and America; Dvorak; Horowitz; Farwell; Pasternack,
Deas, University of Texas Chamber Singers, Morrow, PostClassical Ensemble,
Angel Gil-Ordonez; NAXOS 8559777; 1 CD:
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
- A CD release
party is scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Austrian Culture
Forum, Washington, DC. Visit postclassical.com for more
for Wind Band, volume 14; John Phillip Sousa; The Central Band of
the Royal Air Force, Keith Brion; NAXOS 8559730; 1 CD:
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.
link to Sousa’s NY Times obituary, March 6, 1932: http://nyti.ms/1km1k6M
No. 2, 2 Songs; Erno Dohnanyi; Evan Thomas Jones,
Florida State University Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Jimenez; NAXOS
8573008; 1 CD:
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.
Works, volume 1; Lars-Erik Larsson; Helsingborg Symphony
Orchestra, Andrew Manze; cpo 777671-2; 1 Hybrid SACD:
with Dag Wirén, Lars-Erik Larsson (1908-86) remains among the most
popular composers of classical modernism in Sweden.
Andrew Manze presents a new recording of Larsson's most important
symphonic works performed by his very own Helsingborg Orchestra.
of Larsson's three symphonies forms the focus of each of the three CDs.
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.
an excellent Guardian article
admiration for Sibelius and South Park
click here: http://bit.ly/1k9bbl2.
Works; Strauss; Korngold; Busoni; Orchestre de
la Suisse Romande, Kazuki Yamada; PENTATONE PTC5186518; 1 Hybrid SACD:
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.
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is led by conductor Kazuki Yamada, the
orchestra's Principal Guest Conductor since June 2010.
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.
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
more information about the Seattle Symphony and Music Director Ludovic
Morlot, visit seattlesymphony.org.
Orlando di Lasso; Paolo Tognon;
Claudio Verh; Armoniosoincanto Ensemble, Franco Radiccia; TACTUS TC531202; 1 CD:
di Lasso, 16th century musician and composer, is one of the masters of
16th century polyphony, considered by many the most versatile.
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.
collection consists of 24 bicinia, a polyphonic instructional genre then
in vogue. Half the collection uses sacred Latin text; the rest have no
is a world premiere recording.
information about the artists can be found at:
for Winds; Jacques Ibert; Henri Demarquette,
Karine Deshayes, Ensemble Initium, Clement Mao-Takacs; TIMPANI 1C1210; 1 CD:
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.
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
ensembleinitium.fr for more information about the