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Featured Releases - October 2017

PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 7 / Lieutenant Kijé Suite / The Love for Three Oranges (excerpts)
Sergey PROKOFIEV (1891–1953)
Symphony No. 7
Lieutenant Kijé Suite
March and Scherzo from ‘The Love for Three Oranges’

São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Alsop
Naxos 8.573620

Sergey Prokofiev’s final years were clouded by ill-health, and the Seventh Symphony was his last significant work, full of poignant nostalgia and restrained but deeply expressed emotion. The Love for Three Oranges consolidated Prokofiev’s reputation in the West in the 1920s, both this and the satirical tale of Lieutenant Kijé producing two of his most popular suites. This is the final volume of the acclaimed cycle of Prokofiev’s Symphonies with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Cello and Orchestra Works - Cello Concertos Nos. 1, 2 / Suite in D Minor / Romance
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Works for Cello and Orchestra
Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Allegro appassionato • Romance
The Swan • Suite in D minor

Schwabe • Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Soustrot
Naxos 8.573737

Composed during a period of social readjustment in post-war France, the First Cello Concerto marked Saint-Saëns’ acceptance as a composer among the establishment, and has long been one of his most admired works. Recognition for the fiendishly technical Second Cello Concerto took longer, although its tranquil central movement contains one of the most sublime melodies Saint-Saëns ever wrote.The supremely famous Le Cygne appears alongside the less well-known Bach-inspired Suite in D Minor, and with the inclusion of the Romance this programme contains Saint-Saëns’s complete works for cello and orchestra.


BIZET, G.: Carmen Suites Nos. 1, 2 / L'Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1, 2
Georges BIZET (1838–1875)
Carmen Suites
L’Arlésienne Suites

Barcelona Symphony Orchestra • González
Naxos 8.573546

Despite the scandal it created when first staged in 1875, Carmen has subsequently become one of the world’s most popular operas.The love affair at its heart shocked contemporary audiences butthe music is imperishably vibrant and exciting – so much so that,after the composer’s death, his friend Ernest Guiraud arranged twosuites from the opera. Here the Toreador’s Song and the graphicallysensuous Seguidilla and Habanera dances are heard in all theirorchestral glory. The two suites from L’Arlésienne contain music ofgreat charm and refined elegance.


ROSSINI, G.: Demetrio e Polibio [Opera]
Giachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Demetrio e Polibio
Libretto by Vincenzina Viganò Mombelli

Mchedlishvili • Yaroyava  • Arrieta • Dall’Amico • Lampo • Camerata Bach Choir Poznań • Virtuosi Brunensis • Acocella
Naxos 8.660405-06 [2 CDs]

The genesis of Rossini’s first full-scale opera Demetrio e Polibio is shrouded in speculation, but its initial intention as a ‘family opera’ for the tenor Domenico Mombelli, with roles for his daughters and a libretto by his wife seems clear. Its narrative of political turmoil, romance, kidnap, and the ultimate blessings of true love and unity is a prelude to subjects to which Rossini would frequently turn in future triumphs. The composer’s facility for melody and his genius for combining voices into the loveliest of duets is already much in evidence in this confident but rarely heard debut.

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 21, 26
Havergal BRIAN (1876–1972)
Symphonies Nos. 8, 21 and 26

New Russia State Symphony Orchestra • A. Walker
Naxos 8.573752


Each of the three symphonies on this recording represents a significant milestone in Havergal Brian’s long musical journey, and each demonstrates the breadth of his symphonic approach. No. 8 was the first of Brian’s symphonies to be performed and is one of his most gripping and unpredictable, full of sonic invention. Behind the more apparently genial and expansive No. 21 lies profound emotional complexity, while No. 26 embodies elements of a divertimento though it retains disquieting outbursts.


GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works (3-CD Box Set)
Enrique GRANADOS (1867–1916)
Orchestral Works

Barcelona Symphony Orchestra • González
Naxos 8.503295 [3-CD boxed set]

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Enrique Granados’s birth the three internationally admired volumes of his orchestral discs have been brought together. Characterised as “affectionate and characterful” by Gramophone (volume 2 on 8.573263) they include one of the greatest pieces in all Spanish music, the Intermezzo from Goyescas, as well as much that is exceptionally rare, such as the symphonic poem Dante, one of the most ambitious and exciting Spanish orchestral works of its time.


BAKER, C.: Piano Concerto, "From Noon to Starry Night" / Aus Schwanengesang
Claude BAKER (b. 1948)
Piano Concerto, ‘From Noon to Starry Night’1
Aus Schwanengesang2

Hamelin1 • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra • Varga1 • Mena2
Naxos 8.559804


Award-winning and much decorated composer Claude Baker here entwines his evocative soundworld with the powerful imagery of two great poets. Recorded in its première performance with Marc-André Hamelin as soloist, the Piano Concerto,‘From Noon to Starry Night’ draws on and amplifies the structures and meanings of five poems by Walt Whitman, expressing the heroism and darkness of war, exuberant celebrations of nature and a wistful ‘remembrance of things past.’ Aus Schwanengesang is a memorial piece that expands and ‘recomposes’ the poignant Heine Lieder from Schubert’s song cycle with oblique and multi-layered references.

PIAZZOLLA, A.: Violin and Piano Arrangements (Legacy)
Astor PIAZZOLLA (1921–1992)

Cotik • Tao Lin • Lerida • Kipperman • Wadner • Loudis
Naxos 8.573789

In the year of the 25th anniversary of Piazzolla’s death, Argentinean-born violinist Tomás Cotik and Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin follow their critically acclaimed Tango Nuevo [8.573166] with more of Piazzolla’s richest and most exciting compositions. These fresh adaptations for mostly two or three musicians preserve and celebrate the Nuevo tango master’s legacy. ‘I think that lovers of tango music will definitely want this fascinating disc’, wrote Fanfare of Tango Nuevo.


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