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8.660233-34 ROSSINI: Inganno felice (L') [Opera]

Rossini’s ‘rescue opera’ L’inganno felice (The Happy Deception) won immediate contemporary popularity after its first performance in 1812. One of the composer’s most inventive and sparkling scores, with soprano, tenor and bass arias of great beauty, it is today by far the least well-known and least often performed of his five farse written for Venice. The drama concerns the attempt of Isabella, wrongly rejected by her husband the Duke, and her protector, the miner Tarabotto, who had rescued her, half dead, from the sea, to bring to justice the Duke’s villainous confidant Ormondo and his henchman Batone, and to reconcile Isabella with her husband, an end happily achieved, the guilty punished and the innocent triumphant.

Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno • Alberto Zedda

8.557794 KABALEVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 3 / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Piano Concerto

Kabalevsky’s most lasting achievement was in the field of music education, notably his development in later years of a programme for music in schools. His Third Piano Concerto, ‘Dedicated to Soviet Youth’, completes the trilogy of instrumental concertos for young people, preceded by his Violin Concerto and his First Cello Concerto (Naxos 8.553788). Like the Third Piano Concerto, the Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, based on the composer’s own song, School Years, is an optimistic, uncomplicated work depicting scenes of happy childhood. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Piano Concerto, built on a Russian folk-song collected by Balakirev, is an inventive and virtuoso work whose single unbroken movement structure is copied from Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto.

Hsin-Ni Liu, Piano • Gnesin Academy Chorus
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitry Yablonsky

8.570582 ENESCU: Cello Sonatas, Op. 26 (Buruiana)

Chamber music was a prominent feature of Enescu’s music from his earliest years. Though separated by almost four decades, the two Cello Sonatas were not published until 1935. The First is indebted in many respects to Brahms and to Enescu’s French contemporaries, but the Second, dedicated to Pablo Casals, could only be by Enescu in its density of thought and subtlety of expression. The finale is marked à la roumaine, which aptly describes the work’s overall character and the profile of its material.

Laura Buruiana, Cello Martin Tchiba, Piano

8.557900-01 MOZART, W.A.: Songs (Complete)

Mozart loved the human voice, which he used as an instrument of musical expression throughout his compositional career from the age of six or seven. His Lieder, written largely in response to requests and commissions from acquaintances, friends and publishers deal with everyday subjects such as friendship and romance but also with social and political occasions such as the Emperor Joseph II’s Turkish campaign. Some were written in connection with Mozart’s activities as a freemason. Only one, the bitter-sweet Das Veilchen (The Violet) is set to the words of a major poet, Goethe. The many miniature masterpieces to be heard on this recording include Komm, liebe Zither, komm (Come, dear Zither), a musical precursor, with mandolin accompaniment, of Don Giovanni’s serenade Deh vieni alla finestra, the idyllic Der Zauberer (The Sorcerer) and the dramatically graphic Als Luise die Briefe ihres ungetreuen Liebhabers verbrannte (When Louisa burned the letters of her unfaithful lover).\

Ruth Ziesak, Soprano • Lothar Odinius, Tenor • Ulrich Eisenlohr, Piano • Ariane Lorch, Mandolin


8.570569 GINASTERA: Cello and Piano Music (Complete) (Kosower)

One of the most important South American composers of the 20th century, Alberto Ginastera embraced both old and new in the creation of an original style rooted in Argentine folk and popular music while incorporating increasingly modernist techniques. The works on this recording span Ginastera’s entire compositional output. The Cinco canciones populares argentinas are derived directly from folk-music but in Pampeana No. 2 the use of folk-music is more symbolic. Puneña No. 2 is a tour de force for solo cello that explores all registers of the instrument as well as a wide range of extended techniques. Ginastera himself wrote of the Sonata, Op. 49, one of his last works from his Neo-Expressionist period: “Strong rhythms, lyrical singing, and a mysterious atmosphere are, I think, the characteristics of this work consisting of four movements”.

Mark Kosower, Cello
Jee-Won Oh, Piano*

8.570959 JACKSON: Choral Works

Nicholas Jackson has pursued a career as an organist, harpsichordist and composer. Mass for a Saint’s Day, his first choral work, achieved great success and remains in the repertoire of many church choirs all over the English-speaking world. Jackson’s Requiem, an enlargement of the composer’s Missa cum Jubilo, incorporates plainsong in the style of Duruflé.

Laura Oldfield, Soprano solo 1 • Emily Beahan, Soprano solo 2
Peter Davoren, Tenor solo 3 • Francis Williams, Tenor solo 4
Henry Jones, Alto solo 5 • David de Winter, Tenor solo 5
Julian Debreuil, Bass solo 5 • David Goode, Organ 7
Jeremy Filsell, Organ • The Rodolfus Choir • Ralph Allwood

8.570447 Guitar Recital: Dervoed, Artyom - BIKTASHEV / OREKHOV / RUDNEV / KOSHKIN (Russian Guitar Music)

Winner of several important international competitions, including the 2006 Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition, Alessandria, Italy, Artyom Dervoed started playing guitar at the age of six. He has since enjoyed a career that has taken him to the United States and many European cities. This recital features works by contemporary composers from the Russian Federation, including Valery Biktashev’s masterpiece Orpheus, based on the Orpheus and Eurydice story, and Sergei Orekhov’s virtuoso The Troika Variations, closely influenced by Russian gypsy music.

8.570567 PASCULLI: Operatic Fantasias

ANTONIO PASCULLI was among the most distinguished oboists of his generation. In 1860 he was made professor of oboe and cor anglais at the Palermo Conservatory at the age of eighteen. His phenomenal ability as a performer is displayed in the dazzling operatic fantasias he wrote for his instrument, weaving melodies of well known operas into compositions that call for challenging feats of virtuosity. IVAN PAISOV joined the famous Bolshoy Theatre Orchestra as a principal oboist in 1992 and since then has not only toured with this orchestra but has given solo recitals and concerts with other leading orchestras in Russia and abroad.

Ivan Paisov, Oboe
Natalia Shcherbakova, Piano


8.570777 REINECKE: Octet / Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (From the Cradle to the Grave) / Sextet

Chamber music purely for wind ensembles was largely overlooked by Romantic composers and as a result Carl Reinecke’s genial Sextet and Octet for wind loom rather large in a sparse landscape. They are substantial, handsomely crafted works in which Reinecke’s skill for scoring yields a sonority at once rich, noble and beautifully balanced. Reinecke’s cycle of sixteen piano pieces Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, here arranged for flute and piano by Ernesto Köhler, is a homage to his contemporary Robert Schumann yet loses nothing of the composer’s originality and vitality.

Members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Fenwick Smith, Flute • Keisuke Wakao, Oboe
Thomas Martin, Clarinet • Craig Nordstrom, Clarinet
Jonathan Menkis, Horn • Richard Ranti, Bassoon
Roland Small, Bassoon • Hugh Hinton, Piano


  Naxos American Classics

8.559357 ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3 - Sleigh Ride / The Typewriter / Plink, Plank, Plunk! / The Syncopated Clock

Leroy Anderson etched out his own unique place in American music – a composer rigorously trained in the classical tradition whose records topped the pop charts, a meticulous arranger of music whose own melodies were crafted with inventive precision. Here, in the first complete cycle of Anderson’s orchestral music, the Anderson family has made available several pieces that the composer did not release, with some first recordings scattered among the familiar and not-so-familiar titles. Volume Three includes the notorious musical gem The Typewriter, in which the machine is transformed into a relentlessly busy percussion instrument, the tasteful and soul-satisfying Suite of Carols for Brass Choir, and Anderson’s biggest hit, Sleigh Ride.

Alasdair Malloy, Solo Typewriter 1
Catherine Moore, Solo Trumpet 2
BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin


8.559336 HOVHANESS: Guitar Concerto No. 2 / Symphony No. 63 / Fanfare for the New Atlantis

Alan Hovhaness was one of the most prolific composers of the twentieth century. He stood alone among composers who were otherwise writing according to the flow of modern thinking, opposed to melody and emotion, and dismissing classical form and contrapuntal writing. Fanfare for the New Atlantis is a symphonic celebration of the rebirth of the legendary island of Atlantis.The Guitar Concerto No. 2 is full of lively dance-like music and rapidly changing rhythmic patterns. Symphony No. 63 ‘Loon Lake’ is full of nostalgia for the New Hampshire countryside of Hovhaness’s youth. It was commissioned by the New Hampshire Music Festival in conjunction with the Loon Preservation Society, who specifically requested the sound of the loon cry to be in the symphony. All three works are world première recordings.

Javier Calderón, Guitar •  Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Stewart Robertson


  Naxos Greek Classics

8.570951 MOUZAS: Music for an Imaginary Film / Prima Materia / Monologue / Thought Forms / Lucid Dream

The Greek composer Alexandros Mouzas has written orchestral music and collaborated with leading Greek choreographers. He is active in image-related music and has written material for short films, television series, documentaries and commercials. He draws inspiration from various sources, with Prima Materia suggested by alchemy theories. Monologue is an unusual concerto for the cor anglais.

Christina Pantelidou, Cor anglais Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Miltos Logiadis


  Naxos Wind Band Classics

8.570946 COLGRASS: Urban Requiem / SAINT-SAENS: Introduction et rondo capriccioso / SHOSTAKOVICH: Overture on Russian and Kyrgyz Folk Themes (arr. for winds)

Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass’s Urban Requiem headlines this recording. This nearly half hour work explores the technical and expressive qualities of the saxophone quartet, as well as providing an aural experience that vividly describes life in the Big Apple. Scott Lindroth’s exciting Spin Cycle explores a variety of timbral and rhythmic aesthetics and is reflective of many of the technically exhilarating works currently being written for wind band. Lee Brooks’s transcription of Saint-Saëns’s popular Introduction and Rondo- Capriccioso gives this exciting work a new and fresh perspective. October demonstrates Eric Whitacre’s exceptional melodic gift as well as his use of the sonorities of wind and percussion instruments. Guy Duker’s setting of Shostakovich’s powerful Overture on Russian and Kirghiz Folk Songs is an invigorating and challenging contribution to the repertoire. Finally, the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine by the American March King, John Philip Sousa, reminds us of the magic of his exceptional compositional talents and of the tradition of the wind band in the 21st century American music scene.

Kathryn Thomas Umble, Flute • Robert Fitzer, Clarinet • James Umble, Allen Cordingley,Kent Engelhardt and Joseph Carey,Saxophones
Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Stephen L. Gage


  Naxos DVDs

2.110234-35 WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Vedova scaltra (La) (La Fenice, 2007) (NTSC)

Wolf-Ferrari’s comic opera La vedova scaltra (The Cunning Widow), is among the works he based on plays by Goldoni. It matches closely the conventions of 18th-century opera buffa in its witty if sceptical look at the mechanisms governing the interplay of human relations. Four hopeful suitors, English, French, Spanish and Italian, vie for the hand of Rosaura, the cunning widow of the title, who disguises herself to meet each wooer, eventually choosing the only one who can demonstrate his sincerity. This production, filmed live at the Teatro La Fenice in February 2007 in celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Goldoni in Venice in 1707, is the first to appear on DVD.

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro La Fenice, Venice Karl MartinEmanuela Di Pietro, Chorus Master
Massimo Gasparon, Director


2.110230 MUSSORGSKY, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. L. Stokowski) / SEREBRIER, J.: Symphony No. 3, "Symphonie mystique" (NTSC)

Filmed in Chester Cathedral during the National Youth Orchestra of Spain’s 2007 European tour, this concert features Leopold Stokowski’s inimitable and colourful transcriptions of Mussorgsky’ Pictures at an Exhbition and A Night on Bare Mountain, the latter made famous by its inclusion in the 1940 Walt Disney film Fantasia. José Serebrier’s ‘Symphonie mystique’, for strings, was written in the space of just one week in 2003. Serebrier’s earlier recording of this work (Naxos compact disc 8.559183) was hailed by FonoForum magazine as “a vital, elegant masterwork … a shimmering prism of tone … clearly formed and with a sure hand for reaching great heights of ecstasy”.

National Youth Orchestra of Spain / Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE), José Serebrier
José Luis Turina, Artistic Director


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