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Featured Releases - January 2015


Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’*
Danse macabre* • Cyprès et Lauriers*

Vincent Warnier, Organ
Orchestre National de Lyon* • Leonard Slatkin* 

Naxos 8.573331

To celebrate the inauguration of the newly restored former organ of the Palais du Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot in Paris, the Orchestre National de Lyon and their organist-in-residence, Vincent Warnier, present two major works for organ and orchestra by Camille Saint- Saëns, both of which are historically linked with the great Cavaillé-Coll organs. The composer himself conducted the French première of Cyprès et Lauriers at the Trocadéro in October 1920, entrusting the solo part to Eugène Gigout.

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Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891–1982)
Guitar Concertos, Vol. 1
Concierto en Flamenco†
Diálogos entre guitarra y orquesta
Aires de La Mancha • Suite castellana

Pepe Romero and Vicente Coves, Guitars
Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra • Manuel Coves

Naxos 8.573255

†WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

An outstanding figure in the history of modern Spanish music, Federico Moreno Torroba is best known for his guitar works, his traditional style embracing the folklore and character of Spain. The Concierto en Flamencorequires an exceptional soloist, and Pepe Romero is justly famous for his masterful interpretations in both classical and flamenco genres. The playfulDiálogos entre guitarra y orquesta adds the luminous sonorities of harp and celesta to its colourful orchestration. Aires de la Mancha is evocative of this distinctive region in central Spain, while the Suite castellana includes Torroba’s first ever composition for guitar, Danza. This is the first of three volumes of Torroba’s complete works for guitar and orchestra.


Sir Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b. 1934)
Caroline Mathilde – Ballet Suites
Chat Moss • Ojai Festival Overture

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies
Naxos 8.572358

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ ballet Caroline Mathilde premièred in 1991 and has been highly acclaimed ever since. Its story concerns the tragic marriage of Caroline to Christian VII of Denmark and is cast in a musical language that embraces expressionism, drama, parody, and overt lyricism. The two concert suites chart the young queen’s fall from grace and her eventual banishment into exile. Chat Moss is a richly textured tone poem, while by contrast the Ojai Festival Overture is a lively and extrovert concert piece reflecting Maxwell Davies’ fondness for American landscape and culture.


Joaquín TURINA (1882–1949)
Piano Music, Vol. 10
El Castillo de Almodóvar
Rincones de Sanlúcar • Tocata y fuga
Partita • Preludios • Pieza romántica

Jordi Masó, Piano
Naxos 8.573183

The tenth volume in Jordi Masó’s ground-breaking series of the complete piano music focuses on the years of Joaquín Turina’s maturity and the works he called a Ciclo pianístico. El castillo de Almodóvar (Almodóvar Castle) andRincones de Sanlúcar (Corners of Sanlúcar) are both memorably evocative and descriptive. Elsewhere Turina takes classic forms, such as the toccata, fugue, partita and prelude and brings to them a more abstract but richly nuanced sensibility. The previous volume in this series has brought considerable acclaim: ‘In Masó you have an ideally committed and affectionate master of the idiom, finely recorded.’ (Gramophone, on 8.572915)


Jack GALLAGHER (b. 1947)
Symphony No. 2 ‘Ascendant’
Quiet Reflections

London Symphony Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta
Naxos 8.559768

Jack Gallagher continues his association with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta with Symphony No. 2 ‘Ascendant,’ a robust, colorful work of dramatic contrasts and expansive architecture that seeks to express the aspirations and strivings of the human spirit. Quiet Reflections is a calm, serenely lyrical meditation which evokes a sense of longing for past tranquility. Gallagher’s previous Naxos release Orchestral Music (8.559652) with the LSO conducted by JoAnn Falletta was awarded five stars by BBC Music Magazine and hailed as “fresh and exuberant” and for “its explosions of sound and colour” by Gramophone.

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Argentum et Aurum
Musical Treasures from the Early
Habsburg Renaissance

Ensemble Leones • Marc Lewon
Naxos 8.573346

The period of the early Habsburgs, from c.1340 to c.1520, saw the development of a richly diverse musical culture in the Austrian region. This pioneering selection, the product of an extensive research project conducted at the University of Vienna, presents an overview of music in everyday life, in many cases in première recordings performed by Ensemble Leones. The music is sacred and secular, allowing the listener to eavesdrop on Tyrolean palaces, dance halls and bourgeois homes, and on the singer-poets who travelled the country where old local styles fused with the latest international fashions.


Through the Centuries
Amadeus Guitar Duo
Naxos 8.573439

Over the last 25 years the Amadeus Guitar Duo have consistently proved to be one of the world’s most exploratory and admired ensembles. Through their many international tours, recordings, and the symposium they established at Iserlohn in Germany, they have extended the repertoire for the duo and for guitar duo with orchestra. In this release, their inaugural one for Naxos, the programme ranges across the centuries from the magnificent arrangement of Handel’s Suite in G minor, HV 432, through music by the nineteenth-century guitar composer Johann Kaspar Mertz, to contemporary works including the brilliant and virtuosic Fantasie d’Oriente e d’Occidente by Carlo Domeniconi, which was given its world première by the duo.



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