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Now available - The Naxos Catalogue, 30th Anniversary Edition
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Naxos - 30 years and going strong
Naxos has come a long way in its 30 years since its inception in 1987 as a humble 'budget' label. 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. Today, the Naxos name is synonymous not only with classical CDs, but also with a host of other products, from DVDs to books, e-books and apps. It has also grown into a global enterprise that owns or administers a growing number of independent record labels.
The new 620-page catalogue includes the title listing of some of these labels, including Capriccio, Dynamic, Grand Piano, Idil Biret Archive, Marco Polo, Ondine, Orfeo, Prophone, Proprius and Swedish Society.
Taken together, these resources produce an enviable supply to satisfy the demands of a diverse market. The new 30th anniversary catalogue offers something for everyone – newcomers and collectors alike – be they early music fans, opera buffs or connoisseurs of historical performances.
What's new on the Naxos label?
One of Naxos' hallmarks is to record either a composer's complete oeuvre, or complete cycles of works from within that output. Recently completed cycles include the string quartets of Sergey Ivanovich Taneyev, performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet; Enrique Granados’ orchestral works, featuring the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra directed by Pablo González; and Benjamin Frith’s recordings of John Field’s piano concertos, part of the Romantic Piano Concertos Series.
Among the highlights last year were Tianwa Yang’s disc of violin concertos by Édouard Lalo and Joan Manén; pianist Boris Giltburg’s recording of Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux Op. 39 and Moments musicaux; and the complete version of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, conducted by JoAnn Falletta. Other standouts included the Victor Herbert cello concertos, featuring soloist Mark Kosower and the Ulster Orchestra, again conducted by JoAnn Falletta; and Goran Filipec’s disc of Liszt’s Paganini Studies, a recording that earned him the prestigious International Grand Prix du Disque award from the Ferenc Liszt Society of Budapest.
Once more, there were numerous world première recordings, including Randall Thompson’s Requiem; Simon Mayr’s first opera, Saffo; Francis Chagrin’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2; Rossini’s Stabat Mater; and the ballet score The Legend of Joaquin Murieta by José Luis Domínguez.
Our ever-expanding American Classics series grew with 15 new entries. These include the world première recordings of Michael Daugherty’s Tales of Hemingway, American Gothic and Once Upon a Castle; Kevin Puts’ Symphony No. 2, Flute Concerto and River’s Rush, also receiving their first recordings; Songs of Solitude, War Songs and Toward the Splendid City by Richard Danielpour; and John Corigliano’s First Symphony.
Ongoing projects include Wagner’s Ring Cycle performed by the Hong Kong Philharmonic and a star-studded cast of singers, conducted by Jaap van Zweden; Ravel’s orchestral works from Leonard Slatkin and the Orchestre National de Lyon; the Prokofiev symphonies from Marin Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP); and the overtures of Domenico Cimarosa. Jordi Masó’s groundbreaking survey of the piano music of Joaquín Turina has now reached its penultimate, twelfth volume; and our complete Liszt piano cycle has reached Volume 43.
We began a number of new projects in 2016, including the complete works for violin and orchestra by Wolfgang Rihm (the two CDs featuring soloist Tianwa Yang); the complete orchestral works of Saint-Saëns, conducted by Jun Maerkl; and a spotlight on Catalan composers Joan Manén and Ricard Lamote de Grignon from the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.
Naxos has expanded its DVD collection with the addition of the classic 1935 Mexican film Redes, with a newly recorded soundtrack of the score by Silvestre Revueltas, opera DVD box set; three award-winning live opera productions of Verdi's Rigoletto and La traviata and Puccini's Tosca; and Henning Kraggerud performing Mozart's Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 and Adagio in E major, with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Opera lovers will appreciate the addition of the first recording of Wolf-Ferrari’s I gioielli della Madonna; Wagner’s Die Walküre; Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims; Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; and Grétry’s 18th-century comic opera L’épreuve villageoise.
Guitar music was particularly well represented in the list of 2016 releases, including four new recital discs in our Guitar Laureate Series; two further volumes in the Japanese Guitar Music Series; the complete guitar manuscripts of Heitor Villa-Lobos; and concertos by Leo Brouwer, Joaquín Rodrigo and Frank Martin.
We released some new box sets last year, such as the 10-CD 'My First' series of classical music for children and the 8-CD Gerald Finzi anthology. New box sets to be released this year include the complete 4-CD set of Rossini's opera overtures with Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Hindemith's complete string quartets on 3 CDs with the award-winning Amar Quartet, and last but not least, the Naxos 30th Anniversary 30-CD box set, celebrating 30 years of the label's best releases.
Our educational platforms – the Naxos Music Library, the Naxos Jazz Library, the Naxos Music Library World, the Naxos Video Library, the Naxos Works Database and the Naxos Spoken Word Library – all continue to develop and to provide access to an incredible wealth of music, spoken word content, data and other information.
In 2016, seventy labels joined the Music Library, including Supraphon, and an interactive music dictionary enhanced with audio and manuscript examples was added. All the music platforms enjoyed an upgrade in streaming audio quality.
The Naxos Spoken Word Library’s publisher base continued to grow, and new languages, dictionary features and other enhancements were added to all online and offline components.
The Naxos Works Database also experienced significant growth, following continued collaboration with leading music publishers and information centres.
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.
For more information on Naxos’ products and services, please visit www.naxosmusicgroup.com.
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