For more than 30 years Capriccio has stuck to its mission of filling the niches that are regularly neglected by other labels. Founded in 1982 by Delta Music, the label is committed to serving music fans who prefer to look beyond the mainstream in classical music, and are curious to discover unknown repertoire, young artists and inventive programming. Among the label’s most acclaimed artists are the conductors Dmitri Kitajenko and Christoph Eschenbach, soprano Anne Schwanewilms, violinist Vladimir Spivakov, harpsichordist Christine Schornsheim, pianist Tzimon Barto, cellist Harriet Krjigh and the Petersen Quartet. Ensembles that have recorded for Capriccio include the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Concerto Köln, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The album No. 3 (C5163), featuring the Signum Quartet, won the Chamber Music category at the 2014 International Classical Music Awards.
“The Capriccio label is underpinned not by an enormous administrative apparatus, but by a single person – Johannes Kernmayer. For him, the role has become his vocation and involves:
Achieving his goal to record previously undiscovered or unpublished music.
Fulfilling his dreams of experimenting with different ensembles
Placing his enterprise on a commercially stable footing
Consequently, the artists who work with Capriccio feel extremely secure with Johannes Kernmayer's intellectual thrust at the helm of the label. He allows us the necessary artistic latitude that's required to pursue our own interpretations.
He is a rich resource of support when it comes to creativity in the arts.
He is a bank for supporting creativity in the arts.”
Goran Filipec awarded the Liszt Society Grand prix
Pianist Goran Filipec, who previously recorded Ivo Maček’s complete piano music on the Grand Piano label (GP681), has won the Liszt Society’s Grand prix du Disque for his new recordings of Liszt’s Grandes études de Paganini (Naxos 8.573458). The album won a ‘Recording of the month’ award from MusicWeb International and received similar critical acclaim from other leading publications, including Gramophone: “With a technique that makes you forget just how exacting these pieces are to play, Filipec not only generates the thrill of a live performance but does so with a disarming swagger and playfulness.” Congratulations, Filipec, on your fantastic achievement!
Bad Guys Love Classical Music – Naxos in Suicide Squad
“Bad Guys” have always traditionally enjoyed Opera arias, major Classical works, and other timeless musical selections to help convey their sinister plans on-screen. The members of the Suicide Squad – seemingly evil in their own right – might choose a “good” path in the end, who knows? Either way, be sure to keep your ears out for Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 (Naxos 8.550822) as you watch!
Whatever the motives of your characters – good, bad, or indifferent – let the Naxos Licensing Team & Classical genre help convince audiences worldwide of their true motives.
Recording session of Rihm’s violin concertos with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Award-winning violinist Tianwa Yang is seen here back in the recording studio for her upcoming release of Wolfgang Rihm’s violin concertos. Her previous album of Rihm’s works for violin and piano (Naxos 8.572730) was critically acclaimed and received multiple awards, including a Diapason d’or, a Pizzicato Supersonic credit and an Outstanding ribbon from International Record Review.
The 1st Independent Classical Music Playlisting Brand
unCLASSIFIED, a new playlisting brand, similar to that of major label-owned Digster, Topsify, and Filtr, will curate innovative, dynamic playlists on all of the major streaming platforms, including Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, YouTube, and Napster. Listeners will find a variety of classical (and sometimes non-classical) tracks, skillfully curated into playlists that are digestible and accessible to the curious listener. unCLASSIFIED is an affiliate of the Naxos Music Group, the world’s leading independent classical music label and distribution network.
Pianist Josu De Solaun, winner of the 2014 Enescu International Piano Competition who is releasing a three-volume cycle of George Enescu's complete works for solo piano on Grand Piano, was recently featured on the cover of the Jul-Aug 2016 issue of Spanish music magazine Ritmo. In addition to an in-depth interview with Josu, the magazine gave the first volume of the Enescu cycle four stars, describing the recording as “a deep and hard endeavour, not only playing them in concerts but also doing a deep and strong research of the composer’s manuscripts. In addition to the great work of the sound engineer, Jorge Luis García Bastidas, we find the fine Shigeru Kawai instrument, and the wonderful Palau de la Música de Valencia concert hall. I assure you that the results of this album are amazing.”
Pianist JOSU DE SOLAUN is a First Prize winner of the XIII George Enescu International Piano Competition in Bucharest (previous winners include the legendary pianists Radu Lupu and Elisabeth Leonskaja) and the XV José Iturbi International Piano Competition. He has been invited to perform in distinguished concert series throughout the world, having made notable appearances in Bucharest (Romanian Athenaeum), St Petersburg (Mariinsky Theatre), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), New York (Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera), London (Southbank Centre), Paris (Salle Cortot), Mexico City (Sala Silvestre Revueltas), and all major cities of Spain.