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February 2013

Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809–1847)
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 *
Violin Concerto in D minor, MWV *
Violin Sonata in F minor, Op. 4

Tianwa Yang, violin
Romain Descharmes, piano
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä*
Patrick Gallois*

Filled with Mendelssohn’s signature freshness and lightness of touch, the Violin Concerto in D minor and the Sonata, Op. 4 are youthful products but written with an assurance which is startling in its maturity. The substantial earlier concerto gives a foretaste of the originality and soaring inspiration which has made the Violin Concerto, Op. 64 one of the most enduring works of its age. Acclaimed as “an unquestioned master of the violin” (American Record Guide), Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist, with highly acclaimed discs of works by Sarasate, Piazzolla and Wolfgang Rihm.

Johann Adolph HASSE (1699–1783)
Didone abbandonata

Theresa Holzhauser (Didone)
Flavio Ferri-Benedetti (Enea)
Valer Barna-Sabadus (Iarba)
Magdalena Hinterdobler (Selene)
Maria Celeng (Araspe)
Andreas Burkhart (Osmida)
Hofkapelle München
Michael Hofstetter

One of the outstanding composers of his day, Johann Adolph Hasse was seen as possessing “the same qualities of true genius, taste and judgment” as his librettist Pietro Metastasio. Didone abbandonata represents the once hugely popular 18th century genre of opera seria, exploring the same tragic story as Purcell’s earlier Dido and Aeneas while expanding the heroine’s conflicts between regal duties, love, and helplessness in the face of desertion.

Duke ELLINGTON (1899–1974)
Black, Brown, and Beige • Harlem
Three Black Kings • The River
Take the ‘A’ Train

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta

World Première Recording

Edward Kennedy ‘Duke’ Ellington wrote some of the twentieth century’s greatest Big Band music, but he also wrote in a variety of forms. The boisterous and evocative Harlem pays tribute to Ellington’s roots, Black, Brown, and Beige sets work songs and spirituals, whilst the suite from The River shows his genius in writing for the stage. Three Black Kings, scored as a ballet, was left unfinished at his death, but shows no lessening of invention. Ellington’s arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s Take the ‘A’ Train became famous around the world after the outbreak of World War II, and ranks among the most widely recorded standards of all time.

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919–1996)
Symphony No. 8 ‘Polish Flowers’,
Op. 83

Rafał Bartmiński, tenor
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Antoni Wit

A product of Mieczysław Weinberg’s remarkable burst of creativity in the 1960s, the Eighth Symphony uses texts drawn from Julian Tuwim’s epic poem Polish Flowers which reflect on Poland’s troubled past and ominous future. Social inequities, poverty, cruelty in times of war and a final luminous vision of hope are eloquently expressed in one of Weinberg’s most personal and powerful artistic statements.

Giovanni BOTTESINI (1821–1889)
Messa da Requiem

Marta Mathéu, soprano
Gemma Coma-Alabert, mezzo-soprano
Agustín Prunell-Friend, tenor
Enric Martínez-Castignani, baritone
Joyful Company of Singers
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Martin

Renowned worldwide in his lifetime and remembered today as a double bass virtuoso, Giovanni Bottesini excelled in every branch of musicianship, but his operas and sacred works were  overshadowed by those of Verdi and have fallen into neglect. Composed in response to the death of his brother Luigi, Bottesini’s large scale Requiem combines ecclesiastical counterpoint with formal innovation and the expressive lyricism and dramatic orchestration of operatic models.

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.:  Trumpet Concerto / Piccolo Concerto / 5 Klee Pictures (Wallace, McIlwham,  Maxwell Davies)
GOEHR, A.: Marching to  Carcassonne / When Adam Fell / Pastorals (P. Serkin, BBC Symphony, London  Sinfonietta, Knussen)
ALBERT, E. d': Symphony  in F major / Symphonic Prelude to Tiefland (Leipzig MDR Symphony, Markl)

ZADOR, E.: Divertimento  / Elegie and Dance / Oboe Concerto / Studies (Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV,  Smolij)
MOZART, W.A.: Violin  Sonatas Nos. 24, 25, 26 / Piano Sonata No. 17 (arr. for flute and piano) (P.  Gallois, Prinz)
ONSLOW, G.: Cello  Sonatas, Op. 16, Nos. 1-3 (Kliegel, Tichmann)

THUILLE, L.: Violin  and Piano Works (Complete) (Rogliano, G. Luisi)
GIRARD, A.: Cercle de la  Vie (Le) / Eloge de la folie / Les Noces d'Orphee / L'Effroi de la nuit froide  (Fessard, Bihan, G. Girard)
Vocal Recital: Alieva,  Dinara - RACHMANINOV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N. (Russian Songs  and Arias)

BUSONI, F.: Piano Music,  Vol. 8 (Harden) - 24 Preludes / Macchiette medioevali
CLEMENTI, M.: Gradus  ad Parnassum, Vol. 4 (Marangoni) - Nos. 66-100

BERNSTEIN, L.:  Transcriptions for Wind Band - On the Waterfront Suite / On the Town / Candide  (University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Weiss)
Wind Band Music - REED,  A. / BERNSTEIN, L. / BACH, J.S. / SMITH, C.T. / CHIANG, Chia-Ying (Armenian  Dances) (Taiwan Wind Ensemble, Boyd)

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SIBELIUS, J.:  Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Jager March (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 3)  (1928, 1932)
GOULD, M.: American Legend (3-CD Box Set)

*Not Available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

NORWAY: The Peer Gynt Road / Lake Mjosa / Oslo (NTSC)
FRANCE — A Musical  Visit to Provence and a Carnival of Animals

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