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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


Boni Pueri Boys Choir - HANDEL, G.F. / REICHA, A. / CACCINI, G. / FRANCK, C. / BACH, J.S.: From the Heart of Europe (Choral Concert)
Johnston, Boni Pueri Boys Choir, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Štilec
ArcoDiva UP0179

Boni Pueri, the Czech Boys Choir, is known throughout Europe as well as the US and Asia. They have performed in more than 2,500 concerts worldwide.

This album includes some constant repertoire of the choir including previously unrecorded compositions.

Alongside classical staples like Handel’s Hallelujah and Franck’s Panis Angelicus, intriguing arrangements of folk songs stand out, particularly Suite from the Czech and Slovak folk songs by Otakar Jeremias. Together with Boni Pueri, Mark Štilec conducts the Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice on this recording.

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Basel Symphony Orchestra

(original orchestral version and arr. for two pianos)

Namekawa, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Davies
Basel Symphony Orchestra SOB10

Igor Stravinsky was still very much unknown when he composed the commissioned L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird). This was Stravinsky’s first genuine contribution to ballet, which in his own words, he “loved more than anything.” This double CD album includes both version for orchestra, performed by the Sinfonieorchester Basel, as well as the version for piano four hands.

There was no piano arrangement for four hands by the composer himself. Principal conductor of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Dennis Russel, arranged this version exclusively for this recording based on the original transcription for piano two hands by Stravinsky, which is now kept in the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel.

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BACH, J.S.: St. John Passion, BWV 245 (with introduction)
Bruninghaus, Burkhart, Hirtreiter, Landshamer, Lichdi, Malotta, Nazmi, Oh, Pregardien, Strazanac, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Concerto Köln, Dijkstra
BR-Klassik 900909

Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion was written for Holy Week in 1724, directly after Bach was appointed as cantor of St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig. St. John’s Passion is a true Baroque masterpiece, and still retains all of its vivacity and brightness nearly three centuries after its composition.

This recording is brilliantly performed by the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks alongside Concerto Köln, both highly recognized and admired ensembles.

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REGER, M.: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 101
(arr. R. Kolisch for violin and chamber ensemble)

Rademacher, Linos Ensemble
Capriccio C5137

In 1922, Arnold Schönberg said of Max Reger, “In my view, Reger must be played often because 1) he wrote a lot; and 2) he is dead and we still do not have any clarity about him. (I consider him a genius).”

Considering how little public awareness there was of it during its short existence, it's remarkable how much of a long-term impact was made by Arnold Schoenberg's Society for Private Musical Performances. It was founded in Mödling near Vienna in November 1918 with the express purpose of "enabling Arnold Schoenberg to personally provide artists and art lovers with a thoroughly detailed knowledge of modern music." (Alban Berg, 1919). The task of setting up the Society for Private Musical Performances fell to the violinist Rudolf Kolisch (1896–1978), one of Schreker's students who studied privately with Schoenberg post-1919 and, later on, with his brother-in-law. The group put special emphasis on performing works by Max Reger.

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Carpe Diem

Sorini, Enea / Marti, Corini - SEGNI, J. / CARA, M. / VERDELOT, P. / DUPRÉ, E. / FESTA, S.: Quando cala la notte
(Vocal and Instrumental Recital)

Marti, Sorini
Carpe Diem CD-16308

Swedish musician Corina Marti is a celebrated harpsichordist who specializes in Medieval and Early Renaissance music. She has performed across Europe and the Middle East, and frequently performs with La Morra, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of Late Medieval and Early Renaissance European music.

Enea Sorini is an Italian singer who is a charter member of Urbino Bella Gerit ensemble, a group dedicated to the study and authentic performance of Renaissance repertoire. For this recording, Corina Marti and Enea Sorini offer a rare collection of pieces from early 16th-century Italy.

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CD Accord

ZUBEL, A.: Elettrovoce
Duchnowski, Zubel
CD Accord CDAccordACD220

Agata Zubel and Cezary Duchnowski make up the group ElletroVoce Duo. The two composers have devotedly pursued a markedly original approach to music over the last fourteen years. This album, pieces for voice and piano with electronics, is rooted in the exploration of tone color. The nine stories on this recording show us magical worlds with their own plot that cannot be communicated with words.

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REICH, S.: Mallet Quartet / Sextet / Nagoya Marimbas /
Music for Pieces of Wood

Connors, Duvall, Friend, Hagen, Martin, Third Coast Percussion
Cedille CDR90000-161

Third Coast percussion has been saluted by the Washington Post for its “virtuosity and precisely timed wit”, and was called by the New York Times a “commandingly elegant ensemble.” The group which is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Notre Dame teaches and performs a concert series in Chicago, and has commissioned dozens of new works.

This recording is the ensemble’s debut album on Cedille, and is an 80th birthday acknowledgement to American composer Steve Reich. He is the founding father of musical minimalism. This CD features four of Reich’s most notable percussion works.

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Asmussen, Bjørkøe, Reumert, A. Slaatto, H. Slaatto, Ekkozone
Dacapo 8.226584

Throughout his composing career, the viola fascinated Borup-Jørgensen, and he utilized the dark, unique tone of this instrument as an opulent resource for expression. The works on this album chronicle the development of Borup-Jørgensen as a composer. His Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 12 is lyrical and accessible, and contrasts Mobiles after Alexander Calder, Op. 38 which displays more abstract tonalities. Finally, O baume Lebens, Op. 81 shows intense lyricism and extreme attention to detail.

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SCHUMANN, R.: Fantasy and Romance (Cello and Piano Music)
Gruber, Sekino
Delos DE3481

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) had a special fondness for the cello. He studied the cello as a child, and picked the instrument up again as a young adult. After an accident injured his hand, he was unable to perform as a concert pianist.

Although Schumann held the cello dear, he only composed two works that still remain: Cello Concerto, Op. 129 and Five Pieces in Folk Style which is performed in this album. Many of the compositions on this recording were not originally scored for cello but cellists who, in their eagerness to perform Schumann’s music, have made lovely arrangements and transcriptions.

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HASSE, J.A.: Artaserse (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2012)
Bove, Fagioli, Giovannini, Giustiniani, Prina, Schiavo, Ensemble Barocco of the Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Rovaris
Dynamic CDS7715
Also available in DVD DYN-37715

A classic work of its genre and historical period, Artaserse was premièred in Venice in 1730 by the most famous singers of the day: Farinelli in the role of Arbace, Cuzzoni as Mandane and the castrato Nicolino as Artabano. Following its initial success, Hasse produced two different versions of the work, the first in 1740 and the second in 1760.

This world première recording is based on the original Venice version. The exceptional cast features countertenor Franco Fagioli in the role originally taken by Farinelli, his stunning technique making light of the 3-octave range with uniform timbre, remarkable power and striking resonance. Equally memorable is the aria "Pallido sole" sung by Sonia Prina. This world première recording is now available on CD and DVD.

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Grand Piano

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 4
Geoffrey Burleson
Grand Piano GP625

Although he is best remembered for his orchestral and instrumental music, Saint-Saëns was also responsible for spearheading the revival of the French Baroque, especially the music of Lully and Rameau, as well as being perfectly placed to absorb the latest instrumental dance music. His five ‘character waltzes’ include the ethereal and ravishingly textured Valse mignonne, the stylistically forward-looking Valse nonchalante and the virtuosic Valse gaie, the composer’s final waltz for solo piano, while the three minor key Mazurkas are strongly characterised and filled with ingenious musical contrasts. Last but not least, the three ‘souvenirs’ are delightful evocations of particular corners of the world that inspired Saint-Saëns.

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CHOPIN, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
(arr. B. Kominek for piano and string quintet)

Weder, Berliner Camerata
OehmsClassics OC1831

The piano concertos of Frédéric Chopin are amongst the greatest and best-known orchestral works of the 19th century. No wonder, every pianist would like to play them and, of course, record them as well. Joseph-Maurice Weder, winner of the Swiss Ambassador’s Award 2013 in London, has achieved this in the unusual ensemble of the piano sextet.

During the 19th century, the practice of transcribing orchestral works for smaller ensembles was widespread – in the age prior to recordings, this was an indispensable way of helping compositions achieve their breakthrough with the public.

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GRIGORJEVA, G.: Svjatki / Salve Regina / Diptych / Lament /
Nature Morte / In Paradisum

Steinmann, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices, Yxus Ensemble, Hillier
Ondine ODE1245-2

Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva (b. 1962) is best-known for her timeless and deeply spiritual sacred vocal works. The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, masterfully conducted by Paul Hillier, performs this program of Gigorjeva’s choral works beautifully. Nature Morte promises to be a breath of fresh air for lovers of choral music.

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Orlando Records

Rowland, Daniel / Mesirca, Alberto - PAGANINI, N. / GIULIANI, M. / FALLA, M. de / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Favorites (Violin and Guitar Recital)
Mesirca, Rowland
Orlando Records OR0018

Daniel Rowland and Alberto Mesirca team up to bring us their first album together, performing Italian, Spanish and Argentinian music. Their zealous recital of Romantic music, including a transcription of Astor Piazzolla’s history of the tango, draws listeners in and keep them entranced.

Dutch /English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been called “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” (The Guardian) and “totally and truly charismatic” (Beeld). He is currently professor of violin at the Royal College of Music in London.

Paladino Music

PEDRINI, T.: Complete Violin Sonatas
Lindorff, Wilson
Paladino Music PMR0057

Teodorico Pedrini had quite the journey during his lifetime. Over the course of eight years, he traveled from Italy to the Canary Island, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the Philippines. Pedrini is the sole 18th-century composer of which we know that wrote European compositions in China, where he finally arrived in 1711. Upon arrival in Beijing, he worked for emperors Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong until he died in 1746.

Pedrini is still considered one of the most significant ambassadors for Western music in Asia. His complete violin sonatas, presented here, are performed by violinist Nancy Wilson, and harpsichordist Joyce Lindorff.

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Sono Luminus

HILLS, C.: Drum Factory
Cory Hills
Sono Luminus DSL-92199

Composer Cory Hills’ first album, The Lost Bicycle, gained three national awards: a National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA), a silver medal for the Parent’s Choice Awards, a Creative Child Preferred Choice Awards, and World Storytelling Honors. Hills is a member of well-known Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and is endorsed by Remo, Sabian, Innovative Percussion, Yamaha, and Black Swamp Percussion.

This program brings together classical music and storytelling in ways that are accessible to children. Hills has performed percussive storytelling hundreds of times in eight countries to over 50,000 children.

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SWR Klassik

Gitlis, Ivry - PAGANINI, N. / HINDEMITH, P. / BARTÓK, B. /
BRAHMS, J. / DEBUSSY, C.: Violin Recital
(Original SWR Tapes 1962-1986 Remastered)

Gitlis, Hovora, Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra, South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rennert, Rosbaud, Skrowaczewski
SWR Klassik SWR19005CD

Ivry Gitlis gave his first violin concert when he was only seven years old. When he was ten, the great violinist Bronislaw Huberman heard him play, and gave him a scholarship to study in Europe. The child moved to Paris with his mother and studied under such famous violinists as George Enescu, Jacques Thibaud, and Carl Flesch.

His international career was launched in 1951 when the press celebrated him at the Jacques Thibaud competition. He was awarded the “Grand Prix du Disque” for his first recording of Berg’s Violin Concerto.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BEETHOVEN, L. van / MENDELSSOHN, F.: Violin Concertos
Znaider, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10345 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20345 [DVD]

This release offers one of today’s most talented violinists, Nikolaj Znaider, performing two revolutionary concertos – Mendelssonhn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor, Op. 64, and Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op. 61. Violinist Nikolaj Znaider has been described as “the most stimulating young musician playing today, drawing on musical intelligence, perception and dynamism to give performances of rare intensity.” (The Daily Telegraph)

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Arthaus Musik

GESUALDO, C.: Death for Five Voices (Documentary, 1995)
Gesualdo Consort of London, Il Complesso Barocco, Curtis, Place
Arthaus Musik 109209 [Blu-ray] | 109208 [DVD]

This documentary by award winning filmmaker Werner Herzog explores the legend and music of Prince of Venosa, Don Carlo Gesualdo. Gesualdo’s Death for Five Voices is the result of Herzog’s interest in the life of the “principe dei musica,” the life of whom has inspired three 20th-century operas by composers Alfred Schnittke, Franz Hummel, and Salvatore Sciarrino.

The film features artists Milva, Pasquale D’Onofrio, Salvatore Catorano, and many more. English and German audio commentary is provided by Werner Herzog.

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C Major Entertainment

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 9
Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann
C Major 733404 [Blu-ray] | 733308 [DVD]

Christian Thielemann and the Dresden Staatskapelle are continuing their long-term Bruckner cycle with the Ninth Symphony, a work on which the composer was occupied with when he died. Three movements were completed but the final movement remained unfinished. The Ninth constitutes a summation of all the composer’s earlier symphonies. Star conductor Christian Thielemann once again shows his talent for the German Romantic repertoire with a highly acclaimed interpretation of Bruckner’s popular Symphony.

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NIELSEN, C.: Saul and David
Brrun, Kramp, Kristensen, Olberg, Petersen, Resmark, Reuter, Riis, Schreiber, Staugaard, Royal Danish Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Schønwandt
Dacapo 2.110412 [DVD]

Featuring a spectacular new production of Carl Nielsen's dramatic debut opera, Saul and David from 1901 – a production marking the Royal Danish Opera’s celebration of the composer’s 150th anniversary in 2015.

King Saul, bitterly jealous of young David, who won the favour of the people by defeating the giant Goliath, is staged in a highly original fashion by acclaimed English director and Nielsen enthusiast David Pountney, who updates the Biblical story to our own time, lending it psychological and political undertones.

The performance is conducted by Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt and presents an array of Denmark's leading singers with Johan Reuter in the demanding role of King Saul, Niels-Jørgen Riis as David and Ann Petersen as his beloved Mikal.

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Opus Arte

SHAKESPEARE, W.: The Merchant of Venice
Ajao, Albina, Ballard, Brookes, Corrigan, Feiler, Ferran, Findlay,
Fortune-Lloyd, Hughes, Khoury, Lloyd, Mahoney, Nwosu, Protheroe, Saighal, Samuels

Opus Arte OABD7192D [Blu-ray] | OA1202D [DVD]

Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice paints a picture of the city: A melting pot where trade is vital, and gold is God. When a contract between Shylock and Bassanio is broken, racial tensions burn hot.

The Royal Shakespeare Company along with Opus Arte brings us this dazzling production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Polly Findlay. This production was recorded live at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon in May 2015.

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