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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 Works for Violin and Orchestra
Tianwa Yang is ‘an artist of exceptional technique and musicianship’ (BBC Music Magazine) and has established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist, winning the Annual Prize of the German Record Critics 2014 for her acclaimed recordings of Sarasate’s complete violin works. Her ‘stunning effortless virtuosity’ and ‘uncanny affinity for Spanish music’ (All Things Strings) make her the ideal advocate for the music presented on this recording. The Introduction et Rondo capriccioso is a glittering showcase imbued with the passion of Iberian dance, while the Havanaise in E major is a languorous habanera. Less frequently heard are the evocative Caprice andalou, the songful Romance in C major, the rhapsodic Morceau de concert, and the improvisatory La Muse et le Poete.

89 kr
Image Works for Cello and Orchestra
This recording of the complete Saint-Saens works for cello, featuring the acclaimed young German cellist Gabriel Schwabe includes both Cello Concertos and the ever popular Le Cygne. This is the sixth recording to date with the Malmo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Soustrot of the symphonies and concertos of Saint-Saens.

89 kr
Image Piano Concerto No. 3; Africa; Rhapsodie d'Auvergne
Considered by some to be the ‘Cinderella’ of Saint- Saëns’ five piano concertos, the Third is notable for its adventurous approach to harmony. Volume 1 can be heard on 8573476.

89 kr
Image 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 Symphony No.3
Inspired by Liszt, to whose memory the work is dedicated, Camille Saint-Saëns' Symphony No. 3 is ground-breaking in its inclusion of organ and piano. For the composer this represented 'the progress made in modern instrumentation' and the result is a work both spectacular and grandiose. By contrast the Symphony in A, his first completed symphony, is a youthful piece, fully revealing his admiration for Mozart, whilst Le rouet d'Omphale, dating from the 1870s, is an impressively atmospheric tone poem. Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 are available on 8573138.

89 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Marc Soustrot

Precocious as a child, Camille Saint-Saëns was once known as the French Mendelssohn. The remarkably assured First Symphony, completed at the age of 17, was praised by Berlioz and Gounod at its first performance. The elegantly crafted Second Symphony defies convention not least by basing the first movement on a fugue, while the symphonic poem Phaéton skilfully brings this Greek mythological drama to life with stampeding horses, thunderbolts and a moving apotheosis. This is Volume 1 of 3 devoted to the five Saint-Saëns Symphonies.

89 kr
Image Olav Trygvason / Sigurd Jorsalfar
Magne Fremmerlid, bass-baritone • Nina Gravrok, soprano
Marianne E. Andersen, mezzo-soprano 1
Yngve Søberg, bass-baritone • Helge Rønning, tenor
Malmö Opera Chorus • Malmö Opera Orchestra
Malmö Chamber Choir • Lund Student Singers
Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Bjarte Engeset

Edvard Grieg and his librettist Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson were both fascinated by a great period in Norway's past: the Viking Age, whose sagas, and fierce conflicts between Christianity and the old Norse religion, inspired all three of Grieg's works recorded here. Landkjenning depicts the moment when Olav Trygvason (960s- 1000) and his men sight the Norwegian coast for the first time on their voyage from England to Norway. As King from 995 to 1000, Olav worked single-mindedly to Christianise Norway. Conceived as a true Norwegian national opera, but left unfinished, the three scenes from Olav Trygvason explore pagan rituals and tributes to the Norse gods in anticipation of King Olav's entrance into the pagan temple.

OPUS 4/4 rating
"... som helhet är det här en skiva som absolut kan rekommenderas."

79 kr
Image Symphony No. 4 / Variations on a Hussar's Song
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Vassily Sinaisky, conductor

Naxos's critically acclaimed series of Franz Schmidt's lush late Romantic symphonies culminates with this new recording of his heartbreaking Symphony No. 4, conceived as a requiem for his daughter Emma. The Variations on a Hussar's Song, while recalling similar works by Brahms and Reger nonetheless showcases Schmidt's sensitive handling of large orchestral forces. Symphonies No. 1 (8.570828), No. 2 (8.570589) and No. 3 (8.572119) are also available in what BBC Music magazine has praised as a 'consistently impressive cycle of Schmidt symphonies'.

89 kr
Image Symphony No. 3 / Chaconne
Malmö Symphony Orchestra / Vassily Sinaisky

Franz Schmidt's Third Symphony was composed in 1927-28, dedicated to and premièred by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, winning a first prize from the Columbia Graphophone Company of New York for the best symphony in the spirit of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony as part of the centenary commemorations of Schubert's birth. Schmidt's symphony is lyrical, includes a set of variations, a Ländler-like Scherzo and finale rich in thematic invention. In 1931 Schmidt added wind and percussion instruments and a large body of strings to his monumental Chaconne for organ, in which form it too was premièred by the Vienna Philharmonic.

89 kr
Image Fourth of July / Decoration Day / Thanksgiving
When asked to define a masterpiece in music Stravinsky chose Ives's Decoration Day, a tone poem that Ives later made the second movement of his Holidays Symphony (its first movement, Washington's Birthday, is available on Naxos 8.559087). The remaining movements also celebrate key American holidays with characteristic verve. The General Slocum movingly commemorates a 1904 boating disaster in which more than a thousand people lost their lives. The Overture and Postlude are early works that nonetheless display Ives's originality, while Yale-Princeton Football Game exuberantly depicts a legendary 1897 match.

89 kr
Image Symphony No. 2 / Fuga solemnis
Following their recording of Franz Schmidt's Symphony No. 1 and excerpts from his opera Notre Dame (8.570828), the Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Vassily Sinaisky here present Schmidt's astonishing Second Symphony. The composer transformed his original conception of the work as a piano sonata based on a single theme into a kaleidoscopic essay for a large orchestra, rich with wind, brass and percussion instruments. The Fuga Solemnis for organ, brass and percussion is an enduring testament to Schmidt's originality, inventiveness and mastery of counterpoint.

89 kr
Image Symphony No. 1 / Notre Dame

"Malmösymfonikerna har fått förtroendet att spela in musik av Franz Schmidt (1874-1939), en allsidig musikertyp med senromantisk tonsättarprofil, som hamnat i skuggan av andra mästare: Wagner, Bruckner, Richard Strauss och Gustav Mahler. Frågan är om han inte ändå är Strauss jämlike. Den ungdomliga men fullvuxna symfonin väcker respekt."

"Österrikaren Franz Schmidt (1874-1939) har sina trogna anhängare. Hans stora och hyllade oratorium över Johannes uppenbarelse, Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln, har aldrig riktigt rört mitt hjärta, men särskilt sedan Zubin Mehta på en Decca-lp drog en lans för den sista av Schmidts fyra symfonier har han ändå framstått som en intressant herre i Brahms och Bruckners spår. Får erkänna att jag inte är helt uppdaterad på alla symfonierna, men den mycket sällan spelade ettan från 1899 har väl allmänt setts som den svagaste. Det kanske den är, men det är i bästa mening vänlig, stolt framrullande musik, inte så originell men väldigt välgjord. Som många jämförbara verk utanför allfarvägarna och från samma tid börjar den ytterst lovande, för att till sist framstå som lite väl lång. Men framförandet här förlåter mycket, inte oväntat när det handlar om Malmösymfonikernas lysande chefsdirigent Vassily Sinaisky. Orkestern imponerar också i högsta grad, inte minst briljerar hornsektionen, till exempel i den långsamma men hornglada andra satsen. Ur operan Notre Dame, Schmidts opus 2, får vi tre orkesterutdrag ur första akten, bland annat tonsättarens enda riktiga örhänge, det en gång i tiden ofta separat spelade Intermezzo. Tyvärr tycker jag att Sinaisky där segar till ett stycke som lätt blir en väldigt tung tårtbit. Hursomhelst en välkommen start på en spännande symfonicykel."

Franz Schmidt's finely crafted Symphony No. 1, grandiose in scale and optimistic in mood, recalls the masterpieces of other great Romantic composers, Brahms, Bruckner and Reger, and won the Beethoven Prize in 1900. His opera Notre Dame, based on Victor Hugo's novel, was first staged in Vienna in 1914, and won him an international reputation. Under Vassily Sinaisky the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, whose other Naxos recordings have been highly praised, makes a strong case for the revival of Schmidt's strangely neglected, yet sumptuous and deeply satisfying music.

89 kr
Image Peer Gynt (complete incidental music)(2 CD)
"...lyckad inspelning..."
(Skånska Dagbladet)

Grieg's incidental music for Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (1874-5) won immediate success and ranks among his most enduringly popular compositions, its huge range of orchestral tone-colours and creative use of space captured on this recording by placing actors, chorus, and folk musicians both onstage and behind the scenes. Foran Sydens Kloster, composed in 1871 as an interlude for Bjørnson's heroic play Arnljot Gelline, and Bergliot, a monodrama written in the same year and orchestrated in 1875, reveal Grieg as a master composer of dramatic and lyrical stage music.

59 kr
Image Three Orchestral Sets





"As always, there is darkness in Ives and James Sinclair here realises that fully, not least in the famous reference to the sinking of the Lusitania. There are also, often, discoveries. And here is a completed Third Orchestral Set. No doubt it will divide Ives scholars, but it is undoubtedly a fascinating achievement."

"Jag är oerhört imponerad av Malmösymfonikerna..."

The works on this recording focus on a singular genre created by a singular composer. The kind of piece Charles Ives called a 'set' is usually a larger work made by putting together independently-written smaller pieces. The First Orchestral Set, variously titled Three Places in New England and A New England Symphony, is one of Ives's great tributes to his roots. Put together around 1913-14 from material going back years, it is typically Ivesian in that each movement has an underlying program. Like the other sets, the Second has a slow-fast-slow pattern and a visionary hymn-based finale. The unfinished Third Orchestral Set was the only set Ives planned as a whole from the beginning. It may stand as the most profound discovery of the many and ongoing efforts to reconstruct Ives's incomplete works. This is its first complete performance and recording.

89 kr
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