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The December 2014 issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents a wide range of classical music to tide you over during the holiday season! Start the festive season off with a free track for each day of Advent with our new 2014 Advent Calendar app! The free app may be downloaded from the iTunes app store and the Google Play store.

Tangle with the tango with our monthly spotlight release - music for bandoneon from composers Roberto Di Milano and Astor Piazzolla. Cesare Chiacchiaretta, first-prize winner of the Città di Castelfi dardo international competition, plays on the bandoneon with the Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Miran Vaupotić.

Other highlights include: the fourth album in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra's Fibich symphony cycle, under the direction of Marek Stilec; the second album in Franz Ignaz Beck's symphony cycle, also conducted by Marek Stilec, with the Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice; a chamber opera from Johann Simon Mayr, performed by the Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble and Franz Hauk; music for flute and piano from Ignaz Moscheles, with Japanese artists Kazunori Seo and Makoto Ueno on the flute and piano respectively; and don’t miss the Blu-ray Audio recording of Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir's interpretation of Dvorák's Requiem.

Watch our monthly New on Naxos video to sample some of the highlight releases of the month.


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(New 2014 version)
Musical Advent Calendar App

A new day, a new piece of classical music –  FREE! 

Naxos’s musical app for Advent features 25 complete tracks behind numbered doors. Each day during the Advent season, a new door is ‘unlocked’ to reveal a new piece of seasonal music from Naxos’s classical music catalogue.

Tap on a door a day… is it a Christmas carol or an instrumental piece? Is it an old favourite or a new discovery?

Celebrate Advent with a delightful selection of music tracks from Naxos!
Music includes Gabriel’s Message, Holst’s Lullay, My Liking, and Adams’s O Holy Night among much-loved classics and lesser-known gems.




This Month's Highlights

Naxos 8.573315
Sensations
Music for Bandoneon

Cesare Chiachiaretta, Bandoneon • Krunoslav Marić, Solo Violin*
Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra • Miran Vaupotić


Roberto DI MARINO (b. 1956) Concerto for Bandoneon and String Orchestra
Ástor PIAZZOLLA (1921-1992) Oblivion / Five Tango Sensations*

†WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

The bandoneon is a type of concertina which has been an essential part of traditional tango ensembles for the past century. Award-winning Italian composer Roberto Di Marino explores the breathtakingly virtuoso and sensual qualities of this distinctive instrument in his Concerto, with its driving syncopated rhythms and melodies which tug at the heartstrings. Ástor Piazzolla singlehandedly created the ‘nuevo tango’ genre, and his haunting Oblivion is one of his most haunting creations in this style. He described the Five Tango Sensations as “a musical farewell to life”.

Naxos 8.573310
Zdeněk FIBICH (1850–1900)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 4

Czech National Symphony Orchestra • Marek Štilec

This fourth volume in the first complete recording of the orchestral works of Zdeněk Fibich features shorter orchestral works and occasional pieces for theatre projects. They include the evocative overture A Night at Karlštejn Castle, the Mendelssohnian overture to the incidental music for The Jew of Prague, as well as the witty and elegant ballet music from the opera Hedy. Specially prepared from original sources for this recording by Marek Štilec, the four Tableaux vivants (‘staged pictures’) reflect a 19th-century Central European fashion for staged pieces, including fanfares, majestic ceremony and regal splendour, not intended to outlive their immediate purpose.

Naxos 8.573249
Franz Ignaz BECK (1734–1809)
Symphonies
Op. 4, Nos. 4-6 • Op. 3, No. 5

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Marek Štilec

The court at Mannheim, one of Europe’s great eighteenth-century musical centres, provided myriad opportunities for creative development. Having absorbed the ideas of his teacher, Johann Stamitz, and of other luminaries, Beck wrote a series of symphonies notable for their dramatic contrasts, breadth and sweep, the progressive inclusion of woodwinds and a willingness to explore expressive intensity. Further Beck Symphonies may be heard on Naxos 8.553790, 8.554071, 8.570799 and 8.573248.

Naxos 8.573236
Johann Simon MAYR (1763–1845)
Il sogno di Partenope
(Cantata Opera)

Andrea Lauren Brown, Sara Hershkowitz and Caroline Adler, Sopranos
Florence Lousseau, Mezzo-Soprano • Cornel Frey and Robert Sellier, Tenors
Andreas Burkhart, Bass • Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble • Theona Gubba-Chkheidze, Concert-master • Franz Hauk

Franz Hauk and the Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble have spearheaded the revival of the music of Johann Simon Mayr who was born in Bavaria but lived in Italy. In the latest instalment of their critically acclaimed recordings they turn to Il sogno di Partenope, an allegorical staged cantata composed to mark the rebuilding of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples following a fire in February 1816. Mayr’s significance as an intermediary between the opera seria of the late eighteenth-century and the melodrama of the early-nineteenth is reflected in this important work, a unique kind of ‘cantata opera’ of which only the second act survives.

Naxos 8.573175
Ignaz MOSCHELES (1794–1870)
Works for Flute and Piano
Sonate concertante in G major
Grande Sonate • Divertimento

Kazunori Seo, Flute • Makoto Ueno, Piano

Pianist, composer and conductor Ignaz Moscheles was one of the most respected musicians of his time, and throughout his long life was at the social and musical heart of Europe. Studies with Beethoven’s old teachers, Albrechtsberger and Salieri, equipped him with a first-class compositional technique used to notable effect in a series of works for his own instrument, the piano. Moscheles also wrote a delightful corpus of works for flute and piano, seldom heard today, yet full of vivacious tunes, contrapuntal interest, and some technically demanding passages which reflect his own status as a virtuoso pianist.

Naxos Blu-Ray NBD0046
[2 CDs]
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)
Requiem

Christiane Libor, Soprano • Ewa Wolak, Alto
Daniel Kirch, Tenor • Janusz Monarcha, Bass
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Antoni Wit

Premièred in 1891, Dvořák's Requiem enjoyed immediate success. More reminiscent of Cherubini than Verdi in style, its tone is one of compassion and reflection, devoid of unnecessary drama, and movingly crafted with great sophistication. This Blu-ray Audio version of last month's new release on CD offers optimum reproduction of the superb line-up of orchestral, choral and solo forces under the authoritative direction of Antoni Wit, who is both a Naxos house conductor and renowned interpreter of Slavic music.



Additional Exciting New Releases


8.572362
8.571370
8.573298


8.573145
8.573303
8.573334


8.573114
8.573332


8.573432
8.571360



Digital Exclusives


9.70221
9.70230



Naxos Audiobooks


NA0185 • 9-CD set
NA0188 • 16-CD set
NA0191 • 5-CD set


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