Newsletter 117  
February 2007  
February at

This month, not just one, but three international celebrations are featured on

Valentine’s Day, the world’s most celebrated event after Christmas, is a day when we all spread love and happiness by giving gifts to our loved ones.

The Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year, has grown from a tradition exclusively for the Chinese communities to worldwide festivities. To celebrate this 15-day feast, we showcase our special selections of Chinese music.

Finally, as Hollywood’s red carpet season peaks with the Academy Awards on February 25, we display our selections of classical music from award-winning films for you to enjoy.

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Featured CD of the Month

8.570221 Chin: Double Concerto for Violin and Cello / Formosa Seasons for Violin and Strings

Formosa Seasons, dedicated to the celebrated Taiwanese-American violinist, Cho-Liang Lin, is based on a set of poems the composer wrote with the same title. The Double Concerto was also written for Cho-Liang Lin and for the Taiwanese-American cellist, Felix Fan, a pupil of Yo-Yo Ma and Janos Starker.

Cho-Liang Lin (violin), Felix Fan (cello), Kansas City Symphony, Michael Stern

New Releases

Naxos  |  Naxos Historical  | Naxos Nostalgia  
 Naxos American Classics  |  Naxos American Jewish Music

Some releases may not be available on CD in all countries – please contact the Naxos distributor
in your territory. For a complete list of new releases available, click here


8.570113-14 Handel: Tobit (Oratorio in Three Parts)

Compiled by John Christopher Smith from Handel's operas, oratorios and other works, the oratorio Tobit, sometimes described as a pastiche, provided a winning synthesis of religion and entertainment at a time when newly-minted oratorios, drawing chiefly on biblical subjects were in vogue.

Junge Kantorei, Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, Joachim Carlos Martini
8.557126 Schubert: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 7

This seventh and final volume of the Kodály Quartet's recording of the complete Schubert String Quartets features No. 5 in B flat major, D.68, the third of five quartets written when the composer was 16.

Kodaly Quartet
8.570019 Sibelius: Songs 1

This disc is the first in a series covering Sibelius' glorious, yet little known, songs. This recording, appropriately done by Finnish artists who truly capture the essence of Sibelius' Scandinavian homeland, contains five world première recordings.

Hannu Jurmu (tenor), Jouni Somero (piano)

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  Naxos Historical

8.111246 Bach / Mozart / Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

In these classic recordings from 1955, Oistrakh performs the perennial classic Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, beautifully offset by Bach's lyrical second Concerto and Mozart's ebullient Fourth.

David Oistrakh, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy
8.111245 Chopin: Ballades / Nocturnes

As with previous discs, this final release in the Naxos series of Cortot's 78 rpm era Chopin recordings includes versions which have not been reissued often, if at all. The 1929 set of Ballades, with all the passion and emotion, poetry and tenderness that were the hallmark of Cortot's playing, has been chosen over the more familiar 1933 remake.

Alfred Cortot
8.111235-36 Delibes: Lakmé

This 1952 recording of Lakmé features a fine Francophone cast of the period led by the Hungarian-born conductor, Georges Sébastian, who eventually settled in Paris where he became chief conductor at the Paris Opéra, as well as appearing frequently at the Opéra-Comique and with the Orchestre National.

Mado Robin (Lakmé), Libero De Luca (Gérald, Agnès Disney (Mallika), Jean Borthayre (Nilakantha), Claudine Collart (Ellen), Simone LeMaître (Rose), Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra-Comique, Paris, Georges Sébastian
8.111104 The Gigli Edition, Vol. 15 Beniamino Gigli: The 1955 Carnegie Hall Farewell Recitals

This final volume of the Naxos Gigli Edition, released to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the great tenor's death, is taken from his Carnegie Hall farewell concerts in April 1955.

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  Naxos Nostalgia

8.120830 Easy to Remember
Songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Original recordings from 1925-1947

Rodgers and Hart were the songwriting team comprising Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, who worked together on about thirty musicals from 1919 until Hart's death in 1943. Their breakthrough came in 1925 with The Garrick Gaieties, which featured the hit song Manhattan, featured on this new release
8.120837 Formby: It's Turned Out Nice Again
Original Recordings 1932-1946

Naxos Nostalgia is proud to present this disc of original recordings by musical comedian George Formby. A wonderful collection lovingly restored, this includes all the big hits, plus lesser known gems.

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  Naxos American Classics

8.559285 Adams: Complete Piano Music

John Adams' vast and varied output has earned him a wide audience, uncommon among contemporary classical composers. The works on this disc span his entire career to date, and illustrate his many different styles of writing for the piano.

Ralph van Raat (piano)
8.559132 Sousa: Music for Wind Band 6

This sixth disc in the series includes The Golden Star, a funeral march dedicated to Mrs Theodore Roosevelt; The Federal, composed for Sousa's 1911 world tour; and The Gladiator, which quickly achieved widespread popularity. The Liberty Bell has achieved popular status as the signature tune for the BBC comedy Monty Python's Flying Circus.

Royal Artillery Band, Keith Brion

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  Naxos American Jewish Music

8.559461 In Celebration of Israel

Alternately vibrant and atmospheric, these pieces offer appealing musical sketches of the Israeli national character and landscape. This disc includes works by prolific composers such as Kurt Weill and Julius Chajes, and all works are performed with enthusiasm and aplomb by a wide variety of artists.

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