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Edvard Grieg’s Three Violin Sonatas, Henning Kraggerud’s recordings for Naxos

Posted on 31 May 2013 by admin

Norwegian composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, but the three Violin Sonatas are a relatively unfamiliar part of his output. Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud (born 1973) has established himself as one of Scandinavia’s most outstanding international soloists. His recordings for Naxos include Grieg’s Violin Sonatas and Norwegian Favorites for violin and orchestra. A recipient of Norway’s prestigious Grieg Prize, Bergen International Festival has appointed him its Artist-Residence.

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Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s largely unknown Complete Works for Violin & Piano

Posted on 26 May 2013 by admin

Giorgio Federico Ghedini (11 July 1892 – 25 March 1965) was an Italian composer, he is now increasingly recognized as one of the finest Italian composers of the 20th century. 19th Century music in Italy was dominated by Opera and by the great composers such as Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. But at the end of the Century, a new generation of young composers tried to reignite old traditions of composing instrumental music of a noble, traditionalist character. These composers are referred to as the “Eighties Generation” and include, amongst others, Respighi, Busoni, Pizzetti, and Malipiero. Giorgio Federico Ghedini, who was a little younger (born in 1892), undertook the same direction although he also attempted writing Opera, and successfully so. His early works were characterized by a learned eclecticism, nourished by a rigorous study of other periods’ works, and by his unappeasable curiosity.

Now the first complete recording of Giorgio Federico Ghedini’s works for violin and piano have been made on Naxos! These wonderful compositions—largely unknown—were written from 1918 to 1934.

Ghedini’s oeuvre for violin and piano works include a “young” A major Sonata (1918)—fresh and brilliant—, a more dramatic and Brahms-like E-flat major Sonata (1922) that ends with a strong Passacaglia, plus three amazing pieces: Two Poems (published in 1932) and the charming Bizzarria (1934).

This stunning programme was recorded by the Italian duo Bianchi- Bernecoli. Pianist and composer Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi has already recorded Ghedini’s complete piano works (Naxos 8.572329 and 8.572330) to great critical acclaim. Emy Bernecoli is a young virtuoso violinist making her recording debut with this album.

The sessions took place at Varallo Sesia’s Teatro Civico. With their usual scrupulous preparation the sessions went smoothly, and the project was completed in a few intense days. “The recording seems to capture a great spontaneity”, says the two artists. “We wish to thank our sound engineer Francesco Ciarfuglia and the impeccable piano tuner, Davide Lupattelli for their help and for our great moments together!” Bianchi adds: “We are also very grateful and proud to have the great piano brand Fazioli as a sponsor of our recording. All great music—and Ghedini is truly great—calls for a great instrument in order to reveal and express all the infinite colours and concealed meanings in the music. The Fazioli grand is absolutely an ideal instrument for this purpose! Finally, we also wish to thank Fondazione Bpn – Novara, and President Dr. Franco Zanetta, for their invaluable support.”

“This is a repertoire that we love to perform. We truly believe this recording will be a happy discovery for all true music fans everywhere, and also a step towards better knowledge of Italian music treasures” – the duo concludes.

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Naxos Classical Music for Easter New Releases

Posted on 26 April 2013 by admin

Easter is the culmination of the Passion of Christ, is a Christian festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The dramas of Easter have inspired composers from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, and their finest works are available from Naxos.  Hear Naxos especially prepared the selection of sacred choral music which expresses the solemnity of the Lenten season, the suffering of Jesus Christ during his last days,  and the miracle of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Go Naxos website for more details >>>

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Naxos 8.573078

Choral Music 

The Lost City

Sospiri, C. Watson

Naxos 8.572540
Choral Concert -TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. /

STANFORD, C.V. (Psalms and Motets for Reflection)
Choir of St. John’s, Elora

Naxos 8.573092
MOZART, W.A.: Missa brevis, K. 194 and 275 /
Regina coeli, K. 127

Naxos 8.573049
JACKSON, G.: Requiem / In all his works ….
Naxos 8.572987
Choral Concert – SCHUTZ, H. / POULENC, F. / …
Naxos 8.572840
Choral Music – Music from the Eton Choirbook
Tonus Peregrinus, Pitts

Naxos 8.572800
Percival’s Lament – Medieval Music and the Holy Grail

Naxos 8.578210
Sacred Music – TALLIS, T. / ALLEGRI, G. / .


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Promoted on Naxos, the American promoter of classical music, Deems Taylor

Posted on 12 April 2013 by admin

the American promoter of classical music, Deems Taylor

the American promoter of classical music, Deems Taylor

Joseph Deems Taylor (December 22, 1885 – July 3, 1966) was an American composer, music critic, and a promoter of classical music throughout his life. Taylor’s compositions were met with great initial enthusiasm. The opulent and sensual expressiveness in these composers’ works has long been obscured by more turbulent developments in music of the 20th century. One of Deems Taylor’s most successful compositions,Through the Looking Glass celebrates Alice inWonderland, each of its five sections corresponding to passages or episodes from this enchanting tale. Influenced by the German Romantics and French Impressionists, Charles Tomlinson Griffes’ rich harmonic palette and orchestral colors can be heard in the Poemwritten for flutist Georges Barrère, the landscapes of the Three Tone Pictures and poetry of The WhitePeacock, while Kubla Khan and the Bacchanale share exotic oriental inspiration.


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