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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases

July 1, 2016



ROSSINI Stabat Mater (1832 version), Giovanna d’Arco (arr. M. Taralli)
Cullagh, Pizzolato, Sola, Palazzi, Württemberg Philharmonic, Fogliani
Naxos 8.573531

This new release of Rossini’s Stabat Mater is the latest in our acclaimed Rossini in Wildbad series. Although the work is a staple of the sacred music repertoire, its background is complicated. Rossini intended the piece to be premièred in Madrid in 1833 but, running short on time, he had to enlist the help of his friend Giovanni Tadolini to complete the work: Rossini wrote six sections; Tadolini seven. Tadolini’s contributions survived only as piano reductions, but conductor Antonino Fogliani has now orchestrated them, allowing listeners to hear the work in its original, 13-movement form for the first time since 1833. Marco Taralli’s 2009 orchestration of Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), a cantata for solo voice, is also heard in its world première recording.



CORIGLIANO JR Symphony No 1
TORKE Bright Blue Music
COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite

National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Miller
Naxos 8.559782

This disc is the first recording for Naxos by the National Festival Orchestra, an ensemble composed of elite conservatory students from across the United States and beyond. The three works on the programme reflect the richness and variety of the American repertoire. John Corigliano’s Symphony No.1, a work of immense poignancy and power,is a memorial to deceased friends of the composer. Michael Torke’s Bright Blue Music, part of his Color series, is lyrically captivating, with the music couched in the composer’s favourite key of D major. The suite from Copland’s Appalachian Spring, one of the great, quintessential American works, is heard in the full orchestral version.



Polish Violin Concertos - BACEWICZ, TANSMAN, SPISAK, PANUFNIK
Plawner, Berlin Chamber Symphony, Bruns
Naxos 8.573496

This release showcases four outstanding 20th-century Polish works for violin and orchestra that lie outside the mainstream repertoire. Grażyna Bacewicz’s First Violin Concertodisplays her own virtuosity as a performer, while Alexandre Tansman wrote his Baroque-infused Five Pieces for the great Joseph Szigeti. Michał Spisak’s neo-classical Andante & Allegro and Andrzej Panufnik’s acclaimed Violin Concertocomplete the programme. The recording is not only a showcase for fine Polish music, but also for the Polish violinist Piotr Plawner. He has won no fewer than five international violin competitions and was described by Sir Yehudi Menuhin as a performer with "phenomenal ability”, and by the Stuttgarter Zeitung as "truly a phenomenon, a genius on the violin."



Latino Ladino – Songs of Exile and Passion from Spain and Latin America
d’Or, Barrocade, Ensemble NAYA, Tiefenbrunn
Naxos 8.573566

This release really is a summer special. Ensemble NAYA was founded in 2008 by the remarkable counter-tenor Yaniv d’Or and early music specialists Nora Roll and Anders Ericson. They are renowned for their mesmerising interweaving of early western music with past and present musical traditions from further afield. The ensemble teams up here with Barrocade, a group of passionate young musicians led by viola da gamba player Amit Tiefenbrunn and one of the most outstanding ensembles on the Israeli musical scene. The disc’s fascinating programme combines scholarly research into early music with the vibrant sounds that are still very much alive in traditional music making around the world. One not to be missed!



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