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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: Lucia Popp
Lucia Popp, soprano
BR-Klassik 900306

Lucia Popp is one of the best-documented and most versatile singers of her generation. Because of her linguistic and stylistic flexibility she was able to sing a very wide range of repertoire. Her acting talent was extraordinary as well. Before she began her vocal studies she had studied medicine and drama and acted in a number of movies. This new release shows a richly varied program with soprano arias by Mozart to Weber and Rossini all the way to Léhar and Stolz taken from concerts given in 1968 to 1982.

BR Klassik catalogue on naxos.com


Cantaloupe Music


Steve MACKEY It Is Time
So Percussion
Cantaloupe CA-21076

It Is Time marshals the virtuosity of the individual members of So Percussion to speed, slow, warp, celebrate and mourn our perceptions of time. Each of the four sections of the piece is a mini-concerto for one of the players. First Eric Beach leads the music in a multi-percussion set up composed of metronome with delay, pump organ, bells, china cymbal on hi-hat stand and a few other assorted toys. Josh Quillen follows on steel drums, Adam Sliwinski on marimba, and Jason Treuting on drumset.

Cantaloupe Music catalogue on naxos.com


Capriccio


CORELLI / MANFREDINI / HANDEL / LOCATELLI
Christmas Concertos

Neues Berliner Kammerorchester • Michael Erxleben
Capriccio C5108

“Fatto per la notte di Natale” (“made for Christmas Eve”) is how numerous Italian composers of the Baroque period headed those orchestral concertos in which a pastoral occupied a firm place as a symbol of intimate shepherds’ music. Although it is natural to suppose that this pastoral and Christmas music was particularly cultivated in Rome, the home of this style was in the north of Italy, in Bologna. From 1670 the city fathers maintained in their gigantic basilica of San Petronio a small, full-time salaried orchestra which on ecclesiastical high holidays was reinforced to more than a hundred players by amateurs and musicians from the neighbourhood, and provided an incomparable splendour of sound in the divine service. The composers of the Bolognese school were either maestri di cappella at San Petronio or took part as musicians in this ensemble like Arcangelo Corelli, Giuseppe Torelli or Francesco Manfredini.

Capriccio catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


Niels MARTHINSEN Snapshot Symphony
Stefan Schulz • Hakan Bjorkman • Jorgen van Rijen
Aarhus Symphony • Christian Lindberg

Dacapo 8.226545

The composer Niels Marthinsen belongs to a generation that has grown up with comic books, superheroes and science fiction. He welcomes all of these phenomena into his symphonic music. This recording features his Snapshot Symphony, two of his special opera trailers and the ingenious concerto for three trombones and orchestra In the Shadow of the Bat – all in the hands of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christian Lindberg.

Dacapo catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


TCHAIKOVSKY Complete Works for Violin & Piano
Sasha Rozhdestvensky, violin • Josiane Marfurt, piano
Delos DE3413

“(Sasha) belongs to a great line of outstanding artists. His approach and relationship to music and the violin is intense, highly sensitive and intelligent,” violinist Ivry Gitlis. This is the only available collection of Tchaikovsky’s music for violin & piano that can be considered truly “complete.” Featuring the world premiere recording of Oh! Chante Encore, Op 16, No 4. The original score was believed to be lost, until Sasha discovered it recently at the National Library of France.



Dorian Sono Luminus


LISZT • HAYDN • SCHUBERT
Gülsin Onay, piano
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92140

One of the greatest musical artists of modern Turkey, Gülsin Onay is an exceptional phenomenon, and Sono Luminus is excited to release her latest project, Liszt, Haydn, Schubert. Listeners will marvel at the kaleidoscopic range of colours she can produce from the instrument, with her unique touch in which even the least important, fleeting note has its own special meaning.

Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue on naxos.com


Newton Classics


CHOPIN Ballades, Piano Concerto No 1
Gary Graffman, piano • Boston Symphony • Charles Munch
Newton Classics NC8802083

Gary Graffman belongs to that incredible flowering of great American virtuosos who burst onto the public scene in the 1940s and 50s. Working with conductors such as George Szell, Leonard Bernstein and Charles Munch, Graffman’s genius sounds as startlingly fresh and vivid today as it did 50 years ago.

Newton Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Oehms Classics


MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde
Sibylla Rubens, soprano • Renee Morloc, alto • Markus Schäfer, tenor • Markus Eiche, baritone
Münchner Bach-Orchester • Hansjörg Albrecht

Oehms Classics OC792

For the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Das Lied von der Erde, Hansjörg Albrecht conceived of a new version of the work, which is now being released on CD for the first time. In this recording, Hans Bethge’s brilliant texts are sung by four instead of the original two soloists. This recording is an entirely new arrangement for smaller orchestra and proves that Gustav Mahler’s works have an equally amazing effect in a chamber music setting as they do with a larger orchestra.

Oehms Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


Apotheosis: The Best of Einojuhani Rautavaara
various artists
Ondine ODE1081-2

This mid-price CD compilation couples the greatest orchestral hits by Einojuhani Rautavaara, who is one of the most-performed and best-selling classical composers alive. Rautavaara is Finland’s most successful composer after Jean Sibelius. He is by nature a romantic, even a mystic, and writes music in a very approachable style. The featured soloists include clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Leif Segerstam have countless pedigrees in performing Rautavaara’s works, including the Grammy-nominated seventh symphony Angel of Light. Also included is Apotheosis with Swedish RSO and Mikko Franck.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


OUR Recordings


Virtuoso Baroque
Michala Petri, recorders • Lars Hannibal, archlute
OUR Recordings 6.220604

A breathtaking Baroque banquet to celebrate 20 years of music making! A delightful and surprising program interpreted by the Petri/Hannibal Duo, who has appeared in concert halls and festivals around the world, giving nearly 1,500 concerts in programs of music from the late renaissance and early baroque, the classical and romantic periods, to contemporary works written especially for them. Together, they have released 5 CDs including Kreisler Inspirations (2001) which received the prestigious Deutscher Schallplattenpreis.

OUR Recordings catalogue on naxos.com


Solo Musica


MAHLER Symphony No 5 in C sharp minor
Neue Philharmonie Westfalen • Heiko Mathias Förster
Solo Musica SM160

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia was founded by a merger of two orchestras in the northern Ruhr area in 1996: the Westphalian Symphony Orchestra in Recklinghausen and the Philharmonic Orchestra in Gelsenkirchen. The conductor Heiko Mathias Förster makes regular guest appearances with orchestras all over the world. The Israel Symphony Orchestra, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and the Prague Symphony Orchestra are only a few of the ensembles Heiko Mathias Förster has conducted in recent years.

Solo Musica catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Accentus Music


J STRAUSS II arr SCHOENBERG / BERG / WEBERN Waltzes
The Philharmonics
Accentus Music ACC-10228 (Blu-ray Video) / ACC-20228 (DVD)

The Philharmonics, the ensemble founded by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, fill the Café Sperl with some of the most authentically Viennese sounds imaginable – the Strauss waltzes that Schoenberg, Berg and Webern arranged and performed in May 1921 to raise funds for their pioneering “Society for Private Musical Performances”. This is music the players have in their blood, and they maintain the echt atmosphere with Godowsky’s tribute to the city, “Alt‐Wien” and a clutch of Kreisler gems, rounding the programme off with a new piece by the ensemble’s leader Tibor Kováč, based on traditional Jewish melodies and Mahler themes, “Yiddische Mame”.

Accentus Music catalogue on naxos.com


Arthaus Musik


MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro
Diana Damrau • Ildebrando D’Arcangelo • Pietro Spagnoli
Marcella Orsatti Talamanca • Monica Bacelli
Teatro alla Scala • Gérard Korsten
Giorgio Strehler, stage director

Arthaus Musik 101589 (DVD)

Recorded live at the Teatro alla Scala in 2006

Giorgio Strehler was one of Europe’s most celebrated theatre directors. In his Piccolo Teatro in Milan he created outstanding interpretations of Bertolt Brecht and William Shakespeare. As an opera director he worked at all the major international opera houses, most notably the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, where he was responsible for productions of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (1971), Macbeth (1975) and in 1980 for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. This legendary production of Mozart’s masterpiece is now available as a 2006 recording, featuring the wonderful Diana Damrau as Susanna and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Figaro.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com


C Major Entertainment


BEETHOVEN The Complete Symphonies
Wiener Philharmoniker • Christian Thielemann
C Major 707204 (Blu-ray Video) / 705308 (DVD)

Christian Thielemann joins forces with the prestigious Wiener Philharmoniker in a unique and monumental project BEETHOVEN 9, their first-ever recording of all 9 Symphonies in full high definition and Surround Sound. This recording from the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein is accompanied by nine(!) hour-long documentaries, one on each symphony, featuring Christian Thielemann and Germany’s most eminent music critic, Prof. Joachim Kaiser. From insights into Beethoven’s musical thinking to interpretational comparisons, including excerpts form legendary performances by Karajan, Bernstein, Böhm, Järvi etc., to historical perpsectives – no aspect of Beethoven’s symphonic oeuvre will remain untreated!

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


Europa Konzert from Lisbon
Maria João Pires, piano • Berliner Philharmoniker • Pierre Boulez
EuroArts 2020218 (DVD)

The marvelous Portuguese pianist Maria João Pires was joined by Boulez and the Berlin Philharmonic for the 2003 European Concert. This concert took place in Lisbon at the ‘Mosteiro dos Jerónimos’ – an impressive monastery built in the early 16th century and a UNESCO-accredited World Heritage Site. The program included Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 2 – a perfect choice, as Pires is a sought-after Mozart pianist and Boulez enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the greatest Bartók conductors ever.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Idéale Audience


BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
Tamara Wilson, soprano • Elizabeth Deshong, alto • Nikolai Schukoff, tenor • Brindley Sherratt, bass
The Gulbenkian Choir • Chamber Orchestra of Europe • John Nelson

Idéale Audience 3079358 (DVD)

Soli Deo Gloria’s DVD of Missa Solemnis shines a supreme light on this rarely performed sacred masterpiece. Beethoven wrote that “music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents,” and this DVD beautifully brings to life the composer’s spiritual intent “to awaken and permanently instill religious feelings, not only in the singers, but also in the listeners.”

Idéale Audience catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


BIZET Carmen in 3D
Christine Rice (Carmen) • Bryan Hymel (Don José)
Maija Kovalevska (Micaëla) • Aris Argiris (Escamillo)
Balint Szabo (Jean Procida) • Koor van De Nederlandse Opera
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden • Constantinos Carydis
Francesca Zambello, stage director

Opus Arte OA3D7096D (3D Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, June, 2010

Passion, jealousy and betrayal take center stage at London’s Royal Opera House in a spectacular production of the world’s most popular opera. Bizet’s Carmen is packed with some of the best-loved and memorable music in all of opera. In this characteristically vivid and vibrant stage production by Francesca Zambello, beautifully filmed in 3D by Julian Napier, Seville is brought to life with ranks of soldiers, crowds of peasants, gypsies and bullfighters — as well as a magnificent horse, a donkey and even some chickens! This spectacular RealD and Royal Opera House production features a supremely talented cast, gripping drama and Bizet’s energetic and passionate score. It is truly a musical event to remember!

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com

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