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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


Cantaloupe Music


DENNEHY Stainless Staining
Lisa Moore, piano
Cantaloupe CA-21062

Commissioned by Lisa Moore with funds provided by the Arts Council of Ireland, Stainless Staining was written for piano and soundtrack. The soundtrack is made up of samples of a piano (played both normally, and "inside") retuned to provide a massive harmonic spectrum of 100 overtones based on a fundamental low G#. Explains the composer, ‘This reflects an increasing recent concern of mine with a kind of pulsating, rhythmic use of the overtone series. That concern can range from a rather extreme concentration in this piece and Bulb ( a piano trio where pulsing glissandos connect nodes in the harmonic series) to a more integrated approach in the large scale vocal and instrumental pieces, where that approach is used often in a looser fashion only in particular areas.’

Cantaloupe Music catalogue on naxos.com


Carpe Diem


DANILEVSKI The Uncertainty Principle
Flanders Recorder Quartet
Larissa Groeneveld, cello
Ensemble SYNTAGMA

Carpe Diem CD-16291

The Uncertainty Principle is a journey into the mystical musical world of Russian composer Alexandre Danilevski, where music and instruments from the middle-ages to modern day meet and create an unexpectedly beautiful soundscape. On this recording, Danilevski’s own ensemble Syntagma interprets two of his works for mixed ensemble and voice, while the Flanders Recorder Quartet plays his Antiphones and cellist Larissa Groeneveld presents Revelation, a concerto for cello solo.

Carpe Diem catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


LORENTZEN Erotic Hymns
Morten Frank Larsen, baritone
Jens E. Christensen, organ
Joanna Stroz, percussion

Dacapo 8.226568

Erotic Hymns (1998) is a sacred song cycle in which composer Bent Lorentzen (b. 1935) combines Baroque and contemporary Danish poetry in a fascinating exploration of the relationship between erotic and religious experience. This world premiere recording by baritone Morten Frank Larsen and organist Jens E. Christensen also features three of Lorentzen’s major organ works and concludes with a chorale motet cycle, balancing the CD in beautiful symmetry.

Dacapo catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


KRALIK Komm mit mir!
Donald George, tenor
Lucy Mauro, piano

Delos DE3424

In keeping with Delos’ emerging tradition of bringing the worthy music of unjustly neglected composers again to light, we offer here the premiere recording devoted to the vibrant and engaging art songs of Mathilde von Kralik (1857-1944): a most accomplished and appealing composer whose music is ripe for rediscovery. A prized student of Bruckner at the Vienna Conservatory (where she also met Mahler), she graduated first in her class in an era when women’s creative abilities were largely scorned. Also an accomplished pianist and singer, she went on to become a leading figure of Viennese artistic life. Working very closely with her like-minded older brother Richard, she composed in multiple genres – setting more than 120 of his poems and texts in her distinctly late-romantic songs, choral works and operas; the bulk of the texts used in this collection are from him. In this recording von Kralik has gained ardent champions in tenor Donald George and pianist Lucy Mauro. Their inspired performances will convince you that her meticulously crafted, highly original and startlingly beautiful music deserves to be ranked alongside that of much better known Lieder composers of her day.

Delos catalogue on naxos.com


Dorian Sono Luminus


TWO LUTES: LUTE DUETS FROM ENGLAND’S GOLDEN AGE
Ronn McFarlane and William Simms, lutes
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92155

GRAMMY®-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute – the most popular instrument of the Renaissance – into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Recently, Ronn has been engaged in composing new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist, composers of past century. William Simms is an active performer of early music. Equally adept at lute, theory and baroque guitar, he appears regularly with the Bach Sinfonia, Apollo’s Fire, Harmonious Blacksmith, and The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue on naxos.com


Music Agents Red Label


SHAKESPEARE LOOKING EAST
Kristin Linklater, speaker
Martin Gonschorek, flute

Music Agents RED Label MA535

The great Scottish-American actress and voice teacher Kristin Linklater dedicated her life to the poet Shakespeare. For the first time on CD, she tells of the joys and sorrows of love with a selection of 23 sonnets, detailing the turbulence of youth, the same of betrayal, the wisdom of maturity. The flute joins the song in the middle of the concert of passions: the exiled Korean composer Isang Yun (1917-1995) contemplates the drama of life from the East. His Chinese Images masterfully played by Martin Gonschorek and the epic song of Sori unite Eastern tradition with Western modernity. This atmosphere gives way to turmoil and tranquility with music and language side by side – it is as if the composer suddenly began to speak and the poet burst into song.

Music Agents Red catalogue on naxos.com


Oehms Classics


GERSHWIN Songbook, Rhapsody in Blue
Michael Endres, piano
Oehms Classics OC418

In addition to Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin is most frequently associated with individual songs. It is less well known that Gershwin himself arranged the most popular of these for piano. This new recording presents 18 pieces from his songbook in fantastic interpretations by Michael Endres.

Oehms Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


THE LEGACY OF MAHLER
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano
Marita Viitasalo, piano

Ondine ODE1208-2

Ondine is pleased to announce the debut release of charismatic mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen. Following her recent career change from a successful violinist to a concert and opera singer, Virpi Räisänen has already appeared at the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Netherlands Opera, and the Salzburg Festival. Virpi Räisänen is admirably multifaceted being equally at home with contemporary as well as with baroque music, her beautiful timbre seems to fit well in all genres.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Arthaus Musik


VERDI Otello
Renata Telabdi, Desdemona
Hans Beirer, Otello • William Dooley, Iago
Deutsche Oper Berlin • Giuseppe Patanè
Hans-Peter Lehmann, stage director

Arthaus Musik 101 644 [DVD]

Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello was a career role for soprano Renata Tebaldi, from her first operatic performance outside of Italy to her final appearance on the opera stage. Between those landmarks she performed the role nearly 100 times all over the world and made studio audio recordings that became reference recordings for that role. This 1962 production with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and Giuseppe Patanè was planned as a media event from the outset and blessedly captures a consummate artist in a signature role at the peak of her gifts.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com


C Major Entertainment


BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 16 (version for string orchestra)
Wiener Philharmoniker • Leonard Bernstein
HAYDN Missa in tempore belli
Blegen • Fassbaender • Ahnsjö • Sotin
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Leonard Bernstein

C Major 711604 [Blu-ray Video] / 711508 [DVD]

Released for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray, Leonard Bernstein’s interpretations of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 16 and Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli are quite superb. Only the strings of the Vienna Philharmonic could carry off the orchestral rendition of Beethoven’s opus 135 with bravura, since each player is a true soloist. Bernstein and the orchestra wanted to play a difficult Beethoven quartet in a monster setting, achieving a truly exciting performance unlike anything anyone has ever heard.

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


EPC Distribution


R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier
Catherine Carby, Octavian • Cheryl Barker, Marschallin
Manfred Hemm, Ochs • Emma Pearson, Sophie
Warwick Fyfe, Faninal • Opera Australia • Andrew Litton
Brian Fitzgerald, stage director

EPC Distribution OPOZ56026DVD [DVD] / OPOZ56028CD [CD]

Der Rosenkavalier, the most successful opera of Strauss and von Hofmannsthal’s partnership, is a story of love, lust and human frailty. The story is not complicated but it soars and dips on Strauss’ music with Hofmannsthal’s expressive libretto. With Barker in the role of the Marschallin, who can fail to be moved by her poignant portrayal of facing the final loss of youth and her young lover, Count Octavian (Carby), is a young man who has his life to enjoy with no thought of anything but pleasure and the Marschallin’s company – until he meets the beautiful and innocent Sophie von Faninal (Pearson). The boorish Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau is superbly exposed by Hemm, his Viennese accent lending authenticity. Led by conductor Litton and staged by Oberle.

EPC Distribution catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


SCHUMANN
Takács Quartet
Zoltán Kocsis and András Schiff, pianos

EuroArts 2066828 [DVD]

These magnificent Schumann performances, by some of the finest Hungarian musicians to emerge during the 1970s, illustrate to perfection why the music of this German composer continues to fascinate audiences as much today as it did when it first appeared about 175 years ago. Schumann’s passionate and ambiguous nature is encapsulated in works that range across the entire gamut of human emotions. They are complemented by some of the most popular and delightful works by Debussy and Bartók.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


HANDEL Rinaldo
Sonia Prina, Rinaldo • Varduhi Abrahamyan, Goffredo
Tim Mead, Eustazio • Anett Fritsch, Almirena
Brenda Rae, Armida • Luca Pisaroni, Argante
William Towers, A Christian Magician
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment • Ottavio Dantone
Robert Carsen, stage director

Opus Arte OABD7107D [Blu-ray] / OA1081D [DVD]

Skin-tight rubber and lacrosse sticks bring contemporary chic to this timeless fantasy of warriors and witches in Robert Carsen’s fun-filled transformation of Handel’s first London triumph. Conducting from the keyboard just as Handel himself did, Ottavio Dantone leads a youthful cast of today’s luminaries in the dramatic art of Baroque opera, the ‘affecting’ Sonia Prina, the ‘unadorned intensity’ of Anett Fritsch and ‘fire-breathing flair’ (The Observer) of Brenda Rae.

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com

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