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The October 2014 issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents our monthly spotlight release: the final release in Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's complete cycle of Shostakovich's symphonies. Set to the poems of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, whose poem Babi Yar inspired Shostakovich to set it to music and to compose his eponymous Symphony No. 13, the work underlines his preoccupation with Russian issues over the twentieth century such as anti-Semitism, institutionalisation, and poverty, and serves as a stunning conclusion to an amazing cycle.

Other highlights include: The third volume of the acclaimed Prokofiev cycle of Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. This volume features Prokofiev's Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, and a symphonic poem, Dreams. This album is also available as a hi-fidelity Blu-ray Audio release; the recording of Vivaldi's ever popular concertos in new arrangements for two cellos by internationally renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, together with his wife, fellow cellist Jiaxin Lloyd Webber. This release marks the retirement of Julian Lloyd Webber at the height of his performance and recording career due to injury, and as such is a significant release; and the newly expanded box-set release of our popular A-Z of Opera, featuring even more composers, operas, and 130 bonus tracks.

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

This Month's Highlights

Naxos 8.573218
Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 11
Symphony No. 13 ‘Babi Yar’

Alexander Vinogradov, Bass • Huddersfield Choral Society
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko

Shostakovich wrote his Symphony No. 13, Op. 113 in 1962. The climax of his ‘Russian period’ and, in its scoring for bass soloist, male chorus and orchestra, among the most Mussorgskian of his works, it attracted controversy through its settings of poems by Yevgeny Yevtushenko (the ‘Russian Bob Dylan’ of his day) – not least the first movement, where the poet underlines the plight of Jews in Soviet society. The other movements are no less pertinent in their observations on the relationship between society and the individual. This is the final release in Vasily Petrenko’s internationally acclaimed symphonic cycle.

Naxos 8.573353
Simultaneously available
on Blu-ray
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0044
Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Symphony No. 1 ‘Classical’
Symphony No. 2 • Dreams, Op. 6

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) • Marin Alsop

Prokofiev had written two symphonies as a student but his first numbered work in the genre was the Classical Symphony, completed in 1917. This evokes, melodically though not necessarily harmonically, the world of Haydn and Mozart, and it has remained one of his most popular works. The Second Symphony, by contrast, is a work of ‘iron and steel’ (in the composer’s words), a symphony of conscious modernity and visceral power. Dreams, a ‘symphonic tableau’, reveals the potent, early influence on Prokofiev of Scriabin. Of Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s recording of the Fourth Symphony and The Prodigal Son [8.573186], International Record Review wrote: ‘Conductor and orchestra both shine with the excitement of a special relationship in the ascendant’.

Naxos 8.573374
Antonio VIVALDI (1678–1741)
Concertos for Two Cellos

Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921–1992)
Milonga for two cellos
from Concerto for Bandoneon and Guitar†*

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Cellos
David Wright, Harpsichord and Chamber Organ
European Union Chamber Orchestra • Hans-Peter Hofmann

*Arrangements by Julian Lloyd Webber

The first arranger of Vivaldi’s concertos was Vivaldi himself, and Julian Lloyd Webber’s new versions in this recording reflect the composer’s pragmatic attitude and zest for experiment. Vivaldi’s Concerto in G minor RV 531 is his only original concerto for two cellos. Alongside this appear works both popular and recently discovered, the mercurial moods of the cellos representing instruments from mandolins to hunting horns. Piazzolla’s Milonga displays all of his most distinctive hallmarks. Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed album A Tale of Two Cellos can be found on Naxos 8.573251.

Naxos 8.558216-17
[2 CDs]
The A–Z of Opera
2nd Expanded Edition

Keith Anderson

The A–Z of Opera 2nd edition has been expanded to include even more composers, operas, and 130 bonus tracks. The 1100-page book details the lives of hundreds of opera composers, and like the range of Naxos recordings itself, this set highlights the extraordinary breadth of opera and its composers across the centuries; it is a rich and inspiring resource for everyone!

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