The spotlight recording for the April 2018 issue of NEW ON NAXOS is the final release from our critically-acclaimed Camille Saint-Saëns Concertos series, presenting Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, ‘Egyptian’, performed by pianist Romain Descharmes with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marc Soustrot. The first two volumes of the series each received a MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Month’ award, and Piano Concerto No. 3, which is featured in the second volume, was also an ICMA nominee.
Other highlights include: the world premiere recording of Leopold Koželuch’s Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, ‘Hail to the Monarch’, conducted by Marek Štilec; Brasil Guitar Duo’s world premiere recordings of two concertos for guitar duo and orchestra by Leo Brouwer and Paulo Bellinati with the Delaware Symphony and David Amado; volume two of the Percy Grainger Complete Music for Wind Band series recorded by the Royal Norwegian Navy Band and Bjarte Engeset; pianist Alessandro Marangoni’s latest installment to the complete Péchés de vieillesse by Gioachino Rossini; a special 4-disc box set of Julian Lloyd Webber’s complete recordings on Naxos, and many more.
Saint-Saëns’s mature creative genius shines throughout these last two piano concertos, looking back over a glorious musical ancestry while at the same time opening the door to new worlds. The Fourth Piano Concerto is prescient of both his great Organ Symphony and the concertos of Rachmaninov, revealing Saint-Saëns at his most inspired and innovative… Read more
The coronation of Leopold II in Prague in 1791 came at a difficult time for European monarchs, although Leopold himself enjoyed a reputation as an enlightened ruler. Two musical works were commissioned for the occasion: Mozart’s opera La clemenza di Tito and Koželuch’s cantata Heil demMonarchen. The cantata, by turns celebratory, serene and darkly dramatic, was well received… Read more
These two concertos show the increasing importance of the guitar duo on the world’s concert stages. Leo Brouwer, one of the foremost Latin American composers, has written many admired guitar concertos but The Book of Signs is his first for two guitars, a double concerto of great virtuosity, with a majestic, songful theme in its central movement… Read more
Percy Grainger admired the expressive intensity of the wind band and considered it a more suitable medium for the transcription of early music—such as the Bach and Ferrabosco pieces heard here—than the symphony orchestra. In this second volume of his music for wind ensemble (Volume 1 is on 8.573679) there are further examples from the 23 Chosen Gems for Winds… Read more
Featuring ten premiere recordings and a number of recently discovered ‘Sins of Old Age’ manuscripts unassigned to specific volumes, this album brings together a notable diversity of genres and instrumentation. They include the catchy Allegretto for violin and piano that Rossini used as his musical calling card… Read more
Julian Lloyd Webber, one of the world’s most admired cellists, notably expanded his instrument’s repertoire in the concert hall and on disc. In this retrospective of his art he can be heard as soloist, arranger and conductor. These are the last recordings that Lloyd Webber made before announcing his retirement from playing… Read more
Lorenzo Palomo has long established himself as one of Spain’s greatest contemporary composers, and these three recent works reveal the vivid themes and colours of his music and the richness of his orchestration. Arabescos evokes Spain’s Moorish past in episodes linked together with rhapsodic freedom and fluidity… Read more
Pursuing a musical career was no easy matter for women in the 19th century, but Louise Farrenc’s character and determination resulted in her becoming a respected part of the European scene, and the first ever female senior professor of piano at the Paris Conservatoire… Read more
Multi-award-winning composer Paul Reale has a distinctly American voice, enriched and given touches of familiarity through references to folk idiom and musical ancestors such as Bartók and Kodály. This program brings together Reale’s works for cello and piano… Read more
Despite increasing infirmity in his last years, Franz Liszt continued to forge new musical ground. In this wide-ranging selection of dance pieces, the Valses oubliées reveal a compound of wistful nostalgia and advanced harmonies whilst the remarkable Csárdás macabre, a characteristic Hungarian folk-dance, is full of innovative features… Read more
Carlo Domeniconi’s distinguished career as an internationally renowned guitarist has been paralleled by his prolific output as a composer whose music repeatedly seeks a synthesis between the disparate cultures of East and West. This programme takes us from the evocative Anatolian mystique of Koyunbaba… Read more
Though Bach’s set of six Sonatas and Partitas represents the pinnacle of writing for the solo violin, the Baroque repertoire was rich in compositions for the unaccompanied violin, much of which remains little explored. On this recording Augusta McKay Lodge, hailed as ‘the real thing, a true virtuoso’ (Seen and Heard), explores masters of the genre… Read more
NA0302 • 15-CD Set
NA0303 • 4-CD Set
NA0304 • 8-CD Set
NA0305 • 10-CD Set *digital pre-release
NA0307 • 14-CD Set *digital pre-release
The New & Now playlist features all that is new and exciting in the world of classical music, whether it’s new music, new presentations or new performers. With more than 200 new releases each year, and artists from around the world, there is always something new to discover with Naxos.
This month, there are some fantastic new additions to the playlist!
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Egyptian’: III. Molto allegro (Descharmes, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Soustrot)
Paulo Bellinati: Concerto Caboclo: III. Ponteado (Brasil Guitar Duo, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Amado)
Percy Grainger: Irish Tune from County Derry (version for wind ensemble) (Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Engeset)
Lorenzo Palomo: Humoresca (Clemente, Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, López-Cobos)
Louise Farrenc: Symphony No. 3: IV. Finale (Solistes Européens Luxembourg, König)
Franz Liszt: Grand galop chromatique, S219/R41 (Goran Filipec)
Carlo Domeniconi: Koyunbaba, Op. 19: IV. Presto (Celil Refik-Kaya)
Nicola Matteis Jr.: Alia Fantasia (Augusta McKay Lodge)