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    Johannes Brahms

    Complete Symphonies (3CD)

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    Brahms was 43 years old when, after a long period of maturation, his First Symphony was published. The conductor Felix Weingartner commented on it ‘taking hold like the claw of a lion’ and its urgency marked a new phase in Brahms’ musical development. The Second Symphony is traditionally seen as the pastoral element in the cycle, while the Third, with its melodic beauty, has the courage to end quietly, an act of astonishing serenity. The compelling Passacaglia finale of the Fourth Symphony represents a fitting summation to one of the greatest symphonic cycles in the classical canon. 2022 marks 25 years of close, innovative cooperation between Adam Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra. This has resulted in a number of releases, and gained international recognition.
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    Henry Vieuxtemps

    Fantasie in E major 'La Sentimentale'

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    Vieuxtemps transformed the technique and aesthetic of violin playing in the 19th century, and as a virtuoso exponent and composer he was considered a worthy successor to Paganini. His works for violin and orchestra illustrate two notable features – a liking for variation form and the fusion of emotional density with virtuosic flair. These can be heard in the impressive Variations on a Theme from Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and his Fantasie in E major ‘La Sentimentale’, one of his very greatest concert fantasies, where the music is influenced by bel canto. All of the works on this album were discovered after the composer’s death apart from the the unfinished Violin Concerto No. 8 – one of Vieuxtemps’ last compositions and dedicated to his most illustrious pupil, Eugène Ysaÿe.
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    Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari

    Suite Veneziana

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    Wolf-Ferrari is famous for his operatic works in which he invented a new idiom by transplanting 18th-century Venetian culture into the 20th century. But almost all of the composer’s orchestral music dates from his final years and occupies a different expressive realm. The Suite veneziana resonates with melancholy, and the Triptychon is a contemplative, passionate masterpiece of orchestration. Subtle use of counterpoint transforms the Divertimento into a playful exploration of themes, while Arabesken pays tribute to an old friend, the Venetian painter Ettore Tito (1859–1941). His own elegantly simple melody, known as ‘Tito’s theme’, is turned by Wolf-Ferrari into a sequence of sumptuous orchestral variations culminating in a powerful fugue.
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    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Golden Cockerel

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    Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’or) is based on a Pushkin folk tale, but the opera’s Orientalism, comedy and sultry elements go far beyond its original influence. The composer saw in the story of a Tsar, punished for his cowardice and despotism, an opportunity to employ satire to condemn Russia’s autocratic ruler, Nicholas II. This new production premiered in May 2021 and was staged by the Australian director, Barrie Kosky, a specialist in Russian opera. Critics hailed the ‘glorious’ singing of Dmitry Ulyanov and the ‘exquisite’ performance of Nina Minasyan calling the event ‘a triumphant evening for all concerned’ (Bachtrack.com).
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    Edward German

    British Light Music, Vol. 10

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    Acknowledged by Sir Arthur Sullivan as his musical heir, Edward German enjoyed huge acclaim during his lifetime. His dances are ‘charged with the fragrant essence of the greenwood’ and the Overture to Nell Gwyn, with its richly English themes, explains Elgar’s liking for German’s music. The gloriously romanticized Gipsy Suite pays subtle homage to Dvorák; the dances from Henry VIII were responsible for his early celebrity; and Tom Jones (on 8.660270-71) and Merrie England were two of his greatest stage successes.
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    John Burge

    Sinfonia Antiqua

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    John Burge is a JUNO Award-winning composer and a passionate advocate for Canadian music who has a strong affinity with writing for string instruments. All of the works in this recording were commissioned and premiered by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Opening with the joyous and celebratory Sinfonia Antiqua, the mood shifts to an evocative and impressionistic atmosphere in Forgotten Dreams, while One Sail captures the compelling power of poetic imagery. The Upper Canada Fiddle Suite blends tradition and nostalgia with entirely original inventiveness, and concludes an album that perfectly represents Burge’s eloquent and deeply expressive compositional style.

Recent Naxos Releases

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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
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    César Guerra-Peixe: Symphonic Suites Nos. 1 and 2; Roda de Amigos
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    Robert Farnon: The Westminster Waltz; Colditz March; State Occasion; A Star is Born - British Light Music, Vol. 9
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    Antonio Soler: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 96 - 98
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    Peter Boyer: Balance of Power (Orchestral Works)
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    Sigismond Thalberg: Les Soirées de Pausilippe - Hommage à Rossini: 24 Pensées musicales
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    Evocations - Contemporary Organ Music
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    William McClelland: Where the Shadow Glides - Songs, Solo Piano and Choral Works

Female Composer Spotlight

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    Florence Beatrice Price: Symphony No. 3 in C minor; The Mississippi River; Ethiopia's Shadow in America
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    Margaret Brouwer: Reactions - Songs and Chamber Music
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    Three Centuries Of Female Composers
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    Emilie Mayer: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 3
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    Dora Pejacevic: Piano Concerto, Op. 33; Symphony in F sharp minor, Op. 41
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    Germaine Tailleferre: Her Piano Works, Revived (Vol. 1)
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    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Heart & Hereafter
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    Ayo Bankole; J.H. Kwabena Nketia; Christian Onyeji; Fred Onovwerosuoke; David Earl; Nabil Benabdeljalil; Akin Euba: African Pianism
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    Eleanor Alberga: Violin Concertos Nos.1 & 2; The Soul's Expression for baritone and string orchestra
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    Florence Price: Piano Music
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    Susan Spain-Dunk; Ruth Gipps: Music for violin and piano
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    Missing Link: Emilie Mayer
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    Amy Beach: Complete Works for Piano Duo
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    Ethel Smyth; Susan Spain-Dunk; Constance Warren; Ruth Gipps: British Music for Strings, Vol. 3
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    Maddalena Laura Lombardini Sirmen: Six String Quartets op. 3, 1-6
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    Magma: Works by Dorothee Eberhardt
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    Jane Antonia Cornish: Sierra
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    Maria Bach: "Wolga-Quintet"; Cello Sonata; Suite for Cello Solo
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    Elisabeth Lutyens: Organ Music
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    Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Aerial
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    Oliver Welter; Clara Frühstück: Winterreise

In the charts

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    Joseph Haydn: Complete Piano Trios, Vol.1; Johannes Fischer: one bar wonder
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    Maurice Ravel: Ma Mère l’Oye; Boléro; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Pavane pour une infante défunte; Alborada del gracioso
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    Aloys Schmitt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Rondeau brilliant (The Romantic Piano Concerto No. 84)
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    John Ireland: Orchestral Works
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    Reynaldo Hahn: Poèmes & Valses
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    Ralph Vaughan Williams; Lennox Berkeley; Peter Warlock: COLOURISE
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    William Bolcom: The Complete Rags
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    Emilie Mayer: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 3

Critically Acclaimed

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    Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria
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    Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos 1 & 2; Valse-Caprice ‘Wedding Cake’, Op. 76; Allegro appassionato, Op. 70; Rhapsodie d’Auvergne, Op. 73; Africa, Op. 89
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    Arnold Schoenberg: String Quartets1 & 3
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    Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 7; Pelléas et Mélisande; King Christian II
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    Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Nonet, Piano Trio, Piano Quintet
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    William Bolcom: The Complete Rags
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    Riccardo Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
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    Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio
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    Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1; Moments musicaux
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    An Old Belief
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    Metamorphosen - R. Strauss; Korngold; Schrecker
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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22, K. 482 & No.23, K. 488, Vol. 6
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    Marguerite Long - The Complete Fauré & d'Indy Recordings
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    Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1
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    Erik Satie: Piano Music, Vol. 5 - Ésoterik Satie
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    Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Four Hymns; The house of Life
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    Germaine Tailleferre: Her Piano Works, Revived (Vol. 1)
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    Elizabeth Maconchy & Ralph Vaughan Williams: Songs, Vol. 1
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    Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas D664; 769a; 894

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New Ballet Releases

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    Sergey Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
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    The Snow Queen - Scottish Ballet
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    Sergei Prokofiev: Cinderella
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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream - A Ballet by John Neumeier
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    Lowell Liebermann: Frankenstein

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