NEW RELEASES NEWSLETTER
November 2011
Simultaneously Released on CD and Blu-ray Audio Disc
JANÁČEK Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta
Christiane Libor, soprano • Ewa Marciniec, alto • Timothy Bentch, tenor
Wojciech Gierlach, bass • Jarosław Malanowicz, organ
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra • Antoni Wit

Naxos 8.572639 (CD) / NBD0026 (Blu-ray Audio)

One of 20th Century’s Sacred Choral Masterworks
Recorded in Spectacular 24-bit, 88.2 kHz Stereo and Surround Sound

Leoš Janáček’s dramatic Glagolitic Mass is set to a ninth century Old Church Slavonic text. With its highly individual synthesis of thunderous brass outbursts, rhythmic energy, radiant melodies and interludes of rapt contemplation, the work has established itself as a unique contribution to the choral repertoire. An avowed statement of his belief and patriotic pride in Czechoslovakian national independence, Janáček’s Sinfonietta uses spectacular large-scale orchestral forces. Both of these works belong to the composer’s last and most inspired decade, and represent his mature musical language at its most communicative.

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Once again our founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann shares his thoughts and opinions on new recordings from Naxos. Klaus Heymann created Naxos Records as a way to pursue his passion for music and share it with others around the world. Despite the demands of running a large company, he still guides repertoire choices and oversees many details of the label personally.

Founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann offers his insights on a selection of November Naxos releases.
8.503801 Deutsche Schubert-Lied-Edition (38-CD Boxed Set)

This boxed set offers the composer’s complete songs for voice and piano on 38 CDs, including different settings, fragments and part songs. The artistic director of the project, which took almost 10 years to complete, is Ulrich Eisenlohr who chose the repertoire for each recording, hand-picked the singers, wrote many of the booklet notes and performed on 31 of the 38 discs. This set features the elite of Germany’s lieder singers many of whom have become internationally famous over the years it took to complete the recordings.

The set is unique in that only native German singers are involved – as a German myself I decided that German lieder should be sung by German singers who can not only sing the lieder but who can also recite and interpret the poems of the more than 115 poets chosen by the composer.

A milestone in the history of lieder recordings.
8.572639 JANÁČEK Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta

Also available on Blu-ray Audio Disc: NBD0026
This is a dream come true for me – Janáček’s non-operatic masterworks on one CD or Blu-ray Audio disc. The Mass is one of the most exciting pieces of sacred music ever written, with tremendous rhythmic energy and great melodies. The Sinfonietta, written for huge orchestral forces with a prominent brass section, is equally exciting and the performances and sound do full justice to both works.

8.572675 DEBUSSY Orchestral Music, Vol 7

This volume brings one of my pet projects to a successful conclusion, i.e. recording the complete orchestral music of Debussy including all orchestrations by his contemporaries or other well-known composers. Volume 7 offers all of the composer’s works for solo instrument and orchestra on one disc, featuring French masters of their instruments. There are very few discs that couple these works together. We will shortly release a 9-CD boxed set of these recordings that will also include the orchestrations of the complete Préludes by Colin Matthews.

8.572498 MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)

This is an exciting new recording from one of America’s finest orchestras, the Houston Symphony and its Music Director, Hans Graf. There are very few first-class recent recordings and even fewer featuring a mezzo, American Jane Henschel. The tenor is Gregory Kunde. First-class sound from award-winning producer Michael Fine.

8.572771 LANCINO Thierry Requiem

Also available on Blu-ray Audio Disc: NBD0020
This is a major new work and a stunning recording featuring the Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of Radio France conducted by Eliahu Inbal as well as a stellar cast of singers. The composer’s Requiem is a challenging and eloquent contemplation on human mortality. There are few if any contemporary works that are as moving as this one. The sound is spectacular. We will also release a surround sound version on Blu-ray Audio.

8.572259 STENHAMMAR Wilhelm Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2

There have been quite a few recordings of these works in recent years but our superb new recording involves our Swedish house orchestra, the Malmö Symphony and Swedish pianist Niklas Sivelöv who previously recorded the composer’s piano works for Naxos. While the first concerto is Brahmsian in nature, the remarkable second concerto is a romantic masterpiece written by the composer at the peak of his creative powers.

8.572824-25 SHOSTAKOVICH New Babylon

This is the world-premiere recording one of the composer’s most inventive and truly symphonic film scores, the first complete recording of all the surviving music from the original manuscript full score.

Our previous world-premiere recordings of Shostakovich film scores, Odna (Alone) and The Girlfriends met with great critical acclaim. Mark Fitz-Gerald, described as ‘one of the indispensableShostakovich interpreters of our time’, conducts the Basel Sinfonietta. Not to be missed by admirers of the composer and his film music.


Among the extraordinary range of this month’s Naxos new releases are these fifteen outstanding albums. Click on each cover image for more about each album.

A Musical Journey: CHRISTMAS GOES BAROQUE
A Musical Tour of Switzerland, Germany and Belgium
Christmas music in the style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi
Arranged by Peter Breiner

Naxos DVD 2.110546
The Places
The tour lingers for some time in Zurich, in its celebration of Christmas. There is a visit to the famous Toy Museum at Nuremberg, a city well known as the centre of the German toy-making industry. Churches seen are the Great Minster in Zurich, where Zwingli once preached, and the monastery at Einsiedeln, at the heart of Catholic Switzerland.

The Music
The tour is accompanied by witty arrangements of Christmas favourites in the style of Baroque masters, of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, by the Slovak-born composer Peter Breiner.


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A Musical Journey: GERMANY • ENGLAND
Battle Music
Music by Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Ippolitov-Ivanov
Naxos DVD 2.110547
The Places
The tour visits the Tin Soldier Museum at Kulmbach, the National Army Museum, the Wellington Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral in London, and the Bavarian Army Museum at Ingolstadt, with its relics of the Thirty Years War and of conflicts with the Ottoman Empire.

The Music
The tour brings Beethoven’s musical celebration of Wellington’s victorious campaign in Spain, Liszt’s Battle of the Huns and a Georgian war march by Ippolitov-Ivanov. The tour ends with two military works by Rimsky-Korsakov, “King Dodon on the Battlefield”, from his last opera, The Golden Cockerel, and the “Massacre at Kerzhenets” from The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh.


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A Musical Journey: CZECH REPUBLIC • AUSTRIA
GERMANY • SWITZERLAND • BELGIUM
Music by Haydn
Naxos DVD 2.110548
The Places
The tour visits historic sites in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. These include the castles of Litomyšl and Konopiště in Bohemia, and the historic town of Mělnik, the Horological Museum at Le Locle in Switzerland, relics of war from the Bavarian Army Museum in Ingolstadt, and a glimpse of the Belgian Château of Gaasbeek.

The Music
The tour brings two of Joseph Haydn’s most famous symphonies, written for a London concert season in 1794, Symphony No. 100, the so called Military Symphony, and Symphony No. 101, nicknamed The Clock.


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Naxos distributes several outstanding CD labels in many countries. Click on the distributed label names below to view their catalogues on naxos.com. Here are some recent and forthcoming releases to whet your appetite (click on the covers for more information about each album):



Naxos distributes several outstanding DVD labels in many countries. Click on the distributed label names below to view their catalogues on naxos.com. Here are some recent and forthcoming releases to whet your appetite (click on the covers for more information about each album):






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November 2011 New Release Sampler
8.572585       CHOPIN Piano Trio in G minor: IV. Finale: Allegretto
8.572272       KAPUSTIN 8 Concert Etudes: No. 2. Reverie
8.572771       LANCINO Requiem: Sequentia: Psalm 18
8.572642       MADERNA Piano Concerto (1942)
8.572639       JANÁČEK Glagolitic Mass: Svet (Sanctus)
8.572628       PILATI Piano Quintet in D major: III. Animato
8.572744       CURTIS Christmas Rush
8.572824-25  SHOSTAKOVICH New Babylon, Head over Heels: Paris
8.572259       STENHAMMAR Piano Concerto No. 2: III. Adagio
8.572632       ANONYMOUS Credo, quod Redemptor meus vivit
8.559692       LIEUWEN Gulfstream
8.572868       CAMPKIN Sleep, Holy Babe
8.572690       CAPPETTI Notturno
8.572675       DEBUSSY 2 Danses, "Danses sacree et profane": No. 1. Danse sacree
8.572369       TERZAKIS 2 Marchen (Fairy Tales): No. 1. Senza misura
8.572522       BRUNI 6 Duos Concertants: I. Adagio
8.572587       HANDEL In den angenehmen Buschen
8.559702       HANSON Symphony No. 3: III. Tempo scherzando
8.572667       HAYDN Flute Trio No. 17: II. Finale: Tempo di menuetto
8.572498       MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth): IV. Von der Schonheit (Of Beauty)
8.660308-09  WALLACE Maritana, Act I: Chorus: Pretty Gitana, tell us -
                      Song: Yes, the language of the skies


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