuoso Double Concerto, heard here in an arrangement for flute, clarinet and piano, blends well-known Mexican folk tunes with the composer’s distinctive avant-garde style. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: 30 of the Best (8.578350-52):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: 30 of the Best Beethoven is regarded by many to be the greatest composer who ever lived, and this collection presents 30 essential recordings of his most well-known works. From the beautiful moods of lamentation in the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata to the amorous sophistication of Für Elise, and from the heroism of Fidelio to the mighty finale of the ‘Choral’ Symphony, every significant facet of Beethoven’s monumental achievement is represented in this collection of exemplary performances from the Naxos catalogue. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven - Music from His Late Compositional Period (c.1815–1827) (9.30207):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven - Music from His Late Compositional Period (c.1815–1827) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Chamber Music - Piano Quartet, Op. 16 / Minuets and Dances (Sofia Kim, Kroh, Segal, Sarid, IU Wind Ensemble, Dorsey) (8.574040-41):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Chamber Music - Piano Quartet, Op. 16 / Minuets and Dances (Sofia Kim, Kroh, Segal, Sarid, IU Wind Ensemble, Dorsey) In his first decade in Vienna, Beethoven seems to have been preoccupied with music for wind instruments. The best-known example is his Quintet in E flat major, Op. 16, which he arranged at the same time for piano quartet. He also wrote music for dances and settings of folk songs, and reflected the public’s interest in automata by writing for musical clock. The Napoleonic wars were mirrored in Beethoven’s music of the period, especially in his military compositions such as a series of Marches and the Equali, scored for trombones, which were later played at his funeral. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Mass in C Major / Vestas Feuer / Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (8.574017):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Mass in C Major / Vestas Feuer / Meeresstille und Glückliche Fahrt (Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) The custom of marking the name-day of Princess Esterházy with a newly composed Mass began in the 1790s and for many years was carried out by Joseph Haydn. In 1807 Beethoven was commissioned and responded with his Mass in C major. Coolly received at court, it is a celebratory work of large-scale brilliance. The cantata Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt is set to Goethe’s poems and contrasts calm with exuberance. In 1803 Beethoven set two numbers from Vestas Feuer, written by Emanuel Schikaneder, the librettist of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. [mehr]

  • BERNSTEIN, L.: Songfest / GERSHWIN, G.: An American in Paris (Wolf Trap Opera, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Judd) (8.559859):

    BERNSTEIN, L.: Songfest / GERSHWIN, G.: An American in Paris (Wolf Trap Opera, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Judd) An American in Paris is one of Gershwin’s most vivacious works, an orchestral ballet saturated in homesickness and the blues. This recording, however, uses the new 2019 critical edition and offers Gershwin’s original orchestration, unheard for 75 years—leaner, more angular and transparent, it also employs the correct use of the iconic taxi horns, for a new sonic experience. The breezy vitality of Copland’s An Outdoor Overture is balanced by Bernstein’s Songfest—written to celebrate the Bicentennial Year in America, setting the verses of 13 of the country’s poets. [mehr]

  • CHOPIN, F.: Scherzos Nos. 1-4 / Impromptus Nos. 1-3 / Fantasy-Impromptu / Allegro de concert (Mao Fujita) (8.574052):

    CHOPIN, F.: Scherzos Nos. 1-4 / Impromptus Nos. 1-3 / Fantasy-Impromptu / Allegro de concert (Mao Fujita) Chopin turned the Scherzo into a new form of piano composition: an independent virtuoso work which he laced with drama, Polish folk song, tranquillity and nuance. With their rhythmic lilt and filigree ornamentation the Impromptus are infused with Romantic freedom, while the Allegro de concert, Op. 46 was originally conceived as a movement for a projected piano concerto but was instead revised for solo piano. [mehr]

  • CIPULLO, T.: Parting (The) [Opera] (Strickling, C. Cook, Mayes, Music of Remembrance, Willis) (8.669044):

    CIPULLO, T.: Parting (The) [Opera] (Strickling, C. Cook, Mayes, Music of Remembrance, Willis) Heard here in its world premiere recording, The Parting is a daring opera by award-winning composer Tom Cipullo and librettist David Mason that explores the life and art of Miklós Radnóti, one of the most important poetic witnesses to the Holocaust, and one of its tragic victims. Radnóti’s poems express emotions from love and enchantment to absolute loss, and The Parting includes texts found in his jacket pocket after his death. This opera is a profound meditation on what it is about art that outlives us, that enables us to be creative even in the face of unimaginable adversity, and reminds us to guard against hatred and to celebrate what makes us human. [mehr]

  • CLARKE, N.: Mysteries of the Horizon / Dial 'H' for Hitchcock / Swift Severn's Flood (Vanhoorne, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Thornton, Clarke, S.Smith) (8.574097):

    CLARKE, N.: Mysteries of the Horizon / Dial 'H' for Hitchcock / Swift Severn's Flood (Vanhoorne, Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Thornton, Clarke, S.Smith) Nigel Clarke has always been fascinated by virtuosity and timbre—it is the brass band genre that has lent itself most to his passion for musical athleticism. Dial ‘H’ for Hitchcock is an imaginary film score in the film noir vein, complete with classic and chilling sound effects, while the heroic, brooding and violent Swift Severn’s Flood was inspired by a line from Shakespeare. Cornet concerto Mysteries of the Horizon examines the atmosphere of paintings by René Magritte, and Earthrise celebrates one of the most iconic photographs in history and the drama of the Apollo 8 mission. [mehr]

  • CLASSICAL MUSIC - 30 of the Best (8.578355-56):

    CLASSICAL MUSIC - 30 of the Best This introduction to the exciting world of classical music will take you on a voyage of discovery as you experience the beauty and drama of some of the most famous music ever written. This essential collection presents something for every moment: excitement, relaxation, elation and more, with critically acclaimed recordings selected from the vast Naxos catalogue. Let your mind and emotions be transported by the greatest music from the greatest composers. [mehr]