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DECEMBER 2022

NEW ON NAXOS

We've reached the last release month of 2022 and this issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents some exciting new titles to round out the year including vocal works by Fabrice Bollon and Johannes Brahms, world premiere recordings of orchestral music by Giovanni Sgambati and Heinrich August Marschner, opera star Camilla Nylund singing selections from the Great American Songbook, and more.

Other highlights include
• An audiovisual release of Finnish opera star Camilla Nylund singing masterpieces from The Great American Songbook, in collaboration with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Marin Alsop – one of Naxos’ star performers. This programme is directed by André Heller, an internationally successful multimedia artist.

• Vol. 1 of Heinrich August Marschner’s Overtures and Stage Music, recorded by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under Dario Salvi. Consisting mainly of world premieres, this programme includes Schön Ella that represents Marschner’s mastery of form and skilful orchestration.

• Fabrice Bollon’s compositions for electric cello performed by celebrated soloist Johannes Moser. It includes Die ungebornen Enkel (‘The Unborn Grandchildren’) recorded with soprano Irina Jae-Eun Park and tenor Nutthaporn Thammathi, as well as the evocative and colourful solo piece The Secret Garden of the Cordania.



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Image Camilla Nylund Sings Masterpieces from the Great A
Finnish opera star Camilla Nylund sings masterpieces from the Great American Songbook in this unique collaboration with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under their music director Marin Alsop. The classic songs in this film were specially arranged to suit Nylund’s performance style, vocals and personality, as if they had been written for her. This special edition includes a DVD of the concert film-project by André Heller in black and white, plus an audio only recording.

Tracks:
1. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
2. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
3. The Man I Love
4. If I Loved You
5. Falling in Love Again
6. I’ll Be Seeing You
7. When I Fall in Love
8. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
9. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
10. The Book of Love
11. September Song
12. Illusions
13. For All We Know

279 kr
Image Camilla Nylund Sings Masterpieces from the Great A
Finnish opera star Camilla Nylund sings masterpieces from the Great American Songbook in this unique collaboration with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under their music director Marin Alsop. The classic songs in this film were specially arranged to suit Nylund’s performance style, vocals and personality, as if they had been written for her. This special edition includes a DVD of the concert film-project by André Heller in black and white, plus an audio only recording.

Tracks:
1. Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye
2. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
3. The Man I Love
4. If I Loved You
5. Falling in Love Again
6. I’ll Be Seeing You
7. When I Fall in Love
8. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
9. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
10. The Book of Love
11. September Song
12. Illusions
13. For All We Know

279 kr
Image Die ungeborenen Enkel; The Secret Garden of Cordan
This setting of Austrian Expressionist writer Georg Trakl’s poems by composer and conductor Fabrice Bollon is the first ever composition for classical singers and solo electric cello. As a result the work’s striking sonorities open unexpected and fascinating new directions for contemporary music. Evocative imagery and colorful writing for electric cello can also be heard in The Secret Garden of the Cordania– a work dedicated to Bollon’s cellist wife.

119 kr
Image Symphony No. 2; Sinfonia epitalamio
Giovanni Sgambati, a composer admired by Wagner, was the man Busoni predicted would take Italian music ‘towards a bright new future’. Sgambati’s Symphony No. 2 is a compendium of Austro-Germanic devices whose mix of chromaticism and melodic invention is invigorating. Lost for decades, it was reconstructed by Rosalind Trübger whose performing edition is recorded here. Sinfonia epitalamio was commissioned to celebrate a royal wedding. Loosely programmatic, this beautiful work embraces the pastoral and celebratory framed in the form of a symphonic poem.

119 kr
Image Overtures & Stage Music, Vol. 1
Heinrich Marschner, the leading German composer of Romantic opera between Weber and Wagner, was a progressive innovator, bringing to his music a new dimension – the supernatural anti-hero enmeshed in horror, such as the protagonist of Der Vampyr (1828). Before his psychological operas, however, Marschner composed a series of overtures and stage works exploring more conventional material. These have long been overlooked. In this first volume Schön Ella represents Marschner’s mastery of form, skillful orchestration and melodic gifts, while the excerpts from Ali Baba reveal his flair for theatrical concision and mood setting.

119 kr
Image Complete Songs, Vol. 2
Brahms was opposed to the Lied cultivated by the ‘New German’ circle of composers around Franz Liszt who developed it into a highly artificial art form. In the books of the 49 Deutsche Volkslieder Brahms discovered a repository of dialogue songs, narrative ballads, laments, and songs of disputation and love, some tragic, others comic, that appealed to his need for authenticity. The book from which he sourced the songs had a printed text and melody, so Brahms’ artistic contribution lay in his richly varied piano accompaniments which subtly comment, heighten, inflect or expand on the texts. The first volume in this series is on Naxos 8.574268.

119 kr
Image Das Himmelskleid (3CD)
Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is best known for his comic operas. With this reputation established, the appearance of Das Himmelskleid in 1927, with its ‘symbolical twilight world... that rises musically to religious greatness and a world of dreams’ was a surprise for critics of the day. The narrative is a parable of a young princess who is born with the ‘Garment of Heaven’, but she forgets this true gift in her greedy pursuit of wealth and power. Das Himmelskleid is perhaps the most profoundly mature of Wolf-Ferrari’s operas, with an amazing sensitivity and feeling for sound and color that were never bettered.

269 kr
Image Caravan Suite; Toto; Dreams of You; A Thousand Kis
Archibald Joyce was known as ‘The English Waltz King’. The composer of delectable vignettes directed his own dance band which, depending on the size of the venue, sometimes numbered a hundred. Convinced that the Viennese waltz was not to British tastes he wrote smoother examples that included Dreaming, his most famous work, which sold over a million copies, and is a perfect example of the ‘hesitation’ waltz. His evocative music also included theatrical numbers, dramatic suites and the ‘concert valse’, designed for the silver screen.

119 kr
Image Hommage a Victor Babin
The year 1972 saw the death of Victor Babin, one half of the legendary Vronsky & Babin, arguably the most brilliant piano duo of the 20th century and a worldwide sensation for over three decades. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Babin’s death Katerina Moskaleva and Alexey Pudinov, themselves two musical forces of nature, come together as TWO4PIANO, a duo perfectly suited for breathing new life into Victor Babin’s appealing and colorful repertoire. Including newly rediscovered scores, this special program takes us from Rachmaninov’s unmistakably Romantic style via Borodin’s rousing folkloric rhythms and Tchaikovsky’s balletic waltzes to Babin’s own remarkable evocations of a bygone era.

119 kr
Image Valentin Malinin, 2021 Winner of the Jaen Prize In
Russian pianist Valentin Malinin, winner of the 62nd Jaén International Piano Competition, has chosen a program that offers moments of reflection alongside dazzling virtuosity. The album opens with Shostakovich’s imposing Piano Quintet, one of the composer’s most popular chamber works. Granados evokes a ‘Ghost’s Serenade’ with guitar-like effects in the exuberant finale to his Goyescas, while Prokofiev’s Four Étudesare among the most complex and technically challenging works of their kind. Malinin’s own inspired fantasy The Pearl Fishers, based on Nadir’s Romance from Les Pêcheurs de perles, serves as a fine encore, reimagining Bizet’s original in daring, compelling style.

119 kr
Image Piano Music
Anton Rubinstein occupied an uneasy place in the history of Russian music, largely because of his Jewish origins and the perception of him as a ‘German in Russia’. In recent years his solo piano music has begun to be re-evaluated. This album focuses on the series of works written in the mid-1850s and reveals music of charm and flair. The Three Pieces, Op.16 are conventional in form but attractive, and the Two Pieces, Op.28 contain a strongly contrasted Nocturne and Caprice. More ambitious, and intended to be performed in his concert repertoire as one of the greatest virtuosos of the age, are the Six Pieces, Op.51.

119 kr
Image Piano Music, Vol. 2
In the first volume of this series (Naxos 8.571382), Matthew Schellhorn surveyed six decades of Herbert Howells’ compositions for the piano. This second volume reprises the journey, tracing the composer’s stylistic development from the charming poetic miniatures of his youth through to the resonant modal quirkiness of his later dances. The survey includes a centrally important work, the Sonatina of 1971, performed here in Schellhorn’s own edition compiled from the manuscript sources, which includes variants not heard for half a century.

119 kr
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