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APRIL 2018

NEW ON NAXOS

Here is the April issue of NEW ON NAXOS. The month’s spotlight recording is the final release from the Camille Saint-Saëns Concertos series, featuring Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 ‘Egyptian’, performed by pianist Romain Descharmes with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot. The series gained praises, including a ‘Recording of the Month’ award for the first two volumes by MusicWeb International, as well as an ICMA Nomination for Piano Concerto No. 3. The Malmö Symphony and Soustrot also recorded the highly successful Saint-Saëns Symphonies cycle, plus works for solo cello and violin and orchestra.

Other highlights include:

• The world premiere recording of Leopold Koželuch’s Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, ‘Hail to the Monarch’, featuring conductor Marek Štilec with the Martinu Voices and Prague Symphony Orchestra. This recording celebrates two occasions – the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death, and the resurrection of a masterpiece after 227 years.

• Brasil Guitar Duo’s world premiere recordings of two concertos for guitar duo and orchestra by Leo Brouwer and Paulo Bellinati, with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Amado.

• The audiovisual release of Niccolò Jommelli’s opera Il Vologeso, staged by the Stuttgart Opera for the first time after almost 250 years, marking the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Conductor Gabriele Ferro leads this production, directed by the award-winning team of Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito.



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Image Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5
The Fourth Piano Concerto reveals Saint-Saëns at his most inspired and innovative. The Fifth was composed in the Egyptian temple town of Luxor, and displays a rich tapestry of exotic cultural influences from Javanese, Spanish and Middle Eastern music, as well as portrayals of chirping Nile crickets and croaking frogs, and the composer’s representation of ‘the joy of a sea crossing’. Volumes 1 and 2 can be heard on 8.573476 and 77.

89 kr
Image Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II
The second release in the Naxos Czech Music Masters from Vienna series features the world premiere recording of Kozeluch’s magnificent coronation cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic. Volume 1, 8.573627, is devoted to four of Kozeluch’s Symphonies, with more in the pipeline. The complete Kozeluch Keyboard Sonatas can be heard on Grand Piano.

89 kr
Image Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 2
Volume 2 of 3 of the complete music for wind band includes further examples from the 23 Chosen Gems for Winds, full of Grainger’s unique elastic scoring, as well as two versions of the Irish Tune from County Derry, one of his most popular works,

89 kr
Image Il Vologeso (2 DVD)
Niccolò Jommelli was an innovative superstar among composers in his day, and is now recognised as a precursor of the new Viennese Classical taste in music. With its intense story of love, life and death, Il Vologeso sets one of the most powerful libretti written for the European opera stage. This critically acclaimed production, which marked the 300th anniversary of Jommelli’s birth in 2015, is considered to be its first staged performance for over two centuries, and the highly successful opera directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito have revived a Baroque gem with their exciting, present-day staging . DVD 9 • NTSC 16:9 • PCM stereo • DTS5.1 • Region 0 • Language: Italian • Subitltes: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

379 kr
Image Il Vologeso (Blu-ray)
Niccolò Jommelli was an innovative superstar among composers in his day, and is now recognised as a precursor of the new Viennese Classical taste in music. With its intense story of love, life and death, Il Vologeso sets one of the most powerful libretti written for the European opera stage. This critically acclaimed production, which marked the 300th anniversary of Jommelli’s birth in 2015, is considered to be its first staged performance for over two centuries, and the highly successful opera directors Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito have revived a Baroque gem with their exciting, present-day staging .BD50 • NTSC 16:9 • PCM stereo • DTS5.1 • Region: A, B, C • Language: Italian • Subitltes: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean

379 kr
Image The Book of Signs & Concerto Caboclo
Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement. Paulo Bellinati deploys luxurious harmonies and brilliantly effective techniques to pay tribute to the country music of São Paulo State in Concerto Caboclo. World premiere recordings.

89 kr
Image Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 8 & Chamber Music and R
Volume 8 of 11 features ten première recordings and a number of recently discovered ‘Sins of Old Age’ manuscripts unassigned to specific volumes, bringing together a notable diversity of genres and instrumentation. They include the catchy Allegretto for violin and piano that Rossini used as his musical calling card, the Tarantelle pur sang for choir, harmonium, clochette and piano, and a harmonisation of the simple folk melody Marlbrough s’en va-t-en guerre. The remaining three volumes in this series will be released by the end of this year.

89 kr
Image Arabescos; Caribiana & Humoresca
This is the sixth Naxos album of music by one of Spain’s greatest living composers. Arabescos evokes Spain’s Moorish past, Humoresca features as its protagonist the double bass in writing as witty and deft as it is virtuosic and exciting, while the extended choreographic poem Caribiana is sensuously atmospheric and has a wealth of exuberant rhythms and melodies. World premiere recordings.

89 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
Two invigorating and well-crafted symphonies, with hints of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven, from the first ever female professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire.

89 kr
Image Chopin's Ghosts - Works for Cello and Piano
This is the second Naxos album of Paul Reale’s music. It includes the world premiere recording of Chopin’s Ghost, an evocation of the great Romantic composer’s poetic spirit. The Seven Deadly Sins (9.70204) coupled with other works for violin and piano was described as 'immediately accessible music written with craft, bite, intelligence and humour.

89 kr
Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 49: Dances
Volume 49 features a wide-ranging selection of dance pieces. The Valses oubliées reveal a compound of wistful nostalgia and advanced harmonies while the remarkable Csárdás macabre, a characteristic Hungarian folk-dance, is full of innovative features. The effervescent Mazurka brillante is a very rare example of Liszt making original use of this Polish form, whilst simultaneously transforming it. The Grand Galop cromatique, heard here in two versions, is a bravura encore piece that the young Liszt often played in his virtuoso recitals.

89 kr
Image Guitar Music
Italian composer Carlo Domeniconi’s distinguished career as an internationally renowned guitarist has been paralleled by his prolific output as a composer whose music seeks a synthesis between the disparate cultures of East and West. This programme includes Domeniconi’s best-loved work for guitar, the hypnotic and virtuosic Koyunbaba Suite which uses an unusual tuning to evoke a world of Eastern mystery. A further disc of Domeniconi’s music, including two concertos for two guitars and orchestra, is scheduled for release in 2019.

79 kr
Image Beyond Bach and Vivaldi
Rare unaccompanied works for the Baroque violin from the winner of the 2015 Juilliard Historical Performance Concerto Competition.

89 kr
Image Waverley (14 CD)
Waverley by Sir Walter Scott is an enthralling tale of love, war and divided loyalties. Taking place during the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the novel tells the story of proud English officer Edward Waverley. After being posted to Dundee, Edward eventually befriends chieftain of the Highland Clan Mac-Ivor, and falls in love with his beautiful sister Flora. He then renounces his former loyalties in order actively to support Scotland in open rebellion against the Union with England. The book depicts stunning, romantic panoramas of the Highlands, and is famous for being one of the first historical novels. Its influence extended to many authors, including Dickens, Dumas, Gogol, Stevenson, Thackeray and Tolstoy.

569 kr
Image The Flowers of Evil (3 CD)
Sensual, macabre, joyous and liberating, The Flowers of Evil, or, Les Fleurs du Mal, is a beautifully debauched reflection on dreams, sin, life and death. With subjects ranging from travel to drugs, sex to faith, sleep to contemplation, Baudelaire finds new beauty in the most sinister and corrupt of situations. His morbid and nightmarish Romanticism was completely unique: cynical and bleak, but also inspiring, lifted by magnificent imagery and melodious language. The book was highly controversial upon its release and Napoleon III’s government prosecuted Baudelaire for ‘an insult to public decency’; six of the poems were banned until as recently as 1949.

229 kr
Image The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (8 CD)
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise is one of the most extraordinary correspondences in European history. Written in the 12th century, the letters document the love affair between Peter Abelard, a revolutionary philosopher and biblical scholar, and his beautiful and precocious student, Heloise. Eviscerated by his religious opponents and castrated by Heloise’s family, Abelard is haunted by ill fortune, and the star-crossed lovers are forced into separate lives, as monk and nun respectively, with letters being their only form of communication. What unfolds is tragic and heartbreaking, but also fascinating. The letters gave rise to compelling philosophical, theological and sociological discussions, and they provide a window into the medieval mind as the everyday lives of the two lovers are laid bare through their passionate discourse.

318 kr
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