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FEBRUARY 2017

NEW ON NAXOS

This month’s spotlight is on Henning Kraggerud’s recording of the newly rediscovered violin concerto by Johan Halvorsen, paired with another concerto by Carl Nielsen and Johan Svendsen’s Romance. This album also features renowned Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset leading the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Other highlights include:
• Flute Concertos, Vol. 2 with Patrick Gallois, Flute and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

• The second of two recordings of Brahms’ piano quartets, this time featuring his Second Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26 plus Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor, performed by pianist Eldar Nebolsin, violinist Anton Barakhovsky, violist Alexander Zemtsov, and cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

• Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra’s newest recording of ballet works by Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko. This album includes excerpts from Hrabina, Halka, and The Haunted Manor.

• Richard Strauss’ suites from Ariadne auf Naxos (arranged by D. Wilson Ochoa) and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, performed by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.



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Image SWE: Violin Concertos
This is the world première recording of Johan Halvorsens recently rediscovered Violin Concerto. Less well-known as a composer than Carl Nielsen, Halvorsens chamber music (8572522) has been described as delightful (American Record Guide) and effervescent though occasionally darkly hued (Fanfare). Described as tremendously beautiful by its original soloist, this once acclaimed concerto in the tradition of Grieg was long thought to have been lost, its score burned by the composer. Its rediscovery is bound to create a buzz amongst musicians and connoisseurs alike. Brilliant violinist Henning Kraggeruds affection for his native Norwegian composers is well established in Naxos recordings such as his strikingly successful (Gramophone) arrangements of Griegs sonatas with orchestra (8573137), his two volumes of works for violin and piano by Christian Sinding (8572254 and 8572255) and a Sibelius Violin Concerto (8557266) described as a masterly performance by Edward Greenfield in the Gramophone.

89 kr
Image SWE: Flute Concertos Nos. 5-8
French composer François Devienne enjoyed great esteem with his successful operas in the Revolutionary years of 1792-97, but it was as a composer for wind instruments that he has won his place in musical history. The four Flute Concertos in volume 2 of the complete set show a combination of melodic elegance and graceful virtuosity that characterises much of his work. Especially notable in this respect is No. 6 in D major, a compositional tour de force, rich in thematic material and panache, and one of the finest wind concertos of its epoch.

89 kr
Image Piano Quartets
After a period as a court composer at Detmold, Brahms returned to the city of his birth, Hamburg, in January 1860. Here, in relative tranquillity, he explored the then rare piano quartet repertoire. The Piano Quartet No. 2 received a very sympathetic hearing in Vienna, Clara Schumann even preferring it to its immediate predecessor, the Piano Quartet, Op. 25 [Naxos 8572798]. Its lyricism is heightened by a romantically beautiful Adagio. Mahler’s vibrant Piano Quartet in A minor dates from 1876, the end of his first year at the Vienna Conservatory, where the only completed movement was first performed.

89 kr
Image Ballet Music
Stanislaw Moniuszko was Poland’s leading nineteenth-century opera composer, and has been called the man who bridges the gap between Chopin and Szymanowski. In addition to operatic works he also composed purely orchestral music, and this recording reveals that his essentially lyric style could function perfectly in the non-vocal medium. There is thematically memorable music from the comic opera Hrabina (The Countess), as well as enduring Polish-flavoured dance scenes from his most popular and famous stage work, Halka. The spirited Mazurka from Straszny Dwór (The Haunted Manor), Moniuszko’s crowning operatic achievement, draws freely and inventively from his national heritage.

89 kr
Image Ariadne auf Naxos
Richard Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite was one of his own favourite scores, an absolute jewel of incidental music that combines the composer’s romanticism with his love of the Baroque music of Jean-Baptiste Lully. D. Wilson Ochoa has created a new symphonic orchestral suite from Strauss’ opulent Ariadne auf Naxos, enabling the orchestra to revel in music of extreme beauty and sensuous luxury, studded with gorgeous instrumental solos and the composer’s incomparable blend of poignancy, humour and melodic richness.

89 kr
Image Revelation
Patrick Hawes has emerged in recent years as one of Englands most popular and inspirational choral composers. The nine pieces that form Revelation are the result of my deep love of the Book of Revelation and its powerful imagery. Where else do you get thunder, lightning and demons as well as a gentle lamb? Another of my favourite New Testament texts is the Beatitudes from St Matthews Gospel these are, quite simply, some of Christs most comforting and beautiful words. Quanta Qualia had such a profound impact on the audience at the 2015 Elora Festival that the choir insisted on its inclusion in this recording. The Elora Singers have provided us with some of the most successful choral releases of recent years, and this program of première recordings of music by Patrick Hawes follows on from a GRAMMY® nominated album of music by Eric Whitacre (8.559677) described by Gramophone as a stimulating and superb discand an absolute must have, a recording of Arvo Pärts choral music (8.570239) draped in luminous colors and arresting timbresa truly enjoyable hour of music (ClassicsToday.com) and Poulencs Mass in G minor (8.572978) in a performance that is finely tailored and buoyantly expressive (Gramophone).

89 kr
Image Complete String Quartets (3 CD)
This three-disc set brings together the single CD releases of the Amar Quartets critically acclaimed and popular set of Hindemiths complete String Quartets, Naxos cat. 8572163-65. From the outset this series was seen as a milestone in the recorded history of these quartets. Volume 1 was given five stars by BBC Music Magazine and MusicWeb International wrote that the Amar Quartet gives an excellent account of these works it is hard to believe Hindemiths old team could have done it better If this first disc is anything to go by, this will be a must-have cycle for all lovers of 20th century music. Both volumes 1 and 2 were given a 10/10 score by ClassicsToday.com and complimented with remarks such as, there is little doubt that this will become the reference edition in this musicsonics are first rate. Connoisseurs of chamber music will find this disc an endless source of pleasure. The Amar Quartet is named after Hindemiths own string quartet, and has made these works something of a specialism alongside a vibrant program of commissioning new works and making a name for itself in Switzerland and beyond with events such as Homage to Hindemith and Tonwort, a project combining music and literature with readings by poets and other writers.

239 kr
Image Sinfonia Romántica
Enrique Soro rose to great esteem not only as Chiles leading composer but as a distinguished pianist, conductor and teacher. The Sinfonía romántica was the first symphony to be composed in Chile and remains the most important example of the genre in the countrys musical history. Soros melodic distinction, mastery of orchestration and his sense of form are equally distinguished. The Tres aires chilenos espouse a kind of nationalism, fusing Chilean folk music, specifically the tonada, with the European classical tradition. The rousing Danza fantástica is a perfect concert opener.

89 kr
Image Symphony No. 2 (Gallipoli – 57th Regiment)
Can Attila is one of the leading Turkish composers of his generation. Success in film and television music has been accompanied by comparable achievement in the orchestral repertory. The Gallipoli campaigns in the First World War have always held particular significance for Atilla, and Symphony No. 2 ‘Gallipoli’ – The 57th Regiment is a war symphony, composed for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the battle. This powerful elegy, in which the first two movements have an important role for solo cello, commemorates the tragic Turkish 57th Regiment and is also dedicated to the Anzac soldiers who perished in the battle.

79 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
Louis Spohr’s innovative approach to symphonic writing began with the programmatic Symphony No. 4 (8555398) and was further broadened by Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 121 which he subtitled ‘The Earthly and Divine in Human Life’. Jettisoning traditional symphonic form, this work is in effect a daring symphonic poem in three movements with a small orchestra representing the ‘divine’ and the full orchestra the ‘earthly’. The more traditional Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 137 – enshrining both tragic lament and sweet serenade – enables us to compare Spohr the innovator with Spohr the formalist.

79 kr
Image The String Quartets
Benefitting from the afterglow of the 1949 Koussevitzky Prize for his First Symphony, Peter Racine Frickers original and striking First Quartet was premièred later that year to international acclaim. The Second Quartet shares a formal clarity and kinship with the tonality heard in the First, but evolving in range, technique and eloquence of expression. The symmetrical Third Quartet with its intricate variations is finely crafted in the serial style of Frickers later music. The music of Peter Racine Fricker is undergoing something of a gradual renaissance at the moment after many years in the wilderness. New recordings are a rarity however, and with this brand new production of Frickers complete string quartets made in association with the British Music Society we are well ahead of the competition. The Villiers Quartet is winner of the 2015 Radcliffe Chamber Music Competition, and holds the position of Quartet-in- Residence at Oxford Universitys Faculty of Music, encompassing the grand and iconic spirit of London's extraordinary music tradition.

89 kr
Image Eight Motets
Giacomo Carissimi was one of the most admired of seventeenth-century Italian composers. The maestro from Marino, near Rome, acquired a Europe-wide fame at an early age and excelled in church music. Commonly employing texts that modify or amplify passages from the scriptures, rather than taking those texts verbatim, Carissimi employed all his genius for vocal melodic lines and accompanying instrumentation to fashion a sequence of spellbinding masterpieces. Foremost among these is Usquequo peccatores which, through its size and length, blurs the very distinction between motet and oratorio. This is the fourth Naxos release of music by Carissimi from this ensemble.

89 kr
Image Organ Music
Pupil and friend of Beethoven and teacher to Liszt, Carl Czerny, whose pedagogical works are still widely in use today, was a key figure in European musical life. Czerny’s organ music builds on the traditions of J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn, revealing his mastery of contrapuntal technique in the Prelude and Fugue, Op. 607. Czerny visited England in 1837 and his Op. 698 collection of organ voluntaries, apparently intended for the English market, varies in mood from the quietly meditative to the triumphant. The Op. 627 set, dedicated to the Bath organist James Windsor, adds contrapuntal elements and cleverly includes anthems such as God Save the Queen.

89 kr
Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 17
The keyboard repertoire has been immeasurably enriched by Domenico Scarlatti’s prodigious exploration of sonatas written for the Spanish court. They represent some of the greatest such works of the entire eighteenth century. In this volume of the complete edition Sean Kennard, a Laureate of the 2013 Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium, explores eighteen of the 555 or so extant sonatas, revealing the remarkable variety of Scarlatti’s musical imagination, and his genius for variety through constant melodic interest, lively figurations, and brilliant displays of scale passages.

89 kr
Image Washington Square (6 CD)
Washington Square tells the poignant and gently comic story of Catherine Sloper, a sweet and unassuming young heiress, and her fortune-seeking suitor Morris Townsend. Set in New York City during the 1840s, the story follows Ms. Sloper's conflicts with her concerned father, who attempts to thwart Mr. Townsend, and her busybody aunt, who encourages the attachment. But amid all the duplicity and folly, Ms. Sloper slowly grows towards independence and maturity, and begins to make her own decisions.

349 kr
Image The Door (8 CD)
Intense, brilliant and moving, The Door is a compelling story about the relationship between two women of opposing backgrounds and personalities: one, an intellectual and writer; the other, her housekeeper, a mysterious, elderly woman who sets her own rules and abjures religion, education, pretense and any kind of authority. Beneath this hardened exterior of Emerence lies a painful story that must be concealed. With great insight and clarity The Door explores themes of love, loyalty, pride and privacy, and the barriers and secrets that govern them.

479 kr
Image More Great Scientists and Their Discoveries
Following the success of the first Great Scientists title in the 'Junior Classics' range, this collection features the lives of nine more remarkable scientists, with descriptions of their discoveries. From the astronomy of Copernicus and Halley to the natural science of Linnaeus and Humboldt, and from the discoveries of Pascal, Davy, Volta and Babbage to the harnessing of atomic power by Julius Oppenheimer, it explores the contributions made by these great scientists, and the impact on our everyday lives.

159 kr
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