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This month’s NEW ON NAXOS presents an exciting array of new releases, over seven of which include world première recordings! With this month’s spotlight release of the third album of our six-volume cycle of orchestral works by Jean Sibelius, we’ve reached the halfway point of this acclaimed series. The Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and internationally-acclaimed conductor Leif Segerstam perform more of Sibelius’ incidental music, including Pelléas et Mélisande and Musik zu einer Szene as well as Autrefois – Scène pastorale with soprano Pia Pajala and mezzo-soprano Sari Nordqvist.

Other highlights include Piano chamber works by Krzysztof Meyer, including the world première recording of his Piano Quartet, performed by the Silesian String Quartet, and pianist Piotr Sałajczyk; Carl Czerny’s music for flute and piano, featuring flutist Kazunori Seo and pianist Makoto Ueno; the reissue of British Music Society’s original 1997 release of some of John Joubert’s music for string orchestra – The Instant Moment, Temps Perdu and Sinonietta – with the English String Orchestra, under the direction of William Boughton; the world première recordings of Taiwanese composer Gordon Chin’s Symphony No. 3 and Cello Concerto No. 1, with cellist Wen-Sinn Yang and the Taiwan Philharmonic, directed by Shao-Chia Lü; Jacques Ibert’s first symphonic work The Ballad of Reading Gaol, based on a poem of the same title by Oscar Wilde, and several other orchestral works, with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Adriano; and Canadian composer Andrew Staniland’s world première recording of Talking Down the Tiger and other works for solo instruments and electronics. In this release, the composer joins other instrumental soloists, including Ryan Scott, Rob MacDonald, Camille Watts, Frances Marie Uitti and Wallace Halladay.

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This Month's Highlights

Naxos 8.573301
Jean SIBELIUS (1865-1957)
Pelléas et Mélisande
Musik zu einer Szene • Valse lyrique
Valse chevaleresque • Morceau romantique

Pia Pajala, Soprano • Sari Nordqvist, Mezzo-soprano • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra • Leif Segerstam

No sooner had Sibelius moved to the town of Järvenpää in 1904 than he was commissioned by the Swedish Theatre to write incidental music for Maeterlinck’s Pelléas et Mélisande. At the time it was his most ambitious undertaking in the genre of incidental music and his setting included ten scenes, only one of which was cut when he adapted the piece as a concert suite. Dating from the same year, Musik zu einer Szene was originally intended to accompany a tableau and is full of striking contrasts. The two waltzes of 1921 are transcriptions of piano pieces, and reveal the potent influence of Tchaikovsky.

Naxos 8.573357
Krzysztof MEYER (b. 1943)
Piano Quartet† • Piano Quintet

Silesian String Quartet • Piotr Sałajczyk, Piano


The twin series of symphonies and string quartets stand at the centre of Krzysztof Meyer’s achievement as one of the most renowned composers of our time. His mastery of the chamber medium is also revealed in the two works presented here. The Piano Quartet, Op. 112, heard here in its world première recording, is unusual in Meyer’s output for its one-movement structure with several contrasting sections. Elegy, threnody and caprice co-exist in an intense interplay of great passion. In its scale and impact the Piano Quintet recalls similar such pieces dating back to Brahms.

Naxos 8.573335
Carl CZERNY (1791-1857)
Music for Flute and Piano
Tois Rondeaux faciles et brillans
Introduzione, Variazioni e Finale
Duo concertant • Rondoletto concertant

Kazunori Seo, Flute • Makoto Ueno, Piano

Virtuoso pianist Carl Czerny was a pupil and friend of Beethoven in Vienna. His prodigious output as a composer included numerous sets of variations on operatic themes, both with orchestra [Naxos 8.573254] and, as with the Trois Rondeaux, Op. 347 on themes by Rossini and Bellini, in the form of entertaining chamber music. With its cadenza and technical flourishes the Introduction, Variations and Finale, Op. 80 is composed in true concerto style, while the elegance and refined artistry of the Rondoletto and Duo concertant are both characteristic of a Classical master whose works have only recently started to gain wider recognition.

Naxos 8.571368
John JOUBERT (b. 1927)
The Instant Moment1
Temps Perdu2 • Sinfonietta3

Henry Herford, Baritone1 • Christopher Hirons and Pierre Joubert,
Solo Violins2 • Paul Arden-Taylor and Anna Evans, Oboes3
Keith Rubach and Christine Predota, Bassoons3
Stephen Roberts and James Buck, French Horns3 • English String Orchestra
William Boughton

Born in Cape Town, John Joubert won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, his successful career as a university lecturer and composer keeping him in England thereafter. Based on a short piece composed during the composer’s late teens and inspired by Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way (from Remembrance of Things Past), Temps Perdu is an inventive set of variations ‘each of which sets out to explore some aspect of the memories evoked by the original’. The finely crafted Sinfonietta is notable for the imaginative writing for solo woodwinds, while the song-cycle The Instant Moment indelibly expresses widely contrasting reactions to the experience of love.

Naxos 8.570615
Gordon CHIN (b. 1957)
Symphony No. 3 ‘Taiwan’
Cello Concerto No. 1*

Wen-Sinn Yang, Cello* • Taiwan Philharmonic • Shao-Chia Lü

Gordon Chin is one of Taiwan’s leading composers, and increasingly honoured by commissions and performances from major ensembles in North America, Asia and Europe. Featuring an array of exotic Chinese percussion instruments, Symphony No. 3 ‘Taiwan’ is a dramatically powerful work cast in three movements which explore his native country’s turbulent history. Specific literary quotations from Shakespeare, Blaise Pascal and Samuel Johnson elucidate the expressive moods of the three-movement Cello Concerto No. 1.

Naxos 8.555568
Jacques IBERT (1890-1962)
The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Three Ballet Pieces • Fairy
Song of Madness • Elizabethan Suite

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra • Adriano

Based on Oscar Wilde’s impassioned text Le Ballade de la Geôle de Reading, Jacques Ibert’s first symphonic work astonished and impressed audiences with its dark atmospheres of anguished madness and terror. The Trois Pièces de Ballet portray society guests with colourful music-hall wit, contrasting with the impressionistic symphonic poem Féerique and the horrors of war expressed in Chant de Folie, while the Suite Élisabéthaine introduces ancient styles to enhance Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Naxos 8.573428
Andrew STANILAND (b. 1977)
Talking Down the Tiger
And other works for solo instruments and electronics

Ryan Scott, Percussion • Rob MacDonald, Guitar • Camille Watts, Flute
Frances Marie Uitti, Cello • Wallace Halladay, Soprano saxophone
Andrew Staniland, Electronics

Andrew Staniland is recognised as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices, and his works are performed and broadcast internationally. He has already composed a powerful body of music for solo instruments with electronics, which reveals the exciting and evocative use he makes of sound files and ‘looping’. Talking Down the Tiger explores the ferociousness, beauty, and mystery of percussion instruments whilst Flute vs Tape is virtuosic, vivacious, and not afraid to embrace capricious fun. These qualities permeate his music and help explain why leading American writer Alex Ross calls it ‘alternately beautiful and terrifying’.

Additional Exciting New Releases



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Naxos AudioBooks

NA0208 • 13-CD set
NA0209 • 8-CD set
NA0199 • 16-CD set

NA0157 • 5-CD set
*digital pre-release
NA0212 • 3-CD set
*digital pre-release
NA0213 • 10-CD set
*digital pre-release

NA0210 • 5-CD set
*digital pre-release
NA0192 • 16-CD set
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