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    Michael Bloss, Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison

    The Wonder of Christmas

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    The Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre's choral music (8.559677) was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles, both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs.

    The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies, in a recital stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.
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    John McCabe

    Composer, Pianist, Conductor

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    [Symphony No.1 'Elegy' | Liszt Fantasy | Studies | Tuning]

    London Philharmonic Orchestra | John Snashall | National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

    This collection brings together several significant recordings of the music of John McCabe, none of which has appeared before on CD. The First Symphony, heard here in its only recording to date, is a work of striking emotional directness and explosive energy. The Fantasy on a Theme of Liszt was described by Harold Truscott as "wonderfully organic... a concert piece which should interest any pianist worth his salt". Scored for very large orchestra, Tuning develops layers of texture and sonority of overwhelming richness. This is the only recording of John McCabe as conductor.
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    Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

    The Beltane Fire

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    [The Turn of the Tide | Sir Charles his Pavan]

    BBC Philharmonic | Sir Peter Maxwell Davies

    The works on this recording embrace a varied miscellany of Peter Maxwell Davies' orchestral output from the early 1990s. The 'choreographic poem' The Beltane Fire pits the sternness of the Reformation clergy against the pagan traditions of the Orkney Islands. Concerned with environmental pollution, The Turn of the Tide ultimately reaches "a triumphant dance of all creation", while the Threnody and Pavan are poignant memorial tributes for significant figures in the composer's life.
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    Mayr

    Il Sogno di Partenope [Cantata Opera]

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    Brown | Hershkowitz | Adler | Lousseau | Frey | Sellier | Burkhart | Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus | Simon Mayr Chorus & Ensemble | Franz Hauk

    Franz Hauk and the Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble have spearheaded the revival of the music of Johann Simon Mayr who was born in Bavaria but lived in Italy. In the latest instalment of their critically acclaimed recordings they turn to Il sogno di Partenope, an allegorical staged cantata composed to mark the rebuilding of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples following a fire in February 1816. Mayr's significance as an intermediary between the opera seria of the late eighteenth-century and the melodrama of the early-nineteenth is reflected in this important work, a unique kind of 'cantata opera' of which only the second act survives.
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    Ástor Piazzola | Roberto Di Marino

    Sensations - MUSIC FOR BANDONEON

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    Cesare Chiaccchiaretta | Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra | Miran Vaupotic

    The bandoneon is a type of concertina which has been an essential part of traditional tango ensembles for the past century. Award-winning Italian composer Roberto Di Marino explores the breathtakingly virtuoso and sensual qualities of this distinctive instrument in his Concerto, with its driving syncopated rhythms and melodies which tug at the heartstrings. Ástor Piazzolla singlehandedly created the 'nuevo tango' genre, and his haunting Oblivion is one of his most haunting creations in this style. He described the Five Tango Sensations as "a musical farewell to life".

Christmas Titles

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    Medieval Carols (Jeremy Summerly/ Murray Khouri/ Oxford Camerata) (Naxos: 8.550751)
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    THE MYSTERY OF CHRISTMAS (Elora Festival Singers/ Michael Bloss/ Noel Edison) (Naxos: 8.554179)
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    TAVENER: Ex Maria Virgine (Classic Christmas) (Choir of Clare College/ Cambridge/ Clare College Choir/ Cambridge/ Timothy Brown/ Timothy Brown) (Naxos: 8.572168)
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    The Wexford Carols | Irish Christmas Music [Caitriona O'Leary, Tom Jones] [Heresy: HERESY016]
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    The Night Before Christmas (Classic Christmas) (Naxos: 8.570331)
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    In Terra Pax (Christmas Music By Holst/ Finzi/ Howells/ Leighton/ Rutter/ Vw-Sc) (Classic Christmas) (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ Doyle Julia/ Hilary Davan Wetton/ Roderick Williams) (Naxos: 8.572102)
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    Star Over Bethlehem: Choral Jewels for Christmas (Dotian Levalier/ J. Reilly Lewis/ James Shaffran/ Janice Chandler/ Joseph Holt/ Norman Scribner/ Washington Choral Arts Society/ Washington Choral Arts Society Orchestra) (Naxos: 8.555049)
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    A Christmas Choral Spectacular (arr. Peter Breiner) (Classic Christmas) (Andrew Walton/ Bournemouth Symphony Chorus/ Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ Cecily Atkinson/ Jonathan Prentice/ Lynton Atkinson/ Margaret Burdett/ Nigel Perrin/ Peter Breiner) (Naxo
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    FRY: Santa Claus Symphony / Niagara Symphony (Classic Christmas) (Royal Scottish National Orchestra/ Tony Rowe) (Naxos American Classics: 8.559057)
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    Joy to the World (Classic Christmas) (Andrew Sackett/ Donald Hunt/ Elora Festival Singers/ Jeremy Summerly/ Michael Bloss/ Murray Khouri/ Noel Edison/ Norbert Kraft/ Oxford Camerata/ Peter H. Hill/ Raymond Johnston/ Robert Stringer/ Tewkesbury Abbey Choi
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    THE NAXOS BOOK OF CAROLS (Classic Christmas) (Antony Pitts/ Jeremy Summerly/ Tonus Peregrinus) (Naxos: 8.557330)

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