Since its inception in 1991, Altissimo! Recordings has been dedicated to the continuing production and distribution of the vast array of music from the wonderful musicians of the United States military bands, orchestras, ensembles and choruses. Prior to the founding of Altissimo!, these phenomenal recordings were not available to the general public. But now, courtesy of the Altissimo! label, everyone can enjoy these recordings that are among the finest of their type in the world.
The Heritage of John Philip Sousa SERIES
The International Tchaikovsky Competition is one of the major events in the international music community and it is held once every four years. This year the competition was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg from June 17 to June 29. Two young and talented artists, who are prize-winners in this year's competition, have previously released recordings on Naxos.
Russian violinist Sergei Dogadin won the first prize in the violin category. His debut recording on Naxos features Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes arranged for violin and piano accompanied by Nikolai Tokarev. Fanfare Magazine praised Dogadin’s ‘elegant tone’, and commented that 'the flexibility of their approach mirrors the variability of the music itself.'
20-year-old Japanese pianist Mao Fujita won the 2nd prize in the piano category. Fujita has recorded four albums on the Naxos Japan label. His latest piano solo album 'Passage Chopin: Piano Sonata No. 3' released in 2018, features Chopin's Third Sonata, the piece Fujita performed in the semi-final round of the competition.
For the full list of winners, please visit tchaikovskycompetition.com.
Star cellist Daniel Müller-Schott has already built up a sizeable discography in a career spanning sixteen years under the ORFEO record label. In his latest recording, he presents a programme of works by Richard Strauss, featuring Sir Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
During his long and exceptionally fruitful creative life, Richard Strauss composed but a handful of works for the cello, only three of which survived. Small as that number may seem, they proved critical to the composer’s development. Daniel Müller-Schott sees the early Sonata for Cello and Piano Op. 6 and the late tone poem Don Quixote Op. 35 as marking the path that was to lead Strauss within the space of a few years from late Romanticism to the modern era in music.
The cellist underscores this watershed in Strauss’ artistic development with his own transcriptions, expressly made for this album, of the Lieder Zueignung Op. 10/1 and Ich trage meine Minne Op. 32/1.
NOTABLE RELEASES FEATURING DANIEL MÜLLER-SCHOTT
For more recordings by Daniel Müller-Schott, please visit www.orfeomusic.de.
For the July issue of Gramophone, the magazine celebrates the mid-20th-century American symphonists who deserve to be better known with a cover story by guest writer and renowned conductor Gerard Schwarz. The article features the rarely-heard, mid-20th-century American composers, including symphonies by Paul Creston, William Schuman, Alan Hovhannes, David Diamond, Howard Hanson, Peter Mennin, and Walter Piston. We hope this journey in Gramophone might then interest many of you to investigate their output further. Visit Gramophone’s website to explore the July 2019 issue.
TITLES FEATURED IN THE GRAMOPHONE’S ARTICLE
NAXOS AMERICAN CLASSICS SERIES
Our acclaimed American Classics series boasts a unique catalogue of both well-known and rarely recorded masterpieces. The landmark series features the greatest American composers, with award-winning contemporary works often presented in world premiere recordings.
Our most recent releases exemplify these hallmarks of the collection and comprise four programmes of first recordings, either in whole (Jon Deak, Richard Danielpour, Gregory Hutter) or in part (John Philip Sousa).
Browse the hundreds of entries in our Naxos American Classics segment catalogue.
More 2019 releases from the American Classics series
Recordings from the Naxos label and its affiliated labels are among the recently announced nominations for the 2019 OPUS Klassik Awards, Germany’s most prestigious awards body for classical music. The Naxos Music Group received 44 nominations appearing in nineteen categories.
Cellist Gabriel Schwabe’s recording of Schumann’s Cello Concerto and works for cello and piano (8.573786) received nominations in three categories: Best Instrumentalist, Best Newcomer and Best Concert Recording.
Violist Hiyoli Togawa’s release of Romantic Viola Sonatas (8.573730) was similarly nominated in three categories: Best Instrumentalist (Viola), Best Newcomer and Best Chamber Music Recording (Duo Performance); the latter category also includes a nomination for a mixed programme of works for violin and piano by Iuliana Münch and André Parfenov (8.551396).
Tianwa Yang received the nomination for Best Instrumentalist (Violin) and Best Concert Recording for the first volume in her series of Wolfgang Rihm’s Music for Violin and Orchestra (8.573812). This recording also brought Christoph-Mathias Mueller a nomination for Best Conductor.
Pianists Boris Giltburg’s recording of Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante (8.573981) and Inga Fiolia’s recording of Glinka’s piano works (GP782) received the nominations for Best Instrumentalist (Piano) and Best Instrumental Solo Performance.
Two soloists also received the nominations for Best Instrumental Solo Performance for their recordings on OehmsClassics label: Hansjörg Albrecht’s recording of Liszt’s Faust Symphony arranged for organ (OC1873) and the recording of Axel Wolf playing Galilei's Primo libro d'intavolatura (OC1877).
Cellist Daniel Müller-Schott received the nominations for Best Instrumentalist (Cello) and Best Concert Recording for his recording ‘Trip to Russia’, featuring a programme of works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov (C933181A).
The debut album of the Skride Piano Quartet (C946191), formed by Baiba Skride, Lauma Skride, Harriet Krijgh and Lise Berthaud, was nominated in two categories: Best Chamber Recording (Quartet Performance) and Best Ensemble; the latter category also includes a nomination for delian::quartett’s recording featuring Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Stefano Pierini’s Cantai un tempo... which was especially composed for the ensemble (OC468).
Piano duo Anderson & Roe received the nomination for the award ‘Classics without boundaries’ for their latest album featuring a compilation of unique arrangements of world-famous hits.
The Bachorchester and Bachchor Mainz’s recording of Bach’s St John Passion (8.573817-18) earned it nominations in both the Best Ensemble/Orchestra and Best Choral Recording categories.
Other nominated vocal ensembles includes the SWR Vocal Ensemble for their recording of 20th century French choral works (SWR19065CD), and Arcis-Vokalisten Loewe’s recording of Carl Loewe’s Das Sühnopfer des Neuen Bundes (OC1706).
Jaap van Zweden was nominated for Best Conductor for his recording of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung (8.660428-31), which was also nominated for Best Opera Recording (19th century).
Two recordings received the nomination of Best Symphonic Recording (20th century): Dmitrij Kitajenko’s recording of Sibelius’ Second Symphony (OC457) and Gottfried von Einem’s orchestral works conducted by Franz Welser-Möst (C929181A).
Both singers Johannes Martin Kränzle and Elisabeth Kulman received nominations in two categories: Best Solo Performance (Lied) and Singer of the Year.
Audiovisual recordings were nominated for Best Opera Recording (Benvenuto Cellini, Berlioz, 2.110271) and Audiovisual Production of the Year (Benvenuto Cellini, Berlioz, 2.110271; Die Schöpfung, Haydn. 2.110581; Il Vologeso, Jommelli, NBD0067V).
The award winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday 13 October.
Violinist Tianwa Yang is featured on the cover of the latest Fono Forum magazine (August 2019 issue). In the interview about her new Brahms and Rihm recordings, the magazine wrote: '[Tianwa Yang's] representation of the solo part is superb. Her accuracy, precision and clarity of articulation are phenomenal, but even more importantly here is the musical design, the coherent structure of the phrases, the view of the structural whole and the animation of each tone...' Her recording of Brahms‘ Violin Concerto and Double Concerto with cellist Gabriel Schwabe, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Antoni Wit, received 5-stars from the magazine.
Learn from the best of the best! You may now find out Tianwa Yang’s own bowings and fingerings of the Brahms Violin Concerto from The Henle Library App, which gives users access to Urtext editions, and other exciting features including fingerings on popular works by other top-notch artists, including Henryk Szeryng, Christian Tetzlaff, Henning Kraggerud, Lars Vogt, William Youn and more! Watch the following video to view Tianwa Yang’s demonstration of the unique features of the app:
Gucci’s new 2020 Women's and Men's collection, designed by creative director Alessandro Michele, makes its debut inside the wonderful setting of the historic Capitoline Museums in Rome. At ‘The Cruise 2020 Fashion Show’, the show featured electronic music fused with classical pieces, stark lighting and a beautiful setting to create an intriguing visual presentation of the new Gucci collection. Gucci featured the Naxos recording of Bach’s St. John Passion, BWV 245: Herr, unser Herrsche, which supplemented the dramatic elements of the show.
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The Verbier Festival is one of classical music’s greatest events. In celebration of the festival’s 25th anniversary, this unique concert brings together 36 classical stars in an unprecedented evening of ingenious programming and captivating performances. The line-up includes many of the world’s greatest violinists, violists, cellists and pianists (Violin: Renaud Capuçon, Vilde Frang, Vadim Repin; Viola: Gérard Caussé, Nobuko Imai, Tabea Zimmermann; Cello: Andrei Ioniță, Mischa Maisky, Edgar Moreau; Piano: Evgeny Kissin, András Schiff, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, to name a few) as well as other leading performers conducted by Valery Gergiev and Gábor Takács-Nagy.
Visit Apple Music’s exclusive visual albums of extracts from the festival’s programme.
Pietro Mascagni’s first and most successful work has become an opera classic, featuring elements of Greek tragedy alongside religious and historical aspects. It’s a story of love, passion, jealousy and restored honour in bloodshed. Directors Luigi Di Gangi and Ugo Giacomazzi set this traditional Cavalleria Rusticana in a Sicilian village of the 1940s where the buildings are rather bare and the piazza is the stage for private as well as public drama. Conductor Valerio Galli leads the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, one of the finest in Italy.
‘Elena Zilio is a well-centred and engaging Mamma Lucia, with a magnetic stage presence and an incredible expressive talent… Marina Ogii is a Lola imbued with charm and sensuality, with a warm and skilfully projected voice… Lorenzo Fratini directs the chorus which provides excellent and powerful contributions to the performance.’ – connessiallopera.it
|Compar Alfio||Devid Cecconi|
|Mamma Lucia||Elena Zilio|
|Una donna||Cristina Pagliai|
|Orchestra and Chorus||Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino|
|Chorus Master||Lorenzo Fratini|
|Director||Luigi Di Gangi and Ugo Giacomazzi|
|Set Designer||Federica Parolini|
|Costume Designer||Agnese Rabatti|
|Light Designer||Luigi Biondi|
|Theatre||Opera di Firenze / Maggio Musicale Fiorentino|
New Staging of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
In co-production with Teatro Carlo Felice di Genova
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Ludwig van Beethoven was commissioned by the dancer and choreographer Salvatore Viganò to write the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus – an allegorical story based on the myth of Prometheus – and the composer’s piano version of the orchestral score was published not long after its premiere in 1801. Beethoven turned his symphonic style and skill in pictorial representation to conjure scenes of stormy excitement alongside elegant dances and the sublime aura of beauty surrounding the legendary musicians Orpheus, Amphion and Arion. The Finale is crowned by a theme that would later be used in the ‘Eroica’ Symphony.
‘Playing any of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas or 5 piano concerti – each and every one of them a masterpiece in its own right – reaps unparalleled pleasure, but is almost taken for granted. More adventurous souls may explore his symphonies through Lisztʼs transcriptions; but when this project of recording Beethoven’s own piano transcription of The Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43 came about, the initial sense of curiosity quickly turned to one of deep satisfaction. The transcription not only afforded me a glimpse into Beethoven’s only large-scale ballet score, but also a taste of his lighter, happier side. The connotation of a transcriptions does not do full justice to this work which is wonderfully crafted for the instrument Beethoven dearly loved.’ – Warren Lee
Other exciting releases of Beethoven’s piano music
For the full list of available Beethoven recordings on Naxos, please visit naxos.com.
This month, check out our curated selection of playlists for the perfect soundtrack to your day! Listen to fresh music to complement the new season in Music For Summer, explore exciting tracks from the critically-acclaimed Naxos American Classics series, and embark on a musical journey with unCLASSIFIED’s Summer Road Trip. Then, discover award-winning recordings from Grand Piano’s exceptional catalogue with Critics’ Choice! Happy listening!
Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the United States Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Its mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. President John Adams invited the Marine Band to make its White House debut on New Year’s Day, 1801, in the then-unfinished Executive Mansion. In March of that year, the band performed for Thomas Jefferson’s inauguration and is believed to have performed for every presidential inaugural since. An accomplished musician himself, Jefferson is credited with giving the Marine Bane its title, ‘The President’s Own’.
Whether performing for State Dinners or South Lawn arrivals, events of national significance, or receptions, Marine Band musicians appear at the White House an average of 200 times each year. Every fall, the Marine Band performs throughout a portion of the continental United States during its concert tour, a tradition initiated in 1891 by ‘The March King’ John Philip Sousa, who was the band’s legendary 17th Director from 1880–92.
While the Marine Band is firmly dedicated to preserving the musical traditions established over its long history, it is equally committed to serving as a leading ensemble in the development of new repertoire for winds. In recent years, ‘The President’s Own’ has commissioned David Rakowksi’s Ten of a Kin (Symphony No. 2), Scamp by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner, and Flourishes and Meditations on a Renaissance Theme by Michael Gandolfi. Additionally, the band has premiered works by composers such as Scott Lindroth, James Stephenson, Gerard Schwarz, Jacob Bancks, and Laurence Bitensky. “The President’s Own” also continues to attract prominent guest conductors to its podium including Osmo Vänskä, Leonard Slatkin, José Serebrier, Gerard Schwarz, Giancarlo Guerrero, and John Williams.
The President’s Own United States Marine Band in partnership with the All-Star Orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz have won this year’s Emmy® Award in the category for Special Event Coverage (Other than News and Sports). This is the first Emmy® Award for the Marine Band. The awarded show ‘New England Spirit’ is also featured on Naxos' DVD ‘Masterpieces for Symphonic Band’, with a programme of works by William Schumann, Vincent Persichetti and Sousa.
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For the full list of The President’s Own United States Marine Band’s discography, please visit naxos.com.