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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


Bartók String Quartets Nos 2, 4 & 6
Euclid Quartet
Artek AR-0053-2

The Euclid Quartet, a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality and vibrant colour, is recognised as one of the most well-regarded chamber ensembles in its generation. Captivating audiences from Carnegie Hall to school classrooms, on radio and TV, and gaining critical acclaim, the Quartet has performed widely. The Euclid Quartet is dedicated to performing contemporary music and endorsing living composers. Written over a span of 30 years from 1909 to 1939, Bartók’s string quartets rank alongside those of Beethoven in terms of their importance and musical impact.

Artek New Releases
April 2010

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BR Klassik

Paradisi Gloria 21
21st-century Sacred Music : CRUIXENT Abismes Diptych for orchestra / KÜHR Introductio – Meditatio – Magnificat – Epilogus for high soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra /
WOZNY Archipel for large orchestra / DODERER Salve Regina for soprano, choir and orchestra
Angelika Luz, soprano • Adrian Eröd, baritone • Marlis Petersen, soprano
Bavarian Radio Choir • Radio Orchestra Munich • Ulf Schirmer, conductor

BR Klassik 900302

In the Paradisi Gloria concert series with Ulf Schirmer and the Münchner Rundfunkorchester (Radio Orchestra Munich), the themes for 2008 and 2009, ‘Magnificat’ and ‘Mary’, formed the center and offered an inspiration for several different commissioned  works. Four of them are now combined on this CD: compositions that breathe the air of the spirit and broaden our perspective by approaching the familiar Bible text and the Mother of God from many different musical aspects.

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January 2010
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Great Chopin Performances – The Warsaw Recordings (5 CDs)
CD 1 Piano Concerto No 1 in E minor
Martha Argerich, piano • Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra
Witold Rowicki, conductor

Waltz No 2 in A flat major Op 34 No 1 ‘Grande Valse brillante’, Nocturne No 16 in E flat major Op 55 No 2, Etude in C major Op 10 No 1, Etude in A flat major Op 10 No 10, Scherzo No 3 in C sharp minor Op 39
Martha Argerich, piano

CD 2 Piano Sonata No 2 in B flat minor Op 35 ‘Funeral March’, 24 Preludes Op 28 Nos 21, 22, 23 & 24,
Etude No. 8 in F major, Op. 10, No. 8
Mazurkas No 36 in A minor Op 59 No 1, No 37 in A flat major Op 59 No 2, No 38 in F sharp minor Op 59 No 3, Ballade No 2 in F major Op 38
Ivo Pogorelich, piano

CD 3 Piano Concerto No 2 in F minor Op 21
Adam Harasiewicz, piano • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Kazimierz Kord, conductor

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major Op 51, Prelude No 25 in C sharp minor Op 45, Ballade No 1,
Harasiewicz, Adam, piano
24 Preludes, Op 28 Nos 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18
Bunin, Stanislav, piano

CD 4 Mazurka No 32 in C sharp minor Op 50 No 3, Nocturne No 13 in C minor Op 48 No 1, Polonaise No 5 in F sharp minor Op 44
Maurizio Pollini, piano
Waltz No 1 in E flat major Op 18 ‘Grande valse brillante’, Polonaise No 4 in C minor Op 40, No 2, Fantasy-Impromptu in C sharp minor Op 66, Polonaise No 3 in A major Op 40 No 1 ‘Military’
Halina Czerny-Stefanska, piano
Mazurkas No 18 in C minor Op 30 No 1, No 19 in B minor Op 30 No 2, No. 20 in D flat major Op 30 No 3, No 21 in C sharp minor Op 30 No 4
Kemal Gekic, piano

CD 5 Etude in G sharp minor Op 25 No 6
Ashkenazy, Vladimir, piano
Polonaise No 6 in A flat major Op 53 ‘Heroic’
Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano
Mazurkas Op 24 Nos 1, 2, 3, & 4
Jean-Marc Luisada, piano
Nocturne No 3 in B major Op 9 No 3
Krzysztof Jablonski, piano
Etude in G flat major Op 10 No 5 ‘Black Keys’
Krzysztof Jablonski, piano
Etude in B minor Op 25 No 10
Jablonski, Krzysztof, piano
Scherzo No 1 in B minor Op 20
Krzysztof Jablonski, piano
Scherzo No 2 in B flat minor Op 31
Yuval Fichman, piano

Capriccio New Releases:
February 2010
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CD Accord

12 Poems of Emily Dickinson,
SCRIABIN Vers la flame, BERG 7 Frühe Lieder,
SZYMANSKI 3 Songs to Words by Trakl

CD Accord ACD149

The award-winning label CD Accord was established in 1995 and records the most distinguished Polish composers, soloists, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra and choruses. Important repertoire for the company includes music by Jarzebski, Chopin, Wieniawski, Moniuszko, Karlowicz, Szymanowski, Bacewicz, Lutoslawski, Panufnik, Penerecki, Kilar, Górecki and Szymanski.

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RAUTAVAARA Before the Icons, A Tapestry of Life
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra • Leif Segerstam, conductor
Ondine ODE1149-2

Einojuhani Rautavaara is recognised as one of the most notable Finnish composers after Jean Sibelius. His recordings on Ondine have been bestsellers and garnered numerous awards (including a 1997 Grammy nomination for Angel of Light ODE869-2). This new recording features the mystical composer’s latest orchestral works, two poignant testimonies of a mature artistic, spiritual and human personality. The uplifting orchestral work Before the Icons (2005) is based on the earlier piano cycle Icons (1955) and therefore spans over Rautavaara’s entire career. The work drew its inspiration from a book of Orthodox icons. Rautavaara wrote A Tapestry of Life in 2007 after an almost miraculous recovery from an acute illness. ‘Few contemporary composers are as skilled…in using tonality without compromise,’ wrote the New Zealand Herald, upon its premiere. Leif Segerstam and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra build on their long-time pedigrees of performing their compatriot’s music.

Ondine New Releases:
January 2010
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Selected DVDs


Mirella Freni (La Principessa Fedora Romazoff)
Plácido Domingo (Il Conte Loris Ipanoff) • Teatro alla Scala
Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor

Arthaus 107143

LIVE RECORDING FROM THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA, 1993 The staging of Giordano’s verismo opera Fedora was celebrated for its fantastic cast with Mirella Freni in the title role and Plácido Domingo as her opponent turned lover. As Fedora tends to dominate the work and the Count is no less important, the success of the opera depends on their performances. Mirella Freni shows her amazing ability as mature singer, taking vocal control of every situation, and Placido Domingo takes advantage of all the opportunities presented by his role. Gianandrea Gavazzeni (1909-1996), whose familiarity with the verismo style was second to none, led the performance with solicitous authority upholding the tradition that he had received from the hands of his predecessors. This production created by Lamberto Puggelli for Mirella Freni at La Scala in 1993 became an enormous success, showing her as in operatic tragedienne with truly overwhelming vocal resources.

Also available in May 2010:

R STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier
Live from the Salzburg Festival 2004

Adrianne Pieczonka, Angelika Kirchschlager, Miah Persson, Franz Hawlata, Franz Grundheber, Wiener Philharmoniker, Conducted by Semyon Bychkov, Directed by Robert Carsen (Not distributed by Naxos in Japan)
Arthaus 107139 (DVD)

Arthaus New Releases:
January 2010
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C Major

Tim Mead (Admeto) • Marie Arnot (Alceste) • William Berger (Ercole)
Andrew Radley (Orindo) • David Bates (Trasimedo)
Kirsten Blaise (Antigona) • Wolf Matthias Friedrich (Meraspe)
FestspielOrchester Göttingen • Nicholas McGegan, conductor

C Major 702008 (DVD)
C Major 702104 (Blu-ray)

For Handel’s opera Admeto, Oscar-nominated film director Doris Dörrie – winner of the 2009 Edinburgh International Festival’s prestigious Herald Angel Award -  returns to her beloved subject of Japan. In vividly coloured and brilliantly realized set pieces, one of Handel’s most popular operas receives a stunning transformation into the stylishly ritualized world of samurai culture. ‘It’s brilliantly played by the period-instrument FestspeilOrchester Göttingen, conducted with fine sensibility and sensuality by Nicholas McGegan.’ (The Times) ‘In Doris Dörrie’s production…200 minutes of music fly by’ (The Times)

Also available in May 2010:

Bernstein Conducts Sibelius
Symphonies Nos 1, 2, 5 & 7

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
C Major 702208 (DVD)
Recorded live in Vienna’s Musikvereinssaal. First time on DVD!

C Major New Releases:
January 2010
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HOLTEN The Visit of the Royal Physician
Johan Reuter (Johann Friedrich Struensee)
Gert Henning-Jensen (King Christian VII)
Elisabeth Jansson (Queen Caroline Mathilde)
Sten Byriel (Ove Høegh-Guldberg)
Djina Mai-Mai (Bootee-Caterine)
Gitta-Maria Sjøberg (Queen Dowager Juliane Marie)
Royal Danish Opera Choir • Royal Danish Orchestra • Bo Holten, conductor

DACAPO DVD 2.110408

Bo Holten's (b. 1948) new opera The Visit of the Royal Physician was a great success with both audience and reviewers at the premiere in 2009. It is a tragic love story from one of the most dramatic periods in the history of Denmark, when new ideas almost overturned the social order. It is the 1770s, and the young, idealistic doctor Struensee dreams of creating a new and better world. He is given the chance to put his ideas into practice when, almost by coincidence, he becomes royal physician to the insane King Christian VII. Soon he is also the lover of the young Queen Caroline Mathilde. The result is a disaster for all those involved – while the old order is allowed to endure. The Visit of the Royal Physician is based on the best-selling novel by Per Olov Enquist. The performance was recorded at the Opera in Copenhagen and is conducted by the composer.

Also available in May 2010:

Royal Danish Opera, Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
DACAPO 2110409BD (Blu-ray)

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Pierre Boulez Live at the Louvre
- STRAVINSKY The Firebird (1910 ballet score), Fireworks

Orchestre de Paris Pierre Boulez, conductor
EuroArts 3078628

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez is renowned for his interpretations of 20th-century music, and especially the work of Igor Stravinsky. His inspired performance in December 2008 of The Firebird and Fireworks, with the dynamic Orchestre de Paris, proved to be no exception to this rule. Held inside the spectacular Louvre Pyramid before a rapt audience of two thousand people, it was a truly extraordinary musical event. This release also features a presentation of the work with Boulez, in which he discusses the music and genesis of the ballet in depth.

Also available in May 2010:

Pfitzner Palestrina
Christopher Ventris (Palestraina), Bavarian State Opera, Simone Young, conductor
EuroArts 2072528 (2-DVDs)

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Opus Arte

PURCELL The Fairy Queen
Sally Dexter (Titania) • Joseph Millson (Oberon) • Desmond Barrit (Bottom)
Jotham Annan (Puck) • Susannah Wise (Hermia) • Helen Bradbury (Helena)
Oliver Le Suer (Demetrius) • Oliver Kieran Jones (Lysander)
The Glyndebourne Chorus • Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
William Christie, conductor • Jonathan Kent, stage director

Opus Arte OA1031D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7065D (Blu-ray)
  • Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex, on 17th & 19th July 2009. 
  • Plus  interviews with William Christie and Jonathan Kent

Jonathan Kent’s spectacular production of Purcell’s huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production’s acclaim. Paul Brown’s inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup’s exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.  ‘There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands.’ (The Stage)

Also available in May 2010:

Shakespeare’s Globe 2009 Production
Opus Arte OA1032D (DVD)
EuroArts OABD7066D (Blu-ray)

Opus Arte New Releases:
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