Listen to TRACK 1: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 21
Mozart wrote his Violin Concertos in 1775 while still living in his home town of Salzburg and in service to Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart had already toured internationally and found his parochial environment restricting, but as ever he rose above circumstances to create sublime and thrillingly unconventional masterpieces filled with wit and charm. The finely sustained melodic expression of each concerto’s slow centre provides the perfect foil for
inventive sparkle in outer movements that include a cheeky reference to the opera Il re pastore in K. 216, and an exotic ‘Turkish’ moment in the finale of K. 219.
Revered as one of the greatest Spanish composers for the piano, Enrique Granados also wrote a wide-ranging body of orchestral music. His one-act opera Goyescas contains an intensely lyrical Intermezzo that is his most popular work and one of the best-loved pieces in all Spanish music. The gypsy-tinged orientalism of Danza de los ojos verdes and Danza gitana contrast with the sombre and epic La nit del mort and the ambitious large-scale symphonic poem Dante, one of the most significant Spanish orchestral works of its time. This is the second in a series commemorating the centenary of Granados’ death. Volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.573263.
Listen to CD 3 TRACK 6: Coro: L’allegria è un sommo bene
The great writer Stendhal wrote of Il viaggio a Reims that “this opera is a feast”. The plot is a contemporary farce tailor-made for a particular occasion – the coronation festivities of Charles X – though Rossini valued the music so highly that he reused at great part of the score three years later in the opera Le Comte Ory. With a cast of ten principal and eight smaller rôles, this sparkling work is heard complete for the first time and in accordance with the critical edition prepared by the Fondazione Rossini and Casa Ricordi.
Listen to CD 1 TRACK 10: Murieta’s Entrance (The freeing of the prisoners – The battle)
Resident Director of the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor and composer José Luis Domínguez is one of Chile’s leading musicians. Set in California during the Gold Rush of the mid-nineteenth century, The Legend of Joaquín Murieta is both an exciting contemporary ‘action ballet’ and a standalone work in the great tradition of symphonic film music. Its subject is the Californian brigand Joaquín Murieta, often seen as the inspiration for Zorro, and the struggle of a small settlement against the Galgos (The Hounds), a North American gang of vigilantes who harass immigrants and Native Americans.