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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


Where (we) Live
So Percussion • Grey McMurray
Cantaloupe CA-21087

Masters at crafting alluring sonic landscapes from the most unlikely found objects, So Percussion explores the idea of home with a bold experiment in collaborative art-making. Where (we) live is a multi-media, multi-artist, fully-staged theatrical event and album featuring music written by Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion (Adam Sliwinski, Eric Beach, Jason Treuting, Josh Quillen) and special guest singer/songwriter/guitarist Grey McMurray (itsnotyouitsme, (k)nights on earth). A celebration of community and collaboration, Where (we) Live is an exploration of So’s outermost artistic boundaries, as well as a re-examination of comfort zones.

Cantaloupe Music catalogue on naxos.com


Capriccio


ISRAEL IN EGYPT – From Slavery to Freedom
Yair Dalal, oud & violin
Tölzer Knabenchor • The Al Ol Ensemble
l’arte del mondo • Werner Ehrhardt

Capriccio C5151

This project has been created on the basis of the common history and roots of the three monotheistic religions Islam, Christianity and Judaism. For the musical and formal realisation of the concert project “Israel in Egypt – From Slavery to Freedom”, the basic musical form of Handel’s oratorio and its narrative structure will remain untouched, for the most parts. Musicians from the (Western) European Baroque tradition (Baroque orchestra and choir), and hence from a Christian background, are joined by musicians from Jewish and Muslim backgrounds. Apart from the Israeli oud player and violinist Yair Dalal, with whom the project concept is being developed, a Jewish cantor and several musicians from Arabic and Muslim cultures will also be involved. On the one hand, these musicians will enter into a musical concert dialogue with each other and, on the other hand, they will create individual musical pieces together. The idea is not so much a confrontation of musical and narrative levels, but rather a collective moulding of the story of Israel in Egypt.

Capriccio catalogue on naxos.com


Carpe Diem


ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY
Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles

Quadriga Consort
Carpe Diem CD-16293

As the cold and bleak winter days descend upon us, the Quadriga Consort presents long forgotten carols and age-old tunes of the festive season. With its arrangements for period instruments, the ensemble brings you a programme that is at times peaceful and reflective, and then again merry and buoyant, conjuring memories of bygone days and awakening in us that sense of peace, wonder and excitement the Christmas season once held.

Carpe Diem catalogue on naxos.com


CD Accord


CHOPIN’S PUPILS
Hubert Rutkowski, piano
Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra • Łukasz Borowicz

CD Accord CDAccordACD177

Thomas Dyke Acland Tellefsen was born in Trondheim and grew up in a very active music environment. In May 1842 Tellefsen left Norway in order to study music in Paris. From the moment he arrived in the French capital he nurtured a strong desire to become one of Chopin’s students, and at the end of 1844 their first meeting was arranged. This meeting led to regular teaching until May 1847. After the death of Chopin, Thomas Tellefsen took over a number of his students in Paris and he soon gained a reputation as an excellent piano teacher. Carl Filtsch is one of the forgotten personalities of nineteenth-century music. “When this little one begins to tour,” said Liszt, “I will have to close up shop.” Few indeed have enjoyed so brilliant a childhood as did Filtsch. At six he launched his pianistic career with a tour in his native Transylvania. Not long thereafter Filtsch left home to continue musical studies in Vienna. By December, 1841, Carl and his brother Joseph were settled in Paris, where Carl would enjoy the mentoring of Chopin for the next year and a half.

CD Accord catalogue on naxos.com


Cedille


BACH & BEYOND PART 1
Jennifer Koh, violin
Cedille CDR90000-134

American violinist Jennifer Koh’s Bach & Beyond Part 1 is the first in a three-part CD series based on her groundbreaking, multi-season “Bach and Beyond” recital series, now underway in North America and overseas. With these inventive programs, Koh, “a virtuoso with quirky and wonderful ideas” (San Francisco Chronicle), sets out to illuminate connections between J.S. Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin and 20th- and 21st-century works, including pieces commissioned expressly for Koh and her Bach and Beyond project.

Cedille catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


P.R. OLSEN Piano Concerto and Orchestral Works
Christina Bjørkøe, piano
Odense Symphony Orchestra • Bo Holten

Dacapo 8.226038

The Danish composer Poul Rovsing Olsen’s background was in the Danish-French tradition, and his works are typified by clear-cut rhythms, expressive melody lines and colourful tonal effects. This world premiere recording of his dazzling Concerto pour Piano et Orchestre together with his two major orchestral works Variations Symphoniques and Au Fond de la Nuit features pianist Christina Bjørkøe accompanied by the Odense Symphony Orchestra and conductor Bo Holten.

Dacapo catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


COLORS OF FEELINGS
P. LASSER Nicolette et Aucassin and other song cycles

Elizabeth Futral and Susanna Phillips, sopranos
Margo Garrett, piano
Michael York, narrator

Delos DE3428

Thus mused distinguished American composer and Juilliard faculty member Philip Lasser, by way of introduction to these world premiere recordings of three lovely and evocative cycles for voice(s) and piano. In Colors of Feelings offers vivid settings of four moving poems by handicapped Tennessean writer Wynelle Ann Carson, who died tragically young. Les Visages de l’Amour treats six varied poetic visions of love by four remarkable French-language poets (including Lasser himself). Nicolette et Aucassin is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind synthesis of ancient and modern for two sopranos and narrator that was inspired by a Medieval French “Chantefable” (sung fable). The original anonymous manuscript contains both the story and the melodies upon which the composer’s music is based.

Delos catalogue on naxos.com


Dorian Sono Luminus


BRUBECK & AMERICAN POETS
Pacific Mozart Ensemble
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92160

Sono Luminus is proud to offer a magnificent collection of works from the hands of Dave Brubeck, brought to life in this debut recording from the Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Brubeck & American Poets, under the baton of conductor Lynne Morrow. Dave Brubeck, revered as a jazz pianist, is a composer of a rich stream of choral music. The music is varied, with many of the songs evoking the feeling of specific places and emotions. The music can be enjoyed by all; some of it is complex, some youthful and easily accessible. A perusal of Brubeck’s choral catalog shows that most of his lyricists are beloved American poets, including Langston Hughes and Wendell Berry. This disc gives musical form to Brubeck’s love of American poets. His thoughts about the poets and the composition of these works are included in the booklet.

Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue on naxos.com


Oehms Classics


BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 / BRAHMS Rinaldo
Johan Botha, tenor
Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • Bertrand de Billy

Oehms Classics OC673

“Beethoven for connoisseurs and musical spirits,” this was Fono Forum’s summary of Beethoven’s Third Symphony with the RSO Vienna under Bertrand de Billy. Now, OehmsClassics presents Beethoven’s Second Symphony, likewise with de Billy and the RSO Vienna. And for a luxurious encore, this recording includes a performance of Brahms’ seldom-heard cantata Rinaldo, recorded live at the Salzburg Summer Riding School 2007. Johan Botha sings the tenor part – since then he has passionately promoted this work.

Oehms Classics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


REGER Violin Concerto, Chaconne
Benjamin Schmid, violin
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra • Hannu Lintu

Ondine ODE1203-2

Ondine is pleased to announce the first release with Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid with a performance of Reger’s Violin Concerto and the Chaconne for Solo Violin. Being “one of the last giants of music” as Hindemith described Reger, his works are still unnecessarily seldom featured in concert programs today. This release invites to listen to a captivating performance of Reger’s Violin Concerto, a hugely charming big romantic work with broad sentimental gestures. Also the composer himself felt extremely confident about the work as he wrote: “I know this sounds arrogant, but I believe that this violin concerto will follow in the footsteps of those of Beethoven and Brahms.” The CD winds up with a virtuosic Chaconne for Solo Violin, Op. 117/4, a work inspired by Reger’s greatest idol Johann Sebastian Bach.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Solo Musica


LOVE SONGS
Diana Ketler, piano • Konstantin Lifschitz, piano
Andrej Bielow, violin • Razvan Popovici, viola

Solo Musica SM175

Love Songs is a dialogue about love and its reflections, created by four very close friends, the pianists Diana Ketler and Konstantin Lifschitz, violinist Andrej Bielow and violist Razvan Popovici. In this programme of some of their favourite Romantic duets the musicians journey through the subliminal passion, bucolic nostalgia and gentle irony of Brahms’ Liebeslieder-Walzer, as well as the intimacy and warmth of his songs Wir Wandelten and Wie Melodien zieht es mir. Then they continue with the exuberant admiration for the universe in Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, the ecstatic desire of Suk’s Love Song, and, finally, the spiritual adoration of nature in Dvorak’s Silent Woods and In the Spinning Room.

Solo Musica catalogue on naxos.com


Tafelmusik Media


HANDEL Messiah
Karina Gauvin, soprano • Robin Blaze, countertenor
Rufus Müller, tenor • Brett Polegato, baritone
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir
Ivars Taurins

Tafelmusik TMK1016CD2

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir present an intimate and stirring performance of the baroque masterpiece Handel’s Messiah. This 2-CD recording of the full score on period instruments features a stellar cast of soloists. Tafelmusik presents this baroque masterpiece with the spirit and vitality of Handel’s own 18th-century productions. “Superhuman”, “spot-on”, “crisp” and “inspired” are just a few of the words critics have used to describe Tafelmusik’s Messiah. A perennial favourite with audiences and critics alike, Tafelmusik’s Messiah has garnered glowing reviews year after year. “I cannot remember a Messiah presentation as uniformly ‘spot-on’ as this year’s by Ivars Taurins’ Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra.” (The Globe and Mail).

Tafelmusik Media catalogue on naxos.com


Timpani


Charles BORDES Songs • The Complete Works for Piano
Sophie Marin-Degor, soprano • Jean-Sébastien Bou, baritone
François-René Duchâble, piano

Timpani 1C1196

Charles Bordes: of all the composers of the Franck coterie, he is the most unjustly neglected. Cofounder with d’Indy and Guilmant of the Schola Cantorum, his premature death restricted his catalogue to a few orchestral works, a handful of piano pieces and, most especially, a group of songs of exceptional value. With Michel Daudin, founder and organiser of the ‘Journées Charles Bordes’, the choice fell on the complete songs to poems by Verlaine, thus ensuring the programme’s coherence. To round it off, the few piano pieces, highly sophisticated, very difficult, featuring notably the zortzico rhythms dear to the Basque country. Bordes’ songs are very personal as regards language, and if some evoke Duparc or Chausson, others anticipate Poulenc.

Timpani catalogue on naxos.com


Two Pianists


SCHUBERT Jahreszeiten
Michelle Breedt, mezzo-soprano • Nina Schumann, piano
TwoPianists TP1039251

Following the success of her previous disc with TwoPianists entitled Shakespeare Inspired, Michelle Breedt presents a beautiful collection of songs by Schubert in a compilation called Jahreszeiten (Seasons). The collection opens with the famous An die Natur, which becomes the central theme of The Seasons, for Schubert represents the Seasons through his observations of nature. And indeed nature is superbly represented through some of the composer’s most hidden gems, including the mammoth Viola. Michelle Breedt has found the perfect partner in Nina Schumann, founding member of TwoPianists, and an accompanist of note.

TwoPianists catalogue on naxos.com


Yarlung Records


Bach • Berio • Dutilleux • Ligeti
Frédéric Rosselet, cello
Yarlung Records YAR07498

Swiss cellist Frédéric Rosselet plays subtly and athletically. He is not a performer who shows off at every opportunity; his is a higher aesthetic. The technical prowess you will hear on this recording rivals the great virtuosi and his recording is on a grand scale. He uses this skill tastefully and reservedly. Frédéric plays two different cellos in this recording. A modern cello, which he plays in the pieces by Berio, Ligeti and Dutilleux, made about 130 years ago by a student of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. For the two Bach suites, Frédéric chose a glorious instrument configured as they would have been played in the Baroque era, without a peg, a lighter sound post on the interior of the instrument, gut strings and a Baroque bow.

Yarlung Records catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Accentus Music


John Cage: Journeys in Sound
A film by Allan Miller and Paul Smaczny
Accentus Music ACC-10246 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-20246 [DVD]

A sonic innovator or an expert on chance? A writer or an anarchist? A specialist in mushrooms or a performance artist? A Zen master or a cook? John Cage was all of these things. On the occasion of his centenary in Autumn 2012, this documentary by Oscar-winner Allan Miller and Emmy-winner Paul Smaczny pays tribute to the most fascinating American avant-garde composer John Cage. Shot in America, Germany and Japan, the program premieres rare archival footage; presenting concert excerpts and a set of short episodes, featuring associates of Cage and contemporary artists, playfully delineating different aspects of John Cage. The documentary features interviews with Yoko Ono, David Tudor, Christian Wolff, Steffen Schleiermacher, Irvine Arditti, Toshio Hosokawa, Mayumi Miyata, Calvin Tomkins and many others.

Accentus Music catalogue on naxos.com


Arthaus Musik


SCHUBERT Die Schone Müllerin
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
András Schiff, piano

Arthaus 107 269 [DVD]

In 1991, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau agreed to perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at the Feldkirch Schubertiade – he had not sung the song-cycle in public for twenty years. The great baritone belonged to the innermost circle of artists who give this unique, Austrian festival of chamber music its distinctive character. He had performed Schubert there on many occasions, but never Die Schöne Müllerin. The pianist András Schiff was another long-standing member of the inner circle, but this was the artists’ first collaboration in Feldkirch – and so Austrian Television (ORF) recorded the concert. This is a unique occasion, not only for the listeners in the hall but also for the two artists, who experienced their collaboration on the podium as something quite exceptional. The viewer can see this in the artists’ animated give and take, their spontaneous mutual reactions, the creative excitement and a rare artistic vivacity. Both remember the evening as a special event, and without any hesitation consented to the recording being issued on DVD to make it available to a wider public.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com


C Major Entertainment


Sir Georg Solti: Journey of a Maestro
A documentary by Georg Wübbolt
C Major 711804 [Blu-ray video] / 711708 [DVD]

Sir Georg Solti was one of the greatest recording artists who ever lived – not only his still unequalled record of 31 Grammys® attests to that: the present documentary illuminates the life and work of Sir Georg Solti on the 100th anniversary of his birth. We follow the Hungarian-Jewish conductor’s career: as Toscanini’s assistant at the Salzburg Festival, as music director in Munich and Frankfurt after the war, achieving worldwide fame with his legendary Vienna Philharmonic recording of Wagner’s Ring cycle. It was as the long-serving music director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that Solti became an international star of classical music, one whose musical ardour and perfectionism remain unsurpassed to this day.

C Major catalogue on naxos.com


Christopher Nupen


ANDRÉS SEGOVIA IN PORTRAIT
Two films by Christopher Nupen
Allegro Films A15CND [DVD]

This re-release contains two very different films: Segovia at Los Olivos and Andrés Segovia: The Song of the Guitar. In the first film, Segovia talks, in the relaxed atmosphere of his new home and in his inimitable Spanish way, about his objectives, his convictions, his career and his music. In the second Segovia speaks, out of vision, except for a short statement near the beginning and he talks, not about his career and his achievements, but about his youth and the spirit in which he set out on his remarkable quest — a great artist in late maturity, reflecting on the genesis of his extraordinary journey. It is made as a poetic recollection of the atmosphere, rather than the facts, of his passionate beginnings — nearly 70 years earlier. Andrés Segovia was a poet in almost everything that he did.

Christopher Nupen catalogue on naxos.com


EPC Distribution


R. STRAUSS Arabella
Emily Magee, Arabella • Genia Kühmeier, Zdenka
Tomasz Konieczny, Mandryka • Michael Schade, Matteo
Wolfgang Bankl, Count Walder • Zoryana Kushpler, Adélaïde
Vienna State Opera • Franz Welser-Möst
Sven-Eric Bechtolf, stage director

EPC Distribution EPC04BD [Blu-ray Video] / EPC03DVD [DVD]

Arabella is the last collaboration between Richard Strauss and his librettist, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and charts the twists and turns of Arabella and her sister, Zdenka, in finding true love. Hofmannsthal’s untimely death meant he never finalised the libretto, leaving many ambiguities in the story that have to be resolved by the Director and singers of each production. Director, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, has created a superbly convincing version of Arabella, starring Emily Magee as the beautiful Arabella and Tomasz Konieczny as the fateful right man, Mandryka. With the Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, under the direction of Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Möst, this is a truly magnificent production.

EPC Distribution catalogue on naxos.com


EuroArts


BEETHOVEN Complete Piano Sonatas
Daniel Barenboim, piano
EuroArts 2066424 [Blu-ray Video]

In this recording, seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim tackles the so-called ‘New Testament’ of music, Ludwig van Beethoven’s thirty-two piano sonatas. Composed over twenty-five years and embodying the shift of musical taste from the Classic to the Romantic, their performance requires a musician of extraordinary versatility. Barenboim is one such pianist – his recordings run the gamut from Bach and Mozart to Bruckner and Bartók. In following in the footsteps of such masters as Artur Schnabel, Barenboim truly shows himself to be among the greatest living musicians.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com


Opus Arte


A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION [BOX SET]
TCHAIKOVSKY The Nutcracker
HUMPERDINCK Hansel and Gretel

Royal Opera House
Opus Arte OA1090BD [Blu-ray Video]

Settle down and enjoy Christmas fun and fantasy for all the family with these two magical classics from the Royal Opera House. All-time ballet favourite The Nutcracker comes to life in this stunning and captivating production a real delight for adults mand children alike. This is coupled with a spectacular and unforgettable performance of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Imaginatively staged and with a new and original interpretation, this classic fairy tale provides the ideal seasonal treat.

Opus Arte catalogue on naxos.com

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