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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


SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Finlandia / Karelia Suite
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900144

The latest new release from BR-Klassik gathers together on one CD the most famous and popular musical works of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), in exemplary performances by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons.

Sibelius wrote the music for the symphonic poem Finlandia, Op. 26 in 1899 to accompany tableaux in Helsinki depicting episodes from Finnish history and mythology. It instantly delighted his compatriots with its impressive melodies, engaging orchestration and especially, its final chorale for which patriotic verses were also written. Thus, making Finlandia as it were the unofficial national anthem of Finland. Karelia Music refers to the Finnish landscape of Karelia and the legends of the Kalevala epic. Symphony No. 2 is Sibelius’ most well-known and popular symphony which has always been closely connected with Finland’s fight for independence because of its grandiose finale.

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Cantaloupe Music

THOMAS, A.R. / ORFE, J. / VARÈSE, E.: Modernists (Chamber Music)

Alarm Will Sound, Pierson
Cantaloupe Music CA-21117

This release is Alarm Will Sound’s fifth full-length project with Cantaloupe Music, and precurses several performances throughout 2016. The six tracks on this album feature incidental variations on compositions by The Beatles, Charles Wuorinen, Edgard Varese, and more. Best described as postmodern classical music, this genre-bending ensemble doesn’t fail to entertain as they push the outer limits of the canon with this adventurous project.

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BRAUNFELS, W.: Grosse Messe
Elsner, Holl, Holtmeier, Romberger, Schneider, Berlin Singakademie, Knabenchor des Staats-und Domchor Berlin, Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Weigle
Capriccio C5267

German pianist, music educator, and composer Walter Braunfels (1882-1954) wrote his Grosse Messe Op. 37 between the years of 1923 and 1926. At the time of its completion, Braunfels was at the peak of his career. The piece is not liturgical, yet the mass speaks from a place of deep and sincere spirituality.

“He is a high-romantic, solidly anchored in the German composition culture, and yet he has a very unique language sensationally well-orchestrated, as it happens about him, which makes it so fascinating.” (Weigle)

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Carpe Diem

ATZAKAS, T. / SATIE, E. / KEMENÇECI, N.: Udopia (Oud Music)
Anastasiadis, Atzakas, Gatsi, Miliadou, Paraoulakis, Wylie, Zacharakis
Carpe Diem CD-16309

This is the debut album of the Greek oud composer and virtuoso Thimios Atzakas. The selection of his own arrangements and compositions for this release displays his range of style, which is influenced by European jazz, Oriental traditions, and contemporary classical music.

He is joined by an ensemble of six other musicians from around the world, including Avgerini Gatsi, James Wylie, Nikos Paraoulakis, Elektra Miliadou, Kostas Anastasiadis, and Dimitris Zacaharakis.

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CD Accord

RÓZSA, M.: Violin Sonata / Sonata for 2 Violins /
KODÁLY, Z.: Duo for Violin and Cello (Project Hungarica)

S. and A. Krzeszowiec, Nizioł
CD Accord CDAccordACD226

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) composed his Duo Op. 7 for Violin and Cello in 1914. It is a masterful piece wherein both instruments equally show virtuosic technique and musical expression. Miklós Rózsa (1907-1995) is most widely known for his film scores, for which he won three Oscars. Prior to his Hollywood success, he composed classical works and he was particularly fond of the viola. For this program, his Sonata Op. 40 for Solo Violin and his Sonata Op. 15a for Two Violins have been chosen. Performing these outstanding works are violinist Szymon Krzeszowiec, violinist Bartlomiej Nizioł, and cellist Adam Krzeszowiec.

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NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Dacapo 6.220645

The Danish composer Per Nørgård (b. 1932) has said “I feel each of my symphonies is a whole continent in itself.” His music stems from an insatiable urge to explore the phenomena of the world and the possibilities of music, and his eight symphonies stand as milestones along the course of six decades.

This recording with the Oslo Philharmonic conducted by John Storgårds presents Per Nørgård’s Second Symphony, in which the composer unfolds his famous ‘infinity principle’ euphorically and almost psychedelically. In his Sixth Symphony, the mature composer proves more exploratory and playful than ever.

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Russian Guitar Quartet - CUI, C. / MUSSORGSKY, M. /
BALAKIREV, M. / BORODIN, A.: A Tribute to the Mighty Handful (Guitar Quartet Recital)

Russian Guitar Quartet
Delos DE3518

The Mighty Handful, also known as The Five, were a group of prominent 19th-century Russian composers who strived to produce specifically ‘Russian’ style. The group consisted of Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsy-Korsakov, and Alexander Borodin.

The Russian Guitar Quartet has chosen works by The Mighty Handful for this new release, reviving the lost tradition of seven-string Russian guitar quartet. These accomplished performers, all with solo careers of their own, perform these arrangements with purpose and passion, leading the listener on a journey through 19th-century St. Petersburg.

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ROSSINI, G.: La Gazzetta [Opera]
Bailly, Calatayud, Forte, Joakim, Kubla, Marabelli, Minarelli, Rocha,
Chorus and Orchestre de L'Opera Royal de Wallonie, Schultsz

Dynamic CDS7742

A true comedy of errors, Rossini’s comic opera La Gazzetta abounds in misunderstandings and plot twists. Based on a play by Carlo Goldoni, the plot revolves around the bizarre tale of a man who decides to find a husband for his daughter by placing an ad in a newspaper. Directed by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, this Liège staging of Rossini's 1816 opera buffa was the closing production of Opéra Royal de Wallonie’s 2014 season. It includes, for the first time, a quintet which was rediscovered in 2012 by the librarian of the Palermo Conservatory. Authenticated by US musicologist Philip Gossett, this quintet has now been restored to its rightful place in Act One of La Gazzetta.

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Grand Piano

FRIEDMAN, I.: Original Piano Compositions
Joseph Banowetz
Grand Piano GP711

These compositions of virtuosic pianist Ignaz Friedmann (1882-1948) have been long overlooked. Exuding the harmonic originality and haunting melodies of Romanticism, his pieces show great beauty. His incredible 4 Klavierstucke Op. 27 shows remnants of Polish folksongs and lore. Dedicated to Rachmaninov, the passionate Stimmungen Op. 79 is also featured on this recording in all of its pensive, serious beauty.

Joseph Banowetz is a Grammy® nominated artist. He has performed concerts on five continents, and has performed as a soloist with the largest-named orchestras in the world.

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REGER, M.: Complete Organ Works, Vol. 4
Bernhard Buttmann
OehmsClassics OC854

The 100th anniversary of the death of Max Reger will be commemorated on 11 May 2016. On this occasion, OehmsClassics has been proud to present one box containing 4 CDs each year from 2013 to 2016 in co-production with the Bavarian Broadcasting Company (BR-Klassik) in order to pay tribute to this magnificent Bavarian composer.

Bernhard Buttmann is an ideal interpreter who knows and plays the works of Reger like virtually no other musician.

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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Rubáiyát / Balada / Canto V /
4 Songs from Rasputin

Finley, Pohjonen, Helsinki Music Centre Choir, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Ondine ODE1274-2

Featuring four world première recordings, Ondine presents this new release of compositions by renowned Finnish composer, Einojuhani Rautavaara (b.1928). Rubáiyát (2015) is based on the writing of Omar Khayyam (1048-1131). The song cycle was composed for Gerald Finley who sings in this recording, Based on texts by Lorca. Balada (2014) is a large-scale piece of orchestra, mixed-choir, and solo tenor. Rautavaara began writing his Cantos in the 1960s, and Into the Heart of Light is his latest installment in the series.

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Orlando Records

IGUDESMAN, A.M.: Violin Music (Fasten Seat Belts)
Aleksey Mikhailovich Igudesman
Orlando Records OR0024

Aleksey Igudesman is a man of many talents. Violin virtuoso, composer, film director, and actor are just the beginning of the list. He performs eleven original compositions and one arrangement for Fasten Seat Belts. With this new release, Igudesman aims to show that a virtuoso is not simply a musician who can play fast notes, and shows us all of the complex structures, textures, and harmonies inside of his virtuosic pieces.

OUR Recordings

Petri, Michala - ZAHNHAUSEN, M. / BOLLON, F. /
KOCHAN, G.: German and French Recorder Concertos
(Recorder Recital)

Petri, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Poppen
OUR Recordings 6.220614

This new release is the fourth installment in the contemporary Concertos project. After a long retirement from the concert stage, the recorder has once again found its place in today’s repertoire, as can be seen with these three concertos. Composers featured on this album include Markus Zahnhausen (b. 1965), Fabrice Bollon (b. 1965), and Gunter Kochan (1930-2009). This is the world première recording of all three works.

Michala Petri has endeavoured to extend the recorder’s presence as a modern instrument capable of performing contemporary works. Petri is joined for this project by the Odense Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Poppen.

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Paladino Music

HELLER, S.: Variations for Piano
Biliana Tzinlikova
Paladino Music PMR0065

Once called a “witty-talent” by Robert Schumann, Stephen Heller was a contemporary Verdi and Wagner who is most known for his popular Melodic Etudes. Much of Heller’s music, however, has been largely unexplored, including his variations, dances, Lieder, and character pieces.

For this recording, pianist Biliana Tzinlikova has chosen to explore Heller’s variations for piano. Tzinlikova has studied with the likes of Pierre Amoyal, Pavel Gililov, Claude Frank, and Andor Losonczy, and appears as a soloist and chamber-music performer at events and festivals throughout Europe and the United States.

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FONNESBÆK, Thomas: Where we belong
Fonnesbæk, Jansson, Svanberg
Prophone PCD159

A live recording featuring the trio of Thomas Fonnesbæk (bass); Lars Jansson (piano); and Paul Svanberg (drums) which mixes standards with improvisations illustrating the give and take that occurs in ensembles comprised of players that truly listen to one another.

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Solo Musica

VIVALDI, A.: The 4 Seasons / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Las 4 Estaciones Porteñas (8 Jahreszeiten)
Migdal, German Chamber Orchestra
Solo Musica SM235

It would be difficult to find someone who did not recognize the themes from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Arguably one of the most performed pieces of classical music, it seems to have found its way into every corner of the world. This release titled 8 Seasons contains Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and also Astor Piazzolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas.

Piazzolla composed his Seasons between 1965 and 1969 for an ensemble comprised of violin, electric guitar, piano, double bass, and bandoneon. Fusing jazz, classical tradition, and Afro-Hispanic music, Piazzolla’s Seasons are an interesting compliment to Vivaldi’s.

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Sono Luminus

OLIVER LA ROSA, J.: Transitions (Cello Recital)

Davidovsky, Gosfield, Nicolas, Oliver La Rosa, Reich
Sono Luminus DSL-92202

Cellist Michael Nicolas is an admired figure in the New York music scene, and performs both as a soloist and as a member of Brooklyn Rider and International Contemporary Ensemble. For this solo release, Nicolas presents works by Mario Davidovsky, Steve Reich, David Fulmer, Annie Gosfield, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa. This album is not linked to a specific genre, rather the exploration of the human/machine relationship. The pieces include duos for cello and electronics, a solo cello piece, pieces with multiple layered cello tracks, and cello solos with electronic backing tracks.

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SWR Jazzhaus

Living Being Extended
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-458

Centered around accordionist Vincent Peirani, the ensemble Living Being presents this new, extended album. The works on these two discs were recorded at the November 2013 SWR NEW Jazz Meeting. For this meeting, Peirani expanded his core quintet to include Mathias Eick and Leila Martial. The extended group performed three concerts in Tubingen, Mainz and Karlsruhe.

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SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (Schwetzinger Festspiele Edition, 1987)
Deutsch, Prey
SWRmusic SWR19012CD

Hermann Prey, like many other musicians with an extensive repertoire, had a specific piece that was a steady constant through his career—Schubert’s Winterreise. This wonderful song cycle was frequently performed by Prey from 1952 until his passing almost five decades later. Prey wrote of the work: “I experienced it again and again. Winterreise affected me so strongly that it cannot be compared with anything else I have experienced on stage.”

This release is a live recording from a 1987 recital at Schwetzingen Palace, with Prey being accompanied by pianist Helmut Deutsch. This performance is sure to give the listener a moving experience.

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MONTI, N.: Miserere / Nelle ore desolate di Maria
De bon Parole, Giacintucci
Tactus TC761303

Little is known about the life of Italian composer Niccola Monti, and unfortunately, much of his catalogue has been lost. This recording is the world première of all of his work that has stood the test of time. His high level of ability is seen in these works. Both of these works are connected to the Holy week, especially the Miserere which has been passed down orally from choir to choir, and is a unique heirloom of the community of Penne.

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Yarlung Records

BIGOS, M. A.: Misha
Misha Adair Bigos
Yarlung Records YAR99438

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 / Des Knaben Wunderhorn (excerpts)
Goerne, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Nelsons
Accentus Music ACC-10354 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20354 [DVD]

Andris Nelsons conducted the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for the third time in August 2015, the orchestra’s second summer without founder and guiding spirit Claudio Abbado. The first half of his concert was already a highlight: the baritone Matthias Goerne seemed completely at home in a selection of songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. His warm, dark voice allows him to capture the somber and tragic atmosphere of this music like no one else. Its shaded timbre is most perfectly suited to the work’s melancholy and nocturnal moods, where one can directly experience how an artist of this caliber can bring music to the edge of the abyss.

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Arthaus Musik

MOZART, W.A.: La Nozze di Figaro / Don Giovanni /
Così fan tutte (The Da Ponte Operas)

Various Artists
Arthaus Musik 109236 [Blu-ray] | 109235 [DVD]

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House in this collection of three operas by Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. The works included are: Le nozze di Figaro (1996), Don Giovanni (2001) and Così fan tutte (2000). Among the performers are Rodney Gilfry, Eva Mei, László Polgár and Cecilia Bartoli.

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C Major Entertainment

BERNSTEIN, L.: Larger than Life (Documentary, 2016)
Various Artists
C Major 736004 [Blu-ray] | 735908 [DVD]

This fascinating documentary profiles one of the most influential classical musicians of the 20th century and America’s musical ambassador to the rest of the world: Leonard Bernstein. As a teacher, conductor, composer and pianist, Bernstein tore down barriers in the classical world, reaching a worldwide audience. This documentary also includes interviews with his children Jamie, Alexander and Nina, as well as other notable figures in the music world such as Gustavo Dudamel, Stephen Stondheim and members of the Vienna Philharmonic.

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SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 8, "Unfinished" /
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7

Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Blomstedt
Dacapo 2.110416

This DVD celebrates Herbert Blomstedt’s profound insight into the symphonic worlds of Franz Schubert and Anton Bruckner, unfolding in Denmark’s historic Roskilde Cathedral. Blomstedt’s dream of conducting in this dazzling acoustic came true at a memorable concert in 2007, now made available for fans of the Swedish conductor and his Danish orchestra to enjoy worldwide. It is released to celebrate Herbert Blomstedt’s reception of the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize 2016.

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Opus Arte

SCARLETT, L.: Viscera / ACOSTA, C.: Carmen (Royal Ballet, 2015)
Various Artists
Opus Arte OABD7202D [Blu-ray] | OA1212D [DVD]

This outstanding recording features four ballet works: Liam Scarlett’s Viscera, Carlos Acosta’s Carmen, Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, and George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux. Acosta’s Carmen focuses on the dramatic essentials of revenge, jealousy and love. Not only did Acosta choreograph the production, he also dances a lead role. When Viscera was created in 2012, Liam Scarlett was the Royal Ballet Artist In Residence. Particularly interesting is Balanchine’s Pas de Deux based on a newly discovered movement from Swan Lake which had not been performed since Tchaikovsky’s death.

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