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Featured Releases - December 2019

VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgaria Suite • Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances • Vardar Rhapsody
Pancho VLADIGEROV (1899–1978)
Bulgarian Suite
Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances • Vardar Rhapsody

Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra • Todorov

Pancho Vladigerov is considered by many to be the most influential composer that Bulgaria has yet produced, gaining fame between the World Wars and earning the admiration of Shostakovich. The three works recorded here are a testament to Vladigerov’s mission to bring Bulgarian music to international attention, successfully combining elements of folk music with European classical tradition. The Vardar Rhapsody has been called ‘the Bulgarian equivalent of Chopin’s Polonaise in A’, and the lively and exotic Seven Symphonic Bulgarian Dances is among the most notable of a series of works that fuse joyous regional melodies with sophisticated Western orchestration.

AUBER, D.-F.-E.: Overtures, Vol. 1
Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782–1871)
Le Maçon • Le Timide • Le Séjour militaure
La Neige • La Bergère châtelaine

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Salvi


Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s music radiates both his amiable personality and the Parisian elegance of his times. The huge success of his operas resulted in a popularity for these overtures that rivalled that of Rossini, who was an early influence. Auber’s brilliant and energetic style infuses tales of romance both rustic and aristocratic, with moods ranging from dramatic heroism to dashing ballroom dances—all portrayed with the signature charm that made him a standard bearer of musical stylishness and good taste. Auber’s opera La Sirène can be found on Naxos 8.660436. This is the first volume of a project to record all the overtures to his 31 opéras-comiques, seven opéras, three drames lyriques and seven other stage works.

BANKS, T.: Five
Tony BANKS (b. 1950)
Prelude to a Million Years • Reveille
Ebb and Flow • Autumn Sonata • Renaissance

T. Banks • Czech National Symphony Orchestra & Choir • Ingman

Tony Banks, the renowned founder member and keyboard maven of the rock band Genesis, continues his acclaimed series of orchestral compositions with Five. The suite opens with Prelude to a Million Years, originally commissioned for and performed at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Banks’ signature melodic gifts and feel for cinematic scale are all in evidence in Five, just as they were in Six (8.572986) and Seven (8.557466), ‘a work of stirring beauty’ (ProgSheet).

CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas Opp. 1, 1a, 13, 24, 26 (selections)
Muzio CLEMENTI (1752–1832)
Keyboard Sonatas
Op. 1, No. 6 • Op. 1a, Nos. 1, 4 and 5
Op. 13, No. 4 • Op. 24, No. 1 • Op. 26

Soyeon Kate Lee

Muzio Clementi was born four years before Mozart and outlived Beethoven by the same span. His legacy to pianists as a composer and teacher was a significant one, introducing new virtuosity and exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, a recently developed instrument. Clementi dedicated his youthful Op. 1 sonatas to his benefactor Peter Beckford, and the brilliant Sonata in F major, Op. 24, No. 1 is the partner work to Op. 24, No. 2 played in the famous contest between Clementi and Mozart. In her recording of Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas (8.573795) Soyeon Kate Lee ‘applies her playful imagination to each one, polishing it into a unique gem’ (The WholeNote).

Lucas Debargue – To music (Documentary, 2017)
Lucas DEBARGUE (b. 1990)
To music
A film by Martin Mirabel

Debargue • Shereshevskaya • D. Castro-Balbi • A. Castro-Balbi

A performer of fierce integrity and dazzling communicative power, young French pianist Lucas Debargue became the most talked-about artist of the fifteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition. This film offers unique insights into Debargue’s life as a musician at the beginning of a remarkable career, with rehearsals and concerts from Moscow to Chicago via Weimar and Salerno, revealing talents as a composer and jazz improvisor and his first-time entry into a world of recording studios, touring and fame, in a crucial year of discoveries.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0101V)


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