Notes for April 2011
Number of items in this month's catalogue: 2
1. Price increases: Naxos of America have increased most of their distributed labels' prices across the board. Thus, you'll notice dollar increases in the price of Chandos and of Naxos itself and several labels such as Profil and Oehms Classics which were $16.98 will go up a dollar. Also: Albany Music Distributors have done basically the same thing across their own list of distributed labels. So, you'll see Albany, Alba, Danacord, etc. at $17.98 while several other labels which used to be $17.98 and $18.98 will also go up by a dollar. In some cases, this is the second price increase I've had during the past 4-5 years on a few labels but the first time I've increased my own retail price. Needless to say, these prices will remain lower than the standard retail prices charged by most of my competitors.
2. Orchestral repertoire: You've probably noticed a lack of quantity in this area over the last few months. Me too. But cpo has three good ones for the June catalogue and there are seven new Dutton Epochs - also likely for June. Chandos begins their Rufinatscha symphony cycle next month. So it appears that there's nothing to worry about yet - just a statistical blip in the release schedules. So hang in there! Goodies are coming!
April 2011 Catalogue
Constantin Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraGEORGE ENESCU (1881-1955): Symphony No. 1 in E Flat, Op. 13 (Nov. 25, 1966), Orchestral Suites Nos. 1 in C, Op. 9 (Dec. 6, 1963) & 2 in C, Op. 20 (Feb. 27, 1966), CONSTANTIN SILVESTRI (1913-1969): 3 Pieces for Strings, Op. 4/2 (Aug. 16, 1967), WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791): Symphony No. 29 (Nov. 10, 1965), Overture to The Magic Flute (June 2, 1965), SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953): Symphony No. 1 "Classical" (March 18, 1963), ANTONÍN DVORÁK (1841-1904): Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 3-5 (Feb. 27, 1966).
Donaueschinger Musiktage 2008ISABEL MUNDRY (b.1963): Ich und Du for Piano and Orchestra (Thomas Larcher [piano], Pierre Boulez [conductor]), ENNO POPPE (b.1969): Altbau for Orchestra (Boulez [conductor]), BRICE PAUSET (b.1965): Die Tänzerin (Symphonie V) for Large Orchestra, BEN JOHNSTON (b.1926): Quintet for Groups (SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden und Freiburg [all preceding works]; Sylvain Cambreling [Pauset and Johnston), ARNULF HERRMANN (b.1968): Fiktive Tänze for 17 Musicians, SAED HADDAD (b.1972): The Sublime for Ensemble (both Ensemble Modern; Frank Ollu), EDUARDO MOGUILLANSKY (b.1977): Cire Perdue for Large Ensemble, GEORGES APERGHIS (b.1945): Teeter-totter for Ensemble, BERNHARD GANDER (b.1969): Beine und Strümpfe for Ensemble (all Klangforum Wien; Emilio Pomárico), BRIAN FERNEYHOUGH (b.1943): Chronos-Aion for Ensemble (Ensemble Modern; Ollu), DROR FEILER (b.1951): Müll for Amplified Chamber Orchestra, 2 Singers and Live Electronics (Meira Asher, Martin Winkler [voices], Dror Feiler [laptop and live electronics], Klangforum Wien; Rolf Gupta).
Donaueschinger Musiktage 2009 - Vol. 1SALVATORE SCIARRINO (b.1947): Libro notturno delle voci for Flute and Orchestra (Mario Caroli [flute]), BEAT FURRER (b.1954): Apon for Orchestra and Speaking Voice (Helmut Vogel [speaker]), JIMMY LÓPEZ (b.1978): Incubus III for Clarinet, Percussion and Live Electronics (Carl Rosman [clarinet], Dirk Rothburst [percussion], Soloists of musikFabrik, Experimental Studio of SWR).
Earle Brown Contemporary Sound Series, Vol. 5ALVIN LUCIER (b.1931): Vespers, ROBERT ASHLEY (b.1930): Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon, DAVID BEHRMAN (b.1937): Runthrough, GORDON MUMMA (b.1935): Hornpipe, Electronic experimentation from a 1972 LP: Lucier's piece is described as "Acoustic orentation by means of echolocation, for players with hand-held echolocation devices"; Ashley's an excerpt from Wolfman Motorcity Revue ("Electronic Music Theater") with three singers (Mary Ashley, Barbara Lloyd and Mary Lucier) and speaker (Cynthia Liddell); Behrman's was "Made for the Sonic Arts Union, used homemade synth modules and photocell mixers to distrubute sound around a four-channel loudspeaker system" and Mumma plays French horn in his "Electronic music for a cybersonic French horn". Original liner notes by the composers. CHARLES IVES (1874-1954): Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord, mass., 1840-1860". Aloys Kontarsky (piano), Theo Plümacher (viola), Willy Schwegler (flute). 1962 LP release - only 23 years after the piece was first performed. With the original liner notes (by Hans G. Helms) which run to almost 8 pages and which are a fascinating historical document in their own right. FRANCO EVANGELISTI (1926-1980): Proporzioni for Solo Flute, NICCOLÒ CASTIGLIONI (1932-1996): Gymel for Flute and Piano, LUCIANO BERIO (1925-2003): Sequenza I for Solo Flute, OLIVIER MESSIAEN (1908-1992): Le merle noir for Flute and Piano, YORTSUNE MATSUDAIRA (1907-2001): Somaksah for Solo Flute, BRUNO MADERNA (1920-1973): Honeyrêves for Flute and Piano. Severino Gazzelloni (flute), Aloys Kontarsky (piano). 1962 LP release. Original liner notes by David Behrman.