Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
London Symphony Orchestra
Label: Navona Records | Catalog No: NV6079
Int. Release 10 Feb. 2017
While speaking on Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Op.21, Pyotr Tchaikovsky posited that his colleague "does not strive after profundity, but carefully avoids routine, seeks out new forms, and thinks about musical beauty more than observing established traditions." Acclaimed violinist Moonkyung Lee endeavors to emulate this approach on her Navona debut TCHAIKOVSKY – WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA, in which she presents several performances of beloved Tchaikovsky alongside the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Miran Vaupotić.
Music by Charles Camilleri
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: Naxos | Catalog No: 8.573373
Int. Release 11 Sep. 2015
The three works on this recording come from the first phase in the musical development of Malta's prolific composer Charles Camilleri, and are some of his most rewarding and enduring works. The Piano Concerto No. 1 "Mediterranean" owes much to the Romantic concerto tradition but is suffused with the distinctive flavors of music from southern Europe and North Africa. A virtuoso of the accordion, Camilleri wrote a Concerto for the instrument that journeys humorously from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. The Malta Suite, a set of colorful dances, is widely considered the island's musical emblem.
Music by Roberto Di Marino & Astor Piazzolla
Croatian Philharmonic Orchestra
Label: Naxos | Catalog No: 8.573315
Int. Release 01 Dec. 2014
The bandoneon is a type of concertina which has been an essential part of traditional tango ensembles for the past century. Award-winning Italian composer Roberto Di Marino explores the breathtakingly virtuoso and sensual qualities of this distinctive instrument in his Concerto, with its driving syncopated rhythms and melodies which tug at the heartstrings. Ástor Piazzolla singlehandedly created the 'nuevo tango' genre, and his haunting Oblivion is one of his most intensely expressive creations in this style. He described the Five Tango Sensations as "a musical farewell to life".