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    FEBRUARY CD OF THE MONTH

    BEETHOVEN - RUINS OF ATHENS

    £7.99
    WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING OF VERSION WITH NARRATION
    Die Ruinen von Athen (‘The Ruins of Athens’) was composed to celebrate the opening of the
    new German theatre in Pest in 1812. Designed to accompany the play of that name by August
    von Kotzebue, its incidental music is substantial enough to form a kind of one-act Singspiel and
    is full of attractive arias, duets and choruses and includes the famous Turkish March. Though
    the work’s theme was rooted in Greek mythology, in reality it was explicitly political in nature, celebrating Pest as ‘the new Athens’. This is the first ever recording of the work with full narration.
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    Ludwig van BEETHOVEN

    Piano Pieces and Fragments

    £7.99
    Including premiere recordings, this programme provides us with a privileged opportunity to
    engage with 36 of Ludwig van Beethoven’s rarely heard sketches, variations and briefest of
    compositions, even the earliest of which have much to teach us about the emergence of his
    unique voice and style. The range of Beethoven’s musical experimentation reveals a lasting
    interest in counterpoint, as well as practical pages such as cadenzas for a Mozart concerto,
    an incomplete sonata and a second version of the famous bagatelle Für Elise. A significant supplement to his greatest works, these miniatures bring the full arc of Beethoven’s singular
    genius into ever clearer focus.
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    Louise FARRENC

    Symphony No.1

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    Louise Farrenc was renowned in her lifetime as a pianist, composer and teacher, but it is only
    recently that her compositions have emerged from many years of neglect. Symphony No. 1 in C
    minor – cast in the German tradition – is an exceptionally accomplished work, finely orchestrated, lyrical and fiery, and a substantial contribution to the canon. The Grand Variations on a Theme by Count Gallenberg is a showcase for virtuosic elegance, and the two overtures demonstrate real theatrical drama – Overture No. 2 was admired by no less a figure than Hector Berlioz.
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    Henryk Mikolaj GORECKI

    String Quartet No.3 ....'songs are sung'

    £7.99
    The Sonata for Two Violins is one of Henryk Górecki’s earliest acknowledged works – its contrasts, instrumental rivalries and sophisticated technique a worthy rounding-off of his formative period. The Third String Quartet with its evocative subtitle ‘… songs are sung’ represents a culmination of Górecki’s preoccupations with elaborate and emotive melodic shapes and closely intertwined harmonies, its final minutes recalling the beauty and poignancy of the composer’s Third
    Symphony (Naxos 8.550822). The First and Second String Quartets can be heard on Naxos
    8.573919, ‘a recording deserving of the very highest recommendation’ (Gramophone)
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    Gian Francesco MALIPIERO

    Symphony No.6

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    The unconventional structure of Gian Francesco Malipiero’s music takes us on a journey through
    unexpected, sometimes incredibly beautiful vistas. The Sixth Symphony is a rich and songful
    celebration of string sonorities and moods, while the heroic Ritrovari and evocative Serenata
    mattutina display Malipiero’s expertise in writing for unusual chamber ensembles. The Cinque studi,
    heard here in their premiere recording, demonstrate an astonishing range of contrasting moods – a kaleidoscopic sonic tour with no more than a small orchestra, which juxtaposes orchestral strings with a wind group of a single flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon and two horns, and a percussion group of cymbal, bass drum, tambourine, celesta and piano.
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    Nikos SKALKOTTAS

    The Neoclassical Skalkottas

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    Despite his tragically short life, Nikos Skalkottas has now become recognised as one of the most important Greek composers of the 20th century. The modernist style of his earlier period is balanced by the four important mature neoclassical works presented here. Both the Sinfonietta and the Classical Symphony are expressionsof the deep regard Skalkottas had for traditional forms blended with his unique musical language. Skalkottaswas a violinist with the Athens State Orchestra, who are honouring his memory with this and future recordings
    of his works.
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    Various Composers

    Two Lutes with Grace

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    Two Lutes with Grace features Plectrum Lute Duos
    of the late 15th Century which includes World Premiere Recordings. Composers featured - AGRICOLA • BEDYNGHAM
    DALZA • DES PREZ • FRYE
    GHISELIN • GHIZEGHEM
    ROELKIN • SPINACINO
    TINCTORIS

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