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June 2012

Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Symphony No 5 in B flat major, Op 100
The Year 1941, Op 90

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop

Written in 1944, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première he himself called it “a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit”. The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody. After a violent scherzo followed by a slow movement of sustained lyricism, with a fiercely dramatic middle section, the finale blazes with barely suppressed passion. The Year 1941 is another wartime work, a symphonic suite written in response to the German invasion of the Soviet Union. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Prokofiev Symphonies with the OSESP and Marin Alsop, the orchestra’s newly appointed Principal Conductor.
8.572861-62 • 2CDs

Frederick DELIUS (1862-1934)
A Mass of Life* • Prelude and Idyll

Janice Watson, soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano*
Andrew Kennedy, tenor*
Alan Opie, baritone
The Bach Choir* • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • David Hill

Long an admirer of Nietzsche’s poetry, Frederick Delius composed A Mass of Life while at the height of his powers, blending passages from Also Sprach Zarathustra into orchestral textures of great expressive depth and striking beauty. Written in his final years, the Prelude and Idyll sourced music from a long discarded opera, transforming a story of lust and vengeance into one which emphasizes the transience of life and love. David Hill’s previous BSO recordings include a “perfectly judged” Dies natalis by Gerald Finzi (The Guardian on 8.570417), while his Vaughan Williams Sancta Civitas (8.572424) was described as “thrilling… a great case for a neglected work”. (Classic FM)

Gustav HOLST (1874-1934)
Symphony in F major, Op 8, H47,
‘The Cotswolds’
Walt Whitman – Overture, Op 7, H42
Indra – Symphonic Poem, Op 13, H66
Japanese Suite, Op 33, H126
A Winter Idyll, H31

Ulster Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

Gustav Holst’s youthful enthusiasm for Wagner is reflected in his ebullient Walt Whitman overture written in 1899. Shortly afterwards he composed the Cotswolds Symphony which embraces hints of contemporary British folk music but is dominated by the slow movement, a profound elegy for the utopian socialist William Morris. Though completed at college, A Winter Idyll shows real orchestral assurance. Indra is an accomplished tone poem revealing Holst’s interest in the legends of India, whilst the glittering and evocative Japanese Suite was written in response to a request from a Japanese dancer appearing in London.

Olivier MESSIAEN (1908-1992)
Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum
Le tombeau resplendissant • Hymne

Orchestre National de Lyon • Jun Märkl

Olivier Messiaen’s uniquely distinctive and powerfully expressive musical voice drew strength from religious faith and nature. A prestigious commission, Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum commemorates the dead of two World Wars through the transcendence of Christ’s Resurrection. Scored for winds and percussion, the work is conceived for and conjures up vast spaces. Le tombeau resplendissant and Hymne are early works, but equally filled with mystery and symbolism. Fanfare magazine described Jun Märkl’s previous volume in this series (Poèmes pour Mi / 8.572174) as “the best recording around of a mesmerizing masterwork”.

Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b 1933)
Fonogrammi* • Horn Concerto ‘Winterreise’ • Partita #
The Awakening of Jacob • Anaklasis •
De natura sonoris I

Urszula Janik, flute*
Jennifer Montone, horn

Elżbieta Stefańska, harpsichord #
Michał Pindakiewicz, electric guitar #
Konrad Kubicki, bass guitar #
Barbara Witkowska, harp #
Jerzy Cembrzyński, double bass #
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Antoni Wit

Each of these six orchestral works bears the imprint of Penderecki’s greatness as a composer. Fonogrammi alternates piquant sonorities, pulsating vehemence and moments of great intimacy. Intensity accompanied by neo-Romantic elements can be heard in The Awakening of Jacob whilst Anaklasis is a stunning example of juxtaposed, multiple sound patterns. De natura sonoris I explores more improvisational, jazz-influenced areas, as does the richly orchestrated Partita. The Horn Concerto, composed in 2008, offers an evocative landscape, glacial, powerful, yet wistful.

MARTINŮ La revue de  cuisine (Complete ballet)
ADAM Giselle (Highlights)
MAYR Samuele (Oratorio)

GESUALDO Madrigals Book 4
HAILSTORK An American Port of Call
LESHNOFF Chamber Music

WEIGL Isle of the Dead
LISZT Complete Piano  Music, Vol 35 – Russian Transcriptions

CABEZÓN Complete  Tientos and Variations
Laureate Series - Vladimir Gorbach Guitar Recital

Johann STRAUSS I Edition, Vol 22

Emil GILELS Early Recordings, Vol 3 (1935-1955)
MONIUSZKO The Haunted Manor (1953-1954)
COMPOSERS AT THE PIANO: An Anthology of Historic Performances (1928-1949)
* Not available in the United States, Australia and Singapore due to possible copyright restrictions.
Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions. Available for streaming and download only. Not available on CD.

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.

HONEGGER Symphony No 2 / LAZAROF Concerto for Orchestra No 2 ‘Icarus’
HANDEL Acis and Galatea
HANDEL Three Concerti Grossi / VIVALDI / BACH

A Musical Journey: ITALY – A Musical Tour of South Tyrol
A Musical Journey: FRANCE – A Musical Tour of Brittany and Normandy
A Musical Journey: GERMANY – A Musical Visit to Nuremburg

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.

BRAHMS Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
BERLIOZ Herminie, Les  Nuits d’été / RAVEL Shéhérazade
HANDEL Music for the Royal Fireworks
BR-Klassik 900112
  Ondine ODE1200-2
  Tafelmusik Media TMK1011CD

FALLA La vida breve (Palau de les Arts Reine Sofia, 2011)
MOZART Don Giovanni (Opera Australia, 2011)
C Major 710804
  Idéale Audience 3079858
  EPC Distribution OPOZ56024BD
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