In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see www.naxos.com/newreleases.asp), 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.
Accentus Music is a leading production company that specialises in the audio and video recording of international concerts, operas, and ballets. The label also produces feature-length documentaries about music-related subjects that draw upon culture, politics, and society as well as film portraits of artists. Founded in 2010 and based in Leipzig, Accentus Music is today one of the leading audiovisual production companies in the world of classical music. Its program of 15 to 25 productions per year, produced entirely in-house, is offered internationally via TV networks and online portals as well as on the company’s own DVD and CD label.
‘Dealing with the Bach cantatas is a lifelong and wonderful task and challenge. Despite decades of experience with the works, new aspects are being discovered every day,’ says Gotthold Schwarz . The cantatas on this first recording of the Thomanerchor Leipzig under the musical direction of Schwarz, speak about the human certainty of being secure in and with God (BWV 17: ‘How a father has mercy on his young children’) and the confidence that God will deliver man from all trouble (BWV 33: ‘I call on thee in whom I trust’). There is no better credo that the Thomanerchor Leipzig and their Thomaskantor could base their joint path on.
All the parts of the Requiem composed by Mozart exist in a complete four-part vocal score with organ bass – only the first movement is fully orchestrated. Mozart sketched out the main musical voices for the whole piece, producing almost a skeleton to the work – in other words, fragments of sound. In between these fragments, Haas added the style of the early 21st century. He uses the key signature of D Minor on which he builds a series of harmonics for his composition. He adopts completely different compositional methods to set up connections to Mozart’s composition.
The composition of Bruckner’s Ninth stretched over a long period, from 1887 to 1896, due to constant interruptions because of his deteriorating health. Bruckner finally died while working on the fourth movement – and his masterpiece dedicated to “the beloved God” remained unfinished. In January 2014, Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks presented the original version of the three completed movements to the public in Munich at the Philharmonie in Gasteig. In its current position, the slow movement cuts a fine figure and helps the symphony reach a dignified conclusion.
Bearthoven’s American Dream is a reflection of the contemporary American state of mind. This album reflects the paradoxical nature of the ‘American Dream’ in our current era. The ingenious composer Wollschleger see beauty in his immediate surroundings at all times. He wrote Gas Station Canon Song to encourage people to make arts wherever they are, with objects in their daily lives. In the duo We See Things That Are Not There, the pianist and percussionist interpret Wollschleger’s music about how two people never able to fully see each other. For Scott Wollschleger, in Matt Evans (percussion) words, everything is kind of memory, and everything is imperfect, but also potentially more beautiful.
Isang Yun’s works are inconceivable without the East Asian philosophy of the Tao. Yun found his way to an individual sound in Europe through the reminiscence of Chinese-Korean court music. His works are characterised by the flexible, lively tone of the traditional music of his home, by the art of the flowing transition from the spirit of the Tao. Chamber music occupies a significant role in Yun’s oeuvre; the composer experimented with not only the most diverse and unusual combinations of instruments but also continued to compose in traditional classical genres. The present release features his East-West-Miniatures, his Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, and more.
This new release is the second album from CD Accord containing works by Marcin Mielczewski, performed by Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble under Andrzej Kosendiak. It features vocal works including the extant incomplete Missa Triumphalis, psalms Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Credidi, Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus, Lauda Jerusalem Dominum, and a Magnificat canticle. Also presented here are the two works intended for small instrumental ensemble – Canzona seconda a 2, Canzona seconda a 3. All the vocal-instrumental compositions are set to Latin texts, applicable to liturgies of the Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches. All are composed in concertato style.
Hailed by The New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing,” Lipman is heard in the world-premiere recording of Clarice Assad’s fantasy piece, Metamorfose, which the violist commissioned. It’s a poignant commentary on grief and acceptance. Metamorfose is pair with other ravishingly beautiful works—Schumann’s dreamlike and fanciful Fairy Tale Pictures, Bowen’s richly expressive Phantasy, Knox’s free-flying Fuga Libre, Shostakovich’s Impromptu, which receives here its world-premiere recording, and the first-ever recording on viola of Waxman’s virtuosic Carmen Fantasie. Lipman’s collaborator on this album is pianist Henry Kramer, whose first commercial recording, dedicated to Liszt oratorio transcriptions, was recently released on Naxos.
Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (1932–2016) wrote a total of fourteen string quartets. The first three dating from 1959, the last ones from 2013. The Nordic String Quartet presents here the first in a series of three albums, the first six quartets to begin the complete string quartets cycle of Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. All works on this first album are world premiere recordings.
Nordic String Quartet is a young, highly skilled quartet, formed by Professor Tim Frederiksen, and thus following the successes of the Danish String Quartet and Nightingale String Quartet.
Soprano Ildiko Raimondi, the ensemble Junge Philharmonie Wien, and conductor Michael Lessky present immortal melodies from the first decades of the 20th century. Featured on this release are the world premiere recording of Lustspielouvertüre (Comedy Overture) by Alexander Zemlinsky, which has been discovered by Michael Lessky as well as three songs from his estate that have been orchestrated by Lessky, two Brettl-Lieder by Schoenberg as well as works by Lehár, Dostal, and Gershwin . This compilation spins an arc from the ‘serious’ composer to the ‘light muse.’
Lauded as one of the most original and brilliant of Georgian composers, Sulkhan Tsintsadze synthesised 20th-century classical elements with the rhythmic, melodic, harmonic, and modal characteristics of Georgian folk music. In so doing he developed, across a wide spectrum of the repertoire, his own highly personal and approachable idiom. His 24 Preludes for Piano were composed in 1971 and are unmistakably national in character. He gave new life to traditional Georgian folk songs and dances in a masterfully structured cycle that flows with the seamless eloquence of a film. This virtuosic kaleidoscope of contrasting images reveals music that is both extravagant and vibrant.
What defines music? This question arises again and again when one is listening to the music of Dominique Schafer. Vers un présence réelle… is the title of this recording containing six pieces trying to answer that very question. The performers are Ensemble Proton Bern and conductor Matthias Kuhn. Founded in 2010, Ensemble Proton Bern has established itself as one of the top new music groups. Their goal is to bring people closer to new music. To this end, the musicians seek contact to and are able to discuss the contemporary sound world with their audience.
With this recording, produced on a single day, Christian von Blohn would like to demonstrate above all the versatility of the instrument in Bouxwiller. He quite deliberately selects music from completely different periods, also performing his own works.
The famous organ was built by Johann Andreas Silbermann in 1778 and, following several renovations, is under monumental protection today. This recording deliberately places several styles next to one another to demonstrate the versatility of this exceptional work of art. Johann Sebastian Bach serves as the guiding thread.
In this new release, the award-winning Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hannu Lintu perform the music of Bernd Alois Zimmermann, a leading figure in the music of post-World War II Germany. This album includes a rendering of the composer’s magnificent Violin Concerto, a relatively early work in the composer’s oeuvre, featuring star violinist Leila Josefowicz, orchestral score Photoptosis which is among Zimmermann’s final orchestral pieces, and the first album recording of Die Soldaten, Vocal Symphony. Zimmermann adapted parts of his Die Soldaten opera into a 40-minute vocal symphony suitable for concert performance.
This recording is recognised as one of the best versions of Mozart’s Requiem. The recording took place at St. Jacob’s Church in Stockholm on January 12-14, 1979. Soloists Margareta Hallin, Anne-Marie Mühle, Brian Burrows, and Magnus Lindén together with the St. Jacob’s Chamber Choir are accompanied by the musicians of the Stockholm Conservatory conducted by Stefan Sköld.
Pianist Bruce Levingston is one of the leading figures in contemporary classical music. He regularly appears in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Royal Opera House of London. Many of today’s most important composers have written music for him and his performances of their works have won notable critical acclaim. His new release, Citizen, underpins the complex history of Mississippi. Levingston would like to highlight the point that all are citizens of one earth. In this album, he is inviting everyone to respect differences and uphold each other’s right to exist with dignity and freedom.
In his recital in Schwetzingen in 1962, Wilhelm Kempff confirmed his unique ability to connect exploratory-dreamful piano music to a repertoire with a broad range and give it clear gradations in all matters of style. He did not take this opportunity to follow a programmatic routine which is common in the risk-free assortment of works preferred by concert organizers. Wondrous trifles of descriptive and lyrical piano music are what Kempff chose to present to his audience.
This 2-disc set album features the world premiere recordings of the previously unpublished works of Carlo Rossaro. Disc 1 highlights his works for strings and piano, and disc 2 introduces his 15 Romanza and Contemplazioni. These works, stored in the Library of the Conservatory of Music in Torino, Italy, have been re-evaluated and promoted by Elena Ballario with the aim of honouring the composer and bringing his repertoire to the lovers of classical music in concert halls everywhere.
This release presents four ballets by legendary American choreographer John Neumeier. Featured works include The Little Mermaid, Tatiana, Christmas Oratorio, and Nijinsky.
‘Neumeier’s place in the ballet world is as singular as his interpretation of the tale.’ (San Francisco Chronicle about The Little Mermaid); ‘Once again it is impossible not to be impressed by the flawless technique of the ensemble … When at the end Lloyd Riggins tap-dances his way across the stage like Fred Astaire, the Christmas Oratorio is complete’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung); ‘Nearly nobody else besides John Neumeier can tell stories with the bodies of his dancers. Tatiana is three hours of danced poetry.’ (Hamburger Morgenpost); ‘Nijinsky – an inexhaustible topic. Where to begin, where to end?’ (John Neumeier)
Virginia Woolf defied the false order of narrative conventions to depict a heightened, startling and poignant reality. Woolf Works recreates the synaesthetic collision of form and substance in her writings. Each of the three acts springs from one of Woolf’s landmark novels: Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and The Waves – but these inspirations are also enmeshed with elements from her letters, essays and diaries. Woolf Works expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, and brings to life Woolf’s world of ‘granite and rainbow’, where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence. Woolf Works (2015) was Wayne McGregor’s first full-length work for The Royal Ballet.
Accentus Music produces high profile concert and opera recordings worldwide, as well as feature-length documentaries and portraits. Both artistically and technically, the label meets the highest expectations of music lovers around the world.
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