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December 2012

TALLIS Spem in alium
ALLEGRI Miserere
PERGOLESI Stabat mater
MOZART Ave verum corpus
FRANCK Panis angelicus

Some of the world’s greatest sacred masterpieces are heard on this disc, performed by some of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. The journey ranges from Thomas Tallis’s extraordinary Spem in alium to César Franck’s immortal Panis angelicus. Pergolesi’s Stabat mater is a masterpiece of the early eighteenth century. Mozart, who as a 14 year old had copied out Allegri’s Miserere from memory, is represented by his beautiful Ave verum corpus. It is impossible to omit the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria from a journey that crosses geographical borders and spans the centuries.

ROSSINI Complete Overtures, Vol. 1

Helmut WALCHA (1907–1991)
Chorale Preludes, Volume 2

Wolfgang Rübsam, organ

A native of Leipzig and steeped in the musical tradition of J. S. Bach, Helmut Walcha was one of the most influential organists of the 20th century. Building on Baroque examples, Walcha started composing the Chorale Preludes during the war years and they became popular teaching pieces as well as ideal vehicles for expressing the clarity and colour of organs both historic and new. As one of Walcha’s most renowned students Wolfgang Rübsam is uniquely authoritative in his interpretations. This is the second of four volumes of Walcha’s complete Chorale Preludes.
DELIUS Appalachia • Sea Drift

Bohuslav MARTINŮ (1890–1959)
Cinq Pièces Brèves (Piano Trio No. 1)
Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor
Piano Trio No. 3 in C major
(The Great)

Arbor Piano Trio

Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů excelled in chamber music and made a substantial contribution to the piano trio repertoire of the twentieth century, his keen ear for balance and sonority finding here a perfect medium for his music. Trio No. 1, Cinq pièces brèves, written in an appealing and virtuosic neo-classical style in Paris in 1930, was admired by Stravinsky. Trios Nos. 2 and 3, composed in America in 1951, are more ambitious in scope and notable for their rhythmic verve and unpredictability, ingratiating themes and elegiac slow movements.
DEBUSSY 24 Préludes (orch. Breiner) (Märkl)

Giovanni SGAMBATI (1841–1914)
Cola di Rienzo – Overture
Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 16

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
Francesco La Vecchia

Giovanni Sgambati was one of the most important figures in the Renaissance of Italian instrumental music that began in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Wagner arranged the publication of his first chamber works, calling him ‘a true, great and original talent’. Sgambati’s blending of Italianate lyricism and German rigour led to large-scale works of real historical significance. His overture Cola di Rienzo exemplifies his richness of characterisation while the First Symphony is a major statement of breadth and intensity, admired by Grieg and Saint-Saëns, and often conducted by Toscanini.
DUN Symphonic Poem on Three Notes

Ferdinando PAËR (1771–1839)
Il Santo Sepolcro
(The Holy Sepulchre)

Cornelia Horak • Vanessa Barkowski
Thomas Michael Allen • Jens Hamann
Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble
Franz Hauk

Together with Johann Simon Mayr, Ferdinando Paër counts as one of the most important opera composers of his day, and he was unable to resist filling his oratorio on Christ’s Passion, Il Santo Sepolcro with expressive extremes. Pain and grief contrast with joy and hope, and scenes including the terrible hours of the crucifixion, frenzy of the crowd, resurrection and Last Judgment are given potently descriptive music. Originally a prelude to Haydn’s Seven Last Words, Mayr’s Invito is a call to hear Paër’s incomparable narrative.

MCCABE, J.: Choral Music (Visions) (BBC Singers, Farrington, Hill)
IRELAND, J.: Church Music (Lincoln Cathedral Choir, Harrison, Prentice)
LIANG, Lei: Verge / Tremors of a Memory Chord / Aural Hypothesis / Five Seasons (Palimpsest Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, Wu Man, Pi-hsien Chen)

SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 11 (Royal Swedish Navy Band, Brion)
FRANCK, E.: Piano Trio No. 2 / Cello Sonata No. 2 / Violin Sonata No. 2 (Ashkenasi, Hanani, Tocco)
MEYER, K.: String Quartets, Vol. 3 (Wieniawski String Quartet) - Nos. 7, 10 and 13

GREENE, M.: Spenser's Amoretti (Hulett, Green, Pinardi)
Piano Recital: Kim, DongKyu - PROKOFIEV, S.

Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947)
RACHMANINOV, Sergei: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 3 - Victor Recordings (1925-1942)
STRAUSS I, J.: Edition - Vol. 23

*Exclusively available for streaming and download. Not available on CD.

MAHLER, G.: Symphony  No. 1, `Titan` (with scenery and sights from Switzerland,  Austria, Italy, Germany)
Finland: Helsinki / Lake Haapavesi / Savonlinna / Kerimaki

My First Classical Music App
[Android Version]

Ideal for children aged 4 or above to enjoy alone or together with a parent, this app is bursting with different pieces of music. It will fire the imagination of children and delight parents.
Little Mozart App [iOS]
A fun and friendly introduction to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, full of music, for young children. Mozart wrote this amazing music, which people still love hearing today. See if you love hearing it too!

Ferruccio Busoni: Short Profile
John Field: Short Profile
Edward MacDowell: Short Profile

Bartók: A Portrait
A History of American Classical Music
The Story of Jesus

Stories from Shakespeare Vol 3
The Adventures of Odysseus
Tales from the Greek Legends

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Naxos December 2012 Sampler
BalletChamber Music
Choral - Sacred
Choral - Secular
ConcertosInstrumental OrchestralVocal
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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