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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


Great Singers Live – Hermann Prey
Hermann Prey, baritone • Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Quadri • Wallberg • Fricke • Eichhorn • Abbado • Sawallisch

BR-Klassik 900307

His Papageno was historic and turned Hermann Prey into the most popular opera singer in Germany. This CD contains a collection of hitherto unpublished recordings made during the legendary Sunday Concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester from 1966 to 1992. In a representative series of roles ranging from Bach to musicals, the great baritone shows us all his facets: from the sensitivity of the comic actor to the intense, inmost sincerity of the Lieder performer. At a time when the opera was still an integral part of Germany’s media landscape, Hermann Prey made it impressively clear that a broad repertoire and depth of interpretation are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Prey ends this CD with a performance of They say falling in love is wonderful, inviting us to fall in love with his art yet again.

BR Klassik catalogue on naxos.com


Capriccio


Johann Ernst BACH Passionsoratorium
Rheinische Kantorei • Das kleine Konzert
Hermann Max

Capriccio C5122 [2 CDs]

Today it is the Passions of JS Bach which are most commonly known. The Passion Oratorio by JS Bach’s nephew, godson and pupil Johann Ernst Bach is lesser known. On this Capriccio re-release his Passion Oratorio is performed alongside an Ode on the 77th Psalm for tenor, chorus and orchestra and a Motet for solo voices, four-part chorus, strings and continuo.

Capriccio catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


Ole SCHMIDT • Anders KOPPEL • Martin LOHSE • Per NØRGÅRD
Accordion Concertos

Bjarke Mogensen, accordion
Danish National Chamber Orchestra • Rolf Gupta

Dacapo 6.220592 [hybrid SACD]

Danish Bjarke Mogensen (b 1985) is the new star of the accordion in a country where there are already proud accordion traditions. On this CD Bjarke is accompanied by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra conducted by Rolf Gupta in new Danish accordion concertos by Per Nørgård, Ole Schmidt, Anders Koppel and Martin Lohse – the last two written specifically for the young soloist.

‘Bjarke Mogensen is an astonishment on record. Once heard, never forgotten.’ – The Arts Journal, New York

Dacapo catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


RUBINSTEIN Symphony No 2 ‘Ocean’, Ballet Music from Feramors
State Symphony Orchestra of Russia • Igor Golovchin
Delos DRD2010

‘… a work written by a young, ebullient, buy quite mature talent, and distinguished, beyond its broad scope and youthful freshness, by a remarkably unified conception.’ Thus did Russian master PI Tchaikovsky describe the long-neglected ‘Ocean’ Symphony by Anton Rubinstein, his composition teacher at (and the founder of) the St Petersburg Conservatory. His ‘Ocean’ Symphony is a bold and highly original programmatic work that convincingly evokes the struggle of man against the elemental forces that rule the seas. Echoes of composers like Mendelssohn and Schumann are heard in the work, no doubt the result of Rubinstein’s European training and exposure – yet there remains a certain Russian pathos and earthiness. Also heard here is a colourful suite of dances from Rubinstein’s oriental-flavoured opera, Feramors. Igor Golovschin and his Russian State Symphony Orchestra provide skillful and idiomatically true performances.

Delos catalogue on naxos.com


Newton Classics


VERDI / PUCCINI Operatic Arias
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano
London Philharmonic Orchestra • John Pritchard

Newton Classics NC8802187

Drawn from classic Italian operas, the arias that make up this programme encompass a broad spectrum of themes, from tragedy and loss to the expression of love. Puccini’s Vissi d’arte, for example, sees Tosca plead with God over the fate of her beloved, while in Tu che le vanità, from Verdi’s Don Carlo, the desolate Elisabetta expresses a longing for death to end her sorrows. In these arias – and in further songs from La traviata (È strano!…Ah, fors’ è lui), La bohème (Quando me’n vo’) and Madama Butterfly (Un bel dì vedremo), among others – a common thread is the extreme emotional state of each character, prime material for a performer as skilled as Te Kanawa.

Newton Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Oehms Classics


Hans PFITZNER Palestrina
soloists • Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester • Kirill Petrenko
Oehms Classics OC930

The Frankfurt Opera was able to win today’s shooting star among conductors for Palestrina. In 2007 and 2009, Kirill Petrenko was awarded the title ‘Conductor of the Year’ by the magazine Opernwelt. Since then, his career has taken a steep upwards turn. In summer 2013, Petrenko will conduct Der Ring des Nibelungen for the composer’s 200th birthday in Bayreuth. The Bavarian State Opera has appointed him its General Music Director as of the 2013/14 season. At the same time, Oehms Classics’ release of Palestrina represents the first entire recording of an opera conducted by Kirill Petrenko. The press was unanimously enthusiastic about the the musical side of the opera:

‘Above all, this event is of a musical nature. At the desk of the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra stands the young Russian Kirill Petrenko, who has time and time again drawn attention to himself with his exceptional results – in Berlin, in Lyon, in Munich, and now in Frankfurt.’ – Peter Hagmann, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Oehms Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


Joseph Martin KRAUS Viola Concertos
David Aaron Carpenter, viola • Tapiola Sinfonietta
Ondine ODE1193-2

This new release features the first-ever commercial recording of three newly discovered, substantial viola concertos by German-born Swedish composer Joseph Martin Kraus (1756–1792). One of the most innovative composers of his time, Kraus was equated by Haydn to WA Mozart as the only two geniuses he knew. The featured works are the only known concerts from the Classical Era to demand the utmost virtuosity from the viola soloist. This release follows on the great success of earlier recordings by David Aaron Carpenter, including the Elgar and Schnittke concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, which was given an ‘Editor’s Choice’ accolade by Gramophone. One of the leading chamber orchestras internationally, the Tapiola Sinfonietta has made acclaimed recordings of Classical repertoire, including the Complete Beethoven Piano Concertos with piano soloist Olli Mustonen.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


OUR Recordings


Richard HARVEY • Malcolm ARNOLD • Gordon JACOB
English Recorder Concertos

Michala Petri, recorder
City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong • Jean Thorel

OUR Recordings 6.220606

The recorder has been part of Western music for more than seven hundred years, during which time it has enjoyed a particularly special relationship with the composers and musicians of England. The present recording showcases the music of three generations of English composers who have embraced the recorder, making significant contributions to the repertoire in the process. Gordon Jacob, the eldest, composed numerous works for the recorder from the 1950s up until his last year, providing a delightful Suite which has been an audience favourite since its premiere. Sir Malcolm Arnold was to follow Jacob’s example contributing his Concerto for Recorder, originally written for and premiered by Michala Petri. Arnold’s amphibious existence as a composer for both film and the concert hall is echoed in the career of our youngest contributor, the BAFTA award-winning composer and recorder player Richard Harvey, whose magical Concerto Incantato (composed especially for Michala) is a true concert piece for the Harry Potter generation.

OUR Recordings catalogue on naxos.com


Tafelmusik Media


VIVALDI The Four Seasons
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra • Jeanne Lamon, violin/conductor
Tafelmusik TMK1007CD

There are literally hundreds of recordings of this work, but this particular re-release with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Jeanne Lamon stands out as one of the best. Although first released in 1992, one need only check some of the current on-line comments (amazon.com) to find there are still passionate consumers declaring the performance as ‘enlightened,’ ‘disciplined,’ ‘elegant and dignified without being stuffy and stilted.’ Or how about, ‘This is one of those done-to-death works that serious collectors must own.’

Winner of England’s The Penguin Guide’s highest accolade in 1994 – the Rosette.



Selected DVDs


Arthaus Musik


R STRAUSS Elektra
Eva Johansson, Elektra • Marjana Lipovšek, Klytämnestra
Melanie Diener, Chrysothemis
Rudolf Schasching, Aegisth • Alfred Muff, Orest
Zurich Opera House • Christoph von Dohnányi
Martin Kušej, stage director

Arthaus Musik 108 048 [Blu-ray Video] / 107 297 [DVD]

Live Recording from the Zurich Opera House, 2005

Another groundbreaking production from the Opera Zurich – Elektra staged by Martin Kušej, which received enthusiastic reviews when premiered in 2003. Under the direction of one of the best Strauss conductors of today, Christoph von Dohnányi, and with a cast of particularly strong singer-actors, this sweeping view of a radical work makes for a powerful visual and musical impression on DVD. Thus the female roles are of particular importance and the singers in this production are particularly well suited to their roles. Eva Johansson is Elektra, Marjana Lipovšek is her murderous mother and Melanie Diener embodies the much more practical sister Chrysothemis – the antithesis of her long-suffering, loyal sister.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com


C Major Entertainment


MUSIC IS THE LANGUAGE OF HEART AND SOUL –
A Portrait of Mariss Jansons

A Film by Felix Breisach
MAHLER Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection’
Ricarda Merbeth, soprano • Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano
Netherlands Radio Choir • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Mariss Jansons

C Major 709804 [Blu-ray Video] / 709708 [DVD]

This is the only available documentary about Mariss Jansons from his early career until present day. Jansons is one of the leading conductors, performing with all the important orchestras in the world. Film maker Robert Neumüller observes Jansons in rehearsal for the New Year Concert with the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as working with the top orchestras he is currently heading, the Royal Concertgebouw and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Jansons himself relates the story of his youth and education, historical footage shows the young maestro with his mentor Herbert von Karajan and taking his first steps towards an international career.

This 2 DVD-set includes a performance of Mahler Symphony No. 2 ‘Resurrection’ with Mariss Jansons conducting the Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in the world.

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


HVOROSTOVSKY IN MOSCOW
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone • Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano
Philharmonia of Russia • Constantine Orbelian

Delos DV7006 [DVD]

In June 2008, Dmitri Hvorostovsky invited Sondra Radvanovsky to be his guest star in the prestigious Moscow concert series ‘Hvorostovsky and Friends’, with conductor Constantine Orbelian and the Philharmonia of Russia. This glamorous occasion, captured on film for Russian television, marked these artists’ first-ever musical collaboration – and proved to be a historic event that documented for posterity one of those all-too-rare instances of magical artistic alchemy between two great opera stars. Their electrifying performance was an instant sensation, and a potent preview of the two stars’ effusively acclaimed later appearances together in Il Trovatore at Covent Garden, The Met and The San Francisco Opera.

Delos catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


MOZART Piano Concertos Nos 20-27
Daniel Barenboim, piano • Berliner Philharmoniker
EuroArts 2066094 [Blu-ray Video] / 2066098 [DVD]

In the years 1986-89 The Grammy® award-winning pianist Daniel Barenboim, long known for his Mozart interpretations, turned his attention to Mozart’s last 8 piano concertos with the Berliner Philharmoniker, as a conductor and soloist. The music of Mozart has quite literally been an essential driving force of Daniel Barenboim’s entire life. It remains central to his performing career both as a pianist and as a conductor. These illuminating performances of Mozart’s last eight great piano concertos admirably demonstrate Barenboim’s dictum that even when a true musician has already performed a familiar work hundreds of times, he or she ‘never accepts that the next note will be played the same way as it was played before.’ This exceptional production, shot on 35mm film, was directed by George Moorse, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle and Klaas Rusticus.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Idéale Audience


Menahem Pressler in Recital at Cité de la musique, Paris
Menahem Pressler, piano
Idéale Audience 3079664 [Blu-ray Video] / 3079668 [DVD]

For more than 50 years, Menahem Pressler was the driving force of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, giving 6,000 performances until the trio stopped concertizing in 2009. He is the last representative of a pianistic tradition directly connected with the great German and French piano schools: he studied with several pupils of the illustrious Ferruccio Busoni but also received valuable advice from Robert Casadesus or Paul Loyonnet who opened the world of Ravel and Debussy to him. Pressler is now returning to a solo career. During this recital filmed at Paris’ Cité de la Musique 2011, Menahem Pressler plays two of the most imposing works in the piano repertoire: Beethoven’s penultimate sonata and Schubert’s last sonata which both require unusual emotional involvement from the performer.

Idéale Audience catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


R STRAUSS Die Frau ohne Schatten
Stephen Gould, The Emperor • Anne Schwanewilms, The Empress
Michaela Schuster, The Nurse • Wolfgang Koch, Barak, the Dyer
Evelyn Herlitzius, Barak’s Wife
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Wiener Philharmoniker • Christian Thielemann
Christof Loy, stage director

Opus Arte OABD7104D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1072D [DVD]

Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, July 2011

Already brimming with symbols and transformations, the epic fairytale recounted by Strauss and his librettist Hofmannsthal in Die Frau ohne Schatten acquires a further allegorical dimension in Christoph Loy’s inventive production for the Salzburg Festival. The central character, the Empress – half-spirit, half-human, and unable to bear children until she finds a shadow – here becomes a young soprano who makes a voyage of personal and professional discovery as she records the opera. A superb cast fulfils the complex vocal and dramatic demands of the piece while Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic rise gloriously to the challenges of Strauss’s most ambitious and splendid operatic score.

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com


Tafelmusik Media


THE GALILEO PROJECT
Conceived, scripted and programmed by Alison Mackay
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra • Jeanne Lamon

Tafelmusik Media TMK1001DVDCD [DVD+CD]

Explore the fusion of the arts, science and culture in the 17th and 18th centuries in this imaginative DVD and CD commemorating Galileo's first public demonstration of the telescope. The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra performs music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach and Handel to a backdrop of high-definition images from the Hubble telescope, NASA and Canadian astronomers. Actor Shaun Smyth narrates a compelling script and the musicians, playing by memory, weave in and around a magical stage set. The Galileo Project was created, programmed and scripted by Alison Mackay, and filmed by the international award-winning 90th Parallel Productions.

BONUS FEATURES: The DVD includes two bonus tracks of original animated films of Tafelmusik by director David New, and the package also includes a music-only CD soundtrack of the gorgeous baroque music featured in the film.


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