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October 2014

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This Month's Highlights

Orchestral Works, Vol. 11
Symphony No. 13 ‘Babi Yar’

Alexander Vinogradov, Bass
Huddersfield Choral Society
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Choir and Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 in 1962. The climax of his ‘Russian period’ and, in its scoring for bass soloist, male chorus and orchestra, among the most Mussorgskian of his works, it attracted controversy through its settings of poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko (the ‘Russian Bob Dylan’ of his day) – not least the first movement, where the poet underlines the plight of Jews in Soviet society. The other movements are no less pertinent in their observations on the relationship between society and the individual. This is the final release in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.


Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’
Symphony No. 2 • Dreams, Op. 6

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop

Prokofiev had written two symphonies as a student but his first numbered work in the genre was the Classical Symphony, completed in 1917. This evokes, melodically though not necessarily harmonically, the world of Haydn and Mozart, and it has remained one of his most popular works. The Second Symphony, by contrast, is a work of ‘iron and steel’ (in the composer’s words), a symphony of conscious modernity and visceral power. Dreams, a ‘symphonic tableau’, reveals the potent, early influence on Prokofiev of Scriabin. Of Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the Fourth Symphony and The Prodigal Son [8.573186], International Record Review wrote: ‘Conductor and orchestra both shine with the excitement of a special relationship in the ascendant’.

Simultaneously available on Blu-ray:
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 /


Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741)
Concertos for Two Cellos

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921–1992)
Milonga for two cellos
from Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar* **

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Cellos
David Wright, Harpsichord and Chamber Organ
European Union Chamber Orchestra
Hans-Peter Hofmann

**Arrangements by Julian Lloyd Webber

The first arranger of Vivaldi’s concertos was Vivaldi himself, and Julian Lloyd Webber’s new versions in this recording reflect the composer’s pragmatic attitude and zest for experiment. Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor RV 531 is his only original concerto for two cellos. Alongside this appear works both popular and recently discovered, the mercurial moods of the cellos representing instruments from mandolins to hunting horns. Piazzolla’s Milonga displays all of his most distinctive hallmarks. Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed album A Tale of Two Cellos can be found on Naxos 8.573251.


The A–Z of Opera
2nd Expanded Edition

Keith Anderson

The A–Z of Opera 2nd edition has been expanded to include even more composers, operas, and 130 bonus tracks. The 1100-page book details the lives of hundreds of opera composers, and like the range of Naxos recordings itself, this set highlights the extraordinary breadth of opera and its composers across the centuries; it is a rich and inspiring resource for everyone!

MALIPIERO, G.F.: Fantasie di ogni giorno / Passacaglie / Concerti (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
  BECK, F.I.: Symphonies, Op. 4, Nos. 1-3 and Op. 3, No. 6 (Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Štilec)
  HUMMEL, J.N.: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 - Nos. 2, 3, 6   and 7 (Gould Piano Trio)
PAULUS, S.: Three Places of Enlightenment / Veil of Tears / Grand Concerto (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)
  STRAUSS, Josef: Josef Strauss Meets Offenbach
  HÉTU, J.: Chamber Works for Strings (Complete) (New Orford String Quartet, Dann, C. Carr, Hutchins)
STILL, R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Villiers Quartet)
  Piano Music - HOLLOWAY, R. / HOWARD, L. / MATTHEW-WALKER, R. / SEARLE, H. (Malcolm Smith Memorial Album) (Lill, L. Howard, Bebbington, Jacobson)
  SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 15 (Weiss)
SOLER, A.: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 42-56 (Borowiak)
  CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Evangélion (A. Marangoni)
  MERTZ, J.K.: Guitar Duets (Möller, Fraticelli)
PINHO VARGAS, A.: Requiem / Judas (Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra, J. Carneiro, Eldoro)
  MISSA CONCEPTIO TUA - Medieval and Renaissance Music for Advent (Schola Antiqua of Chicago, M.A. Anderson)
  BRAHMS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 (arr. I. Biret for piano) / Paganini Variations / Hungarian Dances (Biret Archive Edition, Vols. 16, 17)
Canadian Music for Cello and Piano
NA0130 • 22-CD set
NA0182 • 10-CD set
NA0159 • 17-CD set
NA0173 *digital pre-release
NA0180 *digital pre-release
NA0189 *digital pre-release
NA0185 *digital pre-release
NA0188 *digital pre-release
NA0191 *digital pre-release
  Podcast: Shostakovich 13
3 October, 2014

Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra bring their brilliant cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies to a stupendous conclusion with the release of the Thirteenth Symphony, Babi Yar. It’s a work the Russian conductor has inhabited since his teenage years, when he first recorded it as a member of the male chorus. In conversation with Edward Seckerson, Petrenko reveals his insights into a work that simultaneously courted controversy and attracted fame for the composer.

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