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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

BR Klassik

BRAHMS Symphonies Nos 2 and 3
Bavarian Radio Symphony • Mariss Jansons, conductor
BR Klassik 900111

The two middle symphonies by Johannes Brahms form a highly contrasting pair of works, which define the radius of Brahms’s musical language, equally marked by both poesy and the highest level of constructive stringency. The beauty of Brahmsian symphonic creativity comes to full fruition in these live recordings from the Musikverein in Vienna and the Herkulessaal in Munich under the direction of Mariss Jansons. The qualities of one of the world’s best orchestras are captured in the highest fidelity by the audiophile SACD process.

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Cantaloupe Music

TWINING Eurydice
Eric Brenner, soprano • Liz Filos, alto • Steven Bradshaw, tenor
Toby Twining, baritone • Mark Johnson, bass • Floreta Shapiro, cello

Cantaloupe Music CA-21068

Eurydice is the incidental music composed for Sarah Ruhls play of the same name, produced in 2008 for the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia, PA and directed by Blanka Zizka. The play recounts the classic story of Orpheus and Eurdyice, though this time from Eurydices point of view and Twining beautifully captivates the range of emotion and theatrics in his score for SATB vocals and cello. This music is all in just intonation, says Toby, who also sings various parts throughout the record, in his usual mix of voices and extended techniques. The plot calls for musical development specifically and divides into movements rather than acts. Though the protagonist, Eurydice, is musically inept, the playwright has portrayed Orpheus knowingly, the prototypically romantic, self-absorbed, genius, musician/composer. It would seem Sarah Ruhl conceived Eurydice with music playing one of its essential roles. Twining is the 2008 recipient of the Barrymore Award for Original Music. He has been featured on NPRs All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor.

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GARROP In Eleanor's Words, Silver Dagger, String Quartet No. 3
Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano • Kuang-Hao Huang, piano • Biava Quartet
Cedille Records CDR90000-122

Stacy Garrop’s In Eleanor’s Words was inspired by syndicated newspaper columns addressing world peace, human rights, and personal experiences by American stateswoman and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt.  In Silver Dagger, based on an Appalachian folk song about ill-fated lovers, Garrop uses three traditional versions of this song. Her eagerly-awaited third String Quartet , subtitled Gaia’ - the Greek goddess of the Earth – provides an unforgettable journey from chaos through creation and abundance to cataclysm and then to renewal.

Cedille recordings are not available in Australia via Naxos.

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Ursula Andkjaer Olsen, narrator • Scenatet
Dacapo 8.226550

With the experimental CD project Fish& Fowl, the two Danish composers Juliana Hodkinson and Niels Rønsholdt have transformed recordings of their chamber works into one total "super remix": A journey through an intimate and violent universe, which has been woven together from thousands of clips of studio recordings by the ensemble SCENATET. The two composers have been working closely together to create a new dimension and a common dramaturgy to their music specially for this CD.

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VERDI La Traviata
(Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 20 June 1958)

Maria Callas, soprano • Marie Collier, soprano
Lea Roberts, mezzo-soprano • Cesare Valletti, tenor
Mario Zanasi, baritone • Dermot Troy, tenor • Forbes Robinson, bass
Ronald Lewis, baritone • David Kelly, bass
Covent Garden Opera Chorus & Orchestra • Nicola Rescigno, conductor

ICA Classics ICAC5006

Peter Heyworth in The Observer commented, 'it was a performance of outstanding distinction and musicality, full of details that illuminated again and again the part as though for the first time'. Opera News said, 'there must have been many Verdi lovers who felt at last that they had come face to face with Violetta herself’.  John Ardoin praised the conductor Nicola Rescigno who ‘brings sanity and song to the performance and was remarkably one with Callas in the ends she sought’. This 1958 recording broadcast live by the BBC’s Home Service has been remastered by Paul Baily using the ICA's Ambient Mastering process, which has enhanced and widened the sound considerably.

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Newton Classics

ALLEGRI Miserere & other Masterpieces of Renaissance Polyphony
Westminster Cathedral Choir • Stephen Cleobury, conductor
Newton Classics NC8802042

This CD provides a soundtrack to the great theatre that was Roman worship in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Choir of Westminster Cathedral performs music by Allegri (including his famous Miserere), Cavalli, Gabrieli, Lotti, Monteverdi, Palestrina and Victoria. Ironically, although these compositions date from a period of great stress and brutality, it is intensely uplifting and spiritual music.

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Kimmo Pohjonen, accordion • Kimmo Pohjonen, vocals • Kronos Quartet
Samuli Kosminen, electronics

Ondine ODE1185-2

"Uniko is like an ocean tide coming in. Big waves of sound build in complexity, animation and sometimes sheer frenzy."  - The New York Times

Uniko features Grammy winning Kronos Quartet, Finnish accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. Commissioned by Kronos in 2003, Uniko is highlighted by Pohjonen's electrified and MIDI-fied accordion with Kosminen's electronic percussion devices which reproduce his own accordion samples and his samples of Kronos' instruments. These samples, together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations create a new, multi-dimensional sound world. Uniko received its live world première at the Helsinki Festival in 2004, with additional performances in Moscow and Molde (Norway), and three sellout concerts in New York at the 2007 BAM NEXT WAVE Festival. The album was subsequently recorded at Avatar Studios in NYC, produced by Iceland's Valgeir Sigurðsson who is known for his work with Björk and other outstanding, adventurous artists.

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Solo Musica

Orsolya Korcsolan, violin • Judit Kertesz, piano
Solo Musica SM150

All but one of the composers represented on this disc were Jewish and all were born in Europe. Some remained there throughout their lives, often suffering the persecution of the Jews which was virtuallyendemic until it reached its ultimate depravity under the Nazis, while others fled, some to safer European countries but most across the Atlantic to the USA. Vienna-based violinist Orsolya Korcsolan is one of the most versatile classical musicians of her generation. Discovered at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and supported throughout her early carrier by Sir George Solti, praised by TIME magazine journalist Jeremy Caplan, the Juilliard alumna won numerous awards in New York before settling in the heart of the European music world. He technical command and warm, compelling sound, combined with her spirit and elegant stage presence, have captured audiences around the word since her debut in New York`s Paul Hall.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

MAHLER Symphony No. 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra • Claudio Abbado, conductor
Accentus Music ACC-20214 (DVD)
Accentus Music ACC-10214 (Blu-ray)

Claudio Abbado and his hand-picked players of the Lucerne Festival Orchestra take their acclaimed Mahler cycle to a new level with this performance of the most complex and compelling of the symphonies, the intense, searching Ninth. Abbado brings all his renowned clarity of vision and the experience of a lifetime to this contradictory music – half valedictory, half life-affirming – and his “orchestra of soloists”, including some of the leading instrumentalists of our time, revels in the transparent textures and virtuosity of Mahler’s last completed symphony.  “A rendition...of astonishing depth and subtlety” (Daily Telegraph).  Extraordinary highlight of the program is the additional perspective of the “Conductor Camera”. This special feature offers the option to experience Claudio Abbado from the orchestra’s perspective. The Blu-ray even provides a multi-angle feature to change the video angle between the program and the conductor camera during the whole concert.

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Arthaus Musik

Bruno MANTOVANI Siddharta
Nicolas Le Riche (Siddharta) • Aurélie Dupont (Enlightenment)
Stéphane Bullion (Siddharta’s companion) • Wilfried Romoli (The King)
Muriel Zusperreguy (Sujata) • Alice Renavand (Yasodhara )
Paris National Opera Ballet and Orchestra • Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Claude Lévêque, set designer • Eric Reinhardt, dramaturgy
Olivier Bériot, costume designer • Dominique Bruguière, lighting designer

Arthaus Musik 101557 (DVD)
Arthaus Musik 101558 (Blu-ray)

World premiere recording from the Opéra Bastille, Paris, 2010
“standing ovations for Preljocaj and his collaborators …” - The Observer

Choreographer Angelin Preljocaj depicts and explores the saga of the prince who would become the Enlightened One or the Buddha, bringing a personal interpretation of the themes of challenges, ordeals and sacrifices in the quest for an absolute meaning to human life. Moving beyond mere narrative, he reveals the torments and mysteries of a long inner journey riddled with pitfalls, uncertainties and doubts. Preljocaj shares his journey with two artists with strong personalities: Bruno Mantovani, the brilliant, young French composer and Claude Lévêque, the visual artist and scenographer, with his powerful ability to dream up new artistic spaces for our time.

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C Major

DONIZETTI Maria Stuarda
Fiorenza Cedolins (Maria Stuarda) • Sonia Ganassi (Elisabetta)
José Bros (Roberto) • Mirco Palazzi (Giorgio Talbot)
Marco Caria (Guglielmo Cecil) • Pervin Chakar (Anna Kennedy)

Teatro La Fenice Chorus and Orchestra • Fabrizio Maria Carminati, conductor
Denis Krief, stage director, set, costume and lighting designer

C Major 704208 (DVD)
C Major 704304 (Blu-ray)

Recorded live from the Teatro La Fenice, 2009
Maria Stuarda is the most popular work in Gaetano Donizetti´s triology of bel canto operas on Tudor queens, a triology that also includes Anna Bolena and Roberto Devereux. The production of Venice´s beautiful Teatro La Fenice, which was gloriously rebuilt after the fire of 1996, shows Queen Mary and her embittered foe Elizabeth both as prisoners of passion for the same man, trapped in a labyrinth that is the central set-element in Italian-based Franco-Tunisian director Denis Krief´s staging. “To conjure up…hatred and jealousy, you don´t need a stage setting, just two splendid prima donnas: Sonia Ganassi and Fiorenza Cedolins.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

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EUROPA-KONZERT 2006 FROM PRAGUE with EuroArts and Idéale-Audience Catalogue 2011
MOZART Symphony No 35 in D major ‘Haffner’, Piano Concerto No 22,
Horn Concerto No. 1,
Symphony No 36 ‘Linz’
Radek Baborák, horn • Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, piano and conductor

EuroArts 2020208

Recorded live at the Theatre of the Estates, Prague, 1 May 2006
Held each year on 1 May, the Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert has ever since 1991 been a byword for excellence. In a performance in Prague’s Estates Theatre, one of Europe’s most beautiful historical venues, the orchestra under the celebrated pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim is heard with some of Mozart’s most beloved masterpieces. What is more, the orchestra was seated in a reconstruction of the sets used in this very theatre at the world première of Don Giovanni. The state-of-the-art recording brings a truly European musical highlight to the home screen and includes a Portrait of Prague as a cultural city in a 20-minute bonus feature.

Bonus: A Cultural Portrait of Prague
Includes: EuroArts and Idéale-Audience Catalogue 2011

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SCHUBERT Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2
Beaux Arts Trio
ICA Classics ICAD5010

Recorded at Signet Library, Edinburgh, 13 July 1987
(Piano Trio No. 1) and 6 September 1977 (Piano Trio No. 2)

The Beaux Arts Trio performs two central pieces of their repertoire on this DVD. Filmed at the majestic Signet Library in Edinburgh, the ensemble demonstrates its mastery in bringing out the deeply lyrical romantic expressions that have made these trios two of Schubert’s most cherished chamber music works. With founding member, Menahem Pressler on piano, Isidore Cohen on violin and Bernard Greenhouse on cello, the ensemble’s distinguished heritage is apparent. The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

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Idéale Audience

REICH Phase to Face
A film by Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet with excerpts from: It's Gonna Rain (1965), Piano Phase (1967), Pendulum Music (1968), Clapping Music (1972), Music for Pieces of Wood (1973), Music for 18 Musicians (1976), Tehillim (1981), Sextet (1985), Different Trains (1988), The Cave (1993), Proverb (1995), 2 x 5 (2009)
Bonus: Talks in Tokyo with Steve Reich & A Brief History of Music by Steve Reich
Idéale Audience 3058128

A drummer-turned-composer, Steve Reich has produced some of the most vibrant, original and interesting music of our time, with influences as varied as Bach, Stravinsky, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Balinese and Ghanaian percussion. His technique of 'phasing' (short, repeating patterns moving in and out of phase with each other), used first in It's Gonna Rain of 1965, formed the springboard for his complex and colourful style, with its intoxicating melodic lines and rhythmic patterns. In Phase to Face, we follow Steve Reich as he travels from the Autumn in Normandy festival to Rome (with the Italian musicians of Ars Ludi, the Ready-Made Ensemble, Coro Ha-Kol and Quartetto Prometeo), to Tokyo, to New York, and to Manchester -- for the world premiere of 2X5.

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Opus Arte

Georg Nigl (Orfeo) • Roberta Invernizzi (Euridice/Eco)
Sara Mingardo (Messaggera/Speranza) • Luigi De Donato (Caronte)
Raffaella Milanesi (Proserpina) Giovanni Battista Parodi (Plutone)
Furio Zanasi (Apollo) • Concerto Italiano • Milan La Scala Orchestra
Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor • Robert Wilson, stage director
Jacques Reynaud, costume designer • A J Weissbard, lighting designer

Opus Arte OA1044D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7080D (Blu-ray)

Recorded live at La Teatro alla Scala, 21 and 23 December 2009
Monteverdi’s seminal first opera tells the dramatic story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses of the descent of Orfeo (Georg Nigl) into the underworld to recover his beloved wife Euridice (Roberta Invernizzi), who has died from a snake bite. In a new production for La Scala, based on a painting by Titian and directed by Robert Wilson, the opera receives a powerful and inspiring performance from a fine cast, the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala and Concerto Italiano under the much-admired Italian early music specialist, Rinaldo Alessandrini.

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