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April 2012

Leoš JANÁČEK (1854-1928)
Taras Bulba • Lachian Dances
Moravian Dances

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Antoni Wit

Leoš Janáček was an authority on his native folk-music, and the Lachian and Moravian Dances preserve and celebrate culture and traditions which were vanishing even in his own lifetime. Based on Gogol’s historical novel, Janáček’s inspired orchestral rhapsody on Taras Bulba depicts three moving and dramatic episodes in the violent life of the Cossack leader, climaxing in his stirring and triumphant prophecy of liberation. This release follows Antoni Wit’s acclaimed Warsaw recording of Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass and Sinfonietta (8.572639).

Tony BANKS (b 1950)
SIX Pieces for Orchestra

Charlie Siem, violin*
Martin Robertson, alto saxophone

The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Englishby

Siren • Still Waters • Blade* • Wild Pilgrimage
The Oracle • City of Gold

Tony Banks, founder member of rock band Genesis, has already written a much admired orchestral work called Seven (8.557466), which was praised for its ‘genuine melodic gift’ (Gramophone).
His new work consists of six songs without words which may evoke in the listener ideas of seduction, journey, hero, quest, decision and goal. Two of the pieces feature solo instruments – alto saxophone on Siren and violin on Blade – played here by elite soloists, which mesh into Banks’s orchestral tapestry with bewitching effect. The remaining pieces reveal his outstanding lyrical gifts and total command of musical narrative.

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Symphony No 6, Op 79*
Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes,
Op 47, No 1

Glinka Choral College Boys’ Choir*
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande

Weinberg is increasingly recognised as one of the outstanding composers of the second half of the twentieth century. His Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes is a concise medley of tunes that embrace folk influence, both melancholic and high spirited, culminating in a joyous and unstoppable dance. Scored for a very large orchestra and a children’s choir, Symphony No. 6 is a work of huge expression, anguished and dynamic, encompassing lament, circus gallops, burlesque, and a cataclysmic and heartrending slow movement. Weinberg’s friend, Shostakovich, was so impressed that he used it as teaching material in his own classes.

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992)
Visions de l’Amen
Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
En blanc et noir

Ralph van Raat, piano I
Håkon Austbø, piano II

Both the works on this recording were written during wartime. Debussy’s 1915 En blanc et noir, composed during a late creative burst, is his musical response to the horrors of World War I. Messiaen’s revolutionary Visions de l’Amen from 1943, written to be performed by the composer and his teenage pupil, Yvonne Loriod, is a profound religious meditation whose emotional intensity is overwhelming. The role of the two pianos is clearly divided. Melodic and expressive elements are confined to the second piano, Messiaen’s part, whereas all that is percussion, brilliance and rhythmic development is heard in the first piano, Loriod’s part.
  8.660295-96 • 2 CDs
The GREAT CLASSICS series from Naxos is the perfect introduction to myriad genres of classical music. Comprising both complete and compiled selections from the greatest works in the repertoire, the boxes are bursting with wonderful pieces of music, both recognizable and unfamiliar. The boxes take the listener on a thrilling tour of some of the world’s most dramatic musical media, encompassing music from six centuries and featuring sensational performers. All boxes come with a fascinating booklet with detailed information on the genre itself, chronological placement of each work, and a comprehensive study of the music. A fitting celebration of 25 years of superb music from Naxos, the world’s favourite classical label.



The Naxos Seattle Symphony Collection is a newly created series to showcase the Seattle players and conductor Gerard Schwarz in a wide selection of repertoire.

Naxos Historical is in the privileged position of being able to transform the legendary recordings of the past into remarkable digtial sound, using today’s most advanced audio engineering technology.
8.112066-69 • 4 CDs*
*Not Available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions


In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases, Naxos also distributes several leading labels in many countries around the world. Check out our monthly Distributed Label Highlights feature for a choice selection of recent releases from some of these distributed labels.
BR-Klassik 900307
  Capriccio C5122
  Ondine ODE1193-2
Arthaus Musik 108048 [Blu-ray Video] / 107297 [DVD]
  Delos DV7006
  Tafelmusik Media TMK1001DVD
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