The spotlight recording for the March 2018 issue of NEW ON NAXOS is the latest release from GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty, featuring a triptych of unique concertos – Dreamachine for percussion, Trail of Tears for flute and Reflections on the Mississippi for tuba. The Albany Symphony, conducted by David Alan Miller, delivers mesmerizing performances with three outstanding female soloists: GRAMMY® Award-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, flutist extraordinaire Amy Porter, and Carol Jantsch, the remarkable principal tuba of The Philadelphia Orchestra.
Other highlights include: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, performed in its complete form by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop; Dmitry Yablonsky conducting Kara Karayev’s Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto with Janna Gandelman and Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra; the first volume of the Beethoven Works for Flute series, with flutists Kazunori Seo and Patrick Gallois; the final instalment of the Martinů Complete Songs series, recorded by mezzo-soprano Jana Hrochová and pianist Giorgio Koukl, featuring several world premiere recordings; and a collection of orchestral music from Wagner’sRing Cycle, performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta.
GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores the relationships between machines, humanity and nature in three unique concertos. Dreamachine for solo percussion and orchestra is a colourful tribute to the imagination of inventors who dreamed of new machines, both real and surreal. The flute concerto Trail of Tears dramatizes the tragic governmental forced relocation of Native Americans in 1838… Read more
Based on Shakespeare’s most famous romantic play, Prokofiev’s realisation of Romeo and Juliet as a full-length narrative ballet was audacious in its day. It was written during a period of artistic turmoil under a Soviet regime in which arguments raged over such fundamental aspects as the choice between a happy or a tragic ending… Read more
Kara Karayev was one of the most prominent figures in the music of 20th-century Azerbaijan, and an inspiration to subsequent generations of Azerbaijani composers. His eloquently expressive and tautly dramatic First Symphony is a significant work in Karayev’s output, reflecting both the harmonies and melodic characteristics of the South Caucasus region… Read more
Ludwig van Beethoven stands as a giant in music history for his great symphonies, piano sonatas and string quartets, and the challenges of deafness later in life. This programme shows the younger Beethoven’s facility as a creator of light and entertaining chamber works as enjoyable to perform as they are to hear… Read more
Bohuslav Martinů honed his songwriting craft in between composing larger orchestral works, his yearning for home reflected in the Four Songs to Czech Folk Texts written during desperate times in the Second World War. Sourced from previously unpublished manuscripts, this unique programme presents world premiere recordings of earlier songs… Read more
The essential meaning of Wagner’s magnum opus Der Ring des Nibelungen is wrapped up in the composer’s own lifetime pursuit of transcendent romance, with the redemption of eternal love one of the primary tenets of this and his other music dramas. Wagner’s gift for orchestral colour and scenic characterisation make his operas highly suited to the genre of the tone poem… Read more
Copland Conducts Copland
Goodman • Los Angeles Master Chorale • Los Angeles Philharmonic
This concert film made in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in 1976 captures a memorable performance conducted by the doyen of American composers, Aaron Copland (1900–1990). It includes some of his greatest and most attractive music, from the patriotic flourish of Fanfare for the Common Man and the spirited orchestral fantasy El Salón México… Read more
BEL CANTO – The Tenors of the 78 Era
This new release is a documentary series about the great tenors and bel canto singing in the first half of the 20th century by Jan Schmidt-Garre. With the development of sound film in the 1920s and 30s, the great tenors, such as Beniamino Gigli, Richard Tauber and Lauritz Melchior, became movie stars. Using a wealth of rare restored material… Read more
As one of the leading Italian composers of the 20th century, Bruno Bettinelli occupies a significant place in his country’s musical lineage. An inheritor of the traditions of Respighi, Casella and their contemporaries, he employed contemporary techniques to fashion music of structural clarity, inventiveness and considerable communicative power… Read more
This program brings together a wide variety of Alan Hovhaness’ works including numerous world premiere recordings. These range from the earliest of his band compositions, the processional Tapor No. 1, to more recent chamber pieces such as the gentle barcarole of Vision on a StarryNight. The Ruins of Ani returns us to the tragic location… Read more
Earning the admiration of the most eminent composers of his time, from Brahms and Tchaikovsky to Liszt and Sarasate, Émile Sauret occupies a significant place in the history of the violin. His lively genre pieces were augmented by an extensive cycle of Études-Caprices (Volume 1 is on 8.573704) that remain a testament to his finesse and command… Read more
Busoni embodied an essentially recreative approach to the music of the past. His Bach transcriptions reveal an absolute command of intricate polyphony and a limpid clarity. Mozart stood as an aesthetic and technical exemplar while Cramer’s little-known Etudes are adapted for modern piano technique… Read more
The contemporary guitar music scene of Mexico is a vibrant and active community of composers, many of them concert guitarists themselves. The new generations of composers are creating a fascinating new repertoire which, while rooted in the historical elements of the Mexican musical heritage with its traditional melodies and indigenous folkloric vitality… Read more
Yale Choral Artists has rapidly established itself as one of the most innovative professional choirs in the world, and its recordings of works by three Yale composers showcase the breadth of contemporary American choral music. They include the powerful statement to the court by David Lang, whose thelittle match girl passion won the Pulitzer Prize for Music… Read more
NA0297 • 39-CD Set
NA0300 • 26-CD Set
NA0302 • 15-CD Set *digital pre-release
NA0303 • 4-CD Set *digital pre-release
NA0304 • 26-CD Set *digital pre-release
NA0306 • 6-CD Set *digital pre-release
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!