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August 2012
The Eton Choirbook

Antony Pitts, director

Walter LAMBE Nesciens mater a 5
William, Monk of STRATFORD
Magnificat a 4
PLAINCHANT Nesciens mater
Richard DAVY St Matthew Passion
[27:11-56] a 4
John BROWNE Stabat mater a 6
Hugh KELLYK Magnificat a 5 (first recording)
Robert WYLKYNSON Jesus autem transiens / Credo in Deum canon a 13

The Eton Choirbook is a giant 500 year-old manuscript from Eton College Chapel, and one of the greatest surviving glories of pre-Reformation England. This recording features the earliest polyphonic Passion by a named composer, two heartrending motets for five and six voices, two thrilling settings of the Magnificat, and an extraordinary canon in 13 parts, Jesus autem transiens. The ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS has been widely acclaimed, not least for its “richly sung and very well recorded” programme of Orlando Gibbons, L’Estrange, and Pitts. (The Penguin Guide on 8.557681)
Guerra Manuscript Vol 2

17th Century Secular Spanish Vocal Music

Juan Sancho, tenor • Ars Atlántica

Named after an eminent scribe at the court in Madrid, the Guerra Manuscript contains over one hundred secular songs from the second half of the seventeenth century. The anthology is a valuable repository of music from anonymous sources but also from Spain’s very finest Baroque composers, such as Juan Hidalgo and José Marín. These expressive songs, largely on poetic and mythological themes, are performed by some of the world’s leading interpreters of the genre, whose first volume in this series [8.570135] received great acclaim.
8.660314-15 • 2CDs

Gioachino ROSSINI (1792-1868)
L’occasione fa il ladro

Elizaveta Martirosyan, soprano
Fanie Antonelou, mezzo-soprano
Gianpiero Ruggeri, baritone
Mauro Utzeri, baritone
Garðar Thór Cortes, tenor
Joan Ribalta, tenor
Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani

Composed by the young Gioachino Rossini in eleven days to comply with a contractual commitment, L’occasione fa il ladro (Opportunity Makes A Thief) is a comedy of multiple confusions. Count Alberto, travelling to be wed to a fiancée he has yet to meet, leaves an inn with the wrong suitcase. Don Parmenione audaciously adopts the Count’s identity, determined to take the bride for himself. This single-act burletta is a swift and deftly plotted moral drama, Rossini’s exuberant inspiration poured into interactions both tender and hilariously bewildering.

Ermanno WOLF-FERRARI (1876-1948)
Idillio-concertino in A major, Op. 15*
Concertino in A flat major, Op. 34
Suite-concertino in F major, Op. 16

Andrea Tenaglia, oboe *
William Moriconi, cor anglais
Giuseppe Ciabocchi, bassoon
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
Francesco La Vecchia

Although Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari is known mainly for his operatic compositions (La vedova scaltra is available on Naxos CD 8.660225-26 and DVD 2.110234-35), he wrote a number of sublimely expressive and lyrical orchestral works, devoting the majority of his time in later life to composing instrumental music. The three delightfully melodic, rhythmically buoyant and, at times elegiac works featured on this recording represent his complete wind concerto output.
WF Bach

Wilhelm Friedemann BACH (1710-1784)
Keyboard Works, Vol. 3
– Sonatas and Suite

Julia Brown, harpsichord

Sonata E flat major, F.5 / BR A 7
Sonata in B flat major, F.9 / BR A 16
Suite in G minor, F.24 / BR A 39
Sonata in C major, F.2 / BR A 3
Sonata in D major, F.4 / BR A 5

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach was renowned as a brilliant improviser and keyboard performer. His keyboard sonatas, filled with quirky contrasts and a more adventurously chromatic and exploratory style than that of his contemporaries, attest to his individualism and virtuoso technical skill. His only Suite reworks and expands his father, J.S. Bach’s models, turning conventional dance movements into character pieces. W.F. Bach’s enthralling and unexpected twists and turns create an expressive and unique musical language, performed by the ‘wonderful’ Julia Brown. (Fanfare on 8.570530, W.F. Bach Keyboard Works Vol. 2)

Kenneth FUCHS Atlantic Riband, American Rhapsody, Divinum Mysterium (London Symphony, Falletta)
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (Highlights) (National Symphony of Ukraine, Mogrelia)
MONTSALVATGE Piano  Music, Vol. 3 – Music for Two Pianos (Masó, Villalba)

REGER Organ Suites Nos. 1 and 2 (Sturm)
OLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLES (Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble, Dana Chamber Winds, Gage)

Laureate Series •  Srdjan Bulat Guitar Recital
Laureate Series •  Marianna Prjevalskaya Piano Recital

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.

WAGNER Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 1 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
WAGNER Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 2 (Marc, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
Deems TAYLOR Through the Looking Glass / C.T. GRIFFES Poem (Goff, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

SCHUMANN Symphonies  Nos. 1 ‘Spring’ and 2 (Seattle  Symphony, Schwarz)
SCHUMANN Symphonies  Nos. 3 ‘Rhenish’ and 4 (Seattle  Symphony, Schwarz)
SCHUMANN Manfred  Overture, Piano Concerto (Davidovich, Seattle  Symphony, Schwarz)

SPAIN – A Musical Visit to Madrid,  La Mancha and Córdoba
CZECH REPUBLIC – A Musical Visit to Prague  and Lednice Castle
AUSTRIA / BELGIUM  – A Musical Visit to Salzburg and Vienna, Brussels  and Tournai

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.

LORENTZEN Erotic Hymns (Larsen, Christensen, Stroz)
SHAKESPEARE LOOKING EAST (Linklater, Gonschorek)
Dacapo 8.226568
  Music Agents RED Label MA535
  Ondine ODE1208-2

VERDI Otello (Telabdi,  Deutsche Oper Berlin, Patanè) [DVD]
R. STRAUSS Der  Rosenkavalier (Carby, Barker, Hemm, Pearson, Opera Australia, Litton) [DVD]
SCHUMANN (Takács  Quartet, Kocsis, Schiff) [DVD]
Arthaus Musik 101644
  EPC Distribution OPOZ56026DVD
  EuroArts 2066828
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Naxos August 2012 Sampler
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