New in February 2017

Our main release in February 2017 is Frank Martin’s large Shakespeare opera ‚Der Sturm’ (on the German translation of ‚The Tempest’), a legendary magnum opus of the Swiss master, reproduced in the composer’s manuscript and available on sale in full score for the first time.

Further first printed editions include Heinrich Kaminski’s early Double Fugue for string orchestra, Ketil Hvoslef’s Concerto for Violin and Pop Band, the jazz suite ‚Ambers 1961. Portrait of my City’ by Flemish jazz musician Jack Sels (1922-70), Phillip Brookes’ meditation for small orchestra ‚A Boat Easy to Pull’, and Brookes’s arrangement for violin and orchestra of Hubert Parry’s ballad ‚Long Since in Egypt’s Plenteous Land’ from the oratorio ‚Judith’. Kaminski’s Double Fugue is a major contribution to the string orchestra repertoire of its time written with a phenomenal intuition for effective counterpoint; its main theme popped up again 12 years later in Kaminski’s famously complex Concerto grosso for double orchestra. Ketil Hvoslef (b. 1939), the son of the great symphonist Harald Sæverud, is Western Norway’s leading master of our time; his Concerto for Violin and Pop Band, written in 1979, is a work as unique as Frank Zappa’s ‚Music for Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra’ but completely different in its distinguished style, and we consider it as a real highlight in Ricardo Odriozola’s highly successful Amethyst series. Jack Sels’s ‚Ambers 1921’ suite is scored for woodwind quartet and string orchestra and unfolds an authentic jazz feeling through all its six contrasting movements.

The symphonic genre is represented by a wonderful youth composition: Eugen d’Albert’s masterly Symphony in F Op. 4, a noteworthy successor of the German tradition that has become a kind of famous outsider piece in recent years. Further orchestral works include Franz Liszt’s Fifth Hungarian Rhapsody, orchestrated by Franz Doppler; Antonín Dvorák’s Seven Pieces for orchestra; Riccardo Zandonai’s impressionist symphonic echoes ‚Fra gli Alberghi delle Dolomiti’; and Ernest Guiraud’s ‚Chasse fantastique’. Guiraud was the teacher of Claude Debussy, completed Offenbach’s ‚Contes d’Hoffmann’ and wrote recitatives for Bizet’s ‚Carmen’; his symphonic poem ‚Chasse fantastique’ counts among the best known unknown pieces of French romanticism.

Apart from Hvoslef and Parry/Brookes we present some more works for solo instrument and orchestra: the famous one-movement version of Paganini’s First Violin Concerto by the legendary romantic virtuoso August Wilhelmj, Max Bruch’s Adagio appassionato Op. 57 for violin and orchestra, and Carl Reinecke’s First Piano Concerto.