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In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see https://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: Dynamic

Founded in 1978 as an independent Italian record company based in Genoa, Dynamic subsequently assembled an impressive catalogue of some 700 CDs and DVDs, many of them devoted to operas and works for violin from the 18th and 19th centuries. A significant portion of the catalogue comprises works that fall outside the traditional repertoire, with many of them featured in world premiere recordings.

VIVALDI, A.: L’Incoronazione di Dario [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD)
VIVALDI, A.: L’Incoronazione di Dario [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2017) (NTSC)
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DYN-57794 [BD]
DYN-37794 [DVD]
VIVALDI, A.: L’Incoronazione di Dario [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2017)
Allemano • Mingardo • Galou • Novaro • Mameli • Cirillo • Cangemi • Tomasoni • Gandy • Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino • Dantone • Muscato
Dynamic DYN-57794 [BD] | DYN-37794 [DVD]

Directed by the talented director Leo Muscato, who has received the Abbiati Prize and the International Opera Award, both for Best Opera Director, this production was described by Bachtrack as “rare and witty” and “Ottavio Dantone’s skilful conducting brings the best out of this orchestral enchantment”. The cast of internationally renowned singers includes Carlo Allemano, Sara Mingardo, Delphine Galou and Roberta Mameli.

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Selected CDs

ArcoDiva

MARTINŮ, B.: Mount of Three Lights • ŘEZNÍČEK, P.: Dies irae • FIALA, P.: Regina coeli laetare
Jakubíček • Kolář • Nouzovský • Ocetek • Strejček • Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno • Fiala
ArcoDiva UP0188

This new recording features spiritual compositions of Czech artists of the 20th and 21st centuries performed by the internationally renowned Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno. Bohuslav Martinů’s The Mount of Three Lights and Hymn to St. James have been rarely recorded, and are therefore of special notice on this release. World premiere recordings by Petr Řezníček and Petr Fiala are also featured – Dies irae and Regina coeli laetare respectively.

BR-Klassik

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Haitink
BR-Klassik 900147

The Sixth Symphony belongs to the creative process of the two preceding symphonies, the Fourth and the Fifth, and is now understood as an important preliminary stage in Bruckner’s last great upsurge that followed the composition of Te Deum and culminated in the sublime grandeur of his final symphonies. The very solemn Adagio of the Sixth provided the model for the famous Adagio of the Seventh Symphony that followed. This outstanding interpretation recorded live in May 2017 was conducted by Bernard Haitink.

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Capriccio

BRAUNFELS, W.: Carnival Overture • Scottish Fantasy • Hölderin Songs • Prelude and Fugue
Buntrock • Edelmann • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonic Rheinland-Pfalz • Bühl
Capriccio C5308

The music of Walter Braunfels fell out of favour twice: first, when the Nazis declared his music “degenerate art”; then again when post-war Germany had little use for the various schools of tonal music and considered any form of romantic music – almost the whole pre-war aesthetic – to be tainted. Post-war European music faced a fundamental shift in direction. This is Vol. 5 of Capriccio’s Braunfels Edition, devoted to reviving the rich legacy and showcasing the colourful range of Braunfels’ music. The programme includes his Carnival Overture, the Scottish Fantasy and the highly structured Prelude and Fugue for large orchestra.

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Cedille

TRUEMAN, D. • LIONÁIRD, I. Ó: Olagón – A Cantata in Doublespeak
Eighth Blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-174

Olagón, a cantata in doublespeak is the newest album from multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Dan Trueman’s score combines elements of the traditional music of Ireland, Norway, and America with the raw urgency and sonorities of contemporary classical music. Muldoon’s text interweaves verses in English and Irish Gaelic, seasoned with word-play and wit. Iarla Ó Lionaird, whom The Guardian calls “one of the most dramatic voices in contemporary music,” sings the text in the unique and highly ornamental Irish style known as sean nós.

Contrastes Records

MEMORIAS IV – 7th Festival de la Guitarra de Sevilla
MEMORIAS IV – 7th Festival de la Guitarra de Sevilla
Various Artists
Contrastes201701

The 7th edition of the Seville Guitar Festival is dedicated to Bartolomé Esteban Murillo and Toru Takemitsu. Exciting activities were presented: concerts, international competitions for classical guitar, master classes, conferences, exhibitions. This album contains live recordings of Shin-ichi Fukuda, Kiyoshi Shomura, Rafael Ruibérriz de Torres, Zoran Dukić, Miguel Angel Rincon, Leonard and Slava Grigoryan, and various guest artists of the festival.

Dacapo

LANGGAARD, R.: Complete Works for Violin and Piano, Vol. 1
Sihm • Tange
Dacapo 8.226130

In the veritable musical frenzy that struck Rued Langgaard near the end of his life he composed several violin sonatas – a genre he had not paid much attention to since his early days. In this first in a series of three recordings presenting Langgaard’s complete works for violin and piano the award-winning violinist Gunvor Sihm and the Langgaard expert Berit Johansen Tange perform three late, incitingly Romantic works in addition to the unfinished sonata of Langgaard’s youth, which is given its world premiere recording.

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Delos

VERDI, G.: Rigoletto [Opera]
Hvorostovsky • Sierra • Demuro • Mastroni • Volkova • Kaunas State Choir • Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra • Orbelian
Delos DE3522

Giuseppe Verdi may have written his most glamorous and heroic roles for tenors, but he often assigned his more psychologically complex and conflicted character portrayals to baritones – and Rigoletto is just such a role: perhaps the greatest baritone role ever written. It demands not only a magnificent voice, but also a supremely gifted actor who is able to convey a broad range of emotions, human qualities, and inner subtleties. Enter universally beloved Dmitri Hvorostovsky: a prolific artist and supreme Verdi baritone. The resplendent beauty and incomparable versatility of his voice is matched only by the depth of his interpretive soul.

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Gramola

MAYSEDER, J.: Chamber Music, Vol. 2
Mayseder Quartett
Gramola99148

The Austrian virtuoso Joseph Mayseder was during his lifetime a much sought-after violinist, pedagogue and composer of Viennese musical life and shares with many of his contemporaries the common fate of fading away in public remembrance. While in his days over 900 editions of his works were published, it is hard to find any of them on today’s concert programs. The Mayseder Quartet devotes itself to overcome this oblivion. The second volume of the complete edition of Mayseder’s chamber music presents the world premiere recordings of the String Quartets Nos. 5 and 6.

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Grand Piano

RAFF, J.: Works for Piano and Orchestra
Tra Nguyen • Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra • Stratton
Grand Piano GP771

Of Raff’s nine works for solo instrument and orchestra, three are for piano. The Ode au Printemps is full of freshness, its atmospheric qualities and cantabile melodies enhanced by superb orchestration. Unjustly neglected but full of dreamlike delicacy, the Piano Concerto in C Minor offers one of the most delightful, lyrical and stirring works in the Romantic concerto canon. The Caprice, Op. 65, heard here in its world premiere recording, balances assured development and passionate virtuosity. Tra Nguyen’s acclaimed Raff solo piano series can be heard both as a 6-CD box [GP728X] and on separate discs.

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ICA Classics

SCHUMANN, R.: Symphony No. 4 • BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 1
Philharmonia Orchestra • Cantelli
ICA Classics ICAC5143

Guido Cantelli’s live recordings with the Philharmonia Orchestra are exceptionally rare because the BBC seldom broadcast any of his concerts. ICA Classics released Cantelli’s live concert from the Edinburgh Festival in September 1954 on ICAC5081 but there has been nothing else. Toscanini was Cantelli’s mentor and there is no doubt that he would have continued in the great conductor’s footsteps had he not been tragically killed in an air accident in Paris on the 24th November 1956.

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OehmsClassics

SCARTAZZINI, A.L.: Edward II [Opera]
M. Nagy • Eichenholz • Elgr • Harris • Ulrich • Kryshak • Ott • Deutsche Oper Berlin • Søndergård
OehmsClassics OC969

When one selects the subject of a gay king and his tragic story for an opera, the aspect of homosexuality is naturally at the foreground, as is the question of whether such a subject is still relevant in Central Europe in view of the strivings for equal rights there. Edward II is not the first “gay” opera and will surely not be the last one, either. But most dramas concerning relationships in literature and opera have always focused on the classical heterosexual constellation. Telling more stories about love between people of the same sex, however, does not necessary have to be due to current political reality. Rather, it is a sign of a growing social variety that is also reflected in contemporary art.

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Ondine

VASKS, P.: Laudate Dominum
Latvian Radio Choir • Sinfonietta Rīga • S. Kļava
Ondine ODE1302-2

Three works included on this album were written in 2016: Da pacem, Domine is according to the composer, a powerful “cry of desperation for our times, a prayer for our mad world.” Mein Herr und mein Gott is a work inspired by a solemn meditation written by a 15th century Swiss mystic St. Nicholas of Flüe. The lyrics of Laudate Dominum, consist of only one sentence which is repeated by the choir. The choral texture of the work alternates with majestic organ episodes. The remaining two works in the album are based on texts by Mother Teresa.

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Orfeo

CelloReimagined – MOZART, W.A. • HAYDN, J. • BACH, J.S.
Müller-Schott • L’Arte del mondo • Erhardt
Orfeo C920171A

With his brilliant technique, Daniel Müller-Schott reveals two new cello concertos from the early Classical triumvirate of composers. He ranks among the world’s best cellists of his generation and can be heard on all of the foremost international concert stages. He has made his mark by delighting audiences for two decades “a fearless player with technique to burn” (The New York Times). In addition, Daniel Muller-Schott has a special interest in discovering unknown works and extending the cello repertoire, e.g. with his own adaptations and through cooperation with contemporary composers.

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Solo Musica

SCHUBERT, F.: Symphonies Nos. 4, ‘Tragic’ and 8, ‘Unfinished’ (completed by M. Venzago)
Munich Symphony Orchestra • Edusei
Solo Musica SM273

This release of Symphonies 4 and 8 must be understood both as an evaluation of the joint work over past years with the Münchner Symphoniker, and also as a look ahead at what is yet to come. Which composer would be better suited to such a Janus-like look than Schubert – for whom the open, the unspoken and the hoped-for played such an enormous role compositionally as well as biographically? Munich Symphony is strongly committed to Munich and its musical traditions.

SWR Classic

HENZE, H.W.: Lieder von einer Insel • Orpheus Behind the Wire • 5 Madrigäle
SWR Vokalensemble • Ensemble Modern • M. Creed
SWR Classic SWR19049CD

Hans Werner Henze’s choral works are not central to his oeuvre, but are in many respects fundamentally reflective of his artistic philosophy. Like all his other music, his choral works were meant to be true to real life and clearly understood by an audience. While he did used the same compositional techniques as his colleagues – dodecaphony, serial composition, and neo-classical tonal colors – he always considered traditional forms of expression. The three choral works on this album date from 1947, 1963, and 1978. Even here, the music reflects traditional elements of Western music.

Yarlung Records

Nostos: Tes Mousikes – The Homecoming of Music
California State University Fullerton Singers • Istad
Yarlung Records YAR80173

Nostos celebrates Dr. Robert Istad conducting the Cal State Fullerton University Singers in repertoire fresh from the ensemble’s concert tour in Russia, Scandinavia and the Baltics during the summer of 2017. Herbert Howells’ Requiem and Brahms’ Op. 29 motet served as the foundation stones of the program. Even though it is a mass for the dead, it celebrates life through its promise of the peace that comes through faith, contemplation and acceptance. This performance emphasizes the Requiem’s transcendence, its reassurance, and its foretelling of eternal light.

Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 (NTSC)
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BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Midori Goto
Accentus Music ACC-10403 [BD] | ACC-20403 [DVD]

Midori’s recent interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin has earned her many accolades by audiences and the media worldwide. In August 2016, she performed these pieces, known as some of the most challenging for any violinist, for an audio-visual recording at the Castle of Köthen (Schloss Köthen) where Bach served as Court Chapel Master between 1717 and 1723. There, in Midori’s precise, light but nevertheless emphatic playing, a unique world of sound unfurls that maybe Bach himself would have imagined while composing these polyphonic masterpieces.

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Bach: Mass in B Minor (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Bach: Mass in B Minor (NTSC)

BelAir Classiques

RAMEAU, J.-P.: Les Indes galantes [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016)
Oropesa • Juric • Quintans • Nazmi • Benoit • Auvity • Lis • Prohaska • Vidal • Moore • Eastman Ballet Company • Balthasar Neumann Choir • Münchner Festspielorchester • Bolton
BelAir Classiques BAC438 [BD] | BAC138 [DVD]

The opera recounts the way people love, hate, envy or trust overseas, all the while asking its western audience a burning question: how do we love right? For this new production, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brought his own dance ensemble, the Eastman Company, as well as a brilliant vocal cast. He pushes his reflection much farther than mere baroque specular aesthetics: his Indes Galante’s raise the sensible issues of population movements, fragmented and ever-changing territories and borders, but also the refugee crisis that has shaken Europe to its very core.

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Bellini: I Puritani [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2016) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Bellini: I Puritani [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2016) (NTSC)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2016) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2016) (NTSC)
Paris National Opera Ballet (2008-2014) (3 Blu-ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD)
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2016)  (3-DVD Box Set) (NTSC)

C Major

PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet] (La Scala Ballet, 2017)
Bolle • Copeland • Milan La Scala Ballet and Orchestra • K. MacMillan • Fournillier
C Major 743604 [BD] | 743508 [DVD]

This classic choreography of Romeo and Juliet by Kenneth MacMillan, set to the immortal notes of Prokofiev, is legendary in La Scala’s repertoire. MacMillan deals with the matter paying great attention to human relations, lyricism and psychological tension, without neglecting moments of humor, through the dynamics and the emotions of ballet d’action. Set and costumes are designed especially for La Scala by Mauro Carosi and Odette Nicoletti. The stars of this masterly performance are Roberto Bolle and Misty Copeland.

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Wagner: Die Walküre [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2017) (Blu-ray, HD)
Wagner: Die Walküre [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2017) (NTSC)
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera] (La Scala, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD)
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera] (La Scala, 2016) (NTSC)

Opus Arte

BELLINI, V.: Norma [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD)
BELLINI, V.: Norma [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2016) (NTSC)
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BELLINI, V.: Norma [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2016)
Yoncheva • Calleja • Ganassi • Sherratt • David Junghoon Kim • Borovko • Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra • Pappano
Opus Arte OABD7225D [BD] | OA1247D [DVD]

Star soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings the towering role of Bellini’s Norma in a timeless tale of love and betrayal, set in a fanatically religious and war-torn modern society. This production by Àlex Olle for The Royal Opera also stars Joseph Calleja as Norma’s former lover Pollione, Brindley Sherratt as her domineering father Oroveso, and Sonia Ganassi as Adalgisa, her greatest friend and unwitting rival in love. Music Director Antonio Pappano leads this superb cast, the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in one of the greatest works of the bel canto repertory.

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Shakespeare: Hamlet • King Lear • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015-2016) (3-Blu-ray Disc Box Set)
Shakespeare: Hamlet • King Lear • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015-2016) (3-DVD Box Set) (NTSC)
Monteverdi: L’Orfeo • L’incoronazione di Poppea [Opera] (2-Blu-ray Disc Box Set)
Monteverdi: L’Orfeo • L’incoronazione di Poppea [Opera] (2-DVD Box Set) (NTSC)

OUR Recordings

BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Marin (Film, 2017) (DVD + SACD set)
Lorentzen • Danish National Symphony Orchestra • Søndergård
OUR Recordings 2.110426

Borup-Jørgensen’s music exists on the margins of silence, punctuated with searing dramatic eruptions, all of which can be heard in his orchestral masterpiece Marin (1970). It exists in its own unique world of sound – sometimes in as many as 55 separate voices – and is one of the most challenging and meticulously detailed orchestral textures ever set to paper. Such visceral music demands visual expression and as part of this very special DVD/SACD release, Lückow Film, and an international team of animators directed by Morten Lorentzen bring Borup-Jørgensen’s musical world to life.

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Tafelmusik

TALES OF TWO CITIES – The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House
Nashman • Tollar • Trio Arabica • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra • Lamon
Tafelmusik TMK1035DVDCD

Tafelmusik’s stunning multimedia concert Tales of Two Cities: The Leipzig-Damascus Coffee House is now available as an audio soundtrack and video that was filmed before a live audience at the Aga Khan Museum’s auditorium in Toronto. Inspired by the colorful, opulent world of 18th-century Saxon and Syrian coffee houses, Tales of Two Cities is performed entirely from memory by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, ensemble Trio Arabica with narrator Alon Nashman. The program received rapturous critical acclaim at its May 2016 Toronto premiere and was named Best Concert of 2016 by the Spanish classical music magazine Codalario.com.




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