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MAY 2015
Tower: Violin Concerto
Cho-Liang Lin • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Giancarlo Guerrero

Naxos 8.559775

Joan Tower creates music that is bold, colorful and communicative, and her list of commissions and awards provide ample evidence of her ability to engage performers and audiences alike. Emotional intensity characterizes Stroke, which vividly conveys a stroke victim’s dramatic turmoil while also offering a vision of hope. The Violin Concerto, selected for the final round of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, is both a virtuoso showcase and a lyrical vehicle for the soloist, its conversational cadenzas representing a poignant exchange between the living and the departed. The deceptively titled Chamber Dance alternates huge blocks of sound with intimate solos and duets in an ever-evolving riot of colors. Tower’s Made in America (8.559328) won three GRAMMY®awards.

 

Long; Yi: Symphony, “Humen 1839″
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.570611

Widely regarded as one of China’s leading composers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Zhou Long writes music that is consistently compelling. The Rhyme of Taigu revives the spirit of Chinese court music from the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), drawing on traditional percussion instruments. Symphony ‘Humen 1839’, co-composed with Chen Yi, vividly commemorates the public burning of over 1000 tonnes of opium, an event that was to lead to the First Opium War between Great Britain and China. All three works, written in the first decade of the 21st c., receive here their world premiere recordings. Conducting the New Zealand Symphony is the young, fast rising Singapore-born, Russian and American trained Darrell Ang, who has gained widespread attention for his compelling podium authority and authoritative readings of the core symphonic repertoire – especially the great masterpieces by French and Russian composers, in addition to being one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary Asian symphonic music.

 

Penderecki: Magnificat
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus • Antoni Wit
Naxos 8.572697

The two works on this recording are separated by 35 years, during which time Penderecki made a decisive break with the post-war European avant-garde. In the Magnificat, chilling instrumental clusters, spectral sounds and impassioned rhetoric unite with tonality and counterpoint to deliver a work of monumental emotional power. Written to mark the 65th anniversary of the end of the Jewish ghetto in Łódź, Kadisz is among the most distinctive of Penderecki’s later choral works in the stark contrasts between drama and sombre reflection of its individual sections.

 

Prokofiev: Symphonies, Vol. 4
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Marin Alsop
Naxos 8.573452

This fourth volume in Marin Alsop’s acclaimed Prokofiev symphonic cycle features two of his most viscerally exciting works. Using material salvaged from his opera The Fiery Angel, the Third Symphony was hailed by Serge Koussevitzky at its 1929 première as “the best symphony since Tchaikovsky’s Sixth.” Originally commissioned as a ballet by Sergey Dyagilev but rejected as un-danceable, the Scythian Suite has become a popular orchestral showpiece, while Prokofiev retained a lifelong fondness for his dark-hued early symphonic sketch Autumn.

 

TARTINI, G.: Violin Concertos Box Set [29 CDs]
Guglielmo • L'arte dell'Arco
Dynamic DYN-7713

 

 




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