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We are very pleased to share with you the March 2015 issue of NEW ON NAXOS, presenting a broad selection of exciting new releases that includes world première recordings from around the globe! Our monthly spotlight release is the first recording of the complete original uncut version of Rossini’s opera Guillaume Tell.

Other highlights include: the second volume of John Knowles Paine’s orchestral works, with the Ulster Orchestra, directed by JoAnn Falletta; a wide-ranging programme of English music for strings, performed by the English Chamber Orchestra and featuring Julian Lloyd Webber as soloist and conductor, including world première recordings of Howard Goodall’s And the Bridge is Love and William Lloyd Webber’s The Moon. This is Julian Lloyd Webber’s first recording as a conductor after his retirement as a cellist last year due to injury. We also have the seldom-performed orchestral works by Georges Bizet, including Roma, Marche funèbre and Overture in A; the world première recordings of Russian poet Mikhail Alexeevich Kuzmin’s musical compositions; and a collection of Carl Czerny’s brilliant, but largely unknown, concert works, performed by pianist Rosemary Tuck, accompanied by the English Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Bonynge.

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


This Month's Highlights

Naxos 8.660363-66
[4 CDs]
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Guillaume Tell†

Andrew Foster-Williams, Baritone
Alessandra Volpe, Mezzo-soprano
Tara Stafford • Judith Howarth, Sopranos
Michael Spyres • Giulio Pelligra • Artavazd Sargsyan, Tenors
Nahuel Di Pierro • Raffaele Facciolà • Marco Filippo Romano, Basses
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Ania Michalak, Chorus-master
Virtuosi Brunensis • Antonino Fogliani


†FIRST RECORDING OF THE COMPLETE OPERA

Performed for the first time in its original uncut version, this production of Guillaume Tell was the jewel in the crown of the 25-year history of the ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ opera festival. Rossini’s final, great, operatic masterpiece is a story of liberation, the oppressed Swiss attaining their ideal of emancipation by hounding the tyrannical Habsburgs out of their country. Although it was composed for the complex demands of the Paris Opéra, numerous dances, choruses and arias were dropped for reasons of practicality. These are restored in the present recording which also includes the stunning finale of the shorter 1831 version of the opera (CD 4 / Track 13).

Naxos 8.559748
John Knowles PAINE (1839–1906)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Symphony No. 2 ‘In the Spring’
Oedipus Tyrannus – Prelude • Poseidon and Amphitrite – An Ocean
Fantasy†

Ulster Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

†WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

The late 19th century witnessed unprecedented musical growth in the United States, and it is impossible to imagine a Copland, an Ives or even a Gershwin without the pioneering groundwork of the ‘Boston Six’, of whom John Knowles Paine was the senior member. Favorite among his own works, Paine’s Second Symphony was described on its New York première as “a serious, important and totally beautiful work.” His Prelude to the tragic play Oedipus Tyrannus was an immediate hit, while An Ocean Fantasy was his last orchestral piece. The first of this set of two volumes of Paine’s complete published orchestral works is available on 8.559747.

Naxos 8.573344
Georges BIZET (1838–1875)
Roma
Marche funèbre • Overture in A
Patrie • Petite suite

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra • Jean-Luc Tingaud

The success of Bizet’s opera Carmen has overshadowed the rest of his output, but this fascinating orchestral programme, which includes a number of seldom performed works, reveals more of his talent for writing colourful, atmospheric and melodic music. The Overture in A was Bizet’s first orchestral work and unperformed in his lifetime, while the Marche funèbre was originally the prelude to an opera about love and vengeance, now lost. The dramatic overture Patrie captures the mood following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71, while the Petite suite is a set of orchestrations of movements from Jeux d’enfants (Children’s Games). Conceived in Italy as a symphony, after Bizet had won the Prix de Rome, Roma occupied the composer for 11 years before the final version heard here.

Naxos 8.573250
And the Bridge is Love
English Chamber Orchestra
Julian Lloyd Webber, Cello* and Conductor


†WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

This wide-ranging programme of English music for strings includes the world première recording of Howard Goodall’s moving And the Bridge is Love, in which Julian Lloyd Webber plays cello, and of William Lloyd Webber’s The Moon, only performed for the first time in 2014. There are also established classics such as Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47, as well as novelties in the case of the never-before-recorded arrangements by Elgar’s friend and biographer W.H. Reed of the two Chansons.

Naxos 8.573192
Mikhail Alexeevich KUZMIN (1872–1936)
Sacred Songs1,2
The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers
Masquerade1,2 • Hinkemann the German

Mila Shkirtil, Mezzo-soprano1
Petrozavodsk State University Male Choir2
Alexey Umnov, Artistic Director • Vasily Sirbu, Choirmaster
Karelia State Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra (Petrozavodsk)
Yuri Serov

The great twentieth-century Russian poet, Mikhail Alexeevich Kuzmin, was for much of his early life also passionately devoted to composition. Masterpieces of the vocal miniature, his Sacred Songs for voice and orchestra are settings of his own words based on studies of ancient Russian music. His incidental music for Masquerade is notable for a heartfelt Romance and a closing chorus which draws upon traditional Russian church music. The Society of Honoured Bell Ringers displays Mahlerian and Mozartian influences whilst greater harmonic complexity can be savoured in Kuzmin’s edgier music for Der deutsche Hinkemann.

Naxos 8.573254
Carl CZERNY (1791–1857)
Bel Canto Concertante
Virtuoso Variations for Piano and
Orchestra

Rosemary Tuck, Piano
English Chamber Orchestra • Richard Bonynge

Carl Czerny is remembered as a pupil and friend of Beethoven and the composer of numerous piano studies, but in his lifetime he was renowned for a prodigious output of brilliant concert works, most of which remain entirely unknown to present-day audiences and performers. Inspired by the most famous and attractive themes from Bel Canto operas which were hugely popular in their time and are still performed today, these sets of variations give full rein to the soloist and are a major contribution to the great pianist-composer tradition.



Additional Exciting New Releases


8.573127
8.559776
8.572978


8.573365
8.559756
8.573288


8.573405
8.573366
8.508016 • 8-CD Box set



Digital Exclusives


9.70222



Naxos Audiobooks


NA0175 • 29-CD set
NA0190 • 14-CD set
NA0198 • 28-CD set


NA0195 • 12-CD set
*digital pre-release
NA0200 • 11-CD set
*digital pre-release
NA0204 • 5-CD set
*digital pre-release


NA0196 • 10-CD set
*digital pre-release
NA0202 • 5-CD set
*digital pre-release



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