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In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see, 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

First Prizewinners of the ARD International Music Competition
MOZART Clarinet Concerto A major
Sebastian Manz, clarinet • Cornelius Meister, conductor
GLIÈRE Harp Concerto E flat major
Emmanuel Ceysson, harp • Lawrence Renes, conductor
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto D major
Hyeyoon Park, violin • Lawrence Renes, conductor
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
BR Klassik 900106

These live concert recordings from the ARD International Music Competition in Munich document the musical highlights with which the first prize winners rewarded the audiences at the closing concerts in 2008 and 2009. The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra provided the accompaniment for the young soloists.

Leading the program is clarinetist Sebastian Manz from Hannover, who played his way to a first prize in 2008—a small sensation, because the gold medal in his category had not been awarded at an ARD Competition for the past forty years. Manz is a pupil of Sabine Meyer.

The charismatic 25-year-old French harpist Emmanuel Ceysson, long-standing principal harpist at the Paris Opéra, enchanted his audience with effervescent arpeggios and glowing lyricism, performing with elegance and verve at the prize winners’ concert in 2009.

The 17-year-old Korean violinist Hyeyoon Park also demonstrated enormous stage presence at the conclusion of the same concert. In Munich Hyeyoon Park scored a huge triumph—at her first ever public performance of the Korngold Concerto, the Süddeutsche Zeitung accorded her the highest praise: ‘Tender cooing, fervent sobbing, impressionistic pointillism and full-blooded radiance—Hyeyoon Park has the full color palette of the violin completely at her beck and call.’

BR Klassik New Releases:
January 2010
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SCHUBERT Die schöne Müllerin, Auf dem Strom
Daniel Behle, tenor • Sveinung Bjelland, piano • Ab Koster, horn
Capriccio C5044

After his successful first CD Lieder (Phoenix154) the young tenor Daniel Behle turns his attention to The Beautiful Mill Maid song cycle and Auf dem Strom, composed during the last year of Schubert’s short life and, unique among his songs, written for tenor, horn and piano.

‘Behle surprises with a force and energy that puts him far ahead of many fellow tenors and make them seem bloodless by comparison – and he doesn’t lack nuances.’ (MusicWeb International on Lieder)

‘He has the qualities to become a rising star of the opera world.’ (Mailand/Scala 2008)

‘Daniel Behle has been making a name for himself in the company as a Mozart tenor, but as Lysander he showed a voice built for Britten — inherently sweet-toned, capable of heroic declamation and utter devotion to the text.’ (Operanews online on  A Midsummer Nights Dream)

‘mellifluous, agile, beautiful, technically spotless and with enough heft to make his top notes ring out – in fact some of the most refined and vital Rossini singing I have heard in the theatre for quite some time.’ (MusicWeb International on La Cenerentola at the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm)

Capriccio New Releases:
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010

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CD Accord

LUTOSLAWSKI Opera Omnia Vol 2 - Symphonies Nos 2 & 4
Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Jacek Kaspszyk, conductor

The Second Symphony (composed between 1965 and 1967) marked a culmination of Lutosławski's music to that point, its two movements Hésitant and Direct providing striking contrasts. His Symphony No 4 (1992) presents a more dialectical treatment of contrasts typical of the ‘chain technique’ that he developed. Polish-born, London-based Jacek Kaspszyk has worked regularly with the Philharmonia, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic orchestras as well as regional UK orchestras, the Berlin Philharmomic, Stuttgart Philharmonic, French National, La Scala Milan, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He has also performed in North America and made several acclaimed recordings.

Also available:

LUTOSLAWSKI  Opera Omnia Vol 1 - Chamber Music
Lutoslawski Quartet Wroclaw

CD Accord New Releases:
June 2010

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WEYSE The Key Masterpieces
CD 1 Symphony No 7 in E flat major (1799)
Royal Danish Orchestra • Michael Schønwandt, conductor
Three songs: Hyrden græsser sine får from Festen på Kenilworth (1836), Skønjomfru, luk dit vindue op from Sovedrikken (1809), Natten er så stille from Prinsesse Isabella (1840)
Mathias Hedegaard, tenor • Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Adam Fischer, conductor

From Festen på Kenilworth:  Zigeunerdans (Gypsy Dance)
Odense Symphony Orchestra • Ole Scmidt, conductor
Piano Sonata No 6 in B flat major (1799)
Thomas Trondhjem, piano
7 aftensange (7 Evening Songs) (1838)
Else Torp, soprano • Mathias Hedegaard, tenor • Marie Rørbech, piano
CD 2 Symphony No 1 in G minor (1795 rev. 1806)
Royal Danish Orchestra • Michael Schønwandt, conductor
8 Etudes Op 51 (1831)
Bohumila Jedlickova, piano
From Sove drikken (The Sleeping Draught): Overture
Danish National Chamber Orchestra •Giordano Bellincampi, conductor
Christmas Cantata
Bodil Arnesen, soprano • Dorte Elsebet Larsen, soprano
Kirsten Dolberg, alto • Peter Grønlund, tenor • Stephen Milling, bass
Tivoli Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir
Michael Schønwandt, conductor

DACAPO 8.226105-06

C.E.F. WEYSE (1774-1842) began his career as a strong fan and follower of W.A. Mozart, but soon developed an irresistibly personal and truly national attitude to his art. This exclusive collection of Weyse’s finest vocal and instrumental works fully portrays the composer’s genius as well as his status as the first composer of the Danish Golden Age period.

‘Full of fresh vitality and some glorious melodies. Warmly recommended.’ (Gramophone)

DACAPO New Releases
January 2010
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Newton Classics

BACH Great Choral Works

Mass in B minor, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio
Walter Berry, Peter Pears, Elly Ameling, Werner Hollweg, Yvonne Minton, Helen Watts, Tom Krause, Werner Krenn, Hermann Prey, Fritz Wunderlich & other soloists • Wiener Singakademiechor • Stuttgart Hymnus-Chor
Lübecker Kantorei • Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Karl Münchinger conductor

Newton Classics NC8802001

In the late 1960 and early 70s Karl Münchinger and his Stuttgart forces were mainstay of the record catalogue when it came to Baroque repertoire. Münchinger was astute in his choice of soloists, and the cast list for these recordings reads like a role call of the great names of the period. These are recordings that are both important historical documents, and that can hold their own alongside today’s period practice interpretations.

‘I enjoyed every moment of the fine performance, and the excellent recording, and found it alive from start to finish’ (Gramophone, December 1967, on Christmas Oratorio)

‘Many will be glad to hear Peter Pears’s superb performance of the Evangelist’ (Gramophone, March 1965)

Also available:

TALLIS Spem in Alium: Lamentations
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury, conductor

Newton Classics NC8802002

DVOŘÁK Symphony 8, Symphony 9, Noonday Witch,
In Nature’s Realm

Vienna Philharmonic • Seiji Ozawa, conductor
Newton Classics NC8802003

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto
Katia and Marielle Labèque, pianos
Newton Classics NC8802004

Baroque Oboe
Heinz Holliger, oboe • Academy of St Martin in the Fields
I Musici

Newton Classics NC8802005

HAYDN Symphonies Nos 6-8
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner, conductor

Newton Classics NC8802006

Mélodies Françaises – A French Song Collection
Gérard Souzay, baritone • Dalton Baldwin, piano
Newton Classics NC8802007

CHOPIN Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Ballades, Barcarolle, Fantaisie
Jorge Bolet, piano • Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Newton Classics NC8802008

FALLA Suites from El Sombrero de Tres Picos,
El amor brujo, Fantasia Baetica,
Cuatro piezas españolas

Alicia de Larrocha, piano
Newton Classics NC8802009

BRAHMS Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2,
Klavierstücke, Ballades

Stephen Kovacevic, piano • London Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis, conductor

Newton Classics NC8802010

BARTÓK Complete String Quartets
Hagen Quartet
Newton Classics NC8802011

SCHUBERT Favourite Lieder
Gérard Souzay, baritone • Dalton Baldwin, piano
Newton Classics NC8802012

STRAVINSKY Famous Ballets
Montreal Symphony Orchestra • Montreal Sinfonietta
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Newton Classics NC8802013

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GERSHWIN Piano Concerto
BERNSTEIN Symphony No 2 ‘The Age of Anxiety’

Ingrid Jacoby, piano • Russian National Orchestra • Dmitry Liss, conductor
Ondine ODE 1163-2

The two works for piano and orchestra on this disc have been a prominent feature of American concert music during the past century and more. Interestingly, neither composer is known primarily for his orchestral music, as opposed to their output of musicals and stage-shows. Both of them, however, were fine pianists and though Gershwin’s talent focused largely on transcriptions of his songs, while Bernstein’s energies were increasingly directed towards conducting, they were more than equal to the task of giving the first performances of their respective works, which have since gone on to enjoy frequent performances over recent years. Praised by The New York Times for her ‘clear articulation… unequivocal phrasing… (and) expressivity’, Ingrid Jacoby has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation.

Ondine New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010

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Opus Arte

WAGNER Siegfried
Stephen Gould (Siegfried) • Gerhard Siegel (Mime)
Albert Dohmen (Der Wanderer) • Andrew Shore (Alberich)
Hans-Peter König (Fafner) • Christa Mayer (Erda)
Linda Watson (Brünnhilde) • Robin Johannsen (Waldvogel)
Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra • Christian Thielemann, conductor

Opus Arte OACD9003D (4-CD Set)

Recorded live at the Bayreuth Festival in 2008, this production is the third part of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. Christian Thielemann is one of the most sought-after conductors in the world.

‘there is no doubt that this year's Ring at Bayreuth belongs to...Thielemann... [who] creates a musical experience epic in its scale and inexorable in its apocalyptic, shattering power.’ (The Guardian)

‘tremendous singing.’ (The Stage)

Also available:

WAGNER  Die Walküre
(Bayreuth Festival 2008, Thielemann)

Opus Arte OACD9002D (4-CD Set)

Opus Arte New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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Solo Musica

Tokarev plays Rosenblatt
ROSENBLATT Gipsy Fantasy after Monti, Concertino of Two Russian Themes, Paganini Variations, Cello Sonata, Two Fragments from the Ballet Suite ‘Alice’s Adventures in wonderland’, Waltzing with Hartmann (after Mussorgsky)
Nikolai Tokarev, Alexander Rosenblatt, piano • Graf Mourja, violin
Alexander Zagorinsky, cello • Oleg Sinkin, piano
Irina Popova, piano • Alex Rostotsky, electro bass
Alexander Mashin, drums • The State Mosfilm Studio Symphony Orchestra
Sergey Skripka, conductor

Solo Musica SM137

The music of Alexander Rosenblatt combines classical forms and methods with vintage jazzy features (harmonies, rhythms, melodic lines). Anchored as it is in the classical tradition, Rosenblatt's key message to performers of his music is: ‘Please don’t pretend you are jazz PLAYERS!’ Whatever the genre (sonata, fantasy, instrumental concerto, etc) Rosenblatt’s music always reveals a highly Romantic approach. Rosenblatt is also an excellent pianist, as we can hear on the track Concertino on Two Russian Themes for 4 hands, which he plays together with Nikolai Tokarev, who has received the German Echo Classical 2008 award as Best Newcomer (piano).

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Two Pianists

RACHMANINOV Complete Piano Duos
Luis Magalhaes, Nina Schumann, pianos
TwoPianists TP1039039

The works of Sergei Rachmaninov greatly influenced the development of piano literature and performance practice. Not only was he one of the most prolific and innovative composers for the instrument, his piano performances set the tone for a greater exposure of concert pianists; this required a more demanding technique, setting new standards of technical expertise. Only a small number of significant two-piano works had been written by the end of the nineteenth century. Thus the four major works for two pianos by Rachmaninoff form a substantial part of any duo’s standard repertoire. The four works are: Russian Rhapsody; Fantasie-Tableaux (also known as Suite No. 1), opus 5; Suite No. 2, opus 17; and Symphonic Dances, opus 45.

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Selected DVDs


Berlin Philharmonic - Italian Night
Angela Gheorghiu, soprano • Sergej Larin, tenor • Bryn Terfel, baritone
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Claudio Abbado, conductor

Arthaus 107154

As one of the most beautiful open-air venues in Europe, the Berlin Waldbühne draws more than twenty thousand people per year to enjoy popular classical music performed by the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic under the beguiling canopy of a summer night’s sky. While some of the most famous conductors have already taken the podium at these concerts, repeated performances have most notably been given by the Italian maestro Claudio Abbado. The programme of Abbado’s 1996 “Italian Night” at the Waldbühne focused on highlights from operas by the Italian composers Giuseppe Verdi, Gioacchino Rossini and the master of bel canto – Vincenzo Bellini. Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic were once again accompanied by outstanding luminaries from the international opera scene: the Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, whose exquisite good looks are surpassed only by the sublime beauty of her voice, the great Russian tenor Sergej Larin and the Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, one of the most sought-after opera and oratorio singers in the world.

Also available:

Berlin Philharmonic – A Night of Dances & Rhapsodies
Mikhail Rudy, piano • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, conductor

Arthaus 107155

Berlin Philharmonic – European Concert 1998
Swedish Radio Choir • Eric Ericson Chamber Choir
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Claudio Abbado, conductor

Arthaus 107159

Coming soon:

Berlin Philharmonic – A Romantic Opera Night
Ben Hepner, tenor • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
James Levine, conductor

Arthaus 107156
Berlin Philharmonic – European Concert 1992
Plácido Domingo, tenor • Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Arthaus 107157
Berlin Philharmonic – European Concert 1991
Works by MOZART
Cheryl Studer, soprano • Bruno Canino, piano
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Claudio Abbado, conductor

Arthaus 107158
Berlin Philharmonic – European Concert 1999
Christine Schäfer, soprano • Emanuel Ax, piano
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Bernard Haitink, conductor

Arthaus 107160

Arthaus New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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C Major

Salzburg Opening Concert
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales, BARTÓK Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No 1, STRAVINSKY The Firebird (1910)
Daniel Barenboim, piano • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Boulez, conductor

C Major 702508

With Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra you are assured of a superlative concert of music by three of the greatest composers of the 20th Century. Pierre Boulez will perform in 2010 in USA, Germany and Switzerland.

‘Unsurpassable in terms of the delicacy of its sonorities.’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

‘An ideal combination’ (Kronenzeitung)

‘Boulez at his most responsive and insightful in all three works. And a grandiose orchestra – the Wiener Philharmoniker in top form’ (Kurier)

C Major New Releases:
January 2010
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Nobel Prize Concert 2009
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture Op 96, RAVEL Piano Concerto in G Major, PROKOFIEV Suites No 1 and 2 from Romeo and Juliet
Martha Argerich, piano • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

EuroArts 2057898

As part of the official Nobel Week, the world’s most renowned artists are gathering each year to pay tribute to the Nobel Laureates. An event of world-class stature with performances of the highest international standard. Members of the Swedish Royal Family as well as guests of the Nobel Foundation attend the highly acclaimed event, which gathers internationally renowned artists and conductors each year. A very special highlight was soloist Martha Argerich, one of the very charismatic and brilliant pianists, performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major under Yuri Temirkanov leading the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The program also includes Prokofiev’s Suites from Romeo and Juliet.

Also available in July 2010:

Jurowski conducts Strauss & Ravel
Hélène Grimaud, piano • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

EuroArts 3078738

EuroArts New Releases:
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