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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


Artek


Tao Lin Live in Concert – CHOPIN, MOZART, SCARLATTI
Tao Lin, piano
Artek AR-0055-2

Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin’s appearances in Asia, North America and Europe have brought unanimous critical accolades and praise for his subtle, intimate pianism and brilliant technique. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Recorded live at the Gary Soren Smith Center For the Fine and Performing Arts on March 20, 2010, this album present Lin’s artistry through the masterpieces of Chopin, Mozart and Scalatti.

Artek catalogue on naxos.com


Cantaloupe Music


KYRGYSTAN Jaw
Kambar Kalendarov & Kutman Sultanbekov, jew’s harp
Aslan Isabaev, Akyl Kasabolotov & Nurlanbek Nyshanov, percussion
Cantaloupe Music CA-21070

JAW is the debut recording of Kyrgyzstan master musicians Kutman Sultanbekov and Kambar Kalendarov, of new and newly arranged traditional music for the Kyrgyz jaw harp. Both virtuosos of traditional Kyrgyz music and composers, this album focuses on bringing the jaw harp into the 21st century in a recording that combines the mind-blowing trance-like sound of the instrument with a surprisingly contemporary aesthetic. This is not your grandfather’s jaw harp music. In fact, an album like this has never been made.

Cantaloupe Music catalogue on naxos.com


Capriccio


Carl Heinrich GRAUN Montezuma
Soloists • Cantica Nova Chamber Choir
German Chamber Academy Neuss • Johannes Goritzki
Capriccio C7085

Together with Johann Adolf Hasse, Carl Heinrich Graun was the chief representative of Italian Opera in Germany in the 18th century. The story of Montezuma accords with the historical fate of the last ruler of the Aztecs. The text is by King Frederick II, Graun had a close friendship to him and became chief of the circle of Berlin composers. Montezuma can be seen as Frederick’s countersignature to his own fate, which made him into a martial war-prince. Montezuma shows him in a field of tension: thus the artistically-minded idealistic prince became the royal practical politician: if justice is to be seen to be done to life’s reality, Montezuma must die. Montezuma is more than just a Baroque opera. This opera can allude to the history of its own nation. It directs our ear to the destiny of America and the destiny of Prussia, to the German’s view, 200 years ago, of America, and American history as the mirror of its own.

Capriccio catalogue on naxos.com


CD Accord


Rafał AUGUSTYN Do ut des
Soloists • Silesian String Quartet
CD Accord CDAccordACD165

Works featured on this recording – composed over a period of thirty years – convey a compelling insight into the artistry and individuality of Rafał Augustyn’s music. It is enough to listen attentively to Dedication, in order to understand that Augustyn’s text never equivocates, expounds or illustrates. It simply has to be there – as an integral element of the work, of equal length and value in relation to the rest of the musical material. The Wrocław composer – who often creates short and formally concise works – is a true writer of epics with a skill for narrative which he is able to occasionally interrupt or occasionally shift into another gear, but who never wreaks havoc through dramatic turmoil and pathos. Augustyn constructs his images and dialogues out of minute elements, tonal patches, characteristic “phonemes” which become more clearly audible from a distance – and I do not refer to physical distance but rather psychological and intellectual distance which allows one to grasp all the determining factors which lie at the roots of his deeply intellectual creative process. Augustyn is not an aesthete or antiquated classicist: he is a postmodernist who disenchanted by the theory of postmodernity is seeking new ways of approaching it. I hope it takes him a while to find them.

CD Accord catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


Rued LANGGAARD Piano Works Vol 2
Berit Johansen Tange, piano
Dacapo 6.220565

Rued Langgaard (1893-1952) was a dreamer by nature. This solo piano album presents his wondrous world through a handful of significant world premiere recordings, representing a cross-section through Langgaard’s life as a composer – from the little thoughtful childhood piece Album Leaf, to his very last piano piece – Piano Piece, E major – from 1951. Alongside key works like Adorazione and Music of the Abyss, this album also presents the first complete recording of the cycle Summer Holiday in Blekinge which was left unfinished by the composer.

Dacapo catalogue on naxos.com


Newton Classics


R STRAUSS Eine Alpensinfonie (An Alpine Symphony)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Bernard Haitink
Newton Classics NC8802054

Richard Strauss’s dazzling tone poem depicts the changing moods of a mountain landscape during the ascent and descent of an Alpine peak. It begins with a sunrise and ends with a sunset on the same day, its extraordinary sonic imagery graphically portraying the sights and sounds and the majesty of the surroundings. The Gramophonereviewer described this recording by Bernard Haitink and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as “quite simply the finest performance I have encountered.”

Newton Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


KORNGOLD Symphony, Tänzchen im alten Stil
Ondine ODE1182-2

This Erich W. Korngold disc couples the monumental Symphony in F sharp major with the world première recording of a rare discovery piece, Tänzchen im alten Stil. The 50-minute Symphony in F sharp major is Korngold’s only symphony, written in a late Romantic style. Composed between 1947-1952, it is dedicated to the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt (who died in 1945). Dimitri Mitropoulos wrote in 1959 about this masterpiece: “All my life I have searched for the perfect modern work. In this symphony I have found it.”

Tänzchen im alten Stil is an 8-minute piece which 19-year-old Korngold wrote in 1917, while doing his military service in World War I. The work fell into oblivion and was given its (supposedly) world première no earlier than 2007, at the Jyväskylä Festival, Finland; the performance was led by John Storgårds, who on this CD conducts the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Solo Musica


Tokarev Plays LISZT – His Early Recordings
Nikolai Tokarev, piano
Solo Musica SM156

Looking back at the precision and dedication of the Russian pianist Nikolai (Kolya) Tokarev when he was performing at 14 or 15, we can only rejoice and marvel at his virtuosity. Even in his early teens, he would play recitals featuring Liszt’s Etudes d’exécution transcendante (all 12 of them!), transcriptions of operas like Rigoletto, Tannhäuser and Reminiscenses de Don Juan, as well as the Grandes Etudes de Paganini, the concert study Waldesrauschen and the Mephisto Waltz No 1. The present recordings, made during his first concert tours to Japan in 1997/1998 and 2000, demonstrate his talent in a most impressive manner.

Solo Musica catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Arthaus Musik


Carlos Kleiber: Traces to Nowhere
A Film by Eric Schulz, with Plácido Domingo,
Brigitte Fassbaender, Michael Gielen, Manfred Honeck,
Veronika Kleiber, Otto Schenk, and others
Arthaus Musik 101553

On the 11th July 2004 Carlos Kleiber got into his car and drove from Munich, via the Alps, to his holiday home in the remote Slovenian village of Konjsica. There he wrote a final letter to a friend in which he bid farewell to the world. A short time later the conductor, increasingly plagued by illness and suffering, was found dead.

The documentary Traces to Nowhere represents the first film dedicated to the enigmatic personality of the conductor. The film follows in the traces of Kleiber’s final journey and, by means of the recollections of friends and other companions – including the first and only interview with his sister Veronika – portrays a man as renowned for his difficult personality as his brilliant work.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com


C Major


Carlos Kleiber: I am Lost to the World
A film by Georg Wübbolt, featuring Ileana Cotrubas, Michael Gielen,
Riccardo Muti, Otto Schenk, Ioan Holender and Sir Peter Jonas
with musical excerpts conducted by Carlos Kleiber
C Major 705608

Carlos Kleiber, the eccentric and reclusive conductor par excellence, is remembered as much for the rarity of his appearances as for the brilliance of his interpretations. In marked contrast to his contemporary Herbert von Karajan, Kleiber refused to participate in the international music business – as well as in most interviews. Accordingly, Kleiber the Man and Kleiber the Musician have remained an elusive mystery that this new documentary, following extensive research amongst the conductor’s musical companions, collaborators and friends, sheds light upon. Featuring Riccardo Muti, Otto Schenk, Ioan Hollender, Sir Peter Jonas, Michael Gielen, Ileana Cotrubas and many more as interview partners as well as several musical excerpts of previously unseen footage. “What the film … conveys is the tremendous emotion that Kleiber produced in people or, rather, that he stirred up in them.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


HANDEL Serse
Paula Rasmussen (Serse) • Ann Hallenberg (Arsamene)
Patricia Bardon (Amastre) • Isabel Bayrakdarian (Romilda)
Sandrine Piau (Atalanta) • Marcello Lippi (Ariodate) • Matteo Peirone (Elviro)
Les Talens Lyriques • Christophe Rousset
Michael Hampe, stage director
EuroArts 2053798

Recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, 2-3 June 2000

This beautiful production of Handel’s Serse presents a tale of intrigue, deception and true love. Xerxes, King of the Persians (the magnificent Paula Rasmussen) and his brother Arsamenes (Ann Hallenberg) are in love with Romilda. Romilda, however, only has eyes for Arsamenes, as does her sister Atalanta. Add to the mix a spurned lover, a doting father and an idiotic servant (the hilarious Matteo Peirone), and one is confronted with tragedy, comedy and romance in equal measures. Superbly performed under the baton of Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, this is an elegant and charming production with an outstanding cast.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


RAUTAVAARA Aleksis Kivi
Jorma Hynninen (Aleksis Kivi) • Janne Reinikainen (August Ahlqvist)
Riikka Rantanen (Charlotta) • Pauliina Linnosaari (Hilda)
Ville Rusanen (Young Alexis)

Finnish National Opera • Mikko Franck
Ondine ODV4009

Recorded at the Almi Hall, Finnish National Opera, Helsinki in October 2010

Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara composed the three-act opera Aleksis Kivi from 1995-1996 for the Savonlinna Opera Festival. The libretto (written by the composer himself) tells the story of Finland’s national author Aleksis Kivi (1834-1872) and draws on many of Kivi’s own poems and texts. Aleksis Kivi wrote the first significant novel in the Finnish language (Seitsemän veljestä / “Seven Brothers”), but during his short lifetime he suffered from moral and artistic condemnation by literary rivals. He died, insane and impoverished, at age 38.

This DVD Video release pays tribute to lead role performer Jorma Hynninen on the occasion of his 70th anniversary in 2011.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


VERDI La Traviata
Renée Fleming (Violetta) • Joseph Calleja (Alfredo Germont)
Thomas Hampson (Giorgio Germont)
Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra • Antonio Pappano
Richard Eyre, stage director
Opus Arte OA1040D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7076D (Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, June and July 2009

Verdi’s best-loved work is performed here by a star cast in a revival of Richard Eyre’s highly acclaimed 1994 production. Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts La traviata for the first time at Covent Garden. American soprano Renée Fleming returns to Covent Garden to sing Violetta for the first time with The Royal Opera. La traviata was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice, Venice in March 1853.

“Antonio Pappano takes charge of this revival, searching out the meaning of Verdi’s score in a supple, sentient reading that sweeps you along.” – The Guardian

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com

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