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JUNE 2015
Porter: String Quartets, Vol. 2
Ives Quartet
Naxos 8.559781

The generation of composers which proved so influential in mid-twentieth century America included Roger Sessions, Howard Hanson, Roy Harris and Quincy Porter. Porter’s much-admired orchestral music is marked by originality in its absorption of neo-classicism, but his series of nine string quartets also represents an important contribution to the genre. Quartets Nos. 5 to 8 are the works of a composer who had been a professional string player in the 1920s and are marked by rhythmic sophistication and melodic tension. ‘A very enjoyable disc which whets one’s appetite for the remaining five quartets.’ – Penguin Guide on Volume 1 (8.559305).


Sibelius: Kuolema; King Christian II
Pia Pajala • Waltteri Torikka • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam

Naxos 8.573299

Jean Sibelius was the most significant figure in the formation of Finland’s musical identity. Beyond the famous symphonies and tone poems he was prolific in other genres, including music for the theatre. King Christian II and Kuolema ensured Sibelius’s fame throughout Europe, the latter including the haunting melody (track 2) which would later become the Valse triste. The Two Songs from Twelfth Night contrast the specter of death with more comical moods, an effect also to be heard in one of Sibelius’s least performed orchestral works, the Overture in A minor.


Schumann: Arrangements for Piano Duets, Vol. 3
Eckerle Piano Duo
Naxos 8.572879

The demand for piano duet arrangements increased dramatically as keyboards became more powerful during the nineteenth century. Robert Schumann, already a keen duet player, wrote for the burgeoning market, though largely for the salon and not the concert stage. He almost always supervised the arrangements of his music but the Overture to Hermann and Dorothea is rare in that he arranged it himself. Symphony No. 3 Rhenish was arranged by his esteemed colleague and disciple Carl Reinecke, while the Overture to Scenes from Goethe’sFaust was the work of his brother-in-law, Woldemar Bargiel.


Gubaidulina: Complete Guitar Works
David Tanenbaum • Thomas Viloteau • Paul Psarras
Marc Teicholz • Jodi Levitz • Peter Wyrick • Mark Wright
Scott Pingel

Naxos 8.573379

Sofia Gubaidulina has found a soulfulness and freedom in the guitar that speaks to her musical language of expressive mood and often mysterious but precise sonorities. In both Repentance and Sotto Voce she combines guitars with lower stringed instruments, creating a virtuosic, multi-dimensional and deeply poetic role for each voice. Fascinating new sounds from the guitar are produced, from the most eloquent chorales to remarkable effects using a drinking glass. The earlier Serenade is ‘music for pleasure’, while this première recording of the Toccata reveals a work with a driving momentum that hardly stops. The works for guitar presented on this Naxos release – Ms. Gubaidulina’s complete works for the instrument written between 1960-2010/13 – feature four distinguished guitarists: David Tanenbaum, Thomas Viloteau, Paul Psarras and Marc Teicholz, as well as a number of additional supporting string players on viola, cello and bass..


Pigovat: Holocaust Requiem
Anna Serova • Croatian Radio & Television Symphony Orchestra • Nicola Guerini
Naxos 8.572729

Of Ukrainian origin, Boris Pigovat is now based in Israel where he has won several distinguished national awards. His Holocaust Requiem received the ACUM prize in 1995, and premiered at a concert dedicated to the massacre of Jews at Babi Yar. Each movement is named after the Latin Mass text, the emotional symbols of sorrow, suffering and hope expressed purely instrumentally but led by the “human” voice of the viola. The deliberately Russian Romantic style of Poem of Dawn was especially chosen by the composer for the work’s dedicatee, acclaimed violist Anna Serova.


Brahms: The Piano Trios
Christian Tetzlaff • Tanja Tetzlaff • Lars Vogt
Ondine ODE 1271-2D

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt, here joined by cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, are the featured artists on this new Ondine recording of the complete piano trios of Johannes Brahms. The Trios span a period from the 1850s (the 1st version of Op. 8) to the 1880s, with the Op. 101 completed during the last decade of Brahms’ active career as a composer. Christian Tetzlaff’s recording of the Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concertos, released by Ondine in 2011 (ODE 1195-2), received the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. His recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE 1205-2) was the Gramophone Magazine ‘Disc of the Month’ in January 2014. And in 2015, ICMA awarded Mr. Tetzlaff their ‘Artist of the Year’ honor. Lars Vogt was appointed the first ever “Pianist in Residence” by the Berlin Philharmonic in 2003/04 and enjoys a high profile as a soloist and chamber musician. Ms. Tetzlaff’s, for whom chamber music plays a significant part in her activities, gives regular recitals in renowned concert halls, series and festivals.


Raff: Piano Music, Vol. 6
Tra Nguyen
Grand Piano GP655

Every piece on this sixth and final volume of Raff’s piano music receives its world recording premiere. The passionate, melodic richness of the early Six Poems contrasts with the deftly effective scene-setting of Six Venetian Songs, Raff’s set of pieces recalling a holiday in Venice, and the disc closes with his aptly-named Valse brillante.



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