In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see 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.
ARC Music is a leading record label and publisher in the field of world and folk music. Established in 1976, ARC Music’s goal is to preserve the ethnic music of world cultures, and to spread traditional and original music with a positive message. The label now offers the largest selection of traditional and contemporary ethnic music from all corners of the world. Their unrivalled repertoire comprises many hundreds of albums from over 120 countries and cultures.
Whilst their catalogue contains riches such as rare field recordings of Tibetan monks in sacred temples by ethnomusicologist Deben Bhattacharya and traditional music of Eastern Polynesia from David Fanshawe’s monumental Pacific Collection, ARC Music also features renowned artists such as Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy, Senegal’s kora virtuoso Seckou Keita, untamed Scottish folk-rockers Saor Patrol, the legendary Irish family band Clannad, Toledo-based singer-songwriter Ana Alcaide, sitar player Baluji Shrivastav OBE, and many more.
ARC Music continues to find and release exciting music from all corners of the globe. The hunt for new (and old!) music continues…
Musicians from the UK travel to The Gambia in this unique cultural exchange. Under the guidance of Gambian percussionist and vocalist Musa Mboob, musicians from both countries create an inspired, energetic, tribal, West African soul music. “…captivating sounds of West Africa in its most innovative masterpiece of artistic creativity…” (ebonyonline.net) Musa Mboob and XamXam aim to bring the perfect blend of traditional West African music with a modern twist. Musa has made it his aim in life to continue the family tradition of playing percussion and promoting traditional music from The Gambia. In 2017 Musa returned to The Gambia with a new set of musicians and returned with this collection of new songs that capture the exciting Gambian vibe.
Additional Exciting New Releases and Bestsellers from ARC Music
The music of Gustav Mahler, the Late Romantic composer on the threshold of modernity, has been a consistent part of the repertoire of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks ever since the early 1960s when the former chief conductor Rafael Kubelík established the orchestra’s Mahler tradition. This reissue of the orchestra’s 2007 recording of Mahler’s First Symphony under its chief conductor Mariss Jansons is for the listeners who prefer to purchase the music separately from the audio biography.
Carl Maria von Weber was fifteen when he wrote the comic opera Peter Schmoll. The plot unfolds over a succession of 20 engaging scenes, the usual format for musical comedies of the time. This excellent production is from the Theater an der Wien, nominated for Best Opera House in this year’s International Opera Awards. A strong team of soloists is directed by ‘Roberto Paternostro [who] led the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra with subtle wit through the score. This is how…a flagship opera house works.’ (NEWS Magazine)
This recording is a collection of twelve exceptional and colourful choral pieces composed by the twelve young Polish composers who explore various themes including religious and secular texts, Renaissance motet and the polychoral style, gospel music, jazz, and blues. The diverse compositions reveal the enthusiasm and advanced musical skills of the 60 young talented singers. The performance of the Polish National Youth Choir creates an amazing effect proving the beauty of the Polish choral music.
Violinist Jennifer Koh’s Limitless, based on her groundbreaking recital project of the same name, bridges the modern divide between composer and instrumentalist, celebrates artistic collaboration, and revives the grand tradition of composers performing their music. The album features world-premiere recordings of Koh, commissioned duets by a diverse roster of highly accomplished contemporary composers, which she performs with the composers themselves. Premieres include works by Quasim Naqvi, Lisa Bielawa, Du Yun, Tyshawn Sorey, Nina C. Young, Wang Lu, Vijay Iyer, and Missy Mazzoli.
Nancy Dalberg started writing music in 1914 until the end of the 1930s. Her musical output includes songs, chamber music, and orchestral works. She was the first Danish woman composer to write a symphony. But because of the limited opportunities to perform orchestral works, Dalberg concentrates on composing chamber music and songs. In 1915 she presented her first string quartet at a public concert and in the 1920s, she composed further two string quartets: No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 14 (1922), was the first work that was published and played outside Denmark, while No. 3, Op. 20 (1927), which is dedicated to her teacher, Carl Nielsen, was not published during her lifetime.
Virtuosi Ilya Gringolts, violin, and Dmitry Kouzov, cello, perform three great duos – two from the 20th century and one from the 21st. The graceful, expressive, and witty Duo for Violin and Cello by Hanns Eisler is a multifaceted work showcasing the composer’s brilliant intellect. In Jorg Widmannn’s 24 Duos for Violin and Cello, from 2008, the two instruments approach the sound of a string quartet at times. ‘They attract each other, reject each other, love and hate each other,’ the composer writes. The album concludes with Maurice Ravel’s great Sonata for Violin and Cello. Gringolts and Kouzov form a superb duo. They perform with precision and excitement, undaunted by challenging music.
Trio Partout brilliantly proves that the combination of flute, viola, and harp instruments is one of the most unusual and delightful chamber music combinations. The first work in this line-up is Sonate pour flûte, alto et harpe composed at the beginning of World War I by Claude Debussy. A year later, Arnold Bax published his Elegiac Trio, which acts as a kind of dream sequence through the ostinato harp arpeggios and lyrical elements of viola and flute. Johannes Maria Staud uses a variety of modern playing techniques in his 2011 work Sydenham Music. The line-up concludes with Harald Genzmer’s Trio for flute, viola, and harp written in 1947.
The eight world premiere recordings included in this programme are played from a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts obtained by Geoffrey Burleson from the Bibliotheque nationale de France, each of them filled with strong and imaginative ideas. Further virtuosic rarities by Saint-Saëns include a solo transcription of his exotic Africa for piano and orchestra, and fantasies on works by Beethoven, Gounod, Liszt, Bizet, and others.
‘Saint-Saëns was a master of the fantasy-transcription genre, equal to Liszt, and the extremely inventive and virtuosic fantasies on this album, on themes of Wagner, Bizet, Massenet and others, are absolutely exhilarating to perform.’ – Geoffrey Burleson
Shin-Heae Kang, a young German pianist of Korean origin, has received numerous music awards, special prizes and scholarships, and won many piano competitions, including the prize of honour of the German Order of Druids in 2006. She has performed in Europe, Asia, and the USA, collaborating with renowned orchestras (including the Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the State Orchestra Braunschweig) and appearing at noted festivals (including the Mariinsky International Piano Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival). Included in her projects for the 2019/20 season is a concert with her mentor and legendary pianist Martha Argerich, together with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under the direction of chief conductor Andrew Manze. For this release, she has chosen a programme of Franz Liszt.
Christian Tetzlaff, one of the greatest violinists of our time, performs these two cornerstone works of the violin repertoire with the DSO Berlin under the baton of its new music director Robin Ticciati. Among his lengthy tally of awards, Tetzlaff was named Artist of the Year by the ICMA in 2015, and Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2017 OPUS Klassik awards. And Ticciati as the principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2009 to 2018 led the ensemble to new heights during his tenure. Both concertos are much more than virtuosic showpieces; they embody music of enormous depth and feeling that did much to immortalise both composers. These interpretations simply must not be missed.
Wiener Staatsoper opened on 25 May 1869 with a festive performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It was an event that generated great excitement in Vienna and attracted considerable attention beyond the borders of the Hapsburg empire. Since then, the opera house has remained in the public spotlight. With this anniversary release, Wiener Staatsoper is setting new boundaries. Two exhibitions (at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Theatre Museum) and several publications will focus on the history and current artistic events in the Vienna opera scene. On the anniversary itself, the artists and the opera house itself will be honoured.
Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, the Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and courtly art song, and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. There are hundreds of references to music in the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s music can be placed into three general categories: incidental music, literary references, and songs. Several songs on this recording are using the earliest surviving versions of music following both published and the manuscript.
It’s taken several years for Henze’s magnificent oratorio to shake off the unfortunate events at its 1968 premiere that forced it to be abandoned. Henze wrote the work as a Requiem for Che Guevara, the Marxist revolutionary. Just before the performance was due to begin, a student hung a large poster of Guevara on the rostrum rail, which was torn down by an official. This led to further flag-raising by students. The agenda behind this disruption mirrored the oratorio’s theme of overlords brutally safeguarding their interests at the expense of their underlings. A recording was made of the final rehearsal before that opening night, but no alternative has been produced since. This new performance under the direction of Peter Eötvös is worth the five-decade wait.
On this new release, the organist Giulio Mercati presents his vocal, choral, organ sacred compositions, and his setting of Giovanni Testori’s Interrogazione a Maria. Mercati demonstrates technical and expressive awareness of great aesthetic depth which relates convincingly and creatively to the traditional musical heritage. Joining Mercati in the performance are San Bernardo Vocal Ensemble, Mattia Marelli, soprano Lidia Basterretxea Vila, and cellist Claude Hauri. The organ used is the 1965 Mascioni of the Church of S. Maria degli Angioli in Lugano.
This all-Vivaldi album showcases Citterio and members of the orchestra in concertos for violin, oboe, bassoon, and lute, underlining the level of virtuosity across the ensemble. It features Elisa Citterio as violin soloist in Vivaldi’s love-themed concertos L’amoroso and Amato bene while Tafelmusik’s remarkable musicians – Cristina Zacharias, Patricia Ahern, Geneviève Gilardeau, and Julia Wedman, violins; John Abberger and Marco Cera, oboes; Dominic Teresi, bassoon, and Lucas Harris, lute, are featured as soloists in the vibrant concertos that complete the program, which opens with the Sinfonia from Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in Villa.
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 Triple Concerto. Under Herbert Blomstedt’s sensitive direction, the soloists unite chamber musical intimacy together with virtuoso sophistication. Furthermore, Blomstedt with the Gewandhausorchester in the performances of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5, 6, 7, and 9 give the uplifting feeling that the intentions of both composer and performers are united in serving the musical message. The humanist and musician Herbert Blomstedt uniquely embody this truth, creating an atmosphere where the wonders of music all become true.
People should remember this new Pelléas et Mélisande from the Opernhaus Zürich as one of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s most innovative production. Forget about the fountains, the caverns, the forest, the castles, and the towers: here, the density of Maurice Maeterlinck’s and Claude Debussy’s symbolism becomes the starting point of an analytical journey into the human mind. Their artistic complicity is intact: the precise, analytical but also nuanced and poetic baton of Altinoglu proves to be the best response to Tcherniakov’s subtle exploration of human psychology. Corinne Winters, as Melisande, Jacques Imbrailo, as Pelléas, and Kyle Ketelsen, as Golaud, embody with an incandescent realism these characters plagued by evil and violence that we will never quite understand.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the premiere of the Rossini rarity, the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro staged Ricciardo e Zoraide with an all-star cast. Juan Diego Flórez makes his debut as the crusader Ricciardo, giving a ‘masterclass in bel canto’ (Bachtrack), his high notes are ‘still thrilling with their laser-like precision’ (Financial Times). The South African soprano Pretty Yende – ‘radiant and richly expressive’ (Financial Times) as Zoraide – proves that she is ‘a virtuosa in Rossini singing’ (Neue Musikzeitung). On the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death and 200 years after its premiere, Ricciardo e Zoraide rings out with an artistic quality that is second to none, thanks to the skills of an ‘absolute Champions League ensemble’ (Online Merker).
After the great success that Il Trovatore received in Paris, a French version of the opera was proposed to suit the tastes of the local public. Le Trouvère was first staged in Brussels in 1856 and premiered at the Paris Opera in 1857. The plot is dramatic and captivating. Verdi portrays strong characters who deal with war, obsession, and revenge. Director Wilson’s approach to the opera aims at preserving its emotional strength by using essential décor, whose main element is light. This production was staged in the splendid Teatro Farnese of Parma.
The Nutcracker occupies a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world, and Peter Wright’s interpretation has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance in 1984. Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet and Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score are presented here in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production. The recording features awe-inspiring dancing from the whole company, and stunning portrayals of some of the most iconic characters in classic ballet: Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov take the roles of The Sugar Plum Fairy and The Prince, whilst the Nutcracker is danced by Marcelino Sambé, who is quickly rising through the ranks of The Royal Ballet.
‘ARC has just got the knack for searching out the true masters of a genre or an instrument, as well as providing extensive, informative liner notes and having some of the cleanest, most beautifully recorded offerings in the business.’ – World Music Central
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The Gamba Sessions
Alpamayo: Music from Peru and Ecuador
Journey to Asia
St. Petersburg Optina Pustyn Male Choir: Orthodox Chants from Russia
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