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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


BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / VARÈSE, E.: Ionisation
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900121

Three musical visionaries on one CD. Mariss Jansons interprets Hector Berlioz's "Symphonie fantastique" and "Ionisation" by Edgard Varèse. Following the Beethoven box, with its juxtaposition of classical and contemporary works, the current CD with Mariss Jansons and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks again features an encounter between music from different epochs. In the "Symphonie fantastique" Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, investigates the dream worlds of the Romantic movement, and in "Ionisation" by Edgard Varèse transforms complex structures into an event of sensual immediacy. Both these works were important starting-points for the dawn of a new musical age.

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Campanella Musica

TELEMANN, G.P.: Fantasies and Partitas
Schellenberger, Radauer, Süß
Campanella Musica C130182

In 1732-33 Telemann published the 12 Fantasies for “transverse flute without bass.” In this recording, the composer uses the Fantasie structure as a vehicle for highly variable musical forms and means of expression. Telemann described the 1716 Little Chamber Music as “consisting of 6 Partiten, arranged in a light singing manner for the violin, transverse flute, and keyboard.”  Hansjorg Schellenberger, Margit-Anna Süß and Josef Radauer perform.

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Vocal Recital: Allen, Thomas Michael - BEETHOVEN, L. van / FAURÉ, G. / ZEMLINSKY, A. / BRITTEN, B. / BARBER, S. / EISLER, H. / WEILL, K. (Far Away)
Allen, Spencer
Capriccio C5194

“The general theme of this recording,” observes tenor Thomas Michael Allen, “is of things far away and a sense of being out of place, especially in terms of composers setting texts in languages not their own, or texts about places far from them; a longing for, or fascination with, foreign things or foreign styles.” Indeed, Far Away includes songs by four European composers who were living, or would live, in the United States; an American setting French poems written by an Austrian; a French composer imagining eighteenth-century Italy; and a German in Vienna writing of a man’s longing for his distant beloved. Mr. Allen, too, is “far away.” The American singer has lived and worked in Germany since 1995. The funny thing is that I don’t really feel like I completely fit in here either, but at least here my role is clear: I’m a foreigner.” Estrangement takes many forms.

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Carpe Diem

DOWLAND, J.: Game of Mirrors (A)
Chevallier, Helstroffer, Magouet
Carpe Diem CD-16302

“Dowland – A Game of Mirrors” is a sophisticated acoustic album merging modern jazz and English renaissance music. The French jazz guitarist and composer David Chevallier conceived this project based on the original melodies by John Dowland, and then created his own instrumental arrangements for guitar and theorbo, which give the well-known songs a completely new look & feel both musically and sonically. This is a one-of-a-kind Dowland experience, inspiring and illuminative for jazz fans and early music lovers alike.

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CD Accord

Bassoon Recital: Zdybel, Katarzyna - JACOB, G. / CASTEREDE, J. / SLUKA, L. / DENISOV, E. / CARTER, E. / MARKOWICZ, M. / FRANCAIX, J. (Portrait)
Jablczynski, Kluczewska, Zdybel
CD Accord CDAccordACD182

An intriguing and diverse album of 20th century music for the unsung bassoon, one that fully exploits the baritone-bass character of the bassoon and its spectacular capabilities in all registers of the instrument. Katarzyna Zdybel is one of the most accomplished bassoonists of the young generation, having been recognized with numerous international competition awards. She was principal bassoonist of the Royal Danish Orchestra from 2011-12, and currently principal bassoonist of the Wroclaw Philharmonic.

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Vocal Music - NIELSEN, C. / KUHLAU, F. / WEYSE, C.E.F. / HARTMANN, J.P.E. (The Golden Age of Danish Partsongs)
Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier
Dacapo 6.220568

The Danish Golden Age in the first half of the 19th century is known as a period with an abundance of artistic expression, famous talents such as Hans Christian Andersen, Søren Kierke­gaard and early Romantic composers like C.E.F. Weyse and Niels W. Gade. But according to the British choral director Paul Hillier, we can in fact speak of a continued ‘ Golden Age’ for Danish choral music today – which is why this collection of Hillier’s Danish Golden Age jewels with Ars Nova Copenhagen includes Classical and Romantic works as well as music from the subsequent generations right up until our own time.

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ROSSINI, G.: Opera Arias (Virtuoso Rossini Arias)
Delos DE3455

This album of spectacular rarities by Gioacchino Rossini from superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee – his first-ever aria collection with orchestra – is long overdue. It not only captures the most exciting bel canto tenor voice of our time in its absolute prime, but also offers a choice selection of rarely heard vocal blockbusters – drawn from several of the old master’s most rarely performed operas.

Brownlee’s voice is unique in the bel canto repertoire. While dripping juicy emotion, it boasts uncanny evenness of tone and timbre from top to bottom; no other tenor can deliver this repertoire’s highest notes with his special blend of rapid-fire vibrato and a thrilling, chesty ring. He nails the speediest and most florid runs with jaw-dropping flexibility, precision and dead-on pitch. It all adds up to a blazing, “shiver-me-timbers” vocal phenomenon that’s guaranteed to make any opera fan go weak in the knees.

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Grand Piano

BOWEN, Y.: 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse, Op. 83
Grand Piano GP637

York Bowen was described by Saint-Saëns as ‘the most remarkable of the young British composers’. His 24 Preludes form a sequence of concise, richly expressive and directly communicative studies. The Berceuse Op. 83 ranks amongst Bowen’s most intimate scores, while the sophisticated Suite Mignonne demands the most delicate of touches from the pianist.

 “The finest English piano music written in our time” - Kaikhosru Sorabji

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Newton Classics

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 8 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak) and 0, "Nullte" (ed. L. Nowak)
Israel Philharmonic, Mehta
Newton Classics NC8802143

The Symphony No.8, together with his unfinished Ninth, has been described as the final stage in this life-long process of finding his one true form of artistic expression. It is a symphony, which is said to present nothing fundamentally new, being somewhat a work in which achievements from his earlier endeavors finally comes to fruition. Nowadays this symphony is being regarded as one of the most important classical orchestral works from the late nineteenth century. Reissued in combination with the seldom recorded 0th symphony, this makes a very attractive Bruckner set. A vivid recording from the eighties, now finally reissued on Newton Classics.

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Oehms Classics

NISINMAN, M.: Dark Blue Tango / VIERA, J.-M.: Tangos de medianoche / ORTIZ, P.: Marginal (Nuevo Tango Nuevo)
Musique des Lumières Orchestra, Agudin
Oehms Classics OC895

Oehms Classics proudly presents, with NUEVO TANGO NUEVO, the first series of world premieres of the leading Argentine composers in this field: Nisinman, Ortiz and Viera. These are by no means the usual tangos in the style of Carlos Gardel, for example, but genuine “concert tangos” intended for listening enjoyment rather than for dancing. In Facundo Agudin, born in Buenos Aires, this music has found a fantastic spokesman who interprets the melancholy of the tango argentino in an impressive manner.

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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: 6 Romances, Op. 62a / Annie Laurie / Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Op. 145a
Finley, Helsinki Philharmonic, T. Sanderling
Ondine ODE1235-2

Gerald Finley’s debut-album on Ondine is devoted to the music Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). It includes premiere recordings of orchestral versions of wartime works Six Romances on Verses by English Poets and the Scottish Ballad. The Six Romances was previously known only as a version for chamber orchestra arranged by the composer. However, the composer’s original version for full orchestra was just recently discovered and is included here as a premiere recording.

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Paladino Music

Clarinet and Piano Recital: Ashkenazy, Dimitri / Ashkenazy, Vladimir - GADE, N.W. / ESCHMANN, J.C. / REINECKE, C. / NIELSEN, C. (Father and Son)
D. Ashkenazy, V. Askenazy
Paladino Music PMR0030

“Father & Son” is the first complete album of Dimitri and Vladimir Ashkenazy as a duo internationally available. Dimitri Ashkenazy selected some of his favorite fantasies and fantasy pieces, and besides all time hits such as Schumann’s Opus 73, there is music by the Swiss Romantic Johann Carl Eschmann to discover. A must for every music-lover!

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Solo Musica

PIAZZOLLA, A.: New Tango Songbook
Arroyo, Azcano
Solo Musica 88843021572

The great argentine composer changed forever the sound of Buenos Aires and brought a contemporary tango with jazz’s elements to the world. The songs he wrote, mostly inspired by literary luminaries like Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda or Julio Cortázar; represents genuine treasure of the 20th Century song writing. The argentines Marcela Arroyo (voice) and Julio Azcano (guitar) pickup these hidden jewels and give the timeless dialogue between voice and guitar a new light. Fine and precise arrangements meet a sensual repertoire.

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Sono Luminus

LECLAIR, J.-M.: Sonatas for 2 Violins (Complete) - Opp. 3 and 12
Ewer, LaMotte
Sono Luminus DSL-92176

For the first time as one complete set: Jean-Marie LeClair’s Complete Sonatas for Two Violins. As a composer, LeClair revolutionized the French school of violin playing and his playing helped raise the standard of playing in France immeasurably. Greg Ewer is well known to audiences for his regular appearances in Oregon and beyond. Adam Lamotte has appeared as soloist, concertmaster, and conductor of numerous orchestras throughout the country.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BACH, J.S.: Mass in B Minor
Accentus Music ACC-10281 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-20281 [DVD]

As the highlight of the Bach Festival Leipzig 2013, the St. Thomas Boys Choir performed the last completed vocal work of Johann Sebastian Bach under the baton of Georg Christoph Biller with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: The Mass in B Minor. The outstanding soloist quintet for the St. Thomas Church Leipzig features Reglint Buhler (soprano), Susanne Krumbiegel (mezzosoprano), Susanne Langner (alto), Martin Lattke (tenor) and Markus Flaig (bass).

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Arthaus Musik

Arthaus Musik 101690 [DVD]

In this revelatory new documentary, director Reiner E. Moritz poses the question: How has the media influenced dance in the twentieth century and vice versa? Over this period an extensive archive of beautiful choreography, performed by the finest dancers has accumulated on film and television, resulting in a major dispersion of dance through the media. In addition, new art forms such as dance movies and ballet films have emerged from this development in moving images, where dance is created specifically for the camera. A History of Dance on Screen contains an impressive amount of archive footage featuring the greatest dancers and choreographers of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, framed by in-depth interviews with great personalities of the contemporary dance scene.

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C Major Entertainment

PENDERECKI, K.: Paths Through the Labyrinth (Documentary)
C Major 715504 [Blu-ray Video] / 715408 [DVD]

Even at over 80, Krzysztof Penderecki is still an unflinching and highly active composer and conductor. Director Anna Schmidt followed Penderecki’s paths for a year – in the process interviewing such world famous artists as Anne-Sophie Mutter, Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen as well as Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and legendary film director Andrzej Wajda. As a result, Paths Through the Labyrinth has become a comprehensive “work in progress” documentary, accompanying Penderecki from Kraków to Munich, from Vienna to Leipzig, and to his private country estate. Throughout, the composer reflects on his beginnings, the turning points in his life and the world of his ideas. Thoughts, dialogues, encounters and extracts from several famous Penderecki compositions coalesce into a fascinating, multilayered portrayal of one of today’s most influential musicians.

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GERSHWIN, G.: Porgy and Bess
San Francisco Opera, 2009
EuroArts 2059634 [Blu-ray Video] / 2059638 [DVD]

George Gershwin miraculously melded classical idioms, jazz, blues and spirituals in this quintessentially American masterpiece about a crippled beggar, the headstrong woman he loves, and the community that sustains them both. This is the first live recording of The Gershwins’® Porgy and Bess on Blu-Ray Disc. Eric Owens (Porgy) and Laquita Mitchell (Bess) lead an amazing cast. Led by internationally acclaimed conductor John DeMain, who’s recording of Porgy and Bess in 1976 won a Grammy® and remains a benchmark in the interpretation of this masterpiece.

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Idéale Audience

CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Piano - Great Pianists of the 20th Century
Arrau, Brendel, Ciccolini, Cziffra, Francois, Gilels, Gould, Janis, Kempff, Michelangli
Idéale Audience 3073984 [Blu-ray Video]

Great performances from legendary artists of the 20th century, the Classic Archive™ Collector’s Edition – PIANO offers unique insights in the world of music interpretation of the golden age. This second part of the edition is dedicated to some of the most outstanding pianists of the past. With more than 15 hours of material the edition includes various concerti, recitals, interesting documentaries, some in colour, some in glorious black and white, as well as comprehensive booklet information. This collector’s edition makes rare classical archive footage from the years 1950-1978 suitable for Blu-ray Disc lovers.

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013)
English National Opera, 2013
Opus Arte OABD7141D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1130D [DVD]

Deborah Warner’s beautiful and evocative production of Britten’s final operatic masterpiece has been acclaimed as an ‘exquisitely achieved marriage of music, drama and design’ (The Independent). In Britten’s luminous and compelling interpretation of Thomas Mann’s classic novella, the ageing writer Gustav von Aschenbach’s infatuation with the Polish boy Tadzio and his subsequent decline are portrayed in a ‘remarkable and harrowingly believable’ performance (The Guardian) by John Graham-Hall, who had already won golden opinions for singing the role of Aschenbach at La Scala. The superb ENO chorus and orchestra are conducted by Edward Gardner, a long-standing champion of Britten’s music.

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