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Featured Releases - Août 2018

MASSENET, J.: Cendrillon (Cinderella) [Opera]
Jules MASSENET (1842–1912)
Cendrillon (Cinderella)
Libretto by Henri Cain
after Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de verre by Charles Perrault

Strebel • Melnikova • Czarny • Anja Jung • Orozco • Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg • Bollon • Mundel • Motta

Jules Massenet’s fairy-tale opera Cendrillon (‘Cinderella’) was an immediate success at its premiere in 1899 at the Opéra-Comique in Paris. Massenet, then at the height of his powers, creates a magical sound-world full of wit, enchantment and perfumed elegance to match librettist Henri Cain’s coming-of-age adaptation of this classic fairy tale. The colourful fantasy world created by the acclaimed stage director Barbrara Mundel and set designer Olga Motta features the British-Swiss soprano, Kim-Lillian Strebel, in her critically acclaimed title role.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0079V).

LIPIŃSKI, K.J.: String Trios, Op. 8 and Op. 12
Karol Józef LIPIŃSKI (1790–1861)
String Trios, Op. 8 and Op. 12

Proniewicz • A. Roszkowski • J. Roszkowski

Although Polish-born virtuoso and composer Karol Józef Lipiński embraced the innovations of Paganini and other 19th-century virtuosos, he disdained ‘empty’ technique devoid of musical depth, preferring the artistic ethos of Spohr, Tartini and Viotti. Described as ‘lyrical Slavic folk tunes with elements of the ballad’, the expertly crafted G Minor and A Major String Trios are notable for their warmly expressive themes to go along with the bravura runs and doublestopping heard in the primo violin part. Lipiński’s Capriccios Opp. 10 and 27 can be heard on 8.572665.

FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
Kenneth FUCHS (b. 1956)
Piano Concerto ‘Spiritualist’ 1
Poems of Life 2 • Glacier 3 • Rush 4

Biegel 1 • Nussbaum Cohen 2 • Sparr 3 • T. McAllister 4 • London Symphony Orchestra • Falletta


Kenneth Fuchs is one of America’s leading composers. He celebrates his unique fifteen-year recording history with conductor JoAnn Falletta and the London Symphony Orchestra with this stunning release of three new concertos and an orchestral song cycle.

KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes (Requiem)
Alexander KASTALSKY (1856–1926)
Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
Doors of Thy Mercy • From my youth • Blessed are they

The Clarion Choir • S. Fox


In the face of the devastation wrought by the First World War, Alexander Kastalsky conceived a musical service of remembrance for the fallen. A pivotal figure in Russian musical life – he was a student of Tchaikovsky and acclaimed as the founder of a new, national church music – Kastalsky composed a choral-orchestral Requiem, for the concert stage. Simultaneously, he worked on the a cappella version heard on this recording to be sung in Russian Orthodox churches. Following the basic structure of the Orthodox Panihida, or memorial service, Memory Eternal, and the short sacred pieces that end the programme, reveal Kastalsky’s masterful use of choral sonority and colour, his weaving of complex polyphonic textures, and his graceful use of ancient chant melodies.

Contemporary Danish Works for Accordion – LOHSE • KOCH • LORENTZEN • AAQUIST (On the Path to H.C. Andersen)
Contemporary Danish Works for Accordion

Hanzhi Wang


With this unique programme Hanzhi Wang takes us into the ‘fairy-tale world of the accordion’ in works by Danish composers that explore both the darkness and luminosity of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous stories. Poignant reflection and tragic depiction infuse Martin Lohse’s Menuetto and The Little Match Girl (dedicated to Hanzhi Wang), while his post-minimalist Passing series forms adventurous ‘mobiles’ of dancing light. From Jesper Koch’s quixotic Jabberwocky to Svend Aaquist’s evocative Saga Night, this new repertoire for a relatively recent concert instrument is both dramatic and uplifting.

GROSLOT, R.: Concerto for Orchestra • Violin Concerto
Robert GROSLOT (b. 1951)
Concerto for Orchestra
Violin Concerto *

Kurkowicz * • Brussels Philharmonic • Groslot


The concerto occupies a central place in the works of leading Belgian composer, pianist and conductor, Robert Groslot. His experience as a renowned soloist informs the instrumental possibilities and playing techniques of his compositions, which are notable for their refined and rich contrast. Conforming to his preference for one-movement structures, the Violin Concerto is laced with scintillating motifs both ethereal and playful as well as complex moods ranging from the dream-like and magical to the dark and violent. The Concerto for Orchestra is a meticulously structured and dazzlingly evocative showpiece.


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