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The World’s Leading Classical Music Label
May 2014

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Eugène YSAŸE (1858–1931)
Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27

Tianwa Yang, Violin

Eugène Ysaÿe was a towering figure in the history of the violin. He also composed a number of important works, most inspirationally the cycle of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, which rank among the greatest and most demanding of the twentieth century. Each is dedicated to a fellow violinist and friend [indicated below], whose style of performance and musical preoccupations they reflect. Echoes of Bach are present, as are dance motifs, and virtuoso figuration, reflecting the eminence of the dedicatees.


Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Symphony No. 18
‘War – there is no word more cruel’
Trumpet Concerto

Andrew Balio, Trumpet
St Petersburg Chamber Choir
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande

Mieczysław Weinberg’s Eighteenth Symphony is the centerpiece of his symphonic trilogy On the Threshold of War, which focusses on the traumas of the Soviet Union in World War II and stands as one of the most significant creations of his later years. Using texts by important Soviet poets, the work reflects on war with eloquent expressive power. The Trumpet Concerto is amongst Weinberg’s most substantial and diverse works from the 1960s. Ranging in effects from pointillist modernism to the grotesque and sardonic, it was described by Shostakovich as a ‘symphony for trumpet and orchestra’.


Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907)
GRIEG Complete Orchestral Works

Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Bjarte Engeset

This boxed set of Grieg’s complete orchestral works is a celebration of the composer’s rich and multi-faceted aesthetic. Grieg was an idealistic humanist whose music and writings underlined a harmony between humans and nature. The sense of nostalgia and ‘postcard lyricism’ often associated with him belies the wild energy also present in his music – its primeval force, pessimistic emotions and tempestuous Romanticism. Thanks to Bjarte Engeset’s carefully researched and widely admired performances, Grieg’s complex musical universe can here be appreciated in full.


Giacomo MEYERBEER (1791-1864)
Overtures and Entr’actes from the
French Operas
Robert le Diable • L’Etoile du Nord
Les Huguenots
L’Africaine • Dinorah • Le Prophète

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Darrell Ang

Giacomo Meyerbeer’s eminence as an operatic composer was such that the works he wrote for the Paris Opéra between 1831 and 1865 – Robert le Diable, Les Huguenots, L’Africaine and Le Prophète – were among the most spectacular and popular, well into the twentieth century. These overtures and orchestral pieces illustrate the power of Meyerbeer’s writing, his sense of drama, his orchestral colouring, and his melodic beauty. L’Etoile du Nord and Dinorah, written for the Opéra Comique, are lighter in tone, but notable for their programmatic inventiveness.


Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934)
The Lighthouse
A chamber opera in a
prologue and one act
Music and Libretto by the composer
Part 1: Prologue
The Court of Enquiry
Part 2: Act

The Cry of the Beast • Blaze’s Song
Sandy’s Song • Arthur’s Song

Members of the BBC Philharmonic
(Neil Mackie, Tenor • Christopher Keyte, Baritone • Ian Comboy, Bass)
Maxwell Davies

On a routine tour of duty in December 1900 the supply ship Hesperus discovered the Flannan Isles lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides to be empty, the three keepers apparently having disappeared into thin air. Peter Maxwell Davies’ haunting and thrilling chamber opera The Lighthouse is heard here in its classic première recording. It shows what might have become of the three men, marooned in their storm-bound tower and overwhelmed by ghostly visions and crazed desperation, creating a dramatic imagining of a story which remains a mystery to this day.


HARRIS, Ross: Symphony No. 4, "To the memory of Mahinārangi Tocker" / Cello Concerto (Li-wei Qin, Auckland Philharmonia, G. Walker, Dean)
RESPIGHI, O.: Gli uccelli (The Birds) / Trittico botticelliano / Suite in G Major (K. Brown, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Di Vittorio)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Piano Quintet / Quintet in D Major / 6 Studies in English Folksong / Romance for Viola and Piano (London Soloists Ensemble)

KARG-ELERT, S.: Flute Works (Complete) (Roorda, Tsvereli)
Guitar Recital: Baranov, Anton - PUJOL, M.D. / BRAVO, J.E. / ANGULO, E. / SANTÓRSOLA, G.
REGER, M.: Organ Works, Vol. 15 - 52 Easy Chorale Preludes: Nos. 16-35 / Monologe: Nos. 1-4 / Postludium in D minor (Rübsam)

BROUWER, M.: Chamber Music - Shattered Glass / Lonely Lake / Clarinet Quintet (Shattered) (Blue Streak Ensemble, Maia String Quartet)
LLOYD, N. / MENNIN, P.: Piano Music (Silberstein)
HEGGIE, J.: Out of Darkness (Music of Remembrance)

SPOHR, L.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 16 - Nos. 23 and 26 (Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet)
ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 6 (Marangoni) - Peches de vieillesse, Vols. 4, 6, 10 and 14


BARTÓK, B.: Ten Easy Piano Pieces • Mikrokosmos, Vol. 1 (Kertész)
BARTÓK, B.: Mikrokosmos, Vols. 2 & 3 (Kertész)
REALE, P.: Seven Deadly Sins


GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (The) (Unabridged)
GOLDSMITH, O.: Vicar of Wakefield (The) (Unabridged)

HEYER, G.: Masqueraders (The) (Unabridged)
NA0179 *digital pre-release
HEYER, G.: Venetia (Unabridged)
NA0183 *digital pre-release
GREEN, J.: Planets and the Solar System (The) (Unabridged)
NA0156 *digital pre-release


Podcast: A reticent English richness
Podcast: A reticent English richness
2 May, 2014

Ralph Vaughan Williams is not especially remembered for his chamber music, being much more popular for his nine symphonies and works for voice and chorus. But the chamber music he composed throughout his long career is now becoming properly appreciated. This new Naxos release featuring the London Soloists Ensemble includes several early chamber works that saw the light of day only during the 1990s, when the composer’s widow finally allowed them to be performed after decades of embargo. They beautifully illustrate the early influences on the budding, talented composer, and his increasing love for the English folk song.

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