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Featured Releases - July 2017

ROSSINI, G.: Sigismondo [Opera]
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Libretto by Giuseppe Froppa

Margarita Gritskova, Mezzo-soprano
Maria Aleida • Paula Sánchez-Valverde, Sopranos
Kenneth Tarver • César Arrieta, Tenors
Marcell Bakonyi, Bass • Michele D'Elia, Fortepiano
Camerata Bach Choir Poznań • Virtuosi Brunensis
Antonino Fogliani

Naxos 8.660403-04 [2 CDs]

While filled with Rossini’s distinctive musical hallmarks and notable for some wonderfull duets, Sigismondo was one of his very few failures in the genre, for which blame is usually laid at the feet of librettist Giuseppe Foppa. Today, however, we can appreciate how this tale of an abused wife who retains her love for her deranged husband pushes the boundaries of the grand narrative tradition into a more searching psychological drama. An emphasis on madness and guilt and coloratura expressions of inner feeling results in a fascinating meeting of convention with experiment, Rossini's subsequent reuse of his music for Sigismondo in later hit operas being ample evidence of its intrinsic quality.

SOLER, A.: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 67-74
Antonio SOLER (1729–1783)
Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 67-74

Regina Chernychko, Piano
Naxos 8.573750

Antonio Soler's training as a chorister, organist and composer equipped the young Catalan for the prestigious position of maestro di capilla at the Escorial palace. Here he was strongly influenced by Domenico Scarlatti in his writing of keyboard sonatas for the young prince Don Gabriel, son of Carlos III. The inventive and ingenious works heard in this volume of the complete set of sonatas reveal his command of the medium, from the fugal brilliance of No. 67 in D Major and the virtuoso elements of No. 69 in F Major to the delightfully Spanish flavour encountered in No. 74 in D Major.

KREISLER, Fritz: Complete Recordings, Vol. 7 (1921-1925)
Fritz KREISLER (1875–1962)
The Complete Solo Recordings, Vol. 7
HMV Acoustic Recordings, 1921-24
Victor Talking Machine Company Electric Recordings, 1925-26

Fritz Kreisler, Violin • Hugo Kreisler, Cello
Charlton Keith, Fritz Kreisler,
Carl Lamson, Pianos

Naxos 8.111406

Naxos Historical*

This 7th volume of Fritz Kreisler's complete recordings takes us to the end of his acoustic sessions and to the first to use the new Victor electric system. Kreisler was exceptionally busy after the turmoil of WWI with a comeback in America, groundbreaking global tours, and a warm welcome back to England after being considered an 'enemy alien' during the war. At HMV he was joined by cellist Hugo Kreisler, whose fine singing legato adds a breath of Viennese style to the sound. At the introduction of microphone recording with its heightened realism and fidelity, Fritz Kreisler's playing was still at its peak, also benefitting from his favourite 1733 Stradivarius in Victor's New York studio.

*Naxos Historical titles are not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions.

AMAR, A.: Pixel [Contemporary Dance] (Compagnie Käfig, 2014) (NTSC)
A choreography by Mourad Merzouki

Adrien M & Claire B Company • Compagnie Käfig
Music by Armand Amar

Naxos 2.110386

Pixel is a stunning contemporary dance performance for 11 dancers in a virtual and living visual environment. A work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, minimal music and hip-hop. It opens a dialogue between the synthetic world of digital projection and the real bodies of dancers.


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