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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


STRAUSS II, J.: Die Fledermaus [Operetta]
Edelmann, Cologne West German Radio Chorus and Orchestra, Haider
Capriccio C5167

Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, the Waltz King’s main work, is still abreast of the time today. Or to put it better: it is once more. The situation in 1874, when the operetta was premiered was considerably more dramatic than the current crisis: the collapse and the closure by the police of the Vienna stock exchange on 9 May 1873 with more than a hundred bankruptcies in a single day. Millionaires suddenly became beggars. So, even at that time there were good reasons for saying ‘Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, was doch nicht zu ändern ist’ (‘Fortunate is he who can forget what cannot be changed’), which flutters like a flag over Die Fledermaus: examples of positive thinking in times of crisis.

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Carpe Diem

HYTTA, A.: Draumsyn
Carpe Diem CD-16301

Draumsyn is the debut solo album of Norwegian hardanger fiddle player Anne Hytta. This CD is a selection of her own compositions, rooted in the traditional Norwegian hardanger fiddle style, but truly unique and timeless in sound and expression. The music of Draumsyn is a travel into an unknown world, a world of ancient wisdom, emotions and colours, closely connected to the nature of Norwegian mountain landscapes, valleys and streams. Fans of Scandinavian music as well as open-minded listeners of any genre will be fascinated by this one-of-a-kind recording beyond common conventions of folk-, world-, or classical music.

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CD Accord

MOSS, P.: String Quartet No. 4, "Chagall" / Le lien entre les jours / Dedication
Rappe, Opium String Quartet
CD Accord CDAccordACD195

Piotr Moss – a former student of Grażyna Bacewicz, Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger – brings into the 21st century a neoclassical legacy with its calligraphic understanding of style, its attention to harmonic design and its penchant for simultaneously crystalline and hybrid forms. Works featured in this recording have all the mentioned qualities but are also distinguished by a characteristic tone – of melancholy, albeit seemingly transformed into sanguine resignation.

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Early and Late: Music from Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands
Trio Gáman
Dacapo 6.220640

Traditional Nordic folk music with roots in the Middle Ages meets three new compositions by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Sunleif Rasmussen and Rune Glerup on this CD debut of the Danish trio Gáman. The rare combination of drum songs from Greenland, chain-dances from the Faroe Islands, wedding music from the island of Fanø and new sounds by three living composers becomes an opportunity to dance, listen and immerse yourself in worlds of sound that surprisingly and enrichingly elucidate one another.

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Pace, mio Dio
Delos DE3462

Rising Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva – already a glittering star in the Russian operatic firmament – is rapidly taking the world by storm as her magnificent voice, riveting stage presence, emotionally devastating interpretations and personal beauty are being experienced in ever-widening global circles. Having gained the confidence and admiration of many legendary figures in the world of opera, she is poised on the brink of becoming an international superstar. In this, her debut album for Delos, Dinara delivers a choice assortment of mostly well-known Italian opera arias, including many of the best-loved examples by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Catalani, Francesco Cilea, and Ruggero Leoncavallo. She gets lush and idiomatically true orchestral support from the Czech National Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro Marcello Rota: a specialist in Italian opera.

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Dorian Sono Luminus

DEBUSSY, C.: Piano Music
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92175

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Oehms Classics

CHOPIN, F.: Ballades / Mazurkas, Op. 24 / Barcarolle / Polonaise-fantaisie
Oehms Classics OC894

Hélène Tysman, born in December 1982, won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt in 2006. She is a prize winner at other international competitions in England (Newport), Germany (Nauen), China (Hong-Kong) and USA (Minneapolis), and has received prizes of the Cziffra Foundation in Senlis (France) and of the Chopin Foundation in Hannover. Today, Hélène Tysman is one of the most soughtafter Chopin interpreters, especially in her French homeland.

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MADETOJA, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 / Okon Fuoko Suite
Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgårds
Ondine ODE1211-2

Leevi Madetoja, a contemporary of Jean Sibelius, found a voice for himself where the elegiac nature of the landscape and folk songs of his native province of Ostrobothnia merged with a French elegance. Madetoja’s First Symphony, premiered in 1916, reflects influences from Tchaikovsky and Sibelius but is a remarkably original achievement for a first venture into the genre. His Third Symphony found its genesis in France, where the composer travelled with his wife in spring 1925. In comparison to the first two symphonies, it has been considered more restrained and subtle, but also more nuanced, richer in content and more ambiguous in expression.

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Orlando Records

Solitary Changes
Orlando Records OR0006

Austrian clarinettist Stefan Neubauer has combined some of the classics of the repertoire (such as Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint” and Widmann’s Fantasy) with a large number of new works by Viennese composers, many of which he premiered. A fascinating kaleidoscope of music of the 20th and 21st centuries and a must for every lover of the clarinet.

OUR Recordings

TELEMANN, G.P.: Recorder Sonatas (Complete)
Petri, Newman
OUR Recordings 8.226909

Anthony Newman, the “High Priest of Bach” and Michala Petri, the “First Lady of the Recorder” join talents for the first time in recording, after playing together for many years in concert. To commemorate this historic meeting, our two legendary artists have selected the Sonatas for Recorder by Georg Philipp Telemann. Prior to the publication of Steven Zohn’s magisterial Music for a mixed taste: style, genre, and meaning in Telemann’s instrumental works (2008) there had been a dismaying lack of scholarly works on Telemann and his music in English, but any doubts as to Telemann’s genius will be silenced when hearing this magnificent duo perform these miniature masterpieces. And herein lay Telemann’s genius: even works conceived on the most intimate scale bursts with originality and musical surprises.

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Paladino Music

SCHUBERT, F.: Violin and Piano Works - Sonatas, D. 384, 385, 408, 574
Kucharsky, E. Hopkins
Paladino Music PMR0045

“Two musicians who are said to play as one person” (Münchner Merkur) have recorded some of the most-loved pieces for violin and piano. Violinist Boris Kucharsky is a former protégé of the late Yehudi Menuhin and a much sought-after pedagogue and soloist. Since 2002, he has performed extensively with pianist Elizabeth Hopkins, whose concert series at Gasteig in Munich has been an ongoing success story.

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Solo Musica

Korcsolan, Mali
Solo Musica SM202

“The light, fragrant classic sounds of Vienna from Goldmark, and the refined, Oscar-winning Hollywood melodies of Korngold have something in common – they unfold together is an almost magical effect. I was fascinated as a child, when I heard the name Carl Goldmark. The hall of the Jewish community in Budapest where I did my first gigs bears his name, the greatest of Hungarian-Jewish romantic Goldmark. I wanted to play his music. During his lifetime, he was highly respected by Johann Strauss, Brahms and Mahler – now today his works are, unfortunately, very rarely played.” – Orsolya Korcsolan

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DUKAS, P.: Piano Music (Complete)
Timpani 1C1211

Laurent Wagschal is not the first pianist to tackle Dukas’ piano works and, in particular, the formidable Sonata, an essential monument of French piano music. But all those who have heard his previous recordings, and especially the Pierné (with that other monument, the Variations!) and the Maurice Emmanuel (the Sonatines), know in advance that we will be treated to interpretations of an exceptionally high level and which do not shy away from real risk-taking. These are works that do not tolerate tepidness, and under fingers that are not virtuosic and endowed with a perfect sense of construction, the Sonata can quickly become an indigestible gruel. For several years now, there is general agreement, on behalf of audience and critics alike, regarding Laurent Wagschal’s playing, and his discography – for Timpani, as well as highly successful discs like his Fauré, Schmitt, and Saint-Saëns – is truly impeccable!

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Yarlung Records

JALBERT, P.: Chamber Symphony / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Los Angeles CO 40th Anniversary)
Kahane, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Yarlung Records YAR05784

“Jeff Kahane grew up in Los Angeles and was twelve years old when he heard Sir Neville conduct LACO for the first time. It had been Jeff’s dream to perform with Sir Neville ever since, and the collaboration in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 on the opening night of LACO’s 40th anniversary season was a great pleasure for him and for everyone who heard that remarkable performance. In fact, it was witnessing that friendly collaboration of musical titans which inspired us to release this archival recording.” – Bob Attiyeh, producer

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6
Accentus Music ACC-102176 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-202176 [DVD]

Anton Bruckner’s 6th Symphony was written between 1879 and 1881: a very happy time in his life. Unlike most of Bruckner’s symphonies, the 6th was not revised. Of all his works, this one seems to come from a single source of inspiration. Bruckner himself called it his “boldest” symphony – probably due to its extreme degree of motivic, rhythmic and harmonic originality. This live recording of the seldom-performed 6th Symphony is the next instalment of the acclaimed Bruckner cycle by the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim.

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Arthaus Musik

Arthaus Musik 108095 [Blu-ray Video] / 101698 [DVD]

In 2013 Sir John Eliot Gardiner made his second appearance as conductor of the traditional New Year’s Concert in the tradition-rich Gran Teatro La Fenice di Venezia – together with La Scala in Milan and San Carlo in Naples one of Italy’s most famous opera houses. Traditionally, the popular Concerti di Capodanno not only bring in the New Year musically, but also mark the opening of the new opera season which in Venice, contrary to general custom, begins with the calendar year. At the same time they give the opera house’s resident ensemble, the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro La Fenice, a perfect opportunity to show off their musical prowess.

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C Major Entertainment

BRAHMS, J.: Symphonies (Complete)
C Major 715204 [Blu-ray Video] / 715108 [DVD]

After the great success of his Beethoven cycle, Christian Thielemann now turns with his new orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, to the symphonic works of Johannes Brahms. And once again he succeeds in presenting a new and authoritative reading of these compositions. His conductorial trademarks – broad soundscapes originating in calm and composed tempi, a sense of romanticism only heightened by clarity and a finely judged balance, with overwhelming and sometimes even brutal climaxes as stark contrast – cause Brahms’s symphonies to shine in a fresh light. Thielemann once again consolidates his reputation as the most genuine successor of the great German conductors of the past.

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BELLINI, V.: La Sonnambula
Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013
EuroArts 2059334 [Blu-ray Video] / 2059338 [DVD]

Premiered in 1831 in Milan, the opera La Sonnambula by Vincenzo Bellini was a global success for the bel canto genre. In this outstanding production, which was voted best production of the year in 2012 by Opernwelt magazine, the directing duo of Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito address the dormant and profound questions of our civilisation and its myths that trouble the eponymous sleepwalker. Together with set designer Anna Viebrock they unfold the story of the young orphan girl Amina and the young, wealthy landowner Elvino in the confined reality of an impoverished, remote Swiss alpine village.

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Opus Arte

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh
DNO, 2012
Opus Arte OABD7109D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1089D [DVD]

Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is a fanciful fairytale, yet at the same time a parable on repression and political conceit. The peasant girl Fevroniya’s prayer that the city of Kitezh becomes invisible, thus protecting it from Tatar attack, is magically heeded. The girl herself, however, is captured by the invaders. The leitmotifs and highly expressive musical tone-painting tell the story, based on a pantheist world view, almost on their own. Grand crowd scenes contrast with an internal treatment similar to the music dramas of Richard Wagner. Marc Albrecht conducts the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the dramatic staging comes from the renowned Russian director, Dmitri Tcherniakov.

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