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.
Founded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk in 2009, the BR-KLASSIK label has been one of the foremost international orchestral CD labels ever since.
BR-KLASSIK gives music lovers all over the world access to the recordings of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with its chief conductor Mariss Jansons, the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under Ivan Repušić, and the Bavarian Radio Chorus under the direction of Howard Arman.
The label’s repertoire is further enriched by recordings with numerous renowned guest conductors and artists such as Herbert Blomstedt, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Simon Rattle, Juliane Banse, Anja Harteros, Christina Landshamer, Marina Rebeka, Gerhild Romberger, Christian Gerhaher, Friedrich Gulda, Julian Prégardien, and many more.
Around 150 CDs and DVDs have so far been released. Most are also available as streams and downloads, some exclusively so.
BR-KLASSIK would like to thank its distribution partners throughout the world who, with their hard work and dedication, have made the label such a success story.
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This limited edition 10-SACD boxed set marks BR-Klassik’s 10th anniversary. It offers musical highlights from the rich symphonic repertoire of Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. The release also provides magnificent interpretations of masterpieces, ranging from the First Viennese School and Austro-German Late Romanticism to the music of the 20th century – all of it at the very highest artistic level and in outstanding SACD quality. It contains the complete recordings of Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and significant symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich. For anyone who wants to gain an overview of the long-standing collaboration between the world-class conductor Mariss Jansons and the ensembles of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, this release is a must.
Additional Exciting New Releases and Bestsellers from BR-Klassik
A Celtic Journey is an album of music and song from Scotland and further afield, with pipes, fiddle, choir, courting songs, lullabies, humorous stories of whiskey smuggling and sad laments for love lost. The music comes from the Isle of Skye, Nova Scotia, Glasgow, Stornoway, Inverness, and the Scottish Highlands. With award-winning musicians and singers including Cliar, Author Cormack, Blair Douglas, Ceolraidh Gaidhlig Ghlaschu, and many others, whose tracks were selected for this album by Mary Ann Kennedy, this is an album that simply cannot be missed by lovers of Celtic music.
This recording is the first album in a new Capriccio series featuring the works by Ernst von Dohnányi that remain less well known but are deserving of a wider audience. The main work here is the First Symphony, which was one of Dohnányi’s early successes. The symphony is well crafted throughout and imaginatively orchestrated, ending with a brilliantly composed fugue. While shades of Brahms are evident, such roots of the past are balanced by elements of the future. Dohnányi’s authoritative treatment of the large orchestra is reminiscent of Mahler and Richard Strauss, teeming in details that are a hallmark of the quality of the work.
GRAMMY Award-winning, Chicago-based percussion quartet Third Coast Percussion teams up with influential, genre-defying multi-instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, singer, and composer Devonté Hynes (aka Blood Orange) for an album of imaginative, evocative instrumental music created as the live soundtrack for choreography by the adventurous Hubbard Street Dance Chicago company. The album’s three works, all world-premiere recordings, represent Hynes’s debut on a disc as a classical composer. The Third Coast arranged Hynes’ music for its immense collection of diverse instruments and performed them on stage with the Hubbard Street dancers in Chicago and on tour.
Master clarinettist David Shifrin partners with the Dover and Harlem String Quartets in an album that blazes with excitement. The three new quintets showcase the clarinet’s many moods and tones and explore the expressive capabilities of the string quartet. Works include Ducal Suite, David Schiff’s arrangements of compositions by Duke Ellington, Thirty Thousand Days, Chris Rogerson’s exploration of life’s three stages, and Shotgun Houses, Valerie Coleman’s tribute to Muhammed Ali.
Cornelia Löscher, Luca Monti, and Hannes Gradwohl present emotionally charged works from Buenos Aires to Moscow under the title Nostalgia. The first piano trios by Sergey Rachmaninov and Dmitry Shostakovich are considered juvenile works, and both only found their way into the official canon of their composers posthumously. Composed between 1965 and 1970, Astor Piazzolla’s Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, on the other hand, is a collection of tangos combined by the composer as a suite and arranged for piano trio by his friend tango-cellist José Bragato, who also arranged the milonga Oblivion for this cast.
Esteemed as one of Germany’s leading music critics, Ferdinand Pfohl never lost a passion for composition that had been nurtured in Leipzig. He wrote highly individual works for his own instrument, the piano, conceiving cycles that reveal harmonic daring and sophistication, often evocative of developments in impressionism. As Strandbilder (Beach Pictures) shows, he mastered tonal painting – while in the compositional unity of Suite élégiaque, Bohemian and Russian elements mingle with the influence of one of his great heroes, Grieg.
Pianist Sophie-Mayuko Vetter presents the world premiere recording of a reconstruction of around 70 pages of sketches for Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 6 in D Major (fragment) by Nicholas Cook and Hermann Dechant. Another special feature of this release is that the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 0 in E flat Major, WoO 4 is heard in period style, performed on a fortepiano made by the London piano manufacturer John Broadwood in 1806. The expressive and harmonically rich vocabulary of the Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-F lat Major, Op. 19 clearly demonstrates the young Beethoven’s development as an autonomous Viennese classicist.
Estonian nature is at the heart of all these orchestral works by Heino Eller (1887–1970), one of the founders of the Estonian school of music and subsequent mentor to generations of the country’s most celebrated composers, including Arvo Pärt and Eduard Tubin. Pärt himself has acknowledged Eller’s gift for subtle and masterly orchestration, and his resultant personal style of composition. This is the second volume of Eller’s music on the Ondine label and comprises four symphonic poems, including one of his most popular orchestral works, Dawn (Koit). If you are unfamiliar with Eller’s music, you owe yourself this introduction to its greatness.
‘From the very beginning, I had enormous respect for Die Winterreise, because it demands everything from the narrator. Whenever I open a page where I have set the notes aside and look at it again, I have new questions. And sometimes I don’t find an answer to everything. This ‘process’ never stops . We artists are always strongly influenced by the work we are just doing. We put our entire soul into it and do our very utmost to present it to the listener. Only whoever has really felt suffering, can sing about suffering. Here, it is a question of authenticity.’ – Pavol Breslik
Ambient Chaconne is an immersive exploration of the J. S. Bach Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Chaconne. Unfolding over 42 minutes, Ambient Chaconne blends live and pre-recorded violin with electronics. Using both human and machine transcription, the Chaconne serves as the structural underpinning to the work, appearing often as small disassociated fragments, and at other times in extremes: consisting of extended passages of sounded or silent materials. Deo is an acoustic-electronic transcription of Johannes Ockeghem’s stunning Deo Gratias devised as a complement to Ambient Chaconne.
The first three volumes in SWR’s cycle of Dvořák’s complete symphonic works with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie were conducted by Karel Mark Chichon. The baton now passes to the orchestra’s new chief conductor Pietari Inkinen, who began his tenure last year. The programme on Vol. 4 presents the Second Symphony alongside two opera overtures. Collectors should grasp this opportunity to get to know these relatively unknown works. It was Brahms who said that Dvořák “…has more ideas than all of us put together,” and this release proves the point, not least with the overture to his first opera, Alfred, written in 1870, and that for his last stage work, Armida, which was first performed in 1904, just weeks before Dvořák’s death.
The music recorded here is a performance of the six sonatas in manuscript form preserved in Uppsala and Paris, the complete corpus of Gervasio’s currently known sonatas. The InchordisTrio has been performing Giovan Battista Gervasio’s sonatas for mandolin and basso continuo since its establishment, including them in its concert programmes. It is a remarkably interesting, sometimes even surprising, music. In spite of its rough formal simplicity, it turns out to be particularly effective and able to evoke the eighteenth-century Neapolitan Baroque atmosphere, through a series of stylistic features that belong to the typically Neapolitan composition procedure, with melodic solutions that are enjoyable, captivating, and pleasantly engrossing for both listeners and performers.
That art is not an end in itself, but is associated with a mission, a moral obligation, is evident in the artistic endeavour of Gidon Kremer. In his playing, the violinist has never stopped searching for truths hidden within the depth and beauty of music. Gidon Kremer – Finding Your Own Voice is a calm, thoughtful film about a great intellectual whose ethos, as a mediator of such truths, is alien to any form of self-aggrandizement. The release also includes a concert recording from the Gogol Centre in Moscow, Preludes to a Lost Time, the 24 Preludes, Op. 100 by Mieczysław Weinberg, which Gidon Kremer adapted for violin.
The Art of Ohad Naharin highlights Naharin’s aesthetics and demanding Gaga technique, a choreographic vocabulary that explores the sensations and the availability of the bodies. This new release interpreted by Batsheva – The Young Ensemble presents Sadeh21. This choreographic odyssey and epic-dance expedition with its strong contrasting effects and bare simplicity present the essence of movement, stripped of all tricks or devices and thus highlights the extraordinary emotional powers of dance. Rejuvenated by a new generation of interprets from all over the world, the choreography becomes incandescent and resembles an explosion of sensuality, radiant, dangerous, and exciting.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins is the most performed work by any living composer. This performance is the largest ever staged. It is uniquely performed in synchronisation with a specially commissioned war-archive film reinforcing the narrative of the work – the build-up to war, the war itself, and the consequences of war. Projected onto five giant screens, the film delivers a poignant backdrop to the moving musical narration providing the audience with a powerful and emotional multimedia experience. Karl Jenkins conducts The World Orchestra for Peace and around 2,000 singers from nearly 30 countries who joined together to Sing for Peace in Berlin.
The 19th-century Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Gomes was among the many musicians who travelled to Italy to master the language and conventions of opera. He returned to Brazil and became the country’s most famous living national composer of his time. Taking Brazil’s anti-slave cause as its theme, his opera Lo schiavo was a triumph at its premiere but failed to gain popularity elsewhere and soon fell into oblivion. This release presents the opera’s first Italian performance in modern times, with a choice of CD, DVD and Blu-ray formats. This recording of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari’s production demonstrates Gomes’ gift for rich melody and his mastery of the theatrical medium.
Here we have Shakespeare’s merry comedy of marriage, wealth, jealousy and lies brilliantly spiced by director Fiona Laird with new elements that may push the envelope (think hints of reality TV and burning issues of feminism) but achieve a level of blazing energy that is irresistible. The recording presents a rare opportunity to appreciate Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy of suburbia, wives, and over-inflated egos with an alternative slant. David Troughton brings unforgettable zest to the buffoonish role of Sir John Falstaff, with a uniformly strong cast contributing to the hilarity. The fresh approaches that permeate the production “…chime deliciously with the spirit of Shakespeare’s play … risky, but it all pays off.” (The Financial Times)
One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and the huge impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Seeing Japanese art in art shops and small Parisian galleries and then creating his own perception of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.
Featuring Van Gogh’s personal letters, written accounts from friends and contemporaries as well as insights from artists and experts, Van Gogh & Japan provides a fresh and revealing understanding of this extraordinary artist.
Free Downloads from BR-Klassik
BR-Klassik is celebrating their 10th anniversary with special treats! Free tracks are excellent quality recordings performed by Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Rundfunk, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by celebrated conductors Nézet-Séguin, Rattle, Jansons, Nelsons, Dijkstra, Haitink, Repušić, and Arman. Download and enjoy!
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
WAGNER, R.: Das Rheingold [Opera]
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 • Reflections
DVOŘÁK, A.: Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World’ • A Hero’s Song
BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
HANDEL, G.F.: Dixit Dominus • BACH, J.S.: Magnificat
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis
SUPPÉ, F. von: Overtures
VERDI, G.: I Due Foscari [Opera]
HANDEL, G.F.: Occasional Oratorio
PÄRT, A.: Collage über B-A-C-H • 7 Magnificat Antiphons • Cecilia, vergine romana
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