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    SEPTEMBER NAXOS CD OF THE MONTH:

    BERNSTEIN: SYMPHONY NO.3 'KADDISH'

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    Marin Alsop is a Bernstein protégé, and has written fondly and extensively about studying with him. He mentored her when he was conductor of the New York Philharmonic and few conductors today understand his music better. This disc presents Bernstein the vocal composer performed inlargely original editions by one of his best contemporary interpreters. The speaker in Kaddish is the great actress Claire Bloom.
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    SIBELIUS

    JEDERMANN | TWO SERIOUS MELODIES | IN MEMORIAM

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    Pia Pajala | Cathedralis Aboensis Choir | Turku Philharmonic Orchestra | Leif Segerstam

    Rarely performed but recognized as a hidden masterpiece, Sibelius's score for Jedermann is unusual in that the music closely follows the words and action of this morality play, intensifying Everyman's hubris, penance, escape from the Devil's clutches and ultimate salvation.The Two Serious Melodies reflect Sibelius' dark mood during the difficult years of World War I, while In memoriam resonates with his preoccupation with death in 1909 following a life-saving throat operation, and was performed at his own funeral in 1957.
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    PHILIDOR

    Les Femmes Vengees

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    Pascal Beaudin | Blandine Staskiewicz | Opera Lafayette | Ryan Brown

    Philidor, which had been wavering since the great success of Tom Jones a decade earlier. His opéra-comique, which foreshadows the plot of Mozart's Così fan tutte (Mozart had been in Paris during the first performances of Philidor's work), offers delicious opportunities for mock-indignation and repartee in its arias and ensembles. This recording presents the complete music. Opera Lafayette and Ryan Brown's recording of Philidor's Sancho Pança [8.660274] was hailed as a 'witty, authentic interpretation' by the American Record Guide.
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    SAINT-SAENS

    SYMPHONIES VOLUME 3

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    Marc Soustrot | Malmö Symphony Orchestra

    Saint-Saëns's Symphony in F major 'Urbs Roma' was his prizewinning entry to a competition organized by the Bordeaux Société Ste Cécile, but the work remained unpublished in the composer's lifetime. This early work is notable for a masterly final movement which, unusually, comprises a theme and variations. The symphonic poem La Jeunesse d'Hercule is a portrayal of theconflict between pleasure and duty, while the Danse macabre is amongst his most popular orchestral works. The first two volumes of this complete edition of Saint-Saëns's symphonies can be heard on Naxos 8.573138 and 8.573139.
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    VARIOUS ARTISTS

    A-Z OF SINGERS BY DAVID PATMORE

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    The A-Z of Singers surveys the recordings and careers of over 300 singers; the greatest vocalists who have made recordings are included, from Theo Adam to Teresa Zylis-Gara. The text covers artists using the earliest recording processes up to those using contemporary, cutting-edge technology. In this clear and concise publication, the artists are listed alphabetically, with a summary of their career, notable recordings, biography and a criticalappraisal of their recorded legacy. In addition, four CDs present the author's selection of recordings by 69 artists. This package will appeal to singing enthusiasts and scholars alike as a well-informed, interesting and precise work of reference.
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    SIBELIUS

    Pelléas et Mélisande

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    Leif Segerstam | Pia Pajala | Sari Nordqvist | Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

    No sooner had Sibelius moved to the town of Järvenpää in 1904 than he was commissioned by the Swedish Theatre to write incidental music for Maeterlinck's Pelléas et Mélisande. At the time it was his most ambitious undertaking in the genre of incidental music and his setting included ten scenes, only one of which was cut when he adapted the piece as a concert suite. Dating from the same year, Musik zu einer Szene was originally intended to accompany a tableau and is full of striking contrasts. The two waltzes of 1921 are transcriptions of piano pieces, and reveal the potent influence of Tchaikovsky.
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    JOHN JOUBERT

    THE INSTANT MOMENT

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    Henry Herford | English String Orchestra | William Boughton

    Born in Cape Town, John Joubert won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, his successful career as a university lecturer and composer keeping him in England thereafter. Based on a short piece composed during the composer's late teens and inspired by Marcel Proust's Swann's Way (from Remembrance of Things Past), Temps Perdu is an inventive set of variations 'each of which sets out to explore some aspect of the memories evoked by the original'. The finely crafted Sinfonietta is notable for the imaginative writing for solo woodwinds, while the song-cycle The Instant Moment indelibly expresses widely contrasting reactions to the experience of love.
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    JOHN MCCABE

    PIANO MUSIC

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    John McCabe was a composer-pianist who excelled internationally in both fields. For his own instrument he wrote a distinguished series of works in which variation form is a recurrent feature. Seventeen years separate the Variations, Op. 22, described by John Ogdon as standing "closer to Rachmaninov's use of variation technique than to Brahms's", and the masterly, unorthodox and original Haydn Variations, McCabe's longest solo piano work. The evocative Bagatelles and Studies are notable for their unceasing exploration of pianistic and compositional techniques.
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    CARL CZERNY

    Flute & Piano Music

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    Kazunori Seo | Makoto Ueno

    Virtuoso pianist Carl Czerny was a pupil and friend of Beethoven in Vienna. His prodigious output as a composer included numerous sets of variations on operatic themes, both with orchestra [Naxos 8.573254] and, as with the Trois Rondeaux, Op. 347 on themes by Rossini and Bellini, in the form of entertaining chamber music. With its cadenza and technical flourishes the Introduction, Variations and Finale, Op. 80 is composed in true concerto style, while the elegance and refined artistry of the Rondoletto and Duo concertant are both characteristic of a Classical master whose works have only recently started to gain wider recognition.
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    IBERT

    La Ballade

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    Daniela Kubricka Adriano | Slovak Radio SO | Slovak Philharmonic Chorus

    Based on Oscar Wilde's impassioned text Le Ballade de la Geôle de Reading, Jacques Ibert's first symphonic work astonished and impressed audiences with its dark atmospheres of anguished madness and terror. The Trois Pièces de Ballet portray society guests with colourful music-hall wit, contrasting with the impressionistic symphonic poem Féerique and the horrors of war expressed in Chant de Folie, while the Suite Élisabéthaine introduces ancient styles to enhance Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Marin Alsop

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    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 / Tragic Overture / Academic Festival Overture (K & A Productions Ltd./ London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Marin Alsop) (Naxos: 8.557428)
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    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 / Hungarian Dances (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Marin Alsop) (Naxos: 8.557429)
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    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 / Haydn Variations (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Marin Alsop/ Tim Handley) (Naxos: 8.557430)
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    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 / Haydn Variations (London Philharmonic Orchestra/ Marin Alsop/ Tim Handley) (Naxos: 8.570233)
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    Brahms: A German Requiem [Marin Alsop] [Naxos: 8.572996]
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    Prokofiev:Symphony No. 3 [Marin Alsop, Sãu Paulo Symphony Orchestra] [NAXOS: 8573452]
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    Bernstein: Mass (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/ Jubilant Sykes/ Leonard Bernstein/ Leonard Bernstein/ Marin Alsop/ Marin Alsop) (Naxos: 8.559622-23)
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/ Marin Alsop) (Naxos: 8.572207)

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