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Mstislav ROSTROPOVICH (1927–2007)
(‘The Indomitable Bow’)
A film by Bruno Monsaingeon
The Indomitable Bow is a unique portrait of Mstislav Rostropovich, a formidable personality as well as a complex, deeply political musician constantly engaged in a whirlwind of activities. Including unreleased documents, archive films, interviews and concert performances from this key figure of the 20th century, The Indomitable Bow is a remarkable testimony of the life and work of the legendary ‘Slava’.
Also available on Blu-ray Audio (NBD0082V)
Pierre GAVEAUX (1897–1957)
Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal
Libretto by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly
Mc Laren • J.-M. Richer • Lavoire • Beaudin • Opera Lafayette • R. Brown • O. Tomas
A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. With its atmosphere of revolution and tale of devotional romance and a dramatic rescue from captivity, Pierre Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal was the direct forerunner to Beethoven’s Fidelio. Having been entirely overshadowed by its famous successor and lain hidden for centuries, this both darkly sombre and entertainingly celebratory opéra comique is seen here in an acclaimed modern premiere whose timeless and inspiring story of female heroism and political injustice is as relevant today as ever.
Also available on Blu-ray Audio (NBD0085V)
Joseph MARX (1882–1964)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 1
Nature Trilogy: Symphonic Night Music • Idyll • Spring Music
Bochum Symphony Orchestra • Sloane
Joseph Marx was one of the leading figures of Austrian musical culture during his lifetime, but his music was out of step with 20th-century Modernism and most of his music disappeared from concert programmes after his death. The Natur-Trilogie is a richly impressionistic work that brims with lyrical passion, portraying the moods of Marx’s untouched native landscapes while displaying his magical feel for harmony and orchestration. This recording’s original release was the first time the Natur-Trilogie had been heard in its complete and original form, and was considered ‘a major discovery’ by MusicWeb International.
Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747–1818)
Symphonies, Vol. 2
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • M. Štilec
One of the most prominent Bohemian composers working in Vienna during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Leopold Koželuch was a prolific composer of instrumental music including seventeen symphonies. They are notable for mellifluous themes, sophisticated structures and, at times, a lyricism that seems to foreshadow the youthful works of Schubert. This unique recording draws on the original sources and corrects a number of mistakes encountered in previously published versions. Volume 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.573627.
HODEL • KHACHATURIAN • MAAYANI • MORTARI
PARADISI • ROTA • A. SCARLATTI • TURINA
The term ‘toccata’ is associated with virtuoso music demanding the utmost dexterity of its performer. Elisa Netzer, winner of the 2015 ‘Suoni d’arpa’ International Harp Competition in Italy, presents a wide-ranging programme which includes her own arrangement of one of Alessandro Scarlatti’s harpsichord toccatas, popular pieces such as Khachaturian’s Oriental Dance and Toccata, original works for harp such as Nino Rota’s attractively neo-Classical Sarabanda e Toccata and the premiere of the brand new Toccare composed for her by Swiss composer Stephan Hodel.