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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


BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites Nos. 1-3, BWV 1007-1009
Jitka Vlašánková
ArcoDiva UP0173-2

J.S. Bach clearly thought of the solo Cello Suites as real cycles (no key repetition), while their textures are not as strongly polyphonic as those of his works for the solo violin. It is sometimes thought, therefore, that they were written somewhat earlier, but that is only an assumption. Their invention, technical prowess and form, guarantee Bach’s output for solo cello its permanent place in the repertoire, also representing a great challenge to every cellist. Performed by Jitka Vlašánková, is a member of the Martinu Quartet who ranks among the finest of contemporary Czech cello soloists.

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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis
Barachovsky, Kühmeier, Kulman, Müller-Brachmann, Padmore, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Haitink
BR-Klassik 900130

Conductor Bernard Haitink has already released several recordings on the BR-Klassik label, and has been connected with the Bavarian Radio Symphony for more than 55 years. Following Bruckner’s Fifth, Mahler’s Ninth and Haydn’s ‘Creation’, BR-Klassik now presents a live recording of Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’ – the very first and only Haitink-led ‘Missa Solemnis’ in the market. His musical partners include the Bavarian Radio Symphony and Choir as well as a finely coordinated ensemble of soloists – Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Mark Padmore and Hanno Müller-Brachman.

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WEILL, K.: Recordings (Complete), Vol. 2
Brell, Büchner, Franzen, Gerihsen, Grochowski, Heidbuchel, Helling, Hillebrandt, Hirte, Holdorf, Kimbrough, Kruse, Lehrberger, Mayer, McDaniel, Most, Muller, Napier, Neumann, Niemirowicz, Otten, Peacock, Pohl, Raffeiner, Ramm, Rottger, Schlemm, Schotenrohr, Silja, Tocha, Wagner, Wolfrum, Zimmermann, Cologne Pro Musica Vocal Ensemble, Cologne Radio Orchestra and Chorus, König Ensemble, Latham-König
Capriccio C7184

The present offering at hand is the second 5-CD box set in the framework of Capriccio’s Kurt Weill edition. This is a collection of prestigious recordings of stage works both well-known and mostly unknown by one of the most provocative and engaged composers of the first half of the 20th century. Besides a complete recording of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, with music and text by Brecht on the set’s first two discs, are some genuine rarities. Disc three has The Tsar Has His Photograph Taken, his first comic opera, and the operetta Der Kuhhandel (Shady Dealing) which is a witty work with a socio-political background.

Once again, conductor Jan-Latham König leads the same orchestral forces – König Ensemble and the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln – as on the previously issued Volume One.

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Carpe Diem

MNEME - Late Medieval and Traditional Music from the Mediterranean Countries
Baka, Schlierf, Ex Silentio, Kountouras
Carpe Diem CD-16306

“Mneme” by the Greek early music ensemble Ex Silentio is a collection of musical remembrances from around the Mediterranean Sea: dances, songs and instrumental pieces from medieval and early renaissance sources. At home in the traditional folk and “classical” early music worlds, Ex Silentio creates colorful portraits of mighty kings, noble knights and beautiful princesses who once populated those countries as well as people’s imaginations then as now. “Mneme” is a historically well-informed, visionary and highly creative fairytale derived from Greek mythology and Mediterranean psyche.

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CD Accord

MOZART, W.A.: Missa brevis, K. 275 / Church Sonatas
(The Salzburg Marian Mass)

Alexewicz, Butryn, Dawiec, Gocman, Liwen, National Forum of Music Boys' Choir, National Forum of Music Choir, Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble, Kosendiak
CD Accord CDAccordACD215

On 9 September 1777, Mozart composed the gradual Sancta Maria KV 273, namely a day after the feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary and two weeks before embarking to Munich and Paris. The work was written as a prayer for the safekeeping of his family. The same year he also wrote another Marian piece – the offertory Alma Dei Creatoris KV 277 and Missa brevis KV 275.

“Our reconstruction is complemented with Mozart’s ecclesiastical sonatas, and the recording features a boys’ choir and an ensemble of historical instruments modeled on Salzburg instrumental ensembles from Mozart’s time.” (Zbigniew Pilch)

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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 / Concertos
Langevin, McGill, Znaider, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Gilbert
Dacapo 6.200003

Raised in the Danish countryside as the son of a poor folk musician, Carl Nielsen’s indomitable courage and infinite curiosity helped him develop into one of the greatest symphonists of the 20th century and eventually Denmark’s national composer. Carl Nielsen constantly challenged himself and his audience. It is an incredibly long way from the robust upstart you encounter in the First Symphony to the atonal experiments in the Sixth Symphony and the Clarinet Concerto.

“I think it’s really full-blooded, passionate, dramatic and ultimately human music. That’s what I’m going for, and that’s what the Philharmonic is good at,” says conductor Alan Gilbert. After living in Scandinavia for a number of years Gilbert knows the roots of the music. “Carl Nielsen’s music is based on classic traditions, but it’s just so Danish! Strong, beautiful and independent,” says Gilbert.

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Opera Duets: Alieva, Dinara / Antonenko, Aleksandrs - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.
Alieva, Antonenko, Kaunas State Choir, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian
Delos DE3477

The Delos label presents a winning selection of show-stopping arias and duets from three of the world’s most beloved operas as performed by two opera singers considered to be among the most exciting of the rising generation, complemented by the acclaimed Kaunas City Symphony under the baton of “singer’s conductor” Constantine Orbelian. Their program here includes – on the Italian side – the best-known excerpts from Verdi’s Aida and a selection from Il Trovatore – as well as the choicest numbers from Puccini’s Tosca. Tchaikovsky’s darkly beautiful Queen of Spades represents Russian opera. The legendary Monserrat Caballé has described Bolshoi star soprano Dinara Alieva as a singer who possesses “the gift of heaven.”

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VIVALDI, A.: Farnace [Opera]
Castellano, D'Aguanno, Galou, Mameli, Nesi, Nuti, Prina, Staveland, Tazzari, Vallerotonda, Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Sardelli
Dynamic CDS7670

Il Farnace is the most re-written and re-proposed of Vivaldi’s operas, it’s like a beloved child who worries his father, and to whom the parent always wants to give the best. Versions of Farnace, two in 1727 and one each in 1730, 1731 and 1732, had been conceived and adapted to the different circumstances for Venice, Prague, Pavia and Mantua, always with a cast to Vivaldi’s satisfaction and with the composer in control of the production. The greatest appreciation of Vivaldi’s operatic music was expressed in a letter by a spectator of the 1727 Carnival season, the abbot Antonio Conti. He wrote to Madame de Caylus that of all the operas of the Venice season he liked Farnace best because its music was very varied, “between the sublime and the tender”, and because Vivaldi’s pupil worked wonders. In 1738, Vivaldi wrote a new score of the opera for the Ferrara Carnival season. This is the last Farnace, in two acts, as the third was lost. Conducted by Federico Maria Sardelli, one of the world’s leading experts in Vivaldi’s music.

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Grand Piano

GRIEG, E.: Piano Concerto in A Minor / EVJU, H.: Piano Concerto in B Minor
Petersson, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stratton
Grand Piano GP689

Edvard Grieg first met Percy Grainger in London in 1906 and the two became good friends. Grieg invited the ‘Young Apollo’ to spend the summer of 1907 with him at Troldhaugen where they revised the famous Piano Concerto in A minor. Their alterations resulted in the final edition ‘sanctioned by Grieg himself’. Norwegian composer Helge Evju has taken up the challenge to compose a work based on incomplete concerto fragments by Grieg, creating a romantic and beautiful companion.

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BRAHMS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
Tonkünstler Orchestra, Andrés Orozco-Estrada
OehmsClassics OC1813

This OehmsClassics 2-CD set presents a complete edition of the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms by the Tonkünstler Orchestra led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. The Tonkünstler Orchestra is among the most important institutions on the Austrian music scene. The orchestra maintains a concert repertoire from Viennese Classicism to the Romantic period through music of the 21st century. Mr. Orozco-Estrada, born in Colombia and active on the Viennese music scene since 1997, concludes his music directorship of the Tonkünstler Orchestra in September 2015, which he’s held since the 2009/2010 season.

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BRAHMS, J.: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3
C. Tetzlaff, T. Tetzlaff, Vogt
Ondine ODE1271-2D

Award-winning violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt, here joined by cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, are the featured artists on this new Ondine recording of the complete piano trios of Johannes Brahms. The Trios span a period from the 1850s (the 1st version of Op. 8) to the 1880s, with the Op. 101 completed during the last decade of Brahms’ active career as a composer. Christian Tetzlaff’s recording of the Mendelssohn and Schumann violin concertos, released by Ondine in 2011 (ODE1195-2), received the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”. His recording of the Schumann Violin Sonatas with Lars Vogt (ODE1205-2) was the Gramophone Magazine ‘Disc of the Month’ in January 2014. In 2015, ICMA awarded Mr. Tetzlaff their ‘Artist of the Year’ honor.

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ALLEGRI, G.: Unpublished Works from the Manuscripts of the Collectio Altaemps
Studio vocals, Musica Flexanima Ensemble, Bigotti
Tactus TC550007

Gregorio Allegri’s output covered almost every musical genre of his time: strict polyphony to monody, instrumental music and the cantata. He is now remembered principally for the nine-voice Miserere (1638), made famous in the 19th century version requiring a high C in the coro favorito. Five years of bibliographic and musical research in Italy and abroad have permitted rediscovery of his well-rounded personality. From this point of view, the Tactus world premiere recording of pieces contained in the Altæmps manuscripts undoubtedly adds an important new chapter to the history of sacred music.

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HAHN, R.: Divertissement pour une fête de nuit /
Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este / Sérénade

Desplanque, Lemoine, Sibold, Vern, Ensemble Initium, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Chalvin
Timpani 1C1231

This latest Timpani CD release, featuring composer Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947), is a disc of ensemble music, chamber orchestra even (Concerto provençal). If Le Bal de Béatrice d’Este has been honored on disc (in a recording conducted by the composer), the Concerto provençal is but a fleeting memory on account of some pretty rough 78s. So this now is in effect a major rediscovery! The Divertissement pour une fête de nuit is a world premiere recording. The Sérénade — for wind quartet — also now receives its world premiere, played from its manuscript made available for this project.

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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Eroica Variations / Piano Sonatas No. 8 and 23
Konstantin Scherbakov
TwoPianists TP1039190

Described by The Independent as “a poised and dignified performer [with a] dazzling range of color and technical finesse”, Konstantin Scherbakov’s distinguished discography amounts to some forty CD recordings. Renowned as a champion of lesser-known composers and works, Scherbakov represents his return to the bedrock of the piano literature: the music of Ludwig van Beethoven. This CD release features the master pianist’s interpretation of Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Variations together with the famous Sonatas ‘Pathétique’ and ‘Appassionata’.

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Yarlung Records

INDIA Men of Dharamsala
Choeden, Kyap, Lodoe, Tsering, Wangmo, Dakinis Chorus, Nechung Monastery Monks, Members of the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
Yarlung Records YAR70902

His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, turns 80 on July 6th, 2015. The first institution he created in 1959 while establishing his Tibetan government in exile in India was TIPA, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts. The Men of Dharamsala created this album in honor of the Dalai Lama’s birthday and to support TIPA and their valiant musicians who struggle to keep Tibetan performing arts alive.

The repertoire includes Tibetan opera, dance and folk tunes, nomad songs from the Tibetan plateau sung in Amdo, and special stage purification dances. Joining TIPA musicians on this album are monks of Nechung Monastery, singing special pujas (prayers) unique to this monastery. The album opens with a blessing of the environment recorded in the new Nechung monastery in Dharamsala, a prayer to the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism and a Losar prayer for the New Year. Tibetan wind instruments, human skull rattles and Tibetan long horns accompany them with vigor.

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President's Own United States Marine Band: Deep Cuts, Vol. 1
The President's Own United States Marine Band, Klein
Altissimo 75442205032

Everyone is familiar with, at the very least, a handful of John Philip Sousa’s marches. Melodies from The Washington PostThe Stars and Stripes Forever, and The Liberty Bell can be found in countless films, television programs, commercials, and anywhere patriotic music is to be heard. However, these works barely scratch the surface of Sousa’s deep, magnificent catalogue. The Sousa: Deep Cuts series from Altissimo! Recordings, seeks to highlight his more obscure works, from less-familiar marches, to waltzes and suites. This collection is the only way to hear some of these amazing pieces.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

HANDEL, G.F.: Rinaldo (Handel-Festival Halle, 2014)
Geier, Giovanni, Adjei, Gotz, Schoder, Ujle, Willetts, Lautten Compagney, Compagnia Marionettistica Carlo Colla e Figli, Milan, Katschner
Arthaus Musik 108125 [Blu-ray] | 102207 [DVD]

The Lautten Compagney, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner, and the Carlo Colla e Figli puppet theatre unite the charm of the stage and of marionettes in this performance of Handel’s Rinaldo. Carlo Colla e Figli is one of the best-known companies in the world, performing for more than 200 years. Special features – interviews and back stage footage – and a complete 2-CD audio recording are included.

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C Major Entertainment

Perlman, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Dudamel
C Major 730404 [Blu-ray] | 730308 [DVD]

For the 2014/15 Opening Night Concert and Gala, the Los Angeles Philharmonic paid loving tribute to composer John Williams, one of the most popular and successful American composers of the modern age and long a champion and close friend of the orchestra. Gustavo Dudamel, an awestruck fan of the musical icon, led the orchestra in a cross-section of Maestro Williams’ matchless canon. Featuring Itzhak Perlman with a very special musical performance of pieces from Schindler’s List as well as the cadenza and variations from Fiddler on the Roof. Jazz elements fill the air during escapades from Catch Me if You Can, and may the force be with you during the iconic tunes from Star Wars. The DVD/Blu-ray bonus features include interviews with the main protagonists.

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PORRINO, E.: Shardana (I) (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2013)
Balzani, Guagenti, Ledda, Mangione, Marrocu, Palomba, Ruggeri, Signorini, Villari, Zara, Marrocu, Palomba, Cagliari Teatro Lirico Chorus and Orchestra, Bramall
Dynamic DYN-57683 [Blu-ray] | DYN-37683 [DVD]

I Shardana is set in a free Sardinia, an island where rigorous rules are in force and its people do not tolerate invasions or spiritual contamination, a time when – as Ennio Porrino (b. 1910) specifies in the score – shepherds were warriors and judges, “when man did not believe in one God but in the power of the stars, and worshipped the dead and the waters”.

The opera’s first drafts date from 1934-35, but the work only debuted years later, on 21st March 1959, at the San Carlo theatre in Naples, with its final title of I Shardana and Porrino himself conducting. The composer would die suddenly a few months later.

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KERN, J.: Show Boat
Bolton, Harris, Irwin, Racette, Robinson, Stober, A. Simpson, M. Simpson, Wyatt, San Francisco Opera Ballet, San Francisco Opera Chorus and Orchestra, DeMain
EuroArts 2059684 [Blu-ray] | 2059688 [DVD]

A true classic of American musical theater, featuring such songbook classics as “Ol’ Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man”, Show Boat is a tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s. It is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. This exuberant production from the San Francisco Opera was judged “A triumph—a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long.” (Chicago Classical Review) and “A monumental work of ‘choral grandeur and melodic richness.” (The New York Times)

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Opus Arte

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Glyndebourne, 2014)
Dunaev, Conner, Erraught, Royal, Woldt, Worle, Gheorghiu, Kraus, Keys, Gillett, Schneiderman, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, Ticciati
Opus Arte OABD7168D [Blu-ray] | OA1170D [DVD]

Richard Strauss’s musically ravishing comic masterpiece is given a visual updating in director Richard Jones’s stylish and ‘gently subversive’ Glyndebourne staging, one which offers ‘a dreamlike distortion not just of Vienna’s 18th century past, but also of everything we know about reality’ (Financial Times).

Created to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the production and stagecraft seamlessly underpin the singers, including, among others, Tara Erraught’s ‘touching’ (Guardian) performance as Octavian, Kate Royal’s ‘most graceful of Marschallins’ and Lars Woldt’s ‘pitch-perfect’ Baron Ochs (Sunday Telegraph). Glyndebourne’s new music director “Robin Ticciati conducts briskly, lovingly, and the London Philharmonic is on top form.” (The Financial Times). The performance was captured in High Definition and features true Surround Sound.

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