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JULY 2016
Corgliano; Torke; Copland - Symphony No. 1, Bright Blue Music & Appalachian Spring Suite
National Orchestra Institute Philharmonic; David Alan Miller
Naxos 8.559782

This is the first recording for Naxos by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, which is composed of elite conservatory students from across the United States and abroad. The chosen works reflect the richness and variety of the American repertoire. A work of immense poignancy and power, John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 is a commemoration of friends of the composer who died during the 1980s and '90s. Michael Torke's Bright Blue Music evokes rich lyricism couched in the composer's favorite key of D major. The suite from Copland's Appalachian Spring is one of the great, quintessential American works.

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Cristina Spinei: Music for Dance
Cristina Spinei: Music for Dance
Voxare String Quartet; Pala Garcia; Joan Plana; Amanda Verner; Aleisha Verner; Sari De Leon Reist; Colleen Phelps; St Michel Strings; Jose Serebrier (conductor)
Toccata Classics TOCC0371

Nashville-based Cristina Spinei (b. 1984) is a Latin Grammy nominated composer, who has consistently remained in high demand by choreographers, musicians, and film directors. Spinei is frequently commissioned by ensembles such as the Bohemian Trio, Denison University Orchestra, Gallim Dance, London Central School, the Metropolis Ensemble, New York Chamber Music Festival, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, to name a few. The works on this release were all composed for dance, and include four string quartets, a duet for cello and percussion, and a piece for string orchestra. All of the pieces pulse with rhythmic energy and convey the American minimalist tradition. On the piece “Bootleg Sugar Lips,” which is included in this album, one reviewer writes: “[Bootleg Sugar Lips] was solidly minimalist in its aesthetic with a keen sense of large-scale form… Spinei was effective in creating enticing patterns and then drawing attention to a particular part, thereby creating a sense of large-scale melody and individual voices within a full texture…” (David Pearson of I Care if You Listen)

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Evensong Live 2016
Evensong Live 2016
The Choir of King's College
King's College Choir KGS0015

This unique release, Evensong Live 2016, is a potpourri of the best weekly webcasts from services at King’s College Chapel during the 2014-2015 academic school year. The services are recorded in the chapel using a high-tech modern recording system hidden in the vestry, organ loft, and roof of the building. The suspended microphones hang above the choir, brilliantly recording each performance. These webcasts can be found as they are updated weekly at www.kings.cam.ac.uk/choir/webcasts.html. Some of the best performances of the year have been selected for this album by Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. Evensong is performed at King’s College six times a week, adding to the already strong tradition of quality music at the school.

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Wild Cities
Wild Cities
Francesca Anderegg
New Focus Recordings FCR168

All of the new works for violin featured on this release have been inspired by the minimalism of John Adams. Violinist Francesca Anderegg, inspired by “After Dead Souls,” a poem by Ginsberg, explores the evolving American compositional tradition that romanticizes, above all, freedom. Francesca Anderegg is hailed for her “fiery interpretation,” and “exceptional performances.” A graduate of Harvard University, Anderegg also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Julliard.She is currently the Assistant Professor of Violin at St. Olaf College.

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Tavener: Missa Wellensis
Tavener: Missa Wellensis
Wells Cathedral Choir 
Signum Classics SIGCD442

This release explores the works of British composer John Taverner (1944-2013). Taverner is particularly noted for his output of religious music. His The Protecting Veil was recorded by Steven Isserlis and became a best selling album, and his Song for Athene was performed at the funeral of Princess Diana. Matthew Owens is the Organist and Master of the Choristers of Wells Cathedral. Owens is responsible for the choral tradition of daily worship at Wells Cathedral, and has also toured widely and recorded extensively with the Choir. In 2011, the Choir was named by a Gramophone international jury as the best choir in the world with children, and the sixth best overall. This release features multiple world-premiere recordings, most of which were commissioned especially for the choir. Among these are the Preces and Responses as well as They are all gone into the world of light.

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – Piano Concerto – I Got Rhythm Variations – Preludes
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – Piano Concerto – I Got Rhythm Variations – Preludes
Mark Bebbington; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Leon Botstein
Somm Recordings SOMMCD 260-2

Most widely known for his highly acclaimed recordings of British compositions, Mark Bebbington now takes on an all-American album, alongside Leon Botstein and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This two-disc set offers a fresh interpretation of some of George Gershwin's evergreens, as well as a bonus disc which includes the first integral recording of Gershwin's Eight Preludes for Piano Solo. Mark Bebbington's music has gained him seven five-star reviews in a row from BBC Music Magazine. He brings interpretive splendor to this recording alongside Maestro Botstein, who is currently in his 23rd year as Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra.

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Bantock: Omar Khayyám
Bantock: Omar Khayyám
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Norman Del Mar; Brian Raynor Cook; Sarah Walker; Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Lyrita Recorded Edition-Nimbus REAM2128

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a translation by Edward FitzGerald of a selection of poems which were originally written in Persion and are attributed to Omar Khayyam, a Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet. There are about a thousand poems in the complete volume. British composer Granville Bantock composed this choral setting of the works. Part I premiered in 1906, Part II in 1907, Part III in 1909, and the complete works were performed in 1910 at Queen’s Hall. This four disc set is the only complete recording ever made of the work, and is made up of original BBC Broadcasts from 1968 and 1979.

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Shadow, Echo, Memory
Shadow, Echo, Memory
Northwestern University Cello Ensemble
Sono Luminus SLE-70004

Shadow, Echo, Memory is a collection of 19th, 20th, and 21st century music arranged and written for Cello Ensemble. It explores the inherent vocal quality of the cello through a conversation between works either originally composed for voice, or inspired by vocal traditions. This varied group of compositions explores music's potential to express textures of light and dark, to bring to life sounds and images from another time, and to aid a listener to revisit their own past. It includes works by: Zachary Wadsworth, Gabriel Fauré, Michael van der Sloot, Sergei Rachmaninov, Aaron Jay Kernis, György Ligeti, Hans Thomalla and Gustav Mahler.

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Catoire: Complete Works for Violin & Piano
Aurence Kayaleh / Stephane Lemelin
Naxos 8.573345

Tchaikovsky encouraged Georgy L'vovich Catoire to pursue a musical career, remarking that he was "gifted with a powerful creative talent". Catoire's passion for Wagner was intense and this infused his music with rich chromatic harmonies and sweeping melodies. His works for viola and piano are some of his very finest. The Violin Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 15 is a substantial and compelling piece, full of grandeur and constantly evolving rhythms. Like its successor, the raptly beautiful, single-movement Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 20, subtitled Poeme, it shows the influence of French Impressionism.

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Latino Ladino: Songs of Exile and Passion from Spain and Latin America
Yaniv d’Or; Barrocade; Ensemble NAYA; Amit Tiefenbrunn
Naxos 8.573566

The music and poetry of numerous persecuted and exiled minority cultures flourished throughout the Mediterranean and South America during the 17th century, the sensitivities of these displaced communities retaining powerful resonance today. These ancient narratives on beauty, love, joy and sorrow are expressed through Yaniv d'Or's haunting voice against a 'folk-Baroque' instrumental backdrop that reinvents enchanting and distinctive musical worlds.

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Rossini: Giovanna d’Arco – Stabat Mater
Majella Cullagh; Marianna Pizzolato; José Luis Sola; Mirco Palazzi; Camerata Bach Choir; Tomasz Potkowski; Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra; Antonino Fogliani
Naxos 8.573531

Rossini's Stabat Mater is one of the staples of the sacred music repertoire but had a complicated history. He wrote it for performance in Madrid but, running short of time, enlisted the help of his friend Giovanni Tadolini. Rossini completed six pieces, Tadolini seven. Tadolini's pieces now only exist as piano reductions but conductor Antonino Fogliani has orchestrated them to allow listeners to hear the original work for the first time since 1833. Marco Taralli's 2009 orchestration of Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc), a cantata for solo voice, is also heard on this first recording.

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Escualo: Masters of Tango Violin
Escualo: Masters of Tango Violin
Fernando Suarez Paz / Leonardo Suarez Paz
Azica ACD-71308

Fernando Suarez Paz joined the Quinteto Nuevo Tango at the request of Astor Piazzolla in 1978, and he toured with the ensemble until their disbandment in 1988. In his decade of performing alongside Piazzolla, Paz recorded 18 albums all over the world. The first track on this album, Escualo by Piazzolla, is dedicated to Fernando Suarez Paz. The New York Times gave Paz a 7-star rating after his performances alongside vibraphonist Gary Burton at various jazz festivals across Europe, Japan, and the United States. Fernando’s son, Leonardo Suarez Paz is featured on this release. Leonardo grew up alongside Astor Piazzolla and was mentored by both Piazzolla and his father. He directs tango projects all over the globe, and his productions have appeared in such venues as the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Teatro Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires.

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