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Bax: 4 Orch Pcs; Va Phant; Ov, Elegy & Rondo; Dukes/Davis/BBC P [Chandos]
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The last release of English composer Sir Arnold Bax's (1883-1953) music to appear in these pages was of questionable interest (see 9 April 2014), but this new one from Chandos is definitely worth investigating. It includes the world premiere recording of his Four Orchestral Pieces (or Sketches), and a newly edited version of the Phantasy for Viola. We have Bax authority Graham Parlett (see the newsletter of 29 June 2010) to thank for... Continue
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Chihara: Yulan (cpte multi-media bal); Kryka/Chihara/BeijIntChief PO [Albany]
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American-born Paul Chihara (b. 1938) got his doctorate in music from Cornell University in 1965, and also studied with Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979, see 22 November 2010) in Paris, Ernst Pepping (1901-1981, see 16 June 2006) in Berlin, and Gunther Schuller (b. 1925, see 20 June 2013) at Tanglewood. Having received numerous prestigious commissions and awards, he's also served as composer-in-residence at a number of distinguished institutions. He's currently... Continue
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David, J.N.: Sym in a (1) & Sym 6; Wildner/Vien RSO [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
These symphonies by Austrian-born and trained Johann Nepomuk David (1895-1977) bear an astonishing stylistic resemblance to the music of Paul Hindemith (1895-1963), who recommended David as his successor at the Berlin University of the Arts when he left Germany in 1938. But being contemporaries who were even born the same year, it would be hard to say who might have influenced... Continue
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Foulds: Lento e… (vc & orch), St. Joan Ste, Puppet Bal Ste; 5 Short Orch Wks; Corp/BBCCon O [Dutton]
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There's good and bad news with this most recent release in Dutton's ongoing revival of English composer John Foulds' (1880-1939) music (see 9 April 2014). First the good! Except for the St. Joan Suite, the seven other selections here are world premiere recordings. We owe three of the latter to the editorial reconstruction efforts of renowned musicologist and Foulds authority Malcolm MacDonald, and they're accordingly marked "MM" after their... Continue
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Hatzis: "Departures" Fl Conc (stg orch), "Overscript" Fl Conc (chbr orch); Gallois/Myrat/ThesSt SO [Naxos]
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Naxos has given us some interesting releases in their Canadian Classics series (see 30 September 2012), and here's another. This has world premiere recordings of two flute concertos by Christos Hatzis (b. 1953).

Born in Greece, he received his early musical education there, and went on to complete it in the U.S. He then moved to Canada in 1982, where he's since become a Canadian citizen, and now... Continue
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Lloyd, G.: Serf Prel, In Memoriam, Le Pont..., HMS Trinidad... (w Bailey); Soloists/Thornton/Bath P [EM]
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After a seven year hiatus English composer George Lloyd (1913-1998, see 8 December 2007) makes a long overdue return to these pages on this new EM Records release. It also introduces us to music by his younger compatriot Judith Bailey (b. 1941). All these selections are scored for full orchestra and world premiere recordings.

Like Langgaard, George shunned modernism to write music with immediate emotional appeal. This is very apparent in his... Continue
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Massenet: Fant (vc & orch), Phèdre Ov, Roi… Ov, Scenes..., etc; N.Järvi/SwisRom O [Chandos (Hybrid)]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 SACD)
Last summer Neeme Järvi (b. 1937) and the legendary Orchestra of the Suisse Romande (OSR) gave us a wonderful box of bonbons by French composer Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894, see 31 July 2013). Now they turn their attention to his fellow countryman and contemporary Jules Massenet (1842-1912).

The eight selections on this new Chandos hybrid, CD(2)/SACD(2/5.0), release include a couple of old favorites, but the rest are... Continue
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Merikanto, A.: Sym 2 "War Symphony", Ekho; Komsi/Sakari/Turku PO [Alba (Hybrid)]
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Completing their survey of Finnish composer Aarre Merikanto's (1893-1958) symphonies (see 30 September 2012), Alba now gives us this new hybrid, CD(2)/SACD(2/5.1), release of his second that many may find the most impressive of the three. Coupled with his poem for soprano and large orchestra entitled Ekho, these are the only recordings of either currently available on CD.

A pupil of Max Reger (1873-1916, see 9 June 2009) in... Continue
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Paulus: Str Qt Conc, Org Conc, Veil of Tears (fm To Be Certain…); Laube/Guerrero/Nashv S [Naxos]
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With the death of Stephen Paulus (1949-2014) last month, America lost one of its most highly revered contemporary composers. Very prolific, we're lucky he left us with over 500 works of every description, including 55 orchestral pieces.

These include several concerti, two of which receive their world premiere recordings on this disc. Like the music of Charles Ives (1874-1954), you'll find references in them to... Continue
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Schmitt, F.: Petit elfe... (cpte bal), Introit… (vc & orch); Martin/Demarquette/Mercier/LorrNa O [Timpani]
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It's been almost five years since French composer Florent Schmitt last appeared in these pages (1870-1958, see 31 October 2009). However, his little known ballet and cello suite on this new Timpani release make it well worth the wait, particularly since they're the only recordings of them currently available on disc. Those liking Ravel's (1875-1937) L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Bewitched Child, 1920-5) won't want to be... Continue

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