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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.





Selected CDs


Accentus Music


RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 /
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

La Salle, Philharmonia Zürich, Luisi
Accentus Music PHR0104

Despite her youth, French piano player Lise de la Salle already belongs among the most internationally renowned pianists. From 2013 until 2015, she was an Artist in Residence to the Opernhaus Zürich where she performed Sergey Rachmaninov's complete works for piano and orchestra together with General Music Director Fabio Luisi and the Philharmonia Zürich. The recordings of the five concerts are now in this new release.

Along with Rachmaninov's world famous Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3, the recording also includes the composer and piano virtuoso's Piano Concerto No. 1 as well as the 4th Piano Concerto, written during his exile in America, and the virtuosic Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. With her special talent for the finest tonal nuances, Lise de la Salle is an ideal interpreter of these late-Romantic masterpieces of piano music.

Accentus Music catalogue on naxos.com


BR-Klassik


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Daniel Harding
BR-Klassik 900132

Conductor Daniel Harding’s follow up to his first BR-Klassik CD (Schumann’s Faust Scenes, 900122) is this 2014 live recording of Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony from Munich’s Philharmonie im Gastieg. Counting Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado among his teachers, he has since 2005 made a name for himself leading spectacular concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra as guest conductor. One of Mahler’s most unusual symphonies, the score of the Sixth is dark and complex, contrasting starkly with what appeared on the surface to be a happy and carefree phase of his life during its composition.

The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks has been a pioneering ensemble among the world’s greatest orchestras in performances of Mahler’s symphonies, dating to the Rafael Kulelík era of the 1960s.

BR-Klassik catalogue on naxos.com


Capriccio


WEIGL, K.: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand / Violin Concerto
Frühwirth, Krumpöck, Norddeutsche Philharmonia, Lehner
Capriccio C5232

Both the music and the figure of Karl Ignaz Weigl (1881-1949) remain largely unknown to most listeners. Before fleeing to America from Austria in 1938, Weigl, who’d studied composition privately with Alexander Zemlinksy, was an established figure in the musical landscape of Vienna. On commission from one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein, Weigl composed piano concerto for the left-hand that Wittgenstein never performed. Its belated premiere came in 2002, played then here, by Florian Krumpöck. Weigl later composed a violin concerto played here by David Frühwirth.

Capriccio catalogue on naxos.com


Dacapo


GRAUGAARD, L.: Venus / Book of Throws / Layers of Earth /
Three Places

Kilroy, Swoboda, Pilc, Shafer, Bachmann, NYU Symphony Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, Haas
Dacapo 6.220628

Lars Graugaard (b. 1957) has always been very active in music creation with more than 200 score compositions and numerous vinyl, CD and digital releases. Graugaard’s production comprises digital experiments into the latest trends of interactive music and cross-modal forms, as well as popular projects and compositions in the modernistic European tradition from opera and large-scale orchestral works to chamber music, vocal and solo works.

Of Graugaard’s four compositions on this CD, the aim was to discover within a strictly contemporary sonic configuration those variables that will allow the composer to project distinct and discernible emotions that in turn can form the basis of a rich, varied and intelligible musical discourse.

Dacapo catalogue on naxos.com


Delos


HEGGIE, J.: Radio Hour (The) [Opera] / Patterns /
I Shall Not Live in Vain / He Will Gather Us Around

Graham, Clemensen, Pacific Symphony, John Alexander Singers, Alexander
Delos DE3484

Initially regarded as a master composer of art songs, Jake Heggie has since become known as perhaps America’s leading contemporary composer of internationally acclaimed operas. Winning examples of both genres appear on this release: the world premiere recording of a short, one-act opera, The Radio Hour – as well as four shorter vocal pieces.

The Radio Hour – the world’s first-ever “choral opera” – is a compact work for silent actress, with running narrative and commentary from a choir. The program is rounded out with four mostly art song-based works in varied arrangements, several with choral elements, sung by the vaunted John Alexander Singers. Susan Graham, one of America’s most beloved mezzo-sopranos, is heard in three of the shorter pieces; Pacific Symphony members provide the instrumentals.

Delos catalogue on naxos.com


Dynamic


PAGANINI, N.: Violin Music (Paganini Rediscovered)
L. Fanfoni, D. Fanfoni, Ballerini, Simoncini, Giudice
Dynamic CDS7672

This new release from Dynamic features Luca Fanfoni on violin and Luca Ballerini on piano. Nicolò Paganini was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time and left his mark as one of the greats of violin technique. The first piece on this album, Sonata a Preghiera, is a premiere complete recording with the rediscovered introduction.

Luca Fantoni has won multiple International Competitions and regularly plays at prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Sala Verdi, Hochschule Music Hall of Vienna, and many more. Luca Ballerini has also won his share of competitions including winning the “Premier Prix de Virtuosite avec distinction.” He and Fanfoni collaborate regularly.

Dynamic catalogue on naxos.com


Grand Piano


HOFFMEISTER, F.A.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3
Biliana Tzinlikova
Grand Piano GP668

This is the last of three volumes of the first complete recording of Hoffmeister’s piano sonatas. The spirit of Mozart is discernible in the concise Sonata in D major, while the Sonata in C major is notable for a dramatic opening Allegro, followed by a searching Andante and a passionate Rondo. The Sonata in B flat major, the only Hoffmeister sonata to have a slow first movement and whose Andante finale takes a simple, folk-like theme and subjects it to a dozen variations, is one of his most experimental and forward-looking works.

Grand Piano catalogue on naxos.com


Octopus


Pohjonen, K.: Sensitive Skin
K. Pohjonen, I. Pohjonen, S. Pohjonen, Norvio, Kronos Quartet, Kosminen, Kämäräinen, Kuoppamäki, Järvelä, Alanko, Porra, Alakotila
Octopus OCTO413-2

Award-winning Finnish accordionist, composer, adventurist Kimmo Pohjonen releases his new album Sensitive Skin on Ondine's sub-label Octopus. It follows the successful Uniko album (ODE1185-2) with Kronos Quartet and Samuli Kosminen.

Sensitive Skin features new Pohjonen compositions exploring dynamic, new sonic territory with special guests Kronos Quartet (string quartet), Tuomas Norvio (electronics), Samuli Kosminen (drums, percussion), Timo Kämäräinen (guitar, bouzouki), Sami Kuoppamäki (drums), Arto Järvelä (nyckelharpa), Inka and Saana Pohjonen (vocals), Ismo Alanko (vocals) and Lauri Porra (bass). Sensitive Skin was produced by James Spectrum, known for his work with Finnish bands Von Hertzen Brothers and Pepe Deluxe.



OehmsClassics


STRAUSS, R.: Frau ohne Schatten (Die) [Opera]
Wilson, Stensvold, Hogrefe, Baumgartner, Fritz, Mayer, Bürger, Lazar, Volle, Porter, Rae, Magiera, Hettegger, Sook Kim, Mori, Kim, Peteu, Boote, Zhu, Dienerinnen, Frankfurt Opera House and Museum’s Orchestra, Weigle
OehmsClassics OC964

Die Frau ohne Schatten concerns itself with the mystery of birth and the mystery of death. For composer Richard Strauss, and librettist von Hofmannsthal, influences of Goethe and Mozart’s Magic Flute played an important role in the opera’s conception. This great work was Sebastian Weigle’s admission ticket as Frankfurt Opera Chief Music Director; what could be more appropriate then, than to issue this performance on CD?

Strauss specialist Weigle brought established singers and role debutantes to the stage, including Terje Stensvold, who made his farewell from the Frankfurt stage in 2014.

OehmsClassics catalogue on naxos.com


Ondine


HINDEMITH, P.: Symphony, "Mathis der Maler" /
Symphony in E-Flat Major

NDR Sinfonieorchester, Christoph Eschenbach
Ondine ODE1275-2

Ondine’s successful Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) recordings with the NDR Sinfonieorchester and Christoph Eschenbach continue with this release featuring two major symphonic works, ‘Mathis der Maler’ and Symphonie in Es. The ‘Mathis der Maler’ Symphony, premiered to great success by the BPO under Wilhelm Furtwängler in 1934, is based on an opera that treats the life of the Renaissance painter Mathias Gruenewald. Hindemith wrote the Symphonie in Es during his exile in the US in 1940. The Symphony is absolute music in the tradition of the four-movement symphony of Beethoven and the romantics.

Ondine catalogue on naxos.com


Orlando Records


Walzer, Maria - SCARLATTI, D. / MOZART, W.A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / MEDTNER, N. / SCRIABIN, A.: profundum (Piano Recital)
Maria Walzer
Orlando Records OR0017

Austro-Russian pianist Maria Walzer pays tribute to both her musical heritages with music by Mozart and Beethoven as well as Medtner and Scriabin. Praised by Paul Badura-Skoda as “a creative talent, to be encountered very rarely“, the pianist invites us to join her on a very intimate journey to serious and deep music making.

Ms Walzer has performed in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Turkey and received several International Prizes and Awards, such as the Promotional Prize of the European Committee of the W. A. Mozart Prize (1992), the Goethe Foundation in Basle (1995), an award of the Dr. Martha Sobotka-Charlotte Janeczek-Stiftung for extraordinary artistic ability (1995), the International Piano Competition in Isernia (1995), the “Alban Berg Stiftung” (1997) and the Global Foundation for Research (1998) in Vienna. Maria Walzer is a Bösendorfer Artist.



Paladino Music


STARK, R.: Clarinet Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
D. Ashkenazy, Hamburg Symphony, D. Curtis
Paladino Music PMR0064

Born in Germany, Robert Stark (1847-1922) is one of those composers history seems to have left by the wayside – this despite the fact that clarinetists, or at least the professionals among them, will tend to know his name because of his 1892 clarinet tutorial still consulted by clarinet teachers the world over, and countless students of the instrument must have used.

The pieces on this recording, his Second and Third Clarinet Concertos interspersed with a brief Waltz-Capriccio and a Romance for Clarinet and Orchestra, are not only elegant, inventive and appealing, but honest music.

Paladino Music catalogue on naxos.com


Solo Musica


Vidovic, Marija - MOZART, W.A. / BELLINI, V. / PUCCINI, G. /
BIZET, G. / VERDI, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F.: Anmut - My Favorite Arias (Opera Arias - Soprano)

Vidovic, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, Araiza
Solo Musica SM225

“I am especially pleased to introduce to you a young singer, Marija Vidovic. In describing her voice, the words that come spontaneously to me are qualities like grace, sweetness and mellowness, and when it comes to her personality, I think of authenticity, charisma and above all elegance. I have often been witness to the spell she casts on her audience when performing. Allow yourself to be enchanted!” - Francisco Araiza

Marija Vidovic has performed regularly in concerts and song recitals in throughout Europe, China and Mexico. “Anmut - My favorite Arias” is her debut CD.

Solo Musica catalogue on naxos.com


Sono Luminus


Essential Voices USA - ADAM, A. / GRUBER, F.X. / HIGDON, J. / REGER, M.: Holiday Harmonies (Choral Concert)
Essential Voices USA, Judith Clurman
Sono Luminus SLE-70003

Judith Clurman conducts her acclaimed chorus, Essential Voices USA, in Holiday Harmonies: Sounds of Christmas, the ensemble’s third recording for Sono Luminus. This holiday disc includes premiere recordings of new vibrant arrangements of seasonal favorites and new works that were written for the disc by some of America’s finest composers. Mezzo Soprano Jamie Barton, Soprano Maureen McKay, Pianist Tedd Firth, and Harpist Stacey Shames are featured performers.

“Judith Clurman - the exceptional conductor.” — Time Out, New York

Sono Luminus catalogue on naxos.com


Tactus


MALIPIERO, G.F.: Piano Music
Sabrina Alberti
Tactus TC881302

Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973), one of the most creative Italian composers within the so called “Generation of the Eighties”, began self-taught, studying the Italian masters of the 17th to 18th century before moving on to the Hochschule in Berlin and devoting his long life to teaching and composition.

The piano pieces presented here give an idea of his great spirit of creative innovation that, with the basics well anchored, he was able to give new life to the writing of chamber and symphonic music that in those days was painfully resuming his way after the dominance of the rampant Italian melodrama.

Tactus catalogue on naxos.com


Tafelmusik Media


BACH, J.S.: Best of German Baroque
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Lamon, Taurins
Tafelmusik Media TMK1028CD

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra celebrates the genius of J.S. Bach with “Best of German Baroque: J.S. Bach.” This compilation includes tracks newly recorded in 2015, as well as music from the genre-defying, multi-media concert programmes The Galilleo Project and House of Dreams, recorded for Tafelmusik Media on DVD and CD in 2009 and 2012.

The album features instrumental versions of Sheep May Safely Graze and How Brightly Shines the Morning Star, specially arranged by Alison Mackay. Also featured is Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, as well as movements from the Sonata for 2 Violins in G Major and the Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor with soloists Jeanne Lamon and Aisslinn Nosky. This album showcases the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, soprano Anne Monoyios, and tenor Colin Ainsworth in selections from Bach’s Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191, originally released on CBC Records in 2007 in celebration of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir’s 25th anniversary season.

Tafelmusik Media catalogue on naxos.com


Vienna Symphony Orchestra


SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Philippe Jordan
Vienna Symphony Orchestra WS009

Concluding Philippe Jordan’s first season as Music Director of the Wiener Symphoniker, the Orchestra’s eponymous label released a new CD of Schubert’s Symphonies No. 7 ("Unfinished") and No. 8 ("The Great" in C Major), which were recorded in the Wiener Musikverein. Schubert was also a central focus of Jordan’s first season at the Wiener Symphoniker, in which a Schubert cycle brought all the symphonies by this, the most Viennese of composers, to the stage.

In addition, Schubert’s "Unfinished" was featured in Jordan’s international introductory tour in 2014: "The orchestra was superbly deployed, well prepared, on splendid performing form. The conductor was precise, confident, spirited and occasionally hands-on." (Der Standard)

Vienna Symphony Orchestra catalogue on naxos.com


Selected DVDs


Accentus Music


PÄRT, A.: Adam's Passion
Wilson, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Childs,
Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Theophanous, Kaljuste

Accentus Music ACC-10333 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20333 [DVD]

Adam’s Passion is the moving first collaboration between two “masters of slow motion who harmonize perfectly with each other”.

In the spectacular setting of a former submarine factory, American director and universal artist Robert Wilson creates a poetic visual world in which the mystical musical language of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt can cast its meditative spell. Alongside three of Pärt’s major works, Adam’s Lament, Tabula rasa, and Miserere, a new work composed especially for this production, Sequentia is included. These works are brought together using light, space, and movement to create a tight-woven Gesamtkunstwerk in which the artistic visions of these two great artists mirror each other.

Accentus Music catalogue on naxos.com



Arthaus Musik


WEINBERG, M.: The Passenger (Bregenz Festival, 2010)
Weinberg, Breedt, Kelessidi, Saccà, Wiener Symphoniker, Currentzis, Pountney
Arthaus Musik 109080 [Blu-ray] | 109079 [DVD]

The Bregenz Festival presented the first staged production of Polish-Russian composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s “The Passenger” in 2010. Written in 1967/68, the opera relates the chance meeting of a former concentration camp guard and one of her former inmates on an ocean liner years after the war.

Teodor Currentzis conducts the Wiener Symphoniker and Prague Philharmonic Choir with the stage direction of David Pountney. Leading this cast are South African opera singer Michelle Breedt and Kazakhstan born singer Elena Kelessidi.

Arthaus Musik catalogue on naxos.com



C Major


MOZART, W.A.: Davide penitente (Mozartwoche Salzburg 2015)
Karg, Crebassa, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Salzburger Bachchor Académie équestre de Versailles, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Minkowski
C Major 731704 [Blu-ray] | 731608 [DVD]

For this spectacular production of Mozart’s Davide penitente on the vast stage of the Salzburg Felsenreitschule at the Mozart Week 2015, Marc Minkowski and the equestrian choreographer Bartabas used dancing horses and thus restored the former riding school to its original function. Horses, riders from the Académie équestre de Versailles and Bartabas himself, whose successful productions are unique in the world of art, perform their elegant dressage arabesques within this exceptional setting. Soloists, chorus and orchestra are ranged over three levels on galleries cut from the bare rock. The result is a unique synthesis of the arts.

C Major catalogue on naxos.com



EuroArts


BÉJART, M.: The Ninth Symphony [Ballet]
(Béjart Ballet Lausanne, 2014)

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Ritsuyakai Choir, Mehta, Roman,
Béjart Ballet Lausanne, The Tokyo Ballet

EuroArts 2060874 [Blu-ray] | 2060878 [DVD]

Maurice Béjart’s compelling staging of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has been enchanting audiences worldwide for more than a quarter century. From the stage of the NHK Hall in Tokyo, the powerful message communicated by the unforgettable music and choreography through the assembled mass of 250 dancers and musicians – “Alle Menschen werden Bru¨der” (All men will be brothers) – and sent out into the world, remains highly topical. Normally a company of thirty-nine dancers from 15 countries who strongly dedicated to Maestro Béjart’s style, Béjart Ballet Lausanne experience appreciation year after year from country to country, from one theatre to another. The company stages about twenty choreographies every season.

EuroArts catalogue on naxos.com



Opus Arte


BOURNONVILLE, A.: Napoli (Royal Danish Ballet, 2014)
Royal Danish Ballet, Englund, N. Hübbe, Helsted, Paulli, Lumbye, Alenius, Ravn, Kunttu, C. Hübbe, Kovig, Kapel, Bond, U. Borwardt, P. Borwardt, Lange
Opus Arte OABD7185D [Blu-ray] | OA1195D [DVD]

Napoli, a cornerstone of the Royal Danish Ballet, was created in 1842 by choreographer and ballet master, August Bournonville. This timeless tale is set in Naples and focuses on Gennaro, a young fisherman, on his quest to rescue Teresina, his beloved, who has supposedly drowned at sea.

For this production, the Company has chosen to set the scene in the 1950s, taking inspiration from Federico Fellini’s early films. Maja Ravn has created elaborate sets and costumes and Nikolaj Hübbe and Sorella Englund bring striking new choreography to Bournonville’s classic routines. An entirely new musical score has also been created for Act II, just for this production. Leading this cast is Alban Lendorf as Gennaro and Alexandra Lo Sardo as Teresina.

Opus Arte DVD catalogue on naxos.com


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