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November 2012
PATER NOSTER A Choral Reflection on The Lord’s Prayer

Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

Jennifer Gilbert, violin*
Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin

Ravel orchestrated his piano pieces Alborada del gracioso and Pavane pour une infante défunte to great effect; the former gains in suggestive colour, and the latter evokes nostalgic pathos. Another orchestrated work is the Menuet antique, which is redolent of old French dance forms. Rapsodie espagnole, Ravel’s first major orchestral work, shimmers with expectancy and bursts into Spanish dance rhythms, themes he pursued in Pièce en forme de habanera. His earliest orchestral work, the ‘fairy overture’ Shéhérazade, is all that remains of a planned opera based on The Thousand and One Nights. The famous Boléro, an ‘orchestrated crescendo’ of undimmed power, has proved one of the most popular works in all classical music.
ROSSINI Complete Overtures, Vol. 1

Wolfgang RIHM (b. 1952)
Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Tianwa Yang, violin
Nicholas Rimmer, piano

Phantom und Eskapade • Hekton • Antlitz
Eine Violinsonate • Über die Linie VII
World Première Recording

Wolfgang Rihm is one of the world’s most eminent and prolific composers. His works for violin and piano encompass almost his entire compositional career, from Hekton in 1972 to the solo violin Über die Linie VII in 2006. Each draws on a wide range of influences, from folk-like moments, embedded quotations and dazzlingly virtuosic episodes. They reflect the breadth of Rihm’s various changing styles, which are almost unique in today’s music in marrying contemporary technique with emotionally powerful resonances.
DELIUS Appalachia • Sea Drift

Mieczysław WEINBERG (1919–1996)
Symphony No. 19 ‘Bright May’, Op. 142
The Banners of Peace – Symphonic Poem, Op. 143

St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande

Mieczysław Weinberg’s 26 symphonies are seen today as a substantial continuation of the Russian tradition. Symphony No. 19 marks ‘Bright May’ as the month in which the Great Patriotic War came to an end, but expressed with ominous apprehension as well as celebration. The Banners of Peace subsumes traditional and revolutionary songs to create an extrovert work which avoids the bombast of propaganda. Gramophone has acclaimed the ‘understanding and fervour’ of Vladimir Lande’s ‘greatly superior’ conducting of Weinberg’s Symphony No. 6 (8.572779).
DEBUSSY 24 Préludes (orch. Breiner) (Märkl)

Ferdinand RIES (1784–1838)
Piano Concertos, Volume 5

Christopher Hinterhuber, piano
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Uwe Grodd

Piano Concerto in E flat, Op. 42
Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 177
Introduction et Rondeau brillant, Op. 144

The fourteen works for piano and orchestra of Ferdinand Ries stand alongside those of Hummel as the finest and most important of their kind from the early decades of the 19th century. Intensely lyrical and yet displaying at times a rugged Beethovenian grandeur, Ries’s eight concertos are works of impressive musical stature. In this fifth and final recording we encounter the first and last of his published concertos and the virtuosic Rondeau brillant, Op. 144. “Sparkling performances… the recording is first rate.” (Penguin Guide on Vol. 3, 8.570440).
DUN Symphonic Poem on Three Notes

Margaret RIZZA (b. 1929)
Mysterium Amoris

Gaudete Ensemble • Eamonn Dougan

Ave Maria • O magnum mysterium
In the silence • Mary slept
Fire of Love • O sapientia
Christ be near • Mysterium amoris
Veni Jesu • Sanctus Dominus
O speculum columbe
Rising Prayer • Mysterious Night
Oculi mei • Ave generosa

Margaret Rizza sang professionally for twenty-five years, before teaching at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has directed music groups, making many recordings. She began composing in 1997 and has since earned huge admiration for her ‘Classical Contemporary’ sound world, works of spiritual contemplation and great beauty. Hers is music of great spiritual depth and, whether a cappella or for vocal and instrumental forces, it generates a sense of lyricism and healing resolution.
JACKSON, G.: Requiem

A Christmas Collection

Martin Ford, organ* • Vasari Singers • Jeremy Backhouse

CHILCOTT This is the truth* • RATHBONE Gabriel’s Message
SWEELINCK Hodie Christus natus est • PRAETORIUS arr. Sandström Es ist ein Ros entsprungen • HOWELLS Sing Lullaby • VILLETTE Hymne à la Vierge • CHILCOTT Sweet was the song* • WILLCOCKS Of the Father’s heart begotten* • GABRIELI Hodie Christus natus est • CHILCOTT Rejoice and be merry* • Walford DAVIES O little town of Bethlehem* • Armstrong GIBBS The Stable Door • ADAM arr. J.E. West O Holy Night* • DARKE In the bleak mid-winter* • JACKSON The Christ-child • RUTTER Nativity Carol* • PIERPOINT arr. B. Parry Jingle Bells • CHILCOTT Christmas-tide • LAKE arr. Rathbone I believe in Father Christmas • RATHBONE Carol Medley*

The Vasari Singers’ annual carol concerts always provide a warming blend of traditional favourites and less well-known music from all periods and styles. Here, joyous and masterful 16th-century polyphony sits alongside eternally popular Victorian carols, and exquisitely crafted settings by Howells and Walford Davies join works as recent as Gabriel Jackson’s The Christ-child. Bob Chilcott magically superimposes traditional carols with entrancing new material, and no Vasari Christmas would be complete without some close harmony Swingle singing. The Vasari Singers have also recorded Gabriel Jackson’s Requiem (8.573049).

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 6 / Time and the Raven / An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise (Royal Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies)
CASELLA, A.: La donna serpente Suites / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita (Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

GRETRY, A.-E.-M.: Le Magnifique [Opera] (Gonzalez Toro, Calleo, Krull, Thompson, Sulayman, Williams, Scarlata, Opera Lafayette Orchestra, Brown)
ALMEIDA, F.A. de: La Spinalba, ovvero Il vecchio matto [Opera] (Quintans, Madeira, Seara, Moreso, Fernandes, Os Musicos do Tejo, Magalhaes)
SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Works for Four Hands, Vol. 6 (Humphreys, Markham)

Asian Music for String Quartet - TAN, Dun / TAKEMITSU, Toru / GAO, Ping / UNG, Chinary / ZHOU, Long (New Zealand String Quartet)
HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 5, 6, 7
Piano Recital: Kim, Mariya - SCHUMANN, R.

CLEMENTI, M.: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 3 (Marangoni) - Nos. 42-65
SEVERAC, D. de: Piano Music, Vol. 3 (Maso) - Le chant de la terre / Piano Sonata

Wind Band Music - HOLST, G. / GILBERTSON, M. / TICHELI, F. / MACKEY, J. (Rest) (Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Mikkelson)
THE AMERICAN SPIRIT: Roots and Transformations (5-CD Box Set)

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.  
STRAUSS I, J.: Edition - Vol. 23
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947)
RACHMANINOV, Sergei: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 3 - Victor Recordings (1925-1942)
*Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions

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.

STRAVINSKY, I.: The Firebird / Fireworks (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka / Chant du rossignol (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
STRAVINSKY, I.: Le Sacre du printemps / Dumbarton Oaks (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

FRANCE – Burgundy • Pays  de la Loire • Franche-Comté
SWITZERLAND – A Musical Visit to the Canton  of Ticino (Tessin)
NIGHT MUSIC VOL. 2 – Italy • France  • Spain • Germany • Czech  Republic • Switzerland

Muzio Clementi: Short Profile
Domenico Scarlatti: Short Profile
Joaquín Turina: Short  Profile

Mozart: His Life  & Music
Cathedrals – In a  Nutshell
Karma and Rebirth  – In a Nutshell

The History of English Poetry
Stories from Shakespeare Vol 2
Moses and other stories from the Old Testament

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Naxos November 2012 Sampler
Chamber Music
Choral - Sacred
Choral - Secular
Vocal Ensemble
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
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