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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


Altissimo


SEMPER FI! - The Best of the United States Marine Band
Bates, Knox, Patterson, Sousa, The President’s Own United States Marine Band
Altissimo 75442203042

 

Altissimo catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


CHANSON D'AVRIL - French chansons and mélodies
Cabell, Terry
Delos DE3450

“It’s a voice that wraps itself around you…long, sinuous phrasing, warm tone and sophistication...” – The Times of London. Such praise is typical of critical reaction to American soprano Nicole Cabell’s ravishing singing. Ms. Cabell has taken the classical world by storm since winning the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World award. Drawn strongly to the French vocal repertoire, Nicole – in this, her first recording for Delos – explores the world of the chanson and its direct descendant, the mélodie.

Delos catalogue on naxos.com


Oehms Classics


MAYR, J.S.: Ginevra di Scozia [Opera seria]
Papatanasiu, Hinterdobler, Bonitatibus, Irányi, Zeffiri, Cilic, Schöne, Mischok, Heinrich Schütz Ensemble Vornbach Mens Chorus, Steidler, Munich Radio Orchestra, Petrou
Oehms Classics OC960

Oehms Classics presents the Jubilee Concert “250th Anniversary of the Birth of Simon Mayr,” made in June 2013 in Ingolstadt (Bavaria), Germany. The performance was of Mayr’s opera Ginevra di Scozia, a Scotland saga that marked an important step in the transition towards romantic Italian opera. The singers, together with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester, perform under the musical direction of George Petrou. This is the fifth Mayr opera recording to grace the Oehms Classics catalog.

Oehms Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


RACHMANINOV, S.: Monna Vanna: Act I / Songs
Isokoski, Ashkenaz, Moscow Conservatory Opera Soloists, Moscow Conservatory Students Choir and Symphony Orchestra
Ondine ODE1249-2

Sergei Rachmaninov’s (1873-1943) rarely heard, unfinished opera Monna Vanna was the only major score he took with him into exile in the USA after the 1917 revolution. This new recording is based on Gennadi Belov’s new edition and conducted by an iconic artist and Russian music expert Vladimir Ashkenazy. The second part of this disc features Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski singing seven Rachmaninov songs (including the hauntingly beautiful Vocalise), accompanied on the piano by Mr. Ashkenazy.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Orlando Records


AGOCS, K. / GAUCHAT, M.M. / LOVEDAY, C. / MORGAN, R. / PURGINA, J. / KAMIMOTO, Mari: Exploring the World (Ensemble Reconsil) - Chamber Music
Kouzmanova-Vladar, Ensemble Reconsil, Freisitzer
Orlando Records OR0013

42 new works by 42 Austrian composers, exploring 14 countries from all over the world, which are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United States of America. “We cordially invite you to travel with us, to explore and discover the music of all 87 composers from the 14 countries and Austria included in “Ensemble Reconsil – Exploring the World” with us.” - Roland Freisitzer



Paladino Music


POULENC, F. / DEBUSSY, C. / MILHAUD, D. / BOZZA, E.: Ashkenazy, Dimitri - Clarinet Recital (French Clarinet Music)
Ashkenazy, Lang, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Nott
Paladino Music PMR0055

 

Paladino Music catalogue on naxos.com


Solo Musica


FRANCAIX, J.: Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings / MOZART, W.A.: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 (Through Time)
Lopes, English Chamber Orchestra
Solo Musica SM211

Invited to perform and record with the heralded English Chamber Orchestra, bassoonist Rui Lopes then took on the challenge of choosing the program’s repertoire. He chose to start with Vivaldi and Mozart, leaping into the Romantic era with Elgar and finally on to the modern era with Jean Françaix and Villa-Lobos. Rui Lopes only began bassoon study at age 18, but is nonetheless one of the more promising bassoonists of his generation. The Elgar and Françaix arrangements are world première recordings.

Solo Musica catalogue on naxos.com


Tactus


SGAMBATI, G.: Piano Concerto / Cola di Rienzo / Berceuse-Rêverie (arr. J. Massenet for orchestra)
Caramiello, Nürnberger Philharmoniker, Ventura
Tactus TC841908

Famed Lisztian pupil Giovanni Sgambati’s (1841-1914) Piano Concerto, op. 15, was the first work of its kind in Italy in the second half of the 19th century. His masterly inventive piano writing is placed at the service of a fully symphonic form, thus revealing his true vocation as a symphonist. The overture to Pietro Cossa’s Cola di Rienzo and the Jules Massenet transcription for small-orchestra instrumentation of Sgambati’s Berceuse-Rêverie receive here their world première recordings.

Tactus catalogue on naxos.com


TwoPianists


LYAPUNOV, S.M. / CHOPIN, F. / LISZT, F. / PIANA, R.: Pompa-Baldi, Antonio - Piano Recital (After A Reading of ... Liszt)
Pompa-Baldi
TwoPianists TP1039305

On his TwoPianists debut, the prize-winning Italian concert pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi offers an enticing program of Liszt-connected works. Sergei Lyapunov’s Transcendental Etude, op. 11/12, carries the title “Élégie en memoire de Franz Liszt” and Chopin’s Etudes, op.10 are dedicated to Franz Liszt. The final tribute piece on this program, “Après une Lecture de Liszt” by the Sardinian-born composer Roberto Piana (b. 1971) was dedicated to Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

TwoPianists catalogue on naxos.com


Vienna Symphony Orchestra


STRAUSS II. J. / STRAUSS, E. / STRAUSS, Josef: Orchestral Music
Vienna Symphony, Honeck
Vienna Symphony Orchestra WS005

After the early death of Strauss Sr., his oldest son Johann (1825–99), the “Waltz King”, assumed leadership of the father’s orchestra. The youngest son Eduard (1835–1916) later joined the ensemble. The middle son, Josef (1827–70) eventually learned to compose and became a musician as well. As a composer he was certainly on par with his older brother; his dances often display a certain wistfulness and Schubertian lilt. This CD unites compositions of all three sons of the Strauss dynasty’s founder.

Vienna Symphony Orchestra catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Arthaus Musik


GLUCK, C.W.: 300 YEARS - Alceste / Iphigenie en Tauride / Orfeo ed Euridicie
Naglestad, Kaasch, Rydh, Smith, Chorus and Orchestra of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Carydis, Wieler, Morabito, Gilfry, Galstian, van der Walt, Orchestra “La Scintilla” of the Opernhaus Zürich, Christie, Guth, Kowalski, Gillian Webster Jeremy Budd Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera
Arthaus Musik 108111 [Blu-ray Video]

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714-1787), of whom the operatic worlds celebrates the 300th anniversary of his birth in 2014 (2 July), is called ‘the opera reformer of the 18th century’, so great was his influence on the development of music theater in his time. This special Blu-ray package features three prize-winning productions of his most popular operas on one disc; Alceste, from Stuttgart, awarded “performance of the year” in 2006 by the magazine Opernwelt, Iphigénie en Tauride from Zurich (2001), led by baroque specialist William Christie and Harry Kupfer’s legendary Orfeo ed Euridice production from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (1991) with Jochen Kowalski in the title role, which won the Olivier Award. A documentary film by Inger Åby entitled Winds of Change, Winds of Love – The Life of Christoph Willibald Gluck is offered as a bonus.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com


C Major Entertainment


EL SISTEMA AT SALZBURG FESTIVAL
Rattle, Parra, National Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
C Major 717004 [Blu-ray Video]

El Sistema is the internationally famous phenomenon from Venezuela. The invitation of the National Children’s Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the White Hands Choir to the Salzburg Festival 2013 shows their reputation, musical and educational quality. The 2nd part of the Salzburg Festival program is the White Hands Choir concert and documentary about the choir’s first tour abroad following its invitation to the Salzburg Festival. The program features Latin-American folk songs and Piazzolla arrangements as well as choral works by Mozart and Hassler. Children with physical and mental handicaps, children with hearing difficulties and even deaf-mute children are all united in this one chorus. “When I first conducted the Infantil Orchestra in Caracas, I could not believe that children (age 9-14) could not only play all the notes but also make such wonderful music.” – Sir Simon Rattle

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


WAGNER, R.: Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Die) (Vienna State Opera, 2013)
Gatti, Herheim, Bohinec, Gabler, Saccà , Sonn, Volle, Werba, Zeppenfeld
EuroArts 2072684 [Blu-ray Video]

Filmed during the 2013 Salzburg Festival, this new staging of Richard Wagner’s “Meistersinger”, conducted by Daniele Gatti, burst upon the audience like a thunderclap. The New York Times deemed it “…fresh, charming and perceptive…magical and irresistible!”. Director Stefan Herheim’s inspired staging set this midsummer night’s dream as a fairytale narrative. Roberto Saccà as Walther von Stolzing showed effortless control in his superb realization of the part; Michael Volle has both the voice and the acting ability to flesh out a fascinatingly multi-layered portrait of Hans Sachs. The package design follows the successful Salzburg Festival serial blueprint with luxury slipcase, and includes “A Making of…” documentary.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Naxos


ALDRIDGE, R.: Parables - An Interfaith Oratorio (Romey)
Okell, Yunus, Zabala, Zawisza, University of Minnesota Choruses, University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, University Singers, Romey
Naxos 2.110358 [DVD]

Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein are internationally renowned for their GRAMMY® award-winning opera Elmer Gantry (2007). Their follow-up collaboration, Parables (2010) is a cantata for soloists, a 200-voice choir and 80-piece orchestra. The attack on the World Trade Center in September 2001 haunts its writing but the use of passages from the Torah, New Testament and Koran seeks to bind the major faiths’ commonality, hopeful of healing and reconciliation. In this staged performance young dancers, costumes, and projection emphasize the music’s powerfully theatrical impact.

Naxos DVDs catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


WAGNER, R.: Fliegende Holländer (Der) (Bayreuth Festival, 2013)
Youn, Bruns, Mayer, Muzek, Merbeth, Selig, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus, Thielemann
Opus Arte OABD7147D [Blu-ray Video]

Jan Philipp Gloger’s controversial Bayreuth production of Die Fliegende Holländer was greeted with huge acclaim. He translates the Dutchman’s tale of travail and redemption to a future where part-human/part-cyborgs grind out an existence in a world completely subservient to business and commerce. The production stars Samuel Youn, Ricarda Merbeth, and Franz-Josef Selig, and is conducted by Christian Thielemann. “…Mr. Youn…sings with dignity touched with anguish.” – The New York Times

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com

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