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July 2012

Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b 1934)
Symphony No 3 • Cross Lane Fair*

Mark Jordan, Northumbrian pipes*
Rob Lea, bodhran*
BBC Philharmonic • Peter Maxwell Davies

Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony No. 3 is the product of symmetry and proportion based on the principles of Renaissance architecture. It is also a dynamic and thrilling seascape, one that both invokes medieval chant and summons up the violent buffeting of the waves, and the stirring cliff-face full of nesting birds. The dual inspirations of proportion and the natural world are seamlessly coalesced, and the Symphony teems with evocative sounds and brooding passages both expansive and time-defying in their beauty. Cross Lane Fair is a lighter work, scored for Northumbrian pipes, bodhran (an Irish drum) and chamber orchestra, inspired by the memories of a fairground that Maxwell Davies visited as a child.

Ferruccio BUSONI (1866-1924)
Clarinet Concertino, Op 48*
Flute Divertimento, Op 52**
Rondò arlecchinesco, Op 46
Gesang vom Reigen der Geister, Op 47
Tanzwalzer, Op 53
Eine Lustspielouvertüre, Op 38

Giammarco Casani, clarinet *
Laura Minguzzi, flute **
Gianluca Terranova, tenor

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
Francesco La Vecchia

All six of these orchestral works exemplify Busoni’s personalised classicism. The Lustspielouvertüre (Comedy Overture) is light, and almost Mozartian in clarity, whilst Gesang vom Reigen der Geister (Song of the Spirit Dance) is a delicately scored chamber piece, forward-looking in both style and content. Both the Concertino for Clarinet and the Flute Divertimento reveal Busoni’s affinity for solo instruments; the former is deftly organised and the latter more obviously capricious. The spirit of Johann Strauss II haunts the infectious Tanzwalzer and the Rondò arlecchinesco unleashes Busoni’s broadsides of wit.
8.660312-13 • 2CDs

Saverio MERCADANTE (1795-1870)
Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio

Ugo Guagliardo, bass
Domenico Colaianni, buffo
Laura Catrani, soprano
Ricardo Mirabelli, tenor
Hans Ever Mogollon, tenor
Giulio Mastrototaro, baritone
San Pietro a Majella Chorus, Naples
Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno
Antonino Fogliani

A contemporary of Rossini and Donizetti, Saverio Mercadante was one of Italy’s most productive 19th century operatic composers. Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio was written during the composer’s stay in Spain, and is based on a chapter of Cervante’s Don Quixote in which the hero prevents the forced marriage of a poor farm girl to the wealthy Camacho. Magnificently entertaining and dramatically innovative, Don Chisciotte combines fashionable Neapolitan style with Spanish folk music elements in an unforgettable melodramma giocoso. It is heard on this recording in its first modern performance.

Franz Xaver DUSSEK (1731-1799)
Four Symphonies in:
G major (Altner G4)
B flat major (Altner Bb2)
A major (Altner A3)
B flat major (Altner Bb3)

Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Häkkinen

Mozart’s friend Franz Xaver Dussek (in whose summer villa he completed Don Giovanni) was a pianist, celebrated teacher and the leading composer of instrumental music in Prague. Like his compatriot Wanhal, Dussek completed his musical training in Vienna and, unsurprisingly, his works reflect the strong influence of composers such as Hofmann, Haydn and Dittersdorf. Dussek’s symphonies, most of which appear to have been composed in the 1760s and 1770s, are works of great charm and vivacity, cleverly orchestrated and full of striking melodic ideas as this recording amply demonstrates.

HASHIMOTO Symphony No. 2, Three Wasan, Scherzo con sentimento
TRISTAN'S HARP: Arthurian Medieval Music

Andrés ISASI String  Quartets No. 0 and No. 2
HIDDEN WATERS (Guitar Duo Recital)

C.P.E. BACH Prussian Sonatas
David DEL TREDICI Gotham Glory: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
STREET SONG (Wind Band Classics)

TCHAIKOVSKY The Sleeping Beauty (Highlights)
Idil Biret Solo Edition,  Vol. 4 – Robert SCHUMANN Abegg Variations, Sonata No. 2, Fantasie Op. 17,  Toccata Op. 7
Manuel SECO DE ARPE Concertino, Song from Cabiria, Concert for Strings
  9.70174 (Digital Exclusive)

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.

KODÁLY Háry János  Suite, Dances of Galánta / DOHNÁNYI Konzertstück for Cello
HOVHANESS Symphony  No. 1 ‘Exile’, Symphony No. 50 ‘Mount Saint Helens’
Peter MENNIN Moby  Dick, Symphony No. 3, Symphony No. 7 ‘Variation-Symphony’

MENDELSSOHN Symphony  No. 2 ‘Lobgesang’
PROKOFIEV Romeo and  Juliet Suites Nos. 1 & 2, Pushkin Waltz No. 2
RAVEL Daphnis et  Chloé / HOVHANESS Meditation on Orpheus

A Musical Journey: GERMANY – A Musical Visit to the Benedictine Abbey Church  at Ottobeuren
A Musical Journey: RUSSIA / UKRAINE  – A Musical Visit to St Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa and the Crimea
A Musical Journey: VENICE – A Musical Visit to the Lagoons and Islands of Venice

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.

SCHÖNBERG Complete  Songs
RAMEAU The Complete Harpsichord Works
BARTÓK String  Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Capriccio C7120
  Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92154
  Solo Musica SM168

VERDI Falstaff
András Schiff Plays  Bach
SHAKESPEARE The Merry Wives of Windsor
C Major 711204
  EuroArts 2066768
  Opus Arte OA1079D
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