Notes & Reviews:
This new series from Toccata Classics presents the music of a composer-conductor from Victorian England who has entirely disappeared from music history. Henry Cotter Nixon (1842-1907) turns out to have been one of the most accomplished English composers of his generation, with a style that takes in elements of Mendelssohn, Schumann, Verdi and Brahms. This series of three albums presents all his surviving orchestral music in its first-ever recordings. Nixon labeled his five-movement Palamon and Arcite a symphonic poem, and indeed, it is one of the first by a British composer, but in fact, it is more of a programmatic symphony, of the sort then being written by composers such as Goldmark and Raff.
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Paul Juon (1872-1940): Rhapsodische Sinfonie; Sinfonietta Capricciosa / Graeme Jenkins, Bamberger Symphoniker
Charles O'Brien (b.1939): Ellangowan, Concert Overture; Suite Humorstique; Waltz Suite; "Complete Orchestral Music, Vol. 3" / Paul Mann, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
John Philip Sousa: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 16 - Selections from The Charlatan; Circus Galop; The Star Spangled Banner et al. / Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Keith Brion
Classics - Busoni: Piano Concerto / Ohlsson, Dohnanyi
Johann Wilhelm Hässler (1742-1822): Keyboard Sonatas / Michele Benuzzi, harpsichord, clavichord, Silbermann piano and Broadwood piano [4 CDs]
Idyll: Serenades for string orchestra by Edward Elgar, LeoU Janácek, Vasily Sergeyevich Kalinnikov / Orchestra da camera 'Ferruccio Busoni', Massimo Belli
20th Century Catalan Wind Music - Works by Julio Garreta; Ricard Lamote de Grignon; Jordi Leon; Joan Lluis Moraleda; Manuel Oltra / Banda Municipal de Barcelona, Salvador Brotons
Alfredo Casella (1883-1947): Divertimento for Fulvia; Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): Music for Chamber Orchestra; Giorgio Federico Ghedini (1892-1965): Concerto grosso; Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973): Imaginary Quiet
Henri Vieuxtemps (1820-1881): Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Yang, Wen-Sinn, cello; Gernot Schmalfuss, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra