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The World’s Leading Classical Music Label
November 2013
Get tuned in to the latest instalment of new releases from Naxos, your boundless source of classical discoveries.

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Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937)
Orchestral Works, Volume 2

Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin

Valses nobles et sentimentales
Gaspard de la nuit
(orch. Marius Constant)
Le tombeau de Couperin • La valse

Maurice Ravel’s Valses nobles et sentimentales present a vivid mixture of atmospheric impressionism, intense expression and modernist wit, his fascination with the waltz further explored in La valse, a mysterious evocation of a vanished imperial epoch. Heard here in an orchestration by Marius Constant, Gaspard de la nuit is Ravel’s response to the other-worldly poems of Aloysius Bertrand, and the dance suite Le tombeau de Couperin is a tribute to friends who fell in the war of 1914-18 as well as a great 18th century musical forbear. ‘It is a delightful and assorted collection… presented in splendid performances by the Orchestre National de Lyon led by their music director, the venerable American conductor Leonard Slatkin.’ ( / Volume 1, 8.572887)


Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Complete Overtures, Volume 3

Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
Christian Benda

La Cenerentola
L’Italiana in Algeri • Tancredi
Maometto II (1822 Venice version)
La cambiale di matrimonio
Matilde di Shabran • Grand’overtura ‘obbligata a contrabbasso’

Volume 3 of the complete Rossini symphonic overtures continues the pattern of placing rarities such as the lively student work, Grand’overtura ‘obbligata a contrabasso’, and Matilde of Shabran, set in medieval Spain, alongside perennial hits such as The Italian Girl in Algiers and La Cenerentola (Cinderella), said to have been written in just three weeks. described Volume 2 (8.570934) of this series as “delightful … amazing … strongly recommended”.


Modest Petrovich MUSSORGSKY
Pictures at an Exhibition
Songs and Dances of Death
The Nursery

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Peter Breiner

Originally written as a set of piano pieces, Mussorgsky’s splendid Pictures at an Exhibition translates the artistry of the composer’s friend Victor Hartmann into unforgettable music. Peter Breiner’s new orchestration creates a showpiece for our times, achieving contemporary sounds through unusual instrumental combinations, right up to a spectacular Great Gate of Kiev performed by 104 musicians. Mussorgsky’s remarkable song cycles contrast encounters with death against the often uneasy world of children in The Nursery.


Edvard GRIEG (1843–1907)
Olav Trygvason • Landkjenning
Sigurd Jorsalfar
Resignation (Neupert, orch. Grieg)*

Soloists • Malmö Chamber Choir
Lund Student Singers
Malmö Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Bjarte Engeset


Edvard Grieg and his librettist Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson were both fascinated by a great period in Norway’s past: the Viking Age, whose sagas, and fierce conflicts between Christianity and the old Norse religion, inspired all three of Grieg’s works recorded here. Landkjenning depicts the moment when Olav Trygvason (960s-1000) and his men sight the Norwegian coast for the first time on their voyage from England to Norway. As King from 995 to 1000, Olav worked single-mindedly to Christianise Norway. Conceived as a true Norwegian national opera, but left unfinished, the three scenes from Olav Trygvason explore pagan rituals and tributes to the Norse gods in anticipation of King Olav’s entrance into the pagan temple.


Jules MASSENET (1842–1912)
Ballet Music
Bacchus • Hérodiade • Thaïs • Le Cid

Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Patrick Gallois

Jules Massenet is best known for operas such as Manon and Werther, but his less familiar stage works are also packed with superb intermezzos and ballet music. Evocative scenes bring the mythical story of Bacchus to life, while Hérodiade deals with the tragic biblical narrative of Herod, Salome and St John the Baptist. Turbulent temptations and passions clash with monastic life in Thaïs, and the Spanish dances of Le Cid bring us into worlds of fragrant tenderness, defiant pride and exuberant celebration.


MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 7 and 8 / A Spell for Green Corn (McTier, Leveaux, Clark, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies)
MCTEE, C.: Symphony No. 1 / Circuits / Einstein's Dream / Double Play (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)
MERCADANTE, S.: Sinfonia su motivi dello Stabat Mater di Rossini / Omaggio a Bellini / Clarinet Concerto No. 2 (Casani, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

CASSUTO, Á.: Return to the Future / Song of Loneliness / To Love and Peace / Visiting Friends (Rosado, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Cassuto)
SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)
GLASS, P.: Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra (arr. M. Lortz) / FAIROUZ, M.: Symphony No. 4 (University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Popiel)

CHILCOTT, B.: Carols (The Rose in the Middle of Winter) (Commotio, M. Berry)
CORNELIUS, P.: Lieder (Complete), Vol. 2 (Landshamer, M. Schäfer, Begemann, Hausmann, Veit)
BRITTEN, B.: Reflections - Violin and Viola Works (M. Jones, Thwaite)

CASELLA, A.: Concerto, Op. 40 / 5 Pieces, Op. 34  / TURCHI, G.: Concerto breve (Quartetto d'Archi di Venezia)
PIAZZOLLA, A.: Tango Nuevo (T. Cotik, Tao Lin)

ISASI, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Isasi Quartet) - Nos. 3 and 4
BRAHMS, J.: Four-Hand Piano Music, Vol. 18 (Matthies, Köhn)

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin) (Blu-Ray Audio)
MUSSORGSKY, M.P.: Pictures at an Exhibition / Songs and Dances of Death (arr. P. Breiner) (New Zealand Symphony, Breiner) (Blu-Ray Audio)
OSWALD, H.: 6 Morceaux / 3 Romances / 6 Pezzi / Feuilles d'Album (Velloso)

MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - AUSTRIA: Salzburg / Vienna / Gmunden / Waldviertel / Drosenberg
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SICILY: Palermo / Erice / Segesta / Stromboli / Mt Etna

NIETZSCHE, F.: Birth of Tragedy (The) (Unabridged)
HEYER, G.: Sylvester (Unabridged)
OWEN, W.: Great Poets (The) (The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen)

The Story of the Bible: Audiobook App

Great Poets of the Romantic Age (Audiobook App)

Leading lady, leading question
A Foggy Day (in London Town): Part I
11 November, 2013

Travel is an infinite source of memorable musical experiences, whether visiting legendary concert halls or discovering local treasures in intimate recitals. Here is our first travel guide with tips for where to look for a great concert experience – our first stop is London.

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