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Featured Releases - Juillet 2020

MONTEVERDI, C.: Complete Madrigals [15-Disc Boxed Set]
Claudio MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Complete Madrigals

Delitiæ Musicæ • Longhini

The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive books that trace his technical and expressive innovations. In them, Monteverdi explored themes such as the vicissitudes and pleasures of love, as well as the art of war, and the pain of loss. The editions used in these recordings are the most authentic and uncut, and, in keeping with 17th-century practice, employ male voices only. Praised as ‘compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative’ (American Record Guide) the collection also includes pieces never before recorded.


ADAM, A.: Le Postillon du Lonjumeau [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2019)
Adolphe ADAM (1803–1856)
Le Postillon de Lonjumeau
Libretto by Adolphe de Leuven and Léon-Lévy Brunswick

Valiquette • Spyres • Leguérinel • Clément • Kubla • accentus / Opéra de Rouen Normandie • Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen Normandie • Rouland • Fau

Adolphe Adam’s Le Postillon de Lonjumeau was a great success at its premiere in 1836, and, along with the ballet Giselle, has remained one of the composer’s most popular works. Following the great French tradition, this opéra-comique has it all: 18th-century Rococo Parisian glamour and a perilous love story involving the dashing and flirtatious Chapelou and his opposite, the powerful and clever Madeleine. This lavish and spectacular production from the Opéra Comique in Paris received widespread critical acclaim and also features costumes by the iconic French fashion designer Christian Lacroix.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0112V)


ROSSINI, G.: Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo [Cantata] (Rossini in Wildbad, 2018)
Goachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo
(‘The Marriage of Thetis and Peleus’)
Libretto by Angelo Maria Ricci

Stewart • Bonilla • Bellocci • Süngü • Comparato • Górecki Chamber Choir, Kraków • Virtuosi Brunensis • Rizzo

Rossini’s Neapolitan theatrical debut in 1815 won him overnight esteem as well as the favour of the Bourbon dynasty, ensuring lucrative contracts and commissions. The following year he composed Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo, an allegorical cantata on the theme of the wedding between the sea goddess Thetis and the hero Peleus. Written to celebrate a royal marriage, it is an intensely theatrical work in which Rossini drew on some of the greatest contemporary singers, specialists in the ornamented bel canto style, and created a staged spectacular with chorus and a wealth of colourful orchestration.


AUBER, D.-F.-E.: Overtures, Vol. 2
Zdeněk FIBICH (1850–1900)
Symphony No. 3 in E minor, Op. 53
Šárka – Overture • The Tempest – Overture to Act III
The Bride of Messina – Funeral March

Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava • Štilec


Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782–1871)
Overtures, Vol. 2
Le Concert à la cour • Fiorella • Julie
Léocadie • Couvin • Violin Concerto *

Čepická * • Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Salvi


The second volume in this series (Volume 1 is on 8.574005) continues to explore little-known examples of Auber’s elegant and refined operatic music. Julie was his first stage work, its fantasia-like beauty foreshadowing the operas, opéras-comiques and lyric dramas to come. Striking melodies and haunting episodes abound in these overtures and entr’actes, and there is restrained yet fragrant Iberian colour in the overture to Léocadie. The Violin Concerto is lightly scored and gentle, with a tarantella-like finale full of folk vitality.


ROUSE, C.: Symphony No. 5 • Supplica • Concerto for Orchestra
Christopher ROUSE (1949–2019)
Symphony No. 5
Supplica • Concerto for Orchestra

Nashville Symphony • Giancarlo Guerrero

Few contemporary artists have been as significant as Pulitzer Prize and GRAMMY Award winner Christopher Rouse, whose imaginative approach made him one of the most frequently performed composers during his lifetime. The Concerto for Orchestra is a ‘hyper-concerto’ that gives each player a chance to shine, while the mournful intimacy and passion of Supplica unfolds somewhat like the slow movement of a Bruckner or Mahler symphony. Rouse’s Fifth Symphony fondly recalls Beethoven’s mighty Fifth but blurs the lines between tradition and modernity, transporting the listener from turbulence to serenity. It was described as “brilliant, exciting and at times hauntingly beautiful” in The Dallas Morning News.


TELEMANN, G.P.: The Colourful Telemann
Aaron Jay KERNIS (b. 1960)
Color Wheel
Symphony No. 4 ‘Chromelodeon’

Nashville Symphony • Giancarlo Guerrero


Georg Philipp TELEMANN (1681–1767)
The Colourful Telemann
Ouverture • Concertos • Sonata • Sinfonia Melodica

Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra • Barthold Kuijken

The Colourful Telemann presents works from different periods of Georg Philipp Telemann’s life, reflecting his lively personality and exploring his seemingly unlimited invention over a wide variety of styles and genres. A contemporary of Bach and Handel, Telemann wrote music that stands out for its delightful and remarkably generous character, each piece like a leisurely walk with a good friend. From the German and French influences of the earlier Sonata to the dignified Sinfonia Melodica, possibly composed in the year of his death, this is Telemann at his best.


BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1–3, BWV 1007–1009 (Arr. for guitar)
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685–1750)
Cello Suites, Vol. 1
Nos. 1–3, BWV 1007–1009
Arranged for guitar

Jeffrey McFadden

The six Cello Suites represent J.S. Bach’s genius at its most distilled, with the composer confronting the enigma of writing counterpoint for a monophonic instrument at its core. Jeffrey McFadden’s arrangement for guitar enhances the music, adding a harmonic dimension and making the implied interaction of voices explicit. The Suites contain some of the most fascinating and beautiful movements in all of Bach’s oeuvre, and remain one of the most important works in the history of Western music. ‘Jeffrey McFadden not only is an extraordinary guitarist—he’s also an inspired musician’ ( on Naxos 8.554354, works by Napoléon Coste).


SCARLATTI, D.: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 24
Joaquín RODRIGO (1901–1999)
Concierto de Aranjuez

Manuel PONCE (1882–1948)
Concierto del sur

Gerald GARCIA (b. 1949)
China Sings!

Junhong Kuang • Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Darrell Ang


Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez is the most celebrated classical guitar work of the 20th century, music that conjures up the colour, sophistication and glories of eternal Spain. The founding father of Mexican music, Manuel Ponce, wrote his Concierto del sur for Segovia, and it is a work of vivid grandeur, Sevillian dances and melodic richness. To complete the programme, prize-winning international virtuoso Junhong Kuang plays a piece dedicated to him—Gerald Garcia’s China Sings!—a rhapsody inspired by two popular Chinese tunes.



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