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The January 2015 issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents exciting new releases with which to start the New Year! Our monthly spotlight release is Saint-Saëns’ Third Symphony and Cyprès et Lauriers, performed by the Orchestre National de Lyon, directed by Leonard Slatkin. This release celebrates the inauguration in the Auditorium de Lyon of its newly restored organ (formerly known as the Cavaillé-Coll Organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris), which was the instrument Saint-Saëns had in mind when he composed Cyprès et Lauriers, and the very instrument which was used in the French première performance of Cyprès et Lauriers in 1920, with Saint-Saëns himself conducting.

Other highlights include: The first volume of three of Frederico Moreno Torroba’s Concertos for guitar and orchestra and other guitar works, performed by the legendary guitarist Pepe Romero and the world renowned Vicente Coves, with the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra and Manuel Coves conducting. Of note is the Concierto en Flamenco, which is a world première recording; the second release of Jack Gallagher’s orchestral works with the London Symphony Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta. The first volume was reviewed by Fanfare as “another one that goes in the win column”; the final Collins re-issue of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ orchestral works with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra; Pianist Jordi Masó’s tenth volume of Joaquín Turina’s complete piano music; selections of secular and sacred music from the early Habsburg period, performed by Marc Lewon and the Ensemble Leones; and the inaugural album release of the Amadeus Guitar Duo with Naxos, presenting works for guitar duo from across the centuries, from Handel to Carlo Domeniconi.

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This Month's Highlights

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Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’*
Danse macabre* • Cyprès et Lauriers*

Vincent Warnier, Organ
Orchestre National de Lyon* • Leonard Slatkin*

To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint- Saëns, both of which are historically linked with the great Cavaillé-Coll organs. The composer himself conducted the French première of Cyprès et Lauriers at the Trocadéro in October 1920, entrusting the solo part to Eugène Gigout.

Naxos 8.573255
Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891–1982)
Guitar Concertos, Vol. 1
Concierto en Flamenco†
Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta
Aires de La Mancha • Suite castellana

Pepe Romero and Vicente Coves, Guitars
Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra • Manuel Coves


An outstanding figure in the history of modern Spanish music, Federico Moreno Torroba is best known for his guitar works, his traditional style embracing the folklore and character of Spain. The Concierto en Flamenco requires an exceptional soloist, and Pepe Romero is justly famous for his masterful interpretations in both classical and flamenco genres. The playful Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta adds the luminous sonorities of harp and celesta to its colourful orchestration. Aires de la Mancha is evocative of this distinctive region in central Spain, while the Suite castellana includes Torroba’s first ever composition for guitar, Danza. This is the first of three volumes of Torroba’s complete works for guitar and orchestra.

Naxos 8.572358
Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934)
Caroline Mathilde – Ballet Suites
Chat Moss • Ojai Festival Overture

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ ballet Caroline Mathilde premièred in 1991 and has been highly acclaimed ever since. Its story concerns the tragic marriage of Caroline to Christian VII of Denmark and is cast in a musical language that embraces expressionism, drama, parody, and overt lyricism. The two concert suites chart the young queen’s fall from grace and her eventual banishment into exile. Chat Moss is a richly textured tone poem, while by contrast the Ojai Festival Overture is a lively and extrovert concert piece reflecting Maxwell Davies’ fondness for American landscape and culture.

Naxos 8.573183
Joaquín TURINA (1882–1949)
Piano Music, Vol. 10
El Castillo de Almodóvar
Rincones de Sanlúcar • Tocata y fuga
Partita • Preludios • Pieza romántica

Jordi Masó, Piano

The tenth volume in Jordi Masó’s ground-breaking series of the complete piano music focuses on the years of Joaquín Turina’s maturity and the works he called a Ciclo pianístico. El castillo de Almodóvar (Almodóvar Castle) and Rincones de Sanlúcar (Corners of Sanlúcar) are both memorably evocative and descriptive. Elsewhere Turina takes classic forms, such as the toccata, fugue, partita and prelude and brings to them a more abstract but richly nuanced sensibility. The previous volume in this series has brought considerable acclaim: ‘In Masó you have an ideally committed and affectionate master of the idiom, finely recorded.’ (Gramophone, on 8.572915)

Naxos 8.559768
Jack GALLAGHER (b. 1947)
Symphony No. 2 ‘Ascendant’
Quiet Reflections

London Symphony Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

Jack Gallagher continues his association with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta with Symphony No. 2 ‘Ascendant,’ a robust, colorful work of dramatic contrasts and expansive architecture that seeks to express the aspirations and strivings of the human spirit. Quiet Reflections is a calm, serenely lyrical meditation which evokes a sense of longing for past tranquility. Gallagher’s previous Naxos release Orchestral Music (8.559652) with the LSO conducted by JoAnn Falletta was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine and hailed as “fresh and exuberant” and for “its explosions of sound and colour” by Gramophone.

Naxos 8.573346
Argentum et Aurum
Musical Treasures from the Early
Habsburg Renaissance

Ensemble Leones • Marc Lewon

The period of the early Habsburgs, from c.1340 to c.1520, saw the development of a richly diverse musical culture in the Austrian region. This pioneering selection, the product of an extensive research project conducted at the University of Vienna, presents an overview of music in everyday life, in many cases in première recordings performed by Ensemble Leones. The music is sacred and secular, allowing the listener to eavesdrop on Tyrolean palaces, dance halls and bourgeois homes, and on the singer-poets who travelled the country where old local styles fused with the latest international fashions.

Naxos 8.573439
Through the Centuries
Amadeus Guitar Duo

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685–1759) Suite in G minor, HV 432
Johann-Kaspar MERTZ (1806–1856) Nänien Trauerlieder, Ünrühe
Suite spagnola
Georg Philipp TELEMANN
Partita polonaise
(b. 1947)
Fantasie d’Oriente e d’Occidente, Op. 50a

Over the last 25 years the Amadeus Guitar Duo have consistently proved to be one of the world’s most exploratory and admired ensembles. Through their many international tours, recordings, and the symposium they established at Iserlohn in Germany, they have extended the repertoire for the duo and for guitar duo with orchestra. In this release, their inaugural one for Naxos, the programme ranges across the centuries from the magnificent arrangement of Handel’s Suite in G minor, HV 432, through music by the nineteenth-century guitar composer Johann Kaspar Mertz, to contemporary works including the brilliant and virtuosic Fantasie d’Oriente e d’Occidente by Carlo Domeniconi, which was given its world première by the duo.

Additional Exciting New Releases




Digital Exclusives

8.503280 • 3 CDs
8.504045 • 4 CDs

Naxos Audiobooks

NA0174 • 34-CD set
NA0178 • 17-CD set

NA0163 • 2-CD set
*digital release only

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