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The latest Naxos segment catalogue comprises a bumper crop of recordings of music written by Scandinavian, Finnish and Baltic-states composers. Naxos’ vast store of Nordic and Baltic repertoire is combined here for the first time with that of the major independent labels of the Nordic region: Dacapo, Ondine, Proprius and Simax (with their labels) and Swedish Society. The result is an encyclopaedic resource serving as a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating and rewarding music of these northern lands, which surely must have more composers and musicians per capita than anywhere else.

Mutual influences may have permeated the region, but each country’s music is distinctive in character and reflective of its individual heritage. The Danish identity, for example, can be traced from Niels Gade through to Carl Nielsen and right up to Per Nørgård today, while the foundations laid by Finland’s Jean Sibelius continue to support contemporary giants such as Aulis Sallinen, Kalevi Aho and Einojuhani Rautavaara.  Norway’s Edvard Grieg and Estonia’s Arvo Pärt need no introduction, but scattered throughout the catalogue are other, surprising treasures that are well worth getting to know –  from the fresh air and open landscapes of Sweden’s Franz Berwald to the quirky intellect of the late-Romantic Danish composer Rued Langgaard.

Check out the following selection of Scandinavian, Finnish and Baltic music, selected from our dedicated Segment Catalogue – click on the cover image on the right to view the catalogue (in PDF format).

Recent Releases

Naxos 8.572827
Nordic Violin Favourites
Kraggerud • Dalasinfoniettan • Engeset



Naxos 8.572659
CIURLIONIS, M.K.: Piano Music, Vol. 1


Naxos 8.572441
GRIEG, E.: String Quartets (arr. for string orchestra) / NORDHEIM, A.: Rendezvous
Oslo Camerata • Barratt-Due



Naxos 8.226143
HOLMBOE, V.: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar


Naxos 8.226060
MADETOJA, L.: Symphony No. 2 / Kullervo / Elegy
Helsinki Philharmonic • Storgards


Ondine ODE1212-2
NORGARD, P.: Vocal Music (Songs from Evening Land)


Naxos 8.226038
OLSEN, P.R.: Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto, Op. 31 / Au fond de la nuit
Bjorkoe • Odense Symphony • Holten


Naxos 8.572525
PART, A.: Piano Music - Piano Sonatine / Partita / Lamentate
van Raat • Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic • Falletta

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Ondine ODE1186-2Q
RAUTAVAARA, E.: Choral Works
Finnish Radio Chamber Choir • Nuoranne


Ondine ODE1189-2
SAARIAHO, K.: Trios - Mirage / Cloud Trio / Cendres / Je sens un deuxieme coeur / Serenatas
Freund • Zebra Trio • Hakkila • Helasvuo • Jodelet


Naxos 8.572705
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Finlandia
New Zealand Symphony • Inkinen

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