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Sergio Gallo - Anton Rubinstein: Piano Music (2022)

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Sergio Gallo - Anton Rubinstein: Piano Music (2022)

Sergio Gallo - Anton Rubinstein: Piano Music (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:12:21 | 197 / 165 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Anton Rubinstein occupied an uneasy place in the history of Russian music, largely because of his Jewish origins and the perception of him as a "German in Russia". In recent years his solo piano music has begun to be re-evaluated. This album focuses on the series of works written in the mid-1850s and reveals music of charm and flair. The Three Pieces, Op. 16 are conventional in form but attractive, and the Two Pieces, Op. 28 contain a strongly contrasted Nocturne and Caprice. More ambitious, and intended to be performed in his concert repertoire as one of the greatest virtuosos of the age, are the Six Pieces, Op. 51.

Alina Wunderlin, Esther Valentin-Fieguth, Kieran Carrel, Konstantin Ingenpaß, Ulrich Eisenlohr - Brahms: Complete Songs Vol.2

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Alina Wunderlin, Esther Valentin-Fieguth, Kieran Carrel, Konstantin Ingenpaß, Ulrich Eisenlohr - Brahms: Complete Songs Vol.2

Alina Wunderlin, Esther Valentin-Fieguth, Kieran Carrel, Konstantin Ingenpaß, Ulrich Eisenlohr - Brahms: Complete Songs Vol.2 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:26:27 | 198 / 312 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Brahms was opposed to the Lied cultivated by the "New German" circle of composers around Franz Liszt who developed it into a highly artificial art form. In the books of the 49 Deutsche Volkslieder Brahms discovered a repository of dialogue songs, narrative ballads, laments, and songs of disputation and love, some tragic, others comic, that appealed to his need for authenticity. The book from which he sourced the songs had a printed text and melody, so Brahms’ artistic contribution lay in his richly varied piano accompaniments which subtly comment, heighten, inflect or expand on the texts.

Royal Danish Orchestra, Fredrik Bjellsäter, Kari Dahl Nielsen, Hanne Fischer - Sibelius: The Tempest, Op. 109 (2022)

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Royal Danish Orchestra, Fredrik Bjellsäter, Kari Dahl Nielsen, Hanne Fischer - Sibelius: The Tempest, Op. 109 (2022)

Royal Danish Orchestra, Fredrik Bjellsäter, Kari Dahl Nielsen, Hanne Fischer - Sibelius: The Tempest, Op. 109 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:04:51 | 289 / 150 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Symphonic in scale and ambition, the incidental music to Shakespeare’s play The Tempest was among the last orchestral works Sibelius composed before entering the mysterious "silence of Järvenpää" that lasted until his death. Commissioned by leading Danish theatre producer Johannes Poulsen in 1925, the wide expressive demands of the play saw Sibelius calling on large musical forces. From the terrifying tone picture of the opening shipwreck via ethereal songs, boisterous character portraits and remarkable evocations of nature, Sibelius took full advantage of being set free to convert the themes of Shakespeare’s magical world into his own unique sound.

Uwe Grodd & Pettman Ensemble - Beethoven: Grand Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2022)

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Uwe Grodd & Pettman Ensemble - Beethoven: Grand Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2022)

Uwe Grodd & Pettman Ensemble - Beethoven: Grand Symphonies, Vol. 2 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:14:34 | 170 / 289 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Unless one lived in a major European centre with an orchestra, the opportunity to hear large-scale works by the great composers of the age was well-nigh impossible. The insatiable demand for new chamber versions of famed orchestral works saw Hummel arranging Beethoven’s Symphonies nos. 2 and 6 ‘Pastoral’ not long after the great composer’s death. Hummel approached his task with great care, bringing a fresh perspective to the works in his sensitive and compelling chamber music configurations. Hummel’s arrangements of Symphonies nos. 1 and 3 ‘Eroica’ can be heard on 8574039.

Yue Yu, Anthony Hewitt, Jeffrey Armstrong - Bowen, Britten & I. Holst: Chamber Music (2022)

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Yue Yu, Anthony Hewitt, Jeffrey Armstrong - Bowen, Britten & I. Holst: Chamber Music (2022)

Yue Yu, Anthony Hewitt, Jeffrey Armstrong - Bowen, Britten & I. Holst: Chamber Music (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:15:24 | 313 / 173 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

An accomplished horn and viola player, York Bowen is said to have preferred the tone of the viola to the violin. Inspired by the virtuosity and vibrato style of the distinguished violist, Lionel Tertis, Bowen wrote several works for him and became his accompanist. Bowen’s subtle shifts of key and heartfelt melodies are well in evidence here, including the powerful and poised Rhapsody, op.149, considered to be one of his most important works. Gustav Holst’s daughter Imogen is represented here by the open-air freshness of her Four Easy Pieces and the terse, laconic narrative of her Duo for Viola and Piano. Britten’s spiky Waltz is full of 1930s wit.A rising star in the music world of her native China and beyond, violist Yue Yu was awarded the Sonata Prize at the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition in 2017, She later became the winner of 2019 Stockport International Young Musicians Competition (for all instruments), and at the 2021 Salzburg Paul Hindemith Viola Concorso. This album is her Naxos debut.

Peter Breiner - Dvorak: Greatest Melodies (Arr. P. Breiner for Piano) (2022)

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Peter Breiner - Dvorak: Greatest Melodies (Arr. P. Breiner for Piano) (2022)

Peter Breiner - Dvorak: Greatest Melodies (Arr. P. Breiner for Piano) (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:21:02 | 185 / 210 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Antonín Dvořák’s gift for melody was apparent as soon as he began writing music, and this naturally tuneful inspiration has long captured the imagination of arrangers. An expert in arranging for both orchestra and piano, Peter Breiner has selected thirty-three melodies in simple yet revealing piano reductions that give the listener an opportunity to journey with Dvořák through his career in Prague and ultimately overseas to America. This carefully curated programme also brings moods ranging from rustic celebration to nostalgic melancholy, and from traditional Czech dumka dances to the famous "Song to the Moon", Dvořák’s most prized operatic aria.

Christoph Poppen, Kolner Kammerorchester, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln - Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 2 (2022)

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Christoph Poppen, Kolner Kammerorchester, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln - Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 2 (2022)

Christoph Poppen, Kolner Kammerorchester, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln - Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 2 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:09:27 | 282 / 158 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

This second album of Mozart’s complete Masses pairs one work of exceptional dimensions and ambition with a miniature example. The "Great" Mass in C minor is one of Mozart’s most spectacular and cast on such a scale that it embraces every human and spiritual emotion, reconciling the Salzburg tradition with that of Italian opera. The Mass was left incomplete by Mozart – it is heard here in a performing version made by the German musicologist and Mozart specialist Franz Beyer. By comparison the Missa brevis in C major exudes a spirit of festive concision.

Anna Scheps - Classic Meets Movie: Shaken Not Stirred (2022)

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Anna Scheps - Classic Meets Movie: Shaken Not Stirred (2022)

Anna Scheps - Classic Meets Movie: Shaken Not Stirred (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:31:49 | 292 / 210 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

From the late Romanticism of the music from Pearl Harbor to the delicacy and refinement of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Anna Scheps brings the full resources of the piano to bear on some of the most beautiful and rousing film scores of the last half century. Her arrangements for piano exude eloquent virtuosity and Lisztian rhapsodic lyricism as well as razor-sharp dynamism in the case of Mission: Impossible. She also includes the evocative sound world of Isaac Albéniz and the sparkling elegance of Scarlatti Sonatas to create an album of ambitious bravura and poetry.

The Edison Singers - The First Nowell- Christmas Carols Through the Ages (2022)

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The Edison Singers - The First Nowell- Christmas Carols Through the Ages (2022)

The Edison Singers - The First Nowell- Christmas Carols Through the Ages (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:00:02 | 218 / 137 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

The Christmas carol has its origins in the Middle Ages but it has since embraced a wide variety of musical backgrounds. In this album, religious sentiment is set in many different contexts – from the mystery plays to an African American spiritual, from its origins in Gregorian Chant and 16th-century secular dance to traditional examples rooted in poetry. Some of the most famous and beautiful examples are heard alongside energising contemporary carols to present a tapestry of the genre across the centuries.

Maria Kliegel - Maria Kliegel: Anniversary Edition (2022)

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Maria Kliegel - Maria Kliegel: Anniversary Edition (2022)

Maria Kliegel - Maria Kliegel: Anniversary Edition (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 3:56:33 | 911 / 537 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Maria Kliegel celebrates her 70th birthday in 2022 and this collection brings together some of her most outstanding recordings, personally selected by Kliegel from her vast Naxos discography. Known as "La Cellissima", Maria Kliegel’s playing is characterised by a warmth, sensitivity and refinement that complements everything she performs. Combining the best from her teachers János Starker and Mstislav Rostropovich, and working alongside excellent orchestras and pianists, Kliegel’s inspirational joie de vivre radiates from all of these performances. This collection is a major celebration of Maria Kliegel’s fluent virtuosity and irreplaceable musicianship.

Orkest Den Haag, Jun Markl - Saint-Saëns: Dances & Ballet Music Residentie (2022)

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Orkest Den Haag, Jun Markl - Saint-Saëns: Dances & Ballet Music Residentie (2022)

Orkest Den Haag, Jun Markl - Saint-Saëns: Dances & Ballet Music Residentie (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:18:09 | 330 / 180 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

This album presents a selection of Saint-Saëns’ incidental music and music from his operas. From Samson et Dalila – the only one of Saint-Saëns’ operas to remain in the repertory – we hear two memorable and adrenalin-fuelled dances including the famous Bacchanale. Henry VIII drew from the composer music of regal solemnity with plenty of colourful scoring, praised by Gounod. The lukewarm reception to Étienne Marcel came as a bitter disappointment to Saint-Saëns but the customary ballet includes a strong element of delightful 14th-century pastiche. The incidental music to the play Parysatis received tumultuous acclaim at its premiere in 1902 and includes the delightful Airs de ballet flecked by the use of crotales (antique finger-cymbals).

RTE Sinfonietta, Anthony Hedges - Hedges: Kingston Sketches, Op. 36, 4 Breton Sketches, Op. 79 & Other Orchestral Works (2022)

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RTE Sinfonietta, Anthony Hedges - Hedges: Kingston Sketches, Op. 36, 4 Breton Sketches, Op. 79 & Other Orchestral Works (2022)

RTE Sinfonietta, Anthony Hedges - Hedges: Kingston Sketches, Op. 36, 4 Breton Sketches, Op. 79 & Other Orchestral Works (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 1:00:58 | 221 / 139 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Anthony Hedges was a popular and versatile composer with some 300 broadcasts to his name in Britain and abroad. He wrote prolifically in a variety of genres, often in response to commissions, from music for massed children’s choirs and youth orchestras to operas and chamber music. His scenic imagination and atmospheric tone pictures are full of warmth and colour, such as can be found in the Four Breton Sketches and Scenes from the Humber, which captures the spirit of the city of Hull, where he spent many years teaching. The delightful Heigham Sound shows his vivacity and compositional élan.

Nicholas Kitchen, New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble - Agocs, Harrison & Rodríguez: Works for Violin (2022)

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Nicholas Kitchen, New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble - Agocs, Harrison & Rodríguez: Works for Violin (2022)

Nicholas Kitchen, New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble - Agocs, Harrison & Rodríguez: Works for Violin (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless +Booklet | 1:01:36 | 299 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

The unique instrumentation of the three works in this album was pioneered by the innovative Lou Harrison, whose 1959 Violin Concerto encapsulates his culturally wide-ranging aesthetic. More conventional instruments work alongside calibrated extras such as wash tubs and flowerpots in a work of colour, languorous elegance and kinetic energy. The companion works were composed in its honour: Robert Xavier Rodríguez’s Xochiquetzal evokes the ancient Mayan world in imaginary folk music to form a synthesis of time periods and cultures, while the economical serenity of Kati Agócs’s Concerto also includes bitonal effects and zesty syncopation.

Guitarra a Seis - Works for Guitar Sextet (2022)

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Guitarra a Seis - Works for Guitar Sextet (2022)

Guitarra a Seis - Works for Guitar Sextet (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless | 1:13:21 | 303 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

With specially made instruments and a range that can emulate that of a whole orchestra, the acclaimed Guitarra a Seis bring us a colourful programme that includes works written specially for the ensemble. Opening with a real feast for the ears in Bach’s lively Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, we further encounter the magical moods of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye, a blend of Bulgarian folk and modern music from Atanas Ourkouzounov, Tobias Krebs’ jazz-infused Suite Panamericana, and Sérgio Assad’s humorous Juan Sebastian’s Bar, which alludes to Bach and Beethoven but is Brazilian through and through.

Spirito, Orchestre National de Lyon & Leonard Slatkin - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, M. 57 (2022)

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Spirito, Orchestre National de Lyon & Leonard Slatkin - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, M. 57 (2022)

Spirito, Orchestre National de Lyon & Leonard Slatkin - Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe, M. 57 (2022)
FLAC (tracks), Lossless / MP3 320 kbps | 58:11 | 132 / 218 Mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Naxos

Composed for Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Ravel’s ‘symphonie chorégraphique’ Daphnis et Chloé is based on a classical Greco-Roman love story set on the island of Lesbos.