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Now available - The Naxos 2019 Catalogue (Digital only)
Naxos – A World of Classical Music
Naxos was founded in 1987 and has developed from being known primarily as a budget label focusing on standard repertoire into a virtual encyclopaedia of classical music with a catalogue of unparalleled depth and breadth. Innovative strategies for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent have enabled the Naxos label to develop one of the largest and fastest-growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire. Over 10,000 titles are currently available at affordable prices, recorded in state-of-the-art sound, both in hard format and on digital platforms. Naxos works with artists of the highest calibre and its recordings have been recognised with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, Penguin Guide 3-star recommendations, Gramophone Editor’s Choice Awards and many other international honours.
The Naxos name is synonymous not only with classical music recordings, but also with other products and services, from DVDs to books, e-books, audio books, apps and musical scores, as well as a wide range of online resources and services, for both general and professional consumption.
The 2019 Catalogue offers something for everyone – newcomers and collectors alike – be they early music fans, opera buffs or connoisseurs of historical performances.
The company has also transformed into a global enterprise that owns, administers and/or distributes a large number of independent record labels. Some of these labels are listed in this catalogue.
Independent labels included in this catalogue:
The sheer size of the 2019 catalogue meant that it had to be divided into three sections for convenient reading. Part 1 includes the Naxos label only, while Part 2a and Part 2b has the catalogues of the affiliated labels in the Naxos Music Group.
New in this edition: The Naxos label’s 2018 musical milestones
The Naxos label is famous for its many projects to record either a composer’s complete oeuvre, or complete cycles of works from within that output. Cycles completed in 2018 include Saint-Saëns’ concertos and other works for solo instrument and orchestra, accompanied by Marc Soustrot and the Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Rode’s violin concertos, featuring soloist Friedemann Eichhorn; Devienne’s 12 flute concertos, with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra directed by soloist Patrick Gallois; Martinů’s songs performed by mezzo-soprano Jana Hrochová, accompanied by Giorgio Koukl; Jordi Masó’s survey of Joaquín Turina’s works for piano; and Rossini’s Péchés de vieillesse, featuring pianist Alessandro Marangoni.
Ongoing projects include Jun Märkl’s recordings of Saint-Saëns’ orchestral works; our Liszt complete piano music edition (now at Vol. 51); Domenico Scarlatti’s complete keyboard sonatas, which now has 21 volumes completed; the guitar music of Agustín Barrios; Mieczysław Weinberg’s symphonies, conducted by Vladimir Lande; and our long-term plan to record all Rossini’s operas gradually nears completion.
We began a number of new projects in 2018, including an edition of Ferdinand Ries’ complete works for cello, performed by Martin Rummel; Beethoven’s works for flute, featuring Kazunori Seo; and a re-issue of the orchestral works of Joseph Marx. We also released the first volume of Wolfgang Rihm’s violin concertos, featuring Tianwa Yang, who is widely recognised as the reference artist for Rihm’s violin music.
We continued to add some truly outstanding releases throughout the year. Among the highlights were Boris Giltburg’s recording of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra; Gabriel Schwabe’s programme of Saint-Saëns’ works for cello and orchestra, accompanied by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Marc Soustrot; Marin Alsop’s complete Naxos recordings of Bernstein’s orchestral works; Brinton Averil Smith’s performance of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Cello Concerto and transcriptions for cello and piano; Tengyue Zhang’s Guitar Laureate Recital; and the Elora Singers’ mixed programme of music from Canada, America and the British Isles, And so it goes.
Once more, world premiere recordings were regular events that featured on 69 releases. Among these were Leopold Koželuch’s Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, ‘Hail to the Monarch’; David Diamond’s Symphony No. 6; Lindpaintner’s opera Il vespro siciliano; Czerny’s Piano Trios; choral works by Toivo Tulev; Joly Braga Santos’ Piano Concerto; and Gloria Coates’ Symphony No. 10.
Opera lovers were treated to Götterdämmerung, the final instalment in our four-year project to record Wagner’s Ring Cycle, featuring Jaap van Zweden, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and an outstanding cast of world-class singers. Audio recordings of other stage works included Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane and two Rossini operas, Ricciardo e Zoraide and Aureliano in Palmira. DVD/ Blu-ray releases included Britten’s Death in Venice, Berlioz’s Benvenuto Cellini, Handel’s Agrippina, Respighi’s La campana sommersa, and Massenet’s Cendrillon.
Our ever-expanding American Classics series grew with 17 new entries. Notable among them were John Harbison’s Requiem; the first recordings of Richard Danielpour’s String Quartets Nos. 5-7; three orchestral masterpieces conducted by David Alan Miller – Harbison’s Symphony No. 4, Ruggles’ Sun-Treader, and Steven Stucky’s Second Concerto for Orchestra; a programme of three concertos by Michael Daugherty, respectively for percussion, flute and tuba; and a further three by Kenneth Fuchs, for piano, alto saxophone and electric guitar.
Guitar music was again well represented in the list of 2018 releases and featured artists Flavio Cucchi, Celil Refik Kaya, Cecilio Perrera. Àlex Garrobé, José Antonio Escobar, Nirse González, Marcello Fantoni, the Brasil Guitar Duo and the Montenegrin Guitar Duo.
We also put the spotlight on instruments and genres outside the mainstream, including Danish accordion music performed by Hanzhi Wang, music by contemporary Iranian composers Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour and Behzad Abdi, countertenor Yaniv d’Or’s exploration of music of the Sephardic and Sufi traditions, Jia Daqun’s music for percussion, and Dame Evelyn Glennie’s Core-tet Project for improvised jazz ensemble.
The Naxos label offers something for everyone, newcomers and collectors alike. Whether you are an early music fan, guitar enthusiast, opera buff or connoisseur of historical performances, you will find a host of new discoveries that will both surprise and delight.
Our educational platforms – the Naxos Music Library, the Naxos Music Library Jazz, the Naxos Music Library World, the Naxos Video Library and the Naxos Spoken Word Library – all continue to develop and provide access to an incredible wealth of music, spoken word content, data and other musical composition information. Updates of iOS apps have been developed for all four audio streaming platforms, and the same improvement for Android devices is underway. In 2018, over 100 labels joined our various libraries, enhancing the already rich content of these valuable resources. The breadth of recordings available is simply incomparable.
All this, together with the development of a range of apps and e-books, demonstrates the Naxos commitment to providing the best possible access to recorded classical music in the world.
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