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In addition to its own wide-reaching monthly new releases (see, 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.

Selected CDs


MAHLER Symphony No 3, Symphony No 10: Adagio
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • Seattle Symphony • Gerard Schwarz
Artek AR-0057-2

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BR Klassik

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 3, Piano Sonata No 1
Alexej Gorlatch, piano
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Sebastian Tewinkel

BR-Klassik 900115

Alexej Gorlatch was the clear winner in the piano category at the 2011 ARD Music Competition. His interpretation of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto not only convinced the high-ranking jury, but also the audience, bringing him both a first prize and the audience prize. Alexej Gorlatch was born in 1988 in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and has lived in Germany since 1991. At the age of twelve he became a junior student at the University of the Arts in Berlin where he studied with Martin Hughes; from 2002 to 2007 he studied with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hanover. After graduating from secondary school, he now continues his music studies there.

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BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier (Complete)
Christine Schornsheim, harpsichord
Capriccio C7115 [4 CDs]

Christine Schornsheim, one of the most eminent specialists for historic keyboard instruments, has finalised her recordings of Bach’s Wohltemperirtes Clavier on the Ruckers-Harpsichord at the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar this year. Only a few specimens by the celebrated harpsichord maker from 17th century Antwerp have survived and are still fully functional today.

‘It is the most beautiful instrument I know, a nightingale: modest on the outside but its sound bedazzles. It is earthy, warm and singing, with a bright responsiveness; it has everything that is essential for Bach’s polyphonic music.’ – Christine Schornsheim on the Ruckers-Harpsichord in Colmar

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Carpe Diem

PICCININI Works for Archlute
Rosario Conte, archlute
Carpe Diem CD-16288

In his new solo archlute recital, the Italian lutenist Rosario Conte plays works by Alessandro Piccinini and his son, Leonardo Maria Piccinini, in a very virtuosic and emotional interpretation. This recording offers a fresh view on Italian 17th Century repertoire. It does not only show the complexity and difficulty of the compositions, but rather discloses their deep beauty and grace, therefore revealing the true humanistic background of this outstanding musical era.

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Gunnar BERG Chamber Music Works with Piano
Signe Asmussen, mezzo-soprano • Arne Balk-Møller, violin • Per Morten Bye, trumpet
John Ehde, cello • Erik Kaltoft, piano • Kenneth Larsen, clarinet • Signe Madsen, violin
Søren Monrad, marimba • Torben Snekkestad, saxophone • Niels Ullner, cello

Dacapo 8.226547

The Danish composer Gunnar Berg (1909-1989) was part of the international modernist milieu in post-war Europe, and his music has only recently become known and acknowledged in earnest in his native Denmark. This premiere recording of a number of Berg’s chamber music works with piano from the 1950s and 1960s offers unusual instrument combinations including saxophone, trumpet, bass clarinet and marimba; in addition, a mezzo-soprano sings in the major work Tøbrud (Thaw) from 1961: a piece whose title can now be said to have taken on symbolic meaning given the renewed interest in the composer.

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from the beginning
da Capo Brass
Delos DE3417

In keeping with Delos’ founding principle of showcasing exceptional American artists, here is an auspicious debut recording from da Capo, a superb North Carolina-based brass quintet. This varied and well-chosen program includes vibrant and fascinating new works commissioned by the group from leading composers. And you’ll be bowled over by the skill, burnished sound, and tight ensemble playing right ‘From the Beginning’ all the way to a glorious end.

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Newton Classics

BRITTEN Music for Voice and Guitar
Peter Pears, tenor • Julian Bream, guitar
Newton Classics NC8802095

This album brings together composers and musicians who stood at a nexus of excellence in British musical life in the 1950s and 60s, all linked by the impresario-like gifts of Benjamin Britten. Britten’s folksong arrangements and cycle of settings of Chinese poetry join less familiar music of Matyás Seiber and Peter Racine Fricker. Walton’s Anon in Love, written for Pears and Bream, derives from 16th and 17-century texts.

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Oehms Classics

TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 5, Pique Dame Overture
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln • Dmitri Kitajenko
Oehms Classics OC667

Oehms Classics now continues its SACD series with the Gürzenich Orchestra and its honorary conductor Dmitri Kitayenko with a release of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. The program, recorded in March 2011 in Cologne, is rounded out by the ‘Pique Dame’ Overture. The first two CDs in the series (Manfred and Symphony No 6) received outstanding reviews from the international press.

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Soile Isokoski, soprano • Marita Viitasalo, piano
Ondine ODE1187-2

This CD features Finnish star soprano Soile Isokoski and her longstanding duo partner, pianist Marita Viitasalo, with a selection of Lieder by Richard Strauss. Included are such popular songs as Zueignung, Cäcilie, Morgen!, and Allerseelen. Along with the cycle of 3 Ophelia-Lieder and Strauss’s final complete composition, Malven, this collection spans 65 years of Strauss’ writing.

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Solo Musica

Chanson Vocalise: Works for Cello and Piano

Hyun-Jung Berger, cello • José Gallardo, piano
Solo Musica SM165

Negative contemporary reactions that once burdened Rachmaninov have been nullified by outstanding performers who now devote themselves to his works. The fate of Suslin (b 1942) is similar to Rachmaninov. He saw no future in the Soviet Union of the ‘60s and ‘70s, in which many works by contemporary composers were declared undesirable or prohibited. The works presented here provide insight into a composer who deserves more attention than he gets. Both of Suslin’s compositions utilize scordatura.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

VERDI Simon Boccanegra
Symphonies Nos 7, 8 & 9 ‘From the New World’ • Slavonic Dances
Cello Concerto • Romance for Violin and Orchestra • Piano Concerto

Plácido Domingo, Simon Boccanegra • Anja Harteros, Amelia Grimaldi (Maria)
Ferruccio Furlanetto, Jacopo Fiesco • Fabio Sartori, Gabriele Adorno
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala • Daniel Barenboim
Federico Tiezzi, stage director

Arthaus Musik 108039 [Blu-ray Video] / 101595 [DVD]

Recorded live at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 2010

Plácido Domingo’s triumphant ‘return’ to his baritone roots (his first debut with the Mexican National Opera, in 1959, was as a baritone), is captured in this stunning DVD of the Teatro alla Scala’s 2010 production of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Domingo is joined by Anja Harteros, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Fabio Sartori in this Daniel Barenboim conducted performance, directed by Federico Tiezzi. Plácido Domingo’s intention had been to bring down the curtain on his career in the (baritone) role of Simon Boccanegra. One can only hope – for our sake as well as his – that this truly great tenor of the modern era reneges on his promise and remains a unique vocal and dramatic presence on the opera stage long after the 70th birthday celebrations that were held in his honour on 21 January 2011.

‘The Scala’s critical audience celebrated Plácido Domingo’s return to the stage with a 15-minute ovation.’ – El Mundo

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C Major Entertainment

The BEETHOVEN Piano Concertos
Rudolf Buchbinder, piano • Wiener Philharmoniker
C Major 708904 [Blu-ray Video] / 708808 [2 DVDs]

After decades of work on Beethoven’s original scores, the Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder offers a definitive interpretation of all of Beethoven’s piano concertos in this series of live recordings of his ecstatically acclaimed performances in the Musikverein in Vienna. Buchbinder conducts the Vienna Philharmonic from the piano and achieves a rare degree of tension and chamber-like concentration.

‘There is no one else who plays Beethoven with such classical perfection and at such a high level.’ – Der Kurier, Vienna

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DONIZETTI Lucrezia Borgia
Including the documentary ‘The Art of Bel Canto – Edita Gruberova’

Edita Gruberova, Lucrezia Borgia • Pavol Breslik, Gennaro
Franco Vassallo, Don Alfonso • Alice Coote, Maffio Orsini
Bayerisches Staatsorchester • Bertrand de Billy
Christof Loy, stage director

EuroArts 2072454 [Blu-ray Video]

This acclaimed new production of Lucrezia Borgia from the Bavarian State Opera is supplemented by a fascinating portrait of the soprano Edita Gruberova, the prima donna assoluta of bel canto. In addition to rehearsal footage from Lucrezia Borgia, the film shows Gruberova in the title role of Norma and as Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux as well as in other archival recordings of great historical interest.

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Opus Arte

MOZART Die Zauberflöte
Saimir Pirgu, Tamino • Genia Kühmeier, Pamina • Alex Esposito, Papageno
Ailish Tynan, Papagena • Günther Groissböck, Sarastro
Albina Shagimuratova, Queen of the Night
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala • Roland Böer
William Kentridge, stage director

Opus Arte OABD7099D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1066D [DVD]

Recorded live at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 20 March 2011

From the Queen of the Night’s vocal pyrotechnics to Papageno’s chirpy birdsongs, The Magic Flute is one of Mozart’s most charming and engaging operas. However, its fairytale surface conceals the mysteries of an initiation ritual and a multi-layered plot, packed with allegories to fire up the imagination. This celebrated production by artist William Kentridge joyfully bursts onto the stage of Teatro alla Scala in Milan, featuring the dazzling Russian coloratura Albina Shagimuratova as the Queen of the Night, and Italian bass Alex Esposito as Papageno, one of the most sought after artists of his generation.

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