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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.

LABEL OF THE MONTH: C Major

C Major DVD includes performances by Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and other legendary classical music stars as well as Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo and Cecilia Bartoli in more than 2,100 programs of music & art on film and TV formats. Since 2006, C Major Entertainment has distributed the unique UNITEL Catalogue.

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741504
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ELBPHILHARMONIE HAMBURG GRAND OPENING CONCERT
Apkalna, Bloch, Breslik, Jaroussky, Köll, Kuljus, Lehmkuhl, H.-E. Müller, Terfel,
Ya-ou Xie, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, North German Radio Chorus,
North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Ensemble Praetorius, Hengelbrock

C Major 741504 [Blu-ray, Full-HD] | 741408 [DVD]

The Elbphilharmonie, the "hall of wonders" (The Guardian), is undoubtedly the new landmark of Hamburg, a monumental synthesis of breath-taking architecture, a unique location and a world-class concert hall. In the opening concert, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra’s varying instrumentation, under the baton of Principal Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and several top-class soloists, explores the possibilities of the Elbphilharmonie's Grand Hall and its acoustics with an exciting programme created especially for this occasion by the most important living German composer, Wolfgang Rihm.

Including a BONUS Documentary: The Elbphilharmonie – Hamburg's New Landmark. This documentary accompanies the formation process of this grand building, from the first sketch plans to the rehearsals before its festive inauguration and includes statements by the architects Pierre de Meuron and Jacques Herzog, the acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, Christoph Lieben-Seutter, Thomas Hengelbrock and more.

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Selected CDs

Accentus Music

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Elsner, Mihoko Fujimura, Gerhaher, Šaturová, Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir and Orchestra, Leipzig MDR Radio Choir, Blomstedt
Accentus Music ACC-80322

In celebration of Herbert Blomstedt's 90th Birthday in July 2017, Accentus Music releases a new Beethoven cycle that captures the spirit of the long-standing partnership between the legendary conductor laureate and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. All nine symphonies, released in a box set containing five CDs, are live recordings made at the Leipzig Gewandhaus between May 2014 and March 2017. Blomstedt's interpretations of Beethoven are based on a highly responsible handling of the scores and this conductor's deep love of the truth, in which everything that is superimposed and overtly effective is fundamentally removed. At the same time however, the performances embrace the ethical conscience of the artist with his deep, almost seismographic musical sensibility and a high expressivity. Herbert Blomstedt is currently Conductor Laureate of the San Francisco Symphony and Honorary Conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and Staatskapelle Dresden.

ArcoDiva

Fialová, Kristina - RÓZSA, M. / GODÁR, V. / PENDERECKI, K. / KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / STRAVINSKY, I. / BODOROVÁ, S.: Viola Recital
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Fialová, Kristina - RÓZSA, M. / GODÁR, V. / PENDERECKI, K. / KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / STRAVINSKY, I. / BODOROVÁ, S.: Viola Recital
Kristina Fialová
ArcoDiva UP0174

Kristina Fialova has been primarily praised by critics for her impeccable technique, impassioned performance and sophisticated musical sentiment. After winning the 2013 Michal Spisak International Competition in Katowice, Poland, she was invited to the major concert stages in Europe. Her appearance at the prestigious Tivoli Festival in Denmark was followed by her debuting at the Tonhalle Zurich and giving a recital at the 2015 Prague Spring Festival. She has performed at concert halls across Europe, including Russia, as well as in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. She is the winner of numerous international competitions, including Talents for Europe, Soutez Konzervatori, ACT London, Beethoven's Hradec, and more. Kristina plays a Carlo Antonio Testore- Contrada 1745 viola. She is a Pirastro artist. For her new release she has recorded works by Rozsa, Godar, Penderecki, Khachaturian, Stravinsky and Bodorova.

BR-Klassik

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9
Braun, Schade, Stoyanova, Volle, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks und Symphonieorchester, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900156

Hollow pathos is not his thing. From an artist like Mariss Jansons, Friedrich Schiller's Ode: An die Freude must receive a far deeper significance, which also fully encompasses the doubt and profound hope embodied in this text. And thus, in Jansson's recording of the Ninth Symphony, the choral finale does not degenerate to mere superficial orgy of jubilation, but rather becomes a delicately balanced, wisely developed drama. On October 27, 2007 the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks played Beethoven's Ninth in the presence of the Pope in the Vatican. The recording of this memorable concert is now being released by BR-Klassik.

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Delos

BEETHOVEN, L. van / RADZYNSKI, J. / BRAHMS, J.: Soulmates (Music for Cello, Clarinet & Piano)
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BEETHOVEN, L. van / RADZYNSKI, J. / BRAHMS, J.: Soulmates
(Music for Cello, Clarinet & Piano)

A. Erez, A. and U. Vardi
Delos DE3536

Cellist extraordinaire (and cherished Delos artist) Uri Vardi is one of America's most revered virtuosos and teachers. In this glowing recording, he is joined by none other than his son, distinguished clarinetist Amitai Vardi, as well as renowned pianist Arnon Erez. All three musicians combine their considerable talents in captivating renditions of two wondrous clarinet trios: Beethoven's Op. 11 and Brahms's Op. 114. In a 21st century addition to these classic trios, father and son come together to create splendid readings of contemporary composer Jan Radzynski's fascinating Concert Duos. In all, it's a recording of both classic and contemporary works that will delight and thrill listeners from beginning to end.

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Gramola Records

Belakowitsch, Erwin - KRENEK, E. / SCHUBERT, F. / MAHLER, G.: Drang in die Ferne (Baritone Vocal Recital)
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Belakowitsch, Erwin - KRENEK, E. / SCHUBERT, F. /
MAHLER, G.: Drang in die Ferne (Baritone Vocal Recital)

Belakowitsch, Berner
Gramola Records Gramola99137

The rise of the art song as genre toward the end of the 18th century was favored not only by developments in the world of music but also by the emergence of a bourgeois culture, and is until today one of continuous popularity. This new release by baritone Erwin Belakowitsch and pianist Christoph Berner offers an exciting selection of songs by Franz Schubert, from the Reisebuch aus den österreichischen Alpen, Op. 62 by Ernst Krenek and Gustav Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen. The dramatization of intertwined songs allows a direct comparison of the diverse handling of the composer's take on the subject, Longing to Escape, which conveys melancholy and pain as well as confidence and hope.

Alongside numerous other prizes, Erwin Belakowitsch won the International Joseph Suder Lied Competition in 2006 and the International Johannes Brahms Competition in 2010.

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OehmsClassics

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
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BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Bolton
OehmsClassics OC031

Alongside those with Simone Young and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, OehmsClassics is now offering the third Bruckner cycle here with Ivor Bolton. This time it includes only Symphonies Nos. 1-9. In its April 2017 issue, the renowned Gramophone Magazine wrote the following about the Second Symphony: "The overall impression is one of vividness and transparency, aided by the exemplary recording … Among single-disc offerings of the 1872 edition, Bolton's recording is hard to beat."

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Orfeo

WEBER, C.M. von / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J.: Orchestral Music (1962-1963)
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WEBER, C.M. von / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J.: Orchestral Music (1962-1963)
Anda, Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Knappertsbusch
Orfeo C916172A

Following on from the last Knappertsbusch release of a programme of pure Beethoven featuring Backhaus and the Vienna Philharmonic dating from 1954, Orfeo's new album offers a recording of an entire concert performed in 1962. This recording features Geza Anda and the Cologne Radio Orchestra, one of the few concert orchestras that Knappertsbusch conducted at the time apart from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, and using the highly professional recording technology of Westdeutscher Rundfunk. The programme of this concert is again a Beethoven piano concerto, the passionate Third in C Minor. The pianist Geza Anda, then aged 41, was the diametric opposite as a performer to the 74-year-old Hans Knappertsbusch.

OUR Recordings

Arrangements for Recorder, Guitar and Percussion (Brazilian Landscapes)
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Arrangements for Recorder, Guitar and Percussion (Brazilian Landscapes)
M. Mazur, D. Murray, Petri
OUR Recordings 6.220618

Who can resist the casual, seductive, ingenious and multilayered music of Brazil? A country of continental dimensions where all of Europe could fit within her borders! But size isn't everything! From the lithesome, musical elegance of the choro to the hypnotic sensuality of the Bossa nova, and a kaleidoscope of subtle rhythms wrapped in sophisticated jazz harmonies, the sound of Brazilian music is unforgettable unmistakable, and best summed up by the Portuguese word “saudade,” which mingles yearning, sadness and memory.

The leading recorder-player for decades, Michala Petri returns to take us on a new musical journey to Terra do Brasil through the music of Jobim, Nazareth, Gismonti, Villa-Lobos, Hermeto Pascoal and others. Joining her are two exciting musicians in their fields: the young guitarist and composer Daniel Murray and award-winning percussionist/composer Marilyn Mazur.

Solo Musica

Arnicane, Arta - RAVEL, M. / KEPITIS, J. / DAMBIS, P. / LISZT, F. / JERMAKS, R. / DEBUSSY, C. / BERIO, L. / GRIEG, E.: Aqua (Piano Recital)
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Arnicane, Arta - RAVEL, M. / KEPITIS, J. / DAMBIS, P. / LISZT, F. / JERMAKS, R. / DEBUSSY, C. / BERIO, L. / GRIEG, E.: Aqua (Piano Recital)
Arta Arnicane
Solo Musica SM262

Water, in all its myriad of moods. Just imagine...the sea, waves reflecting the shimmering silver and gold of the sun's rays – a babbling brook, its bed bejeweled with iridescent stones – deep water radiating a soft, serene, blue light – rain drops falling from a pallid sky like tears shed by a heart rent with sorrow... Communication with the audience, as well as talent for creating a special concert atmosphere have taken the young Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane to a large variety of performance venues across the world. Her quality of winning listeners' full attention, combined with the warmth and intelligence of her programmes and interpretations, allows her to fascinate both small gatherings and large audiences in concert halls such as the Rudolfinum, Prague and the Zurich Tonhalle.

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Sono Luminus

Boyd, Rupert / Metcalf, Laura – ZENAMON, J. / FAURÉ, G. / BACH, J.S. / EDWARDS, R. / GNATTALI, R. / PIAZZOLLA, A. / FALLA, M. de: Boyd Meets Girl (Cello and Guitar Recital)
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Boyd, Rupert / Metcalf, Laura – ZENAMON, J. / FAURÉ, G. / BACH, J.S. / EDWARDS, R. / GNATTALI, R. / PIAZZOLLA, A. /
FALLA, M. de: Boyd Meets Girl (Cello and Guitar Recital)

Boyd Meets Girl
Sono Luminus DSL-92217

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. Acclaimed soloists in their own right, as a duo they perform an eclectic and engaging range of repertoire, from the baroque through modern day, including many of their own arrangements. Boyd has been described as "truly evocative" by The Washington Post, and as "a player who deserves to be heard" by Classical Guitar Magazine, while Metcalf, also a member of the ensembles Sybarite5 and Break of Reality, has been called "brilliant" by Gramophone.

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Tactus

PANDOLFI MEALLI, G.A.: Sonate, cioè balletti
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PANDOLFI MEALLI, G.A.: Sonate, cioè balletti
Opera Qvinta, Longo
Tactus TC621602

Fabrizio Longo directs the Opera Quinta ensemble to the rediscovery of the music by Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli, a singular character and dynamic protagonist of the Italian and European music scene of the seventeenth century. A native of Tuscany, he first moved to the Austrian court where he started his career as composer, then, as virtuoso violinist, to Messina at the time the thriving Sicilian city was distinguished for its avant-garde cultural activity.

Pandolfi composed the collection of songs presented in this release, all dedicated to Sicilian princess and musicians, including a singer that would later be murdered by the composer in unclear circumstances. He finally ran away from Messina taking service at the Spanish court where he presumably remained until his death. Most of these compositions are brilliantly characterized by the Messina seventeenth-century sounds and instruments (i.e. scacciapensieri, triangle, triple flute, castagnette and tambourine) enriching the performances with the vitality that characterized popular dances and Spanish musical influences mixed with cultured forms of music on which the official institutions in the city were based.

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Accentus Music

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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto, Op. 56 / Symphony No. 5
I. Faust, Helmchen, Queyras, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Blomstedt
Accentus Music ACC-10411 [Blu-ray, Full-HD] | ACC-20411 [DVD]

More than 200 years after its premiere at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Isabelle Faust, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Martin Helmchen have congenially mastered the artistic challenge of Beethoven's gemstone. Under Herbert Blomstedt's sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber musical intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication – and prove once again that the Triple Concerto is an unduly underestimated, much too rarely programmed masterpiece. With the composer's 5th Symphony, Blomstedt succeeds in achieving an entirely new perspective of this work. In the culmination of his three-year, intensive re-enactment of Beethoven's cosmos, the impressive sound that characterizes the Swedish grand seigneur's conducting is heralded by transparency rather than showmanship, relevance instead of pathos, and tenderness in place of sentimentality.

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Bel Air Classiques

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: The Golden Age [Ballet] (Bolshoi Ballet, 2016)
Kaptsova, Krysanova, Lobukhin, Lopatin, Skvortsov, Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre State Academic Orchestra, Klinichev
Bel Air Classiques BAC443 [Blu-ray, HD] | BAC143 [DVD]

A modern and visionary work, this ballet, set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, was created in 1930. Its central theme was the highly moralized battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie, set in Europe during the roaring twenties. Surprisingly, the score raised political controversies, probably because it borrowed much to European dance forms and consequently, the ballet vanished from the theaters until 1982, when Yuri Grigorovich restaged it with sets by Sion Virsaladze and a completely new libretto mainly revolving around the love story between Rita, a cabaret dancer, and Boris, a young idealist.

The conflict in the original production was also recast as a clash between fishermen – the morally superior workers – and society's criminal elements. To bring back The Golden Age on stage in autumn 2016, a few months prior to Yuri Grigorovich's 90th birthday, was a highly symbolic choice for the Bolshoi Ballet: this work, the last Grigorovich would ever choreograph for his company, hadn't been staged for almost 10 years. A rare and refined ballet, which ran the risk of falling into oblivion twice, is danced by the new generation of the Bolshoi Ballet, among which Nina Kaptsova and Mikhail Lobukhin.

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Dacapo

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (Danish National Symphony, Frühbeck de Burgos) (2012-2014) (3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set)
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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
(Danish National Symphony, Frühbeck de Burgos) (2012-2014)
(3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set)

Hellekant, MacAllister, Reuter, Romero, Shagimuratova, Danish National Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Frühbeck de Burgos
Dacapo 2.110433-35BD

The Spanish Maestro Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (1933-2014) concluded his acclaimed international conducting career of almost six decades with two memorable years as the venerated Principal Conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Recorded live in concert at the new DR Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, this exclusive Blu-ray box set combines Frühbeck de Burgos' powerful interpretation of the complete Symphonies by Ludwig van Beethoven with his spectacular renderings of Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz and Richard Strauss' Eine Alpensinfonie as well as Joaquín Rodrigo's popular Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring the world-renowned Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero.

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Dynamic

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DYN-57769
DYN-37769
CDS7769.02
VERDI, G.: Il Trovatore [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016)
Caria, Celsi, Lo Greco, Pirozzi, Pretti, Shkosa, Spina,
Coro Lirico Marchigiano V. Bellini, Complesso di palcoscenico Banda "Salvadei", Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Oren

Dynamic DYN-57769 [Blu-ray, HD] | DYN-37769 [DVD] |
CDS7769.02 [CD]

Written for exceptional singers, Il Trovatore has remained popular ever since its first performance at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on January 19, 1853, when even the toughest critics were convinced of its place in the repertoire. People are attracted to it because of its rousing melodies, its brutal, powerful plot, and its simple structure: elements that make it one of the best examples of Verdi's theatre pieces. Recorded live at the Sferisterio Theatre of Macerata in the summer of 2016, under conductor Daniel Oren's vibrant and incisive direction, this production boasts a first-rate cast and elegant direction from Francisco Negrin. The sets and costumes by Louis Desire and lightning by Bruno Poet were well received by the Sferisterio audience.

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Opus Arte

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OA1239D
BERLIOZ, H.: Béatrice et Bénédict [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016)
Appleby, Bradic, Caton, Karthauser, Lhote, Oustrac, Sly, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manacorda
Opus Arte OABD7219D [Blu-ray, HD] | OA1239D [DVD]

Through the eye of French director Laurent Pelly this expression of Berlioz's undying admiration for the Bard – his adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing as an opera comique – becomes "an elegant treatise on love and music designed in shades of grey with 50's-era costumes" (Sunday Express). Housed by designer Barbara de Limburg in a series of oversized boxes, it's "terribly chic, terribly pretty" (The Spectator). Soaring over the "warmly graceful playing of the London Philharmonic", Paul Appleby sings "attractively" as Benedict and Stephanie d'Oustrac "makes a marvelously wiry and fiery Beatrice, singing with charm and acting with gusto" (The Telegraph).

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