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  • February CD of the Month:

    RAVEL - L' Heure Espagnole

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    François Le Roux | Isabelle Druet | Orchestre National de Lyon | Leonard Slatkin

    Maurice Ravel's stage works are as subtle and expressively poised as can be imagined. In the Spanish-tinged L'Heure espagnole he breathes new life into the Italian genre of the opera buffa, enhancing the comedy in the plot by giving it a gentle human poignancy and poetic presence. The clarity of Ravel's vocal writing, and his signature harmonic magic and luminous orchestration, make this opera a delight for the ear. Don Quichotte à Dulcinée was Ravel's last composition, imbuing Cervantes's famous character with aristocratic Spanish swagger as well as a kind of heroic tenderness and vulnerability. Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges from Lyon can be found on Naxos.
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    Chagrin

    Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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    BBC Symphony Orchestra | Martyn Brabbins

    Francis Chagrin described himself as 'Romanian by birth, British by nationality and cosmopolitan by inclination'. A student of Paul Dukas and Nadia Boulanger, Chagrin wrote prolifically for films but composed for most genres. The two symphonies are among his most important orchestral works. Both are dramatic, even passionate-not least in the beautiful slow movements-and full of contrasts, both within and between movements. Undeservedly neglected, they reveal Chagrin's mastery of form and colour.
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    Haydn

    Opera Overtures

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    Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice | Michael Halász

    Haydn's operas are little-performed today though many of them were immensely popular during his lifetime, being staged far beyond the wealthy Esterháza court for which they were written. They range from dark, supernatural dramas to light-hearted capers, one even including a character tricked into believing he is on the moon. These overtures give free rein to Haydn's musical gifts and dramatic flair, encapsulating in miniature the emotional range of the operas themselves.
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    Leo Weiner

    Csongor and Tunde - Ballet (1959 Version)

    £6.99
    Máté Szucs | Budapest Symphony Orchestra | Valéria Csányi

    For over half a century at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Leo Weiner taught successive generations of Hungary's leading musicians, and won his country's highest awards. As a composer his career was comet-like in its early brilliance and his music marked by an imaginative use of colour, masterful instrumentation and lyrical emotion. He regarded Csongor and Tünde as his magnum opus and its incidental music was later to take independent form as a ballet, heard here in its final 1959 version. The impressionistic Ballad, Op. 28 for viola and orchestra derives from an earlier work for clarinet and piano.
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    Paul Moravec

    Violin Concerto

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    Maria Bachmann | Rossen Milanov | James Nyoraku Schlefer | Stephen Gosling | Voxare String Quartet

    Paul Moravec is one of the most admired and acclaimed composers of our time, his music standing out for its melodic grace, lyrical intensity and rich harmonic language. The grandly conceived Violin Concerto rates among one of his most important accomplishments and, with its romantically sensuous elegance and joyous finale, has already earned a place as one of the outstanding American works in this genre

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