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DECEMBER 2018

NEW ON NAXOS

Here is the December issue of NEW ON NAXOS. This month’s spotlight recording is Bruno Monsaingeon’s documentary L’Archet Indomptable (‘The Indomitable Bow’) – a unique portrait of one of the greatest cellists in history, Mstislav Rostropovich. Known as ‘Slava’ this film chronicles Rostropovich’s life, from the international recognition he gained in the 1950s to his achievements in becoming a leading figure in 20th century music. Includes previously unreleased performances of works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Bach.

Other highlights include:
• Pierre Gaveaux’s opera Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal on DVD and Blu-ray, filmed live from a production by Opera Lafayette staged by Oriol Tomas. Ryan Brown conducts the performance with cast members Kimy Mc Laren, Pascale Beaudin, Jean-Michel Richer and Tomislav Lavoie.

• Volume 1 of the Joseph Marx Orchestral Works series recorded by the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and conductor Steven Sloane – featuring the composer’s celebrated Nature Trilogy.

• The second instalment of Leopold Koželuch’s Symphonies, presented by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Marek Štilec. The first volume gained praises from critics, with ClassicsToday.com commenting “Marek Štilec leads lively, smartly paced performances, and gets fine playing from the ensemble.”

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Image Mstislav Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow (DVD)
The Indomitable Bow is a unique portrait of Mstislav Rostropovich, a formidable personality as well as a complex, deeply political musician constantly engaged in a whirlwind of activities. Including unreleased documents, archive films, interviews and concert performances from this key figure of the 20th century, The Indomitable Bow is a remarkable testimony of the life and work of the legendary ‘Slava’.

199 kr
Image Mstislav Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow (Blu-ra
The Indomitable Bow is a unique portrait of Mstislav Rostropovich, a formidable personality as well as a complex, deeply political musician constantly engaged in a whirlwind of activities. Including unreleased documents, archive films, interviews and concert performances from this key figure of the 20th century, The Indomitable Bow is a remarkable testimony of the life and work of the legendary ‘Slava’.

199 kr
Image Leonore (DVD)
A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. With its atmosphere of revolution and tale of devotional romance and a dramatic rescue from captivity, Pierre Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal was the direct forerunner to Beethoven’s Fidelio. Having been entirely overshadowed by its famous successor and lain hidden for centuries, this both darkly sombre and entertainingly celebratory opéra comique is seen here in an acclaimed modern premiere whose timeless and inspiring story of female heroism and political injustice is as relevant today as ever.

239 kr
Image Leonore (Blu-ray)
A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. With its atmosphere of revolution and tale of devotional romance and a dramatic rescue from captivity, Pierre Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal was the direct forerunner to Beethoven’s Fidelio. Having been entirely overshadowed by its famous successor and lain hidden for centuries, this both darkly sombre and entertainingly celebratory opéra comique is seen here in an acclaimed modern premiere whose timeless and inspiring story of female heroism and political injustice is as relevant today as ever.

239 kr
Image Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Volume 1 of 4 of the complete orchestral works of Joseph Marx, one of the leading figures of Austrian musical culture. This recording presents the richly impressionistic Natur-Trilogie in its complete and original form, and was considered ‘a major discovery’ by MusicWeb International when first released on ASV.

89 kr
Image Symphonies, Vol. 2
One of the most prominent Bohemian composers working in Vienna during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Koželuch was a prolific composer, including seventeen symphonies. They are notable for mellifluous themes, sophisticated structures and, at times, a lyricism that seems to foreshadow the youthful works of Schubert. This unique recording draws on the original sources and corrects a number of mistakes encountered in previously published versions. Volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.573627.

89 kr
Image Toccata
A wide-ranging programme which includes popular pieces such as Khachaturian’s Oriental Dance and Toccata, original works for harp such as Nino Rota’s attractively neo-Classical Sarabanda e Toccata, Netzer's own arrangement of one of Alessandro Scarlatti’s harpsichord toccatas and the premiere recording of the brand new Toccare by Swiss composer Stephan Hodel.

89 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
Volume 4 of 7 of the Naxos reissues of the Marco Polo recordings of the complete Moyzes symphonies features No. 7, his largest and most powerful orchestral statement, dedicated to the memory of his young daughter. Written as a response to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968, Symphony No. 8, ’21.08.1968’ is a brooding lament that shares affinities with Shostakovich’s symphonic writing.

79 kr
Image Motets, Vol. 2
Though he was, until the arrival of Rossini, the leading operatic composer of the time, Johann Simon Mayr also wrote a significant body of church music. This second volume of his sacred motets – Volume 1 can be heard on 8.573811 – includes settings of Marian antiphons and sacred poetry. Elements of the writing point to his operatic experience, with rich and varied use of accompanying winds, song-like themes, and a wide vocal range.

89 kr
Image Violin Concerto; Spanish Fantasia
Born in Vilnius and a student of Nadia Boulanger, Romauld Twardowski writes music which blends tradition and modernity. Fantazja hiszpanska (‘Spanish Fantasia’) shows how deeply the composer absorbed flamenco music during a visit to Spain, while Niggunim explores authentic Hassidic Jewish melodies. Capriccio in Blue is a delightful and wholly original salute to George Gershwin. Twardowski calls his Violin Concerto ‘an example of a trend known as the new simplicity'.

89 kr
Image Guitar Gala Night
European and Latin American works for one, two and four guitars by the German-Canadian Amadeus Guitar Duo and the South German Duo Graber & Maklar. Previously released on Naxos Germany 8.551370.

89 kr
Image String Quintets, Vol. 3
Onslow's String Quintets are given an almost orchestral quality with their addition of the rich sonorities of a double bass. String Quintet No. 28, with an especially beautiful Adagio with more than a trace of the influence of Mendelssohn, combines Baroque poise with expressive Romantic writing, while String Quartet No. 29 is light-hearted and good-natured, with hints of Schubert in its melancholy lyricism and unexpected key changes. Volume 3 of this ongoing series. World premiere recordings.

89 kr
Image String Quartets Nos. 1-3
World premiere recordings of Quayle’s three string quartets written over a span of 13 years from, in the composer’s own words, 'the introspective yet ardent journey of the expansive First Quartet, to the spiky mischief of the Second, to the enigmatic meandering through the thirteen fleeting movements of the Third.'

89 kr
Image Images of Brazil
This recording showcases the breadth and variety of Brazilian music by focusing on composers who explore traditional styles and use native forms, such as the bossa nova, chôro, frevo and samba, combined with neo-Romanticism, Modernism and jazz.

89 kr
Image Days Go By: Complete Works for Cello and Piano
The complete works for cello and piano by leading Georgian composer Vaja Azarashvili who emerged during the Soviet era in the 1960s and helped bring international recognition to his country’s musical heritage. Includes world premiere recordings.

89 kr
Image Piano Recital
Beginning and ending with music by Ravel this vividly contrasting recital by Chun Wang, winner of the 59th Jaén International Piano Competition in 2017, includes Bonnín de Góngora's mandatory work Fantasía Jiennense, based on folk songs from Jaén.

89 kr
Image Fantasia in C Major; Menuetti; Variationen; Deutsc
8.573934 Haydn probably wrote the charming 5 Variationen in D major for the harpsichord around the mid-1750s while the Fantasia in C major, with abundant hand crossings and effects, was intended to exploit the particular sonority of the fortepiano. The sparkling Deutsche Tänze and Menuetti were written in 1792 for a Viennese masked ball.

79 kr
Image Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 21
Domenico Scarlatti is best known for his 555 keyboard Sonatas. These remarkable virtuoso showpieces were mainly composed for his pupil in Madrid, the Infanta Maria Bárbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746.

89 kr
Image Fear and Trembling (4 CD)
Written from the perspective of an unbeliever, Fear and Trembling explores the paradox of faith, the nature of Christianity and the complexity of human emotion. Kierkegaard examines the biblical story of Abraham, instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac, and forces us to consider Abraham’s state of mind. What drove Abraham, and what made him carry out such an absurd and extreme request from God? Kierkegaard argues that Abraham’s agreement to sacrifice Isaac, and his suspension of reason, elevated him to the highest level of faith. He explores more comprehensible alternatives, but in each one Abraham fails the test of faith, thus showing that true faith cannot be explained, understood, or made rational. His thesis is a compelling counterpoint to Hegel, who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought, and proved a significant source of inspiration to later existentialist philosophers such as Camus and Sartre.

195 kr
Image The Marsh Arabs (7 CD)
For a period of seven years, Wilfred Thesiger canoed through the marshes at the confluence of Iraq’s Tigris and Euphrates rivers, living among the native Madan tribes and their islands made of reeds. Now extinct, their ancient way of life is speculated to have existed for 5,000 years, going back to the days of ancient Sumer, and possessed a unique culture found nowhere else in the Middle East. Thesiger documents the tribes’ conflicts, traditions, cuisine, relationships, justice systems and art, and reveals how they built their unique water-borne society, with its beautiful canoes (taradas) and stately guest houses (mudhifs) – it is a remarkable familiarity gained through Thesiger’s innate understanding of tribal ritual and etiquette, and the trust he earned through the use of a basic medical supply kit that he brought along with him. Poetic and immersing, The Marsh Arabs brings alive the sights, sounds and smells of the marshes, and a culture that has now vanished forever.

295 kr
Image Naples '44 (6 CD)
Naples ’44 is an unflinching autobiographical account of a year in Naples after the armistice and Allied landings in Sorrento in 1943. Working as a British counterintelligence officer under the Allied occupation, Lewis documents the rich pageant of life in the city and its surrounding areas. There is suffering and squalor: criminal gangs are on the rise, along with typhus and black market commerce, and the female population is forced into part-time prostitution, simply to obtain food. Corruption is rife as a Genovese crime family member makes his way into the US army administration, and local hospitals, short on supplies, buy equipment back from those who stole it. There is farce and humor too, witnessed in the Roman uncle paid handsomely to simply appear at funerals and lend an air of gravitas, and in Lewis’s own experience of vetting proposed marriages between British soldiers and local women. Unsparing, penetrating and profoundly humane, Naples ’44 is a moving portrait of the costs of war, and the resilience of a society under extreme stress.

229 kr
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