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Note on new releases 2018-04-30T13:31:23+00:00

New in April 2018

With its April 2018 list fo new publications, Repertoire Explorer confirms its reputation as a leading enterprise in the field of substantial rare scores with no less than seven new names added to our catalogue: Bohuslav Martinu, Felix Blumenfeld, Hans Gál, Eric Zeisl, Edvin Kallstenius, Zygmunt Krauze, and Flemish composeress Maria Matthysens (and we just started a new series of works by contemporary German composer Horst Windhagauer and Windhagauer’s arrangements for four cellos of works by de Falla [Danza del fuego] and Albéniz [Asturias leyenda]).

With Rubin Goldmark’s ’Requiem’ for orchestra alone, without singers, we offer a pioneering work in late romantic vein that was inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s ’Gettysburg Address’. Rubin Goldmark built the bridge from his teachers Robert Fuchs and Antonín Dvorák to America’s modern era of his pupils Gershwin, Copland, Giannini et al.

Hans Gál wrote his third opera ’Das Lied der Nacht’ (The Song of the Night) in 1924-25 and dedicated it to his wife Hanna. This ’dramatic ballad in three scenes’ tells the story of a Sicilian princess in the 12th century who is forced to get married and finds her true love in the boatman’s nocturnal voice. The preface for our edition was written by the composer’s daughter Eva Fox-Gál.

Polish composer Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938) composed his one-act chamber opera ’Gwiarzda’ (The Star) in 1981-82. It is a very personal contribution to East-European minimalism, printed in manuscript score.

As further composer’s premières in our catalogue we present:

  • the wonderful Symphony Op. 39 by Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931), the legendary piano virtuoso and conductor from the Belaieff circle in St. Petersburg. This large and only symphony ranks among the finest works of the Rimsky-Korsakov school alongside Glasunov, Nikolai Tcherepnin and early Stravinsky;
  • Bohuslav Martinu’s symphonic prelude ’The Rock’, one of the great Czech master’s late masterpieces;
  • Eric Zeisl’s grotesque and inventive ’Little Symphony’ on expressionist paintings by the then 14-year old Roswitha Bitterlich;
  • ’Dalsland Rhapsody’ by the great and underrated Swedish master Edvin Kallstenius (1881-1967);
  • and a very special contribution to our Flemish Edition: ’Choses d’âme’ (Things of the soul), a cycle of songs with piano accompaniment by Maria Matthysens (1861-1916) with contemporary illustrations in colour printings.

Other highlights of this month include:

  • Modest Mussorgsky’s ’Night on Bare Mountain’ in an arrangement by Gottfried von Einem that is based on Rimsky-Korsakov’s famous arrangement but ends in the wild mood of Mussorgsky’s original version;
  • Ira Levin’s phenomenal compilation and orchestration of ’Five Pieces’ by Sergey Rachmaninoff that fill a real gap in the Russian master’s œuvre;
  • Emil Nikolaus von Reznicek’s funereal cantata ’In memoriam’ for contralto, baritone, mixed choir, organ, strings and some ad libitum winds;
  • Alfredo Casella’s symphonic fragments ’Le couvent sur l’eau’, a fascinating contribution to Italian impressionism in highly refined orchestration;
  • Ketil Hvoslef’s Trio for oboe, viola and percussion, another keywork by one of Norway’s greatest contemporary artists;
  • Camille Saint-Saëns’ brilliant Spartacus Overture;
  • ’Suite nocturne’ for piano solo by Belgian master Paul Gilson (1865-1942);
  • and, in our Konstantia Gourzi series, the Greek composeress’s Quintet ’ich fürcht’ nicht’ (I do not fear) for flute, clarinet, piano, violin and cello.