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In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see http://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: Capriccio

The classic music label Capriccio was founded by Delta Music in 1982. The label’s aim has always been to fill the niches that other labels are neglecting, and this philosophy has not changed over the last 35 years. Capriccio is committed to the music fans who look beyond the paths of mainstream classical music and are curious to discover unknown repertoires, young artists, as well as inventive programs – offered by artists like Christoph Eschenbach, Bo Skovhus, Harriet Krjigh, Tzimon Barto, Anne Schwanewilms, Christine Schornsheim and many others.

SCHUBERT, F.: Schwanengesang
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SCHUBERT, F.: Schwanengesang
Skovhus • Vladar
Capriccio C5292

20 years ago, at the beginning of his career, the young baritone Bo Skovhus made his first recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Now, as a famous opera and lied interpreter he presents a new production of all 3 Schubert Cycles. Stefan Vladar, the famous Viennese pianist and his partner on the piano, shows us the virtuosity of the piano part in a new different light.

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Selected CDs

BR-Klassik

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5
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MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5
Bavarian Radio Symphony • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900150

All Mahler scholars have agreed from the very start that Gustav Mahler embarked on an entirely new path with his Fifth Symphony. Even for his immediate contemporaries, such as the conductor Bruno Walter or the music critic Paul Bekker, the Fifth marked the beginning of a new creative phase, and Mahler himself was also keenly aware of this – which is why he was all the more upset by the fact that his work was not understood at its première in Cologne in October 1904 and, even later, met with a largely negative reception. It was only after Mahler’s death in May 1911 that people slowly began to appreciate the piece.

The Fifth ranks today as one of Mahler’s most popular symphonies in which the fourth movement Adagietto advanced to become Mahler’s “greatest hit” and the most famous work in his entire oeuvre. This Munich concert event of March 2016, now released as a CD is an outstanding interpretation of one of the most important compositions of the international symphonic repertoire of the early 20th century.

Cedille

McGill / McHale Trio - ROGERSON, C. / COLEMAN, V. / CONNESSON, G. / SCHOENFIELD, P.: Portraits
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Portraits – ROGERSON, C. • COLEMAN, V. • CONNESSON, G. • SCHOENFIELD, P.
McGill / McHale Trio • Mahershala Ali
Cedille CDR90000-172

The McGill/McHale Trio, an international all-star ensemble of flute, clarinet, and piano, makes its recording debut with Portraits, featuring world première recordings of new compositions and arrangements for this captivating combination of instruments. The “title track”, Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Langston is a six-movement suite inspired by Langston Hughe’s poetry.

Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali reads a Hughes’ poem before each movement. Chris Rogerson’s A Fish Will Rise evokes rippling water and sparkling sunlight. Pianist McHale’s arrangement of Rachmaninov’s Vocalise splits the original vocal line between flute and clarinet, supported by Rachmaninov’s original piano accompaniment. Paul Schoenfield’s spirited Sonatina for Flute, Clarinet and Piano springs surprises on the Charleston, rag, and jig dance forms. Philip Hammond’s The Lamentation of Owen O’Neil and McHale’s arrangement of Parade channels the spirit and energy of electronic pop.

Dacapo

RØNSHOLDT, N.: Songs of Doubt
Povel • N. Forget • Studium Canticum • Leenders
Dacapo 8.226598

Making important decisions can be complicated. It can also be perfectly simple. Most of the time, though, it seems like it is both. Echoing such intertwined feelings of doubt and clarity, Niels Rønsholdt (b. 1978) presents a unique song cycle full of mirrors, sensitivity and undaunted experimentation.

The music included on this release transcends the boundaries between classical and pop music. The work stood out at both November Music Festival 2015 (Holland) and SPOR Festival 2016 (Denmark), receiving the biggest audience applause at both festivals.

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Kairos

WĘGŁOWSKI, S.: Contemporary Jewish Music
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WĘGŁOWSKI, S.: Contemporary Jewish Music
Dziedzic • Jaroń • Konrad • Krakauer • Łasowski • Ptaszyńska • Szurmiej • Trzaska
Kairos 0015026KAI

Stefan Węgłowski’s project is a result of a lengthy intellectual process, intense growth and a search for inspiration. The concept of form, the vision of a defined dramaturgical structure, the idea of a powerful, unequivocal, intense and expressive music, accompanied by equally poignant lyrics, emerged gradually. The search for a literary layer led him to the books of the Old Testament, which, rediscovered years later, presents us with a God who is strict and cruel.

The excerpted material has undergone a long, arduous processing, in order to achieve a clearly defined effect – an idiosyncratic, unique sound, which is an invariant element of a complex musical structure.

OehmsClassics

OPERETTENZAUBER
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OPERETTENZAUBER
Various Artists
OehmsClassics OC462

In honor of the open-air festival season, OehmsClassics has compiled this extensive album with wonderful arias and scenes from the best known and most beloved operettas. Top opera stars Martina Serafin and Nikolai Schukoff are featured on the release. Several Strauss selections are included in this release, as well as works by Offenbach, Zeller, Lehar, Benatsky, and Kalman.

Austrian soprano Martina Serafin is particularly renowned for her interpretation of the role of Tosca, which she has sung for companies including the Vienna State Opera, La Scala, Milan, and more. Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff is one of today’s important voices on the international and concert circuit.

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Ondine

CARTER, E.: Late Works
Aimard • Currie • I. Faust • Queyras • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group • BBC Symphony Orchestra • O. Knussen
Ondine ODE1296-2

An impressive cast of artists are joining together in this recording dedicated to the late works by iconic American composer Elliott Carter. The album includes five première recordings, including Carter’s final work Epigrams for piano trio, featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Isabelle Faust and Jean-Guihen Queyras.

The earliest work included in this album, Dialogues, dates from 2003. It is a work for piano and orchestra composed of short, clearly articulated phrases. Carter wrote a sequel to the work, Dialogues II, for Daniel Barenboim’s 70th birthday. Soundings was commissioned by the CSO and Interventions was written for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine and Daniel Barenboim. Conversations, a mini-concerto for piano and percussion requested by Colin Currie. The following year, at the suggestion of Oliver Knussen, Carter added two brief prefatory movements and retitled the piece Two Controversies and a Conversation. Instances, for chamber orchestra, is dedicated to Ludovic Morlot, Music Director of the Seattle Symphony. Epigrams is Carter’s last composition was written “to amuse myself” as he put it.

Carter, who studied Greek poetry as an undergraduate at Harvard, was clearly drawn to the concision, surprising turns, and wit of the literary genre to which his twelve short Epigrams allude.

Sono Luminus

RILEY, T.: Dark Queen Mantra / The Wheel and Mythic Birds Waltz / SCODANIBBIO, S.: Mas Lugares
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RILEY, T.: Dark Queen Mantra • The Wheel and Mythic Birds Waltz • SCODANIBBIO, S.: Mas Lugares
G. Riley • Del Sol String Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92215

For the Del Sol Quartet, this album is a culmination – and also the start of an ongoing musical journey. “Terry Riley doesn’t limit his music within a final double-bar but allows it to keep on growing – he’s already composed more music for us to play together. As a quartet, we’ve found new energy and growth through the experience of performing Terry’s quartets off-book, by memory. As musicians, we’ve found an inspiring example – Terry has the strength to follow his own path balanced with the humility and curiosity of an eternal student. For our 25th anniversary festival, we are focusing on Terry’s music and honored that Terry and Gyan will be joining us.”

SWR Classic

Hans Rosbaud Conducts Weber and Mendelssohn (1955-1962 SWR Tapes)
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Hans Rosbaud Conducts Weber and Mendelssohn (1955-1962 SWR Tapes)
Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks Baden-Baden • Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19040CD

Hans Rosbaud was greatly admired for his discipline, a capacity for enthusiasm, detailed knowledge of orchestral instruments and his faithfulness to the scores. He did not consider himself a champion exclusively of modern music, but rather of the entire repertoire.

This release, which contains several unpublished recordings, surveys a different Rosbaud from the new music specialist. We discover his interpretations of overtures from the early Romantic period, plus concert pieces by Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Weber’s overtures are considered virtuosic orchestral “treats.” Rosbaud puts his own distinctive slant on the music even during extrovert passages. He doesn’t exaggerate speeds, allowing the different instrumental groups to develop the themes to the fullest extent; the bolero and polonaise rhythms of Preziosa and the ultra-romantic sound of the horns in Der Freischutz are showcased to maximum effect. The flowing passages in Mendelssohn’s overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21 are executed with precision and without pedantry. Rosbaud imbues the 17-year-old Mendelssohn’s masterpiece with dreamlike, intangible qualities that make this music truly unique. The scherzo and the nocturne of the incidental music Op. 61 are performed with equal care and precision.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Studio Production, 2001) (4K Ultra-HD + Blu-ray, Full-HD)
PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Studio Production, 2001) (NTSC)
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PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Studio Production, 2001)
I. Faust • Helmchen • Queyras • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra • Blomstedt
Arthaus Musik 109293 [4K Ultra-HD + Blu-ray, Full-HD] | 109292 [DVD]

Tosca – the epitome of Italian opera, is a thrilling story about desire, passion and death. A story about one beloved woman and two men, who fight a duel – one of them is an angel and the other one a demon. Benoît Jacquot, the successful French film director, does not create a stage performance but an opera for the cinema in 2001. A bold idea and an exciting venture – he loves his actors, the close-up shots and he has developed his own style as it turned out in many other of his films before. The result is a wonderful production of one of Puccini’s greatest operas with an amazing set design, beautiful costumes and an emotional performance by Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna, the opera dream couple at that time, in the main roles and Ruggero Raimondi as counterpart.

C Major

LEONARD BERNSTEIN BOX SET EDITION, Vol. 1 [6-DVD Box Set]
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LEONARD BERNSTEIN BOX SET EDITION, Vol. 1 [6-DVD Box Set]
Various Artists
C Major 743008

A box set celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s upcoming 100th birthday including concerts with the Wiener Philharmoniker and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as well as the prizewinning Documentary Leonard Bernstein - Larger than Life. Works by Sibelius, Beethoven, Haydn, Debussy and some of Bernstein’s own compositions.

Additional Exciting New Releases:
Faccio: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera] (Bregenz Festival, 2016) [BD]
Faccio: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera] (Bregenz Festival, 2016) [DVD]
Mozart: Requiem • Ave verum corpus • Miserere (Mozartwoche Salzburg 2017) [BD]
Mozart: Requiem • Ave verum corpus • Miserere (Mozartwoche Salzburg 2017) [DVD]
Puccini: La Bohème [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) [BD]
Puccini: La Bohème [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2016) [DVD]

Opus Arte

SHAKESPEARE, W.: Tempest (The) (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD)
SHAKESPEARE, W.: Tempest (The) (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2017) (NTSC)
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OABD7228D [BD]
OA1249D [DVD]
SHAKESPEARE, W.: The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2017)
Arnopp • Cairns • Condron • Dixon • Easton • Frederick • Hay • Impey • Jayawardena • McPherson • Mydell • Pearce • Quartley • Rainsford • Raymond • Beale • Shire • Towse • Trinder • J. and T. Tucker • Witton
Opus Arte OABD7228D [Blu-ray] | OA1249D [DVD]

On a distant island, a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this is no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm, he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up onto shore. When they wake, they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems...

Additional Exciting New Releases:
Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2015) [BD]
Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell) [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2015) [DVD]



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