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  • BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0104V):

    BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) (2.110653):

    BACH, J.S.: Well-Tempered Clavier (The), Book 1, BWV 846-869 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven - Symphonies and Orchestral (9.30209):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Celebrate Beethoven - Symphonies and Orchestral [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fugues and Rarities for String Quartet (Fine Arts Quartet) (8.574051):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fugues and Rarities for String Quartet (Fine Arts Quartet) The string quartets of Beethoven are among the greatest works of their kind, but he composed other works for quartet which have been neglected. This album is dedicated to these intriguing rarities. Alongside the wild and monumental Grosse Fuge, in many ways the culmination of Beethoven’s achievements in the string quartet genre, this recording further displays his mastery of counterpoint by bringing to light brilliant yet forgotten original versions of his quartets Op. 18, No. 1 and Op. 131, plus six virtually unknown miniatures, including his Preludes and Fugues. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: König Stephan / Leonore Prohaska (excerpts) (The Key Ensemble, Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (8.574042):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: König Stephan / Leonore Prohaska (excerpts) (The Key Ensemble, Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) Aside from his only opera Fidelio, Beethoven’s general link with the theatre in Vienna came about largely with incidental music or songs to be inserted into the works of other composers—insertion arias. König Stephan was written to celebrate the politically significant opening of a new theatre in Pest, its triumphant mood honouring the ruling Austrian Emperor. Standard-bearer of female heroism Leonore Prohaska is commemorated with a Soldier’s Chorus and a Romance with harp accompaniment. In Friedrich von Matthisson’s poem Opferlied (‘Sacrificial Song’), a young man prays to Zeus to bestow upon him beauty and goodness in youth and old age. Two of Beethoven’s four settings are heard on this wide-ranging programme. [mehr]

  • CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 2 - Ombres et clartés / Sonate en forme de Suite / Musique / Wind Quintet (du Toit, Doreen Lee) (8.573950):

    CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 2 - Ombres et clartés / Sonate en forme de Suite / Musique / Wind Quintet (du Toit, Doreen Lee) Jacques Castérède was one of many composers who refused to abandon tonality and traditional forms amid the stormy avant-garde of the 20th century. The Quintette for winds was written in 1953, the same year that Castérède won the Prix de Rome, and touches of Gershwin appear among its witty colours. Neo-Classical restraint in the Sonate en forme de Suite contrasts with the grittier and more modernist Musique for flute, harp and string trio, and La Belle Époque takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Classical repertoire, parodying famous tunes by Haydn and Mozart. [mehr]

  • CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 6 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Patrick Gallois) (8.574046):

    CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 6 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Patrick Gallois) Domenico Cimarosa’s operas were remarkably successful, being staged and re-staged in opera houses all over Europe. Success in his home town of Naples led to court appointments and royal commissions, including his best-known work Il matrimonio segreto (‘The Secret Marriage’) composed for Austrian emperor Leopold II. Other hits include L’impegno superato (‘The Broken Engagement’), an instant success and soon to become one of the most frequently performed of Cimarosa’s comic works, and Penelope that was produced as far away as London in 1817. The Cantata per Ferdinando IV was, however, written as an act of repentance, Cimarosa having made the mistake of backing the failed republican government in 1799. [mehr]

  • FARIA GOMES, P.: Chamber Works (Thurlow, Santos, N. Johnson, M. Fernandes, Picado) (8.579029):

    FARIA GOMES, P.: Chamber Works (Thurlow, Santos, N. Johnson, M. Fernandes, Picado) This selection of chamber music by leading Portuguese composer Pedro Faria Gomes was written between 2007 and 2018. The works encompass themes of memory, change and waiting, with the concept of time being a central preoccupation. Though he has drawn on music from his country’s folk traditions—in Memória and in the Sonata—it is always with new harmonic insights and subtlety, creating undeniably invigorating additions to contemporary chamber music repertoire. [mehr]

  • GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto No. 2, `American Four Seasons` / Violin Sonata (Plawner, Vila, Bern Chamber Orchestra, P. Bach) (8.559865):

    GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto No. 2, `American Four Seasons` / Violin Sonata (Plawner, Vila, Bern Chamber Orchestra, P. Bach) Philip Glass has become an iconic figure in American music. His works are often inspired by collaborations with other leading musicians, and the proposal of an “American Four Seasons” by the violinist Robert McDuffie to reflect Vivaldi’s famous masterpiece resulted in a concerto which evokes the Baroque spirit of early 18th-century violin tradition. With the Concerto’s range of moods, listeners are invited to decide for themselves which season the music evokes. The Violin Sonata sees Glass’s melodic and harmonic language haunted by the ghosts of Brahms, Fauré and Franck, “the meditativeness of this piece bringing a unique energy” for award-winning violinist Piotr Plawner. [mehr]

  • LISZT, F.: Later Piano Music (Historical Hungarian Portraits) (Jandó) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 54) (8.574059):

    LISZT, F.: Later Piano Music (Historical Hungarian Portraits) (Jandó) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 54) [mehr]

  • MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Freiburg Philharmonic, Bollon) (8.574083):

    MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Freiburg Philharmonic, Bollon) The tragic death of Albéric Magnard, killed defending his home against German troops in 1914, brought a premature end to the composer’s life but not before he had completed four powerfully expressive symphonies (the Third and Fourth are on 8.574082). Symphony No. 1, with its strangely beautiful chorale, was first performed in 1893 but was then not heard again for a century. Symphony No. 2 caused a scandal at its premiere due to its length and complexity, but in its revised version offers radiant serenity and a dazzling confidence that reveals Magnard’s true compositional voice. [mehr]

  • MATHIAS, W.: Choral Music - A May Magnificat / Learsongs / Riddles (St. John's Voices, The Gentlemen of St. John's, G. Walker) (8.574162):

    MATHIAS, W.: Choral Music - A May Magnificat / Learsongs / Riddles (St. John's Voices, The Gentlemen of St. John's, G. Walker) William Mathias wrote some of the most imaginative, communicative and joyful choral music of the mid-to late 20th century. These qualities are perhaps most clearly represented in his substantial catalogue of works for choir and, in particular, his settings of sacred texts, notably the invigorating A Babe is Born and the hauntingly beautiful Ave verum corpus, one of his last compositions. This selection also includes the both serious and entertaining sequence of Riddles and the rapt, ecstatic A May Magnificat. More Mathias choral music can be heard on 8.573523. [mehr]

  • MATHIAS, W.: Songs and Chamber Music (A Vision of Time and Eternity) (J.H. Williams, Luce, Fraker, Glazier, Kantor, L.R. Roth, Paula Fan, R. Woods) (8.574053):

    MATHIAS, W.: Songs and Chamber Music (A Vision of Time and Eternity) (J.H. Williams, Luce, Fraker, Glazier, Kantor, L.R. Roth, Paula Fan, R. Woods) William Mathias was one of the most significant and prolific Welsh composers of the 20th century. His flexible and highly approachable style can be heard in the holiday mood of the Suite Parisienne, the brilliance and lyricism of the Capriccio for flute and piano and the wonderfully rhapsodic Sonata for Harp. Mathias’s songs are among the most communicative settings of their kind, including Pan Oeddwn Fachgen (‘A Dream of Youth’), considered by the composer to be ‘one of the finest lyrical poems in modern Welsh’. [mehr]

  • MORAVEC, P.: Sanctuary Road (L. Mitchell, Bryce-Davis, Blue, Merriweather, Burton, Oratorio Society of New York, Tritle) (8.559884):

    MORAVEC, P.: Sanctuary Road (L. Mitchell, Bryce-Davis, Blue, Merriweather, Burton, Oratorio Society of New York, Tritle) LIBRETTO BY MARK CAMPBELL (b. 1953) After the success of his opera The Shining, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec has once again collaborated with librettist Mark Campbell to create the second of his “American historical oratorios.” Sanctuary Road draws on the astonishing stories to be found in William Still’s book The Underground Railroad, which documents the network of secret routes and safe houses used by African American slaves to escape into free states and Canada during the early- to mid-1800s. The epic nature of these stories of courage, perseverance and sacrifice is transformed into an enthralling saga, heard here at its world premiere performance at Carnegie Hall—a performance acclaimed by BroadwayWorld for its “riveting, pulsating wall of sound [and] stellar soloists.” [mehr]

  • PILATI, M.: Preludio, aria e tarantella / 4 canzoni popolari italiane / Divertimento / Bagatelles (Moscow Symphony, Adriano) (8.574168):

    PILATI, M.: Preludio, aria e tarantella / 4 canzoni popolari italiane / Divertimento / Bagatelles (Moscow Symphony, Adriano) Mario Pilati was a leading member of the Italian generation of composers born around the turn of the 20th century. His love of the Baroque can be felt in the sunny and joyful immediacy of Preludio, aria e tarantella, originally conceived for violin and piano. His other abiding passion was for the folk traditions of his native country, exemplified by his beautiful settings of Quattro canzoni popolari italiane—light, elegant, and suffused with subtle humour—and the delightful Bagatelles. In the strikingly inventive Divertimento for brass ensemble, he draws on cinema, jazz and the vibrancy of Neapolitan street life. Pilati’s Concerto for Orchestra and Suite for Strings and Piano can be heard on 8.570873. [mehr]

  • REALE, P.: Piano Music - Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 10, 12 / Concert Étude No. 2 / Beethoven for the Brain Dead (Stroke of Midnight) (John Jensen) (8.559879):

    REALE, P.: Piano Music - Piano Sonatas Nos. 5, 10, 12 / Concert Étude No. 2 / Beethoven for the Brain Dead (Stroke of Midnight) (John Jensen) The music of award-winning composer Paul Reale has a truly authentic American voice: eclectic in its cultural references and having a respect for tradition, but with a knife-sharp edge that keeps listeners alert. This collection of piano pieces represents the widest possible variety in his catalog chosen together with soloist John Jensen, a pianist with whom Reale has worked for most of his life and considers his ideal interpreter. Atmospheres of jazz infused bar-life, Piazzolla’s tangos and a comic pastiche on Beethoven contrast with the dark and austere Stroke of Midnight, the chiming bells of which confront the harsh realities of mortality. [mehr]

  • ROSSINI, G.: Zelmira [Opera] (S. Dalla Benetta, J. Stewart, Comparato, Górecki Chamber Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Gelmetti) (8.660468-70):

    ROSSINI, G.: Zelmira [Opera] (S. Dalla Benetta, J. Stewart, Comparato, Górecki Chamber Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Gelmetti) Zelmira was the last opera Rossini wrote for Naples, knowing it would also be his calling card to Vienna where he had been assured performances. Keen to reconcile the alleged incompatibility between ‘Italian’ melody and ‘German’ harmony, Rossini employed exciting and daring harmonies and a raft of dazzling orchestral effects in this tragedy in which a daughter saves her father, the king, and her son, from usurpers to the throne. The opera was acclaimed wherever it was heard, and this recording presents the revised and triumphant Paris version. [mehr]

  • RUBINSTEIN, Anton: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / 3 Serenades (Han Chen) (8.573989):

    RUBINSTEIN, Anton: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / 3 Serenades (Han Chen) Anton Rubinstein was the equal of Liszt as a pianist and a technically gifted composer but, in his own words, he was perceived by his contemporaries as too German to be Russian and too Russian to be German, and his music was frequently disparaged. Although occasionally derivative, the first two sonatas are impressively bravura and passionate works which pianist Han Chen approaches as if reading a 19th-century Russian novel, digging down to the very essence of the human soul. It is perhaps an irony of the history of taste that Rubinstein’s very real achievements are beginning to be valued only some 125 years after his death. [mehr]

  • TANSMAN, A.: Guitar Solo Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (De Vitis) (8.573984):

    TANSMAN, A.: Guitar Solo Works (Complete), Vol. 2 (De Vitis) Alexandre Tansman’s guitar music was almost exclusively created as the result of his friendship with the legendary Spanish guitarist Andrés Segovia. The true extent of this catalogue has only recently become apparent, with unknown works emerging from archive sources. Performed after careful research into the original manuscripts, Andrea De Vitis’s programme brings together pieces that reference Tansman’s favourite musicians from history, in particular Bach and Chopin—masterfully intertwining personal affections with sophisticated techniques to create some of the most important guitar repertoire of the 20th century. [mehr]

  • TISHCHENKO, B.I.: Harp Works (Complete) (Marinutsa, Khassenova, Naumenko, A. Homenya, Sugako) (8.579048):

    TISHCHENKO, B.I.: Harp Works (Complete) (Marinutsa, Khassenova, Naumenko, A. Homenya, Sugako) Boris Tishchenko, often considered to be the direct musical heir of Shostakovich, maintained a prolific output across all genres. The concise vocal trios—one written in memory of the composer’s brother—are alternately plaintive and urgent. The five movements of the Harp Concerto are played without pause, and the work is significant for expanding the harp’s expressive range and requiring the soloist to alternate between two instruments. [mehr]

  • WIDOR, C.-M.: Organ Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 1 (Rübsam) (8.574161):

    WIDOR, C.-M.: Organ Symphonies (Complete), Vol. 1 (Rübsam) During his unprecedented 64 years as organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, Charles-Marie Widor developed a powerfully symphonic approach to music for the organ, finding new combinations of colour, sonority and texture. The ten symphonies for organ are central to his repertory for the instrument. Featured on this first volume are the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, with its homage to Bach, luminous and ceremonial and with virtuoso flourishes; and the Symphony No. 2 in D major offering a fascinating series of contrasts with some spectacular effects. Wolfgang Rübsam plays at the restored E.M. Skinner instrument at The University of Chicago, the largest pipe organ in Midwest America. [mehr]

  • AUBER, D.-F.: Overtures - Le maçon / Leicester / Le séjour militaire / La neige (Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, D. Salvi) (8.574005):

    AUBER, D.-F.: Overtures - Le maçon / Leicester / Le séjour militaire / La neige (Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, D. Salvi) Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s music radiates both his amiable personality and the Parisian elegance of his times. The huge success of his operas resulted in a popularity for these overtures that rivalled that of Rossini, who was an early influence. Auber’s brilliant and energetic style infuses tales of romance both rustic and aristocratic, with moods ranging from dramatic heroism to dashing ballroom dances—all portrayed with the signature charm that made him a standard bearer of musical stylishness and good taste. Auber’s opera La Sirène can be found on Naxos 8.660436. This is the first volume of a project to record all the overtures to his 31 opéras-comiques, seven opéras, three drames lyriques and seven other stage works. [mehr]

  • BANKS, T.: Five (T. Banks, Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, N. Ingman) (8.574141):

    BANKS, T.: Five (T. Banks, Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, N. Ingman) Tony Banks, the renowned founder member and keyboard maven of the rock band Genesis, continues his acclaimed series of orchestral compositions with Five. The suite opens with Prelude to a Million Years, originally commissioned for and performed at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks’ signature melodic gifts and feel for cinematic scale are all in evidence in Five, just as they were in Six (8.572986) and Seven (8.557466), ‘a work of stirring beauty’ (ProgSheet). [mehr]

  • CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 6, Op. 1bis, Nos. 1 and 4-5, Op. 13, No. 4, Op. 24, No. 1 and Op. 26 (Soyeon Kate Lee) (8.573922):

    CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 6, Op. 1bis, Nos. 1 and 4-5, Op. 13, No. 4, Op. 24, No. 1 and Op. 26 (Soyeon Kate Lee) Muzio Clementi was born four years before Mozart and outlived Beethoven by the same span. His legacy to pianists as a composer and teacher was a significant one, introducing new virtuosity and exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, a recently developed instrument. Clementi dedicated his youthful Op. 1 sonatas to his benefactor Peter Beckford, and the brilliant Sonata in F major, Op. 24, No. 1 is the partner work to Op. 24, No. 2 played in the famous contest between Clementi and Mozart. In her recording of Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas (8.573795) Soyeon Kate Lee ‘applies her playful imagination to each one, polishing it into a unique gem’ (The WholeNote). [mehr]

  • DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0101V):

    DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) (2.110639):

    DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • HERSKEDAL, D.: Behind The Wall (Meland, Robak, Hjertvik) (8.574189):

    HERSKEDAL, D.: Behind The Wall (Meland, Robak, Hjertvik) [mehr]

  • KOSHKIN, N.: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Vol. 1 (Selyutina) (8.579058):

    KOSHKIN, N.: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Vol. 1 (Selyutina) Moscow-born Nikita Koshkin won international fame for his 1980 score The Prince’s Toys and has since established himself as one of the greatest creative composers for the contemporary guitar. His 24 Preludes and Fugues for Solo Guitar, of which this is the first volume, is a compendium of musical styles, colours and effects. It is both a virtuosic tour de force and an expressively complex undertaking that demands unremitting technical command and absolute interpretative clarity from the performer. [mehr]

  • KOŽELUCH, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - P. I:2, 9-11 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Štilec) (8.574047):

    KOŽELUCH, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - P. I:2, 9-11 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Štilec) In addition to his influence as a pianist and leading keyboard composer in Vienna, the Bohemian Leopold Koželuch wrote an important body of symphonies that rank among the most significant of their time. The four examples here, heard in original, corrected editions, show consummate mastery of proportion, instrumental control and thematic development and all exude characteristic freshness and sophistication. The Symphony in B flat, titled L’Irrésolu is especially noteworthy not only as his most unusual work in the genre but for its sheer boldness of expression. Volume 1 can be heard on 8.573627 and Volume 2 on 8.573872. [mehr]

  • LAITMAN, L.: Songs (Living in the Body) (Check, A. Emerson, S. Gruber, Gawrysiak, D. Taylor, D. Armstrong, Scarlata, L. Laitman) (8.559872-73):

    LAITMAN, L.: Songs (Living in the Body) (Check, A. Emerson, S. Gruber, Gawrysiak, D. Taylor, D. Armstrong, Scarlata, L. Laitman) Lori Laitman is one of America’s leading vocal composers. These 49 songs were composed between 1997 and 2017 to texts by celebrated poets including Elizabeth Bishop, Paul Celan, Dana Gioia, David Mason, Sylvia Plath, and Joyce Sutphen, on topics that range from the profound emotional impact of the Holocaust, to humorous truths of everyday life, and the comedy and tenderness of childhood. The recording also includes two instrumental pieces for saxophone and piano. This stunning program of world premiere recordings is performed by an all-star cast that includes the composer herself. [mehr]

  • MALCYS, A.: Blackthorn Eyes / Hyacinth of the Snowfields / Milky Way / VASKS, P.: Piano Quartet (Baltic Inspiration) (Ippolitov-Ivanov Piano Quartet) (8.574073):

    MALCYS, A.: Blackthorn Eyes / Hyacinth of the Snowfields / Milky Way / VASKS, P.: Piano Quartet (Baltic Inspiration) (Ippolitov-Ivanov Piano Quartet) The Piano Quartet by much-admired Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks is one of his longest and most imposing chamber works. Unfolding with inexorable expressive force, it utilises dance-like motifs and folk-inflected themes throughout. The pieces by Lithuanian composer Arvydas Malcys form a cohesive sequence akin to a three-movement piano quartet in which specific sound effects, emotional power and colourful textures are in perfect alignment. [mehr]

  • OURKOUZOUNOV, A.: Guitar Sonatas Nos. 1–5 (Cycling Modes) (Tosidis) (8.574117):

    OURKOUZOUNOV, A.: Guitar Sonatas Nos. 1–5 (Cycling Modes) (Tosidis) Award-winning Atanas Ourkouzounov is one of Bulgaria’s foremost composers and has written prolifically for the guitar. These five sonatas reveal elements of Bulgarian national music—sometimes through a textured soundscape that includes percussive elements—cast in forms that are often rhythmically asymmetric. Teeming with complex harmonies, contrapuntal effects and poignant depth, the sonatas are a vivid contribution to the contemporary guitar repertoire. [mehr]

  • PETITGIRARD, L.: États d'âme / Solitaire / Le Marathon / Flaine (States of Mind) (Supéra, Hungarian Symphony, Petitgirard) (8.574034):

    PETITGIRARD, L.: États d'âme / Solitaire / Le Marathon / Flaine (States of Mind) (Supéra, Hungarian Symphony, Petitgirard) Laurent Petitgirard’s eclectic career as a composer of lyrical and intensely French symphonic music, operas and chamber music is matched by conducting activities at the highest level—experience that accounts for the colourful richness of his orchestration. The rhapsodic concerto États d’âme explores the saxophone’s vocal expressiveness. Of the three symphonic poems Le Marathon is an allegory in which the runners represent birth, love and death, while Flaine is a poignant and inspiring journey through art and culture. ‘Anyone enjoying accessible contemporary music will find much to enjoy here.’ (MusicWeb International on Petitgirard’s Concertos for String Instruments, Naxos 8.557602) [mehr]

  • SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (Winter Journey), D. 911 (arr. M. Gee for trombone and piano) (Trombone Travels, Vol. 1) (M. Gee, C. Glynn) (8.574093):

    SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (Winter Journey), D. 911 (arr. M. Gee for trombone and piano) (Trombone Travels, Vol. 1) (M. Gee, C. Glynn) Winterreise is one of the greatest, most compelling and intense of all vocal song cycles. For the first of his explorations into the world of art song, Matthew Gee has turned to Schubert’s work in this unique arrangement for trombone and piano. English titles are used for the poems to emphasise the fact that text is no longer the primary expressive vehicle here. Instead, it is entrusted to the trombone, an instrument whose vocal qualities and ability to employ glissando, vibrato, portamento and microtonal inflections—allied to the use of various mutes—offers an astonishing array of tonal possibilities. [mehr]

  • SCHUMANN, C. / MÉNAGER, L.: Horn and Piano Works (Halsdorf, Kae Shiraki) (8.579051):

    SCHUMANN, C. / MÉNAGER, L.: Horn and Piano Works (Halsdorf, Kae Shiraki) Camillo Schumann, a pupil of Carl Reinecke in Leipzig, enjoyed an admired career as an organist, pianist and prolific composer. He pursued a traditional path that reflected his own training, interests and beliefs—barely acknowledging the tumultuous contemporary musical world of Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Instead, his works for horn and piano enshrine the finest qualities of German Romantic music. Sur la montagne by Laurent Ménager, a leading Luxembourgian composer, is a richly evocative depiction of a mountain landscape. [mehr]

  • SPOHR, L.: Violin Duets (Complete), Vol. 2 (J. Cooper, J. Dickenson) (8.573918):

    SPOHR, L.: Violin Duets (Complete), Vol. 2 (J. Cooper, J. Dickenson) Louis Spohr’s reputation as one of Germany’s leading violinists was at its height when he composed his Duets for Two Violins, Op. 39, and while it appears his intention was to finance an Italian concert tour with marketable duets, the publishers complained of their technical difficulty. Spohr defended this aspect by stating his ‘desire to give my duets more inner value, more richness of harmony’ than is usual in this genre. Indeed, a contemporary critic exclaimed that ‘it is no exaggeration to say that the ideas and artistry required for these works would be sufficient… to create three concertos.’ [mehr]

  • VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgarian Suite / 7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances / Vardar Rhapsody (Rousse Philharmonic, Todorov) (8.573422):

    VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgarian Suite / 7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances / Vardar Rhapsody (Rousse Philharmonic, Todorov) Pancho Vladigerov is considered by many to be the most influential composer that Bulgaria has yet produced, gaining fame between the World Wars and earning the admiration of Shostakovich. The three works recorded here are a testament to Vladigerov’s mission to bring Bulgarian music to international attention, successfully combining elements of folk music with European classical tradition. The Vardar Rhapsody has been called ‘the Bulgarian equivalent of Chopin’s Polonaise in A’, and the lively and exotic Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances is among the most notable of a series of works that fuse joyous regional melodies with sophisticated Western orchestration. [mehr]

  • BACH TO WORK - Classical Music for Work or Study (8.578357):

    BACH TO WORK - Classical Music for Work or Study Let the calming music of J. S. Bach set the tone for a productive work day. They may say that work and play don’t mix, but tracking a genius such as Bach proves that they do, both as a prelude to your labours and for a sustaining accompaniment throughout the day. [mehr]

  • BEATLES GO BAROQUE, VOL. 2 (Peter Breiner and His Orchestra) (8.574078):

    BEATLES GO BAROQUE, VOL. 2 (Peter Breiner and His Orchestra) Classical musicians have always recognised the musicality and originality of The Beatles’ songs, Leonard Bernstein declaring the Lennon-McCartney composing team ‘the Schuberts of our time’. This sequel to Peter Breiner’s multi-platinum Beatles Go Baroque (Naxos 8.555010) takes the original concept even further, keeping 18th-century masterpieces such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Bach’s famously stylish and beautiful Violin Concerto No. 1 largely intact, elegantly combining them with The Beatles’ most enduring melodies to create a joyously genuine 21st-century mashup. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Edition (Complete) (90-CD Box Set) (8.500250):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Edition (Complete) (90-CD Box Set) Beethoven’s monumental contribution to Western classical music is celebrated here in this definitive collection marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Surveying the totality of his career and achievement, the Complete Edition spans orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, music for the stage, choral and vocal works, encompassing his most familiar and iconic masterpieces, alongside rarities and recently reconstructed fragments and sketches in world premiere recordings. The roster of artists and ensembles includes some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary exponents, in performances that have won critical acclaim worldwide. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Grand Symphonies Vol. 1 -Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (arr. J.N. Hummel for flute and piano trio) (Grodd, Gould Piano Trio) (8.574039):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Grand Symphonies Vol. 1 -Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (arr. J.N. Hummel for flute and piano trio) (Grodd, Gould Piano Trio) Beethoven and Hummel’s relationship was one of fractious beginnings, but ultimately true friendship. Between 1825 and 1835 Hummel arranged his contemporary’s Symphonies Nos. 1–7 and Septet, Op. 20 for his favoured combination of pianoforte, flute, violin and violoncello. Beethoven would surely not have objected—arrangements were, after all, a perfectly normal part of the 19th-century musical landscape. To audiences today his symphonies need little introduction but, thanks to the musical sensitivity and sheer brilliance of Hummel’s arrangements, it is possible to experience the thrill of hearing these extraordinary pieces afresh. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Lieder, Vol. 1 (Breuer, Trost, Edelmann, Bojórquez, Bartos) (8.574071):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Lieder, Vol. 1 (Breuer, Trost, Edelmann, Bojórquez, Bartos) Beethoven’s contribution to the development of German song was significant—he wrote some 90 songs—but it has inevitably been overshadowed by his mastery of orchestral and instrumental music. Unlike mozart and Schubert’s works in the genre, little is known about the composition and performance of Beethoven’s songs, but he is known to have greatly respected Goethe, as his settings amply show, not least in the incidental music to Egmont, from which Freudvoll und leidvoll is taken. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Marches Nos. 1 and 2, WoO 18 and 19 (Ensemble 18+, Štilec) (9.70293):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Marches Nos. 1 and 2, WoO 18 and 19 (Ensemble 18+, Štilec) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Music for Mandolin and Fortepiano (Sariel, Tsalka) (9.70289):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Music for Mandolin and Fortepiano (Sariel, Tsalka) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (arr. for piano and string quintet) (Shybayeva, Utrecht String Quartet, Cabrera) (8.551400):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 (arr. for piano and string quintet) (Shybayeva, Utrecht String Quartet, Cabrera) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Fragments and Sketches (C. Petersson) (9.70291):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Fragments and Sketches (C. Petersson) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Serenade (arr. for guitar, violin, viola) / Guitar Arrangements (Beethoven On Guitar) (Höh, V. and H. Schoneweg, Ablogin) (8.551409):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Serenade (arr. for guitar, violin, viola) / Guitar Arrangements (Beethoven On Guitar) (Höh, V. and H. Schoneweg, Ablogin) [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Voice and Orchestra Works (Haavisto, Karlström, Greenlaw, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (8.573882):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Voice and Orchestra Works (Haavisto, Karlström, Greenlaw, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) Beethoven’s permanent move to Vienna in 1782 allowed him direct contact with the operatic and Italianate culture of the city. He took lessons in Italian word setting from Salieri and almost immediately began the composition of a series of arias in that language, including Primo amore, piacer del ciel and later the dramatic recitative and aria Ah! perfido. Beethoven also set strophic songs in German that form part of the popular Singspiel tradition which are genial and rare examples of his art. [mehr]

  • COFFEE AND CLASSICAL (8.578358):

    COFFEE AND CLASSICAL Enjoy this full-flavoured selection of music whilst sipping on a coffee from your favourite cup. Let our blended brew of aural aromas bring you down to earth from the day’s highs, and experience how our choice of works gives grounds for escape from the grind of the day, filtering out downbeat moments before stirring yourself back into the daily routine. [mehr]

  • FESTIVAL OF CAROLS (McNair, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Stark) (8.579065):

    FESTIVAL OF CAROLS (McNair, Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and Chamber Orchestra, Stark) This collection of best-loved Christmas repertoire was recorded live at the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Festival of Carols concerts in 2015 and 2016. GRAMMY award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair adds her own unique beauty and warmth, and as ever, the programme celebrates the joys of the season with sparkling versions of family favourites. The tranquillity and magic of Christmas eve, heartfelt messages of hope, reconciliation and peace, and thrilling new compositions all combine to capture the celebratory excitement of the holiday season. [mehr]

  • GROSLOT, R.: Piano Concerto / Cello Concerto / Harp Concerto (Michiels, Laporev, E. Groslot, Brussels Philharmonic, R. Groslot) (8.579057):

    GROSLOT, R.: Piano Concerto / Cello Concerto / Harp Concerto (Michiels, Laporev, E. Groslot, Brussels Philharmonic, R. Groslot) Robert Groslot’s significant contribution to the concerto genre is explored here in works that emphasise enjoyment in performance, and precision in sonorities and structure. The Cello Concerto includes a musical joke, whereby the soloist ‘quarrels’ with the concert master, only for the argument to be quelled by one of the percussionists. [mehr]

  • Guitar Duo Recital: ARTIS GuitarDuo - HANDEL, G.F. / COUPERIN, F. / WEISS, S.L. / BACH, J.S. / VIVALDI, A. (Baroque Masterpieces) (8.551420):

    Guitar Duo Recital: ARTIS GuitarDuo - HANDEL, G.F. / COUPERIN, F. / WEISS, S.L. / BACH, J.S. / VIVALDI, A. (Baroque Masterpieces) [mehr]

  • JUON, P.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Wetherbee, Korevaar) (8.574091):

    JUON, P.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (Wetherbee, Korevaar) Paul Juon’s musical education provided him with a direct link to the German Romantic style of Mendelssohn and Schumann, and he has even been called the ‘Russian Brahms’. These three violin sonatas represent an important artistic statement by this neglected master, also showing his artistic evolution. The First Sonata is reminiscent of Tchaikovsky in its melodic beauty, the Second Sonata enriched with Scandinavian flavour in its mercurial character and chromatic intensity. The masterful and dramatic Third Sonata evokes an epic imagined landscape full of natural and supernatural beings. [mehr]

  • KOŽELUCH, L.: Joseph der Menschheit Segen (Eisinger, Boni Pueri Boys Choir, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Štilec) (8.573929):

    KOŽELUCH, L.: Joseph der Menschheit Segen (Eisinger, Boni Pueri Boys Choir, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Štilec) Vienna was a magnet for musicians across Europe in the 18th century, and among the most successful and influential were composers from Bohemia. Credited with developing idiomatic piano performance in the city, leopold Koželuch also wrote choral music of considerable individuality. Joseph der Menschheit Segen (‘Joseph, Mankind’s Blessing’) is a powerful Masonic cantata that unusually includes Melodrama, where spoken text is followed by instrumental passages. The two sacred arias are masterful compositions and the Missa in C, though small in scale, is unusually lavish in its scoring. Klage auf den Todt Marien Theresien (‘On the Death of Maria Theresa’) possesses a grave and subtle beauty. [mehr]

  • MENDONÇA, V.: Step Right Up / Group Together, Avoid Speech / Unanswerable Light (Muraro, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Shwartz) (8.579025):

    MENDONÇA, V.: Step Right Up / Group Together, Avoid Speech / Unanswerable Light (Muraro, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Shwartz) Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça regards this portrait album as a letter to himself—written over time and with different chapters that throw light on his long-standing obsessions with drama, ritual and precision mechanism. Group Together, Avoid Speech highlights the string and woodwind principals of the wonderful Gulbenkian Orchestra to create ‘a Baroque concerto grosso on steroids’, while Unanswerable Light is a memorial to a friend and a meditation on fury and loss. The piano concerto Step Right Up is ‘a ritual celebration between the most incredible music box—the orchestra—and the most beautiful sound machine—the piano.’ [mehr]

  • MUSIC FOR BOOK LOVERS - Classical Music for Reading (8.578359):

    MUSIC FOR BOOK LOVERS - Classical Music for Reading An ideal special edition for book lovers. Nestle into your favourite reading spot and experience how this music speaks volumes as the perfect accompaniment to your page-turning. Bookmarking movements in sound with chapters of narrative makes for a perfect couplet and a personal imprint! [mehr]

  • Orchestral Music - ANDRES, T. / NATHAN, E. / SHEPHERD, S. / TSONTAKIS, G. (Boston Symphony Commissions) (A. Nelsons) (8.559874):

    Orchestral Music - ANDRES, T. / NATHAN, E. / SHEPHERD, S. / TSONTAKIS, G. (Boston Symphony Commissions) (A. Nelsons) The Boston Symphony Orchestra has a long tradition of commissioning and performing important new music, and the four work on this album were commissioned and premiered by the orchestra and its conductor Andris Nelsons during the first years of his tenure. Eric Nathan takes us on a journey through a series of interconnected worlds, whereas George Tsontakis marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in a series of Sonnets for English horn and orchestra. Timo Andres carries on ‘conversations’ with composers of the past, while Sean Shepherd has been inspired by five giants of artistic modernism. [mehr]

  • Orchestral Music - SAINT-SAËNS, C. / RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Britten-Pears Orchestra, Alsop) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0102V):

    Orchestral Music - SAINT-SAËNS, C. / RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Britten-Pears Orchestra, Alsop) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • Orchestral Music - SAINT-SAËNS, C. / RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Britten-Pears Orchestra, Alsop) (NTSC) (2.110399):

    Orchestral Music - SAINT-SAËNS, C. / RAVEL, M. / PROKOFIEV, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Britten-Pears Orchestra, Alsop) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • RAFF, J.: Violin Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 2 - Nos. 3, 4, 5 (Kayaleh, J.-F. Schneider) (8.573842):

    RAFF, J.: Violin Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 2 - Nos. 3, 4, 5 (Kayaleh, J.-F. Schneider) Joachim Raff enjoyed enormous prestige with a reputation as Germany’s leading symphonist of his time. He also wrote music for the violin, an instrument he had mastered when young, and for which he wrote with great sympathy. The enduring success of his first two sonatas (8.573841) prompted him to write three more: the charming, genial and joyous Sonata in D major, the symphonically conceived Sonata in G minor which, uniquely for Raff’s violin works, is cast in a single movement, and a Sonata in C minor that, while often melancholic in tone, is still suffused with his trademark lyricism. [mehr]

  • SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ascanio: Ballet / Overtures to Stage Works (Malmö Symphony, Märkl) (8.574033):

    SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ascanio: Ballet / Overtures to Stage Works (Malmö Symphony, Märkl) Saint-Saëns’ operatic works contain instrumental music of vivacity and charm but have been undeservedly overlooked. Ascanio contains a substantial and elaborate divertissement that fellow composer Reynaldo Hahn termed ‘the entire Renaissance in a few pages’. Les Barbares, a tale of conquest and revenge, includes a vivid Prologue and joyful ballet, while La Princesse jaune with its pentatonic writing, and La Jota aragonese laced with Spanish vitality, show the composer at his most generously carefree. [mehr]

  • SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Bedbug (The) / Love and Hate (Mannheim Opera Choir, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Fitz-Gerald) (8.574100):

    SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Bedbug (The) / Love and Hate (Mannheim Opera Choir, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Fitz-Gerald) Shostakovich was still a young composer when he was hired to provide incidental music for The Bedbug, a surreal and farcical satire on Communist utopian dreams and bourgeois corruption and vulgarity. He produced a terrifically knockabout score that draws on local fireman’s bands and American dance music. Illustrated by Shostakovich’s powerful middle-period music, Love and Hate is a film about female fortitude set in a mining village during the 1919 Civil War. The innovative score, newly reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald from rough piano sketches and the 1935 soundtrack, combines symphonic sections with popular songs. [mehr]

  • TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker (The) (arr. M. Knight and S. Cox for brass septet and percussion) (version with narration) (Jacobi, Septura, Lumsdaine) (8.574157):

    TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Nutcracker (The) (arr. M. Knight and S. Cox for brass septet and percussion) (version with narration) (Jacobi, Septura, Lumsdaine) Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by pre-eminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara’s favourite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for its ‘stylistic perfection’ and ‘beautifully portrayed artistry’ (Music for Brass Septet • 2, Naxos 8.573386). [mehr]

  • THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0103V):

    THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (NTSC) (2.110640):

    THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto / Harmonica Concerto / Sexteto místico (Barrueco, Staneck, São Paulo Symphony, Guerrero) (8.574018):

    VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto / Harmonica Concerto / Sexteto místico (Barrueco, Staneck, São Paulo Symphony, Guerrero) The concertos and chamber works on this album show Villa-Lobos’s unceasing enthusiasm for new colours and sonorities in his music. The Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra was his last work for the instrument and written for Segovia. A cornerstone of the repertoire, it contains soaring melodies and rhythmic vitality couched in virtuosic writing. Exploring the instrument’s full harmonic and chromatic possibilities, the Concerto for Harmonica is also deftly orchestrated. New and daring sonic combinations are to be heard in the two chamber works demonstrating the composer’s extraordinary gift for seductive lyricism. [mehr]

  • BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia II - A Grand Suite of Dances (compiled by S. Rubinsky) (S. Rubinsky) (8.574027):

    BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia II - A Grand Suite of Dances (compiled by S. Rubinsky) (S. Rubinsky) Sonia Rubinsky’s Magna Sequentia I (8.574026) was constructed around a Partita from Bach’s Clavier-Übung I but this second volume focuses on the French Overture from Clavier-Übung II. Each of the 17 movements has been selected to illustrate the different styles and expressive moods of Bach’s dance writing. This unique sequence showcases three specific national styles: the ornate and sophisticated French school, virtuosic Italian writing, and the stricter fugal writing of the German style. Contemporary insights abound in Rubinsky’s historically informed playing. [mehr]

  • BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia III - A Contemplative Suite (compiled by S. Rubinsky) (S. Rubinsky) (9.70280):

    BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia III - A Contemplative Suite (compiled by S. Rubinsky) (S. Rubinsky) Following on from the two large sets of dance suites, Magna Sequentia I (8.574026) and Magna Sequentia II (8.574027), Magna Sequentia III is a contemplative collection featuring a varied group of pieces that spans Bach’s compositional career, from very early works such as the Prelude from the Suite in F minor to works from the end of his life, such as the Ricercar a Tre from The Musical Offering. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Egmont / Marches (Salminen, Ranta, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (8.573956):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Egmont / Marches (Salminen, Ranta, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) Beethoven was involved with the theatre in one way or another from boyhood, and the commission to compose incidental music for Goethe’s play Egmont at the Royal Imperial Court Theatre in Vienna was the first of many such collaborations. Beethoven’s score conveys the essence of this tragedy and reveals his clear affinity with its theme of heroic sacrifice by a man condemned to death for taking a valiant stand against oppression. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Music for Winds - Octet, Op. 103 / Sextet, Op. 71 (Shifrin, Paul Wonjin Cho, Morelli, Olegario, Purvis, L. Hunt) (8.573942):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Music for Winds - Octet, Op. 103 / Sextet, Op. 71 (Shifrin, Paul Wonjin Cho, Morelli, Olegario, Purvis, L. Hunt) Music for wind ensemble was a regular part of entertainment in Beethoven’s day, and his Octet was composed for the skilled players in the service of his patron, the Archbishop-Elector in Bonn. The charming and skilfully written Sextet is also ‘from my early things and, what’s more, was written in one night’; impressing a critic of the time ‘by its splendid melodies, leisurely harmonic flow, and wealth of new and surprising ideas’. Wind partitas often opened with a March, and the Rondino was originally intended as the Finale to the Octet, two suitable pieces to complete this fashionable Beethoven soirée. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Rondo, WoO 6 (Giltburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, V. Petrenko) (8.574151):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Rondo, WoO 6 (Giltburg, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, V. Petrenko) Beethoven’s first two piano concertos share an abundance of lyric and virtuosic qualities. Concerto No. 1 in C major is expansive and richly orchestrated with a sublime slow movement that is tender and ardent, and a finale full of inventive humour. Concerto No. 2 in B flat major marries energy with elegance, reserving poetic breadth for its slow movement and quirky wit for the finale. Also included is the jovial Rondo, WoO 6, which Beethoven originally intended to be the finale of Concerto No. 2. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 4 / Allegretto in B-Flat Major (arr. for oboe, bassoon and piano) (Trio Cremeloque) (8.551408):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 4 / Allegretto in B-Flat Major (arr. for oboe, bassoon and piano) (Trio Cremeloque) [mehr]

  • BOLLON, F.: 4 Lessons of Darkness (Moser, German Radio Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, N. Milton) (9.70295):

    BOLLON, F.: 4 Lessons of Darkness (Moser, German Radio Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, N. Milton) [mehr]

  • CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Sonatine d'Avril / 3 moments musicaux d’après Corot / Flûtes en vacances (du Toit, Doreen Lee) (8.573949):

    CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 1 - Sonatine d'Avril / 3 moments musicaux d’après Corot / Flûtes en vacances (du Toit, Doreen Lee) Jacques Castérède’s distinguished career was centred in Paris, but with musical roots in the early 20th-century traditions of neo-Classicism and Les Six—the wide variety of scope and intent in his work was never meant to compete with the radical avant-garde. The balletic Flûtes en vacances has become one of his most popular pieces, while Ciels (‘Skies’) was a competition piece for the Conservatoire. The colours in Trois moments musicaux d’après Corot depict paintings in sound while the Sonatine de Mai is more neo-Classical in mood. [mehr]

  • CHANG, Ping: Oriental Wash Painting (Wei Ji, Hongmei Yu, Qiang Zhang, Feifan Yuan, China National Symphony, Tao Lin) (8.570627):

    CHANG, Ping: Oriental Wash Painting (Wei Ji, Hongmei Yu, Qiang Zhang, Feifan Yuan, China National Symphony, Tao Lin) Award-winning composer Chang Ping’s Oriental Wash Painting is a set of four concertos that showcases traditional and ancient Chinese instruments, each performed by renowned and influential soloists. The ‘wash painting’ of the title implies a relationship between music and Chinese ink paintings—masterpieces which are magnificent and unconstrained, revealing a noble personality and character. This recording captures the world premiere concert of these remarkable works at the China National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. [mehr]

  • CHORAL COLLECTION (THE) (30-CD Box Set) (8.503298):

    CHORAL COLLECTION (THE) (30-CD Box Set) Covering a vast array of repertoire, this essential collection presents the greatest choral masterpieces in critically acclaimed performances. From the sacred music of the Medieval era, to the refinement of the Renaissance and the Baroque; from Mozart’s Classical perfection, to the Romantic worlds of Schumann, Brahms and Dvořák; and to the exciting new sounds of Penderecki and the inspired beauty of works by Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt, and much more besides—The Choral Collection is a fantastic celebration of the art of choral singing. [mehr]

  • CZERNY, C.: Grand Concerto No. 2 / Concertino, Op. 210 / Rondino, Op. 127 (R. Tuck, English Chamber Orchestra, Bonynge) (8.573998):

    CZERNY, C.: Grand Concerto No. 2 / Concertino, Op. 210 / Rondino, Op. 127 (R. Tuck, English Chamber Orchestra, Bonynge) Carl Czerny penned an astonishing amount of music, including the numerous potpourris, fantasies, teaching pieces and studies for which he became known. This recording features the delightfully entertaining Concertino in C major, Op. 210/213 (MS Op. 197), as well as the highly enjoyable Rondino, a work based on an enchanting theme taken from Daniel Auber’s opéra comique Le Maçon. A pupil and lifelong friend of Beethoven, Czerny was just 21 when he wrote the pastoral Second Grand Concerto in E flat major. Begun only twelve days after he had given the Viennese premiere of his mentor’s Emperor Concerto, the same choice of key seems a fitting homage to the grand master he so revered. [mehr]

  • GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (version edited by H. Berlioz) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0100V):

    GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (version edited by H. Berlioz) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (version edited by H. Berlioz) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (NTSC) (2.110638):

    GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (version edited by H. Berlioz) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • Guitar Recital: Herbig, Gunter - PAINE, B. (Waitematā Reverie - New Zealand Guitar Music, Vol. 3) (8.574121):

    Guitar Recital: Herbig, Gunter - PAINE, B. (Waitematā Reverie - New Zealand Guitar Music, Vol. 3) Classical guitar music has flourished in New Zealand in recent years, and Bruce Paine, among the country’s leading composers for the instrument, is one of the most imaginative and original. This album charts the course of his writing from one of his earliest pieces, the poetic, witty tone poem Sea Suite, to the recent and substantial Waitematā Reverie. Drawing on an impressionistic palette Paine conjures up chime arpeggios as well as the natural world in Oakura Chimes. The four settings of Māori folk songs were arranged expressly for this album. [mehr]

  • MOYZES, A.: Gemer Dances / Down the River Váh / Pohronie Dances (Slovak Radio Symphony, Lenárd) (8.555477):

    MOYZES, A.: Gemer Dances / Down the River Váh / Pohronie Dances (Slovak Radio Symphony, Lenárd) Alexander Moyzes remains one of the most significant figures in the establishment of Slovak musical nationalism in the 20th century. A profound and admired symphonist, he also wrote a sequence of orchestral music that explored the landscapes and national folk identity of his native country. Down the River Váh, Op. 26 is one of his most colourful and vivid scores, charting a journey from the Tatra mountains passing flowery meadows, imposing castles and surging waters. The Dances from Gemer, Op. 51 and Pohronie Dances, Op. 43 are characteristic national works epitomising Slovakia’s fertile folkloric traditions. [mehr]

  • PERRY, W.: Music for Stage and Screen - Toujours Provence / Wind in the Willows (Chertock, Slovak Philharmonic, P. Phillips, W. Perry) (8.573954):

    PERRY, W.: Music for Stage and Screen - Toujours Provence / Wind in the Willows (Chertock, Slovak Philharmonic, P. Phillips, W. Perry) William Perry is best known as a composer of film scores, and especially for silent films from which Swordplay! raises the curtain on the swashbuckling films of Douglas Fairbanks. This sparkling selection of world premiere recordings comes from Perry’s substantial catalogue of music for the theatre and the concert hall. Toujours Provence takes us on a cinematic journey through France’s most picturesque region, while the ballet suite derived from his Tony-nominated Broadway score for Wind in the Willows vividly brings to life favourite characters from the story such as Mole, Rat, Toad and the Chief Weasel. [mehr]

  • RAHBARI, A.: My Mother Persia, Vol. 2 - Symphonic Poems Nos. 4-8 (Motamedi, Antalya State Symphony, A. Rahbari) (8.574065):

    RAHBARI, A.: My Mother Persia, Vol. 2 - Symphonic Poems Nos. 4-8 (Motamedi, Antalya State Symphony, A. Rahbari) My Mother Persia is a cycle of eight symphonic poems by the distinguished Iranian-born composer and conductor Alexander Rahbari (the first three poems are on 8.574064). Three of the works on this album set some of the finest Iranian poetry and are cast for the tenor voice employing traditional sung forms. Rahbari’s music utilises the lavish sound world of the symphony orchestra but contains many of the essential elements—scales, rhythms and colours—of Iranian music. [mehr]

  • REGER, M.: 4 Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin / Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach (Frankfurt Brandenburg State Orchestra, Levin) (8.574074):

    REGER, M.: 4 Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin / Variations and Fugue on a Theme of J.S. Bach (Frankfurt Brandenburg State Orchestra, Levin) In 1904 Max Reger wrote what was to be the first in a major sequence of variations on themes by his great predecessors. The Variations and Fugue on a Theme by J.S. Bach was written for piano but its richness and virtuosity exceed the scope of the instrument. Ira Levin’s orchestration clarifies the structure, intensifies climaxes and reduces its length. The Four Tone Poems explore the paintings of the symbolist Arnold Böcklin and form symphonic mood pictures that veer from delicacy to Bacchanalian frenzy. [mehr]

  • TELEMANN, G.P.: 12 Fantaisies, TWV 40:2-13 (G. Roselli) (8.579054):

    TELEMANN, G.P.: 12 Fantaisies, TWV 40:2-13 (G. Roselli) Telemann wrote a portfolio of fantasies for unaccompanied instruments, and in addition to those for violin, keyboard and viola da gamba was the set of Twelve Fantasies for Solo Flute, dating from 1732/33. Although written with an eye to the amateur or student market, these are highly inventive and original works. With their eloquent melodies, fugal writing, and contrasts of register and phrasing they make an enchanting set, played here by Giovanni Roselli on a conical ring-key flute. [mehr]

  • WAGNER, R.: Fliegende Holländer (Der) [Opera] (Theater an der Wien, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) (NBD0099V):

    WAGNER, R.: Fliegende Holländer (Der) [Opera] (Theater an der Wien, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) [mehr]

  • WAGNER, R.: Fliegende Holländer (Der) [Opera] (Theater an der Wien, 2015) (NTSC) (2.110637):

    WAGNER, R.: Fliegende Holländer (Der) [Opera] (Theater an der Wien, 2015) (NTSC) [mehr]

  • WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / 12 Miniatures / 5 Pieces for Flute and Piano (C. Stein, Szczecin Philharmonic, Blumina, Coleman) (8.573931):

    WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / 12 Miniatures / 5 Pieces for Flute and Piano (C. Stein, Szczecin Philharmonic, Blumina, Coleman) Mieczysław Weinberg’s works for flute were mainly conceived for the renowned soloist Alexander Korneyev. The earliest of these is the 12 Pieces from 1947, a playful series of character studies that touch on a variety of moods. Also from 1947, the recently rediscovered 5 Pieces draws on Debussy and the early string quartet Capriccio, Op. 11 for its ironic good humour. The First Flute Concerto has a genial air with klezmer influences, while the Second Flute Concerto, among Weinberg’s last works, is often introspective and valedictory in mood. This is the first complete recording of Weinberg’s entire output for accompanied flute. [mehr]

  • ALBÉNIZ, I.: Vocal Works (Llamas, Gonzalez) (8.574072):

    ALBÉNIZ, I.: Vocal Works (Llamas, Gonzalez) Isaac Albéniz is best known for his influential piano works and a style that draws on Spanish folk music idioms. But his remarkable catalogue of songs successfully combines tradition and modernity, adapting a myriad of compositional techniques to create a uniquely personal and innovative style. These evocative and at times introspective songs look forward to the composer’s masterpiece Iberia. Renowned mezzo-soprano Magdalena Llamas has been admired for her ‘expression and sensuality’ by The New York Times. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Compositions and Transcriptions for Piano (Military Beethoven) (C. Petersson) (8.573928):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Compositions and Transcriptions for Piano (Military Beethoven) (C. Petersson) Most of the pieces on this album have been designated ‘WoO’ (Works without Opus Number) or bear the numbering from the Hess catalogue of unpublished or unfinished pieces. These include the piano transcription of the topically programmatic Battle Symphony (Wellington’s Victory or The Battle of Vitoria) and the genial variations on Rule Britannia and God Save the King. The Marches, Menuets and Ecossaises derive from a variety of sources, while there is a strangely tragic aspect to the Waltz in C minor. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Geschöpfe des Prometheus (Die) [Ballet] (Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (8.573853):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Geschöpfe des Prometheus (Die) [Ballet] (Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) Beethoven was commissioned to write his first stage work—a ballet score for Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (‘The Creatures of Prometheus’)—for the dancer and choreographer Salvatore Viganò, nephew of composer Luigi Boccherini. In the myth, Prometheus is punished by Zeus for stealing fire for the benefit of mankind; in the allegorical ballet, Prometheus brings Enlightenment ideas of art and science to humanity. The overture remains popular and the finale—the theme of which Beethoven was later to use in his ‘Eroica’ Symphony—offers a heroic conclusion. [mehr]

  • BEETHOVEN, L. van: Romance Cantabile, WoO 207 / Violin Concerto, WoO 5 (Haniková, Junek, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, Štilec) (9.70288):

    BEETHOVEN, L. van: Romance Cantabile, WoO 207 / Violin Concerto, WoO 5 (Haniková, Junek, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, Štilec) [mehr]

  • BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (1871 London version) (Sung in English) (Areyzaga, H. Russell, Bella Voce, A. Lewis) (8.573952):

    BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (1871 London version) (Sung in English) (Areyzaga, H. Russell, Bella Voce, A. Lewis) Brahms’ fascination with music of the 16th to the 18th centuries was nurtured during his appointment in Vienna as conductor of the Singakademie. His own choral compositions had gradually moved from an almost pastiche Renaissance style towards a fully mature, Romantic approach, culminating in his large-scale choral masterpiece Ein deutsches Requiem. This performance is sung in a new English translation prepared by Lara Hoggard that fits the original German declamation and with the piano four-hands accompaniment written by Brahms himself. [mehr]

  • BRITISH STRING QUARTETS (Maggini Quartet) (20-CD Box Set) (8.502021):

    BRITISH STRING QUARTETS (Maggini Quartet) (20-CD Box Set) The string quartet is at the very heart of 20th-century British music, encompassing some of the quintessential works of the chamber music repertory. This compendium features fine examples of the genre, revealing the precocious talents of Benjamin Britten and John Ireland, the quicksilver craftsmanship of Frank Bridge and Alan Rawsthorne, the captured sunshine’ of Edward Elgar’s writing and the evocative pastoral renderings of Arthur Bliss and Arnold Bax. Although the musical styles of each of the composers featured in this collection are unique, their contributions are unified by an innate understanding and mastery of the string quartet form. The multi-award-winning and twice GRAMMY® Award-nominated Maggini Quartet’s consummate and much lauded interpretations of these works are presented here together for the first time. ‘The Maggini Quartet’s association with the Naxos label and all things British has generated best-selling discs and some of the country’s most passionate music-making.’ – The Times [mehr]

  • FREITAS BRANCO, L. de / BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Trios / DELGADO, A.: Trio Camoniano (Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2) (Trio Pangea) (8.574014):

    FREITAS BRANCO, L. de / BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Trios / DELGADO, A.: Trio Camoniano (Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 2) (Trio Pangea) Chamber music played a substantial role in the renewal of Portuguese music that took place during the 20th century. Freitas Branco’s kaleidoscopic Trio has an experimental feel, brimming with his typical rhythmic fluidity and sweeping melodic style, while Frederico de Freitas’s Prelúdio, coral e fuga is both colourful and technically impressive. Braga Santos’s infectious lyricism is evident in his Trio, and the origins of Delgado’s Trio Camoniano as a sequence of songs connects the worlds of classical music and fado. Volume 1 of Trio Pangea’s ‘superbly played’ (MusicWeb International) Portuguese Piano Trios can be heard on 8.573402. [mehr]

  • FRICKER, P.R.: Serenade No. 5 (J. Dickenson, Stringfellow) (8.571381):

    FRICKER, P.R.: Serenade No. 5 (J. Dickenson, Stringfellow) Written during Peter Racine Fricker’s tenure as professor of music at the University of California Santa Barbara campus, the Serenade No. 5, Op. 81 for violin and cello was written in 1980 and juxtaposes disquietingly atmospheric harmonies with an appealingly modern expression. James Dickenson and Nicholas Stringfellow have explored Fricker’s String Quartets on the Naxos album 8.571374. [mehr]

  • GUERRA MANUSCRIPT (The), Vol. 5 (Ars Atlántica, Vilas) (8.574092):

    GUERRA MANUSCRIPT (The), Vol. 5 (Ars Atlántica, Vilas) Named after a scribe at Madrid’s royal chapel, the Guerra Manuscript is a vital source of the tono humano, a form of secular song characteristic of and exclusive to the Spanish Baroque, from a period when solo accompanied songs were at their most popular. Accompanied by double harp or harpsichord, these texts deal with subjects such as the pain of unrequited love and the balance between suffering and joy, also drawing on mythology and the natural world to symbolise the many facets of the human condition. This is the penultimate volume in a complete edition of these 17th-century gems. [mehr]

  • Guitar Recital: Kocić, Vojin - JOSÉ, A. / ALBÉNIZ, I. / MANÉN, J. (8.574133):

    Guitar Recital: Kocić, Vojin - JOSÉ, A. / ALBÉNIZ, I. / MANÉN, J. Representing three generations of Spanish composers, these works reveal the diversity and depth of the Iberian musical imagination. Albéniz’s Suite is a perennial evocation of Iberian Romanticism that transcribes naturally from piano to guitar, and José’s original and inventive Sonata revives a reputation cut short by the Spanish Civil War. Dedicated to Segovia, Manén’s Fantasia-Sonata is rich in Catalonian sentiment both elegiac and celebratory. Vojin Kocić’s debut recording, ‘and what a debut it is’ (The WholeNote), can be heard on 8.573906. [mehr]

  • KERNIS, A.J.: Flute Concerto / Air / Symphony No. 2 (Piccinini, Peabody Symphony, Alsop, Slatkin) (8.559830):

    KERNIS, A.J.: Flute Concerto / Air / Symphony No. 2 (Piccinini, Peabody Symphony, Alsop, Slatkin) Pulitzer Prize-and GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’s Flute Concerto was inspired by and written for Marina Piccinini. Its four movements explore darker and lighter elements in various dance forms, most of which begin calmly but end up spiraling out of control. Kernis describes the songlike Air as ‘a love letter to the flute.’ His Second Symphony was composed at the time of the Persian Gulf War and signified a powerful shift of tone in his music. Non-programmatic but linear and compact, it forms a part of his ‘War Pieces’ of 1991–95. [mehr]

  • MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (Freiburg Philharmonic, Bollon) (8.574082):

    MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (Freiburg Philharmonic, Bollon) Albéric Magnard became a French national hero when he died defending his home at the outbreak of the First World War and, although he wrote relatively little, his catalogue is full of expansive and beautifully crafted music. Magnard was a symphonist at heart, and with its evocations of landscape and expressive lyricism his Third Symphony was admired by Paul Dukas for its ‘perfect clarity’ and as an ‘all too rare creation’. The luminous Fourth Symphony is one of Magnard’s last surviving works—a masterpiece that successfully synthesises Wagnerian high drama with Classical transparency. [mehr]