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The Court Capella in St Petersburg is the beautiful setting for these two spectacular DVDs featuring two of our most popular Naxos artists, violinist Tianwa Yang and pianist Eldar Nebolsin. Among the roster of illustrious former students at the St Petersburg Conservatory are the names of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov, both of whom are represented by stunning performances of their most popular concertos on these new DVD releases. Supported by admirable playing from the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under the sensitive direction of Vladimir Lande, we invite you sit back and enjoy this visual and aural feast.

Naxos DVD 2.110283

Tianwa Yang, violin
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra • Vladimir Lande

TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
YSAŸE Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor ‘Ballade’
J.S. BACH Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 BONUS

“I think that for every violinist the concertos of Brahms and Tchaikovsky, as well as Bach’s D Minor partita, belong in the library of the most monumental works that were ever written for the violin!

I am a devoted Brahmsian and his violin concerto takes pride of place for me. It is in a class of its own. I didn’t dare touch this work until I was over 20 years old and was absolutely sure that I was ready to present my own interpretation of it.

My relationship with the Tchaikovsky concerto is completely different. I feel like I almost grew up with this concerto and I have played it many many times, since my teen years. After all these years I just feel completely at home with it.

Bach is simply a genius in finding ways to make a solo violinist feel like they are playing not just as a soloist but as a complete ensemble - the Ciaconna is a perfect example of this, with its multi-strands and intricate musical lines - an absolutely brilliant composer and musician at work! ”

- Tianwa Yang

Companion Titles on CD:
Wolfgang Rihm
Works for piano and violin
Pablo de Sarasate
Music for violin and orchestra, Vol. 4
Felix Mendelssohn
Violin concertos


Naxos DVD 2.110284

Eldar Nebolsin, piano
St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra • Vladimir Lande

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major, Op. 7 BONUS

“One of my very first experiences of playing with an orchestra relates to Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. I was only 12 and I remember being very nervous before the performance, but at the same time having this acute awareness of the beauty in life which only happens at very special and rare moments. So, every time I come back to this concerto, it is for me like a window to the past and an antidote to the grey side of the world around us. One can almost feel the incredible love of life that runs through the entire work, filled with an irresistible energy which brought Rachmaninov from the abyss and despair following the failure of his First Symphony, and back to light and hope.

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto is another piece with enduring popularity and, in my opinion, is a beautiful but very dangerous creature. The huge first movement, with its monumental opening, high energy octaves and lots of virtuoso passages can be very deceiving and hide the true essence of this piece, which lies more on the lyrical, folkloric side rather than on mere entertainment and empty virtuosity.”

- Eldar Nebolsin

Companion Titles on CD:
Franz Schubert
Piano sonatas
Franz Liszt
Piano concertos
Sergei Rachmaninov

About the Artists

Tianwa Yang
Eldar Nebolsin
Tianwa Yang has quickly established herself as a leading international performer and recording artist. She has recorded critically acclaimed interpretations of the complete music for violin and piano, and for violin and orchestra, by Sarasate. Her recording of Mendelssohn’s two violin concertos (8.572662) has won the highest praise.

In 2005, Eldar Nebolsin was unanimously awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Prize in the First International Piano Competition in Moscow, where he was also honoured with the special award for The Best Classical Concerto Performance. He enjoys a busy international career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber-music player, appearing with conductors, orchestras and colleagues of international distinction.

Vladimir Lande
St Petersburg State
Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Lande is principal guest conductor of the St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia). He is guest conductor of the National Gallery Orchestra, Washington DC, and music director of the Washington Soloists Chamber Orchestra, the COSMIC Symphony Orchestra and Johns Hopkins University Chamber Orchestra. He appears as conductor with ballet and opera companies in Europe and the United States.

The St Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra was established in 1967 and until 1985 was known as the Orchestra of Ancient and Modern Music. Renowned soloists and conductors, including Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Svyatoslav Richter, and many others, have performed with the orchestra.

Also available on DVD

Naxos DVD 2.110224
The Full Monteverdi

I Fagiolini, Robert Hollingworth


Claudio Monteverdi’s Fourth Book of Madrigals (1603) explores differing emotional states of abandoned lovers through the most dramatic and amazingly modern music for vocal ensemble. The Full Monteverdi follows the simultaneous break-up of six couples from shocking revelation, vengeful anger and erotic longing for reconciliation, as an ensemble film. Vulnerable and disarming, it will draw you into its emotional journey and intensely moving portrait of contemporary love.

“The eye cannot tear itself away from these admirably constructed images and subtle glances” – Le Monde de la Musique Choc

“sung with consummate artistry” – Classic FM

“superbly acted, beautifully sung” – Gramophone Recommends

Naxos DVD 2.110230
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition, A Night on Bare Mountai
SEREBRIER Symphony No. 3, Symphonie Mystique

National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Jose Serebrier

Filmed in Chester Cathedral during the National Youth Orchestra of Spain’s 2007 European tour, this concert features Leopold Stokowski’s inimitable and colourful transcriptions of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and A Night on Bare Mountain, the latter made famous by its inclusion in the 1940 Walt Disney film Fantasia. José Serebrier’s ‘Symphonie mystique’, for strings, was written in the space of just one week in 2003. Serebrier’s earlier recording of this work (Naxos compact disc 8.559183) was hailed by FonoForum magazine as “a vital, elegant masterwork…a shimmering prism of tone … clearly formed and with a sure hand for reaching great heights of ecstasy”.

“Serebrier has a great gift of music making and lets the Youth Orchestra of Spain shine in these selections, and makes them play like a great orchestra” – Texas Public Radio

Naxos DVD 2.110231
The City

PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordonez

Made for the 1939 New York World’s Fair (“The World of Tomorrow”), The City is a seminal documentary film distinguished for the organic integration of narration (scripted by city planner Lewis Mumford), cinematography (Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke), and music (Aaron Copland). The score, arguably Copland’s highest achievement in film, was also his ticket to Hollywood; it has been called “an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style but in American music and cinema” (Mark Swed, The Los Angeles Times ). As the film contains no dialogue, it is possible to create a fresh soundtrack and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural recording. As Copland created no suite from The City , the present DVD at the same time marks the WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING of this music in its entirety.

“the newly performed score showcases every aspects of Copland’s Americana style, from majestic splendor accompanying wide-angle shot’s to an almost minimalist pulse of customers eating at busy lunch counters, to heart-rending looks at the urban poor” – Gramophone

Naxos DVD 2.110612
The Art of the Bass

Various Artists

Described as “the great Verdian bass” (Le Figaro) and a “Mefistofele who stood out over all the others” (Der Neue Merker), Carlo Colombara brings some of the most famous bass rôles to life in this wide-ranging programme. Emotions range from the pride of Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, through the terrors of Verdi’s Attila, to the tender recollections of Rachmaninov’s Aleko. Mephistopheles strides powerfully through both Gounod and Boito’s operas, and Rossini’s comic wit contrasts with the darkness of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

“Colombara gives a very moving and effective interpretation” – International Record Review

“the moments of absolute greatness make this DVD a must-see for anyone” – Operagasm

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