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September 2012
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique (Slatkin)

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-69)
Le corsaire – Overture, Op. 21
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

(including an alternative version of Un bal with cornet obbligato)
Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin

Immensely influential, the remarkable Symphonie fantastique was composed while Hector Berlioz was suffering an intense and unreciprocated passion for the Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Its autobiographical tale describes a young musician’s opium-poisoned nightmares of jealous despair and fatal justice following the murder of his beloved. Berlioz wrote a second movement cornet solo into a subsequent revision of the score, here included as an optional extra. He wed his sweetheart actress but, recuperating in Nice, wrote Le corsaire after the final breakup of their marriage.
MAHLER Symphony No. 1 (Alsop)

Gustav MAHLER (1860-1911)
Symphony No. 1

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra • Marin Alsop

This remarkably original work, with its recurring quotations from the composer’s own songs, notably Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer) and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), is the perfect expression of one of Mahler’s most quoted sayings, “The symphony is a world; it must contain everything”. The opening movement, filled with sounds that Mahler remembered from his childhood, depicts “Nature’s awakening from the long sleep of winter”, and is followed by an exuberant scherzo and trio based on a Ländler. The disturbing slow movement funeral march, based on the children’s song Frère Jacques, is unlike anything that had been heard before, and the symphony concludes with music of thrilling dramatic intensity.
VILLA-LOBOS Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 (Karabtchevsky)

Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959)
Symphony No. 6 ‘On the Outline of the
Mountains of Brazil’ • Symphony No. 7

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra
Isaac Karabtchevsky

Heitor Villa-Lobos is generally acknowledged as Latin America’s foremost nationalist composer and his best known works, such as the Bachianas Brasileiras (Naxos 8.557460-62), have tended to overshadow the rest of his work. Symphony No. 6, which launched his mature symphonic style, derives some of its themes from the contours of Brazilian hills and mountains, in a process devised by the composer to obtain a melody from an image by means of a graphic chart. The Symphony No. 7 is scored for a huge orchestra and is one of the composer’s most ambitious and significant statements. Both works represent the composer’s powerful desire to invent a specifically Brazilian idiom. This is the first volume of a complete cycle of the Villa-Lobos Symphonies.
DEBUSSY 24 Préludes (orch. Breiner) (Märkl)

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Préludes (orch. Peter Breiner)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Jun Märkl

Debussy completed his two books of Préludes in 1910 and 1913 respectively, and they contain some of his most visionary and poetic writing for piano. There are evocations of calm seascapes, delicate wind tracery, and snow-covered landscapes. Some moments are steeped in antiquity, such as La cathédrale engloutie, others in expressive portraiture, as in La fille aux cheveux de lin. There is even a cake-walk. The Préludes are performed here in the subtle and colouristic orchestrations of muchadmired Slovak-born composer Peter Breiner.
PENDERECKI Canticum Canticorum Salomonis (Wit)

Krzysztof PENDERECKI (b. 1933)
Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert
Song of the Cherubim
Canticum Canticorum Salomonis
Kosmogonia • Strophen

Olga Pasichnyk, soprano
Rafał Bartmiński, tenor
Tomasz Konieczny, bass
Jerzy Artysz, narrator
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
and Orchestra • Antoni Wit

The range of Penderecki’s music is exemplified by this disc, which presents five works written over a period of nearly 40 years. Hymne an den heiligen Adalbert was composed in 1997 and evokes the martyred eighth-century Bishop of Prague through spare but fervent gestures. More austere, but intense in its focus, is Song of the Cherubim, whilst Canticum Canticorum Salomis is a richly sensuous exploration of the Song of Songs. Kosmogonia explores a complex sound tapestry. Strophen (1959) was a breakthrough work – spare, intricate and marvellously tensile.

CASELLA Concerto for Orchestra, Pagine di Guerra, Suite Op. 13 (Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, La Vecchia)
MAXWELL DAVIES Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 (Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Maxwell Davies)
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake (Highlights) (Russian State Symphony, Yablonsky)

SCHUMANN Piano Quintet, Piano Quartet, Märchenerzählungen (Fine Arts Quartet, Wang)
HAYDN Piano Trios Nos. 14, 21, 22 and 23 (Kungsbacka Piano Trio)
MAYR Gioas (Oratorio) (soloists, Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk)

MENDELSSOHN Choral Music (St Albans Abbey Girls Choir, Lay Clerks of St Albans Cathedral Choir, Winpenny)
WALLACE Chopinesque (Tuck, Tait Chamber Orchestra, Bonynge)
GALUPPI Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3 (Napoli)

Laureate Series •  Cecilio Perera Guitar Recital
DRAGON RHYME (The Hartt School Wind Ensemble, Adsit)

Claude BAKER The Glass Bead Game, Awaking the Winds, Shadows: Four Dirge-Nocturnes, The Mystic Trumpeter (St. Louis Symphony, Latkin, Vonk)
Vivian FUNG Violin Concerto, Glimpses for prepared piano, Piano Concerto ‘Dreamscapes’ (K. Lee, C. Hanick, Metropolis Ensemble, Cyr)

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5, The Year 1941 (São Paulo Symphony, Alsop)
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique (Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin)

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.
Great Singers •  Kathleen FERRIER (1912-1953): Arias and Songs
Great Pianists •  WOMEN AT THE PIANO, Volume 5 – An Anthology of Historic Performances  (1923-1955)
*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.

WAGNER Orchestral Excerpts, Vol. 3 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
PFITZNER Symphony in C major / SCHUMANN Konzertstück for four horns (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
R. STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

R. STRAUSS Symphonia domestica (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier: Orchestral Suite and Waltz Sequences (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

FRANCE – A Musical Visit to Paris, Versailles, Chantilly and the Pays de la Loire
SPAIN – A Musical Visit to Andalusia, Sitges, Seville and Granada

A Guide to Wine (Julian Curry)
The Vikings (David Angus)
The Glory of Ancient Greece (Hugh Griffith)

Great Rulers of Ancient Rome (Hugh Griffith)
Tales of Irish Myths (Benedict Flynn)
The Tale of Troy (Benedict Flynn)

Short Compoer Profiles: Ignaz Joseph Pleyel (Allan Badley)
Peter Maxwell Davies: A Portrait (Roderic Dunnett)

In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases, Naxos also distributes several leading labels in many countries around the world. Check out our monthly Distributed Label Highlights feature for a choice selection of recent releases from some of these distributed labels.

SILHOUETTES: New American Music for Guitar (Saladin Cote)
STENHAMMAR Piano Pieces (Wyss)
C. NIELSEN Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (New York Philharmonic, Gilbert)
Artek AR-0058-2
  Capriccio C5117
  Dacapo 6.220623

DIE THOMANER: A Year in the Life of the St. Thomas Boys Choir [Blu-ray Video]
VERDI Nabucco (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2009) [Blu-ray Video]
BELLINI I Puritani (De Nederlandse Opera, 2009) [Blu-ray Video]
Arthaus Musik ACC-10212
  C Major 720504
  Opus Arte OABD7111D
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