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In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see http://www.naxos.com/newreleases.asp), Naxos also distributes several leading labels in many countries around the world. Here is a choice selection of recent releases from some of these distributed labels.





Selected CDs


BR Klassik


MAHLER World & Dream – An Audio Biography, Symphony No 1
Bavarian Symphony Orchestra • Mariss Jansons, conductor
BR Klassik 900901 (4-CD Set)

In his ten-part audio biography, Jörg Hanstein tells Mahler’s story before the background of a high-tension era, colorful and multi-voiced, factually correct and close to the sources. Actors like Udo Wachtveitl, René Dumont, Laura Maire and Gert Heidenreich guarantee listening pleasure on the highest level.

The son of a distiller in the Moravian provinces became the Director of the Royal-Imperial Court Opera in Vienna, the “god of the southern zones”. Gustav Mahler’s life is the story of a triumphant career. Cheered as a conductor, admired and met with hostility as an operatic stage director, as a composer he remained misunderstood: “Do you always have to be dead before people wish long life to you?” Not only did the arts thrive in fin de siècle Vienna – so did anti-Semitism. This was why Mahler’s life was also the story of a man who felt homeless wherever he went: in Hamburg and Budapest, in Vienna and New York. He prohibited his wife Alma, the darling of Viennese society, from composing. Personal catastrophes overshadowed his final years: the death of his daughter, a heart condition, finally Alma’s affair with architect Walter Gropius, which sent Mahler to Sigmund Freud in quest of counsel.

BR Klassik New Releases:
January 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011

BR Klassik catalogue on naxos.com


Carpe Diem


Nymphidia: The Court of Faerie
Ensemble Pantagruel - Anna Maria Wierød, voice • Mark Wheeler, lutes, citterns, bandora • Dominik Schneider, flutes, gitterns, voice
Carpe Diem CD-16282

Pantagruel presents a delightful blend of Old English Tunes, Broadside Ballads, Aires and Dances from Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Anna Maria Wierød’s pure and expressive voice combined with citterns, gitterns, lutes and flutes played by Mark Wheeler and Dominik Schneider bring to life the passionate music of a distant age.

‘Pantagruel are astonishing! From the first sounds they encourage you to enter a new soundscape that is both pleasing and abrasive at the same time - you know instantly you are in for something special and different. Here is ‘Early Music’ going somewhere quite new! I love them.’ - Anthony Rooley

Carpe Diem New Releases:
July 2010
November 2010
January 2011

Carpe Diem catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


Transfiguration
Operatic Arias by Wagner & Richard Strauss
Camilla Nyland, soprano • Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra • Hannu Lintu, conductor
Ondine ODE 1168-2

Scandinavian singers in German repertoire have a long tradition. Whether Danes, Swedes, Norwegians or singers from Finland – which, with a population of just over five million, has produced an astonishing number of world-class vocalists – voices from the far North excel in the operatic roles composed by Wagner and Strauss. Camilla Nylund was predestined for this repertoire. ‘It’s a good idea to release my first CD of arias from these roles now, since it reflects these facets of my current repertoire,’ she says. ‘I’m especially pleased to undertake this venture with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra under Hannu Lintu. We know each other well from our concerts together, and I was familiar with the acoustics of the concert hall there, so we were able to concentrate on making music. Because of that I enjoyed it very much.’

Ondine New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
January 2010

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Newton Classics


VIVALDI Concertos & Sonatas Opp. 1-12
I Musici
Newton Classics NC8802034

‘n 19 CDs overall, I Musici give us a complete survey of the dozen major Vivaldi sets of concertos and sonatas published with opus numbers. Apart from the famous named sets, L'estro armonico, Op. 3, La stravaganza, Op. 4 and Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione, Op. 8 – all three dominated by the distinguished solo playing of Felix Ayo – and Severino Gazzeloni's splendid set of the Op. 10 flute concertos (still unsurpassed), most of this music is very little known. Even today there is little or no competition.

‘What comes over again and again when listening through some 19 hours of marvellous music, is the consistently high level of Vivaldi's invention, and this applies not just to the familiar works but also to the six solo violin concertos each of Opp. 6, 11 and 12, and the solo concertos for violin or oboe (the illustrious Heinz Holliger) of Op. 7. What makes these works special is not just the buoyancy of the allegros (just sample the remarkable harmonic clashes of the finale of Op. 7 No. 4 in A minor), but the consistent beauty of the slow movements…Accardo is the superb soloist in all these little-known Vivaldi sets, except Op. 6, where the stylish Pina Carmirelli takes over. Accardo contributes with equal distinction to the hardly less splendid and equally unknown chamber music… The recording is excellent, as are the CD transfers, and collectors will find unexpected rewards in these stimulating, unfamiliar works.’ - Gramophone

Newton Classics New Releases:
July 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
January 2010

Newton Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Two Pianists


BEETHOVEN Sonatas for Cello & Piano
Peter Martens, cello • Luis Magalhães, piano
Two Pianists TP1039053

‘While planning our approach to this recording, we decided to broaden our interpretative horizons through interaction with Beethoven specialist Dr Stewart Young. Whilst all interpretative decisions were of course our own, we benefitted from the open interaction provided by an ‘outside’ pair of ears in discussion, rehearsal and the sessions themselves. We especially placed value upon the interpretative legacy on things Beethovenian that his pupil and highly respected pianist friend Carl Czerny assembled in his extensive 1846 notes on the “Correct Performance” of all Beethoven’s keyboard works. Czerny had had the unique privilege of studying with the master for some years, and at 21 was soloist in the Vienna première of the ‘Emperor’ Concerto. What would today’s performers give for a time-machine lesson from a musician with such access and experience? Fortunately, much of what he would impart is available in his published advice and, as interpreters, we have tried to take this to heart fully and thus honour his overall philosophy of service to the composer’s conceptions, through always working within his suggested tempi (about which he echoes Beethoven’s own expressed view of it as absolutely fundamental) and aiming to recreate imaginatively and as faithfully as possible the various characters he suggested.’ -  Peter Martens & Luis Magalhães

TwoPianists New Releases
July 2010
August 2010
January 2011

TwoPianists catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Arthaus Musik


Sophia: Biography of a Violin Concerto
A Jan Schmidt-Garre Film
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Simon Rattle, conductor
with Gidon Kremer & Sofia Gubaidulina
Arthaus 101545

AWARD-WINNER AT THE COLUMBUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NOMINATED FOR PRIX ITALIA

In August 2007, Anne-Sophie Mutter performed the world premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s 2nd violin concerto in Lucerne with conductor Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic. This piece by the Russian composer (born in 1931) was an important event in many respects. Sofia Gubaidulina is one of the world’s leading contemporary composers. Her international breakthrough came in 1980 with her first violin concerto, Offertorium, which she wrote for Gidon Kremer. To this day, it remains her most often performed piece. In spite of all the other pieces she has written in the meantime, it is her second violin concerto that violinists, conductors and orchestras around the world have eagerly been awaiting, especially since she was commissioned to write it in 1992 by Paul Sacher, the Basel conductor and patron of the arts. It was his wish that Gubaidulina’s new violin concerto first be performed by Anne-Sophie Mutter. Fifteen years later, that dream finally came true.

  • “THE DOCUMENTARY NARRATIVE DISTILS INTO A DOUBLE PORTRAIT OF TWO VERY DIFFERENT WOMEN: THE GLAMOROUS VIOLINIST AND THE COMPOSER, MODEST AND INTELLECTUAL TO HER CORE. BOTH OF THESE ASPECTS COME OUT IN THE FILM, AT TIMES IN ALMOST PAINFUL DETAIL.” Anja-Rosa Thöming, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • “THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MUSIC FILM I HAVE EVER SEEN.” Joachim Kaiser

Arthaus New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2010

Arthaus catalogue on naxos.com


C Major


BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos 4-6 (3 DVD Set)
 Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra • Christian Thielemann, conductor
C Major 704908 (DVD)
C Major 705004 (Blu-ray)

Here comes The Beethoven cycle of the 21st century on DVD and Blu-ray! Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven Symphonies Nos 1 –9 incl. a ca. one-hour-long documentary for each symphony. In this Set , DVD 1: Symphony No. 4, DVD 2: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6, DVD 3: Dicovering Beethoven with Joachim Kaiser and Christian Thielemann. 3 Documentaries: In a one-hour film for each symphony Maestro Thielemann and Joachim Kaiser (the most famous German music critic) discuss and analyze in an entertaining conversational exchange Thielemann’s interpretation, complemented by excerpts from rehearsals as well as by comparisons of Beethoven cycles with Karajan, Bernstein etc. – no aspect of Beethovens symphonic oeuvre will remain unaffected! The Documentaries include legendary footage of performances from Karajan, Bernstein, Böhm, Järvi etc. This is the first Beethoven Cycle of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in full HD and 5.0 sound. Performances in Paris (23- 29 November) and Berlin (1– 5 December). “Thielemann´s reading of the Beethoven symphonies stands heads and shoulders above the countless and mostly undistinguishable versions on offer. -  Die Presse

Also available:
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES NOS 1-3 C Major 704708 (DVD) & C Major 704804 (Blu-ray)
BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES NOS 7-9 C Major 705108 (DVD) & C Major 705204 (Blu-ray)

C Major New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010 December 2010
January 2010

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


Europa Konzert 2001 at Istanbul  
HAYDN Symphony No 94 ‘Surprise’ / MOZART Flute Concerto No 2 / BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique
Emmanuel Pahud, flute • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Mariss Jansons, conductor
EuroArts  2051448

The Europa concerts are the Berliner Philharmoniker´s way of remembering the anniversary of their founding. Performing in a different European city each year, the orchestra wishes to make its contribution to European unity. 2001 the concert was performed at the historic St. Irene Church in Istanbul under the direction of Mariss Jansons. St. Irene (Hagia Eirene) is the oldest church in Istanbul originating from the 4th Century. Today it is mainly used for festivals and concerts. Featuring Mariss Jansons, one of today's most sought-after conductors and Music Director of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam. Flutist Emanuel Pahud is the top player of his generation, praised for his ravishing sound and his effortless phrasing. Haydn's symphony and Mozart's flute concerto are counted among the most enchanting and popular rchestral pieces of the Classical period. Berlioz's Symphony fantastique with its amazing orchestral impact displays impressively the unequalled qualities of the Berlin Philharmonic. Concert took place in the vast, breathtaking St. Irene Church in Istanbul. This DVD is enhanced by an enticing 20-minute travelogue of Istanbul, in addition, there are eight minutes of ‘behind the scenes’ footage.

EuroArts New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
January 2010

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


MINKUS La Bayadère
The Royal Ballet • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House • Valeriy Ovsyanikov, conductor
Opus Arte OA1043D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7079D (Blu-ray)

Marius Petipa’s exotic ballet, set in legendary India, is a story of love, death and vengeful judgement. Natalia Makarova’s sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography, with atmospheric sets by Pier Luigi Samaritini and beautiful costumes by Yolanda Sonnabend, stars Tamara Rojo as the Bayadère (temple dancer) Nikiya, Carlos Acosta as Solor, and Marianela Nuñez as Gamzatti whose alluring presence challenges Solor’s love for Nikiya. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound.

Opus Arte New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010
November 2010
January 2010

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com


TDK


ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il Turco in Italia, Moise et Pharaon
IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Joyce DiDonato • Roberto Saccà • Dalibor Jenis • Carlos Chausson • Kristinn Sigmundsson • Orchestra and Chorus of the Opéra national de Paris • Bruno Campanella, conductor
IL TURCO IN ITALIA Cecilia Bartoli • Ruggero Raimondi • Oliver Widmer • Paolo Rumetz • Reinaldo Macias • Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House • Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
MOÏSE ET PHARAON Barbara Frittoli • Sonia Ganassi • Giuseppe Filianoti • Erwin Schrott • Ildar Abdrazakov • Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala • Riccardo Muti, conductor
TDK DVWW-BOXROSSINI

This Rossini box set combines a number of opera highlights: his well-known operas Il barbiere di Siviglia, Il Turco in Italia and Moïse et Pharaon. These opulent productions are lead by Bruno Campanella, Franz Welser-Möst and Riccardo Muti, featuring a cast of the excellent singers Cecilia Bartoli, Ruggero Raimondi, Barbara Frittoli, Erwin Schrott, Joyce DiDonato (named Artist of the Year for 2010 by Gramophone), Roberto Saccà and Sonia Ganassi.

October 2010

TDK DVD Catalogue on naxos.com

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