Smetana: Má Vlast: Vltava (Moldau)

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Xavier de Maistre: Moldau

Xavier de Maistre: Moldau

The Romantic Solo Album


Dvorak:

American Suite in A major, Op. 98a(b)

Glinka:

Nocturne in E flat major

Khachaturian:

Oriental dance

Toccata

Liadov:

A Musical Snuffbox, Op. 32

Liszt:

Deux Mélodies russes 'Arabesques', S250 (1842): Die Nachtigall

transcr. by Henriette Renié

Prokofiev:

Morning Serenade from Romeo and Juliet

Montagues And Capulets (from Romeo and Juliet)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

transcr. by Hans Trneček

Tchaikovsky:

The Nutcracker: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy

Walter-Kühne:

Fantaisie on Eugene Onegin, Op. 81


Xavier de Maistre talks to Presto's David Smith about Moldau here.

Xavier de Maistre is generally celebrated as the artist who has managed to liberate the harp from its reputation for wonderful and very soft sounds, and establish it as a solo instrument in the concert hall. His new album ‘Moldau: The Romantic Solo Album’ is a result from the classical world calling for an album of pieces for solo harp.

‘Moldau: The Romantic Solo Album’ contains some of the most beautiful and well-known pieces from Russia and Bohemia, including Xavier de Maistre's sought-after encore The Moldau from Má vlast and excerpts of the famous ballets by Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker) and Prokofiev (Romeo and Juliet).

“This was a natural choice of works since the Slav soul is a part of my musical world. In spite of – or precisely because of – the fact that opposites attract, Slav excess and effusiveness seem to be the very antithesis of the restraint and Cartesian ideals of my French roots” says Xavier de Maistre. “It is not easy to define Slavism in music, but one constant feature is the dominant inspiration that has come from folk music. The Slav melodic genius has few equivalents elsewhere and is something that I have always found overwhelming. The list of great composers that I have dreamt of bringing back to life in order to ask them to write for my instrument is a long one, but at the top of it I would place Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, since their musical language has always struck me as likely to revolutionize writing for the harp.”

No one could have imagined what to expect - even Xavier de Maistre himself - when he challenged himself to change the face of the solo harp 16 years ago. Today he has gained reputation as one of the most extraordinary musicians of this generation. He performs works with breathtaking precision, presenting masterful arrangements of works that are usually played by an entire orchestra. The interpretation of these works, that few harpists before him have even considered playing, has contributed to his reputation as one of the most creative and extraordinary musicians of his generation.

Xavier de Maistre began to study harp at the age of nine. He then studied with Vassilia Briano at the Toulon Conservatory, be-fore perfecting his technique with Catherine Michel and Jacqueline Borot in Paris. In 1998 he was awarded the first prize and two interpretation prizes at the prestigious USA International Harp Competition. Later that same year he went on to join the prestigious Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra – a position which he left in summer 2010 in order to devote himself to his international solo career. Since 2001 Xavier de Maistre has taught at the Hamburg Academy of Music. He also gives regular master classes at New York’s Juilliard School, Tokyo’s Toho University and London’s Trinity College.

“De Maistre is a kind of Hamelin of the harp: the agility, the ease with which the most astonishing technical challenges are surmounted, the conversational phrasing and evenness of rapid passagework instantly amaze. But it is also his depth of tone and variety of colour that beguile.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2015

Released or re-released in last 6 months

Sony - 88875049042

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My First Orchestra Book

My First Orchestra Book


Alfvén:

Vallflickans dans från Bergakungen (Dance of the Herdmaiden from The Mountain King)

Bach, C P E:

Flute Concerto in A major, Wq. 168 (H438): III. Allegro assai

Bartók:

Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116

excerpt

Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica' - Scherzo

excerpt

Berlioz:

Grande Messe des Morts, Op. 5 (Requiem) - Dies irae

excerpt

Bottesini:

Concertino in C minor

excerpt

Copland:

Clarinet Concerto

excerpt

Debussy:

Danse profane

Dohnányi:

Variations on a Nursery Tune, Op. 25

Glazunov:

Spanish Serenade, Op. 20 No. 2

Grieg:

In the Hall of the Mountain King (from Peer Gynt)

Hoffmeister:

Concerto for viola & orchestra in B flat major

Hummel, J:

Trumpet Concerto in E (or E flat) major: 3rd movement

Khachaturian:

Sabre Dance from Gayane

excerpt

Mahler:

Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major - Adagio

excerpt

Mendelssohn:

String Symphony No. 2 in D major

excerpt

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

excerpt

Milhaud:

Brazileira from Scaramouche

Mozart:

Die Zauberflöte, K620: Overture

excerpt

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314: Allegro

Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495 - Rondo

Piazzólla:

La Muerte del Angel

Ravel:

Daphnis et Chloe: Pantomime

excerpt

Reinecke:

Octet for Flute, Oboe, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons, Op. 216

excerpt

Sarasate:

Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

excerpt

Strauss, J, II:

Pizzicato Polka

excerpt

Strauss, R:

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

excerpt

Tchaikovsky:

Swan Lake: Danse Russe

excerpt

Vaughan Williams:

Tuba Concerto in F minor

Verdi:

Offertorio (from Requiem)

excerpt

Vivaldi:

Bassoon Concerto, RV 486 in F major

Wagner:

Tannhäuser: Overture

excerpt

Williams, John:

Raiders of the Lost Ark - theme

excerpt


written by Genevieve Helsby and illustrated by Karin Eklund

A delightfully colourful introduction to the orchestra, aimed to fire the imagination of children aged 4–9 years. There is a special guide in the book: a little green creature called Tormod. He is a troll who has come all the way from the top of a mountain in Norway to discover music. As he searches for the music that will help him to find his way home, readers learn about the different instruments – what they look and sound like, and how they belong in different families.

Throughout the book children are referred to the accompanying CD so that they can hear examples as they read. There is a musical quiz at the end, with multiple choice answers.

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Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9

Dvorak: Symphonies Nos. 8 & 9


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Respighi:

Pines of Rome

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


King Records - KKC2024

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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World', etc.

Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


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Smetana: Má Vlast

Smetana: Má Vlast


Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vysehrad

Má Vlast: Vltava

Má Vlast: Z ceských luhu a háju

The Bartered Bride Overture

The Bartered Bride: Three Dances (Polka, Furiant, Skocná - Dance of the Comedians)


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DG - 4273402

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody


Dvorak:

Slavonic Dance No. 1 in C Major, Op. 46 No. 1

Slavonic Dance No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 46 No. 3

Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G minor, Op. 46 No. 8

Slavonic Dance No. 10 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

Slavonic Dance No. 9 in B major, Op. 72 No. 1

Slavonic Rhapsody, Op. 45 No. 3

Enescu:

Romanian Rhapsody in A major, Op. 11 No. 1

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

The Bartered Bride Overture

The Bartered Bride: Polka

The Bartered Bride: Furiant


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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Liszt:

Les Préludes, symphonic poem No. 3, S97

London Symphony Orchestra

Rimsky Korsakov:

Scheherazade, Op. 35

Rafael Druian (violin)

Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra

Sibelius:

Valse Triste, Op. 44 No. 1

London Symphony Orchestra

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

London Symphony Orchestra


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Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Dvorak: Cello Concerto


Dvorak:

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Zuzanna Szambelan (cello)

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava


Sinfonietta Cracovia, Robert Kabara

Two major Czech works brought together by the young aspiring cellist – Zuzanna Szambela on this new DUX recording. Zuzanna Szambelan (b.1993, New York City) began her music education in Poznań at the age of 5, in the piano class of Mirosława Preuschoff-Kaźmierczakowa. A year later, she also began studying the cello. It soon became evident that she developed a special affinity for this particular instrument, and with time, playing on it became her true passion. The list of awards won by the Polish cellist notably includes the Special Award at the 18th International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach (Austria, 2011), First Prize at the 8th International Kazimierz Wiłkomirski Competition in Poznań.

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Arturo Toscanini: The Great Live Concerts

Arturo Toscanini: The Great Live Concerts


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 'Pastoral'

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

(original 1885 version, ed. R Haas)

New York Philharmonic Orchestra

Cherubini:

Anacréon Overture

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Franck, C:

Les Eolides - Symphonic Poem

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Strauss, R:

Don Juan, Op. 20

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano

Wagner:

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Overture

Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano


Urania Widescreen Collection - WS121277

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Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' & Smetana: Moldau

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 'From the New World' & Smetana: Moldau


Dvorak:

Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 'From the New World'

Hungarian State Orchestra, Giuseppe Patane

Smetana:

Má Vlast: Vltava

Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Adam Medveczky


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