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JANUARY 2019

NEW ON NAXOS

Here is the January issue of NEW ON NAXOS. This month’s spotlight recording is Boris Giltburg’s newest recording, performing Franz Liszt's highly virtuosic Transcendental Etudes, with the Rigoletto Paraphrase and La leggierezza. Boris’ previous recordings have been highly acclaimed, with his album of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 most recently winning the Best Solo Performance (20th Century) at the inaugural Opus Klassik Awards.

Other highlights include:
• A collection of works for cello and orchestra by Russian composers Piotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Alexander Glazunov, featuring the acclaimed cellist Li-Wei Qin, accompanied by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice and conductor Michael Halász.

• Teatro Comunale di Bologna’s production of Stiffelio by Giuseppe Verdi, staged by the award-winning director Graham Vick, released in DVD and Blu-ray. Conducted by Guillermo García Calvo, the cast includes tenor Luciano Ganci on the title role, with soprano Maria Katzarava, tenor Giovanni Sala and baritone Francesco Landolfi.

• The DVD release of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour from Opera Lafayette conducted by Ryan Brown, with The New York Dance Company, Kalanidhi Dance and The Seán Curran Company.

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Image Études d'exécution transcendante
Boris Giltburg’s first Liszt recording for Naxos features the Études d’exécution transcendante which, with their extremes of expressive drama and technical virtuosity, enshrine the spirit of High Romanticism. Giltburg has also recorded another famous set of etudes for Naxos – the Rachmaninov Études-tableaux, Op. 39 (8.573469).

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Image Russian Cello Concertos
Russian composers have made a significant contribution to the repertoire of music for cello and orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, deftly scored for an 18th-century orchestra, reveals his admiration for Mozart. Rimsky-Korsakov’s student, Glazunov, both absorbed and continued the great Romantic lineage with his own sonorous and beautiful Concerto balata, the poignant Chant du ménestrel and the Iberian evocations of the Sérénade espagnole.

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Image Stiffelio (DVD)
Verdi’s Stiffelio is a tense moral drama in which a Protestant minister learns of his wife’s betrayal and is torn between a thirst for revenge and his religious duty of forgiveness. These themes of adultery and divorce were social taboos in 1850, and Stiffelio was met with such censorship and disapproval that it was soon withdrawn. Today we can appreciate both the title character’s significance as the first true Verdi tenor, and the many wonderful moments in this ‘most unjustly neglected of Verdi’s operas’. This unique and dynamic production from Parma was acclaimed for taking us to ‘a whole new theatrical world’ (Huffington Post), and as ‘nothing short of a coup’ (bachtrack.com).

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Image Stiffelio (Blu-ray)
"Graham Vick’s ground-breaking staging of the ‘most unjustly neglected of Verdi’s operas’, Stiffelio, was presented with a Special Award at the 37th 'Franco Abbiati' Music Critics' Prize (2018) for the director's unique theatricality and the unprecedented level of audience involvement. Performed at the Teatro Farnese on four mobile platforms, the audience was free to move about the auditorium and choose its own vantage points, mingling with actors, chorus members and cameramen. The Italian tenor, Luciano Ganci (Stiffelio), and the Mexican soprano, Maria Katzarava (Lina), deliver tense and dramatic performances in what was the highlight of the 2017 Festival Verdi in Parma. Total playing time: 119 minutes · HD 16:9 · PCM stereo and DTS 5.1· Region: A, B, C · BD 50 Language: Italian· Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean"

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Image Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (DVD)
Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour was Rameau’s first exploration of the world of Egyptian mythology. Its libretto called for magic, gods and extraordinary natural effects to which he responded with one of his most comprehensively brilliant scores, blending a gallant and pastoral inspiration of extreme refinement with powerful vocal and orchestral writing. In his use of a fluid and continuous flow of music, in the theatrical deployment of choruses, and in the blurring of the distinction between recitatives and airs, Rameau entered a new and pioneering stage of development. The score heard in this performance is the authoritative version.

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Image Dorothy
" Alfred Cellier was a contemporary of Arthur Sullivan as a Chapel Royal chorister, and would later conduct several Gilbert and Sullivan productions. With its rural tale of disguise and romantic scheming, its jaunty tunes, lively characters and farcical comedy, Cellier’s light opera, Dorothy, has been almost entirely forgotten today. It had the longest run of any 19th-century piece of musical theatre, seeing off The Mikado and Ruddigore, and became such a popular hit in its day that the box office profits were able to fund the building of the Lyric Theatre on London’s Shaftsbury Avenue. 1st recording."

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Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4
Two symphonies from the pioneering African-American woman composer, Florence Price. The jazz-influenced No. 4, with its Ellingtonian ‘jungle style’ language and penchant for the ‘juba’ dance, is a first recording.

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Image Swedish Symphonic Poems
The symphonic poems Smetana wrote during his stay in Sweden display the influences of Berlioz and Liszt. Richard III focuses on the haunting scene before the Battle of Bosworth in Shakespeare’s play, Wallenstein’s Camp is symphonically structured, while Hakon Jarl dramatises the life of the tyrannical Viking warrior with memorable flair.

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Image Piano Concertos, Nocturnes & Sonatas (6 CD)
From 8.550761, 8.550762, 8.553770, 8.553771, 8.554221 and 8.573262. 'Benjamin Frith has done a stellar job in bringing these concertos into the sunlight, brilliantly supported by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam.’ (Pianist Magazine)

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Image Double Concerto (Dialogue); Clarinet Concerto; Sun
First recordings of works by award-winning composer David Gompper, following on from his first Naxos critically-acclaimed orchestral album (8.559637) of which American Record Guide wrote “very impressed… I feel refreshed that such exceptional music is still composed in these times of artistic apathy… What an absolute delight!”

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Image El Árbol de la Vida: Music from Mexico
The impetus of the Mexican Revolution (1910–1920) galvanised the use of indigenous melodies in a new and original wave of musical compositions that loosened dependence on European models. José Moncayo’s infectiously joyful Huapango, one of Mexico’s best-known works is deeply rooted in folk music. Silvestre Revueltas’ La noche de los mayas is a symphonic suite derived from film music that employs Mexican percussion instruments in a vividly inventive way. The process of linking folk influence with classical techniques continues to the present day with Hebert Vázquez’s El árbol de la vida which uses the folk style known as the son.

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Image Complete Chamber Works for Flute
Nikolai Kapustin’s music is renowned for its witty and seamless fusion of jazz idioms and formal classical structures. In recent years, the composer has forged a formidable association with American flautist Immanuel Davis, who here interprets his highly sophisticated Flute Sonata, Op. 125 with great virtuosity. Divertissement explores the different jazz harmonies available from the four instruments, contrasting with the textural transparency of A Little Duo.

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Image Duets for 2 Flutes
Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Johann Sebastian’s eldest son, enjoyed a reputation as one of Germany’s finest organists. The Six Duets for two flutes, whose level of technical sophistication is quite remarkable, are wide-ranging and often spectacular pieces that demand much of their performers and are hugely entertaining for the listener.

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Image Sacred Works
"This album brings together a selection of religious compositions by Giacomo Meyerbeer, including several works presumed lost until their recent discovery. These rediscovered pieces stand out for their masterful quality and highly individual style, such as the Hymne An Gott, which demonstrates Meyerbeer’s sensitivity and skill with text. Other gems include the luminous Pater Noster and the melancholy Prélude et Cantique, which draws on the spirituality of the late Middle Ages and was of great significance to the composer. Includes several world premiere recordings."

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Image This Day: Celebrating a century of British women's
On 14 December 1918, women were permitted to stand for Parliament and were granted the vote for the first time in British history. As part of the centenary celebrations for this milestone and to raise awareness of persistent inequalities in society, Hilary Campbell and the distinctive choir, Blossom Street, present repertoire by famous and lesser-known female composers ranging from Rebecca Clarke’s richly moving Ave Maria to Stef Conner’s haunting setting of Hildegard von Bingen’s text O Splendidissima Gemma.

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Image Complete Lieder, Vol. 2
This second volume of Pfitzner’s complete Lieder (Volume 1 is on 8.572602) covers the period between 1884 and 1916. A central theme of the songs is the archetypical Romantic focus on the portrayal of nature as a reflection of human feelings. The youthful and enduringly popular Ist der Himmel darum im Lenz so blau reflects his greatest qualities as a song composer ­– a memorable tune and rich, flowing harmonies.

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Image Keyboard Sonatas (Op. 50, Nos. 2-3; Op. 1 No. 3; O
Muzio Clementi’s career saw the piano evolve from its relative fragility in the 18th century until the beginning of the Romantic era, and his influence in developing its possibilities as a virtuoso instrument cannot be overstated. The works on this album range from the early Classical style of the Sonata, Op. 1, No. 3, through the scintillating virtuosity of Op. 8, No. 2, concluding with Op. 50, No. 3 which narrates the tragic story of Dido, Queen of Carthage.

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Image Works with Guitar, Vol. 1
Antonio Ruiz-Pipó was one of the bravest and most progressive of the Spanish composers to escape the Franco dictatorship. His Andalusian background, Catalan training, residence in Paris and an enduring admiration of his ‘saint’ Manuel de Falla have all shaped his oeuvre. These solo and chamber works offer an overview of his career, from the poignant Estancias to the Mediterranean-influenced Trio en miniaturas which also represents Ruiz-Pipó’s fascination with the music of antiquity.

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Image 20th Century Guitar
"Dale Kavanagh is one of the most prominent classical guitarists of her generation. As a soloist and a member of the acclaimed Amadeus Guitar Duo she has performed all over the world and is the dedicatee of numerous compositions. Domeniconi’s Variations are based on a famous Anatolian folk song, while the highly original language of Britten’s evocative Nocturnal has its starting point in a song by John Dowland. Cooperman’s Walking on Water was inspired by Peter Sellers’ last film Being There, and Ponce’s La Folia de España is considered one of the most magnificent guitar pieces ever written. Kavanagh can also be heard on Naxos 8.573440, 3442 and 3977 (works by Domeniconi)."

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