Newsletter 160 
August 2009  

Grammy and Oscar Award-winning American composer John Corigliano appears at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at City Recital Hall Angel Place as the inaugural international composer for the Con's centenary celebration project: 101 Compositions for 100 Years.
The Conservatorium festivities include the Australian premiere of Corigliano’s wildly imaginative Bob Dylan song cycle, Mr. Tambourine Man, which received its premiere recording on Naxos last year and won the 2008 Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition (8.559331). In his exclusive lecture for Sydney Ideas, held at the City Recital Hall, Corigliano will take the listener through the creation of a work, from the commission through the process of building the piece. Read more

Key Corigliano Albums on Naxos

Takako Nishizaki Violin Studio

  • Individual violin lessons by or under the guidance of a master violinist.
  • Beginners (from age 3) preferred, but advanced students also accepted under certain conditions.
  • Our teaching combines the best elements of the Suzuki method with traditional teaching.
  • Many former students won prizes at the Hong Kong School of Music Festival and some have achieved an international solo career.
  • We welcome children of all nationalities provided parents are serious and supportive.
  • Lessons in English, Japanese, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Contact Mr. Jackson Leung at 9034 2698 for more information or send an e-mail message to
Takako Nishizaki Violin Studio website

This month we present the Naxos 200 Essential Recordings, 200 classical albums that should be part of every CD collection. Read more

Recent Classical Music Spotlights include several fascinating episodes about Naxos releases:

  • 30 June: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Arranged for Solo Piano
  • 7 July: Ge Gan-ru’s String Quartets - Fu, Angel Suite & Fall of Baghdad
  • 8 July: Wild Grass - the music of Zhou Long and Chen Yi
  • 28 July: An American Operatic Masterpiece - Deems Taylor’s Peter Ibbetson
  • 11 Aug: Trendsetters - Music for Wind Band by Hindemith, Holst,
    Grainger and Schwanter

More Classical Music Spotlights are coming this month. Visit the Podcasts page on the Naxos Blog for more information and to hear the latest podcasts

This month sees the release of Marin Alsop’s eagerly-awaited new recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. As a protégée of the great American conductor, composer and music educator, Alsop is uniquely placed to interpret this vibrantly theatrical work. The recording has already gained the highest critical praise: ‘the best sung, best played, most intelligently interpreted recording of Mass currently available’ (10/10 – Classics Today), ‘Leonard Bernstein dragged the Roman Catholic liturgy kicking and screaming into the 20th century, and with advances in sound engineering this spectacular new recording can fully exploit the score’s wide dynamic range...In the actor/singer role of the Celebrant we have Jubilant Sykes, a baritone who moves happily between major opera houses and the world of jazz. He throws everything he has into the performance, changing his style to suit the words and situation to perfection. The Morgan State University Choir prove a virile and powerful group, while those singing the Street People are so ideal for the part. Alsop’s choice of tempo is right at every twist and turn, the orchestra, with a host of additional musicians - including electric guitars, ‘rock’ organ and a range of percussion - is full of impact and oozing with virtuosity. A disturbing score but it is imperative you hear and experience it.’
(David Denton)
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We continue our celebrations and commemorations of several composers’ anniversaries, including Albeniz, Bloch, Martucci, Spohr and Villa-Lobos. Read more

And this month’s Critics Choice brings you a wonderful selection of CDs and DVDs available on Naxos and the labels we distribute. Read more

Thanks to everyone who participated in our online survey last month. Your comments and suggestions are appreciated.

Naxos CDs | Naxos Nostalgia CDs | Naxos AudioBooks
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Naxos Distributed Label Priority Titles

Distributed Labels: Capriccio | Dacapo | OUR Recordings | Phoenix Edition

 Naxos CDs

8.660237-38 BALADA Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus)
Jose Carreras • Montserrat Caballe • Carlos Chausson
Luis Alvarez • Stefano Palatchi • Victoria Vergara
Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Theo Alcántara

From one of the world’s great opera houses, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, comes Leonardo Balada’s richly melodic opera about one of the world’s great explorers, Christopher Columbus, commissioned by the Spanish government for the 5th Centennial of the Discovery of America. A superb cast, headed by Jose Carreras as Columbus and Monserrat Caballe as Queen Isabella of Spain, gained critical acclaim for their performances in what The Washington Times described as ‘a masterpiece...a landmark score in the lyric theater of our time’.

8.559622-23 BERNSTEIN Mass
Jubilant Sykes, celebrant • Asher Edward Wulfman, boy soprano
Morgan State University Choir • Dr. Eric Conway, Director
Peabody Children’s Chorus • Doreen Falby, director
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra • Marin Alsop, conductor

When Leonard Bernstein was asked by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to compose the inaugural work for the opening of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., he wrote: ‘The Mass is also an extremely dramatic event in itself—it even suggests a theater work.’ Premiered on September 8, 1971, with additional words by Stephen Schwartz of Godspell fame, Mass is a remarkable, visionary work with a kaleidoscope of musical styles that touches on themes of political protest, existential crisis and religious faith lost and found.

8.572068 BLASCO DE NEBRA Keyboard Sonatas Vol 1
Pedro Casals, piano

Nephew of the zarzuela composer, José de Nebra, Manuel Blasco de Nebra wrote some 170 works of which only 26 keyboard sonatas and six pastorellas are known today. This disc features his earliest known pieces, six sonatas from the Osuna Encarnacion Monastery manuscript, with two from manuscripts preserved in the Santa Clara Convent and five from the Montserrat Abbey Archive, through which may be traced the development of the sonata from simple beginnings to more modern, fully-fledged forms. This is the first of three volumes which together will offer for the first time all of de Nebra’s surviving sonatas.

8.570588 CARULLI Guitar and Piano Music Vol 2
Franz Halasz, guitar • Debora Halasz, piano

Franz and Debora Halasz continue their revelatory exploration of Ferdinando and Gustavo Carulli’s neglected yet highly appealing music. As popular with the glamorous Parisian salon set as with music-loving families who played them at home, these sparkling and melodious works brim with virtuosity and vivacity. Original compositions rub shoulders with melangesof beloved opera melodies and arrangements of operatic overtures, variations, waltzes and dazzlingly dancing duos. The artists have been praised for their ‘perfect rhythmic and tonal agreement’. Volume 1 is available on 8.570587.

8.570444 Chamber Music - French Flute Quintets by TOURNIER, SCHMITT, PIERNE, FRANCAIX, ROUSSEL
Mirage Quintet (Robert Aitken, flute • Erica Goodman, harp
Jacques Israelivitch,
violin • Teng Li, viola • Winona Zelenka, cello)

The five composers on this disc share the clarity and refinement, brio and wit, and subtle sensuality that permeate French music in the early years of the twentieth century. Each found in literature, the visual arts and the music of Debussy and Ravel touchstones for their own compositions, while expressing their individual personalities. Refinement and pellucid textures characterise Tournier’s Suite; vigour, elegance and passion Schmitt’s. Francaix’s Quintet, much-loved for its charm and delicacy, matches Roussel’s neo-classical Serenade and complements Pierne’s virtuosic and translucently scored Variations.

8.559372 DAUGHERTY Fire and Blood,
MotorCity Triptych, Raise the Roof

Ida Kavafian, violin • Detroit Symphony Orchestra • Neeme Jarvi, conductor

This recording celebrates three exciting works commissioned and premiered by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during Michael Daugherty’s four years as Composer-in-Residence. Inspired by Diego Rivera’s monumental fresco and Frida Kahlo’s paintings created in Detroit, Michigan, Fire and Blood ‘rivets the ear with a bold palette of colors and the skillful elaboration of vibrant themes’ (Detroit News). MotorCity Triptych, ‘striking both in its brilliance and in its technical rigor’, is a road trip through the sounds of Detroit: the 1960s pulse of Motown, the motor rhythms of Michigan Avenue, and the legend of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Raise the Roof, composed for the opening of Detroit’s Max M. Fisher Music Center, is a grand acoustic construction featuring the timpani in a tour de force of urban polyrhythms.

8.660270-71 GERMAN Tom Jones
Marianne Hellgren Staykov, soprano • Richard Morrison, baritone
Heather Shipp, mezzo-soprano • Donald Maxwell, baritone
Simon Butteriss, baritone •
Richard Suart, baritone
Gaynor Keeble, mezzo-soprano • Giles Davies, baritone
National Festival Orchestra & Chorus • David Russell Hulme, conductor

Tom Jones, based on Fielding ’s classic novel, first appeared in 1907. One of the finest British operettas to follow Gilbert and Sullivan, the music has a style of its own and brings a new Romantic sweep to the genre. Full of superb numbers, such as the famous waltz-song For To-night, On a Januairy morning, ASoldier’s Scarlet Coat, Dream o’ Day Jill and West Country lad, this is the first complete recording, and includes three numbers cut during the original run.

8.572151 GURNEY Songs (English Song series Vol 19)
Susan Bickley, mezzo-soprano • Iain Burnside, piano

Described by his teacher, Stanford, as ‘the one who most fulfilled the accepted ideas of genius’, the poet and composer Ivor Gurney composed more than 300 songs despite suffering from bipolar disorder and tuberculosis. The Five Elizabethan Songs show the young composer’s astonishing limpid fluency, while Tears and Sleep rank among his most exquisite creations. Comedy, desolation and lovelorn longing all touch the music of this ‘lover and maker of beauty’, whose songs find ideal interpreters in Susan Bickley and Iain Burnside.

8.570706 JANACEK Operatic Orchestral Suites Vol 3 -
The Cunning Little Vixen, From the House of the Dead

Vesa-Matti Leppänen, violin • Bridget Douglas, flute
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra • Peter Breiner, conductor

With this disc Naxos completes its acclaimed recordings of Peter Breiner’s powerful and evocative orchestral suites from Janacek’s operas. In very different ways, The Cunning Little Vixen and From the House of the Dead both reflect on love and loneliness, life and death, good, evil and the human condition, with some of the composer’s most effective music. Warmly welcomed as ‘refreshingly new’, Vol. 1 Jenufa, The Excursions of Mr Broucek (8.570555) and Vol. 2 Kat’a Kabanova and The Makropulos Affair (8.570556) are also available.

8.570888 LECLAIR Violin Sonatas Op 1 Nos 1-4
Adrian Butterfield, baroque violin • Alison McGillivray, viola da gamba • Laurence Cummings, harpsichord

With his four books of Sonatas, Jean-Marie Leclair established himself as the founder of the French School of violin playing, whose elegance he enlivened with the lyricism of the Italian baroque master, Corelli. The first four from Leclair’s first book of violin sonatas balance humour, flamboyance and rustic charm with many technical challenges. The artists on this recording are accomplished interpreters of early music, having performed with leading period instrument ensembles including the Hanover Band, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Academy of Ancient Music.

8.572237 MARKOPOULOS Shapes in Motion,
Pyrrichios Dance No 13 ‘Nemesis’, Concerto-Rhapsody, Triptych

Marc Grauwels, flute • Dimitri Papatheodorou, piano
Zacharias Spyridakis, cretan lyre • Dalia Ouziel, piano
Sophie Hallynck, harp • Brussels Virtuosi • Brussels Philharmonic –
The Orchestra of Flanders • Flanders Opera Symphony Orchestra
Michel Tilkin, Edwig Abrath, Iannis Leonidakis, conductors

To honour the most representative instrument of his native Crete, Yannis Markopoulos composed his melodious Concerto-Rhapsody for Lyre in which the exotic solo instrument and orchestra display an engaging, symbiotic relationship. His Triptych awakens the listener’s imagination with the contrasting sonorities of flute, harp and strings, while Shapes in Motion establishes from primordial ideas a harmonious balance between solo piano and orchestra. The shorter works showcase his graceful musicality, love of ancient myths and concern for the environment.

8.572025 MARTINU Piano Music Vol 7
Giorgio Koukl, piano • Chiara Solari, piano third hand

The discovery of several manuscripts of works previously unperformed, unknown or believed lost has allowed Giorgio Koukl to extend his acclaimed series of Martinu°’s piano music for Naxos. This seventh volume includes ten world première recordings. While the inspiration for From Andersen’s Fairy Tales seems clear enough, the ‘Goldilocks’ of his other youthful fairy tale set was probably a girl with whom he fell in love. The remaining short pieces help to complete the portrait of this frequently underrated composer, his life and unsettled times.
Vols 1-6 are also available
(8.557914, 8.557918, 8.557919, 8.570215, 8.572175, 8.572024)

8.570874 PIZZETTI Canti della Stagione Alta, Fedra Preludio, Cabiria Sinfonia del fuoco
Susanna Stefani Caetani, piano • Boris Statsenko, baritone
Stadtischer Opernchor, Chemnitz • Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie
Oleg Caetani, conductor

Together with Casella, Malipiero and Respighi, Pizzetti was one of the leading Italian composers of the generation of Italian composers born around 1880 (the so-called ‘generation of the 1880s’) who, in reacting against the melodic excesses of their predecessors, Puccini and Mascagni, sought not only to modernize the Italian opera tradition but to re-establish non-operatic Italian music. On this Naxos reissue of the first ever compact disc devoted exclusively to a selection of Pizzetti’s orchestral music, the intensely expressive yet self-contained Prelude to Act I of the opera, Fedra, is followed by the ripely romantic Piano Concerto Canti della stagione alta (Songs of the High Season) and the only recording of the colourful and dramatic Sinfonia del fuoco, written for the 1914 silent film, Cabiria.
Also available: PIZZETTI Concerto dell'estate, La festa delle Panatenee (Thessaloniki State Symphony, Michailidis) 8.572013

8.660253-54 PUCCINI La Rondine
Svetla Vassileva • Maya Dashuk • Fabio Sartori • Emanuele Giannino
Marzio Giossi • Fernando Ciuffo • Giorgio Berrugi • Andrea Patucelli
Polina Volfson • Alessandra Meozzi • Annunziata Vestri
Orchestra and Chorus of the Puccini Festival

Alberto Veronesi, conductor

Although one of his most consistently lyrical operas, La rondine (The Swallow) remains one of Puccini’s least known. Dissatisfied with the result of his work, Puccini wrote three versions, with two different endings, and continued to make further revisions up to his death in 1924. The innovative 2007 production at the Torre del Lago Giacomo Puccini Festival, presented here, is in effect a fourth version, which combines Acts I and II of the first version (1917), with Lorenzo Ferrero’s 1994 orchestration of parts of the Finale of Act III of the incomplete third version (1921), some of which had survived only in piano score, as well as Ruggero’s Act I romanza, Parigi è la città dei desideri, from the second version (1920).
Also available on Naxos DVD 2.110266

8.570962 SCHUBERT Lied Edition • 33 - Part Songs Vol 2
Sibylla Rubens, soprano • Silke Schwarz, soprano
Regina Jakobi, alto • Ingeborg Danz, alto
Hildegard Wiedemann, alto • Markus Schafer, tenor
Marcus Ullmann, tenor • Thomas E Bauer, bass • Markus Flaig, bass
Marcus Schmidl, bass • Ulrich Eisenlohr, piano

The Naxos Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition: Schubert set the poetry of over 115 writers to music. The Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition presents all Schubert’s Lieder, over 700 songs, grouped according to the poets who inspired him. Thanks to Bärenreiter’s Neue Schubert-Ausgabe (New Schubert Edition), Tübingen, which uses primary sources, the performers have been able to benefit from the most recent research of the editorial team. While Schubert’s numerous works for male-voice ensembles were circulated widely, those for female voices remained less well known, despite including several ambitious works of genius.
Other volumes also available.

8.570322 SVENDSEN Norwegian Rhapsodies Nos 1-4,
Romeo and Juliet, Zorahayda

South Jutland Symphony Orchestra • Bjarte Engeset, conductor

Johan Svendsen remains pre-eminent among those 19th-century Norwegians who harnessed Romantic Nationalism to Classical musical forms. Inspired by Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies (8.554480 and 8.554481) the four Norwegian Rhapsodies spin traditional melodies into expansive orchestral essays whose eloquence, ebullience and energy has ensured them wide appeal. His Romeo and Juliet, completed prior to Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture, and Zorahayda, based on Washington Irving’s tale of a Moorish princess and a Christian knight, are dreamy musical evocations of two classic love stories. Svendsen’s two symphonies are also available on 8.553898.

8.559617 Open Crossings - TEIRSTEIN Kopanitza,
Invention, What is Left of Us, Suite, Maramures

Soloists • Cygnus Ensemble • AE • Cassatt Quartet
Alaria Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra • Robert Ian Winstin, conductor

Andy Teirstein’s background in movement theater (from his early work as a musical clown in a Mexican circus to his long association with music for dance) has given him a unique perspective on the dramatic possibilities of composition. The works heard here translate theatrical physicality into a variety of musical impulses, drawing inspiration from Balkan, Appalachian and Jewish influences, the music of Bartok, and setting the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish and Robert Service. The results juxtapose folk and new-music styles in a series of compelling and highly satisfying scenarios.

8.570790 THUILLE Sextet, Piano Quintet
Chantily Quintet • Pirmin Grehl, flute • Florian Grube, oboe
Johannes Zurl, clarinet • Dmitry Babanov, horn • Bence Boganyi, bassoon Gigli Quartet • Marco Rogliano, Judith Hamza, violins • Luca Sanzò, viola Sabine Krams, cello • Gianluca Luisi, piano

One of the leading members of the Munich School, most famously represented by Richard Strauss, Ludwig Thuille was a prolific composer whose Sextet today remains the best known of his many chamber works. Influenced by Rheinberger, Liszt and Wagner, Thuille’s Sextet also recalls Brahms’s deft mastery, particularly with regard to his arching melodies, scrupulous handling of instrumental textures and technical skill. His second Piano Quintet, likewise notable for its formal mastery and dramatic contrasts, boasts many passages of thrilling intensity, counterpoint and surging lyricism.

8.559384 WELCHER String Quartets Nos 1-3
Cassatt String Quartet (Muneko Otani, Jennifer Leshnower, violins
Michiko Oshima, viola • Nicole Johnson, cello)

Named after the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, the Cassatt String Quartet is ideally placed to interpret the music of Dan Welcher, the main theme from whose personable Third String Quartet is based on the artist’s name and was written for this outstanding all-female ensemble. The good humored second quartet recalls Welcher’s delightful experience of the magnificent harbor for which Sydney, Australia, is world famous, while his first, unnamed, quartet is by turns abrasive, melancholy, tragic, soothing, darkly comic and ultimately victorious in character. Orchestral works by Dan Welcher can be heard on Naxos 8.559287.

8.572230 Fanfares and Overtures for Wind Band –

Nicholas Farco, narrator • Rutgers Wind Ensemble • William Berz, conductor

‘Fanfares and Overtures’ aptly conveys the spirit of this wide-ranging album, which marks the debut on Naxos’s popular Wind Band Classics range of the Rutgers Wind Ensemble. Hailed by one critic as ‘the Rolls Royce of wind ensembles’, it here presents music whose haunting moods, contrasting compositional styles and sophisticated characters call forth both the ‘sweet, sighing sonorities’ and ‘impressive unanimity and sheer technique’ for which the Ensemble is renowned. Previous recordings have gained the Ensemble an impressive 33 Grammy® entry listings.

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 Naxos Nostalgia CDs

8.120880 The Third Man and Other Classic Film Themes (1949-1958)
featuring Anton Karas • Mantovani • Larry Adler • Anton Walbrook
Narciso Yepes • Percy Faith • David Rose and others • Studio Orchestra
Studio Chorus •  Izler Solomon, conductor

THE THIRD MAN The Harry Lime Theme, The Cafe Mozart Waltz, The Lives of Harry Lime Radio bridges Nos 1, 2 & 3, The Third Man Theme PASSPORT TO PIMLICO The Siege of Burgundy, LA RONDE La ronde de l’amour THE ROMANTIC AGE Jealous Lover WHISKY GALORE Prelude THE GLASS MOUNTAIN The Legend of The Glass Mountain THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Can-Can Finale JEUX INTERDITS Jeux interdits Parts 1 & 2 ANNA Anna (El negro zumbon), Non dimenticar GENEVIEVE Themes, Love Theme and Blues THE KIDNAPPERS Nova Scotia Rhapsody LA STRADA Gelsomina (You And You Alone) TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI The Touch (Le Grisbi) SUMMERTIME Summertime in Venice FRENCH CAN-CAN Merry-Go-Round (Complainte de la butte) featuring Anton Karas, Mantovani, Larry Adler,
Anton Walbrook, Narciso Yepes, Percy Faith, David Rose and others

Naxos Nostalgia Catalogue

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Naxos AudioBooks

NA697612 TREMAIN Restoration
Read by Rupert Degas

The award-winning Restoration is one of Rose Tremain’s most popular works, and showcases her remarkable talent for capturing historical settings and personalities. Set during the English Restoration in the decadent court of King Charles II, the novel weaves a story of corrupted innocence, betrayal, love and hope against a fascinating historical backdrop. Written in the first person, the fortunes of the fallible but charismatic courtier Robert Merivel are utterly compelling. Restoration lyrically evokes the rich tapestry of seventeenth-century London life.
Related titles:
NA694612 The Road Home
NA697512 Music and Silence

NA699412 MacCARTHY Blood Meridian
Read by Robert Slade

Blood Meridian is widely recognised as the masterpiece of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy. It is an historical epic, a compelling reinterpretation of the Western, and one of the great American novels of the twentieth century. It tells the story of a teenage runaway known only as ‘the kid’, who falls in with a group of notorious outlaws: the Glanton Gang. Violent, direct and extraordinarily powerful, the novel traces the destiny of ‘the kid’ as he falls further and further from grace, and into the clutches of the mysterious and demonic Judge Holden.
Related title:
NA497112 The Road

NA198112 The Great Poets - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Read by Michael Pennington

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), one of the most popular of poets, is celebrated in 2009. Works such as The Charge of the Light Brigade, Crossing the Bar and Tears, idle tears have made him an internationally famous figure, and the second most quoted writer of all time (after Shakespeare). Tennyson’s poetic works encompass a great range of styles, settings and personae, and are known for their emotional resonance and powerful imagery. Naxos AudioBooks’ popular ‘The Great Poets’ series marks the anniversary with a CD bringing together all the key works, read by veteran reader Michael Pennington
Related titles in The Great Poets AudioBooks series:
NA192012 Elizabeth Barrett Browning & Christina Rossetti
NA147212 William Blake
NA196812 Robert Burns
NA185612 Emily Dickinson
NA195412 Oliver Wendell Holmes
NA190012 Gerard Manley Hopkins
NA148912 John Keats
NA147412 Rudyard Kipling
NA202112 Collection: Great Poets of the Romantic Age
NA189312 William McGonagall
NA185512 John Milton
NA186112 Percy Bysshe Shelley
NA186012 William Wordsworth

NA197912 WHITFIELD The Renaissance In a Nutshell
Read by Peter Whitfield

The fifth in the new Naxos AudioBooks series ‘In a Nutshell’, The Renaissance is a short and accessible introduction to the era that gave us Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Palestrina. The Renaissance swept across Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries, heralding intellectual revolutions in science, art, philosophy and politics, and marking a decisive shift towards modern thinking. The authoritative Peter Whitfield brings together all the different threads of this transformative period in a lucid and fascinating introduction.
Related In a Nutshell Titles:
NA196112 Afghanistan
NA194412 Darwin
NA194512 Karma and Rebirth
NA196212 Tibet

NA399812 Emily BRONTE Wuthering Heights
Read by Freda Dowie with Ken Drury

Released in our ‘Young Adult Classics’ format, Emily Brontë’s classic story of passion and enduring love is a masterpiece of the gothic genre. Menacing, mysterious Heathcliff and willful, beautiful Cathy are two of the best-known characters in all of English literature. Freda Dowie gives a compelling reading of a novel as bleak and elemental as the moors upon which it is set. The reading is accompanied by a bonus CD-ROM which includes searchable texts in both abridged and unabridged format and exam-helpful notes from the leading teacher and writer Francis Gilbert.
Related Titles:
NA308612 Jane Eyre
NA310412 Pride and Prejudice

NA299912 JAMES The Turn of the Screw
Read by Emma Fielding with Dermot Kerrigan

Henry James’s classic ghost story is a masterpiece of the supernatural. The tale is taken from the diary of a governess, who describes her mounting sense of paranoia at the relationship between her two wards and the ghostly figures that haunt the estate. Menacing, ambiguous and haunted by a pervading sense of evil, The Turn of the Screw is one of the most powerful and enduring tales of the nineteenth century. Emma Fielding gives a compelling reading of a story in which nothing is certain, and madness lurks around every corner.
Related Titles:
NA200312 Frankenstein
NA209012 The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

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 Naxos Distributed Labels

DACAPO, OUR Recordings and Phoenix Edition are distributed worldwide by Naxos.  Capriccio is not distributed by Naxos in the UK.  


There are no Capriccio New Releases until August 2009. However, several Capriccio  titles have recently been added to, including:

HAYDN Eight Concertos for harpsichord, piano and organ
Christine Schornsheim • Neue Dusseldorfer Hofmusik • Mary Utiger

Christine Schornsheim is one of the most vaunted interpreters of this genre. A series of concerts will bring her to various countries world-wide during the Haydn Anniversary Year 2009. It has been her desire for quite some time to be able to present her interpretations of Haydn’s keyboard concertos to a wider public. On this new double CD Christine Schornsheim performs on period instruments: harpsichord, piano and organ. The Neue Düsseldorfer Hofmusik under the direction of Mary Utiger provide colourful and profound orchestral support.

HAYDN Selected Songs
Ruth Ziesak, soprano • Gerold Huber, piano

Most of Joseph Haydn’s 46 Songs survive as original editions: published 1781 and 1784 in Vienna as well as 1794 and 1795 in London. In these, he achieved a balance between seriousness and humour, shade and light. Several songs focus on disappointed or rejected love, others feature religious or philosophical themes. Apart from a selection of German songs this recording also contains all of Haydn’s songs with lyrics in English: the twelve Canzonettas, The Spirit’s Song and O tuneful voice (published separately in 1806). One of his English admirers raved about Haydn’s own performances of his songs: ‘I had the great pleasure to hear the famous Duct. Haydn plays & sings his beautiful Canzonetts ... Oh! What a treat it was! ‘

EICHNER Symphonies
Ensemble l’arte del mondo • Werner Ehrhardt, conductor

World Premiere Recording Ernst Eichner (1740-1777) was one of the early masters of symphonic composition. Eichner’s first engagement was at the court of Duke Christian IV of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, whom he joined on his journeys to Paris. Charles Burney reported that ‘Mr. Eichner is a first-class bassoonist himself. The notes he extracts from his instrument are full and virile’. Later, JC Bach invited him to the famous Bach-Abel-concerts in London, where he performed as bassoonist, before he joined the court orchestra of the Prussian crown prince Friedrich Wilhelm, where many came to Berlin to hear him play.

18 Musical Statements from international Composers
(Austria, Europe, USA, Argentina, Australia, Japan, China)
Haydn Trio Eisenstadt

World Premiere Recordings Each of the 18 new compositions focuses on one aspect of Joseph Haydn’s life or work. The composers dedicated their works to Joseph Haydn and commemorate him in very distinctive ways, influenced by their individual cultural background. In co-operation with the Haydn-Festival Eisenstadt, six Austrian composers, six from Europe, another six from various parts of the world worked under the conceptual leadership of project manager Harald Kosik, pianist with the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt.

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NORGARD Piano Works
Erik Kaltoft, piano

The piano is Per Nørgård’s (b. 1932) work instrument so naturally piano music has formed part of his creative oeuvre over the past half century. This CD is dedicated to the shorter of Nørgård’s piano compositions. It introduces us to an alternative version of the animal carnival with a tango-dancing turtle, a reinterpretation of The Beatles’ blackbird, and a spider’s web – a mystical crystallisation of interconnected threads.

CHRISTENSEN Echoes of Dreamless Fragments
Nimbus of Queen Hatasu, Dreamless Fragments,
Fragments and Echoes of East Earth DrEaming, Echoes of Fragments,
East Earth DrEaming, Aksara

Mogens Christensen (born 1955) composes music that is both poetic and dramatic. All but one of his works featured on this CD are the result of a joint collaboration with the Contemporánea Ensemble. First performed live and now recorded digitally, they resonate more than ever as musical inter-reflections. We reach far and wide in this encounter between acoustic instruments and electronic music-making. Most striking is the way the music explores the endlessness of sound and the synchronism of mystic past and elucidated present.

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 OUR Recordings

There are no new OUR Recordings this month.

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 Phoenix Edition

There are no Phoenix Edition new releases until August 2009. The following Phoenix Edition recordings have received excellent reviews:

DALL’ABACO Concerti for Strings
Cappella Coloniensis • Gunther Wich • Gyorgy Fischer

Like ‘rubies from the Orient’, some musical compositions seem highly aware of their own scale and the size of their impact. Evaristo Felice dall’Abaco (1675-1742) was steeped in Italian musical tradition; he reportedly studied with Torelli, and his concertos are light, fleet, self-contained and discreet, all elements of the French style. How did an Italian musician so attached to his roots become a purveyor of such delightfully Gallic-flavored concertos? As chamber musician for Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria, dall’Abaco’s concertos are reflections of the dominant French taste of Maximilian’s court.

JF FASCH Overture, Sinfonias & Concerti
Cappella Coloniensis • Hanns-Martin Schneidt • Günther Wich

The Sinfonias, Concerti, and Overtures of Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758) express quintessentially Baroque masculine self-assurance and swagger. No wonder Bach admired and copied Fasch’s works, whose writing especially for wind instruments is confidently expressive and idiomatic. Fasch’s graceful writing for the bassoon and oboe are gratifyingly natural. The emotional lift provided by Fasch’s music also suggests that a stronger emotional and spiritual motivation may be working beneath the surface of these apparently imperturbable works.

HANDEL Apollo e Daphne
Helen Donath • Peter Christoph Runge
Cappella Coloniensis • Gunther Wich


The figure of Apollo has long been seen as an epigone of noble patrons. Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici, who particularly cherished Handel, had urged her brother Gian Gastone to marry Anna Maria Franziska of Saxe-Lauenburg, described as ‘appallingly and hugely fat’. Gian Gastone was gay and obese himself, but he acceded to his family’s demands, and this was the ‘Apollonian love couple’ under whose auspices Handel first began composing the highly romantic Apollo e Dafne. A one-act opera in everything but name, the spare and graceful, fleet orchestration has a lilting and plaintive melodiousness.

Michael HAYDN Organ Concerto, 3 Symphonies
Franz Lehrndorfer • Cappella Coloniensis • Wilfried Boettcher

Mozart, a keen judge of dance music, found the minuets of Michael Haydn (1737-1806), Franz Joseph’s younger brother, irresistible. Michael Haydn’s Symphony No 35 is as zesty as his Symphony No 11 (once attributed to Joseph) and his Symphony No 41. These tensile, energetic works are deftly scored for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, and strings. His Organ & Viola Concerto shows a charming sense of musical dialogue. Michael Haydn clearly remains a composer to be discovered, admired and cherished

Carl STAMITZ Cello Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Sinfonia Concertante
Zoltan Rocz • Ulrich Grehling • Ulrich Koch • Cappella Coloniensis
Gunther Wich • Gabriele Ferro


After participating in the Mannheim orchestra in his earliest years, Carl Stamitz (1745-1801) moved to Paris where he was court composer and conductor to Louis, duc de Noailles. By 1780 Stamitz had moved to The Hague, where he worked for William V, Prince of Orange. Stamitz created for them and other employers a series of fluent, perfectly skilled works - genteel, elegant music ideal for a court dinner. Between 1788 and 1790 he toured to St Petersburg, London, Augsburg, Nuremburg, Kassel and Jena. The last years of his life were spent in Jena, where he was Kapellmeister and a teacher at the University.

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PARRY Choral Masterpieces – Songs of Farewell
Mark Rowlinson, Baritone • Jeffrey Makinson, Organ • Manchester Cathedral Choir • Christopher Stokes

Sir Hubert Parry composed some of the most masterful and moving choral music of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. His magnificent coronation anthem for Edward VII, I was glad, and his setting of Blake’s mystical poem Jerusalem rightly remain famous, while his Magnificat and Nunc dimittis display his debt to Anglican musical traditions. The Songs of Farewell draw psalms and English poetry together into a charming garland, and Long since in Egypt’s plenteous land from his oratorio Judith sets the composer’s own prayerful text.


The Most Prolific Composer in History! Compositions attributed to him stretch across the centuries, from the beginning of the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, and into the early stages of the Baroque period. His music was by turns spiritual and secular, romantic and raucous, traditional and forward-looking. She was equally at home writing Gregorian chant, songs for troubadours, and instrumental dance music. He assimilated elements from both Western and Eastern cultures, tapping into musical traditions from England, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, North Africa and beyond. You name it, she could write it. All of this and yet the one thing he never wrote was his name, and so history has provided one for her: Anonymous. Needless to say, we know virtually nothing about him. No artist sketched his features. No poet sang her praises. No registrar listed his birth.

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Alexander Baillie, cello • James Lisney, piano

Thomas Schmidt-Kowalski looks at the Romantic era not as a part of history but as a mindset that is supposed to meet the ‘human longing for harmony’. His music is completely devoted to tonality and harmony and structure beased on 19th century music. These works for cello and piano spread over a wide range of time and represent the development of the composer as well as the different shades in the character of his style. Finally, the Romantic idiom is fully developed in the three short Nocturnos op 48 (Gesänge der Nacht or Songs of the Night), which also originate from a later period of his life.

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The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto 50th Anniversary Limited Edition (CD/DVD)
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto*,
The Yellow River Piano Concerto**
* Takako Nishizaki, violin • Shanghai Conservatory Symphony Orchestra
Fan Chengwu, conductor

** Yin Chengzong, piano • Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Adrian Leaper, conductor

Marco Polo 8.225976

In honor of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto’s 50th birthday, Naxos has released the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto 50th Anniversary Limited Edition performed by the world renowned violinist Takako Nishizaki. She was the only non-Chinese artist invited to perform at the official Butterfly Lovers 50th Anniversary Concert held at the Beijing's Great hall of the People. Each 50th Anniversary Limited Edition set is autographed by Takako Nishizaki and is individually numbered. The box set contains the complete Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto on the 24K Gold CD (Marco Polo 8.223495G) and the re-issued DVD (Marco Polo 2.220005) filmed in West Lake, Hangzhou.  Also included on the CD and DVD is the Yellow River Piano Concerto performed by the pianist Yin Chengzong.

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LANG The Little Match Girl Passion
Theatre of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier

This 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning work captivated audiences in Melbourne and Perth this year when the ensemble on the present disc gave its Australian premiere. A hauntingly beautiful a cappella piece, The Little Match Girl is based on the tragic Hans Christian Andersen tale and modeled musically on Bach’s St Matthew Passion. David Lang writes, ‘What drew me to The Little Match Girl is that the strength of the story lies not in its plot but in the fact that the horror and the beauty are constantly suffused with their opposites. Andersen tells this story as a kind of parable, drawing a religious and moral equivalency between the suffering of the poor girl and the suffering of Jesus.’ Pulitzer Prize Juror Tim Page: ‘I don't think I've ever been so moved by a new, and largely unheralded, composition as I was by David Lang's Little Match Girl Passion, which is unlike any music I know.’

Haydn Piano Sonatas Vol 2
Marc-Andre Hamelin, piano

Marc-André Hamelin’s first set of Haydn Piano Sonatas [CDA67554] was Hyperion’s best-selling release of 2007, and had the critics jostling to acclaim his performances in the highest terms, in particular his expression of the ‘physical exhilaration of Haydn’s playful inspiration in a way unmatched by any pianist past or present’. His second volume, released in a year where new Haydn recordings are prominent, should surely match the critical and commercial success of the first. Some of Haydn’s most alluring and appealing keyboard works are recorded here. The surprising (to some) emotional range of the composer is fully evident in the extraordinarily sensitive and intimate Sonata in E flat major No 49, written for Maria Anna von Genzinger, and the profoundly felt Andante con variazioni in F minor, the composition of which coincided with her death.

Between Heaven and Earth: Handel Arias
Sandrine Piau, soprano • Accademia Bizantina • Stefano Montanari

Sandrine Piau is without doubt the finest French coloratura soprano of our time. Her deep affinity for the music of Handel has yielded two previous discs highly praised by critics the world over: Gramophone’s David Vickers described her spectacular debut on Naïve as the ‘perfect synthesis of elegance, extravagance and emotion…the finest recital of Handel arias I have ever heard’. On Between Heaven and Earth, Piau is again in top form with brilliant offerings from Messiah, Theodora, Samson and other favourites.

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Handel – Sandrine Piau and Sara Mingardo
Sandrine Piau • Sara Mingardo • Concerto Italiano • Rinaldo Alessandrini

‘Venetian contralto Sara Mingardo and French soprano Sandrine Piau add to the rapidly growing stack of excellent recordings of recitatives, arias and duets from the early 18th-century operas by George Frideric Handel. Period-instrument master Rinaldo Alessandrini leads the Concerto Italiano in interpretations as vibrant and technically accomplished as the singing. All of the selections on this 75-minute disc are in Italian, with full translations included in the booklet.’  - John Terauds,

SCHUMANN Frauenliebe und – leben
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto • Daniel Blumenthal, piano
Naïve V5159

At the age of 24, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux became the first Canadian to win the 1st Prize as well as the Special Prize for Lieder at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium. Winning this prestigious award opened the door to an immediate international career allowing her to perform in concert and on the operatic stage with many great orchestras, opera houses and conductors around the globe. Marie-Nicole Lemieux has triumphed in baroque and romantic works, and is exquisite in the French repertoire. Accompanied by pianist Daniel Blumenthal, this album features two favourite German cycles sung in Marie-Nicole’s own lively, loving way.
‘In Lemieux's interpretation of Schumann's Frauenliebe und -leben, the ecstatic bride of the song cycle is no ingénue. We read her, instead, as a mature woman, surprised by the intensity of her feelings, perhaps, and all the more vulnerable for it.’  - Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail

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BACH The Well-tempered Clavier Book 1
Roger Woodward, piano
Celestial Harmonies 14281-2

Last year Roger Woodward was awarded the prestigious German Critics Prize for his Celestial Harmonies recording of Bach C-minor and E-minor Partitas and was a previous recipient of the Goethe Prize and Diapaison d’Or by German and French critics for recordings of works dedicated to him by Morton Feldman. Current recordings for Celestial Harmonies include the Chopin Nocturnes; in 2009, the two books of Debussy Préludes were released to reviews that described Roger Woodward’s performances as eclipsing those of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.  Celestial Harmonies now issues roger Woodward’s recording of the forty-eight Preludes and Fugues of J.S. Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Clavier.

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Salena Jones: Ballad With Luv
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Feelings, I Can See Clearly Now,
You Light Up My Life, And I Love You So, The Way We Were,
Fate Playing a Game, My Everyday, Did You Know?, My Way
Salena Jones
First Impression Music LIM K2HD 042

Salena Jones has recorded more than forty albums, covering nearly five hundred songs, and sold over 500,000 albums worldwide. Her voice and artistic maturity are at their prime in this Ballad With Luv album. The album is now re-mastered with the superior K2 HD format, reviving all the glories of Salena’s voice.  Her rendition of these treasured songs will appeal to audiophiles and music lovers alike.

Dallas Wind Symphony Sampler
Conducted by HOWARD DUNN: REED La Fiesta Mexicana,
Prelude and Aztec Dance; HOLST Suite No 2 in F excerpt;
Conducted by FREDERICK FENNELL: GOLDMARK Rustic Wedding Symphony – Scherzo; ALBENIZ Feast-Day in Seville; WEINBERGER Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper; GOULD Pavanne; JESSEL Parade of the Wooden Soldiers; ARNOLD Scottish Dance; NELSON Rocky Point Holiday;
Conducted by JERRY JUNKIN: SOUSA Nobles of the Mystic Shrine;
HINDEMITH Kammermusik No 7–finale; GRAINGER Gumsuckers March; MASLANKA: Symphony  No 4–finale
Dallas Wind Symphony • Frederick Fennell, Jerry Junkin and Howard Dunn, conductors
Reference Recordings RR-909 HDCD

PREPARE TO BE AMAZED! At last, a collection of the very best tracks from all Reference Recordings releases with The Dallas Wind Symphony, America’s only full-time professional wind band! All wind music enthusiasts need to have these knockout performances, conducted by the legendary Frederick Fennell, Jerry Junkin and Howard Dunn. Recorded in the acclaimed acoustics of the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the great music and spectacular sonic are perfectly captured by Reference Recordings’ world-renowned team of engineer Keith Johnson and producer Tam Henderson. The Dallas Wind Symphony has recorded thirteen critically-acclaimed titles for Reference Recordings. This first DWS Sampler, at the special-value price, is a collection of “primo” tracks, one from each program that can serve as an introduction to the exciting world of the extensive wind-band repertoire, and as an audio spectacular to give the finest high-end audio systems a workout!

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VERDI Otello
Otello - Plácido Domingo • Desdemona - Barbara Frittoli • Iago - Leo Nucci Coro di voci bianche del Teatro alla Scala e del Conservatorio
“Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano • Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Muti • Directed by Graham Vick • Set Design by Ezio Frigerio
Costume Design by Franca Squarciapino

ARTHAUS 107090

La Gioconda - Eva Marton • Enzo - Plácido Domingo
Barnaba - Matteo Manuguerra • Laura - Ludmila Semtschuk
Alvise - Kurt Rydl • La Cieca - Margarita Lilowa
Chorus, Ballet & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera • Adam Fischer Produced and designed by Filippo Sanjust

ARTHAUS 100233

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 3 ‘Polish’
plus Entr’acte and Dances of the Chambermaids
(from the opera The Voyevoda); Dmitri the Pretender and Vassily Shuisky incidental music (Introduction to Act I, Mazurka); Serenade for Nikolai Rubinstein’s Name Day; Entr’acte & Waltz and Polonaise
(from Eugene Onegin)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra • Neeme Järvi

This disc is the final instalment in BIS’s Tchaikovsky symphony cycle with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Neeme Järvi, a cycle which as a whole can be described as resolutely unsentimental, aiming to rid the score of the melodramatic excess that has become part of the performance tradition. The disc features the Third Symphony, nick-named ‘The Polish’ thanks to the marking of the final movement –Tempo di Polacca.

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 1 ‘Winter Daydreams’, The Snow Maiden excerpts, Romeo and Juliet (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS-SACD-1398
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 2 Little Russian’, The Storm, Festival Overture, Overture in F major (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS-SACD-1418
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 3 ‘Polish’, Eugene Onegin excerpts, The Voyevoda excerpts (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS-SACD-1468
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 4, Serenade in C major, Elegy in Honour of Ivan Samarin (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS-SACD-1458
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 5, The Voyevoda Op 78, Capriccio Italien (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS-SACD-1408
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 6 ‘Pathétique’, Francesca da Rimini
(Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi) BIS-SACD-1348

VIVALDI Sonata ‘al Santo Sepolcro’ in E flat major, RV130; Stabat Mater, RV621; PERGOLESI Salve Regina; JS BACH Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden (Psalm 51) BWV1083 (Transcription of Stabat Mater by Pergolesi)
Daniel Taylor, counter-tenor and director • Emma Kirkby, soprano (Bach) • Theatre of Early Music

• This disc features beautiful and moving works reflecting on the grief of the Virgin Mary written by great Vivaldi, Pergolesi and Bach.

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Porpora Arias
Gauvin • Il Complesso Barocco • Curtis
ATMA Classique ACD2 2590

With her enchanting voice, profound musicality, and extraordinary vocal range, the Canadian soprano Karina Gauvin has been seducing audiences and critics around the world. Following the immense success of her CD Handel Arias, she returns with a new recording of arias, most never recorded, from the operas of Nicola Porpora (1686-1768). The prestigious Italian Baroque orchestra Il Complesso Barocco under the direction of Alan Curtis, accompanies Madame Gauvin on this recording, which was produced in Italy.

Les classiques au soleil
BACH Cello Suite (Anne Gastinel), VIVALDI Summer from The Four Seasons (Fabio Biondi), VIVALDI Concerto for 2 Mandolins (Rolf Lislevand),
MORENO TORROBA Luisa Fernanda (Placido Domingo),
RODRIGO Concerto de Aranjuez (Isabelle Moretti),
FALLA Love the Magician (Edmon Colomer), VERDI Nabucco (Daniel Oren), BIZET Carmen (Alain Lombard), BARRIOS Pour guitar (Air de zamba)
(Jesus Castro Baldi), VIVALDI La Fida Ninfa (Sandrine Piau, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Jaroussky, Jean-Christophe Spinosi), CHOPIN Preludes Nos 3 & 16 (Grigory Sokolov), VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasilieras No 5
(Veronica Cangemi), FOSCARINI Passacaille (Rolf Lislevand), MOZART The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni (Jean-Claude Malgoire), MOZART Clarinet Quintet (Wolfgang Meyer, Quatuor Mosaiques), ROSSINI The Barber of Seville (Rinaldo Alessandrini), SANZ La Tarantela (Hopkinson Smith)
Naïve V5195          

Spend the summer with Anne Gastinel, Sandrine Piau, Plácido Domingo, Philippe Jaroussky, Fabio Biondi, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Rinaldo Alessandrini…Get a tan while listening to Vivaldi, Mozart, Bach, Bizet, Verdi, Chopin…Relax listening to The Four Seasons, Carmen, Concierto de Aranjuez, Nabucco…Quench your thirst with nice sounds of guitar , piano, clarinet, harp, or delightful sunny voices…

Zanasi • Mingardo • Fernandez • Banditelli • Forte • Bettini • Fauro • Coro del Teatro de la Zarzuela Le Concert des Nations • Savall
Naïve classique / Vivaldi Edition OP30471              

"The present recording of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace is the first complete recording, including all the arias and choruses from the 1731 version, as well as restoring Tamiri’s recitativo accompagnato from the 1738 version. For historical and conceptual reasons, each of the three acts is preceded by different examples from Corselli’s version of the opera, which was presented in Madrid in 1738. The entire version is built around a selection of the best interpretations from the last two performances recorded live at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, on 26 and 28 October, 2001. It should therefore be pointed out that any differences of sound or mood which may occasionally seem to affect the singing, or give the impression of the singers being further away, are due to the singers’ position on the stage. Any small inconvenience arising from the recording of a live stage performance is amply compensated for by the great spontaneity of the Recitatives and the sincerity of feeling in the Arias, in which the singers truly improvise some ornamentations in the da capo sections of the Arias in question. An opera is always an all-round spectacle, in which text, declamation, music, song, dance and theatre enter into a dialogue and are united in their one common objective: to invite us to dream by drawing us into a Utopian world, one which is always full of magic, beauty and emotion.” - Jordi Savall

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August 2009 Samplers

July 2009 Samplers
August New Release Sampler I
Orchestral Music

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8.570322  SVENDSEN Romeo og Julie (Romeo and Juliet) Op 18
8.570874  PIZZETTI Canti della stagione alta - Mosso e fervente, ma largamente spaziato
8.570706  JANACEK From the House of the Dead Suite - Hra a pantomima
(The Play and the Pantomime)

8.572237  MARKOPOULOS Concerto-Rhapsody - Allegro moderato
8.559372  DAUGHERTY Fire and Blood - Volcano
8.579003  PAVLOVA Symphony No 6 - Finale

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August New Release Sampler II
- Piano Solo - Violin Solo
- Chamber Music - Stage Works - Choral

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8.572068  BLASCO DI NEBRA Keyboard Sonata No 107 in G major
8.572267  BERIOT 12 Scenes Op 109 - No 11 L'inquietude
8.570588  CARULLI Melange en Duo sur des Motifs de Rossini Op 236
8.660270-71 GERMAN Tom Jones Act I - The lawn at Squire Western's: Introduction

8.570790  THUILLE Piano Quintet in E flat major Op 20 - Allegro con brio
8.570444  PIERNE Variations libres et final Op 51
8.572025  MARTINU Pohadka o Zlatovlasce (A Fairy-Tale of Goldilocks) - Pastorale
8.570888  LECLAIR Violin Sonata in A minor Op 1 No 1 - Aria: Grazioso
8.570962  SCHUBERT Standchen (Serenade) Op 135 D920
8.660253-54  PUCCINI La rondine Act III - O mia Lisette!


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