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The July 2013 issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents our monthly spotlight release: ROSSINI's Semiramide recorded live at the 2012 ROSSINI IN WILDBAD Festival, conducted by Antonino Fogliani. Other highlights include: DOWN BY THE SEA: A Collection of British Folk Songs with vocal group Blossom Street conducted by Hilary Campbell; MAXWELL DAVIES's Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 3 and 4 conducted by the composer; as well as the Seventh Volume of SCHUMANN's Lieder Edition with baritone Thomas E. Bauer accompanied by pianist Uta Hielscher.

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This Month’s Highlights

Naxos 8.660340-42
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)

Alex Penda, soprano • Marianna Pizzolato
Lorenzo Regazzo • John Osborn • Andrea Mastroni
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Virtuosi Brunensis
Antonino Fogliani

Following his triumphant visit to Vienna in 1822, when several of his operas were extremely well received, international success beckoned for Rossini. First performed at La Fenice, Venice in 1823, Semiramide was Rossini’s last Italian opera, written at the height of his creative powers. Its subject is Greek tragedy for which librettist Gaetano Rossi drew on an adaptation by Voltaire. Instrumentally sophisticated and classically structured, the opera remains one of the most remarkable examples of Rossini’s cultivation of bel canto.

Naxos 8.573069
A Collection of British Folk Songs

Blossom Street • Hilary Campbell

Following its award-winning Christmas album, Sleep, Holy Babe (Naxos 8.572868), Blossom Street explores a wide-ranging sequence of British folk song settings for choir, with a particular focus on the nautical. The repertoire embraces pioneers in the rediscovery and arrangement of folk songs such as Vaughan Williams, Grainger and Warlock, adds little-known gems by Holst and Bairstow, and also introduces vibrant new additions to the repertoire from contemporary composers, including James MacMillan and Judith Bingham and the conductor herself.

Naxos 8.572353
Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934)
Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 3* and 4†

Robert Cook, French horn* • Peter Franks, trumpet*
Lewis Morrison, clarinet
Scottish Chamber Orchestra • Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Strathclyde Concertos, all premièred by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, are among his most significant contributions to the concerto genre. Concerto No. 3 for Horn and Trumpet marks a turning point in the cycle of ten concertos by employing multiple soloists, and stands in the lineage of works by Haydn, Mozart and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Concerto No. 4 explores the clarinet’s lyrical Mozartian heritage, alongside subtle percussive effects and agile virtuosity.

Naxos 8.557080
Robert SCHUMANN (1810–1856)
Lieder Edition, Volume 7
Liederkreis, Op. 39 • Drei Gedichte, Op. 30

Thomas E. Bauer, baritone • Uta Hielscher, piano

It was not until 1840 that, after a courtship strewn with difficulties, Robert Schumann was able to marry his beloved Clara Wieck. This was his ‘Year of Song’, and Joseph von Eichendorff’s melancholy poems of fearful wanderings, images of nature and lonely nights were the perfect vehicle for Schumann’s Liederkreis, Op. 39, which he described as his most romantic cycle. From the same year, Schumann’s Drei Gedichte, Op. 30 conjure memories of medieval times. The narrative ballad Die Löwenbraut tells of a disturbingly violent love triangle, while the Sechs Gedichte, Op. 36 evoke an idealised, fairy-tale image of Germany.

Naxos 8.201001
2013 Edition – 10 CD Set

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice
Peter Breiner

“When I started arranging and recording national anthems some 17 years ago, nobody expected the project would become so big and popular. In the meantime, it has been an important part of two Summer Olympics and numerous other sporting, cultural and social events. Any other existing anthem collection does not come close, in completeness, quality of the research or the size of the orchestral forces used. Every time this album is updated and released, the reactions are always overwhelming. I hope this latest version, with its unprecedented number of anthems, will be no less appreciated.” – Peter Breiner

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