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Featured Releases - Juillet 2018

LINDPAINTNER, P.J. von: Il vespro siciliano (The Sicilian Vespers) [Opera]
Peter Joseph von LINDPAINTNER (1791–1856)
Il vespro siciliano
(Die sizilianische Vesper)

Bennetta • Pitts • Formaggia • Arrieta • Meić • Russo • Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Virtuosi Brunensis • Longo


Robert Schumann considered Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner the most promising operatic composer in the country, yet despite his 21 operas he has been almost forgotten. Like most leading German composers of his time he took Meyerbeer’s historical grand operas, conceived in Paris, as his model. Set in Sicily at the dawn of the 1848 revolution, Il vespro siciliano (Die sizilianische Vesper / The Sicilian Vespers) is a dramatic four-act opera that reveals why he was held in such esteem by Schumann, Spohr and Mendelssohn: expressive harmonies, folksong-like strophic songs, rich orchestration, the use of the latest stylistic devices, and tuneful bel canto melodies that point to the work’s Franco-Italian lineage.


ZÁDOR, E.: The Plains of Hungary • Fantasia Hungarica • Variations on a Merry Theme • Rhapsodies
Eugene ZÁDOR (1894–1977)
The Plains of Hungary • Fantasia Hungarica*
Variations on a Merry Theme • Rhapsodies

Fejérvári* • Balogh • Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV • Smolij


In the last two decades of his career Eugene Zádor, whose music fused Classicism with Romanticism to universal acclaim, wrote a series of works that reflected his Hungarian roots. Subtly flavoured by folklore without any direct quotations, Zádor’s facility for melody, harmony and colour is exemplified in the Rhapsody for Orchestra, while his gift for lyricism and pithy concision is to the fore in the Fantasia Hungarica for double bass and orchestra. The Rhapsody for Cimbalom and Orchestra reveals his ceaselessly inventive imagination in music that is orchestrated with the deftest touch.


ROSSINI, G.: Le Comte Ory [Opera]
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Le Comte Ory

Miklósa • Pini • Ferrando • Bakan • Arvidson • Malmö Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Ringborg

Gioachino Rossini was summoned to Paris in 1824 to breathe new life into its opera culture, and one of his most exciting innovations in this period was the creation of an entirely new genre of opera comedy. The risqué tale of Le Comte Ory had its origins in vaudeville theatre and is based on the story of a villainous count who attempts the seduction of Countess Adèle as she awaits the return of her husband from the Crusades. Le Comte Ory is the last of Rossini’s comic operas, making full use of the libretto’s farcical disguises and humour in one of his most colourfully orchestrated scores.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0062V).

ROSSINI, G.: Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 9 – Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 2
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 9
(Sins of Old Age)
Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 2

Giordano • Luciano • Taddia • Marangoni


Gioachino Rossini’s ambitious younger years saw his composing entirely focused on well-defined projects. In later years he developed musical ideas with or without poetry to hand, and the Sins of Old Age heard here bring together genre songs and character pieces on both religious and domestic subjects. These include premiere recordings of album leaves that became scattered worldwide, including one sent by ‘pantélégraphe’, the first ever ‘fax’ transmission device.


MERCADANTE, S.: Concerto for Two Flutes • Flute Concerto No. 6 • 20 Capricci
Saverio MERCADANTE (1795–1870)
Concerto for Two Flutes*
Flute Concerto No. 6 • 20 Capricci

Gallois • Kazunori Seo* • Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Pardubice

Although operas make up the most substantial part of Mercadante’s catalogue, his technically challenging flute concertos are notable examples of 19th-century Italian instrumental music, effectively closing the Classical period for this instrument. Built on the agile writing and bel canto style that characterised the Neapolitan school, the Concerto in D Major is unique in Mercadante’s catalogue in being for two flutes. The great mutual respect between Mercadante and Rossini is brought vividly to life in the theme used for the masterly Tema con variazioni. The Capricci can be compared with those for violin by Paganini, and the joyous Sixth Concerto makes varied and eloquent use of the orchestra. Volume 1 of this collection can be heard on Naxos 8.572731.


BALADA, L.: Caprichos Nos. 6, 7 and 10 • Ballet City • Spiritual
Leonardo BALADA (b. 1933)
Caprichos Nos. 61, 72 and 103
Ballet City4 • Spiritual5

Fernández-Castelló1,2 • Sanjuan3 • Carrascosa3,5 • Sureda1 • Oliver3,5 • Ensemble Col legno2,4 • Ferrer2,4


Acknowledged as one of the finest contemporary composers, Barcelona-born Leonardo Balada has written a series of Caprichos, suite-like pieces that illustrate the range of his invention. Fusing traditional and contemporary elements, they generate a symbiosis between the ethnic and the avant-garde, as in Caprichos No. 7: Fantasies of ‘La Tarara’ in which an Andalusian folk melody is transformed into a surrealist canvas, and in the vividly descriptive dissonance of Caprichos No. 6. Ballet City is a youthful work, reflecting Balada’s early enthusiasm for neo-classicism.


AND SO IT GOES – Songs of Folk and Lore
Songs of Folk and Lore

The Elora Singers

This recording traverses Canada, America and the British isles in music that has helped define the culture of those nations. England is represented by two of its most celebrated composers, Holst and Vaughan Williams, and the iconic Scottish Auld Lang Syne is traditionally sung to greet each New Year. Celebrated Canadian songs include Jimmy Rankin’s Juno Award-winning Fare thee well love. Eric Whitacre’s distinctive harmonic clusters can be heard in Go lovely rose, and Gordon Lightfoot counts Bob Dylan among his many fans, Dylan once declaring that when he heard a song such as Pussywillows, cat-tails he wished ‘it would last forever’.



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