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MARCH 2019

NEW ON NAXOS

Here is the March issue of NEW ON NAXOS. This month’s spotlight recording is the final volume of Claudio Monteverdi’s Complete Madrigals – the Ninth Book, and Scherzi Musicali – performed by Delitiæ Musicæ and Marco Longhini. The first volume released in 2002, the series has been highly acclaimed by many critics and publications, with ClassicsToday.com declaring these recordings ‘the versions of choice’.

Other highlights include:
• Johann Sebastian Bach’s St Matthew Passion, recorded by the Bachchor and Bachorchester Mainz conducted by Ralf Otto. A follow up to the acclaimed recordings of St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, this new release again features tenor Georg Poplutz, soprano Julia Kleiter and baritone Matthias Winckhler.

• The second volume of Wolfgang Rihm’s works for violin and orchestra, recorded by the award-winning violinist Tianwa Yang. Featuring three of the composer’s popular works – Gesungene Zeit, Lichtes Spiel and COLL’ARCO – Tianwa is accompanied by the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz and GRAMMY® Award-nominated conductor Darrell Ang.

• Aaron Copland’s ballet works Billy the Kid and Grohg, recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. The fourth volume in Slatin's Copland cycle, which features Symphony No. 3, has been nominated for a GRAMMY® and International Classical Music Awards.

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Image Madrigals, Book 9
This Ninth book is prefaced with a Sinfonia by Biagio Marini and features one of Monteverdi’s towering masterpieces, Zefiro torna. Performed complete, and in historically informed fashion, this is the final volume in this series. Previous releases have been critically acclaimed by Gramophone and American Record Guide.

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Image St Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion)
Until now Naxos has only released excerpts of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. This complete version follows on from the success of Ralf Otto’s recordings of the St John Passion (8.573817-18) and the Christmas Oratorio (8.574001-02), which have both been widely acclaimed. This release features a cast of renowned soloists.


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Image Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol. 2: Gesungene
Contemporary German composer Wolfgang Rihm has created a powerful body of music for the violin including Gesungene Zeit, one his most performed works, which is included on this release. Volume 1 of Rihm’s music for violin and orchestra is on 8.573812, again played by Tianwa Yang who has also recorded Rihm’s violin and piano music – see the critically acclaimed album 8.572730.


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Image Billy the Kid (Complete Ballet); Grogh
The third volume in the complete Aaron Copland ballet series, joining a list of Slatkin-Detroit discs devoted to his music – see GRAMMY-nominated and critically acclaimed 8.559844. Grohg is the most ambitious example of his Parisian years, inspired by the silent expressionist film Nosferatu. The first example of Copland’s new ‘Americanized’ music of the 1930s, Billy the Kid, is heard here in its full version.


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Image Russian Songs
These composers are not as well known for their songs as for their other repertoire, but these intimate and autobiographical works feature well-known melodies, such as Rachmaninov’s Vocalise as well as lesser-known songs. Both pianist Maria Prinz and mezzo-soprano Margarita Gritskova are internationally renowned artists, and have previously recorded critically acclaimed albums for Naxos.


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Image Il segreto di Susanna; Serenade for Strings
This comic opera was a box office success in its day, and remains one of Wolf-Ferrari’s most frequently performed works. However there have been few recordings over the years, and there is therefore plenty of room for this live recording from the Auditorio Principe Félipe in Oviedo (originally released on PhilArtis, 2007), featuring a top-notch cast. This recording follows on from another Wolf-Ferrari release with the Oviedo Filarmonía under Friedrich Haider (February 2018, 8.573716) which garnered critical acclaim.


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Image L’Étoile (DVD)
L’Étoile did much to establish Chabrier as a major force on the Parisian stage and his contemporary Henri Duparc praised him specifically for creating a French comic genre, both funny and musical – described as something of a French Die Meistersinger. The fanciful story is set in an imaginary kingdom and all, naturally, ends well. However, despite the slight plot line L’Étoile is something of a pivotal work, a unique example of French 19th-century light opera, orchestrated with great sophistication and flooded with gossamer wit.

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Image L’Étoile (Blu-ray)
L’Étoile did much to establish Chabrier as a major force on the Parisian stage and his contemporary Henri Duparc praised him specifically for creating a French comic genre, both funny and musical – described as something of a French Die Meistersinger. The fanciful story is set in an imaginary kingdom and all, naturally, ends well. However, despite the slight plot line L’Étoile is something of a pivotal work, a unique example of French 19th-century light opera, orchestrated with great sophistication and flooded with gossamer wit.

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Image I Puritani (2 DVD)
I puritani is one of Bellini’s most creative and influential masterpieces, a bel canto opera stamped with vocal and orchestral writing of intoxicating beauty and dramatic intensity. Set in England in the Civil War shortly before Oliver Cromwell’s triumph, it involves romantic and political intrigues that drew from Bellini music of melodic raptness and melancholic depth. It also inspired him to compose some of his most breathtakingly virtuosic passages, notably Elvira’s Mad Scene, that call for the utmost in theatrical power. This production includes all the music performed at the work’s Paris premiere.

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Image I Puritani (Blu-ray)
I puritani is one of Bellini’s most creative and influential masterpieces, a bel canto opera stamped with vocal and orchestral writing of intoxicating beauty and dramatic intensity. Set in England in the Civil War shortly before Oliver Cromwell’s triumph, it involves romantic and political intrigues that drew from Bellini music of melodic raptness and melancholic depth. It also inspired him to compose some of his most breathtakingly virtuosic passages, notably Elvira’s Mad Scene, that call for the utmost in theatrical power. This production includes all the music performed at the work’s Paris premiere.

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Image Armenian Requiem
Composed to mark the centenary of the genocide of 1915 (a deeply contentious political subject), the Armenian Requiem is a large-scale sacred work structured around traditional liturgical chants appended to the Armenian Mass, and includes poems as interludes. Krouse is known widely as one of the foremost composers of guitar music working today – see 8.553449. This release showcases his talents writing for larger ensembles. He has received praise from Gramophone and his pieces have been recorded on a wide variety of labels.


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Image Cello Concertos Nos. 1-4
David Popper was one of the most important pedagogical cellists of the 19th century and is remembered for the études of his High School of Cello Playing (8.557718-19). His Cello Concertos are rarely performed, and interestingly the Fourth Concerto is recorded here in its version with piano. Martin Rummel is one of the most distinguished cellists of his generation, and pianist Mari Kato has won many prestigious international competitions. Their previous recordings have received praise from Fanfare.


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Image Guitar Music, Vol. 5
Latest and final release (Volume 5) in the widely acclaimed Agustín Barrios Mangoré edition, also recorded by praised interpreter Celil Refik Kaya.


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Image Wind Band Music, Vol. 18
Spanning over 40 years of composition, Volume 18 reveals Sousa to be a master of operetta and the ‘humoresque’. Alongside sketches and incidental music sits March of the Pan Americans, Part 2, the national anthem spectacular (Part 1 is on 8.559811). This is Volume 18 in what will now probably be a 23-volume series. As before, the conductor is Keith Brion, one of the world’s most knowledgeable and most-recorded Sousa conductors.


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Image A Warm Day in Winter
World premiere recordings of chamber works by contemporary American composer Truman Harris. His writing is informed by his experience as an orchestral musician, and he uses unusual combinations of instruments such as two bassoons and piano. All the soloists are members of the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC).


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Image Rêverie
This collection of recent works by British-Georgian contemporary composer Tamara Konstantin brings together short piano and chamber pieces many of which were inspired by her Dorset home. Konstantin plays some of her own works here, but is also joined by distinguished musicians Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Yu-Mien Sun and Marc Verter.


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Image Violin Sonata; Sextet; Suite for Nine Instruments
British Music Society sponsored world premiere recordings of the works of Grace Williams (1906–1977), Wales’ foremost female composer. All recently discovered manuscripts, the music will be published for the first time to coincide with the album release (with the exception of the Violin Sonata). The release will coincide with International Women’s Day in March 2019. This is the third of violinist Madeleine Mitchell’s British discs for Naxos, with previous releases receiving international praise.


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Image Complete Works for Cello and Piano
Carl Reinecke is one of the great representatives of German High Romanticism. This release joins a portfolio of praised Reinecke discs on Naxos, from symphonies to chamber music; Symphony No. 1 is on 8.555397. Austrian cellist Martin Rummel is the last pupil of William Pleeth, and has released nearly 50 albums including several recordings for Naxos including 8.573793 and 8.573726 which have received international acclaim.


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Image Works for Cello and Piano
Naxos has made numerous recordings of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s music, and this new programme of rarely heard and recorded works for cello and piano follows on from the recently released album (8.574003) of world premiere recordings of the Concerto No. 3 for violin and piano, and other chamber music works. The Cello Concerto, coupled with transcriptions for cello and piano, can be heard on 8.573820. Features renowned cellist Enrico Dindo and pianist Alessandro Marangoni, who have both previously recorded for Naxos.


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Image Choral Works
This is the first Naxos release dedicated entirely to the music of Argentian composer Pablo Ortiz, and represents most of his recent choral writing. Ortiz is an acclaimed composer, and is currently professor of composition at the University of California, Davis. The release features an eclectic selection, with echoes of Gregorian Chant, 16th-century polyphony and tango. Meridionalis is a choral project of the Americas Society, and gave the 2017 US premiere of Maizal de gregoriano, a work featured on this album.


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Image Organ Laureate
First Prize winner of the prestigious Eighth International Musashino-Tokyo Organ Competition, young American organist Amanda Mole has selected music that fully exploits every aspect of the excellent Marcussen & Søn instrument at this venue. Amanda Mole has won many international competitions and is quickly earning a reputation as one of the leading concert organists of her generation.


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Image Classic Clarinet
Part of the Best Loved series, featuring popular works from the clarinet’s repertoire.


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Image Flute Favourites
Part of the Best Loved series, featuring popular works from the flute’s repertoire.


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Image Outstanding Oboe
Part of the Best Loved series, featuring popular works from the oboe's repertoire.


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