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January 2014
Get tuned in to the latest instalment of new releases from Naxos, your boundless source of classical discoveries.

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Pablo SARASATE (1844–1908)
Music for Violin and Piano, Volume 4

Tianwa Yang, violin
Markus Hadulla, piano

The finale to this critically-acclaimed four-disc series contains some of Sarasate’s greatest – and also some of his rarest – transcriptions and arrangements, some of which have been in the repertoire of violinists since they were published. They include a delectable Chopin sequence, arrangements inspired by the music of French Baroque violinists, an early and beautifully constructed Souvenirs de Faust based on Gounod, and Sarasate’s own favourite concert piece, Raff’s La fée d’amour.


Stanisław MONIUSZKO (1819–1872)
Overtures, Volume 1

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit

Stanisław Moniuszko was Poland’s leading opera composer in the 19th century, his work said to ‘bridge the gap between Chopin and Szymanowski’. His skill as a born melodist is apparent in the ‘beautiful and inspired’ overture to Paria, while the dramatic Halka was the work which brought him national acclaim. An affinity with Liszt’s tone poems can be heard in the substantial overture Bajka, while the scene for The Haunted Manor is set with an atmospheric Intrada.


Ernest John MOERAN (1894–1950)
In the Mountain Country
Rhapsodies • Overture for a Masque

Benjamin Frith, piano • Ulster Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta

Ernest John Moeran’s Rhapsodies occupy a significant place among his orchestral compositions. Each is marked by melodic exuberance, inventive scoring and formal mastery. Moeran’s gift for imbuing his music with folkloric tunes that are actually his own is especially evident in the First Rhapsody and in his first orchestral work, In the Mountain Country. First performed in 1943, the Rhapsody in F sharp major for piano and orchestra is unashamedly popular in style, with an appealing tunefulness.


Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919–1996)
Symphony No. 12
‘In memoriam D. Shostakovich’
Golden Key – Ballet Suite No. 4

St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande

Weinberg’s symphonies are recognized today as a substantial continuation of the Russian tradition. His Twelfth Symphony, written in the style and spirit of Shostakovich, is a response to the death in August 1975 of his great friend and supporter of 32 years. With its subtle stylistic allusions to Shostakovich, this is the longest and most wide-ranging of Weinberg’s purely orchestral symphonies. This recording has been prepared utilising the composer’s hand written materials and markings. One of only two surviving ballet scores, The Golden Key is a compelling satire, extending a lineage which includes Prokofiev and Stravinsky.


FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphony No. 2 / At Twilight / Idyll (Venyš, Czech National Symphony, Štilec)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies (Complete) (Tintner) (12-CD Boxed Set)
CATALANI, A.: Ero e Leandro / Contemplazione / Il Mattino (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 9 and 10 / CarolĂ­sima (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies)
MONTSALVATGE, X.: Sinfonía de Rèquiem / Manfred / Bric-à-brac (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Pérez)
HAYDN, J.: Piano Trios, Vol. 4 (Bartolozzi Trio) - Nos. 8-12

LISZT, F.: Transcriptions and Arrangements of Handel, Gounod, Spohr and Raff (Soyeon Kate Lee) (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 38)
TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music - Ballades Nos. 1-3 / Arabesques / Suite dans le style ancien / 5 Impressions / 8 Cantilenes (Reyes)
VIVALDI, A.: Cantatas - All'ombra d'un bel faggio / Lungi dal vago volto (Moynihan, Ensemble Nota Velata)

CORNELIUS, P.: Lieder (Complete), Vol. 3 (Landshamer, M. Schäfer, Begemann, Hausmann, Veit)
SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 13 (Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Brion)
VAN DER ROOST, J.: Sinfonia Hungarica / From Ancient Times (Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN, Van der Roost)

PÄRT, A.: Spiegel im Spiegel (version for violin and piano) (Broman, Crawford-Phillips)
MÁSSON, Á.: Kammersinfónia / Elja / Ymni / Maes Howe (Ólafsdóttir, Bjørn-Larsen, Caput Ensemble, Sachs)

GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (The) (Unabridged)
TROLLOPE, A.: Barchester Towers (Unabridged)
MILTON, J.: Samson Agonistes (Unabridged)

Vox humana
Podcast: Weinberg Symphony No 12
3 January, 2014

Mieczyslaw Weinberg's symphonies are recognised today as having made a substantial contribution to the continuation of the Russian tradition. Rick Phillips here surveys his Twelfth Symphony, written in the style and spirit of Shostakovich in response to the death in August 1975 of his great friend and supporter of 32 years.

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