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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


MAHLER Symphony No 4
Maureen McKay, soprano Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Artek AR-0052-2

Born to Viennese parents, Maestro Schwarz is well placed to interpret Mahler’s music. A member of the National Council on the Arts, he has received an Emmy Award, 11 Grammy® Nominations, numerous other prestigious awards, and was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America. He has also conducted many acclaimed albums for Naxos. Recorded live at Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK, this performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony features soprano Maureen Mackay, who has been praised by Opera News as ‘natural and engaging’, and the renowned Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which also boasts several outstanding Naxos recordings.

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BR Klassik

MOZART Piano Concertos Nos 22 & 23
Daniel Barenboim, piano Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik, conductor

BR Klassik 900709
  • Barenboim and Kubelík, an ideal pair of interpreters for Mozart.
  • A recording from Barenboim’s pianistic glory years.

Daniel Barenboim ranks as one of the greatest Mozart interpreters of the 20th century. Among his recordings of Mozart’s piano concertos, there have thus far been no releases with Rafael Kubelík – Barenboim’s deeply admired conductor and “brother in spirit”. Both interpreters were united by the same musical approach, a striving for uncompromising clarity in phrasing and structure. The result is a highly vibrant, exemplary recording of two of Mozart’s most significant piano concertos. In 1970, the year the recording was made, Kubelík had already been Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks for nine years and had led the ensemble to international renown. ‘Mozart’s A major Concerto K. 488, played by Daniel Barenboim…was more than just a pleasure – it was likewise the revelation of the unfathomable in Mozart’s music. -  Süddeutsche Zeitung

BR Klassik New Releases:
January 2010
March 2010
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MAHLER Symphony No 1, Ruckert Songs
Christine Schäfer, soprano • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Capriccio C5026

German soprano Christine Schäfer has a wide-ranging diversified repertoire, from Baroque music, through Mozart and Richard Strauss, to contemporary composers. She has performed at several major festivals, opera houses and in concerts. For more than 60 years, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) has distinguished itself as one of Germany’s leading orchestras. Acclaimed conductor Christoph Eschenbach has also recorded Mahler Symphonies for Ondine (Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection’ (Saturova, Naef, Philadelphia Singers Chorale, Philadelphia Orchestra, Eschenbach - ODE1134-2D and Symphony No 6 ‘Tragic’ & Piano Quartet in A minor (Philadelphia Orchestra, Eschenbach - ODE1084-5D)

Capriccio New Releases:
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010

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Jakob GADE Waltzes, Tangos & Cinema Music
Christian Westergaard, piano
DACAPO 8.226057

Jacob Gade, who wrote the world-famous tango Jalousie (DACAPO 6.220509), was one of Copenhagen's leading conductors. In his waltzes we hear the sound of the 1920s and sense the mood of the days when every proper restaurant had its own orchestra. Gade was also a pioneer of cinema music, and his cinema music gives a complete impression of how motion pictures were accompanied in the Golden Age of the silent film.

Christian Westergaard trained at the Royal Danish Academy of Music and in recent years has made a name as a striking partner of a number of the leading young Nordic singers. He has played concerts at venues London’s Wigmore Hall, the Hamburg Musikhalle and in Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, and in Denmark in the DR Concert Hall, Tivoli Concert Hall, at Takkelloftet and The Black Diamond. In 1999 and 2000 he won First Prize in the Danish Steinway Competition. He has been engaged as an accompanist at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen and the Opera Academy. Christian Westergaard has received among other grants the Van Hauen Grant and the grant of the Sonning Music Foundation.

DACAPO New Releases:
January 2010
March 2010
April 2010

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Essential Highlights of Soile Isokoski
CD 1 - R STRAUSS Four Last Songs
with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra Marek Janowski, conductor
CD 2 - Finnish Songs
with Marita Viitasalo, piano
Ondine ODE251-2D

To celebrate its 25th anniversary this year, Ondine releases a series of five 2-CD sets containing best-selling albums from its catalogue. The focus is on five of Ondine’s start artists: sopranos Karita Mattila and Soile Isokoski, baritone Jorma Hynninen, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and clarinetist Kari Kriikku. These 2-CD sets are being issued in a limited edition.

‘This is a great recording of Strauss's Four Last Songs’ - Fanfare
‘Isokoski sings Strauss as if it had been written for her...the Berlin Radio Symphony plays like the Berlin Philharmonic.’ - American Record Guide
‘Soile Isokoski is...a wonderful Strauss singer with a beautiful lyric soprano voice - you can just float away on the sound.’
- Gramophone Award 2002, Editor's Choice
‘Strauss singing doesn't come much better than this...Here she brings her gifts of sheer beauty of sound combined with a quite unaffected approach to pieces that have suffered enough in their time from over-interpretation.’
- Gramophone, April 2002, Record of the Month

Soile Isokoski is recognized as one of the world's finest lyric sopranos and regularly appears on the most renowned stages and concert halls. In honour of her notable contribution to Finnish music, Soile Isokoski was awarded with the Pro-Finlandia medal in 2002. In September 2008, she received in Vienna the honorary title of Österreichische Kammersängerin (Austrian ‘Hall of Fame’ Singer).

Also available:
Ondine  ODE252-2D Essential Highlights of Karita Mattila (Sibelius, Wagner, Dvorak, Verdi, Puccini, J Strauss II, Gershwin)
Ondine  ODE253-2D Essential Highlights of Jorma Hynninen (Schubert)
Ondine  ODE254-2D Essential Highlights of Pekka Kuusisto (Vivaldi, Bach)
Ondine  ODE255-2D Essential Highlights of Kari Kriikku (Molter, Mozart, Crusell)

Ondine New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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Selected DVDs


Rudolf Nureyev – Celestial Attraction
A film by Sonia Paramo
Arthaus 101491
  • Available worldwide (excluding Australia & New Zealand)

Born on the Trans-Siberian express, Rudolf Nureyev never rested in his meteoric rise to become the brightest star in the ballet universe. From commanding the stage of the Paris Opera to cavorting with Miss Piggy on the Muppet Show, Nureyev’s charisma and virtuoso talent brought to classical dance a new, modern dimension. Seventeen years after his life was prematurely claimed by AIDS, we take a retrospective look at the life and work of this great artist – in all its grace, passion, drama and excess. Through interviews, archive footage, re-enactments and original dance sequences, the film recreates the key moments of Nureyev’s life and shines a light on his unparalleled talent.

‘I saw my beloved mother, I saw my birthplace. I defied everyone and I accomplished everything: dance, choreography, conducting orchestras, directing my Bayadère one last time. And I loved. A lot. What could I possibly regret? Nothing. At least I think not. The hardest thing for me to do is leave this place. Here where everything began.’ - Rudolf Nureyev

‘The only pop star of classical dance.’ - Die Welt

Arthaus New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010

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C Major

DVD 701708
Blu-ray 701804
Vladimir Ognovenko (General) • Ktistine Opolais (Polina)
Misha Didyk (Aleskey) • Stefania Toczyska (Babulenka)
Stephan Rügamer (Marquis) • Viktor Rud (Mr Astley)
Berlin State Opera Chorus • Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

C Major 701708 (DVD) & C Major 701804 (Blu-ray)
  • First release on Blu-ray!
  • This production from 2009 is staged by young up-and-coming director Dmitri Tcherniakov, who worked at Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Opera de Bastille, La Scala, and various opera houses in Germany.
  • The opera is based on Dostoyevsky’s famous novel The Gambler

Prokifiev’s early opera The Gambler is a study in human weakness and the corrupting power of money. Conductor Daniel Barenboim and acclaimed director Dmitri Tcherniakov have distilled a distinguished production full of brilliant ideas and ebullient musical power.
‘A work that is nothing less than a discovery’ - Süddeutsche Zeitung
‘leaves its traces in the listeners mind: a stroke of genius like Prokofiev´s opera itself.’ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

C Major New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
March 2010
April 2010

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Fiesta Cubana - Live from the Tropicana
Omara Portuondo & Band: Harold Lopez Nussa, piano
Jorge Luis Valdés Chicoy, guitar • Omar Gonzalez, bass
Andrés Coayo Batista, Rodney Yllarza Barreto, percussion
Omara Portuondo, chamber orchestra
EuroArts 2058028
  • Recorded live at the Tropicana, Havana, 2009
  • 200 artists and dancers of the Tropicana Ballet perform their colourful show on the highest level
  • A most sweeping selection of Cuban and Latin-American classics brings a very special evening around the world!

On New Year’s Eve 2009 Havana’s legendary nightclub Tropicana celebrated its seventieth birthday with a colourful revue, and the evening’s special guest was the world-famous Omara Portuondo - as the singer of the Buena Vista Social Club, she gained international stardom. Together with Omara Portuondo’s five-man band, which ranges in style from the Cuban guajira, bolero, mambo and son to elements of jazz, the grande dame of traditional Cuban singing offers a delightful contrast to the exuberant joy in dancing shown by the Tropicana Ballet.

EuroArts New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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April 2010

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Opus Arte

DONIZETTI L’Elisir d’amore
Ekaterina Siurina (Adina) • Peter Auty (Nemorino)
Alfredo Daza (Sergeant Belcore) • Luciano di Pasquale (Dr. Dulcamara)
Eliana Pretorian (Giannetta) • London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus • Maurizio Benini (conductor)
Annabel Arden (director)

OA1026D (DVD) & OABD7057D (Blu-ray)
  • Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House in August 2009
  • Extra features:
  • Illustrated synopsis
  • Cast gallery

Acclaimed Italian conductor Maurizio Benini makes his Glyndebourne debut in Donizetti’s intoxicating and deeply touching opera, whose fast-moving comic story unfolds the romantic rivalry between penniless farmhand and bumptious soldier, both vying for the love of Adina. Will the bogus Dr Dulcamara’s potion – the elixir of love – help farmhand Nemorino win her heart? Peter Auty takes the role of Nemorino with Ekaterina Siurina as Adina. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.
“’t is a beautifully achieved piece of work…Peter Auty’s Nemorino is world-class in his vocal accomplishment and touching presentation of the character’s plight. Alfredo Daza sounds exactly the right notes of God’s gift to women bumptiousness and fundamental decency with his good-looking, healthy sounding Sergeant Belcore. Luciano Di Pasquale hits the spot as the fake potion seller Dulcamara, bringing colour and vivacity to his every appearance. The chorus are marvellous. Maurizio Benini maintains lively music-making in the pit.’ - The Stage

Opus Arte New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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April 2010

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