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    25 years This Month's Other Highlights New oN NAxOs The world's Leading Classical Music Label MARCH 2012 Also Available on Blu-ray Audio © 2012 Naxos Rights International Limited ∙ Contact Us: Customer.Service@naxos.com www.naxos.com ∙ www.classicsonline.com ∙ www.naxosmusiclibrary.com Order Date: March 1, 2012 Street Date: March 27, 2012

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    8572348 US SRP: $9.99 Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b 1934) Symphony No 1 * Mavis in Las Vegas BBC Philharmonic * Peter Maxwell Davies Playing Time: 68:03 Peter Maxwell Davies's visionary music has gained him a knighthood, the prestigious position of Master of the Queen's Music and a leading position among the foremost composers of our time. The two works on this disc, authoritatively conducted by the composer, show two sides of his remarkable musical imagination. The First Symphony is permeated by the presence of the sea and the haunting landscape of his home in the Orkney Islands, while the vibrant theme and variations Mavis in Las Vegas is an exuberant 'tribute' to the glitzy gambling capital of the world, in all its hyper-reality. Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music. His substantial chamber and instrumental catalogue includes the landmark cycle of ten string quartets, the Naxos Quartets, described in the Financial Times as 'one of the most impressive musical statements of our time'. Companion Titles 8557396 8557397 8557398 8 10 8557399 8557400 RECORDING OF THE MONTH GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE New ON NAxOs | STReeT DATe: MARCh 27, 2012 2 8572441 US SRP: $9.99 Peter MAXWELL DAVIES (b 1934) Symphony No 1 * Mavis in Las Vegas BBC Philharmonic * Peter Maxwell Davies Playing Time: 76:45 Peter Maxwell Davies's visionary music has gained him a knighthood, the prestigious position of Master of the Queen's Music and a leading position among the foremost composers of our time. The two works on this disc, authoritatively conducted by the composer, show two sides of his remarkable musical imagination. The First Symphony is permeated by the presence of the sea and the haunting landscape of his home in the Orkney Islands, while the vibrant theme and variations Mavis in Las Vegas is an exuberant 'tribute' to the glitzy gambling capital of the world, in all its hyper-reality. Sales Points * The only other recording of the Symphony is Simon Rattle's made back in 1978 and coupled with Taverner, conducted by Maxwell Davies on Universal - but this is now a very old disc. Maxwell Davies has already recorded Mavis in Las Vegas for Collins Classics, but this was coupled with smaller and more popular pieces. This Naxos disc is conducted by the composer himself in authoritative fashion. Universally acknowledged as one of the foremost composers of our time, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies has made a significant contribution to musical history through his wide-ranging and prolific output. He lives in the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland, where he writes most of his music. His substantial chamber and instrumental catalogue includes the landmark cycle of ten string quartets, the Naxos Quartets, described in the Financial Times as 'one of the most impressive musical statements of our time'. Companion Titles © John Batten © Doug Houghton

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    8570893 US SRP: $9.99 Pablo SARASATE (1844-1908) Music for Violin and Piano, Vol 3 Tianwa Yang, violin * Markus Hadulla, piano Playing Time: 78:55 Repertoire * Boléro, Op 30 * Zortzico d'Iparraguirre, Op 39 * Sérénade andalouse, Op 10 * Adiós montañas mias - Danse espagnole, Op 37 * Le Sommeil, Op 11 * Rêverie, Op 4 * Introduction et fandango, Op 40 * Fantaisie-Caprice * Prière et berceuse, Op 17 * Confidences - Romance sans paroles, Op 7 * Caprice sur Mireille de Gounod, Op 6 * Airs écossais, Op 34 * Los pájaros de Chile * Les Adieux, Op 9 Tianwa Yang's admired and revelatory Sarasate series continues with a volume of captivatingly melodic compositions. Given Sarasate's prodigious status in the violin pantheon, technical demands on the performer are often - but not universally - constant. But so too is his unfailing gift for lyricism, whether in the elegant Boléro, the balletic Sérénade andalouse or the arialike Rêverie. The dazzling bowing difficulties in the Fantaisie-Caprice are thrilling, and so are the bird call harmonics of Los pájaros de Chile, written during a South American tour and only very recently published. In concert and recital Tianwa Yang is winning unprecedented international reviews as she takes the stage as one of the most impressive young violinists of today. International symphonic débuts have taken her to the United States, Europe, Singapore, Taiwan and China. In recital she has performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Companion Titles 8557767 8570192 8572216 8572275 New ON NAxOs | STReeT DATe: MARCh 27, 2012 3 570893bk SarasateVP3:57 Photo: Friedrun Reinhold Photo: Myriam Mersy to Los pájaros owes a great debt to S violin writing, with its myriad of effects, is brilliantly evocative. Com of Sarasate's Los pájaros to other wo and the listener comes away with ad the composer. © Myriam Mersy Markus Hadulla © Friedrun Reinhold

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    f t , t r f e t n g s n , t e g r © Paul Cliff Clark Rundell Clark Rundell © Paul Cliff Mark Heron Clark Rundell Mark Heron 8572747 * 1 CD US SRP: $9.99 William ALWYN (1905-85) * Film Music Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra Clark Rundell* * Mark Heron † Playing Time: 69:46 Repertoire * The Crimson Pirate - Overture† * The History of Mr Polly - Suite* * The Way Ahead - March* * State Secret - Suite* * The Million Pound Note - Waltz† * Swiss Family Robinson - Suite† * The True Glory - March† * Geordie - Suite* * In Search of the Castaways - Suite† * Desert Victory - Suite† Photo: Paul Cliff Clark Rundell is currently Director of Contemporary Music at the Royal RNCM Northern wind College Orchestra of Music in Manchester. He studied at Northwestern University, Chicago, studying conducting with John Paynter and trombone with Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He regularly All arrangements by Martin Ellerby conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the contemporary group, Ensemble 10:10. William Alwyn was a consummate film composer, as capable of creating powerful marches as he was atmospheric waltzes. In these exciting arrangements by Martin Ellerby for wind band, the full variety of Alwyn's inspiration can be appreciated. There is the romantic allure of the overture to The Crimson Pirate, the compact, brilliant characterisation of The History of Mr Polly and the suite from Geordie, with its seductive use Photo: of Paul familiar Cliff Scottish melodies. The scores for The Way Ahead and Desert Victory convey action with superb and stirring effectiveness. © Paul Cliff Mark Heron New ON NAxOs | STReeT DATe: MARCh 27, 2012 Photo: Paul Cliff Photo: Paul Cliff Clark Rundell is currently Director of Contemporar Northern College of Music in Manchester. He stu University, Chicago, studying conducting with John P with Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Or conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra group, Ensemble 10:10. The RNCM Wind Orchestra is one of several large scale ensembles that make up the wide diversity of music making at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, one of the world's leading music conservatoires. Clark Rundell is currently Director of Contemporary Music at the RNCM, whereas Mark Heron is now a member of the staff conducting faculty. Mark Heron studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is now a member of the staff conducting faculty. He is the Music Director of the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and the Manchester University Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and several orchestras overseas. 4 W Royal No Mark Heron studied at the Royal Scot and Drama and the Royal Northern C he is now a member of the staff condu Music Director of the Liverpool Moza Manchester University Symphony Or worked with the London Symphony O orchestras overseas.

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    New ON NAxOs New | ON STReeT NAxOs DATe: | MARCh FeBRUARY 27, 2012 Also Available on Blu-ray Audio NBD0027 5 8572818-19 2 CDs US SRP: $19.99 Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901) Complete Ballet Music from the Operas Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra * José Serebrier Playing Time: 1:55:24 Repertoire * Ballet Music from Otello, Macbeth, Jérusalem, Don Carlo, Aida, Il trovatore and I vespri siciliani This unique programme is the first time that all the ballet music from Verdi's operas has been brought together in a single recording. Although The Four Seasons from I vespri siciliani (The Sicilian Vespers) and the ballet scenes from Aida and Otello have survived, substantial pieces from Il trovatore and Don Carlo are more often cut, while the ballet from Jérusalem is all but unknown. José Serebrier's recordings with the Bournemouth Symphony have resulted in some great successes with unusual repertoire. This release will be of interest both to opera enthusiasts and to those eager to explore Verdi's neglected and relatively small body of concert music. GRAMMY ® -winner conductor and composer José Serebrier is one of today's most recorded classical artists. He has received 39 GRAMMY ® nominations in recent years. His First Symphony (8.559648) was premièred by Leopold Stokowski (who premièred several of his works) when Serebrier was 17, as a last-minute replacement for the then still unplayable Ives Fourth Symphony. Companion Titles 8660011-12 8660023-24 8660096-98 8660259-60

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    8572700-02 3 CDs US SRP: $29.99 8572733 US SRP: $9.99 New oN Naxos | STREET DATE: MARCH 27, 2012 Playing Time: 2:51:54 Playing Time: 69:23 George Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Theodora, HWV 68 (Oratorio) Wieland * Schmid * Vitzthum * Schoch * Mertens Junge Kantorei * Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra * Joachim Carlos Martini Set in a time of ancient Rome's persecution of the Christians, Handel's late masterpiece Theodora tells of the tragic martyrdom of the heroine and her lover Didymus. The challenging nature of the libretto with its religious conflict, cruelty, self-sacrifice and brothel scene was discomforting for contemporary audiences, and despite Handel's magnificent music the oratorio was his least successful. This is part of a series of Handel oratorios from Martini and Junge Kantorei. Joachim Carlos Martini 6 In 1968, with Fritz Eitel, the youth pastor of the Evangelical Church of Hesse and Nassau, Joachim Carlos Martini founded the Junge Kantorei, to the direction of which he has for some years chiefly devoted himself. At the same time he conducts the Frankfurt Baroque Orchestra, established together with friends. Both organizations have concentrated attention on the oratorios of Handel, with comprehensive performances of this repertoire. Companion Titles HANDEL Hercules (A Musical Drama) 8557960-62 HANDEL Tobit (Oratorio in Three Parts) 8570113-14 HANDEL Semele (Secular Oratorio) 8570431-33 HANDEL Alexander's Feast or The Power of Musick 8572224 Jonathan DOVE (b 1959) * The Passing of the Year Christopher Cromar, piano* * Convivium Singers * Neil Ferris Repertoire * The Passing of the Year* * In beauty may I walk * My love is mine * Who killed Cock Robin? * It sounded as if the streets were running * I am the day * Wellcome, all Wonders in one sight! * The Three Kings Jonathan Dove is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music, and his writing for choral forces is charged with intensity and beauty. The Passing of the Year is dedicated to the memory of his mother and sets seven texts with moving directness and a beguiling sense of the seasons' passing. It sounded as if the streets were running also celebrates nature, his setting of the storm imagery in Emily Dickinson's poetry rich in surging climaxes. Vivid characterisation, this time of animals, suffuses Who killed Cock Robin? which, like all Dove's music, is hugely approachable, varied and exciting. Established in July 2009 by Adrian Green and Alexander Norman, Convivium Singers are a group of musicians who perform a wide variety of vocal and choral music. It currently comprises singers from many established choirs and specialises in undiscovered or little-known British music, and in the music of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Companion Titles Judith BINGHAM The Secret Garden 8570346 James MACMILLAN Seven Last Words from the Cross 8570719 James WHITBOURN Living Voices 8572737 Francis POTT In the Heart of Things 8572739

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    8660288-90 3 CDs US SRP: $29.99 8572574 US SRP: $9.99 New oN Naxos | STREET DATE: MARCH 27, 2012 Playing Time: 3:00:36 World Première Recordings Playing Time: 78:22 Nikolay Andreyevich RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (1844-1908) The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh Mikhail Kazakov * Vitaly Panfilov * Tatiana Monogarova Mikhail Gubsky * Alexander Naumenko Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari * Alexander Vedernikov The Invisible City of Kitezh, completed in 1905, is a remarkable opera that fuses folklore, mysticism and realism. Its subject is the story of the advancing Mongol army's entry to Great Kitezh and the city's subsequent miraculous survival. Rejecting archaisms and the more religiously inclined suggestions of his librettist, Rimsky- Korsakov sought to create an opera that "is contemporary and even fairly advanced". It is therefore through-composed, hinting at times at Wagnerian procedure, and flooded with the composer's rich, apt and brilliant orchestral palette, fully supportive of the powerful vocal writing. From 2001 until 2009 Alexander Vedernikov was Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Bolshoy Theatre. Under his direction the orchestra of the Bolshoy toured extensively, including Athens, Hamburg and Paris in February 2008, and for a season of opera and ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Companion Titles MASSENET Werther 8660072-73 FALLA La vida breve 8660155 PUCCINI La rondine 8660253-54 VERDI Macbeth 8660259-60 Ross HARRIS (b 1945) * Symphonies Nos 2* and 3 Madeleine Pierard, soprano* Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra * Marko Letonja World Première Recordings Described as "often beautiful and sometimes frightening" (NZ Listener), Ross Harris's Symphony No. 2 is a setting of poems on the subject of New Zealand soldiers shot for desertion in World War One. Writer Vincent O'Sullivan's deeply felt descriptions of violence, love and tragedy are reflected in a moving and dramatic score. Symphony No. 3 is inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall, and develops and transforms klezmerlike tunes as its basic material. These symphonies were composed for the Auckland Philharmonia, and both won the SOUNZ Contemporary Award. 7 From 2008 to 2010 Marko Letonja was Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Victoria in Melbourne, and from 2012 to 2014 will be Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Marko Letonja has been appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg from the 2012/13 season. Companion Titles LILBURN The Three Symphonies 8555862 LILBURN A Song of Islands 8557697 CRESSWELL The Voice Inside 8570824 McLEOD The Emperor and the Nightingale 8572671

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    8572509 US SRP: $9.99 8572860 US SRP: $9.99 New oN Naxos | STREET DATE: MARCH 27, 2012 World Première Recordings Playing Time: 72:53 Playing Time: 71:34 Tadeáš SALVA (1937-1995) Cello Concerto# * Three Arias† * Little Suite† Slovak Concerto Grosso No 3‡ * Eight Preludes* Eugen Prochác, cello Ján Slávik, cello* * Nora Skuta, piano† Juraj Čižmarovič, violin‡ * Bernadette Šuňavská, organ‡ Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra# * Marián Lejava# * World Première Recordings Tadeáš Salva was one of the foremost Slovakian composers of his generation. His studies equipped him with a thorough awareness of the new Polish School, and his temperament inclined him toward a synthesis between contemporary technique and the inspiration of folklore. The cello was his favourite instrument. The Concerto is vibrantly orchestrated, absorbingly contoured and shares something of Penderecki's aesthetic. The Slovak Concerto Grosso marries Stravinskian virtuosity with folk impressions, the Three Arias and Little Suite are touching, inspired miniatures whilst the unfinished Preludes illustrate Salva's richness of originality and imagination. As a student Eugen Prochác twice won the Slovak Conservatories competition. He won the Interpretation Competition of Slovakia (1983) and the international Premio Valentino Bucchi Competition (1990) in Rome. Concert tours have taken him to many European music centres, and also to Canada, Japan, Argentina, United Arab Emirates, Iran, and many other countries. Eugene GOOSSENS (1893-1962) Complete Music for Violin and Piano Robert Gibbs, violin * Gusztáv Fenyő, piano Repertoire * Violin Sonata No 1 in E minor, Op 21 * Lyric Poem, Op 35 * Old Chinese Folk-Song (from The Yang-tse-Kiang), Op 4 No 1 * Romance (from Act III of Don Juan de Mañara), Op 57 * Violin Sonata No 2, Op 50 A member of one of the most important English musical dynasties of the 19th and 20th centuries, Eugene Goossens trained as a violinist and composer but gained fame as a conductor. His Sonata No. 1 integrates a personal style with the influences of Debussy and Ravel, the improvisatory Lyric Poem being from the same period. Dedicated to Jascha Heifetz, the dramatic extremes of the Sonata No. 2 range from brooding melancholy to affirmative luminosity, sharing a "lyrical intensity" with the Romance. Robert Gibbs is a guest leader for the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Opera House, Nederlands Ballet and the New Queen's Hall orchestras. He often performs as soloist for ballet, including Vivaldi's The Four Seasons for Birmingham Royal Ballet, works by Kreisler, Massenet and Ravel for the Royal Ballet, and Stravinsky and Bach for New York City Ballet. Companion Titles HOWELLS Rhapsodie Quintet, Violin Sonata No 3 8557188 BAX Violin Sonatas Nos 1 and 3 8557540 DELIUS Violin Sonatas (Complete) 8572261 IRELAND Violin Sonatas Nos 1 and 2 8572497 8

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