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The August 2013 issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents our monthly spotlight release: MONSIGNY’s The King and the Farmer – a world première recording of an 18th-century opéra-comique which foreshadows many aspects of romanticism and made Monsigny famous in France and beyond.

Other highlights include: PETITGIRARD’s ballet music for The Little Prince, conducted by the composer himself; TYBERG’s Symphony No. 2performed by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic; as well as Volume 3 of CIMAROSA’s Overtures with Patrick Gallois leading Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä.

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This Month's Highlights

Naxos 8.660322
Pierre-Alexandre MONSIGNY (1729–1817)
Le Roi et le fermier (The King and the Farmer)
A comic opera in three acts

Thomas Michael Allen, tenor • William Sharp, baritone
Dominique Labelle, soprano • Thomas Dolié, baritone
Jeffrey Thompson, tenor • Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano
Yulia Van Doren, soprano • David Newman, baritone
Tony Boutté, tenor
Opera Lafayette Orchestra • Ryan Brown

Le Roi et le fermier made Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny famous in France and beyond. Set in an evocative and at times stormy Sherwood Forest it tells of a King’s encounter with a humble farmer, blending comedy with serious issues. Its numerous innovations foreshadow Romanticism, making it a milestone in operatic history, with librettist Michel-Jean Sedaine admiring Monsigny’s daring in taking “the risk of setting a new genre to music”. “This production should be noted and remembered in the annals of Versailles, for the intelligence of its staging, the beauty of its sets, and its high musical quality.” (Opéra Magazine)

Naxos 8.573113
Laurent PETITGIRARD (b. 1950)
The Little Prince (Ballet)

Budapest Studio Choir and Honvéd Male Choir
Soloists of the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest
Laurent Petitgirard

The prize-winning French composer Laurent Petitgirard has earned acclaim for his unusually powerful theatrical imagination. His strikingly creative ballet score for Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) was first performed at the Avignon Opera in May 2010. Petitgirard centres his score around a chorus, alternating instrumental sonorities to remarkable effect, and evoking the essence of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s text in its movement from dream to reality, and from mystery to innocence.

Naxos 8.572822
Marcel TYBERG (1893–1944)
Symphony No. 2 in F minor

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta
Piano Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor
Fabio Bidini, piano

Marcel Tyberg was a victim of the World War II Holocaust, but his scores were preserved and have recently been revived through the support of JoAnn Falletta and the BPO. The Second Symphony is filled with romantic enchantment and pastoral narrative, reflecting Tyberg’s reverence for nineteenth-century styles. The Second Piano Sonata also develops earlier traditions, revealing the influence of Beethoven. Tyberg’s Third Symphony can be heard on Naxos 8.572236, the Washington Post stating that the Buffalo Philharmonic “has never sounded better… Tyberg’s music is wellcrafted and earnest, tuneful and filled with seriousness of purpose and harmonic mastery.”

Naxos 8.572734
Domenico CIMAROSA (1749–1801)
Overtures, Volume 3

Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä • Patrick Gallois

Le astuzie femminili No. 1 • Le astuzie femminili No. 2
Artemisia, regina di Caria • Il mercato di Malmantile
Cajo Mario • I due baroni di Roccazzura • Le stravaganze d’amore
I nemici generosi • L’eroe cinese

The most famous and popular Italian opera composer of the second half of the eighteenth century, Domenico Cimarosa composed more than 65 operas which were performed all over Europe, as well as a significant body of instrumental music and works for the church. Cimarosa’s overtures are remarkable for their melodic invention, assured handling of the orchestra and sheer vitality. This recording includes the overture to one of Cimarosa’s most popular operas, I due baroni di Roccazzura, and that of his personal favourite, Artemisia, regina di Caria. Volumes One and Two are available on Naxos 8.570508 and 8.570279.

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