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    AUGUST CD OF THE MONTH: 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.
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    Sibelius

    Belshazzar's Feast

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    Pia Pajala | Turku Philharmonic Orchestra | Leif Segerstam

    Alongside the great symphonies and tone poems, music for the theatre played an important role in Sibelius's development. From exquisite nocturnal tranquillity to the macabre 'Dance of Life', Belshazzar's Feast is an exotic tale of seduction and tragedy to which Sibelius responded with some of his most hauntingly beautiful writing for the stage. The early Menuetto and lively Cortège were considered good enough by the composer to be recycled for further stage productions, while the Overture in E and Scène de Ballet started life as Sibelius's first attempt at composing a symphony.
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    Wolf Hall Soundtrack

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    Claire van Kampen | Musicians of Shakespeare's Globe | Adrian Woodward | Paul Sharp | Abigail Newman | Tom Lees

    The soundtrack to BBC television series "Wolf Hall" brings King Henry VIII's court to life with dances and songs; some of which were composed by the monarch himself. Filmed in the great historic houses in England, the series features specialist early musicians playing live on set. All the Tudor Music for the production has been carefully sourced and arranged by Claire van Kampen, and recorded with the Musicians of Shakespeare's Globe at the famous Abbey Road Studios, London, England.
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    Milan

    El Maestro, Libro I

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    José Antonio Escobar

    Although biographical details of his life remain sketchy, Luys Milán's Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El Maestro is certainly the oldest surviving printed collection of vihuela music. Tuned like the contemporary Renaissance lute, the Spanish vihuela is a guitar-shaped instrument and for it Milán wrote a series of compelling works including fantasias and pavans that maturely fused improvisatory and polyphonic elements. This recording presents all the solo vihuela pieces from the first book of El Maestro in the order in which they appear.
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    Villa-Lobos

    Guitar Manuscripts Vol. 3

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    Andrea Bissoli | Ensemble Cirandinha | Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais | Fabio Mechetti

    Musicologist Adrian Thomas considered Bacewicz's string quartets "unrivalled in 20th-century Polish music and... one of the century's most significant contributions to the genre". Her folk-music infused First Quartet dates from student days at the Paris Conservatoire, while exceptional polyphonic skill, intense emotion and playful, high spirits characterize the Third Quartet. Both the Sixth and Seventh Quartets unite tradition with a strikingly effective and highly personal exploration of progressive contemporary techniques.
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    Beck

    Symphonies Op. 2

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    Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra | Kevin Mallon

    Franz Ignaz Beck is increasingly acknowledged as one of the most forward-looking and inventive of mid-eighteenth-century symphonists. A student of the celebrated Johann Stamitz, Beck was trained in Mannheim, a focal point of new approaches to orchestral writing. Although small in scale, his Op. 2 set includes some of the most striking and harmonically daring works of their kind from the period. Further Beck Symphonies may be heard on Naxos 8.553790, 8.554071, 8.570799, 8.573248 and 8.573249.

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