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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


SCHUMANN, R.: Hermann and Dorothea / Overture, Scherzo and Finale / Violin Concerto, in D minor
Oliveira, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Robertson
Artek AR-0059-2

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BR Klassik

HANDSTEIN, J.: Richard Wagner (Fauerzauber Weltenbrand)
Argus, Baumann, Burg, Michel, Murr, Payer, Sachtlebe, Wachtveitl)
BR-Klassik 900903

Audio Biography of Wagner’s life with musical selections from outstanding recordings, including Tannhäuser Overture and ‘Liebestod’ from Tristan und Isolde. Celebrity voices with Udo Wachtveitl as narrator.

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Vocal Recital – MAHLER, G. / MAHLER-WERFEL, A. M. /

Ziesak, Huber
Capriccio C5119

Alma Mahler was greatly admired by many gentlemen of intellectual circles during the late nineteenth-century. This disc portrays songs set by Alma Mahler, Alexander Zemlinsky and Gustav Mahler. Ruth Ziesak easily portrays the joy and sorrow in each of these lieder, skillfully accompanied by Gerold Huber.

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Carpe Diem

BACH, J.S.: Violin Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001 (arr. for lute) / Violin Partita No. 1, BWV 1004 (arr. for lute)
Carpe Diem CD-16295

The young Spanish lute virtuoso Miguel Rincón, who already worked with some of most prominent characters in the field of Early Music, presents for his solo debut album two of his own transcriptions of the works for violin solo by J.S. Bach. Such arrangements were quite common at Bach’s time, and Bach himself was well-acquainted with the lute. Miguel Rincón explores the tonal and emotional potential of his instrument to its full extent.

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CD Accord

LIPINSKI, K.: Violin Music (Selected Works)
CD Accord CDAccordACD181

Karol Lipiński’s contribution to European violin music can hardly be overestimated. All of Lipiński’s 23 works in our CD set represent the highest technical standards of composition, and the two Trios Op. 8 and Op. 12 are the work of genius. In comparison with the works of other composers from this period in the same genres, we are amazed by the composer’s imagination and by his exceptional sense of form and harmony. We can only hope that Karol Lipiński’s oeuvre will soon rival in popularity the work of that other, Italian Lipiński – Niccolò Paganini.

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AUERBACH, L.: 24 Preludes for Cello and Piano / Cello Sonata (Celloquy)
Aznavoorian, Auerbach
Cedille CDR90000-137

Lera Auerbach’s 24 Preludes for violoncello and piano (1999) receives its world-premiere recording on Celloquy in a performance by Ani Aznavoorian, an award-winning American cellist of international stature, and Auerbach, a Russian-born virtuoso pianist and one of the most widely-performed composers of the new generation. Another world-premiere recording on the album is Postlude, in which Auerbach transforms her Prelude No. 12 through the use of prepared piano and long cello glissandi.

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RIISAGER, K.: Violin Works
Hansen, Iwan, Bjorkoe
Dacapo 6.220594

Riisager was a violin player himself and composed for the instrument throughout his career. This collection of his violin music demonstrates the composer’s fascinating musical development, featuring student works as well as mature compositions with challenging harmonies in charming neo-Baroque forms. Johannes Søe Hansen trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and is Concertmaster of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1992.

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BRICCIALDI, G.: Operatic Fantasies
Trevisani, Girardi
Delos DE3429

Giuseppe Verdi was, of course, Italy’s Romantic-era ‘king of opera’, and leading instrumental masters of his day mined his (and other composers’) operas endlessly, transcribing their most appealing themes and arias into virtuoso showpieces for their own (and others’) use – including Giulio Briccialdi (1818-1881), no doubt the finest Italian flute virtuoso of his day. Such works, as here in this album, often took the form of fantasies based mostly on multiple melodies. You are likely to hear the most spectacular playing you’ve yet heard from Raffaele Trevisani, Italy’s current reigning Maestro of the flute. All but the Aida fantasy are heard here in world premiere recordings.

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Chamber Music – FRANK, G.L. / HARRISON, L. / EVANGELISTA, J. / VALI, R. / KATS-CHERNIN, E. (Zia)
Del Sol String Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92164

The Zia Indians’ symbol for the sacred sun captures the adventurous spirit and global pulse of this CD from Sono Luminus and the award winning Del Sol String Quartet. The composers represented—Gabriela Lena Frank, Lou Harrison, José Evangelista, Reza Vali and Elena Kats-Chernin—all trained in the Western European tradition, reach back to ancient and traditional folk music sources and cultures from Peru, Turkey, Spain, Iran, and Uzbekistan in creating vibrant new music for string quartet.

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Grand Piano

SCHMITT, F.: Piano Duet and Duo Works (Complete), Vol. 2
Invencia Piano Duo
Grand Piano GP622

Florent Schmitt was one of the most original and influential French composers of his time. His music shimmers with luxuriant melodies, good humour and a fearless harmonic vocabulary. This second of four volumes is filled with innovation and stylistic bravura, from the remarkable variety to be found in Sur cinq notes, to the balletic poetry of Reflets d’Allemagne.

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ICA Classics

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 2 (1954, 1958)
Anda, Cologne Radio Symphony, Solti, Klemperer
ICA Classics ICAC5092

Hungarian-born Géza Anda (1921–1976) was described by the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler as ‘a troubadour of the piano’ whose early death robbed the world of one of the greatest pianists of the twentieth century. Anda was an incredible virtuoso, who in 1957 played all the Bartók concertos in one concert but also took up a different challenge by performing and recording all the Mozart piano concertos later in his life. He performed with all the major orchestras and conductors of the time, including Boulez, Fricsay, Karajan, Kubelík and Solti, and made a large number of definitive recordings for EMI and Deutsche Grammophon of music by Brahms, Chopin, Liszt and especially Schumann.

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Oehms Classics

Vocal Recital – PURCELL, H. / MATTEIS, N. / DOWLAND, J. (To touch, to kiss, to die)
Barna-Sabadus, Watts, Wolf, Serbin
Oehms Classics OC870

This title was recorded in September 2012 and features an all English programme of songs, beautifully sung and recorded in the Himmelfahrtskirche in Munich. Johann Adolph Hasse: Reloaded (OC830 featuring Valer Barna-Sabadus) was enthusiastically reviewed by critics and was included on the German Record Critics’ ‘Best List’.

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BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. / BACH, J.S.: Keyboard Concertos
Injushina, Hamburger Camerata, Gothoni
Ondine ODE1224-2

This new release of keyboard concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian Bach features the most beautiful and popular keyboard concertos of their output. Originally written for harpsichord, they are played on a modern piano on this recording. Anastasia Injushina, prize winner of the ARD competition in Munich among others, has been invited to perform internationally and made numerous recordings for radio and television. Having a poetic, sensitive and even inner spiritual approach she has given concerts both as a soloist and a chamber musician with the world leading musicians as partners.

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Solo Musica

Chamber Music – ANDREAE, V. / SCHUBERT, F. / KASER, M. / SCHUMANN, R. / LEE, Junghae (Wahl Verwandt Schaften)
Absolut Trio
Solo Musica SM180

The German term Wahlverwandtschaften ‘elective affinities’ was originally used to describe the tendency of chemical substances to separate from their original compound to combine with elements of another compound. Goethe adapted it in referring allegorically to the fate of the two couples dealt with in his 1809 novel of the same name. The works presented on this CD are grouped in accordance with the idea of elective affinities. Several of the pieces are removed from their original contexts: the movements from Schubert’s Trios in B flat major and E flat major from their place in the composer’s oeuvre, the two transcriptions of Schumann’s vocal duets from their respective collections. Now they enclose contemporary works: Mischa Käser’s Piano Trio and Junghae Lee’s Sonorletten.

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RABAUD, H.: Symphony No. 2 / La procession nocturne / Eglogue
Sofia Philharmonic, Couton
Timpani 1C1197

Rabaud is gradually coming back into favour. The Opéra-Comique is programming Mârouf, his best opera, whereas La procession nocturne has never left the catalogue. But aside from that: nothing, a lack of interest in a composer who had his place amongst the ‘French Romantics’. Attests the Second Symphony, a dispatch from Rome from a winner of the Prix de Rome, which is of course aware of Franck and Saint-Saëns but already displays a fine personality in the way that the young composer plays with the themes and showing the stamp of the young lion here and there. For us, that translates into a symphony full of fire, with passionate, sometimes dreamy, accents, and not unworthy of a place in the circle of great French symphonists such as Gounod, Saint-Saëns, Lalo, Franck, Chausson, Dukas…

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Two Pianists

Piano Recital – COPLAND, A. / WEBER, B. / GRIFFES, C.T. / BARBER, S. (American Classics)
TwoPianists TP1039152

Lori Sims received the Gold Medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition – an achievement that gave her entry to an exclusive circle of prominent women pianists. Her career, and playing, has centred on two continents: Europe and the USA, both as student of Leon Fleischer and Arie Vardi and also in her great love for contemporary works as well as the traditional European repertoire. In the first of two recordings made for the TwoPianists label, Lori introduces her European loves through such monumental works as the Beethoven Eroica Variations and the Schumann Carnaval. It is offset by two beautiful Romances by Clara Schumann and three Rachmaninoff Preludes.

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Vienna Symphony Orchestra

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6
Vienna Symphony, Luisi
Vienna Symphony Orchestra WS003

Recorded under the direction of Chief conductor Fabio Luisi, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 stands in a direct, historical reference between the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the composer: the Viennese premiere of Symphony No. 6 with the Wiener Symphoniker – at that time still under the name of their founder ‘Vienna Concertverein’ – and Mahler conducted this concert himself. 94 Years later the Musikverein Vienna in turn forms the framework of this suspense-filled live recording from the year 2011, which focuses on the movement order authorized by Mahler – first Andante and then the scherzo.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

ROSSINI, G.: Adelaide di Borgogna
Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro, 2011
Arthaus Musik 108060 [Blu-ray Video] / 101646 [DVD]

‘It can be truly said of Adelaide di Borgogna that, like a rose, it bloomed but a day - l’espace d’un matin.’ First performed in Rome on 27 December 1817, it enjoyed very few revivals. In 2011 the Rossini Festival in Pesaro presented the second staged performance of Adelaide di Borgogna since 1825. It stars sought-after mezzo Daniela Barcellona as Ottone, young Australian soprano Jessica Pratt, who possesses a natural-born bel canto voice, in the role of Adelaide, and Bogdan Mihai gives proof of his versatile coloratura-tenor. Director Pier’ Alli devised a modern, stylish look for his production, which interweaves medieval aspects with ironically used elements from the time of the opera’s genesis. His video installations create a beautifully abstract world for Rossini’s colourful music.

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C Major Entertainment

VERDI, G.: Il Corsaro
Teatro Regio di Parma, 2008
C Major 722504 [Blu-ray Video] / 722408 [DVD]

C Major presents Verdi’s opera Il Corsaro, performed in 2008 at the Verdi Festival in Parma. Written in 1848, this three-act opera is based on Lord Byron’s poem The Corsair. As part of the Tutto Verdi project, these releases mark the opera’s première on the Blu-ray Video format.

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Christopher Nupen

A film by Christopher Nupen, 2004
Christopher Nupen Films A16CND [DVD]

The title of the DVD is taken from a poem by a 12-year-old girl, Eva Pickova, written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Her words provide both the title and the climax – in a setting for two choruses and orchestra by the American composer Franz Waxman, in his touching work The Song of Terezin. It is a film is about many things. It is about freedom and captivity, about emancipation, acculturation and assimilation; it is about the roles played by Moses and Felix Mendelssohn in the dream of fruitful, unproblematic integration of the Jews into German society after their liberation from the ghettos; it is about Richard Wagner, his ferociously anti-Semitic essay Das Judenthum in der Musik (The Jews in Music) and his influence on the thinking of the Third Reich but, most of all, it is a film about how much music can mean to people, even in the direst of circumstances, or particularly in the direst circumstances.

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EPC Distribution

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot
Opera Australia, 2012
EPC Distribution OPOZ56033BD [Blu-ray Video] / OPOZ56032DVD [DVD] / OPOZ56034CD [CD]

‘This Turandot is as good as it gets. A fabulous production directed and choreographed by Graeme Murphy, a great cast headed by Australia’s answer to Pavarotti, Rosario La Spina.’ – Australian Stage

With Rosario La Spina cast as Calaf, Susan Foster as the icy princess and Hyeseoung Kwon as the loyal slave girl Liù, the singing throughout is superlative. The choreography and direction of Graeme Murphy is visionary, add the set and costume designs of Kristian Fredrikson, and the lighting of John Drummond Montgomery and this production is glorious in its beauty.

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Berlin Philharmonic in Singapore
RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphonic Dances / MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, ‘Titan’

Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle
EuroArts 2058904 [3D Blu-ray Video] / 2058908 [DVD]

The Berliner Philharmoniker, one of the world’s leading orchestras, and their Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle, are highly acclaimed all over the world. Their 2010 tour concluded with their first visit to Singapore. The orchestra presents Mahler’s unique and breathtaking First Symphony and Rachmaninov’s late Symphonic Dances. The Philharmonic’s beautiful rendering of Mahler’s homage to nature and Rachmaninov’s nostalgic ode to Russia is taken to a new level in this 3D recording using state-of-the-art video and audio technology.

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Opus Arte

GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide / Iphigenie en Tauride
De Nederlandse Opera, 2011
Opus Arte OABD7115D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1099D [DVD]

Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of the Greek King, Agamemnon. Will he sacrifice Iphigenia in order to secure fair winds for his voyage to Troy? In Aulis, the drama rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before, once more, the fickle gods intervene. Gluck’s operatic settings are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi’s production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience.

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