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Naxos Featured CDs


KODÁLY, Z.: Concerto for Orchestra / Dances of Galánta / Dances of Marosszék / The Peacock Variations
8.573838



Zoltán KODÁLY (1882–1967)
Concerto for Orchestra
Dances of Galánta • Dances of Marosszék
‘The Peacock’ Variations

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta
Listen to TRACK 20:
‘The Peacock’ Variations: Finale


Zoltán Kodály, like his compatriot Béla Bartók, wrote major orchestral scores that were deeply enriched by his research into Hungarian folk music. The Dances of Galánta are full of swagger and vitality, and the Concerto for Orchestra, commissioned for the Chicago Symphony’s 50th anniversary, is lush, sparkling and vivid. Like the Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, ‘The Peacock’, a virtuoso showcase of sizzling effects, these scores reveal the brilliance of his orchestral colours and the indelible allure of gypsy themes.

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GLENNIE, Evelyn / HEMMERSAM, Jon / MEZEI, Szilárd / STEVENS, Michael Jefry: Core-tet Project (The)
8.573804



The Core-tet Project
Evelyn Glennie, Percussion • Jon Hemmersam, Guitar
Szilárd Mezei, Viola • Michael Jefry Stevens, Piano
Listen to TRACK 9:
Unseen Fires


This premiere recording of master percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie’s new international ensemble offers a programme of fourteen improvised pieces that push the boundaries of spontaneous music-making. The group brings together musical traditions from four varied cultures (Scotland, Serbia, the United States and Denmark) but with a common goal: to create spontaneous music of great beauty and power which utilises the basic formal elements of musical composition – melody, harmony, rhythm and form.

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ARNESEN, K.A.: Infinity / Choral Works
8.573788


Kim André ARNESEN (b. 1980)
Infinity: Choral Works
Even When He Is Silent • Flight Song
Making or Breaking • Cradle Hymn

Kantorei • Joel Rinsema
Listen to TRACK 7:
Making or Breaking


WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

Kim André Arnesen is one of Norway’s most frequently performed contemporary composers. International recognition of his music includes a performance of the beautifully evocative Cradle Hymn at the White House for Barack Obama in 2016. Arnesen’s association with Denver’s Kantorei resulted in their commissioning the warmly expressive The gift I’ll leave you and the eloquent Making or Breaking. Even When He Is Silent sets a text written by a prisoner on a concentration camp wall, and Arnesen’s own summing-up of Flight Song is that ‘music making is the song of new life, fragile as the fall of a feather’.

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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Violin Sonata, Op. 134 / 24 Preludes, Op. 34 (arr. D.M. Tsyganov and L. Auerbach for violin and piano)
8.573753


Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Violin Sonata
24 Preludes (arr. violin and piano)

Sergei Dogadin, Violin • Nikolai Tokarev, Piano
Listen to TRACK 2:
Violin Sonata, Op. 134: II. Allegretto


Dmitry Shostakovich’s succinctly composed and highly distinctive 24 Preludes have proved their popularity in numerous arrangements, but when the composer heard these transcriptions by Dmitry Tsyganov he declared that ‘I forgot they were originally written for piano, so naturally did they sound.’ The set was completed in 2000 by the Russian-born composer and pianist Lera Auerbach. These often whimsical and ironic Preludes contrast greatly with the chilling and profound Violin Sonata, a late work that concludes with Shostakovich’s last ever use of passacaglia form.

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