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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: Cantaloupe Music

Launched in 2001, Cantaloupe Music is a Brooklyn-based independent classical label curated by Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe—the founding composers of Bang on a Can. The label’s mission is to nurture adventurous new music that’s “too funky for the academy.”

GORDON, M.: Timber Remixed
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GORDON, M.: Timber Remixed
Mantra Percussion
Cantaloupe Music CA-21121

Michael Gordon’s Timber, scored for six amplified wooden 2-by-4s, brought the physicality and endurance of percussion performance to a new level when it premièred in 2009. In the liner notes for Slagwerk Den Haag’s recording of the piece, released on Cantaloupe Music in 2011, Gordon described a connection to the work of shamanist author Carlos Castaneda whose self-imposed spirit journey in the desert could wipe the brain clean and “bring on visions.”

Newly recorded by Mantra Percussion and reworked by an A-list of producers and DJs, Gordon’s deep exploration into the extreme possibilities of rhythm gets the full electronic treatment on Timber Remixed. The double-CD set also includes Mantra’s live performance of Timber from the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon.

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Selected CDs

Basel Symphony Orchestra

STRAVINSKY, I.: Ballet Music (4-CD Box Set)
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STRAVINSKY, I.: Ballet Music (4-CD Box Set)
Namekawa, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Davies
Basel Symphony Orchestra SOB12

This new set includes all three Stravinsky ballets recorded by the Sinfonieorchester Basel under the direction of Dennis Russel Davis. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is based in Basel, Switzerland and often accompanies ballet and opera productions at the Theater Basel. They were founded in 1876 and have been going strong to present day. They have received numerous awards including Diapason d'Or in 2004 and 2005 as well as a nomination for the ICMA Music Award in 2015.

BR-Klassik

CHABRIER, E. / HAYDN, J. / BACH, J.S. / WAGNER, R. / HANDEL, G.F.: BR Klassik Greatest Moments (Orchestral Music)
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CHABRIER, E. / HAYDN, J. / BACH, J.S. / WAGNER, R. /
HANDEL, G.F.: BR Klassik Greatest Moments (Orchestral Music)

Various Artists
BR-Klassik 900003

This outstanding and unique release from BR-Klassik features a sampling of all that the label has had to offer over the last several decades. Featured ensembles include Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Mariss Jansons, Peter Dijkstra and Ulf Schirmer, and more. Works by the most prolific composers in history are featured, including Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, Haydn’s The Creation, Wagner’s Das Rheingold, and so much more. This release proves that there’s nothing these ensembles can’t tackle. Each track on this historical release has been digitally remastered for optimal sound quality.

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Capriccio

SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture / Symphony No. 4 / Nocturne and Tarantella / Slopiewnie
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SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture / Symphony No. 4 /
Nocturne and Tarantella / Slopiewnie

Kupiec, Montalvo, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra, Steffens
Capriccio C5280

Many think of the composer Szymanowski as a lone wolf, practically an outsider. His name is familiar to many on the music scene, but his works have all too often been excluded from the concert repertoire in favor of works by more popular contemporaries. Szymanowski’s musical development demonstrates a distinct progression. His earliest works were clearly influenced by the late Romantic style but, halfway through the First World War, he became particularly attracted to Impressionism. From then on he remained committed to tonality, but pushed it to its very limits. His orchestral works are typically characterized by lush, seductive blazes of color that find their closest parallels in the music of Alexander Scriabin.

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Carpe Diem

SATOH, T.: Vocal Music (Yugen)
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SATOH, T.: Vocal Music (Yugen)
Hauwe, Satoh, Yamada
Carpe Diem CD-16311

The Japanese word “yugen” is usually defined as “an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.” Toyohiko Satoh chose this title for his new recording of his own compositions which he created mostly in the last years, living in Japan and being involved in traditional Japanese arts and tea ceremony. As a performing musician and composer, Satoh spent most of his life in Europe. Now toward the end of his career, he shows his own understanding of cross-cultural connection between east and west, as well as between classical and traditional music. Yugen contains songs and instrumental pieces that are difficult to classify, but all the more beautiful and inspiring to listen to.

CD Accord

Szymczewska, Agata - ZALEWSKI, I. / MAJKUSIAK, M. / MARKOWICZ, M. / NOWAK, A.: Modern Soul (Violin Recital)
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Szymczewska, Agata - ZALEWSKI, I. / MAJKUSIAK, M. /
MARKOWICZ, M. / NOWAK, A.: Modern Soul (Violin Recital)

Bracha, Frackiewicz, Kuropaczewski, Skrobiński, Szymczewska
CD Accord CDAccordACD223

Modern Soul is an original project by Agata Szymczewska consisting of four sonatas for violin and various instruments. Agata is joined for this recording by pianists Marek Bracha and Grzegorz Skrobiński, accordionist Maciej Frackiewicz, and guitiarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski. All of these pieces were composed between 2013 and 2015 especially for these performances. Ignacy Zalewski, Mikolaj Majkusiak, Marcin Markowicz, and Aleksander Nowak are all composers of the new generation who have all previously written for this instrumentation.

“… Despite the fact that all of the sonatas draw on the neo-styles of modernism and postmodernism, each of them is characterized by an individual tone and introduces the listener to a different labyrinth of form, consisting in more than just aesthetic playing. Expressing refined contents with an accessible language is a first-rate achievement.” (Ignacy Zalewski)

Cedille

ZUPKO, M.: Chamber Music (Eclipse)
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ZUPKO, M.: Chamber Music (Eclipse)
Lee, Warner, Zupko
Cedille CDR90000-168

Eclipse encompasses world première recordings of inventive, virtuosic, and impassioned chamber works, written in a present-day musical language by the strikingly original American composer and pianist Mischa Zupko. Joining him are two close friends and accomplished colleagues, the sublime violinist Sang Mee Lee, who chairs the string department at the Music Institute of Chicago, and internationally renowned cellist Wendy Warner, a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich.

Eclipse explores themes of separation, contrast, and convergence on cosmic as well as intimate levels. In the album’s centerpiece and title track, Eclipse, violin and cello approach like two celestial bodies, their musical lines merging and becoming one luminous entity. Mischa Zupko is currently the composer-in-residence at the Music Institute of Chicago.

Dacapo

RASMUSSEN, S.: Symphony No. 2, "The Earth Anew"
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RASMUSSEN, S.: Symphony No. 2, "The Earth Anew"
Sieden, Skovhus, Helsinki Academic Male Voice Choir,
Sällskapet Muntra Musikanter, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds

Dacapo 8.226175

The second symphony of the prize-winning Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen (b. 1961) is composed as a life cycle based on the Old Norse myth of the tree of life, Yggdrasil, and carries the title The Earth Anew. Inspired by natural phenomena and Faroese melodies, Rasmussen is a great believer in a shared Nordic identity, and this world première recording bears witness to his strong artistic partnership with Finnish conductor John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

Delos

Barton, Jamie - MAHLER, G. / DVOŘÁK, A. / SIBELIUS, J.: All Who Wander (Vocal Recital)
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Barton, Jamie - MAHLER, G. / DVOŘÁK, A. /
SIBELIUS, J.: All Who Wander (Vocal Recital)

Barton, Zeger
Delos DE3494

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton burst upon the global opera and concert scene in recent years after having won many of the world’s most prestigious prizes for vocal excellence and accomplishments. Delos has scored a major coup in releasing her debut album. Jamie’s well-chosen program of late-Romantic repertoire begins with eight of Gustav Mahler’s finest lieder including his wonderful Five Ruckert Songs before treating us to the rare delights of Antonin Dvořák’s song cycle Gypsy Songs. Her album concludes with even more seldom-heard selections from the many lovely Swedish-language songs of Finnish master Jean Sibelius.

This sublime release, further graced by pianist Brian Zeger’s peerless collaboration, will take your breath away, and leave you hungry for more from Jamie Barton. She is considered by many of the world’s top vocal and operatic experts to be the rising mezzo of our time.

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Grand Piano

MEDTNER, N.: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol. 2
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MEDTNER, N.: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol. 2
Paul Stewart
Grand Piano GP618

Nikolay Medtner’s 14 piano sonatas are considered among the most significant achievement in this genre by any composer since Beethoven. After the success of his First Piano Sonata (GP617), he turned to Goethe for inspiration, and the life and love-affirming Sonata-Triad Op. 11 translates the poet’s words of passion, suffering and redemption into sound. The capricious, mysterious and beautiful Sonata-Skazka is a masterpiece in miniature and was once Medtner’s most performed work. Dating from his years of exile, the Sonata-Idyll, Medtner’s fourteenth and final Sonata, is notable for its eloquent themes that linger long in the memory.

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OehmsClassics

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 / STRAVINSKY, I.: Divertimento
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 /
STRAVINSKY, I.: Divertimento

Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitayenko
OehmsClassics OC448

The Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne with its Conductor Laureate Dmitri Kitayenko proudly present magical music illustrating the story of Nutcracker and Mouse King by E. T. A. Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas. A Nutcracker performance can hardly be more authentic than this – especially since the artists are presenting us with the entire ballet, not merely the Suite (Op. 71a).

The ballet is complemented by Stravinsky’s Suite from The Fairy’s Kiss, composed in 1928 and has been arranged time and again. It became world famous through the choreography by George Balanchine for the old New York Metropolitan Opera in 1937, later also for the City Center of Music and Drama as well as Lincoln Center, New York.

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Ondine

SAARIAHO, K.: Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 2
SAARIAHO, K.: Chamber Works for Strings, Vol. 2
Djupsjöbacka, Freund, Kilpeläinen, Myöhänen, Pensola, Tikkanen, Meta4
Ondine ODE1242-2

Ondine releases the long-awaited second instalment of Kaija Saariaho’s (b. 1958) chamber works with the award-winning Meta4 string quartet. The recording also includes three chamber music songs together with soprano Pia Freund. Saariaho is one of the most important Finnish contemporary composers. She is equally known for her operas, the oratorio La Passion de Simone, orchestral works and concertos, as well as for her rich small-scale works. Saariaho’s instrumental style is particularly richly manifested in her works for strings, where she makes use of a variety of playing techniques.

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Opus Arte

On Christmas Night
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On Christmas Night
Barrie, Berry, Castella-McDonald, Dixon, Dugdale, Fox, Gant, Lapwood, Lawrie, Lello, Williams, Magdalen College Choir, Oxford, Hyde
Opus Arte OACD9022D

The acclaimed Magdalen College Choir celebrates the diversity of the 20th-century English carol repertoire in a program that combines well-loved standards and innovative choir favorites ranging in emotion from quiet contemplation to festive joy. The selection of carols and organ solos, led by director and organist Daniel Hyde, culminates in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s celebrated Fantasia on Christmas Carols with renowned baritone Roderick Williams in the solo part.

Several carols focus on the sheer joy of the miraculous Incarnation itself. William Mathias’ A babe is born is a lively setting which gives full rein to the composer’s syncopated, jazzy parallelisms. Optimism is also the principal mode of Christopher Steel’s People look east. In its ebullient joy, the piece bounces off into a different key in the third verse and deploys the voices in canon, before swinging back to a final recapitulation, replete with a jubilant descant. Composers for organ have found themselves drawn to this treasury of festive folksongs. The French organist and teacher Marcel Dupre was requested by his daughter Marguerite to write a setting of the carol Il est ne le divin enfant. The resulting piece is a set of variations on the theme, with the rune variously in the pedals, decorated, and finally worked into a masterly fugue. In similar fashion, Herbert Sumsion transformed a number of carols into préludes for the instrument. Among them was The holly and the ivy which plucks little motifs from its source before gradually introducing the tune itself, building up to a grand statement before subsiding into quiet peace.

Orfeo

WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Opera]
Crespin, Hines, Stewart, Thaw, Stolze, Ward, Roth-Ehrang,
Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Kempe

Orfeo C928613Y

Richard Wagner’s Ring has been performed in the highly reduced version by Wieland Wagner at the eighth Bayreuth festivals since the re-opening of the theatre in 1951. Although his version – still sparing in comparison with today’s staging concepts – depended on its use of lighting and special effects, he took the opportunity to bring in a complete musical overhaul. Direction of the production was given to the 48-year-old conductor Rudolf Kempe. While a younger generation was taking over on the conductor’s rostrum at the new Bayreuth, a new generation of singers was also finding its feet in the great Ring roles.

In the new production, tenor Gerhard Stolze was able to build on his finely acted, declamatory portrayal of Mime that he had taken on in 1957. Regine Crespin, who had successfully taken the role of Kundry in Parsifal in Bayreuth since 1958 and only appeared in the Ring that same year, imbued the role of Sieglinde with the touching emotionality of her highly dramatic soprano voice. She gave a persuasive reading with the young Fritz Uhl playing her loving brother.

OUR Recordings

BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Organ Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Organ Music
Christensen, Esfahani, Hansen, Jespersen, Reumert, Sømod
OUR Recordings 6.220617

This recording provides an overview of Borup-Jørgensen's small but highly distinctive oeuvre for organ. His unique and surprisingly numerous works for the "King of Instruments" set him apart from many of his contemporaries. In addition to writing highly individual solo works, six of the pieces recorded here call for additional musicians from Strophen (1962), an expressionistic setting of a text by Rainer Maria Rilke for voice and organ, to Portal for percussion and organ Opus 181 (2009), a work composed for concert in honor of his 85th birthday.

Joining organist Jens E. Christensen on this sonic journey is percussionist Mathias Reumert, mezzo-soprano Pia Rose Hansen, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, bass-baritone Jakob Bloch Jespersen, and Lars Sømod, second organist on organo per due Opus 133.1 (1989).

Solo Musica

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
Ketler, Ensemble Raro
Solo Musica SM250

Ensemble Raro was formed in 2004 by four extraordinary young musicians: pianist Diana Ketler, violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violist Razvan Popovici and cellist Bernhard Naoki Hedenborg. Their goal is to create unforgettable musical moments and to combine innovative approach with rich European tradition of intimate and sincere chamber music making. In 2011 the Ensemble Raro welcomed new members: violinists Alina Pogostkina and Erik Schumann, clarinetist Thorsten Johanns and hornist Olivier Darbellay.

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Sono Luminus

BACH, J.S.: Clavierübung, Part I - 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830
BACH, J.S.: Clavierübung, Part I - 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830
Jory Vinikour
Sono Luminus DSL-92209

The six partitas for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach are among the greatest and most inspired works of all keyboard literature. Although they are the first works that Bach decided to publish, they represent the composer's genius at the height of his maturity, matched only by the Goldberg Variations. Performed on a stunning copy of a North German instrument of Bach's time, each of the partitas is a microcosm, ranging from the poetic and pastoral (No. 1 in B flat major) to the epic and tragic (No. 6 in E minor). Bach shows himself to be playful, profound, meditative, theatrical, virtuoso and always the greatest composer of counterpoint of all time. The six partitas represent the apotheosis not only of Bach's unique keyboard language, and the expressive possibilities of the harpsichord, but in the inherent range of colors and contrasts within the confines of a suite.

To a greater extent than in the other sets of suites, each of the six partitas seems to establish its own distinct character, which is developed throughout the suite. As with the English Suites, each of the partitas opens with a prélude. However, these movements are widely varied in form as well as in mood. Although each of the six partitas contains the standard suite movements (apart from the C minor partita, which foregoes the customary gigue in favor of a Capriccio), these movements show the most striking variety.

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Swedish Society

BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto
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BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto
Sparf, Uppsala Chamber Orchestra, Mägi
Swedish Society SCD1162

Featuring a live recording of violinist Nils-Erik Sparf and conductor Paul Mägi together with the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra from a concert in the Uppsala Concert & Congress in May 2010. It was published in autumn 2016 at Swedish Society/Naxos. To perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto with "their" own orchestra was a favorite project for Sparf, a concert that he lived with for many years. He says, "It is a privilege to take this favorite romantic concerts in his hand.”

SWRmusic

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Shéhérazade / L'heure espagnole
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RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Shéhérazade / L'heure espagnole
Beuron, d'Oustrac, Duhamel, Fouchécourt, Gay,
South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Denève

SWRmusic SWR19016CD

Maurice Ravel's predilection for fantasy worlds and exotic ambience can be heard in many of his orchestral works. Even as a student he composed the Ouverture de Scheherazade and had planned to write an opera based on the fairytales of the Arabian Nights. In the end, all that remains are three poems for voice and orchestra. Stéphanie d'Oustrac sings these songs rapturously and with exactly the right feel for oriental opulence.

Tactus

CAVAZZONI, G.: Complete Organ Music
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CAVAZZONI, G.: Complete Organ Music
Ferrarini, Valotti
Tactus TC510391

This release contains the complete works for organ by Girolamo Cavazzoni and is a must for Italian Renaissance music lovers. The works are performed in the beautiful acoustic setting of the Basilica of Santa Barbara in Montova on the Graziadio Antegnati 1656 organ, designed by the same Cavazzoni and played by him as Gonzaga court organist until his death. Through the great sound of this rediscovered instrument, Ivana Valotti, assisted by the Cantus planus by Gianluca Ferrarini for the alternatim, offers the listener a perfectly philological interpretation yet full of suggestion – an absolute reference in the rediscovery of Italian musical history.

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Yarlung Records

SIBELIUS PIANO TRIO, Vol. 1 - In Honor of Finland's 100th Anniversary of Independence
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SIBELIUS PIANO TRIO, Vol. 1 - In Honor of Finland's 100th Anniversary of Independence
Sibelius Piano Trio
Yarlung Records YAR54763

Violinist Petteri Iivonen, pianist Juho Pohjonen and cellist Samuli Peltonen founded Sibelius Piano Trio a few years ago, and catapulted to success on the European concert stage. When three international soloists of this caliber unite to form a chamber music ensemble, the results are predictably electric. These three friends love playing together, and this love is easy to hear in their concerts and in their recording.

“As a proud Finn and as a representative of the Finnish government, I salute Sibelius Piano Trio for their talent and join them in celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Finland’s independence”
J.P. Markkanen, Consul General of Finland

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Accentus Music

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
Höhenrieder, Kammerphilharmonie Amadé,
Württemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn, Fleisher

Accentus Music ACC-20407 [DVD]

Beethoven’s piano concertos impressively reflect the personality and creativity of the revolutionary composer. They are a challenge for each pianist. In this recording of the 2nd and 3rd concertos, the legendary pianist, composer, and teacher Leon Fleischer and his star pupil Margarita Höhenrieder, who has also gained international recognition, show their personal relationship to Beethoven.

At two unusual concert locations – the Zollverein World Heritage Site in Germany’s Ruhr area and the famous Max-Littmann-Saal in Bad Kissingen which is known for its acoustics – the two discerning artists perform the two concertos together with the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé and the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn.

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Arthaus Musik

OTTO KLEMPERER'S LONG JOURNEY THROUGH HIS TIMES /
KLEMPERER THE LAST CONCERT (Documentaries, 2016)

Adni, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Klemperer
Arthaus Musik 109291 [2 DVD + 2-LP Box Set] |
109289 [2 DVD + 2 CD Box Set]

Otto Klemperer was doubtlessly one of the most important and most influential conductors of the 20th century. His interpretations of Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms still belong to the standard for all generations of conductors today. In Philo Bregstein's fil Otto Klemperer's Long Journey Through His Times – restored re-edited and finally available again after twenty years – you can follow Klemperer's journey from Germany to the USA, back to Hungary and lastly to London, documented with a lot of detail and archive material. This film is a unique filmography that you will find nowhere else. Klemperer The Last Concert shows exclusive film material of rehearsals and the "last" concert on September 26, 1971 in London in a documentary that can be called Klemperer's musical legacy on film.

C Major

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BOITO, A.: Mefistofele (Bavarian State Opera, 2015)
Berti, Doss, Fruchterman, Lewis, Prestia, Prola, Rachvelishvili, Sim,
Torino Teatro Regio Chorus and Orchestra, Noseda

C Major 739208 [Blu-ray, HD] | 739304 [DVD]

Best-known today as the librettist of Verdi’s final Shakespearean masterpieces, Otello and Falstaff, the multi-talented Arrigo Boito was also a fine composer in his own right. Hugely ambitious in scope, and some 20 years in the making, his first (and only completed) opera, Mefistofele, sets out to encompass nothing less than the whole of Goethe’s vast poetic drama Faust (parts I and II). It is considered the very central work of his phase between Verdi and Puccini. Making his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, director Roland Schwab (a protégé of the legendary Ruth Berghaus) plays devil’s advocate by setting the opera in a nightmarish atmosphere. The exceptional cast features Rene Pape, Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais, and Karine Babajanyan.

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Dacapo

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Hellekant, MacAllister, Reuter, Romero, Shagimuratova,
Danish National Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Frühbeck de Burgos

Dacapo 2.110423-25BD [3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set] | 2.110417-22 [NTSC]

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 release 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 Joaquin Rodrigo’s popular concierto de Aranjuez, featuring the world-renowned Spanish guitarist Pepe Romero.

Dynamic

DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Carlo Felice, 2016)
Armanino, Devia, Fantoni, Ganassi, Kim, Pop, Purpura,
Genoa Carlo Felice Theater Chorus and Orchestra, Lanzillotta

Dynamic DYN-57755 [Blu-ray, HD] | DYN-37755 [DVD] |
CDS7755.02 [CD]

Roberto Devereux (1837) saw the light of day during a period of intense creativity for Donizetti. After its première and up until 1848, Devereux was performed almost uninterruptedly. In the years that followed it would also enjoy a successful international career throughout Europe and in the Americas, with versions in French, German, Russian, and Hungarian. When Donizetti moved to Paris in 1838, he enriched the opera with the overture that paraphrases the British anthem God Save The Queen. The Queen dominates from her very entrance, a true protagonist, here performed by the great Mariella Devia: her pure voice, perfect intonation, great stage presence, all combined with the technical qualities of her voice, led to an extended standing ovation. It was a great success, too, for Sonia Ganassi (Sarah) and the tenor Stefan Pop (Devereux).

Opus Arte

YATES, M: Elizabeth (Royal Ballet, 2016)
Acosta, Caldow, Cullingford, Kempster, Righton, Wallfisch, Yanowsky
Opus Arte OA1214D [DVD]

Opulent and intimate, this enchanting chamber piece combines dance, text and music in a fascinating exploration of the life and loves of Queen Elizabeth I. Choreographer Will Tuckett and playwright and librettist Alasdair Middleton co-direct this special performance, which brings together Royal Ballet Principals Zenaida Yanowsky and Carlos Acosta with actors Laura Caldow, Sonya Cullingford and Julia Righton in an atmospheric and nuanced tribute to the remarkable nature of this extraordinary woman. Martin Yates’s original score recalls the structures and harmonies of Elizabethan music, in a modern reimagining of a typical Tudor-period ensemble, deftly performed by world-renowned cellist Raphael Wallfisch and acclaimed baritone David Kempster.

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