In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see https://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.
Garajová, Eva - RESPIGHI, O. / STRAVINSKY, I. / PÄRT, A. /
BODOROVÁ, S. / EBEN, P.: Ama me (Vocal Recital)
Englichova, Garajova, Hosprová, Lahodná, Peterkova, Svěcený, Švejkar, Zemlinsky Quartet
One of the leading mezzo-sopranos of the Czech Republic, Eva Garajova has an impressively wide-ranging repertoire to her name, not only excelling in operas, but also lieder and chamber works. This new release from Garajova focuses on the work of twentieth century composers, including Eben, Pärt, Stravinsky, and Respighi. Also included on this release are world-première recordings of compositions by Czech composer Sylvie Bodorová.
MOORE, K.: Stories for Ocean Shells / Whoever You Are Come Forth / Velvet / Broken Rosary / Homage to My Boots / Dolorosa
Cantaloupe Music CA-21118
Kate Moore is an Australian composer who writes contemporary music for a varying range of ensembles, including The Amsterdam Cello Octet, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, The New European Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Slagwerk Den Haag, The Bang on a Can All-Stars, and more. This new release is Moore’s debut album for Cantaloupe Music. This album is what she has called a shared collaborative experience. Moore said of working with cellist Ashley Bathgate, “Being at a similar place in our lives really added to [the collaborative experience]. It meant that we could immediately see where the other was coming from. We’re both rebels from an intense background playing the cello, and we both wanted to break out, with the aim to create something new that we could call our own.”
Ashley Bathgate performs with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. This is her debut solo recording.
D'Aguanno, Emanuele - BELLINI, V. / DONIZETTI, G. /
ROSSINI, G.: Vocal Recital
One of the most promising tenors of our day, Emanuele D’Aguanno presents his première album recording. D’Aguanno has already performed in roles such as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Cassio in Otello, and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Here, D’Aguanno performs works by Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, and is accompanied by pianist Charles Spencer.
VISCONTI, D. / MOKED, T. / BENSHOOF, K.: Nedudim
(Vocal and Chamber Music)
Baladino, Fifth House Ensemble
Together with the Mediterranean folk band Baladino, Fifth House Ensemble present this new release with works by Dan Visconti. This is a world- première album, featuring eleven new compositions. The title, Nedudim, is Hebrew for “wanderings”. Elements of Indian raga, US folk melodies, and Middle Eastern harmonies are found in these tracks, expressing the composer’s global perspective.
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 4 - The Hours / Modern Love Waltz /
Notes on a Scandal / Music in Fifths (On Love)
Grand Piano GP692
This volume focuses on love, one of Philip Glass’ most glorious themes. The timeless melancholy of his BAFTA award-winning music for The Hours forms an organic suite driven by the film’s three powerful characters, here complete with three unpublished movements. The breathtakingly energetic Modern Love Waltz expands the limits of minimalism by combining Glass’s style with Viennese dance tradition, while his transcription of Notes on a Scandal is a recording première. Steve Reich described the iconic Music in Fifths as being “like a freight train”.
THE BRITANNIC ORGAN, Vol. 12 - A Final Cruise With Great Organist Performances
This final sequence of historic recordings on the Britannic Organ concludes its journey of recordings at the extraordinary Welte Philharmonie Organ of the Museum for Music Machines in Seewen. Since 2011, a total of 23 CDs have been released with more than 27 hours of music, enabling the listener to gain insight into these earliest organ recordings.
MELARTIN, E.: Traumgesicht / Marjatta / Blue Pearl Suite
Isokoski, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lintu
This anticipated new release features world première recordings of orchestral pieces by influential Finnish composer, Erkki Melartin (1875-1937). The works chosen include Traumgesicht, Op. 70, Marjatta, Op. 79, and music from the ballet The Blue Pearl, Op. 160. Soprano Soile Isokoski is the featured soloist on these pieces, alongside the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hannu Lintu.
AYREHEART: Barley Moon
Sono Luminus DSL-92203
The 1960s brought about radical changes both in culture and in popular music. One of the trends that came about was the British Folk Rock Movement. The musicians of this movement were often proficient performers of “early music” as well. Ayreheart aims to blend together the “art” and “folk” traditions seamlessly. The first track, “John Barleycorn,” has been recorded by many in the folk-rock movement, most memorably the group Traffic. Brian Kay is heralded as a modern-day troubadour, and performs vocals, lute, and komuz on this release. He has traveled across the United States as a solo artist, and performs with several ensembles.
Lutenist and composer Ronn McFarlane is also part of this recording. The Grammy® nominated artist aims to take the most popular Renaissance instrument- the lute- and make it part of today’s musical mainstream.
MANGELSDORFF, A.: Mangelsdorff and Mangelsdorff - Early Discoveries (1953-1961)
Cooper, Fischer, Mangelsdorff, Plasil, Shank, Trunk, Zawinul, Zoller, Albert Mangelsdorff Quintett, German All Stars 1956, German All Stars 1963, Joki Freund Sextet
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-459
Albert and Emil Mangelsdorff are two brothers who had an important impact on the development of German jazz. Emil studied clarinet at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, but he is more widely known for his saxophone playing. After he was a member of the illegal ensemble Hot Club, (jazz was banned in Germany at the time) he was imprisoned by the Gestapo and forced into the Hitler Army. After the war he performed in the Frankfurt All Stars and the Jazz-Ensemble des Hessischen Rundfunks before forming his own quartet in the 1960s.
Albert is most known for his technique of playing multiphonics. A trombone player, he led a hard bop quintet in the late 50s, and performed frequently with his brother. This release is a compilation of concerts and studio sessions, recorded in the height of the brothers’ career, between 1956 and 1963.
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
(Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 2 (1968-2013))
Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Gielen
This extensive release is the second installment of a ten-volume tribute to conductor Michael Gielen. Some of Michael Gielen’s very first broadcast recordings made in the 1960s were of Bruckner’s symphonies. The development of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg is visible in these recordings, from the very earliest recording all the way to the incredible 2013 performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9. All of Bruckner’s symphonies are included on this 10-CD set. Four of these performances have never been previously released.
TOSATTI, V.: Complete Piano Music
Composer Vieri Tosatti lived and worked in Rome after the Second World War. His music is unique, irreverent, and unlike the compositions of his cohorts. While the compositions being generated by the other more academic composers were deeply rooted in experimentation, Tosatti leaned toward tradition, using his own unique, expressive language, as is evidenced in the five pieces featured on this release. Performing these works is Daniele Adornetto, who was an orchestration student of Tosatti himself.
BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2015)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Barkmin, Gerhaher, Jovanovich, Peter, Woldt,
Zurich Opera House Chorus, Philharmonia Zurich, Luisi
Accentus Music ACC-10363 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20363 [DVD]
The soldier Wozzeck (Christian Gerhaher) flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie (Gun-Brit Barkmin), with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the drum major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death. Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath-taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.
AUERBACH, L.: Tatiana (Hamburg Ballet, 2014)
Bouchet, Heylmann, Jung, Revazov, Trusch, Hamburg State Opera Ballet, Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra, Hewett
C Major 737504 [Blu-ray] | 737408 [DVD]
John Neumeier's ballet Tatiana is about a young girl who grows up in the Russian countryside, and falls for her first great love. The work was commissioned by the Hamburg Ballet, and was premièred in June of 2014. With music by Lera Auerbach, this ballet is "three hours of danced poetry" (Hamburger Morgenpost). The story loosely follows Alexander Pushkin's verse-novel "Eugene Onegin," which was published in 1833.
PUCCINI, G.: La Rondine (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2015)
Alieva, Castronovo, Hutton, Zambrano, Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Brignoli
Delos DV7011 [Blu-ray] | DV7010 [DVD]
La Rondine (The Swallow) is possibly the least performed of Giacomo Puccini's later operas, but is still just as much a masterwork as its more performed counterparts. Originally conceived as the composer's first operetta, the work is an artful blend of opera and operetta, with a lighter mood than Puccini's other works.
This live production filmed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin starts Dinara Alieva and Charles Castronovo in the lead roles. Renowned stage director Rolando Villazon sets this rendition, and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin is conducted here by acclaimed Maestro Roberto Rizzi Brignoli.
MAYR, J.S.: Medea in Corinto (Festival della Valle d'Itria, 2015)
Cauteruccio, Kato, Lorenzi, Marcu, Rodriguez, Scala, Spyres, Stefani, Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra; Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Luisi
Dynamic DYN-37735 [DVD] | CDS7735 [CD]
Mayr had established himself as a highly successful composer by the beginning of the 19th century. Medea in Corinto is one of his best-known operas, based on a libretto by Felice Romani. For decades after its 1813 première at the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, it provided one of the speciality roles for Isabella Colbran and Giuditta Pasta. In this recording, Italian conductor Fabio Luisi gives an intense reading of Mayr’s music and masterfully underlines its deep psychological dimensions, enhancing the drama that unfolds on stage. Luisi, a Grammy Award-winning artist, is also principal conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and general music director of the Zurich Opera. Two great tenors, Michael Spyres and Enea Scala, take the important roles of Jason and Aegeus. The role of Medea is entrusted to the Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez, who effortlessly delivers Act One's demanding cavatina with obbligato violin, usually omitted in most productions.
MOZART, W.A.: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne, 2015)
Cradock, Eriksmoen, Gunnell, Kehrer, Matthews, Montvidas, Saurel, Glyndebourne Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ticciati
Opus Arte OABD7204D [Blu-ray] | OA1215D [DVD]
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) is a three-act opera Singspiel by W.A. Mozart. With libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, the plot follows the attempt of Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo to rescue his Konstanze from the seraglio of Pasha Selim.
This production comes from the Glyndebourne Chorus, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Robin Ticciati. Director David McVicar has strived in this production to give an original-period version of the opera. The costuming from Vicki Mortimer and the sets add to the dazzling performance.