Newsletter No.81
May 4, 2004
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      New Reviews
     

    Every day we add new reviews of our recordings to Naxos.com. We present a weekly sampling of these under the heading 'Recent Reviews' and invite you to read what the critics are saying about Naxos.

      May New Releases
      Naxos
    BUSONI: Serenata / Little Suite / Finnish Variations
    Adagio con variazioni • Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (trans. F. Busoni) • Kleine Suite (Little Suite), Op. 23 (Kind. 215) • Kultaselle: Ten Variations on a Finnish Folk Song, Kind. 237 • Serenata, Op. 34 (Kind. 196) • Valse oubliée (trans F. Busoni)
    Duo Pepicelli
    Cat. 8.555691
    SCHUTZ: German Requiem / Seven Last Words of Christ
    Die mit Tranen saen, SWV 378 • Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz, SWV 478 • Musicalisches Exequien (German Requiem), SWV 279-281 • So fahr ich hin zu Jesu Christ, SWV 379
    Ralf Grobe, bass / Henning Kaiser, tenor / Jan Kobow, tenor / Ulrich Maier, bass / Bettian Pahn, soprano / Alsfelder Vocal EnsembleI Febiarmonici / Wolfgang Helbich, conductor and others
    Cat. 8.555705
    WAGNER: Overtures
    A Faust Overture • Christoph Columbus • Das Liebesverbot • Die Feen • König Enzio • Rienzi
    Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra / Alexander Rahbari, conductor
    Cat. 8.557055
    Tenor Arias (Marcello Giordani)
    Carmen: Le fleur que tu m'avais jetee • Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino e generoso • Guillaume Tell: Asile hereditaire • I Lombardi alla prima crociata: La mia letizia infondere • Il pirata: Nel furor delle tempeste • Il pirata: Per te di vane lagrime and others
    Maria Arghiracopulos, mezzo-soprano / Marcello Giordani, tenor / Giovanni Guagliardo, baritoneCatania Teatro Massimo Bellini ChorusCatania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra / Steven Mercurio, conductor
    Cat. 8.557269
    GRIEG: Piano Concerto / Symphonic Dances / In Autumn
    In Autumn, Op. 11 • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 • Symphonic Dances, Op. 64
    Håvard Gimse, pianoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra / Bjarte Engeset, conductor
    Cat. 8.557279
    BLANCAFORT: Country Games and Dances / Intimate Songs I
    6 Peces breus • 8 Peces per a piano • Cants intims I • Jocs i danses al camp
    Miquel Villalba, piano
    Cat. 8.557333
    LLOBET: Complete Guitar Works
    13 Catalan Folksongs • 4 Folksongs • 5 Preludes • Estudio Capricho • Mazurka • Mazurka for Federico Bufaletti and others
    Lorenzo Micheli, guitar
    Cat. 8.557351
    BRIAN: Symphony No. 1, "The Gothic"
    Symphony No. 1 in D minor, "The Gothic"
    Vladimir Dolezal, tenor / Eva Jenisova, soprano / Peter Mikulas, bass / Dagmar Peckova, alto / Pavol Prochazka, choirmaster / Bratislava Children's Choir / Bratislava City Chorus / Lucnica Chorus / Slovak Folk Ensemble Chorus / Slovak National Opera Chorus / Slovak Philharmonic Choir / Youth Echo Choir / Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra / Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Ondrej Lenard, conductor
    Cat. 8.557418-19
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Hamlet, Op. 116 / 116a
    Hamlet, Op. 116 / 116a
    Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
    Cat. 8.557446
      Naxos Opera
    MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
    Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
    Michelle Breedt, soprano / Renato Girolami, bass / Judith Halasz, soprano / Alexander Klinger, tenor / Peter Koves, bass / Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia / Michael Halasz, conductor and others
    Cat. 8.660102-04
    BEETHOVEN: Fidelio (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660901-03
    MOZART: The Magic Flute (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660904-06
    PUCCINI: La Boheme (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660907-09
    PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660910-12
    STRAUSS, J. JR: Die Fledermaus (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660913-15
    VERDI: Aida (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660916-18
    WAGNER: Der Fliegende Hollander (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660919-21
    VERDI: La Traviata (Opera Plus)
    Cat. 8.660922-24
      Naxos American Classics
    IVES: Piano Sonata No. 2 / The Celestial Railroad
    Four Transcriptions from 'Emerson', No. 1 • Piano Sonata No. 2, "Concord, Mass: 1840-60" • The Celestial Railroad • Varied Air and Variations
    Steven Mayer, piano
    Cat. 8.559127
    HOVHANESS: Symphony No. 22 / Cello Concerto
    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 17 • Symphony No. 22, Op. 236, "City of Light"
    Janos Starker, celloSeattle Symphony Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies, conductor / Alan Hovhaness, conductor
    Cat. 8.559158
      Marco Polo
    STRAUSS I, J.: Edition - Vol. 4
    Bajaderen-Walzer, Op. 53 • Charmant-Polka • Cotillons nach beliebten Motiven aus der Oper Die Unbekannte, Op. 50 • Das Leben ein Tanz oder Der Tanz ein Leben! Walzer, Op. 49 • Fortuna-Galopp, Op. 69 • Galopp No. 1 aus Die Stumme von Portici and others
    Slovak Sinfonietta / Ernst Märzendorfer, conductor
    Cat. 8.225254
      Naxos DVD Audio
    MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (Highlights)
    Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
    Michelle Breedt, soprano / Renato Girolami, bass / Judith Halasz, soprano / Alexander Klinger, tenor / Peter Koves, bass / Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia / Michael Halasz, conductor and others
    Cat. 5.110014
    GRIEG: Piano Concerto / Symphonic Dances / In Autumn
    In Autumn, Op. 11 • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 • Symphonic Dances, Op. 64
    Håvard Gimse, pianoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra / Bjarte Engeset, conductor
    Cat. 5.110060
      Naxos SACD
    MOZART: Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 (Highlights)
    Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
    Michelle Breedt, soprano / Renato Girolami, bass / Judith Halasz, soprano / Alexander Klinger, tenor / Peter Koves, bass / Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia / Michael Halasz, conductor and others
    Cat. 6.110014
    GRIEG: Piano Concerto / Symphonic Dances / In Autumn
    In Autumn, Op. 11 • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 • Symphonic Dances, Op. 64
    Håvard Gimse, pianoRoyal Scottish National Orchestra / Bjarte Engeset, conductor
    Cat. 6.110060
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Hamlet, Op 116 / 116a
    Hamlet, Op. 116 / 116a
    Russian Philharmonic Orchestra / Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor
    Cat. 6.110062
      Naxos Historical Recordings
    GILBERT and SULLIVAN: The Yeomen of the Guard (D'Oyly Carte) (1950)
    Iolanthe: Entrance and March of the Peers • Iolanthe: March - Finale Act I • Ruddigore: Hornpipe • The Gondoliers: Dance a Cachucha • The Gondoliers: Gavotte • The Gondoliers: March - With ducal pomp and others
    Darrell Fancourt, tenor / Martyn Green, baritone / Neville Griffiths, tenor / Ella Halman, mezzo-soprano / Muriel Harding, soprano / D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus / British Light Orchestra / D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra / New Promenade Orchestra / Isidore Godfrey, conductor / Stephen S. Moore, conductor and others
    Cat. 8.110293-94
    US Availability Pending
    Welte-Mignon Piano Rolls, Vol. 3 (1905-1926)
    'Lucia di Lammermoor' Fantasia • Elfenspiel, Etude in E major • German Waltz • La Campanella, Etude No. 3 • Mignon's Song • Polish Dance, Op. 3, No. 1 and others
    Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler, piano / Ferruccio Busoni, piano / Fanny Davies, piano / Rudolph Ganz, piano / Josef Hofmann, piano / and others
    Cat. 8.110679
    BEETHOVEN: Sonatas / SCHUBERT: Rondo (Menuhin) (1934-1938)
    Rondo in B minor, Op. 70 • Rondo in G, WoO 41 • Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 • Sonata No. 9 in A major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
    Hephzibah Menuhin, piano / Yehudi Menuhin, violin
    Cat. 8.110775
    Melba, Nellie: London and Middlesex Recordings (1921-1926)
    Address by Lord Stanley of Alderley • Annie Laurie • Away on the Hills There Runs a Stream • By the Waters of Minnetonka • Clair de lune, Op. 83, No. 1 • Dame Nellie Melba's Farewell Speech and others
    John Brownlee, baritone / Frederic Collier, bass / Edouard Cotreuil, bass / Harold Craxton, piano / Nellie Melba, piano / Landon Ronald Orchestra / Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden / Vincenzo Bellezza, conductor / Landon Ronald, conductor and others
    Cat. 8.110780
      Naxos Nostalgia
    BUTI, Carlo: Bella Ragazza (1934-1949)
    'O balcone 'e Napule • Bella regazza dalle trecce bionde • Carioca, Carioca...! • Chitarrata a chi sente • Dove sta Zaza? • Due chitarre and others
    Carlo Buti, tenorStefano Ferruzzi Chorus / Dino Olivieri Orchestra / Gian Mario Guarino Orchestra / Mario Consiglio Orchestra / Stefano Ferruzzi Orchestra
    Cat. 8.120596
      Naxos Jazz Legends
    REINHARDT, Django: H. C. Q. Strut (1938-1939)
    Echoes of Spain • H. C. Q. Strut • Hungaria • I'll See You in My Dreams • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm • Improvisation and others
    Pierre Feret, guitar / Stephane Grappelli, piano / Stephane Grappelli, violin / Roger Grasset, double bass / Django Reinhardt, guitar / Hot Club of France Quintet and others
    Cat. 8.120707
      Naxos Gospel Legends
    THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET: Gospel Train (1937-1942)
    Anyhow • Blind Barnabas • Didn't it Rain • Dip Your Fingers in the Water • Gabriel Blows His Horn • Golden Gate Gospel Train and others
    The Golden Gate Quartet
    Cat. 8.120731
    Not available in the United States.
      Naxos AudioBooks
    JOYCE: Ulysses (unabridged)
    Ulysses
    Jim Norton, reader / Marcella Riordan, reader
    Cat. NAX30912
    JOYCE: Dubliners
    Dubliners
    Jim Norton, reader
    Cat. NAX31312
      Dacapo
    HOLMBOE: Sinfonia I-IV
    Sinfonia I, Op. 73a • Sinfonia II, Op. 73b • Sinfonia III, Op. 73c • Sinfonia IV, Op. 73d
    Soren Elbaek, violin / Troels Svane, celloDanish Radio Sinfonietta / Hannu Koivula, conductor
    Cat. 8.226017
      TDK DVD
    MINKUS: La Bayadere
    La Bayadere
    Altynai Asylmuratova, dancer / Darcey Bussell, dancer / Anthony Dowell, dancer / David Drew, dancer / Tetsuya Kumakawa, dancer / Natalia Makarova, choreographer / Irek Mukhamedov, dancerRoyal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden / John Lanchbery, conductor
    Cat. DV-BLLB
    Not available in North and South America.
    Paco de Lucia & Group
    Alcazar de Sevilla • Buana, Buana, King Kong • El Pañuelo • Mi Niño Curro • Playa del Carmen • Zyryab
    Paco de Lucia, guitarPaco de Lucia Group
    Cat. DV-JPDLG
    Not available in North and South America.
    Voices of our Time: Barbara Bonney
    From the Théatre du Chatelet: Barbara Bonney in Recital
    Barbara Bonney, soprano / Malcolm Martineau, piano
    Cat. DV-VTBB-EUR
    Not available in North and South America.
    Voices of our Time: Thomas Hampson
    From the Théatre du Chatelet: Thomas Hampson in Recital
    Thomas Hampson, baritone / Wolfram Rieger, piano
    Cat. DV-VTTH-EUR
    Not available in North and South America.
      BBC/Opus Arte DVD
    RAMEAU: Les Boreades
    Les Boreades
    Barbara Bonney, soprano / William Christie, conductor
    Cat. OA0899D
    MOZART: Don Giovanni (La Scala)
    Don Giovanni
    Thomas Allen, baritone / Edita Gruberova, soprano
    Cat. OALS3001D
    Not available in North and South America.
    ROSSINI: Wiliam Tell (La Scala)
    William Tell
    Teatro alla Scala Chorus
    Cat. OALS3002D
    Not available in North and South America.

    To our readers in North and South America: Not all releases are available in the United States. For a complete list of new releases available in your region, please go to www.naxosusa.com.

      Classical Music Quiz
     

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    QUESTIONS:

    1. Which late-nineteenth century Italian composer's father was a recognised clarinet virtuoso?
    2. From which town was composer Manuel Blancafort?
    3. With similar roots to the London Philharmonic, for what purpose was the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra formed?
    4. What does the acronym SACD mean?
    5. What was the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's original name when the ensemble was formed in 1891?

    Note: all answers can be found on naxos.com

      Book of the Month
     

    Congratulations to A. D. (USA) and A. M. (USA) who have won copies of Evenings with Horowitz: A Personal Portrait by David Dubal. The answer to our question ("Who was Vladimir Horowitz's father-in-law?") was 'Arturo Toscanini'. We thank all of our contestants for participating.



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