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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.

LABEL OF THE MONTH: Cedille Records

Cedille Records: Classical Music from Vibrant Chicago

Cedille Records, the label of Cedille Chicago, NFP, is dedicated to producing classical recordings of the highest quality featuring outstanding musicians from Chicago. Its purpose is to enhance the world’s catalogue of recorded music by documenting these musicians’ explorations of new and underrepresented compositions and their important interpretations of standard repertoire in innovative programmes. The extensive dissemination of these recordings is designed to bring these artists to a worldwide audience, thus enhancing their reputations and careers, and to benefit as great a listening public as possible.

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Highlight Release
20th Century Oboe Sonatas – BOWEN, Y. • EBEN, P. • DUTILLEUX, H. • BOZZA, E. • POULENC, F. • SAINT-SAËNS, C.
Alex Klein • Phillip Bush
Cedille CDR90000-186

GRAMMY® Award-winner Alex Klein, former principal oboist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs sonatas that signify the oboe’s 20th-century re-emergence as a brilliant solo instrument. With pianist Phillip Bush, Klein plays works that ‘define the modern oboe’: Camille Saint-Saëns’ jovial, late-Romantic Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Op. 166; York Bowen’s lushly beautiful Sonata for Oboe and Pianoforte, Op. 85; Henri Dutilleux’s emotionally wide-ranging Sonata for Oboe and Piano; Petr Eben’s youthful and inventive Oboe Sonata, Op. 1; Francis Poulenc’s late, philosophical Sonata for Oboe and Piano, FP 185; and Eugène Bozza’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, an ethereal, rarely heard tour de force.

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Selected CDs

Accentus Music

SHEN, Ye: The Psalms of Taciturnity • CHEN, Gang • HE, Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Zhi-Jong Wang • Tokyo Philharmonic • Yang Yang
Accentus Music ACC-30464

Hailed at its premiere as ‘a breakthrough in China’s symphonic music’ He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto was later reviled during the Cultural Revolution for its Western influence and feudal Chinese inspiration. Though universally recognised among the Chinese people, the piece remains largely unknown in the West. A work of undeniable emotional appeal, it also carries with it a history that some of its biggest supporters are still struggling to digest. Borne of an uneasy union of revolutionary nationalist sentiment and Chinese urban cosmopolitanism, the musical progeny manages to be faithful to both its parents.

ARC Music

The Art of the Chinese Guzheng
Mengmeng Wu
ARC Music EUCD2840

The Guzheng is the most recognized traditional Chinese instrument, in both its appearance and its sound. Throughout its long history, playing techniques have evolved along with the instrument itself, influenced by regional culture and folk music. Some styles have also been developed by individual Guzheng masters. This album showcases the award-winning performances of the Chinese virtuoso Wu Mengmeng, and her techniques and styles in playing. Her passion for the instrument and exquisite interpretation of music are evident in each piece.

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ArcoDiva

MARTINŮ, B.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1–3
Petr Nouzovský • Gérard Wyss
ArcoDiva UP0212

Bohuslav Martinů is one of the world-famous composers of the 20th century. Inspired by his homeland’s tribulations, he composed his Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1, dedicated to the brilliant French cellist Pierre Fournier. In America, he found friends of Czech descent. One of them was Frank Rybka, who earlier studied music in Brno with Leoš Janáček. Their friendship brings forth Martinů’s Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2. The Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 3, on the other hand, was composed in France and was dedicated to the memory of Hans Kindler, known to Martinů from his Paris days as an outstanding cellist and conductor.

BR-Klassik

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Maazel • Jansons • Haitink • Blomstedt
BR-Klassik 900716

Bruckner’s symphonies form the backbone of the Late Romantic symphonic music. His Nine Symphonies are a mainstay in the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, as in those of all major orchestras. The special feature of this release is that the recordings are conducted by not only one but four conductors closely associated with the orchestra, all of them proven international Bruckner experts. In these recordings, it also becomes clear what brilliant contributions Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, and Lorin Maazel have made over the decades to Bruckner’s symphonic œuvre.

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Capriccio

EINEM, G. von: Der Prozeß [Opera]
Laurenz • Schmeckenbecher • Schmidlechner • Woldt • Kammler • Schneider • Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • H.K. Gruber
Capriccio C5358

The Austrian composer Gottfried von Einem played a major role in rebuilding his country’s music scene after 1945, following the devastating cultural policies of Austrofascism that were particularly hostile to modern trends. Der Prozess (The Trial) is his second opera; the libretto is based on the novel by Franz Kafka. This audio recording, from the 2018 Salzburg Festival, is conducted by HK Gruber, himself a composer and former student of von Einem. Most of the twelve distinguished solo singers each take on several roles and are accompanied by the equally distinguished ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

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CDAccord

WEINBERG, M.: String Quartets Nos. 11–13
Silesian String Quartet
CDAccordACD250

Mieczysław Weinberg’s imposing output of compositions includes 17 quartets, 22 symphonies, 9 concertos, 7 cantatas, more than 50 pieces of chamber music for various instrumental complements, as well as nearly 30 song cycles and 8 operas. Composing was his life’s greatest passion, regardless of what was going to happen to his works after they were completed. He filled page after page with music notes nearly every day, as though music were his refuge in which to hide from the many dangers and calamities of life. This release features the String Quartets Nos. 11 –13 performed by one of Poland’s leading chamber ensembles, the Silesian Quartet.

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Dacapo

LAMB, S.: The Red Shoes
Suoni Ensemble
Dacapo 8.224729

Red is the colour of blood, the colour of danger, and the colour of temptation. Hans Christian Andersen took the symbolism to a new extreme of cruelty in The Red Shoes an ancient folk tale here given a modern musical reworking by Siobhan Lamb and the Suoni Ensemble. The Red Shoes is written for children and young people but can also be enjoyed by adults with an interest in the universe of H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales and new music. Each member of the Suoni Ensemble is hand-picked for their unique sound quality and their desire to tell stories through music making.

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Delos

BATES, M.: Choral Works – Sirens • Mass Transmission
Cappella SF • M. Bates • R. Bohlin
Delos DE3573

Named by Musical America as the 2018 Composer of the Year as well as the most-performed composer of his generation, GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Mason Bates is widely renowned for his pioneering practice of creating music for conventional performing forces enhanced by electronic sounds. Of the two works presented in this remarkable album, Mass Transmission, in its world premiere recording, is a particularly winning example of Bates’ use of electronica blended here with music for mixed choir and organ. Sirens lacking electronica, still achieves mesmerizing vocal effects through its complex scoring for 12-part a cappella choir.

Gramola Records

Plaisanteries – MOZART, W.A. • BEETHOVEN, L. van • PROKOFIEV, S.
Hanna Bachmann
Gramola99187

Humour in music is the theme of this album by the 25-year-old pianist Hanna Bachmann from Austria, who plans debuts in the Berlin Philharmonic and concerts in the UK and US next season, and whom the conductor Kirill Petrenko attested ‘great musicality, creativity, high technical ability, fine sound and a matured personality.’ The spectrum of variety in this program spans from the childlike cheerfulness of Mozart’s Variations on A Woman is the Most Delightful Thing, K. 613, to the profound wit and deliberate irony of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op. 120, and the pungent laughter of Prokofiev’s Sarcasms, Op. 17.

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Grand Piano

Tangos for Yvar
Hanna Shybayeva
Grand Piano GP794

The American pianist Yvar Mikhashoff (1941–1993) commissioned 127 of the world’s leading composers to write tangos for him. Between 1983 and 1991 he received an eclectic, stylistically varied range of works that offer a unique body of contemporary tango music for the piano. Tango’s origin was in the waltz and mazurka but has long embraced jazz and even electronic music. In this unique collection the span is international and individual, ranging from traditional evocations to include the twelve-tone approach of Milton Babbitt, the minimalism of Tom Johnson, and the very personal voice of Michael Nyman.

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Kairos

LAZKANO, R.: Piano Works
A. Gómez • Zabaleta • Lazkano • Bilbao Symphony Orchestra • Martínez Izquierdo
Kairos 0015041KAI

The Catalan composer Ramon Lazkano’s piano œuvre so far consists of works for piano and orchestra or ensemble, and of course solo pieces. Alfonso Gómez presents a comprehensive overview of Lazkano’s music of this genre of sheer endless possibilities. ‘My fascination for him [Lazkano] originates from this aesthetic premise, this absolute absence of superficiality, hedonism or vanity,’ said Gómez. Among the pieces included in this album are Lazkano’s first concerto Hitzaurre Bi, his latest piano piece and the longest one Petrikhor, the two pieces for multiple players Zintzilik and Bras dessus bras dessous, and nine more beautiful pieces.

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OehmsClassics

Björk’s Vespertine – A Pop Album as an Opera
Ji Yoon • Aki Hashimoto • Oesch • Ayers • Children’s and Women’s Choirs of Nationaltheater Mannheim • Orchestra of Nationaltheater Mannheim • Toogood
OehmsClassics OC978

An album as an opera. Pop music is theatrical, it lives on stories, constantly creating new characters of art. In addition, no other style has changed and influenced music reception so enduringly as pop music. Most people can draw biographical references on the map of pop music. So, it seems high time to open the doors of the opera to a new visitor. With its symphonic elements, dramatic singing lines and ethereal choir vocals, Vespertine seems to be the perfect model for the complex project. OehmsClassics begins the new partnership with the Nationaltheater Mannheim (NTM Edition) with a bang.

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Ondine

SCHUMANN, R. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos (with Ondine 2019 Catalogue)
Tetzlaff • Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra • P. Järvi
Ondine ODE1333-2

This album features German star violinist Christian Tetzlaff with virtuoso Romantic concertos by Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. The Mendelssohn Concerto is one of the most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, with an unfailing popularity among audiences. Also included is Schumann’s more seldom recorded Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, which he completed shortly before writing the concerto. One of Schumann’s last significant compositions, the long-lost Violin Concerto saw its première performance only in 1937 and was hailed by Yehudi Menuhin as the ‘historically missing link of the violin literature.’

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Orfeo

VAŇHAL, J.B.: Missa Solemnis • Stabat Mater • Symphony in D Major
Prague Chamber Chorus and Orchestra • Virtuosi di Praga • V. Neumann
Orfeo MP1806

Johann Baptist Vaňhal’s name may have been overshadowed by the city’s illustrious core of composers, namely Haydn, Salieri, Mozart, and Beethoven, but he was far from being only a minor master. Sadly, a period of mid-life delusion diverted him to write purely ecclesiastical music, but it was a prolific diversion that produced some 60 masses, 60 motets, two requiems, various litanies, a Te Deum and, a Stabat Mater. This programme represents those two contrasting aspects of Vaňhal’s output: the Missa Solemnis, a work of quality and opulence; his more conservative Stabat Mater; and the Symphony in D Major, with its unusual formal structure that seems to presage Beethoven.

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OUR Recordings

American Recorder Concertos – HICKEY, S. • NEWMAN, A. • SIERRA, R. • STUCKY, S.
Michala Petri
OUR Recordings 8.226912

Despite being ubiquitous in nearly every American public music school program, few American composers ever explored writing for the recorder. In order to set this egregious state of affairs to right, Michala Petri, the First Lady of the Recorder, invited four American composers to make their own discovery of just what an Old-World Recorder can do! For the newest instalment of her ground-breaking ‘Concerto Project’, four works have been specially commissioned to showcase the sound of the modern recorder, including the late Steven Stucky’s contemporary Etudes, Roberto Sierra’s Latin-tinged Prelude, Habanera and Perpetual Motion, Antony Newman’s Concerto for Recorder, Harpsichord & Strings, and Sean Hickey’s A Pacifying Weapon.

Sono Luminus

Edge of Youth – BRITTEN, B. • ENESCU, G. • MAZZOLI, M. • PROKOFIEV, G. • VISCONTI, D.
Janet Sung • William Wolfram
Sono Luminus DSL-92230

Janet Sung writes of her new release: ‘In curating this collection of works by masters Britten, Enescu and three young, dynamic living composers, Missy Mazzoli, Dan Visconti and Gabriel Prokofiev, I gravitated toward works that were striking to me and in some ways unexpected—whether it was a new sound world, a new perspective on an old familiar work, or the surprising way certain works profoundly grew in their impact… With their craft and unique sense of style, these composers challenge the artist to forget about the technicalities of the instrument—asking them to become a storyteller through nuance, shading, and colour.’

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SWR Classic

The SWR Studio Recordings – DVOŘÁK, A. • BARTÓK, B. • PFITZNER, H. • SIBELIUS, J. (1952–1965)
Peinemann • Bour • Müller-Kray • Rosbaud
SWR19074CD

In this collection, the early studio recordings of the great violinist Edith Peinemann are released for the first time on modern recording technology. The release contains chamber music as well as standard-setting interpretations of the violin concertos by Dvořák, Bartók, Pfitzner and Sibelius, which Peinemann performed many times around the world. The recording of the violin concerto by Pfitzner, conducted by Hans Rosbaud, was realized on December 21st, 1962, just a few days after the live performance in Baden-Baden with the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra. It was the last performance (and last recording) of Hans Rosbaud, who died several days afterwards.

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SWR Jazzhaus

Liederhalle Stuttgart (1969)
Cannonball Adderley Quintet
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-402

When Nat and his older brother Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley tried to start a quintet in the mid-fifties, hardly anyone was interested in the newcomers from Florida. When the brothers came together again in 1959, they had both matured and were ready to lead one of the most successful jazz bands of the 1960s. The Cannonball Adderley Quintet managed to reach a large audience with hits like This Here, Work Song, Jive Samba, and above all Mercy, Mercy, Mercy. Completed by bassist Victor Gaskin and drummer Roy McCurdy, they had brought with them just the right repertoire.

Tactus

Sacred Music in Saint Peter’s Basilica – MISERACHS, V. • BARTOLUCCI, D. • VISCONTI, M.
Antinori • Rossini Chamber Choir • Baiocchi
Tactus TC940002

The Second Vatican Council reasserted the importance of music in liturgy and required music to be closely connected to the liturgical action. So here, when we listen first to Simone Baiocchi’s Magnificat, expressly composed for the first Vespers celebrated in Gregorian chant, then to Bartolucci’s Missa secunda de angelis (recorded here for the first time), and finally to the Gregorian antiphon Sub tuum præsidium, we can understand the meaning of a sung Eucharistic Celebration, in which the officiant is the leading singer, and the polyphonic choir and organ do not exclude the congregation’s joining in the singing.

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Selected DVDs

BelAir Classiques

LEVINAS, M.: La Passion selon Marc – Une Passion après Auschwitz [Oratorio]
Léger • Blanchet • Lausanne Vocal Ensemble • Kissóczy
BelAir Classiques BAC152

The Passion according to Mark – A Passion after Auschwitz was commissioned to French composer Michaël Levinas by the Swiss association ‘Musique pour un temps present’ as part of the events commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s reformation. This original oratorio is not only a reinterpretation or a mere re-visitation of the Passion: it painfully faces, indeed, the irreconcilable nature of the Passion and the Holocaust. By putting side by side western musical traditions and the tragic component of modern history, Levinas manages to ‘shake’ during the artistic process, the future of the Holy Language and of the Gospel after Auschwitz.

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC552)

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C Major

MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2011)
D’Arcangelo • Concetti • Remigio • Papatanasiu • Iori • Miller • Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche • Frizza • Pizzi
C Major 749308

When it comes to Mozartian perfection on the opera stage, one need not always seek it in Milan, Vienna, Salzburg or New York! At the Sferisterio Opera Festival in the central Italian city of Macerata, a rapt audience was treated to a production of Don Giovanni ‘that will enter the annals of opera’ (ForumOpera.com). This magnificent reading of Mozart’s timeless masterpiece sweeps the viewer into a libertine, 18th-century society dominated by sensuality and erotic impulses. In his role debut as the title hero, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo is ‘incandescent’ (Gazzetta die Parma) and ‘doesn’t do Don Giovanni; he is the Don. Unsurpassable’ (24 Ore).

Also available on Blu-ray (749404)

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Dynamic

VACCAI, N.: Giulietta e Romeo [Opera] (Festival della Valle d’Itria, 2018)
Bonilla • Lupinacci • Cortellazzi • Marrocu • Stajkic • Senn • Milan La Scala Orchestra • Quatrini • Ligorio
Dynamic DYN-37832

Nicola Vaccaj, a pupil of Paisiello and contemporary of Rossini, was a much-admired composer of bel canto opera in his day. A pity, then, that Giulietta e Romeo, his most notable success, has been neglected for so long. Now, however, you can appreciate the greatness of the work in this DVD recording from last year’s Festival della Valle d’Itria. Conductor Sesto Quatrini and director Cecilia Ligorio lead a strong cast of soloists whose performances were admired by Bachtrack: Leonor Bonilla (Giulietta) ‘an elegant and fluid soprano, and great acting skills’; Leonardo Cortellazzi (Capellio) ‘imposing…refined phrasing and diction’; Paoletta Marrocu (Adele) ‘great vocal talent and poignant expressiveness’; and Raffaella Lupinacci (Romeo) ‘currently one of the most appreciated mezzo-sopranos in Italy [who] possesses a beautiful vocal colour.’

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57832) and CDs (CDS7832.02)

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Opus Arte

SHAKESPEARE, W.: King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2017)
McNally • Beadel • Bruni • Caesar • Meckler
Opus Arte OA1278D

King Lear has three daughters, but no sons. Boldly he decides to divide his country among his children but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid, and Lear finds himself adrift, wandering homeless and destitute. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. King Lear’s tempestuous poetry is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart. The play is spoken in Shakespeare’s English.

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Free Downloads from Cedille Records

Cedille on the Move
Cedille on the Move
Cedille Records CDR8002

High-Energy tracks from Chicago’s classical record label Cedille Records presents a disc of high-energy selections from our CD catalogue, ideal for keeping you ‘on the move’ whether walking, running, biking, driving, exercising, or just enjoying the music’s rhythmic drive. The tracks run the gamut from a Vivaldi flute concerto to symphonic works by late-Classical era composers from Bohemia (Franz Krommer and Jan Vaclav Hugo Vorísek), to (later) 19th-century concertos and chamber works, to seven selections by contemporary or very recent composers. All feature propulsive rhythmic energy designed to keep the music (and you) ‘on the move.’

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