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John HARBISON (B. 1938)
Symphony No. 4
Carl RUGGLES (1876–1971)
Steven STUCKY (1949–2016)
Second Concerto for Orchestra
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • D.A. Miller
This is the third recording in a multi-year partnership between the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic and Naxos to release one album of American music each year. A study in dramatic contrasts, Carl Ruggles’ Sun-Treader is an overwhelming, granite-hued tone poem by one of New England’s most original and uncompromising composers. Steven Stucky’s luminous Pulitzer Prize-winning Second Concerto for Orchestra is a riveting exploration of sonority and soundpainting while John Harbison’s Fourth Symphony is a big, bold, jazzimbued work by one of America’s most important living symphonists.
Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO (1895–1968)
Cello Concerto 1
Transcriptions for Cello and Piano 2
Averil Smith • Evelyn Chen 2 • Houston Symphony 1 • Kazuki Yamada 1
INCLUDES WORLD PREMIERE RECORDINGS
Inspired by the personality, prodigious technique and musicality of the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s is a work of imposing scale and demanding virtuosity, but also with a rare beauty and warmth of expression. This live recording documents the first professional performances of the concerto in more than 80 years, and is paired with playful and virtuosic freely composed transcriptions for cello and piano of Mozart, Rossini and Ravel that Castelnuovo-Tedesco made for Piatigorsky and Heifetz.
Toshio HOSOKAWA (b. 1955)
Orchestral Works, Vol. 3
Meditation – to the victims of Tsunami 3.11
Nach dem Sturm 1 • Klage 2 • Autumn Wind 3
Elmark 1 • Eerens 1 • Mihoko Fujimura 2 • Tadashi Tajima 3 • Basque National Orchestra • Märkl
The orchestral triptych of Meditation, Nach dem Sturm and Klage is award-winning composer Toshio Hosokawa’s response to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. Meditation mourns the victims with a quiet song of sorrow, Nach dem Sturm uses shamanic elements to suggest stormy darkness and the hope of light, while the healing Klage seeks to connect our world with the supernatural. Autumn Wind unifies man and nature through the timeless sound of the shakuhachi.
Percy GRAINGER (1882–1961)
Complete Music for Wind Band, Vol. 3
The Immovable Do • A Lincolnshire Posy • Hill-Song No. 1
Knut Sveen • The Royal Norwegian Navy Band • Engeset
The final volume of Percy Grainger’s complete music for wind band once again respects his precise instrumental demands in pieces that span the breadth of his career, from his first large work in the genre, The Lads of Wamphray March, to The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart, his largest such work and one of his last. Also to be heard are A Lincolnshire Posy, one of the genre’s most famous and beautiful works; The Immovable Do, which contains ‘the most longheld pedal note in all music’; and the revolutionary Hill-Song No. 1, which Grainger considered the greatest of all his compositions.
Ottorino RESPIGHI (1879–1936)
La campana sommersa
Farcas • Borsi • Smimmero • Villari • Adami • Gazheli • Teatro Lirico di Cagliari • Renzetti • Maestrini
The opera La campana sommersa (‘The Sunken Bell’) is Respighi’s operatic masterpiece. A symbolist drama on a supernatural theme, it is steeped in beauty, mystery and foreboding, and orchestrated with the Romantic opulence familiar from his sumptuous trilogy of Roman tone-poems. Its triumph at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1928 was repeated at La Scala, Milan, and this most recent production at the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, world-renowned for its staging of rarities, was hailed for its ‘brilliant production’ and magnificent performances.
Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0072V).
Agustín BARRIOS (1885–1944)
Guitar Music, Vol. 4
Las Abejas • Serenata Morisca • Aires Criollos
Celil Refik Kaya
Agustín Barrios Mangoré was one of the greatest guitar virtuosi of his time and something of a pioneer in making recordings, which he began as early as 1910. His compositions offer a lexicon of technical and expressive devices for the guitar, from both the South American and European traditions. This penultimate volume in the series offers the scintillating Estudio No. 6, which demonstrates some of the composer’s finest artistic characteristics such as poignant treble melodies and a mastery of harmonic progression. Other works include examples of the Paraguayan polka, the Zamba, Creole airs, the Serenata and many other pieces attesting to Barrios’s inexhaustible individuality and variety.