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This month's NEW ON NAXOS spotlight recording is the latest in our long-time and successful recording collaboration with the Rossini in Wildbad Bel Canto Festival Rossini's Adelaide di Borgogna. This production features soprano Ekaterina Sadovnikova and mezzo Margarita Gritskova in the lead roles, together with the Camerata Bach Choir Poznań and Virtuosi Brunensis, conducted by Luciano Acocella.

Other highlights include the fifth installment of our Heitor Villa-Lobos symphonic cycle, featuring Symphonies Nos. 8, 9, and 11, with Isaac Karabtchevsky and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3, in its original uncut form, paired with Three Latin American Sketches, presented by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; orchestral works by Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, and Samuel Adams performed by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic conducted by James Ross; Volume 19 of our cycle of Domenico Scarlatti's Complete Keyboard Sonatas, featuring Goran Filipec, who won the 2016 Ferenc Liszt Society Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of Liszt's Paganini Studies; Malmö Opera's recent production of Puccini's La Bohème, starring soprano Olesya Golovneva and tenor Joachim Bäckstöm, conducted by Christian Badea and staged by acclaimed opera director Orpha Phelan; a collection of Romantic vocal music, highlighted by Schumann's Dichterliebe, performed by countertenor Yaniv d'Or and pianist Dan Deutsch; World première live recordings of four orchestral works by Bechara El-Khoury, recorded by some of today's leading French orchestras – Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Colonne – lead by renowned conductors including Daniele Gatti and Paavo Järvi; and the penultimate instalment in our François Devienne Flute Concertos series, with flutist/conductor Patrick Gallois leading the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

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


This Month's Highlights

ROSSINI, G.: Adelaide di Borgogna [Opera]
8.660401-02
[2 CDs]
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Adelaide di Borgogna
Libretto by Giovanni Schmidt

Margarita Gritskova, Mezzo-soprano • Ekaterina Sadovnikova
Miriam Zubieta, Sopranos • Gheorge Vlad • Yasushi Watanabe, Tenors
Cornelius Lewenberg, Baritone • Baurzhan Anderzhanov, Bass-baritone
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Virtuosi Brunensis • Luciano Acocella

Set in medieval Italy, Rossini's rarely performed Adelaide di Borgogna is based on dramatic historical events that led to Otto the Great (Ottone) of Germany conquering the Kingdom of Italy. Despite its political and warlike subject, Adelaide di Borgogna is full of beautiful music, Rossini using lyrical moments to emphasize emotions and express the triangle of passionate love and rivalry between Adelaide, Ottone and Adelberto. Adelaide is bel canto in its purest form and was held in high regard by its composer, who recycled much of it in his subsequent operas.


VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
8.573777
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Isaac Karabtchevsky

By the 1940s Heitor Villa-Lobos was widely recognized as Latin America's greatest composer. Working in the United States gave him new perspectives, and his later symphonies move away from the folk influences and exotic effects of works written in the 1920s and 30s, such as the Bachianas Brasileiras, towards more concise, sometimes neo-classical, models. The Eighth and Ninth share a transparent lightness of touch while the Eleventh, described as a work of 'immediate charm', is the perfect introduction to the later work of Villa-Lobos.


COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 / 3 Latin American Sketches
8.559844
Aaron COPLAND (1900–1990)
Symphony No. 3
Three Latin American Sketches

Detroit Symphony Orchestra • Leonard Slatkin

Premièred in 1946, a year after the end of World War II, Copland's iconic Third Symphony was described by the composer as 'a wartime piece – or, more accurately, an end-of-war piece – intended to reflect the euphoric spirit of the country at the time.' The fourth movement, heard on this recording in its original uncut form, opens by quoting one of his most well-known pieces, Fanfare for the Common Man. Copland described the Three Latin American Sketches 'as being just what the title says. The tunes, the rhythms and the temperament of the pieces are folksy, while the orchestration is bright and snappy and the music sizzles along.'

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THOMPSON, R.: Symphony No. 2 / ADAMS, S.: Drift and Providence / BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 1
8.559822
Randall THOMPSON (1899–1984)
Symphony No. 2
Samuel ADAMS (b. 1985)
Drift and Providence*
Samuel BARBER (1910–1981)
Symphony No. 1

Samuel Adams, Electronics* • National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
James Ross

The second Naxos recording by the elite conservatory students of the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic explores further examples of the breadth of American music. Randall Thompson, famed for his vocal works, is represented by his Symphony No. 2 which, with its syncopation and echoes of jazz, helped to establish a bright, vibrant American style. After an inauspicious debut, Samuel Barber’s tautly cyclical Symphony No. 1 became the first American symphonic piece to be performed at the Salzburg Festival. Samuel Adams offers a contemporary voice in Drift and Providence, which spectacularly captures the sound of the Pacific Ocean by incorporating electronic elements.


SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 19
8.573590
Domenico SCARLATTI (1685–1757)
Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 19

Goran Filipec, Piano

Alessandro Scarlatti was largely responsible for developing early Neapolitan opera but his son Domenico journeyed to Lisbon and then to Madrid where he entered the service of the royal family. It was primarily for the Infanta Maria Barbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746, that Domenico Scarlatti wrote his celebrated single-movement sonatas, some of the greatest pieces in eighteenth-century keyboard repertoire. This volume reveals Scarlatti’s evocations of Spanish dance rhythms, vivid exploration of color, scintillating scales and arpeggios and striking echo effects.


PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2014) (NTSC)
2.110385
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PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La) [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2014) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Giacomo PUCCINI (1858–1924)
La Bohème
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Olesya Golovneva • Maria Fontosh, Sopranos
Joachim Bäckstöm, Tenor • Miklós Sebestyén, Bass
Vladislav Sulimsky • Daniel Hellström, Baritones
Malmö Children's Chorus • Malmö Opera Chorus & Orchestra • Christian Badea, Conductor
Orpha Phelan, Stage Director

Based on stories by Henri Merger but also infused with the composer's own experiences as a penniless graduate, Puccini's powerful opera La Bohème portrays its youthful characters' romantic outlook on life and the brutally tragic end to their innocence. The story is set around 1830 but director Orpha Phelan sees Puccini's characters as equally at home in our times: "their story is universal, all that is needed is to understand what it is like to be young and in love!" This Malmö production was acclaimed in the Svenska Dagbladet as "one of the most moving renditions of Puccini's opera I have ever seen".


Vocal Recital: d'Or, Yaniv - SCHUMANN, R. / DUPARC, H. / DEBUSSY, C. / HAHN, R. / POULENC, F. (Thoughts Observed)
8.573780
Thoughts Observed
SCHUMANN • DUPARC • DEBUSSY • HAHN • POULENC

Yaniv d'Or, Countertenor • Dan Deutsch, Piano

After exploring the music of his Sephardic ancestry on the acclaimed recording Latino Ladino (Naxos 8.573566), Yaniv d'Or brings a refreshing perspective to the Dichterliebe from Schumann's proverbial 'year of song'. French songs of the 19th and 20th centuries offer d'Or's exotic voice further dimensions in the floating harmonies of the young Duparc and Debussy, including Reynaldo Hahn's beautiful Bach pastiche, and concluding with the classical simplicity of Poulenc's first songs.


EL-KHOURY, B.: Orages / Espaces-Fragmentations / Poème nocturne / Le Chant d'amour
8.573617
Bechara EL-KHOURY (b. 1957)
Orages1
Espaces-Fragmentations2
Poème Nocturne3 • Le Chant d’amour4

Ariane Douguet, Soprano4 • Vicens Prats, Flute3 • Orchestre de Paris1,3
Paavo Järvi1 • Eivind Gullberg Jensen3 • Orchestre National de France2
Daniele Gatti2 • Orchestre Colonne4 • David Coleman4

Bechara El-Khoury's work often refers to his native Lebanon, and Orages (Storms) takes us back to youthful memories of nature's chaotic moods, from flashes of lightning via sinister darkness to surreal and luminous calm. Espaces-Fragmentations reflects on time and 'a strange journey into night', while Poème nocturne marks the life of renowned French flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal. The lyrical post-Romantic style of Le Chant d'amour at times evokes the spirit of Richard Strauss.


DEVIENNE, F.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 3 - Nos. 9-12
8.573465
François DEVIENNE (1759–1803)
Flute Concertos Nos. 9-12

Patrick Gallois, Flute • Swedish Chamber Orchestra

François Devienne performed as an orchestral bassoonist and flutist but rose to fame as an operatic composer. His greatest achievement, however, lies in his sequence of Flute Concertos, of which this is the final volume. Despite his failing health, the four works on this recording demonstrate the hallmark combination of melodic elegance and graceful virtuosity that characterizes Devienne's flute concertos, and are among the most attractive of their time. Concerto No. 10 is one of his masterpieces, distinguished equally by the beauty of its thematic material and its confident, cohesive musical structure.

Additional Exciting New Releases

ROMÁN, A.: Chamber Music - Epojé / Diégesis / 3 Tableaux Français / Zootropías / Homenaje a Bartók / Nocturno
8.579007
Alejandro ROMÁN (b. 1971)
Chamber Music
Epojé • Diégesis • Trois Tableaux Français
Zootropías • Homenaje a Bartók** • Nocturno*

Marta Knörr, Mezzo-soprano* • Justo Sanz, Clarinet** • Trío Arbós

WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS

Alejandro Román is one of Spain's most eclectic and versatile composers. He has been influenced by jazz and popular music, and this disc charts many facets of his unique compositional style. The sonically alluring Diégesis incorporates melodic motifs from ancient Greece in a theatrical context. Trois Tableaux Français owes its inspiration to Debussy and Impressionism, whilst Homenaje a Bartók uses a Hungarian scale in Román's tribute to another of his favorite composers. In its repetitive movement, the suite Zootropías evokes early cinematic devices.


NOWAKOWSKI, M.: Blood, Forgotten / String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / A Uśnijże mi, uśnij
8.559821
Mark NOWAKOWSKI (b. 1978)
Blood, Forgotten*
String Quartet No. 1, 'Songs of Forgiveness'
String Quartet No. 2, 'Grandfather Songs'
A Uśnijże mi, uśnij

Emily Ondradek-Peterson, Violin* • Voxare String Quartet

The people of Poland have lived through often impossible conditions over the last three centuries, and this album is Polish-American composer Mark Nowakowski's tribute to their spirit of survival. Songs of Forgiveness is both a meditation on anger and grief and a lamentation on the stark realities of a society riven by tragedy. Blood, Forgotten is a multimedia memorial for the victims of Nazi and Soviet aggression during World War II, the electronic soundtrack using sounds from an instrument that survived one of the concentration camps. Partly written as a memorial for Henryk Górecki, Grandfather Songs also includes the surreal element of a recording of Nowakowski's family singing the war song Hej Ulani.


QIN, Wenchen: Border of the Mountains (The) / Dawn / Calling for Phoenix
8.570620
Wenchen QIN (b. 1966)
Violin Concerto, 'The Border of the Mountains'1
Cello Concerto, 'Dawn'2 • Suona Concerto, 'Calling the Phoenix'3

Mengla Huang, Violin1 • Li-Wei Qin, Cello2 • Qianyuan Zhang, Suona3
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • Gottfried Rabl

WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS

A native of Inner Mongolia, Wenchen Qin grew up with the folk music of his homeland and is now one of China's most influential composers. His violin concerto The Border of the Mountains exploits the extraordinary colors and flexibility of both orchestra and soloist, echoing nature and the songs and spirituality of the mountains. Each movement of the cello concerto Dawn is based on a fragment of text by the poet Hai Zi, while Calling for Phoenix, inspired by the series of paintings Phoenix in Fire by Xiao-he Tang and Li Cheng, is an intensely virtuosic concerto for suona, a traditional double-reed instrument.


Cello and Guitar Recital: Dúo Villa-Lobos (Music for Cello and Guitar from South America and Eastern Europe)
8.573761
Music for Cello and Guitar from South America and Eastern Europe
BOGDANOVIĆ • ZENAMON • ASSAD
OURKOUZOUNOV • GUEVARA

Dúo Villa-Lobos

INCLUDES WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS

In recent years, a number of composers have explored the tonal chemistry of timbre and texture offered by the ensemble of cello and guitar. The examples here, from South America and Eastern Europe, are among the most ambitious and technically demanding yet to have been written. Vivacious Latin-American rhythms, such as the Milonga and Chacarera, are explored by Edwin Guevara, while the Bulgarian Atanas Ourkouzounov creates an aura of indigenous folk culture in Tanzologia. Both lyricism and rhythmic dynamism suffuse Dušan Bogdanović's Quatre pièces intimes.


Guitar Recital: Herbig, Gunter - PAINE, B. / BARTÓK, B. / FARQUHAR, D. / ELMSLY, J. / RIMMER, J. (Dream Weaving - New Zealand Guitar Music, Vol. 2)
8.573765
Dream Weaving
New Zealand Guitar Music, Vol. 2
PAINE • BARTÓK (arr. FARQUHAR)
FARQUHAR • ELMSLY • RIMMER

Gunter Herbig, Guitar

INCLUDES WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS

In this second volume of his revelatory exploration (Volume 1 is on 8.572185), admired instrumentalist Gunter Herbig continues to trace the guitar's flourishing culture in New Zealand. Bruce Paine's deft pieces embrace the lyrical, mystical and dance-like, whilst David Farquhar – whose beautiful transcriptions of Bartók's For Children are also included – is represented at his most haunting and forward-looking in Five Scenes. Color saturates John Elmsly's Suite and John Rimmer captures the extraordinary atmosphere of the island of Hauturu, performed here in Herbig's own exquisite arrangement.


Guitar Recital: Jara, Xavier - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / COUPERIN, F. / DOWLAND, J. / RAWSTHORNE, A. / BOGDANOVIĆ, D. / ASSAD, S. / COLLINS, J.D.
8.573797
Xavier Jara Guitar Laureate Recital
Winner, 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Competition
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO • COUPERIN • DOWLAND • RAWSTHORNE •
BOGDANOVIĆ • ASSAD • COLLINS

Xavier Jara, Guitar

American classical guitarist Xavier Jara has taken first prize at numerous international competitions, including the prestigious 2016 GFA International Concert Artist Competition. This release stands out not only for the sheer musicality and technical brilliance of the performer, but for his imaginatively structured and adventurous programme. It balances the poetic beauty of John Dowland and Alan Rawthorne with the broad appeal of Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Variations across the Centuries, technically challenging works by Dušan Bogdanović, as well as intriguing discoveries such as young composer Jeremy Collins' Elegy.


SAURET, É.: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1-7
8.573704
Émile SAURET (1852–1920)
24 Études-Caprices, Op. 64
Vol. 1 (Nos. 1–7)

Nazrin Rashidova, Violin

A supreme virtuoso, the French violinist, composer and teacher Émile Sauret was acclaimed by the greatest musicians of the century, including Sarasate and Liszt. He wrote a series of charming genre pieces (available on Naxos 8.572366) but also a sequence of 24 Études-Caprices which marry virtuosity with every expressive opportunity available to the instrument. The result is one of the unsung but major cycles for solo violin spanning all twenty-four keys.


MESSIAEN, O.: Corps Glorieux (Les) / Messe de la Pentecôte
8.573682
Olivier MESSIAEN (1908–1992)
Les Corps glorieux (The Glorified Bodies)
Messe de la Pentecôte

Tom Winpenny, Organ

Olivier Messiaen was a towering figure in 20th-century music, and for many years he considered Les Corps glorieux the favorite of his own works. It is recognized as the pinnacle of his pre-war organ compositions, vividly depicting the themes of resurrection through deeply expressive symbolism, life and death struggles and ecstatic joy. Ten years later the Messe de la Pentecôte marked a departure in style, drawing on Messiaen's liturgical improvisations and crystallizing his latest rhythmic and serial techniques and use of birdsong into a ground-breaking masterpiece.

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Naxos Playlists

The New & Now playlist features all that is new and exciting in the world of classical music, whether it’s new music, new presentations or new performers. With more than 200 new releases each year, and artists from around the world, there is always something new to discover with Naxos.

This month, there are some fantastic new additions to the playlist!
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 9: I. Allegro (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Karabtchevsky)
  • Mark Nowakowski: A Uśnijże mi, uśnij (Lullaby: O Sleep for me, sleep) (Voxare String Quartet)
  • Randall Thompson: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor: III. Vivace (National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Ross)
  • Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3: II. Allegro molto (Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin)


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