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February 2014
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Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Complete Overtures, Volume 4

Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
Christian Benda

The enduring popularity of Rossini’s operas is a testament to their wit and inventiveness, every overture a superb portrait of each ensuing drama. There is none more popular than the farcical comedy of Il barbiere di Siviglia, but themes of flirtation and disguise can also be found in Il Turco in Italia, contrasting with the heroism and revenge of Armida and the cunning exploits of Le Comte Ory.


Reinhold Moritsevich GLIÈRE
Symphony No. 3 ‘Il’ya Muromets’

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta

“The Glière Symphony No. 3 has always been a piece that shimmered on my horizon – a cult piece, in a way, renowned as the composer’s towering masterpiece but rarely played in concert. As long as a Mahler symphony and enormous in its instrumental requirements, it was a work that people spoke about reverently but almost never heard live. The recording was an adventure that changed our orchestra, strengthened us, and became an artistic benchmark for our musicians. We revelled in the gorgeous landscape of the Symphony – from mysterious bass murmurings to crushing walls of brass fortissimo to breathtaking impressionistic renderings of forests and birds. We performed and recorded this massive work uncut to preserve Glière’s extraordinary architecture. This work is a cathedral in sound that unfolds in breathtaking swashes of colour, poetry and monumental climaxes.” – JoAnn Falletta


Peter BOYER (b. 1970)
Symphony No. 1
Silver Fanfare • Festivities
Three Olympians
Celebration Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Peter Boyer

Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, widely admired not least for his GRAMMY®-nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Naxos 8.559246). The composer writes, “The five works included on this recording represent a cross-section of my orchestral music. Three Olympians reflects my interest in mythology and history.


Kazuo YAMADA (1912–1991)
Grand Treasure
A Song of Young People
Kiso (Old Japanese Melody)

Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Dmitry Yablonsky

Kazuo Yamada was one of Japan’s most influential composers and conductors who, in his own works, rejected the ‘facile exoticism’ of Japanese nationalism that became the vogue at the onset of the Sino-Japanese war in 1937. The little symphonic poem A Song of Young People is one such ‘protest’ work. Kiso (Old Japanese Melody) is an orchestral paraphrase of two folk songs, while the symphonic suite India is a reworking of the ballet score Spellbinding, which is based on Indian legend. The Mahlerian Grand Treasure is a threnody for the dead that movingly incorporates Japanese instruments related to shomyo (the chanting of Buddhist hymns) which, in Yamada’s own words, ‘can in a sense be thought of as the origin of Japanese music’.


ERKEL, F.: István király (King István) (Gurbán, Bokor, Nyári, Bazsinka, Sárkány, Csányi)
THE SEA IN MUSIC (various artists)
8.578269-70 [2CDs]
EARTHRISE - Wind Band Music (MTSU Wind Ensemble, Thomas)

CRESSWELL, L.: Piano Concerto (De Pledge, New Zealand Symphony, McKeich)
PETRASSI, G.: Piano Concerto (Canino, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio / SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklärte Nacht (Fidelio Trio)

PERSICHETTI, V.: Violin Sonata / Masques / Serenade No. 4 (Borup, Conner)
RESPIGHI, O.: Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1 (Bernecoli, Bianchi)
MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 38-40 (arr. Hummel) (Grodd, Eichhorn, Rummel, Krüger)

FRANCK, C.: Ballade / 4 Mélodies de François Schubert (Severus)
SAINZ DE LA MAZA, R.: Guitar Music (Complete) (Halasz)
MARTINŮ, B.: Songs, Vol. 2 (Wallingerová, Koukl)

CAVALLINI, E.: 30 Capriccios / Duets Nos. 1-3 (Bulfone, Giani)
SAINTS AND SINNERS: Music of Medieval and Renaissance Europe [10 CD] (various artists)
8.501067 [10 CDs]

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2 (Blu-Ray Audio))
COLEMAN, D.R.: Starry Night / Zwiegespr├Ąch / Ibergang / Fanfare and Palimpsest / 3 Character Pieces (F. Schwartz, Begelman, Wendeberg, D.R. Coleman)

ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Programs 1 & 2 (G. Schwarz)
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Programs 3 & 4 (G. Schwarz)

ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Programs 5 & 6 (G. Schwarz)
ALL-STARS ORCHESTRA (THE): Programs 7 & 8 (G. Schwarz)

HARDY, T.: Return of the Native (The) (Unabridged)
WOOLF, V.: Jacob's Room (Unabridged)
MURAKAMI, H.: Sputnik Sweetheart (Unabridged)

Horsing around
Podcast: Curtain Up
7 February, 2014

If the purpose of an opera overture is to prepare the audience for the mood and emotions of the opera that follows, Rossini was a master. And yet, the overture was almost an after-thought to him. Rossini usually composed it last – often just before the opera’s opening night. In this podcast, Rick Phillips dips into all four volumes of the Naxos complete Rossini Overtures series, offering insight and background.

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