This month’s NEW ON NAXOS spotlight recording is the continuation of Enrique Granados’ orchestral works cycle, with the large-scale symphonic poem Dante, and some rarely-heard works. This album features performances from mezzo-soprano Gemma Coma-Alabert, tenor Jesús Álvarez Carrión, the Lieder Càmera, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pablo Gonzáles.
Other highlights include the first complete recording of Gioachino Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, recorded during the 26th anniversary of the Rossini in Wildbad festival, featuring top-notch soloists, the Poznań Camerata Bach Choir, and the Virtuosi Brunensis, conducted by renowned Rossini specialist Antonino Fogliani; W.A. Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3-5 performed by Henning Kraggerud with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. Here, not only does Kraggerud assume both roles of soloist and conductor, he also wrote all cadenzas in this recording; Naxos’ first-ever recording of a Chilean orchestra, the Santiago Philharmonic, performing José Luis Domínguez’s ballet The Legend of Joaquín Murieta, in its world première recording conducted by the composer himself; the first volume of Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s overtures, presented by the Orchestre de Cannes, under the baton of Wolfgang Dörner; violinist Hyejin Chung’s début recording of Franz Schubert’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano, with award-winning pianist Warren Lee; works for cello and orchestra by four of Portugal’s leading composers featuring acclaimed Portuguese cellist Bruno Borralhinho, performing with the Orquestra Gulbenkian and conductor Pedro Neves; and the initial instalment of Johann Michael Haydn’s complete symphonies, featuring the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice, conducted by Patrick Gallois.
This Month's Highlights
Enrique GRANADOS (1867–1916)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Dante – Symphonic Poem1
La nit del mort†2 • Intermezzo from Goyescas
Danza de los ojos verdes† • Danza gitana†
Gemma Coma-Alabert, Mezzo-Soprano1 • Jesús Álvarez Carrión, Tenor2
Lieder Càmera2 • Xavier Pastrana, Chorus-master2
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra • Pablo González
†WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING
Revered as one of the greatest Spanish composers for the piano, Enrique Granados also wrote a wide-ranging body of orchestral music. His one-act opera Goyescas contains an intensely lyrical Intermezzo that is his most popular work and one of the best-loved pieces in all Spanish music. The gypsy-tinged orientalism of Danza de los ojos verdes and Danza gitana contrast with the sombre and epic La nit del mort and the ambitious large-scale symphonic poem Dante, one of the most significant Spanish orchestral works of its time. This is the second in a series commemorating the centenary of Granados’ death. Volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.573263.
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Il viaggio a Reims
ossia L’albergo del Giglio d’Oro
Libretto by Luigi Balochi
Laura Giordano, Sofia Mchedlishvili, Alessandra Marianelli, Sopranos
Marianna Pizzolato, Contralto • Bogdan Mihai, Maxim Mironov, Tenors
Mirco Palazzi, Bruno De Simone, Bruno Praticò, Gezim Myshketa, Basses
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Ania Michalak, Chorus-master
Virtuosi Brunensis • Karel Mitáš, Artistic Director
Michele D’Elia, Musical Assistant and Fortepiano • Antonino Fogliani
The great writer Stendhal wrote of Il viaggio a Reims that “this opera is a feast”. The plot is a contemporary farce tailor-made for a particular occasion – the coronation festivities of Charles X – though Rossini valued the music so highly that he reused at great part of the score three years later in the opera Le Comte Ory. With a cast of ten principal and eight smaller rôles, this sparkling work is heard complete for the first time and in accordance with the critical edition prepared by the Fondazione Rossini and Casa Ricordi.
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756–1791)
Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5
All Cadenzas written by Henning Kraggerud
Henning Kraggerud, Violin • Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Mozart wrote his Violin Concertos in 1775 while still living in his home town of Salzburg and in service to Prince-Archbishop Hieronymus Colloredo. Mozart had already toured internationally and found his parochial environment restricting, but as ever he rose above circumstances to create sublime and thrillingly unconventional masterpieces filled with wit and charm. The finely sustained melodic expression of each concerto’s slow centre provides the perfect foil for inventive sparkle in outer movements that include a cheeky reference to the opera Il re pastore in K. 216, and an exotic ‘Turkish’ moment in the finale of K. 219.
José Luis DOMÍNGUEZ (b. 1971)
The Legend of Joaquín Murieta
Ballet in Two Acts
Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra • José Luis Domínguez
Resident Director of the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor and composer José Luis Domínguez is one of Chile’s leading musicians. Set in California during the Gold Rush of the mid- nineteenth century, The Legend of Joaquín Murieta is both an exciting contemporary ‘action ballet’ and a stand-alone work in the great tradition of symphonic film music. Its subject is the Californian brigand Joaquín Murieta, often seen as the inspiration for Zorro, and the struggle of a small settlement against the Galgos (The Hounds), a North American gang of vigilantes who harass immigrants and Native Americans.
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Sonata in D major, Op. 137, No. 1, D.384
Sonata in A minor, Op. 137, No. 2, D.385
Sonata in G minor, Op. 137, No. 3, D.408
Hyejin Chung, Violin • Warren Lee, Piano
Schubert composed his three sublimely alluring Sonatas for Violin and Piano in the spring of 1816, though they had to wait until 1836 for posthumous publication by Diabelli, who re-named them ‘sonatinas’. With their sometimes subordinate role for the violin and deceptively uncomplicated style, these pieces sidestep the influence of Beethoven and return more to the world of Mozart’s later violin sonatas. The minor key works develop Schubert’s gift for drama and vocal melody further, including hints of his famous song Erlkönig from the previous year.
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