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    Alrich, Jenkins, Rorem

    Concertos for Mallett Instruments

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    This compilation of concertos for mallet instruments features triple GRAMMY Award-winning percussion virtuoso Dame Evelyn Glennie and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. Alexis Alrich’s Marimba Concerto, a rich amalgam of bold rhythms and exuberance, also explores Mexican and Asian-inspired music. Sir Karl Jenkins traces the 15th-century tune La Folia, furnishing it with refinement and strongly characterised intensity. Ned Rorem’s Mallet Concerto highlights the contrasting resonances of four different pitched mallets in music of drama and dynamism.
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    John Adams

    My Father Knew Charles Ives

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    Pulitzer and Erasmus Prize-winning composer John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. Adams describes My Father Knew Charles Ives as ‘an homage and encomium to a composer whose influence on me has been huge.’ Harmonielehre was a deliberate move by Adams to expand his musical language beyond Minimalism, keeping its energetic pulse but embracing the rich tonal resources of the past to create a work that has accrued an aura of timelessness.
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    Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Choral Transcriptions

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    Choral music holds a central position in Villa-Lobos’ catalogue of works, but among these famous pieces is a series of little-known transcriptions for a cappella choir taken from the standard classical repertoire. They were intended for a teachers’ chorus and for use in schools, and through astonishing alchemy they achieve a true ‘orchestration’ of largely piano originals, adding a fresh new repertoire for vocal ensembles. This album also includes the first ever recording of Villa-lobos’ complete set of a cappella transcriptions from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier.
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    Stephen Dodgson

    Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Aprt

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    Among Stephen Dodgson’s portfolio of more than 250 works are chamber operas, of which Margaret Catchpole: Two Worlds Apart is a most striking example. It is based on the true story of a woman who was convicted of the then capital crime of horse stealing and transported to Australia, and Dodgson conveys the romance and drama of the story with characteristic lyricism and rhythmic energy. Words are paramount for Dodgson, and his setting is vivid, immediate and tonal, with some swaggering rustic moments amidst the precise characterisation and idiomatic instrumental writing.
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    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore

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    Beethoven started composing Leonore in January 1804. The subject – the release to freedom of an unjustly imprisoned man by his devoted wife – was part of the genre of ‘rescue operas’ which were very popular at the end of the 18th century. The premiere of Leonore, given before an uncomprehending audience at a time of political upheaval, was a failure and Beethoven responded by shortening the work from three acts to two, which was the version performed in 1806. After further revisions it was to emerge in 1814 as Fidelio. Unique to this performance is the world premiere of Florestan’s lost original Act III aria reconstructed by the musicologist Will Crutchfield, using Beethoven’s original scene sketches and what remains of the original score. This 2020 staging formed part of Opera Lafayette’s Leonore Project which included a performance of Pierre Gaveaux’s Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal (available on Naxos DVD 2.110591 and Blu-ray NBD0085V), on which Beethoven modelled his Leonore.
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    Sergei Prokofiev

    The Fiery Angel

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    Sergey Prokofiev’s operatic tragedy The Fiery Angel was never performed in the composer’s lifetime – the music’s brittle energy, drama and eloquent lyrical tenderness would re-emerge in his Third Symphony. The narrative focuses relentlessly on Renata, who is haunted by an angel who turns out to be the devil. Director Emma Dante describes the opera as an explosive mix of fantastical realism and endless confusion of nightmares, madness, sexual impulses and cultural clashes’, and this Teatro dell’Opera di Roma production was acclaimed as ‘a presentation of Prokofiev’s masterpiece which sparkles in all its grotesque glory’ (operawire.com).
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    Le Tombeau

    de Claude Debussy

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    In December 1920, two years after Claude Debussy’s untimely death, the editors of the renowned Parisian musical magazine La Revue musicale published a special issue dedicated to the composer’s memory. At its heart was a joint memorial composition by prominent composers of the time. Each paid tribute to the late master in their own typical style while also reflecting on Debussy’s aesthetic, creating a kind of musical ‘time capsule’ of Paris in this unique historical period. From Dukas’ final piano work to Stravinsky’s monumental chorale, this is the first complete recording – made for its centenary – of Le Tombeau with the related works that proceeded from it.
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    Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Fantasy

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    Franz Liszt had an overwhelming impact on the musical life of his time through revolutionary innovations in harmony, form and pianistic technique. Both Liszt and his brilliant musical heir Ferruccio Busoni regarded their compositions as living entities, always suitable for recycling and reshaping to create new works. This programme is an illustration of this practice, with Goran Filipec freely extending and varying the cadenzas in the Hungarian Fantasy, while Busoni enhances the emotional states of horror, grotesque comedy and sublime serenity in the Totentanz.
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    MR. MIBBLER

    THE LONG JOURNEY

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    ‘We wanted to play around and improvise,’ says Thom Hell, ‘capture spontaneity and whims, share them via Dropbox to see what inputs and reactions came back from the other two.’ Together with Vidar Ersfjord and Jørn Raknes, the three of them collectively known as the group Mr. Mibbler, he has come up with music that digs for gold in bits and pieces of musical driftwood, elusive thoughts and ideas, and immediate reactions to each other’s ideas. Weeks of sending pieces of music back and forth saw new melodies and harmonies coming together and forming a whole, an album. This is The Long Journey.

Recent Naxos Releases

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    Steve Reich: Eight Lines; City Life; Music for Two or More Pianos; Vermont Counterpoint; New York Counterpoint
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    Gioachino Rossinni: Matilde di Shabran (original Rome version)
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    Michael Haydn: Missa Sancti Nicolai Tolentini; Vesperae Pro Festo Sancti Innocentium; Anima Nostra
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    Franz Schubert: 30 Minuets with Trios; 8 Ländler; 5 Écossaises
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    Domenico Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 26
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    Giovanni Legrenzi: Compiete, Op. 7 - Prayers at the End of the Day
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    Víteszlav Novák: Orchestral Works Vol. 1 - South Bohemian Suite, Toman and the Wood Nymph
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    Ross Harris: Face; Symphony No. 6 'Last Letter'

New Opera Releases

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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore (1805 version)
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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore (1805 version)
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    Gaetano Donizetti: Pietro il Grande
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    Gaetano Donizetti: Pietro il Grande
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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio
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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio
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    John Gay's The Beggar's Opera
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    John Gay's The Beggar's Opera
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    Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste
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    Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste

New Ballet Releases

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    Romeo and Juliet Beyond Words
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    Romeo and Juliet Beyond Words
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    Sergey Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
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    Sergey Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
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    The Snow Queen - Scottish Ballet
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    The Snow Queen - Scottish Ballet
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    Cathy Marston; Philip Feeney: The Cellist; Jerome Robbins; Frédéric Chopin: Dances at a Gathering
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    Cathy Marston; Philip Feeney: The Cellist; Jerome Robbins; Frédéric Chopin: Dances at a Gathering
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