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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


Jansons conducts Richard Strauss
Rosenkavalier Suite, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks,
Four Last Songs

Anja Harteros, soprano • Andreas Röhn, violin solo
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra • Mariss Jansons, conductor

BR Klassik 900707

Since 2003, Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. With him, the orchestra has experienced one of the most successful phases in its history, not least through its sixth place ranking in Gramophone magazine’s Best Orchestras in the World list. ‘His music has been my constant companion throughout my life and has moved me very deeply time and again,’ said Mariss Jansons of Richard Strauss. The program on this CD comprises three of Strauss’s best-known compositions, starting with the Rosenkavalier Suite then moving on to the colourful spectacle of Till Eulenspiegel all the way to the Four Last Songs. Here, Mariss Jansons brings one of the most celebrated sopranos of recent times together with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

BR Klassik New Releases:
January 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010

BR Klassik catalogue on naxos.com


Capriccio


102 MASTERPIECES - Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra Miniatures
Various composers & artists
Capriccio C5051 [2-CD Set]

SPECIAL BIRTHDAY RELEASE During the 2009-10 jubilee season, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra produced 102 miniatures for orchestra, from A to Z (Ablinger to Zabelka), either written for the occasion, selected, re- or de-constructed miniatures for orchestra. This mosaic of Austrian voices, sounds and tonal structures, a collection of curious but remarkable music. This 2-CD album offers a unique glimpse into the thrilling sound of classical music alive in Austria today, a veritable musical kaleidoscope.

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

Capriccio catalogue on naxos.com


Carpe Diem


NEW LABEL!
De Profundis
Tre Bassi featuring Hille Perl, Lee Santana & Michel Godard
Carpe Diem CD-16274

Carpe Diem is a record label for Early Music, New Music and Improvised Music - a label for border crossers. On this new release, basses Alain Buet, Paul Willenbrock and Philippe Roche (Tre Bassi) meet Hille Perl, Michel Godard and Lee Santana (Viola da Gamba, Serpent, Theorbo), celebrating a dark but beautiful soundscape consisting of Compositions from ancient masters, improvisations and contemporary works by Godard and Santana. Recorded by John Hadden in Eglise St. Martin, Courtisols, France.

Carpe Diem catalogue on naxos.com


Cedille


NEW LABEL!
MIASKOVSKY, RACHMANINOV, SCRIABIN, PROKOFIEV, SCHNITTKE Russian Music for Cello & Piano
Wendy Warner, cello • Irina Nuzova, piano
Cedille CDR90000-120

The WarnerNuzova duo — cellist Wendy Warner and pianist Irina Nuzova — makes its recording debut with five late-Romantic Russian works on an album dedicated to the memory of one of Warner’s mentors, the illustrious Russian cellist, composer, and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich (1927–2007).  Fittingly, two of the pieces were originally written for Rostropovich: Nikolai Miaskovsky’s rarely heard Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 81; and Alfred Schnittke’s Baroque-inspired Musica nostalgica, for violoncello and piano.  This is the first American recording of Miaskovsky’s mellifluous Sonata No. 2, a work that’s rarely performed outside of Russia. It will be a discovery for most listeners.  Alexander Scriabin’s Etude Op. 8, No. 11, is a beautiful encore piece brimming with chromatic harmonies; Sergei Prokofiev’s Adagio from Ten Pieces from Cinderella, Op. 97b, is based on a duet from his ballet; and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, is a riveting four-movement work from the same period as his Second Piano Concerto

Cedille recordings are not available in Australia via Naxos.

Cedille catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


LANGGAARD Music of the Spheres
Music of the Spheres, The Time of the End, From the Deep
Inger Dam-Jensen soprano • Hetna Regitze Bruun, mezzo-soprano
Johan Reuter, baritone • Lars Cleveman, tenor
Danish National Concert Choir • Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

DACAPO 6.220535

DACAPO MAKES HISTORY WITH THIS FINAL ALBUM IN ITS ACCLAIMED LANGGAARD SERIES
Music of the Spheres is a symphonic work of great complexity, calling for a large orchestra, organ and choir, a supporting (distant) orchestra including a soprano voice, and a further piano on which the strings are played directly rather than via the keys. Langgaard described his intentions, saying ‘In Music of the Spheres, I have completely given up everything one understands by themes, consistency, form, and continuity. It is music veiled in black and impenetrable by mists of death’. Thomas Dausgaard has long been a champion of Rued Langgaard’s works and has recorded all 16 symphonies with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra on Dacapo, a project which was completed in 2009 with the release of the full box set. For this new and important recording Dausgaard couples Music of the Spheres with two later works by Langgaard - The Time of the End and From the Deep - bringing an overview to the composer’s music over a period of 35 years.

Recording Session Video on YouTube
See and hear conductor Thomas Dausgaard talk about Langgaard and the 12-year long and now concluded recording work of the great Danish composer's orchestral music.

UK PREMIERE – LANGGAARD AT THE PROMS!
Thomas Dausgaard conducts the Danish National Symphony Orchestra at this year’s Prom no. 35 on 11 August, Royal Albert Hall 7 pm giving the UK premiere of Rued Langgaard’s Music of the Spheres, nearly a century after the work was written. Dacapo Records’ new recording of Music of the Spheres, recorded by Thomas Dausgaard and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, is released to coincide with this unique occasion. More information

This BBC Proms concert features acclaimed violinist Henning Kraggerud whose Naxos recordings have been critically acclaimed.

WIN THE COMPLETE DACAPO LANGAARD RECORDINGS!
Here’s a very special opportunity for you to enter the draw to win the complete DACAPO recordings of Rued Langaard’s extraordinary music. Please email us today and tell us, in a few sentences, why you enjoy DACAPO recordings and what you think about Rued Langgaard’s unique music.

Rued Langgaard Biography & Discography

DACAPO New Releases
January 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
July 2010
August 2010

DACAPO catalogue on naxos.com


Dorian


NEW LABEL!
HASSE  Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra
DSL-92115

Dorian Sono Luminus invites you to a night at the opera with this 2 CD release of Adolf Hasse’s serenata Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra, performed by the Houston-based ensemble Ars Lyrica. Founded in 1998 by harpsichordist and conductor Matthew Dirst, Ars Lyrica Houston has begun to make a name for itself in the international early music community. Gramophone recently praised Ars Lyrica’s début CD (A SCARLATTI Euridice dall'Inferno,  La Concettione della Beata Vergine Naxos 8.570950) for its ‘exemplary skill and taste’, the ensemble’s musicians for their ‘impassioned performance’. In 1721 Johann Adolf Hasse traveled to Italy to hone his craft and seek his fortune. Settling in Naples, Hasse studied composition first with Nicola Porpora, then Alessandro Scarlatti, and began to write seriously for the stage. By 1730 he produced at least seven operas, eight intermezzi, and three serenate, the most significant of which is Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra. Hasse’s score makes vivid the complex emotions of his title characters in eight arias, two duets, and some highly expressive recitative; the whole is introduced by a Sinfonia in two movements. Though the work is scored for just strings and continuo, this recording adds various woodwind colors (oboes, recorders, flute, and bassoon), rendering even more colorful Hasse’s imaginative and supple ideas. This 2-CD set will enchant the early music community, thrill the opera lover, and intrigue all lovers of classical music.

Dorian recordings are not available in Australia via Naxos.

Dorian catalogue on naxos.com


Newton Classics


TALLIS Spem in Alium, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Videte miraculum, Dum transisset Sabbatum, Honor virtus et potestas, Loquebantur variis linguis
Choir of King’s College, Cambridge • Stephen Cleobury, conductor
Newton Classics NC8802002

‘This is King’s College Choir at its most typical: assured, technically precise, with a marvellously professional attention to detail, but quite unfussed; a precision which simply lets the music speak for itself, in the characteristic acoustic of the great perpendicular chapel. In the two Lamentations settings one has the rare chance of hearing the men alone – a fine rich sound. Their calm restraint is admirable, the balance of the voices impeccable and there is some remarkable phrasing’ – Gramophone

Newton Classics New Releases:
July 2010

Newton Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


SIBELIUS Violin Concerto, The Bard, The Wood Nymph
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin • Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
John Storgårds, conductor

Ondine ODE1147-2

Frank Peter Zimmermann is featured here in the virtuoso Sibelius Violin Concerto, one of the most spectacular late Romantic works in its genre. Its dazzling finale has been described as an ‘invocation’ filled with ‘demonic passion’. Also, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra under chief conductor John Storgårds performs two powerful tone poems by the same composer, The Bard and The Wood Nymph – works that were premiered by the same orchestra a century ago, conducted by Sibelius himself.

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

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


OUR Recordings


Chinese Recorder Concertos
Michala Petri, recorder • Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra
Lan Shui, conductor

OUR Recordings 6.220603

Discover the music of four contemporary Chinese composers each of whose works display a distinctive approach to blending eastern and western aesthetic traditions. In the music of classmates Chen Yi and Bright Sheng (both of whom currently reside and teach in America), they wrestled with how to approach the problem of incorporating traditional Chinese material within the largely Western-derived language of modern music. For Sheng, this takes place primarily in terms of utilizing Chinese melodies and subject matter within the context of a 20th century symphonic idiom. In Chen Yi’s music, she not only incorporates Chinese melodies into her works, but frequently bases her compositions on ancient Chinese musical theories, abstracting and distilling them into a unique, contemporary musical language. In the case of versatile and prolific mainland composer Tang Jianping, the sky is the limit! Tang freely draws on every available resource from Buddhist chants to Bach Preludes and Fugues, creating accessible and emotionally compelling works that could only have been written by a Chinese. The fourth voice in our fugue, Ma Shuilong is the dean of Taiwanese composers and has the honor of being the first-ever Taiwanese composer to have been performed at New York’s Lincoln Center. Ma’s music is also characterized by the amphibious quality seen in that of his younger colleagues – namely adapting Chinese content to western forms and idioms in a musically and aesthetically satisfying manner.

OUR Recordings catalogue on naxos.com


Solo Musica


 ‘Schönere Welten’ – piano for 4 hands by Franz Schubert
Piano Sonata in C major (Grand Duo) D812, Rondo in A major D951
Duo d'Accord (Lucia Huang, Sebastian Euler, piano)
Solo Musica SM138

Vitality, profound expression and incredible diversity – these qualities abound in pieces written for two pianists. For Lucia Huang from Taiwan and her German partner, Sebastian Euler, these scores have always represented the pinnacle of musical accomplishment on the pianoforte. Encouraged and supported by this renowned piano duo, they started to play together towards the end of 1999 and within the next two years they were awarded second prize at the ARD Broadcasting Competition in Munich and first prize at the Murray Dran off Competition in Miami, the most significant piano duo competition worldwide. Following these triumphs, Duo d’Accord began its international career, including concerts in Europe, the USA and Asia, exquisite recordings on CD, and performances with leading orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, or the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and with musicians such as Heinrich Schiff, Christoph Poppen and György Kurtág.

Solo Musica New Releases
July 2010
August 2010

Solo Musica catalogue on naxos.com


Two Pianists


VIVALDI The Four Seasons / PIAZZOLLA Las Quatroa Estaciones Porteñas
Daniel Rowland, violin & conductor • Stellenbosch Camerata
Two Pianists TP1039015

As a soloist Daniel Rowland has performed widely in venues like the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Symphony Hall in Birmingham, City Halls in Cape Town and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, with noted conductors such as Andrei Boreiko, Djanzug Khakidze, Viktor Liberman, Lawrence Foster, Heinz Holliger, Francois Xavier Roth, Diego Masson, Lev Markiz, James Laughran and Jaap van Zweden. Elation accompanied the release of the Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla instantly raisied the profile of the new group, Stellenbosch University Camerata, to that of a fun, vibrant and top quality South African chamber orchestra, comparable in many ways to fine internationally acclaimed ensembles of similar proportion. Spectacular violin soloist, Daniel Rowland, has performed this repertoire to standing ovation all over the world and his presence in South Africa has yielded electrifying results.  In 2010, this album was awarded the prestigious MTN South African Music Award for Best Classical Album.

‘Glorious playing...ravishing in its finesse’ – The Guardian

‘Extraordinarily expressive’ – The Financial Times

TwoPianists New Releases
July 2010
August 2010

TwoPianists catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Arthaus


VERDI Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra - Roberto Frontali
Amelia Grimaldi - Carmen Giannattasio •

Jacopo Fiesco - Giacomo Prestia • Paolo Albiani - Marco Vratogna
Teatro Comunale di Bologna • Michele Mariotti, conductor

Arthaus 101308 (Blu-ray)

Sliding marble walls, a mosaic-like floor, a leafless tree centre-stage, elegant costumes – with its young cast and a superlative performance by Roberto Frontali as Simon Boccanegra, this production has all the ingredients to leave a lasting impression. The Italian baritone is a regular guest at the world’s major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Zurich Opera House, the Staatsoper Berlin and Dresden’s Semperoper. Born in 1979 and already principal conductor in Bologna, Michele Mariotti directs the ensemble in a bravura performance. Simon Boccanegra remains one of the composer’s most beautiful creations. Verdi’s music underpins this human drama in all its surprising twists and turns.This captivating performance of the opera is now available on BluRay.

Arthaus New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010

Arthaus catalogue on naxos.com



C Major


SCHUBERT/WEBERN Sechs Deutsche Tänze, JOSEF STRAUSS Frauenherz – Polka mazur, Delirien – Waltz, Pêle-mêle – Polka schnell, SCHUBERT Symphony in C major
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra • Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor
C Major 702708

The Salzburg Festival, for many regarded as the world’s most renowned music festival, is by tradition a high-profile event. The 2009 Salzburg Festival opening concert with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Nikolaus Harnoncourt honors the conductor on his 80th birthday and it’s a homage to the Viennese dance. Schubert's Great C Major Symphony is a ‘stirring war painting’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). ‘There is a special philharmonic sound under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and the Wiener Philharmoniker sound as they should in the best-possible case: velvety smooth...and incredibly compelling’ (Salzburger Nachrichten)

C Major New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010
May 2010
June 2010
July 2010
August 2010

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


Sir Simon Rattle conducts Mussorgsky & Borodin
BORODIN Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, Symphony No 2, MUSSORGSKY Prelude to the opera Khovanshchina, Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Ravel), SHOSTAKOVICH The Golden Age Polka
Berliner Philharmonic • Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
EuroArts 2056794

‘The musicians are very articulate, they are very open, they are very curious. They always want to know why we are doing something. They don't just do it – they are not an obedient orchestra in that way, but they are a very creative orchestra.’ – Sir Simon Rattle

A beautiful document of the outstanding contribution Sir Simon Rattle has made to the music world in his work with one of the greatest orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker. A perfect choice of program: The best-known symphonic works of Borodin and Mussorgsky with immediate visceral impact on the audience. The wonderful encore, Shostakovich´s Polka from The Golden Age is announced by Sir Simon Rattle as crazy – it represents the prolonging of the process of modernization set in motion by Borodin and Mussorgsky. A feast for music lovers

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

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Idéale Audience


SIBELIUS Rakastava (‘The Lover’) Op 14, Violin Concerto, Valse triste / SCHUMANN Symphony No 2
Valeriy Sokolov,  violin • Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor

Idéale Audience 3078748

Vladimir Ashkenazy directs the highly acclaimed Chamber Orchestra of Europe and virtuoso violinist Valeriy Sokolov in this remarkable programme of Finnish works combined with Schumann’s uplifting Symphony No. 2. Ashkenazy has particularly been praised for his performances of works by Sibelius and is renowned for his interpretations of Romantic repertoire; his creativity fused with Sokolov’s vitality and the prowess of this multi-national orchestra creates an altogether spellbinding concert.

Idéale Audience New Releases
July 2010
August 2010

Idéale Audience catalogue


Opus Arte


SHAKESPEARE Love’s Labour’s Lost
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Opus Arte OA1035D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7071D (Blu-ray)

When the King of Navarre and his three courtiers forswear all pleasure – particularly of the female variety – in favour of a life of study, the arrival of the Princess of France and her ladies plays havoc with their intentions. Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare’s most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole’s highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Jonathan Fensom’s knot garden and original music by Claire van Kampen create the framework for an engaging performance by an excellent cast. Filmed live in High Definition and true surround sound.

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

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com

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