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Naxos of America Featured Releases for Radio - June 10, 2014

 


Dvorak and America; Dvorak; Horowitz; Farwell; Pasternack, Deas, University of Texas Chamber Singers, Morrow, PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordonez; NAXOS 8559777; 1 CD: 

  • The centerpiece of this program is the first ever recording of the Hiawatha Melodrama, a concert work for narrator and orchestra that re-interprets Dvořák’s New World Symphony as a programmatic symphony based on Longfellow’s poem “The Song of Hiawatha.” It takes music from the symphony, as well as passages from the American Suite and Violin Sonatina, and fuses them with the poem that is recited by a bass-baritone. Also included is music by Arthur Farwell, who was influenced by Dvořák and a proponent of Native American music. This recording celebrates the crosscurrent of influences between the Czech composer and American music and culture.
  • A CD release party is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Austrian Culture Forum, Washington, DC. Visit postclassical.com for more information.


Music for Wind Band, volume 14; John Phillip Sousa; The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, Keith Brion; NAXOS 8559730; 1 CD: 

  • The unprecedented popularity enjoyed by John Philip Sousa was garnered through constant national and international touring with a band that included some of the very best American instrumentalists. Volume 14 of this series includes brilliant show overtures, such as The Glass Blowers, theatrical marches such as The Lambs, the suite El Capitan and His Friends, from three of Sousa’s remarkably successful operettas and, last but not least, the 22-year-old composer’s extraordinary collection of patriotic songs of many countries, The International Congress, which ends with The Star Spangled Banner set against the violin obbligato from Wagner’s Tannhauser.
  • A link to Sousa’s NY Times obituary, March 6, 1932: http://nyti.ms/1km1k6M

 

Symphony No. 2, 2 Songs; Erno Dohnanyi; Evan Thomas Jones, Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Jimenez; NAXOS 8573008; 1 CD:

Dohnányi’s powerful Second Symphony was composed toward the end of the WWII but its large canvas reflects not so much his wartime experience as his own artistic credo as a Romantic composer. Of the symphony and its philosophy he wrote: “The goal is the end of the glorious fight. The goal is death; life is a struggle.” In it he crafted a passionate monument to the Romanticism he espoused, heard here in its final revised version. The two songs for baritone and orchestra have rarely been heard and were revived by Alexander Jiménez with the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra in 2013.

 

Orchestral Works, volume 1; Lars-Erik Larsson; Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze; cpo 777671-2; 1 Hybrid SACD: 

  • Along with Dag Wirén, Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-86) remains among the most popular composers of classical modernism in Sweden.
  • Conductor Andrew Manze presents a new recording of Larsson's most important symphonic works performed by his very own Helsingborg Orchestra.
  • One of Larsson's three symphonies forms the focus of each of the three CDs.


Symphonies 1 and 8; Per Nørgård; Vienna Philharmonic, Sakari Oramo; Dacapo 6220574; 1 Hybrid SACD: 

  • With this world premiere recording, the Vienna Philharmonic offers new perspectives on the most visionary voice of Nordic music and one of the greatest symphonists of our time, Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932). Conducted on this occasion by Finnish Sakari Oramo, these performances of Nørgård’s Symphonies 1 and 8—two milestones composed with almost six decades between them—are the legendary orchestra’s first recording of new Nordic music.
  • For an excellent Guardian article about Nørgård’s admiration for Sibelius and South Park click here: http://bit.ly/1k9bbl2.


Orchestral Works; Strauss; Korngold; Busoni; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada; PENTATONE PTC5186518; 1 Hybrid SACD: 

  • The second CD in Pentatone’s dance music series lets you savor the vibrant, famous compositions from German-speaking countries, including works by Richard Strauss, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Franz Schreker.
  • The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is led by conductor Kazuki Yamada, the orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor since June 2010.


Masques et bergamasques; Gabriel Faure; Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, Demarre McGill, Alexander Velinzon, Efe Baltacigil, Seattle Symphony Chorale; Seattle Symphony Media SSM1004; 1 CD: 

  • Fauré’s most beloved orchestral works are presented here in sumptuous, refined and beautifully recorded performances. With charismatic interpretations of the three short works for solo instruments and a rare recording of the choral version of the famous Pavane, this is a definitive collection of Fauré’s orchestral music.
  • With naturalistic imaging, depth of field and dynamic range, these recordings are engineered to audiophile standards and aim to capture as realistically as possible the sound of the orchestra performing on the Benaroya Hall stage. Digital content will be available in stereo, 96k 24-bit high resolution, and 5.1 surround sound. A rare recording of the choral version of the famous Pavane marks this as a definitive and necessary
  • For more information about the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic Morlot, visit seattlesymphony.org.


Cantiones Duarum Vocum;   Orlando di Lasso;  Paolo Tognon; Claudio Verh; Armoniosoincanto Ensemble, Franco Radiccia;  TACTUS TC531202;  1 CD: 

  • Orlando di Lasso, 16th century musician and composer, is one of the masters of 16th century polyphony, considered by many the most versatile.
  • For over thirty years from 1560, he remained at the court of Duke Albert V of Bavaria, becoming court choirmaster.  In this capacity he traveled widely, often to Italy.
  • This collection consists of 24 bicinia, a polyphonic instructional genre then in vogue. Half the collection uses sacred Latin text; the rest have no text.
  • This is a world premiere recording.
  • More information about the artists can be found at:  armoniosoincanto.it/armoniosoincantoenglish/vocalgroup.htm


Works for Winds; Jacques Ibert; Henri Demarquette, Karine Deshayes, Ensemble Initium, Clement Mao-Takacs; TIMPANI 1C1210;  1 CD: 

  • Besides several prominent works such as Escales, Angélique and the Flute Concerto, there is a rich, little-known Jacques Ibert catalog, including these works for winds.
  • This is the fourth album by the now-renowned Ensemble Initium, joined here by the mezzo Karine Deshayes, cellist Henri Demarquette and the young conductor Clément Mao-Takacs, founder and director of the Secession Orchestra.
  • Visit ensembleinitium.fr for more information about the ensemble.

 

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