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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.

LABEL OF THE MONTH: Ondine

For over twenty years, Ondine has remained true to its founding principle, the uncompromising devotion to excellence in recorded music. The labels mission is to support new creative efforts in the field of contemporary music, and to showcase renditions by top-rank artists which bring a new dimension to established works of the classical repertoire.

Building on the extraordinary abundance of musical talent in Finland, Ondine has, since its beginnings, maintained a strong commitment to championing the best in Finnish contemporary music and world-class Finnish artists. Hence, the company’s success has been inextricably linked with the careers of living composers such as Einojuhani Rautavaara, Magnus Lindberg and Kaija Saariaho… Read more

Highlight Release
ELLER, H.: Violin Concerto • Fantasy • Symphonic Legend • Symphony No. 2
B. Skride • Estonian National Symphony Orchestra • Elts
Ondine ODE1321-2

Heino Eller’s oeuvre is typified by strict logic, a cultivated sense of style, subtle and masterly orchestration, and a markedly personal style of composition. These qualities position him firmly alongside the great Nordic composers. Eller’s legacy is twofold – in his prolific instrumental compositions he forged an elaborate style that successfully combined both modern and national elements, and as a prominent professor of composition during half a century he influenced generations of Estonian composers. This new recording includes some of the highlights from the composer’s catalogue of orchestral works and is a fitting tribute to the centenary of Estonia’s independence.

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Selected CDs

BR-Klassik

STRAVINSKY, I.: Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) • The Firebird Suite
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900168

Stravinsky’s first ballet, The Firebird, is generally considered to be the work in which Stravinsky found his own musical language.  Its Paris premiere on June 25, 1910, was a resounding success, and instantly established Stravinsky as a world-class composer. Three years after this victory, Stravinsky completed the most famous composition of the 20th century – Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring). It was premiered on May 29, 1913 – a day that went down in history as one of the great artistic scandals of the 20th century. The furious protests from the Parisian public combined with the highly negative critical reviews all ended up making Stravinsky famous.

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Cantaloupe Music

LANG, David: Mystery Sonatas
Augustin Hadelich
Cantaloupe Music CA-21142

David Lang based his Mystery S onatas on the famous pieces by Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, but with a modern twist. “I decided to make my own virtuosic pieces about my most intimate, most spiritual thoughts,” he explains, “[but] mine are not about Jesus, and the violin is not retuned between movements. I did keep one of Biber’s distinctions. He divides Jesus’s life into three phases – the joyous, the sorrowful, and the glorious. The central pieces of my mystery sonatas are called ’joy,’ ’sorrow,’ and ’glory,’ but these are all quiet, internal, reflective states of being.”

Capriccio

SCHREKER, F.: Vom ewigen Leben • Phantastische Ouvertüre • Ekkehard
V. Wilson • Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra • C. Ward
Capriccio C5348

Trained as a violinist and as a composer at the Vienna Conservatory, Franz Schreker belongs to that group of composers whose careers were eclipsed by the events of 1933 in Germany, but whose music is now enjoying a welcome revival. Schreker was a prominent figure in early 20th-century Austro-German music, his reputation as an opera composer rivaling that of Richard Strauss. He wrote a relatively small amount of purely orchestral music, which is well represented on this programme. The recording will serve as an excellent introduction to a composer whose idiom often comes as a pleasant surprise to those unfamiliar with his work.

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Cedille

SAARIAHO, K.: Tocar • Cloud Trio • Light and Matter • Aure • Graal théâtre (Saariaho X Koh)
Jennifer Koh • Hsin-Yun Huang • Anssi Karttunen
Cedille CDR90000-183

Jennifer Koh showcases works by Kaija Saariaho, the visionary and influential Finnish composer with whom Koh has closely collaborated and feels a deep personal bond. The album offers the world-premiere recording of Saariaho’s Light and Matter, inspired by sunlit colours and shadows in a city park outside the composer’s window. Also receiving its first recording is the violin and cello version of Aure, created for and dedicated to Koh and cellist Anssi Karttunen . The album’s largest work is the violin concerto Graal Théâtre, written for Gidon Kremer, which Koh has performed many times and performs here in the composer’s chamber-orchestra version.

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Dacapo

WORSAAE, N.: Wesenheit ab Wesenheit • WaWV
Asmussen • Figura Ensemble
Dacapo 8.226140

Danish composer Nicolai Worsaae (b. 1980) himself claims a fundamental identification with the narrative form found in classical music. Nevertheless, he has in recent years moved farther away from the lyrical and narrative and turned more sharply towards modernism. For both Wesenheit ab Wesenheit (2011) and WaWV (2014), Worsaae found inspiration in poems by the German prisoner Jorg Meyer, who during the late 70s was confined to isolation in a Danish prison. In total, Worsaae uses 13 short poems and not such a great many different sounds to create a musical universe able to express what it is like to be in solitary confinement.

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Delos

Singing of Love – BULAKHOF, P.P. • BABAJANIAN, A.H. • VERDI, G. • MOZART, W.A. • LEONCAVALLO, R.
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Delos DE3565

From early childhood to the last months of his life, Dmitri Hvorostovsky lived to sing. And through his wonderful recordings, Dmitri continues to sing for us – gloriously, tenderly and passionately.

“Dmitri Hvorostovsky… one of the voices of the century” – Opera News

“Some of the most beautiful and eloquent sounds that can be heard from any human throat”
– The New York Times

“the Verdi baritone of our time” – Los Angeles Times

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Grand Piano

SZÉCHÉNYI – PIANO MUSIC FROM A HUNGARIAN DYNASTY, 1800-1920
István Kassai • György Lázár
Grand Piano GP786

The Széchényi dynasty stood at the heart of Hungary’s political and musical life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their ideal milieu lay in the vibrant, melodious dance-patterned music, of which Imre’s Waltz No. 1 is a perfect example. Odon’s highly accomplished works reflect his sophisticated wit, whilst in Franciska, Hungary had its first female composer and in Gisa, the world’s first female film composer.

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ICA Classics

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 and 5
R. Casadesus • BBC Symphony Orchestra • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra • Beecham • Sargent
ICA Classics ICAC5154

The celebrated French pianist Robert Casadesus recorded the Beethoven Concertos Nos. 4 and 5 in the studio on several occasions.  He also extensively recorded a famous set of the Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Zino Francescatti. These ‘live’ performances with Sir Thomas Beecham in 1956 and with Sir Malcolm Sargent in 1952 have never been issued before and are rare additions to the pianist’s discography. In the Art of Piano, David Dubal wrote of Casadesus, ‘He became the absolute French pianist, his country’s finest. He embodied the qualities of Gallic balance, unforced sound, style, and precision of technique.

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Kairos

CRUMB, G.: Makrokosmos I and II • Music for a Summer Evening, “Makrokosmos III”
Yoshiko Shimizu • Rupert Struber
Kairos 0015029KAI

A new double CD release with Japanese pianist Yoshiko Shimizu, playing George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, accompanied by Austrian percussionist Rupert Struber. The music reflects Crumb’s admiration for Bartók’s piano series Mikrokosmos. Crumb’s Makrokosmos I and II are filled with references to the history of humankind, myths, Christianity, paganism, and occultism. In Music for a Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) Crumb pays a tribute to poetic quotations of Quasimodo, Pascal, and Rilke. The composer himself regards these three works as forming a trilogy.

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OehmsClassics

BACH, J.S.: Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue) • PIERINI, S.: Cantai un tempo (Cantai)
Barainsky • Delian::Quartet
OehmsClassics OC468

Delian:: quartett describes Bach’s The Art of the Fugue as profoundly sensual music, magnificent, poetic, colourful, thrilling, meditative, temperamental, intended for the ears of all times, and deeply human. In addition to Bach, the quartet also presents Stefano Pierini who confirms in this new composition the possibility for a composer of the present time to empathise and identify with music that is remote in time and emotional context. Pierini’s Cantai un tempo is an interpretation of Monteverdi’s Madrigals from a modern and personal perspective. New forms of expression emerge, combining the musical diction of the present with the musical thinking of the past.

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Orfeo

Lieder – SCHUMANN, R. • SCHUBERT, F. • REITER, H.
Elisabeth Kulman • Eduard Kutrowatz
Orfeo C956181A

Elisabeth Kulman and Eduard Kutrowatz have for many years now been working together, as they share an artistic passion for the unusual and unconventional which has manifested itself in pushing the traditional boundaries between various eras and genres. They aim, in their Lieder programmes, to recount new, interrelated stories, and to this end, they combine song and pieces for piano in unusual sequences, sometimes plucking verses from one song and placing them individually in a programme; carefully and deliberately choosing keys that connect a number of Lieder in order to provide a dramatic link that results in exciting, flowing and sometimes imperceptible combinations.

Paladino Music

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Clarinet and Piano Works – Concert Pieces, Opp. 113, 114 • Songs without Words (arr. for clarinet and piano)
Dimitri Ashkenazy • Karl-Andreas Kolly
Paladino Music PMR0096

Mendelssohn’s much loved Konzertstücke, Opp. 113 and 114 are coupled with his lesser- known clarinet sonata and charming transcriptions of some of his Songs Without Words. This is a culinary release of Romantic favourites! Dmitri Ashkenazy’s playing produces what might be the most human sound a clarinet can make. He was born in 1969 in New York as one of the children of Vladimir Ashkenazy. He has a large solo repertoire, is a highly appreciated chamber musician and occasionally fills in with well and lesser-known orchestras.

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Sono Luminus

STEFÁNSDOTTIR, Halla Steinunn: H e (a) r
Nordic Affect
Sono Luminus DSL-92224

Textura Raindamage is an album best appreciated on headphones, when you’ve got the time to really let it seep into your brain. (Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance) Titled H e (a) r the album features seven world premiere recordings, including a soundscape which lends its title to the album by the group’s artistic director, composer and violinist Halla Steinunn Stefánsdóttir. The work H e (a) r connects to ecology, acoustics and embodiment, drawing on encounters and what happens in the connection. The title track was chosen for NPR’s Songs We Love series and featured in various best-of-the-year lists, including Steve Smith’s for Night After Night, The Chicago Reader, and The New Yorker.

Tactus

BRICCIALDI, G.: Works for Flute and Piano – Lo Spirito Vagante • Le Carezze • Rigoletto fantaisie • Il giardinetto di Perugia
Roberto Fabbriciani • Massimiliano Damerini
Tactus TC810203

Giulio Briccialdi managed, seamlessly, to be an outstanding virtuoso of the flute, inspired by the virtuosity of Nicolò Paganini. It is almost incredible how in his artistic and professional life there was no break between an extremely high level of prestige and excellence and a routine whose goal was to make a living. A dualism that aptly represents the new social figure of the bourgeois who uses his art, no matter how high its level is, as a means for earning his livelihood. Two of the greatest interpreters, Roberto Fabbriciani and Massimiliano Damerini, here propose a selection Briccialdi’s works on the second centenary of his birth.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera] (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015)
D’Arcangelo • Röschmann • Prohaska • Vasar • Crebassa • Berlin Staatskapelle • Dudamel • Flimm • Hartmann
Accentus Music ACC-20366

This production with a star-studded ensemble of soloists was Flimm’s third staging of this musical masterpiece, and this time he places the plot in Count Almaviva’s summer residence – a place where the count spent his childhood, a place full of memories where time has left its marks. It is in this hot atmosphere of summer that the great day unfolds: holidays, sun, sea, pretty women take a fancy to pretty men and pretty men take a fancy to pretty women. A midsummer night’s dream full of tangled paths and futile longing where the women pull the strings of intrigue with their gentle hands.

Also available on Blu-ray (ACC-10366)

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BelAir Classiques

GREAT BALLETS FROM THE BOLSHOI, Vol. 2 – La Bayadère • Marco Spada • Swan Lake (Bolshoi Ballet, 2013-2016) (4-DVD Boxed Set)
Zakharova • Lantratov • Alexandrova • Loparevich • Sitnikov • Bolshoi Ballet and Theatre Orchestra • Sorokin
BelAir Classiques BAC619

The second volume in BelAir Classiques’s collection Great Ballets from the Bolshoi is a four-ballet limited edition release, featuring the Bolshoi Ballet’s most recent successes: La Bayadere where Yuri Grigorovich presents a sumptuous recreation of Petipa’s choreography; Marco Spada recreated by Pierre Lacotte, includes complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, and several changes in scenery; Tchaikovsky’s famous Swan Lake  depicts the tragic love between Princess Odette and Prince Siegfried; and, Shostakovich’s The Golden Agepaints highly moralized battle and triumph of the proletariat against the decadent bourgeoisie, set in Europe during the roaring twenties.

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC620)

This recording is not available in Russia

C Major

BERNSTEIN AT 100 – The Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
Sierra • Yazbeck • Boston Symphony Orchestra • A. Nelsons • J. Williams
C Major 747608

The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood spotlights Bernstein’s wide-ranging talents as a composer, his many gifts as a great interpreter and champion of other composers, and his role as an inspirer of a new generation of musicians and music lovers across the country and around the globe. The entire first half of the program is dedicated to selections from such brilliant Bernstein works as Candide, West Side Story, Mass, and Serenade. Music from the classical canon very dear to Bernstein’s heart-selections includes from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the finale of Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony and music by Aaron Copland, plus a new work by John Williams.

Also available on Blu-ray (747704)

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Dynamic

VERDI, G.: I Lombardi alla prima crociata [Opera] (Teatro Regio Torino, 2018)
Meli • A. Meade • Gipali • A. Esposito • Teatro Regio Choir and Orchestra • M. Mariotti
Dynamic DYN-37826

There are few opportunities to hear live performances of Verdi’s early work I Lombardi alla prima crociata, so opera fans really should not miss the chance to enjoy the recording of this year’s scintillating production by Turin’s Teatro Regio, the first staging of the work by the company in almost a century. The “first-class musical performance, full of colour and vitality” (operawire.com) is available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray formats and was recorded in full HD. It boasts outstanding lead performances by Angela Meade as Giselda and Francesco Meli as Oronte: “Their duet Oh belle, a questa misera was a delight to experience.” (operawire.com)

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57826) and CD (CDS7826.02)

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Opus Arte

BERNSTEIN CELEBRATION – Yugen • The Age of Anxiety • Corybantic Games [Ballets] (Royal Ballet, 2018)
McGregor • Wheeldon • Scarlett • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Kessels • Wordsworth
Opus Arte OA1276D

The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with this all-Bernstein collection. The Company’s three associate choreographers respond to the varied styles of Bernstein’s music in ballets that are lyrical, beautiful, exuberant and moving. Wayne McGregor’s Yugen is set to Chichester Psalms. In The Age of Anxiety Liam Scarlett responds to Bernstein’s eclectic Symphony No. 2, itself a response to W.H. Auden’s poem. Corybantic Games by Christopher Wheeldon responds to the Serenade after Plato’s Symposium.

‘‘…one of the most beautifully achieved dances of his career.’’ (The Guardian – Yugen) “…a cascade of showstopping, kaleidoscopic configuration.’’ (The Guardian – Corybantic Games) ‘‘…moments that catch at the heart.’’ (The Arts Desk – The Age of Anxiety)

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7252D)

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Free Download from Ondine

Ondine has an extremely eclectic catalogue of both contemporary Finnish music, as well as recordings with major Finnish and international artists. Here are carefully selected albums containing beautiful pieces from which you can choose six tracks to download.

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.:  6 Romances, Op. 73
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.:
6 Romances, Op. 73

Dmitri Hvorostovsky • Ivari Ilja
Ondine ODE1216-2
TANEYEV, S.I.: Overture to Oresteya
TANEYEV, S.I.:
Overture to Oresteya

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra • V. Ashkenazy
Ondine ODE959-2
MELARTIN, E.: Traumgesicht, Op. 70
MELARTIN, E.:
Traumgesicht, Op. 70

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra • Lintu
Ondine ODE1283-2
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonata No. 35
MOZART, W.A.:
Violin Sonata No. 35

Christian Tetzlaff • Lars Vogt
Ondine ODE1204-2


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