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March 2013

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Symphony No. 3 ‘War’
Symphony No. 4 ‘Victory’

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Isaac Karabtchevsky

Villa-Lobos’ War and Victory Symphonies were commissioned by the Brazilian government following the end of the country’s involvement in World War I. Using very large orchestral forces, and conveying the composer’s feelings about the conflict with no sense of triumphalism, the two Symphonies display a confident use of unusual and evocative effects, such as the collage of fragments of the Brazilian national anthem and La Marseillaise in the ‘Battle’ movement of the Third Symphony. Villa-Lobos’s Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 can be found on Naxos 8.573043 in “superb… full-blooded” performances. (

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791)
Missa brevis in D major, K. 194
Missa brevis in B flat major, K. 275
Regina coeli in B flat major, K. 127

Elizabeth Cragg, soprano
Deborah Miles-Johnson, contralto

Daniel Auchincloss, tenor
Lawrence White, bass

St Albans Cathedral Choir
Sinfonia Verdi • Andrew Lucas

During his years in Salzburg, Mozart wrote a series of shorter mass settings, for which he drew on the models of his senior colleague Michael Haydn. Regina coeli reveals his supreme skill at writing for the solo voice. The Missa brevis in D, K. 194 is a work of great solemnity, employing a remarkable range of expressive contrasts, whilst the Missa brevis in B flat, K. 275 is notable for its sublime lyricism and grace. The Allegro and Andante in F minor, K. 608 is regarded as Mozart’s finest work for the organ and has become one of the cornerstones of the organ repertory.

George Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759)
Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

Aradia Ensemble • Kevin Mallon

Handel’s Concerti Grossi contain some of the finest orchestral music of the eighteenth century. The Op. 6 collection brims with a wealth of variety, colour, and dance rhythms – Polish and Pastoral dances, courtly and fast ones – and Handel’s customary self-borrowings and indeed borrowings from other composers. The combination of full orchestra with a concertino solo group of two violins and cello allows both breadth and intimacy, producing concertos in the fullest sense. On this recording Kevin Mallon incorporates the later oboe parts for Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6, using them as a model for most of the other concertos. When the oboes are silent, flutes or recorders are added, in line with eighteenth-century practice.

Leo FALL (1873–1925)
The Rose of Stambul

Kimberly McCord, soprano
Alison Kelly, soprano

Erich Buchholz, tenor
Gerald Frantzen, tenor

Robert Morrissey, bass
Chicago Folks Operetta • John Frantzen

Leo Fall’s early career mirrored that of his famous contemporary Franz Lehár. Both were born in provinces of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and soon moved to the Imperial capital, Vienna. There they both wrote a series of glorious operettas. Fall’s The Rose of Stambul, set in Ottoman Turkey, is a sparkling masterpiece that ran for fifteen months, the most successful such work since Lehár’s The Merry Widow, composed eleven years earlier. The plot offers comedy, mistaken identity, cultural misunderstandings, exoticism, and, of course, a romance that must overcome various obstacles, while Fall’s melodies are exquisitely beautiful, with numerous hit songs.

Mohammed FAIROUZ (b. 1985)
Native Informant
– Sonata for Solo Violin • Tahwidah
Chorale Fantasy • Posh • For Victims
Jebel Lebnan

Mellissa Hughes, soprano
David Kravitz, baritone
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
David Krakauer, clarinet
Christopher Thompson, baritenor
Steven Spooner, piano
Imani Winds • Borromeo String Quartet

Mohammed Fairouz is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composers of his generation, melding Middle-Eastern music and poetry with Western structures to deeply expressive effect. Native Informant, written for leading international soloist Rachel Barton Pine, embodies Arabic fiddling motifs as well as songful excitement, underpinned by a lament for the victims of the Egyptian Revolution. The lullaby Tahwidah and the song cycle Posh evoke tenderness and loss, whilst Jebel Lebnan was commissioned by the Imani Winds and musically chronicles events from the Lebanese Civil War and their effect on the current face of Lebanon.


PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, `Resurrection` / Flute Concerto (B. Douglas, Dlugosz, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)
HOFFMEISTER, F.A.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 1 - Nos. 21 and 24 (B. Meier, Prague Chamber Orchestra)
KARABITS, I.: Concertos for Orchestra Nos. 1-3 / SILVESTROV, V.: Elegy / Abschiedsserenade (Bournemouth Symphony, K. Karabits)

PETRASSI, G.: Partita / Divertimento / 4 inni sacri / Coro di morti (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
FREITAS, F. de: Silly Girl's Dance (The) / The Wall of Love / Suite medieval / Ribatejo (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto)
MAYR, J.S.: Sagrifizio di Jefte (Il) [Oratorio] (Bassenz, Iranyi, Sellier, Kupfer, Simon Mayr Choir and Ensemble, Hauk)

SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Quartet / Piano Quintet / Barcarolle (Fine Arts Quartet, Ortiz)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios, Vol. 5 - Piano Trios No. 7, `Archduke` and WoO 38 / Variations on Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu (Xyrion Trio)
ERNST, H.W.: Violin Music - Erlkonig / Le Carnaval de Venise / Polyphonic Studies (Spacek, Back)

Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection)
SCHUMANN, R.: 4 Marches / 4 Fugues / 7 Clavierstucke in Fughettenform / Album for the Young (additional pieces) (Rodriguez)
MUFFAT, G.: Suites for Harpsichord (Akutagawa)

WALCHA, H.: Chorale Preludes, Vol. 3 (Disselhorst)
ADLER, S.: Cantos III, VI A, X, XVI, XIX and XXI / Close Encounters / 5 Snapshots (Fulmer, Kelly, Eldan, Muroki, Iznaola, June Han)
Wind Band Music - TORKE, M. / TICHELI, F. / COPLAND, A. (Landscapes) (University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Popiel)

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.
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7 (Premiere Recordings) (Stokowski, Schneevoigt, Koussevitzky) (1932-1934)
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos / Violin Sonata in F minor (Tianwa Yang, Descharmes, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois) (Blu-Ray Audio)

*Not Available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

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