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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

Cantaloupe Music

Julia WOLFE Cruel Sister, Fuel
Ensemble Resonanz • Brad Lubman, conductor
Cantaloupe Music CA-21069

Provocative and intense, composer and Cantaloupe Music co-founder Julia Wolfe’s music combines minimalist techniques, repetitive rhythms, sustained harmonies with a rock sensibility. Cruel Sister is a 35-minute long piece for string orchestra composed in 2004. Fascinated and horrified by the overwhelming greed and jealousy in the story of a stirring and fantastic old English ballad of the same name, Wolfe composed this response without musical references to the original tune. Fuel, on the other hand, is a collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison which examines the impact of globalization. Commissioned by Ensemble Resonanz, Wolfe has written some virtuosic music played exclusively in acoustic strings which pushes the limits of the ensemble.

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LISZT Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2, Fantasies
Jenő Jandó, piano
Budapest Symphony • Andras Ligeti, conductor

Capriccio C7095

In Liszt’s two Piano Concertos we see his both spheres united: the revolutionary new techniques of playing that Liszt had wrestled from the piano during his years as a virtuoso and the orchestra works written on the basis of poetic ideas. His Fantasies for piano and orchestra – these paraphrases to other works – the composer rather aimed at brilliance and virtuosity here. Not often performed this 3CD-Set includes all Fantasies for piano and orchestra as well than the popular two piano concertos.

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Carpe Diem

Kurofune – Songs from the Black Ships
Chiyomi Yamada, soprano
Toyohiko Satoh, lute & vihuela
David van Ooijen, theorbo & romantic guitar

Carpe Diem CD-16283

Kurofune is a musical journey into the 16th and 17th centuries between Europe and Japan. Japanese soprano Chiyomi Yamada, accompanied by lutenists Toyohiko Satoh and David van Ooijen, performs songs from the European courts and Japanese pleasure quarters of that time, bringing back to life the musical world of the missionaries and traders who first came to Japan on the famous Black Ships (Kurofune).

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Heinrich SCHÜTZ Matthäus-Passion
Julian Podger, tenor • Jacob Bloch Jespersen, bass-baritone
Ars Nova Copenhagen • Paul Hillier, conductor

Dacapo 8.226094

Ars Nova Copenhagen and Paul Hillier here present the fourth recording in a series devoted to the narrative works (Historia) of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672). The Danish vocal ensemble thus celebrate Denmark’s proud connection with this German master who was appointed Kapellmeister to King Christian IV and worked at the Danish court for two periods over the course of eleven years. The cover illustrations show reliefs in beaten metal by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff (1884-1976), a member of the Die Brücke group founded in 1905 in Dresden – a city with which Schütz himself was closely associated.

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Newton Classics

RESPIGHI Fountains of Rome, Pines of Rome, Ancient Airs & Dances
Minneapolis Symphony • Philharmonia Hungarica • London Symphony
Antal Doráti, conductor

Newton Classics NC8802048

There are few recorded collections available offering so complete a summation of Respighi’s diverse but always delightful art, from neo-Classical delicacy of the Ancient Airs and Dances to the Straussian grandeur of The Pines of Rome. Antal Doráti conjures spectacular orchestral playing from the Philharmonia Hungarica, Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra in this invaluable reissue.

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Magnus LINDBERG Orchestral Music (4 CD set)
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra • Toimii Ensemble
Finnish Radio Symphony • Bavarian Radio Symphony
Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen & Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductors

Ondine ODE1110-2Q

“Magnus Lindberg is one of the most important post-1945 orchestral composers. He has managed to create a unique synthesis: a distinct, personal, approachable language combined with orchestral virtuosity in the spirit of Strauss, Ravel and Stravinsky." – Esa-Pekka Salonen

This 4-CD collector’s box contains recordings of 15 orchestral works by Grammy-nominated Magnus Lindberg. This specially priced anthology highlights the Finnish composer’s oeuvre from 1982 to 2005, a period that follows the evolution of his compositional style from the early days of his career to more recent times. The featured works have helped to cement Lindberg's international position at the forefront of orchestral composition and have garnered him several important awards along the way (from the Prix Italia 1986 to the Wihuri Sibelius Prize 2003). He has been The New York Philharmonic's Composer-in-Residence since 2009.

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Solo Musica

SCRIABIN 24 Preludes, Op 11 • CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op 28
Natalia Nikolai, piano
Solo Musica SM149

Russian pianist Natalia Nikolai has delighted audiences in the concert halls of Russia, Spain, France and Germany with her emotional approach, colourful interpretations and passion. She is a welcome guest at many international music festivals. In this recital CD, Nikolai pairs Chopin’s 24 Préludes Op 28 with Scriabin's 24 Préludes Op 11, since both sets of works were composed in all major and minor keys and ordered according to the circle of fifths. Though a longtime advocate of Scriabin's music, she finds interpretative insights not only in his Préludes, but also Chopin’s which served as Scriabin’s inspiration in form and structure.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

Richard STRAUSS Elektra
Iréne Theorin (Elektra) • Waltraud Meier (Klytämnestra)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (Chrysothemis) • Robert Gambill (Aegisth)
René Pape (Orest) • Oliver Zwarg (Orest's tutor)
Vienna State Opera Chorus • Thomas Lang, chorus master
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra • Daniele Gatti, conductor
Nikolaus Lehnhoff, stage director • Raimund Bauer, stage designer
Andrea Schmidt-Futterer, costume designer
Duane Schuler, lighting designer • Denni Sayers, choreographer

Arthaus Musik 101559 (DVD)
Arthaus Musik 101560 (Blu-ray)

Recorded live from the Grosses Festspielhaus, Salzburg Festival, 2010
With Richard Strauss’ Elektra, the Salzburg Festival delivers a thoroughly impressive new production that the Vienna daily Kurier calls the “best new opera production of 2010”. Reaping acclaim are the top-quality vocalists as well as the mighty stage set and the sensitive direction of Nikolaus Lehnhoff. Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin, who injects astonishing dramatic power into her role debut as Elektra, is “impressive in every respect.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) Internationally acclaimed Wagner singer Waltraud Meier also gives her spectacular, commanding stage debut as Klytämnestra. They are complemented by Eva-Maria Westbroek as Chrysothemis and René Pape as Orest. Nikolaus Lehnhoff treats the vocalists as stage actors, whose expressive gestures in the sinister, forbidding set are captured with particular vividness and immediacy by the camera.

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C Major

Gergiev Conducts Mahler
MAHLER Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
Camilla Tilling, soprano
World Orchestra for Peace • Valery Gergiev, conductor

C Major 702608

Recorded live during the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall, London, August 2010
“No such waywardness at Prom 26 in which the World Orchestra for Peace gave exemplary performances of Mahler’s Symphonies Nos 4 and 5, one serene and summery, Camilla Tilling the soprano soloist, the other passionate in its wintery maturity. Even among the pick of the planet's players on stage, drawn from top orchestras and performing free, the Mariinsky’s trumpeter Timur Martynov shone with his golden fanfare at the opening of the Fifth. A rapt Valery Gergiev, conducting, sculpted the closing Adagietto like a sacred object of veneration.” – The Independent

Drawing its roster from the great orchestras of the world (even the back bench violins are first and second desk players at home), the World Orchestra for Peace is joined by rising soprano Camilla Tilling and the pre-eminent Russian conductor Valery Gergiev to ensure an evening of thrills when this concert was filmed at the BBC Proms 2010. This is orchestral playing of sizzling virtuosity. As a bonus feature, the DVD also includes a fascinating 23 minutes Documentary about the orchestra, founded by Sir Georg Solti.

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The Berlin Philharmonic in Tokyo
WEBER Oberon Overture • SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No 1
DVOŘÁK Symphony No 8, Slavonic Dance Op 72 No 7
Hilary Hahn, violin
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra • Mariss Jansons, conductor

EuroArts 2050448

Recorded live at the Suntory Hall, Tokyo, 26 November 2000
For years the Berliner Philharmonic have been famous for their acclaimed concerts in Japan. In this live recording, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall is alive to a programme of particular musical energy under the direction of Mariss Jansons − sometimes overt and joyous, sometimes suppressed and intense. Rekindling a long-standing relationship with the orchestra that began in 1976, Jansons’ fidelity to music composed during the Soviet era remains heartfelt: Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No 1 is rendered with poise, elegance and demoniac vigour by two-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, celebrated for her probing interpretations, technical assurance and compelling stage presence. This piece is framed by two sprightly works: Weber’s charming, zesty Overture to Oberon and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, executed with Bohemian-esque lyricism and verve.

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Opus Arte

WAGNER Die Walküre
Johan Botha (Siegmund) • Kwangchul Youn (Hunding)
Albert Dohmen (Wotan) • Edith Haller (Sieglinde)
Linda Watson (Brünnhilde) • Mihoko Fujimura (Fricka)
Sonja Mühleck (Gerhilde) • Anna Gabler (Ortlinde)
Martina Dike (Waltraute) • Simone Schröder (Schwertleite)
Miriam Gordon-Stewart (Helmwige) • Wilke te Brummelstroete (Siegrune)
Annette Küttenbaum (Grimgerde) • Alexandra Petersamer (Rossweisse)
Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra • Christian Thielemann, conductor
Tankred Dorst, stage director

Opus Arte OA1045D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7081D (Blu-ray)

Recorded live from the Bayreuth Festival, 19 & 21 August 2010
Christian Thielemann, “by common consent the leading Wagner conductor of our time” (Die Presse), returns to Bayreuth for this radiant account of Die Walküre filmed at the 2010 Festival. Appearing on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time, it provides the only audio-visual document of Tankred Dorst’s Ring production, and follows the hugely successful release of the whole cycle on CD. Two new singers join the cast: Johan Botha as Siegmund, who was showered with praise by the press (“ideal vocal casting” in the words of the critic on the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and Edith Haller, with her “beautiful, strong soprano voice” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) as his sister and lover Sieglinde.

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