The Swedish audiophile label Proprius has been known for its fantastic sound recordings ever since it was founded. One of the label's best-known discs, Cantate Domino, was recorded by the legendary sound engineer Bertil Alving. Cantate Domino is now released as a Super Audio CD, so the sound quality has been further improved.
In an advertisement for the Proprius label a few years ago, the label’s founder and former owner Jacob Boëthius wrote: "A small record company can’t afford to put out bad discs. And you, the music lover, must be confident that what you buy is good.” Quality in every aspect has been the hallmark of Proprius for over 30 years, and will continue to be the Proprius hallmark as we guide this illustrious label into the third millennium.
At Proprius you will also find an exclusive edition of J.S. Bach's most important sacred works, such as The St Matthew Passion, conducted by Eric Ericson. Proprius has released high quality recordings featuring renowned soloists, including Anne Sofie von Otter, Håkan Hagegård and Peter Mattei. Other outstanding Swedish artists and ensembles include Nils-Erik Sparf, David Härenstam, S:t Jacobs Kammarkör, REbaroque and Georg Gulyás.
Gramophone recently announced the list of nominees for its 2019 Classical Music Awards. Naxos and its affiliated labels Ondine and Opus Arte have received five nominations among 60 shortlisted recordings from 10 categories.
Naxos’ audiovisual recording of Terry Gilliam’s production of Benvenuto Cellini received a nomination in the Opera category.
‘There are some excellent musical performances, not least from Mark Elder, who brings out some fizzingly punchy playing from the Rotterdam Philharmonic. John Osborn is ideal as Cellini, too, dealing with the often stratospheric demands of the role with style, panache and a lovely command of colour and honeyed voix mixte… Michèle Losier is a terrific Ascanio, stealing the show with her brief appearances. The lower male roles are well taken, too.’ – Gramophone
The Chamber category sees the nomination of Dvořák’s Third and Fourth Piano Trios, performed by violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt.
‘The virtuosity here is entirely at the service of the music, capturing the full symphonic grandeur of Dvořák's vision... This disc sounds, and feels, like a recording born of love, and I urge you to listen.’ – Gramophone
The Naxos Music Group received three nominations among six recordings in the Contemporary category.
‘This excellent CD fills significant gaps in the Anderson discography. At the same time it reminds us of the huge gap left by the death of Oliver Knussen. This pair of live performances radiates the clarity and conviction he brought to the most challenging contemporary scores, and the subtle balances and rich colours of the music are beautifully caught in these recordings... In both 'The Comedy of Change' and 'Heaven is Shy of Earth' Julian Anderson’s feeling for the bridges that can be built between music’s timeless acoustic essentials and present-day transformational resources is unfailingly distinctive and acute.’ – Gramophone
‘Benjamin and Crimp had already proved that they can produce work of exceptional quality and that is true again of Lessons in Love and Violence. At just 90 minutes, this is an opera of impressive concentration with not a word or note wasted… Everyone in the cast fits perfectly, headed by the double act of King and Gaveston, sung by Stéphane Degout and Gyula Orendt, seemingly two sides of the same person. Hannigan is outstanding as the Queen, who humiliates a delegation of the starving poor in one of the opera’s most chilling scenes. Peter Hoare is his dramatically astute self as power-hungry Mortimer.’ – Gramophone
‘The drama unravels thrillingly, shockingly, touchingly. Screen viewing allows for total focus on an astonishing central performance from Allan Clayton. His portrayal of Hamlet’s decline would be noteworthy even without singing that is full of expressive meaning and always imbued with stringent beauty even in rage.’ – Gramophone
The Gramophone Classical Music Awards ceremony will be held on 16 October and will be streamed live via Medici TV at 18:30, UK time.
Sharon Kam is one of the world’s leading clarinetists. For her debut album on Orfeo (and performing for the first time in this trio line-up), she delivers a dramatic, sharply contrasting programme that is presented chronologically. Performing with her brother Ori Kam (viola) and the pianist Matan Porat, the programme begins and ends with music by Mozart and Bartók, the latter's Contrasts producing possibly the most original and captivating contribution to the repertoire for this combination of instruments. In between are works by Schumann and Brahms that contain multi-layered biographical references and are closely related in their romantic spirit.
We’re thrilled to share that Orfeo’s recording of Gottfried von Einem’s Philadelphia Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor Franz Welser-Möst has won an Opus Klassik 2019 award in the category of Symphonic Recording, 20th / 21st Century.
Originally released to celebrate the centenary of the composer’s birth, the album has enjoyed great critical success. It was an ICMA nominee and also received a ‘Supersonic’ award from Pizzicato, which praised the featured programme as ‘excellent performances’.
On 13 October, the Konzerthaus Berlin will host the awards ceremony for the second OPUS KLASSIK, Germany's new cultural award for classical music. The event will be televised on ZDF.
For the full list of Opus Klassik 2019 winners, visit https://www.opusklassik.de/.
Naxos artist Leonard Slatkin celebrated his 75th birthday in style, throwing the first pitch at the St Louis Cardinals game on his birthday on 1 September.
In the 75 days leading up to his birthday, Leonard created one social media post per day chronicling particular highlights in his life and career. Titled ’75 BEFORE 75’, the full timeline can be viewed on his website: https://www.leonardslatkin.com/timeline/
Slatkin has conducted virtually all the leading orchestras in the world. As music director, he has held posts in New Orleans, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., London (with the BBC Symphony Orchestra), Detroit, and Lyon. He has also served as principal guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.
With six Grammy awards, 33 Grammy nominations, and over 40 recordings on Naxos and Vox under his belt, Leonard shows no signs of slowing down. Last month, he released the world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto with flautist Marina Piccinini and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.
This month, the maestro teams up again with the Orchestre National de Lyon for the next volume in his critically acclaimed Maurice Ravel cycle on Naxos. Their recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé was an AllMusic Editors’ Choice and also the Recommendation of the Month from Record Geijutsu while American Record Guide described their interpretation of Antar as ‘opulent.’
Happy birthday, Leonard! Wishing you many more years of music-making and recordings to come!
Visit naxos.com to view Leonard Slatkin’s complete discography.
Shin-Heae Kang, a young German pianist of Korean origin, has received numerous music awards, special prizes and scholarships and won many piano competitions, including the prize of honour of the German Order of Druids in 2006. She has performed in Europe, Asia and the USA, collaborating with renowned orchestras (including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the State Orchestra Braunschweig) and appearing at noted festivals (including the Mariinsky International Piano Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival).
For her debut album ‘Kaleidoscope’ on OehmsClassics, he has chosen a programme of music by Franz Liszt:
‘The genesis of the works on this recording is underpinned by qualities of Franz Liszt’s inspirational energy that allowed him to create a musical fusion of the most differing areas of life and existence on a sublime level. The works are permeated with the moments of epiphany that flowed to Liszt in the course of a rich life full of experiences. The gift of inspiration, the mother of creativity, was for Franz Liszt an incomparable bestowment on the part of the divine power. For his compositions, Franz Liszt used the most varied sources in order to create works teaching mankind better by means of art. This was the self-commitment and artistic responsibility that Franz Liszt recognised for himself.’ – Shin-Heae Kang
The licensing team in the UK worked with an agency on this great Samsung advert, featuring a catchy track from one of the most famous waltzes from Johann Strauss II: An der schönen, blauen Donau (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314.
Need to license some music for a project and don’t know where to start? Visit Naxos Licensing to find out how!
After the great success that Il Trovatore enjoyed in Paris, Verdi was approached to compose a French version of the opera to suit the tastes of the local public. The original work, based on the Spanish play El trovador by Antonio García Gutiérrez, had a libretto by Cammarano, which was for this purpose translated into French by Émilien Pacini.
Le Trouvère was first staged in Brussels in 1856 and premiered at the Paris Opera in 1857. In this new version the composer added some music in Act 3 for the gypsy ballet scene, extended the finale of Act 4, and made several other revisions.
The plot is highly dramatic and captivating: Verdi portrays strong characters who deal with war, obsession and revenge. In the words of director Robert Wilson: ‘This is a family tragedy, and in many ways it is a very contemporary story.’
This production was staged in the splendid Teatro Farnese of Parma, which was built in 1628 and belongs to the Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, one of the oldest museums in Italy.’
‘Verdi’s opera is propelled by blazing dramatic extremes, while Wilson’s cool trademark style is aesthetically and emotionally its antithesis.’ – Financial Times
|Manrique, Le Trouvère||Giuseppe Gipali|
|Le Comte de Luna||Franco Vassallo|
|Azucena, la Bohémienne||Nino Surguladze|
|Ruiz / Un Messager||Luca Casalin|
|Un vieux Bohémien||Nicolò Donini|
|Orchestra and Chorus||Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna|
|Chorus Master||Andrea Faidutti|
|Director, Set and Light Designer||Robert Wilson|
|Costume Designer||Julia Von Leliwa|
|Make-up design||Manu Halligan|
|Video Director||Tiziano Mancini|
|Theater||Teatro Farnese (Teatro Regio di Parma), Festival Verdi 2018|
Extra Features (DVD and Blu-ray): Interview with the curator of the Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta (where the Teatro Farnese is located.)
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This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann (on 13 September 1819), who was one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic period.
The daughter of Friedrich Wieck, her teacher and mentor until her marriage to Robert Schumann, Clara had embarked on a successful career as a virtuoso pianist before her liaison with Robert, which led to their marriage in 1940. She continued her international career as a performer and supported her young family after her husband’s death in 1856 through concertising and teaching.
A talented and well-respected pianist, Clara was also a composer; she began composing as a child and continued through her middle years. She wrote a small number of works for orchestra and instrumental ensemble. These included an early piano concerto and a later piano concertino. The greater part of Clara 's music for piano was written before her marriage. Her only sonata, however, came about as a present to her husband. After Robert's death, she devoted herself primarily to the performance of her late husband’s works, and less on composing.
Renowned for its outstanding catalogue featuring works by both popular and lesser-known composers, Naxos has produced over 900 recordings in Hi-Res audio. The pinnacle of modern digital audio, Hi-Res files retain the higher definition used by sound engineers in the mastering process. This enables a considerably greater range of dynamics and frequencies, and more closely replicates the sound quality that engineers and musicians worked with in the studio.
Until October 7, 2019, Presto Classical is offering 50% off all Hi-Res downloads on Naxos – this is the perfect opportunity to try these great recordings in the best possible sound.
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Christmas is a-coming,
It’s brass septet and ballet;
Septura, the acclaimed British brass septet, has already recorded seven highly successful volumes of transcriptions for Naxos. They recently completed the recording session for their eighth at St Jude’s Church in London’s Hampstead Garden Suburb. It’s a re-imagining for brass septet of the orchestral suite from Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas ballet Nutcracker. The magical musical journey of Clara and the Nutcracker is enhanced on this November release with narration by the English actor and stage director Derek Jacobi; the text is based on an adaptation by Alexandre Dumas of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The latest album is scheduled for release in November.
Septura Background & Discography
Looking for new classical music? Our selection of curated playlists has you covered with music to complement the season, moment, or activity! This month, take a musical journey through the history of classical music in our Introduction to Classical Music playlist, boost your productivity with Baroque Music for Studying, and find the perfect soundtrack to entertain kids of all ages with unCLASSIFIED’s Classical Safari. Then, discover award-winning performances from French pianist Nicolas Horvath on the critically acclaimed Grand Piano label. Happy listening!
Congratulations to pianist Alessandro Marangoni, who received the Franco Abbiati Prize (Premio Abbiati) of the Italian Critics (Associazione Italiana Critici Musicali), the most important and prestigious prize of Italian critics, for the complete works of Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse: Chamber Music and Rarities.
Alessandro Marangoni’s monumental project to record all 200 or so individual works comprising the Péchés de vieillesse or ‘Sins of Old Age’ (including some preliminary sketches) has brought him wide critical approval. The series features music for piano solo, chamber and vocal music with piano accompaniment, with many rarities in world premiere recordings. For the complete list of recordings of Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse, please visit naxos.com.
Guitarist Celia Linde is regularly acclaimed for her personal style, her captivating temperament and for her wide range of musical interpretations.
Born of Turkish/Swedish parentage, Celia was raised in Sweden and presently resides in Malmö. She studied under professor Per Olof Johnson at the Malmö Academy of Music where she earned her Master of Arts. Celia then continued her studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and earned a Master Soloist Diploma with highest Honors. After graduating in 1984, she arrived in New York to specialise in South American music with Brazilian guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima at the Manhattan School of Music.
She performs standard works for guitar and orchestra and tours frequently as a soloist throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Scandinavia and Turkey. Celia is often the featured artist on National Swedish Radio-Television and has also been profiled on the BBC, Denmark’s Radio and Turkish Radio-Television (TRT), as well as New York’s WNYC and other international radio stations.
In 1992 Celia Linde was chosen to give a solo performance at the Olympics in Barcelona for heads of state, including the Kings and Queens of both Spain and Sweden.
Celia Linde is also noted for her interpretations of contemporary music and has commissioned a number of works for solo guitar and guitar with violin. Among these are Sven-David Sandström’s Six Concert Pieces for guitar and orchestra, Tommie Haglund’s Beyond Farewell, Erland Von Koch’s Amoroso for solo guitar and Duo Concertante for violin and guitar, Reine Jönssons Light, Shadows …Blue, and Per Nörgård’s Intermezzi -Dirge or Dancing for violin and guitar.
Her original guitar compositions, such as Highway to the Pacific and Fontaine Bleue, regularly receive accolades from audiences and critics alike. Her dynamic solo programmes consist of her own compositions as well as those dedicated to her. She also highlights composers from the romantic Segovian era as well as a full spectrum of Spanish and Latin American composers, Swedish rococo, Turkish classics, and music from the Baroque period.
Celia Linde has just released a new album on Proprius containing a wide variety of delightful impressionistic and atmospheric pieces and dances from around the world, together with eight of her own compositions, including a suite inspired by a dawn walk on the Great Wall of China. There are also duets with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, such as the famous Cavatina by Stanley Meyers. This 50-minute album also features works by Leo Brouwer, Gentil Montaña, Pablo Escobar, Joseph Canteloube, Sofia Gubaidulina and Reine Jönsson.
‘Guitarist Celia Linde has made an infinitely beautiful record, whose tender tone is just as intimate no matter how she moves across the globe, from Malmö to Paris or China to Latin America.’ – Dagens Nyheter