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In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see, 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


DVOŘÁK, A.: Rhapsodies, Opp. 14 and 45
Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Brauner
ArcoDiva UP0171-2

Composed and premiered in 1878-79, the first two of Antonín Dvořák’s 3 Slavonic Rhapsodies, Op.45 were the works he conducted at his first independent concert in late 1878, formally introducing himself to the Czech public in Prague. Taken together with the earlier Rhapsody in A minor, Op.14, these not often recorded works – all the rhapsodies the composer penned are replete with the melodic invention and colorful orchestration – are to be found on his new ArcoDiva CD in performances by the Pilsen Philharmonic and their main guest conductor Tomás Brauner.

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NEUSCHAEFER, K.: Freddy und die wilden Wolfe
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Denève
BR-Klassik 900128

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and conductor Stéphane Denève, in cooperation with Munich illustrator Martin Fengel, audiobook author Katharina Neuschaefer and the celebrated actor Rufus Beck present “Freddy and the Wild Wolves”, a winter fairytale about friendship and courage, accompanied by the highly suggestive and evocative music of Albert Roussel’s Third Symphony. Now on CD for the first time, the adventures of Freddy the Elk and Baby Wolf are also brought to life vividly in the colorfully illustrated booklet, with drawings by Martin Fengel.

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Piano Recital: Osorio, Jorge Federico - PROKOFIEV, S. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / MUSSORGSKY, M. (Russian Recital)
Cedille CDR90000-153

Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio offers a richly pictorial recital on his first-ever recording of Russian masterworks for solo piano, and is praised by The New York Times for “the sweep and the freshness of his readings”. Mussorgsky’s original piano setting of his popular Pictures at an Exhibition anchors a program that includes Prokofiev’s Sixth Sonata and Romeo and Juliet Before Parting, plus Shostakovich’s Prelude and Fugue No.24 in D minor. ‘Russian Recital’, the pianist’s sixth Cedille Records album, joins a distinguished discography that includes release on several different labels.

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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Gilbert
Dacapo 6.220625

Marking the beginning of Carl Nielsen’s 150th anniversary year, this recording concludes the acclaimed cycle of Carl Nielsen symphonies by the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert known as The Nielsen Project. Recorded live in Avery Fisher Hall, this CD presents the Danish national composer’s last two symphonies, nos. 5 and 6, the latter of which has never previously been performed by the Philharmonic. According to Alan Gilbert, both works represent the “battle between good and evil” and are profound, dramatic works by a mature composer who knew that his days were numbered. “The New York Philharmonic is a powerhouse orchestra, Nielsen is a powerhouse symphonist, and Alan Gilbert revels in the music’s energy and dynamism.” (10/10 ClassicsToday)

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Grand Piano

SOLAL, M.: Piano and 2-Piano Works
Ferrand-N'Kaoua, Solal
Grand Piano GP697

Premiere recordings, with one exception, fill this Grand Piano release of music by the French jazz legend, pianist, conductor and composer Martial Solal. French pianist Eric Ferrand-N’Kaoua, is the featured artist on all 21 tracks, the last a duo with thee composer. His eclectic repertoire allows him to blend Bach’s Goldberg Variations, or the Berlioz-Liszt Symphonie fantastique with jazz-inspired pieces on the same concert program. Mr. Solal entrusted him both the rôle of soloist in his concerto ‘Echanges’, and the recording of the works on this album.

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Oehms Classics

STRAUSS, R.: Ariadne auf Naxos [Opera]
Favela, Grundheber, Iturra, Konig, Magiera, Mahnke, Marsh, McCown, Mitterrutzner, Mlinde, Nylund, Rae, Reiter A., Reiter E., Relton, Schmutzhard, Sim, Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Weigle
Oehms Classics OC947

Brigitte Fassbaender-directed Ariadne auf Naxos is Richards Strauss’ 1916 opera based on a Hugo von Hofmannsthal libretto. This is the third release from Frankfurt Opera to be featured on Oehms Classics. “Scenically and musically brilliant” and “sparkling spirit and level-headed heartiness”, is how the Frankfurter Rundschau of 7 October 2013 described the premiere evening. Sebastian Weigle, an experienced and outstanding Strauss conductor lead a cast that stars Camilla Nylund as Ariadne, Brenda Rae as Zerbinetta, Michael König as The Tenor and Claudia Mahnke as The Composer.

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Violin and Piano Recital: Schmid, Benjamin / Smirnova, Lisa - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. / WEILL, K.
Schmid, Smirnova
Ondine ODE1253-2

Violinist Benjamin Schmid’s third Ondine release contains well-known piano pieces by Shostakovich and Prokofiev in fresh arrangements for violin and piano. Also included is a suite transcribed from Kurt Weill’s ‘The Threepenny Opera’. All the three original works were written during the 1910s and 1920s. Known for his exceptionally wide repertoire and a great sense of musicality Benjamin Schmid has been described as “ of the most valuable of today’s golden-age-violinists.” (The New York Sun). Pianist Lisa Smirnova has been collaborating with Mr. Schmid extensively for almost 20 years.

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Other Minds

RASKIN, J.: The Hear and Now
Chen, Hikage, Min, Naing, Owen, Park, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Robair
Other Minds OM2011

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Sono Luminus

Viola Recital: Nelson, Eliesha - KAPUSTIN, N. / WILLIAMS, J.M. / FINNEY, R.L. / MUMFORD, J. / WALKER, G. (Permutations)
Howsmon, Nelson
Sono Luminus DSL-92186

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Chamber Music - RESPIGHI, O. / CORELLI, A. / (Transcriptions for Strings and Organ of the Historical 20th Century)
Merlini, Voshtina. I Solisti Laudensi
Tactus TC900004

The latest Tactus CD from I Solisti Laudensi features works by seven Italian composers (two by Vivaldi) active from the Baroque to the 20th century, in transcriptions for organ and strings accomplished in the 19th century, as well as a 20th century piece for identical forces by the 20th century composer Cardenio Botti. Founded in 1970, the I Solisti Laudensi ensemble’s many standout appearances have taken place at festivals and in concert halls throughout Italy and across Europe.

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The President's Own United States Marine Band, United States Air Force Band
Altissimo 75442203092

Come President’s Day, celebrate the music of the country’s greatest leaders with the bands of The United States Military. A splendid blend of ceremonial music, classic marches, and tuneful tributes to America’s presidents, American Classics for President’s Day combines all your favorites onto one great compilation! Hear Washington-era fife and drum features, folk songs from the age of Lincoln, and music dedicated to some of history’s most renowned presidents. This album has everything, from Henry Fillmore’s Americans We, to Yankee Doodle.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9
Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim
Accentus Music ACC-102179 [Blu-ray] | ACC-202179 [DVD]

“This music is more serious and more significant than one had thought”, the Berliner Zeitung summarized in its review of Daniel Barenboim’s celebrated Bruckner cycle with the Staatskapelle Berlin. Considered as a work of one of the greatest symphonic composers of the Classic‐Romantic era, Bruckner’s unfinished Symphony No. 9 is brought to an end, in a poignant manner. Once more the essential elements of Bruckner’s symphonic style are present; the technical standard, the intensity of sound, and the enormous richness of expression are in this singular work brought to an unsurpassed niveau.

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Arthaus Musik

WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Gergiev, Abdrazakov, Borodina, Domingo, Markov, Netrebko, Nikitin, Pape, Petrenko, Semenchuk, Semishkur, Esina, Kimin, Kolegova, Kondaurova, Lopatkina, Sergeyev, Shklyarov, Skorik, Vishneva, Bashmet, Kavakos, Matsuev
Arthaus Musik 107550 [Blu-ray] | 107549 [DVD]

Richard Wagner’s Ring at the world-famous La Scala in Milan is a first-class musical experience featuring one of the greatest conductors of our time at the podium: Daniel Barenboim. Wagner’s tale about the power of the ring, the reign of gold and the battle between dwarves, giants, gods and mortals is picturesque, complex and deeply psychological. It is a demanding work for musicians, singers and the production team. In his stage production, the Belgian Guy, Cassiers, conveys the aesthetic quality and musical brilliance of this gesamtkunstwerk in dazzling imagery. The challenges of the music and dramatic performance are admirably mastered by renowned singers including René Pape, Waltraud Meier, Lance Ryan, Nina Stemme, Simon O’Neill, Iréne Theorin and many others. A veritable feast for the senses, a treat for all Wagner aficionados and a wonderful opportunity to revisit the legendary La Scala in Milan.

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C Major Entertainment

MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4
P. Järvi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Miener, Domsingknaben, MDR-Chor, Kühmeier
C Major 719204 [Blu-ray Video] | 719108 [DVD]

Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 continue the release of the complete Mahler cycle with Paavo Järvi and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, which since the 80s became a “powerful Mahler orchestra”. (Frankfurter Rundschau)

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BOULEZ, P.: Emotion and Analysis (10-DVD Box Set)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin State Opera Chorus, Berlin Staatskapelle, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Barenboim
EuroArts 2061008 [DVD]

In honor of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday (26 March 2015), EuroArts releases an extensive edition consisting of 10 DVDs, which revolves around the most important milestones in the incredible career of the great conductor and composer. The booklet has a considerable amount of 68 pages. Beautifully packaged in 5 double digi-files in an exclusive slipcase, this set includes nine legendary concert recordings from 1974 until 2009, featuring the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, and naturally, his very own Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Also featuring universally- known soloists such as Diana Damrau, Maria João Pires or Christine Schäfer, as well as the recordings with the New Philharmonia Orchestra (1968), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1974 und 1997).

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Idéale Audience

RICHTER, S.: The Enigma (Film, 1998)
Richter, Monsaingeon
Idéale Audience 3073514 [Blu-ray Video]

Sviatoslav Richter (1915–1997), one of the greatest pianists of all time, breaks his life-long silence and allows himself to be interviewed for this autobiographical film. We see his life on an epic scale as he evokes his wild childhood, his encounters with the great names in the musical world, his debuts, and his activities as a concert artist in the Soviet Union, a country tortured by troubles, war, and terror. Here, we come to learn the humorous and unexpected revelations by one of the musical giants of the 20th century. Previously unseen archive footage and a wealth of performance extracts complete this portrait of an artist who refused to conform. The documentary won the FIPA D'OR Grand Prize 1998 and DIAPASON D'OR in 2013.

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Opus Arte

SHAKESPEARE, W.: Henry IV, Parts I and II (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 2014)
Britton, Sher, Hassell, White, Chapman, Kerkour, Barnes-Worrell, Dionisotti, Davies, Hooper
Opus Arte OA1188BD [DVD-Special Edition] | OABD7179BD [BD-Special Edition]

Containing Shakespeare's Henry IV parts 1 and 2, this double set features outstanding Royal Shakespeare Company productions.

"A sublime blend of fathomless gloom and mad merriment. Strongly recommended". - Independent

“All hail! Gregory Doran gives a strong statement of intent for his own reign at Stratford”. - Daily Mail

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