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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

BR Klassik

Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni
Mirella Freni, soprano • Munich Radio Orchestra
Kurt Eichhorn, conductor • Vladimir Ghiaurov, conductor
BR-Klassik 900303

With her Mimì, she conquered the world. Mirella Freni’s extraordinary career lasted for over 30 years, and she never lost the enchanting youthfulness of her voice. She said farewell to the operatic stage in 2005 as a celebrated soprano in full possession of her vocal skills. Recordings from three Sunday concerts by the Munich Radio Orchestra document Mme. Freni in arias that reveal the many different facets of her artistry. The programme ranges from her key role, Mimì, all the way to Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

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Cantaloupe Music

Sentieri Selvaggi
Cantaloupe Music CA-21067

Founded in 1997, the Italian ensemble Sentieri Selvaggi comprises some of the best Italian musicians who have come together for the purpose of sharing contemporary music to a wider audience. Zingiber represents an important growth in the history of the ensemble – cultivating a global awareness to an emerging generation of Italian composers, as well as paying tribute to two of the most celebrated and influential Italian composers of the 20th century: Luciano Berio and Franco Donatoni. The title takes its name from a composition by Carlo Boccadoro, founder and conductor of Sentieri Selvaggi and eclectic figure of contemporary Italian culture.

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WF BACH Cantatas
Barbara Schlick, soprano • Claudia Schubert, alto
Wilfried Jochens, tenor • Stephan Schreckenberger, bass
Rheinische Kantorei • Das Kleine Konzert • Hermann Max, conductor
Capriccio C5083

Johann Sebastian Bach’s eldest son was organist and musical director in Halle from 1746-64. The music directorate in Halle was similar in many respects to J.S. Bach’s position in Leipzig. In signing the certificate of appointment in Halle, Friedemann Bach undertook to perform a cantata every three weeks and additionally on all festival Sundays. Apparently it was not expected that a composition from his own pen should be performed every time, for Bach’s predecessor Gottfried Kirchhoff had already availed himself mainly of the works of Telemann. Friedemann too seems to have made use of this practice, but evidently had the ambition to appear on festival Sunday with his own especially carefully prepared works. The technical difficulties that his cantatas demanded of singers and instrumentalists, at all events, lie far beyond the average.

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Carpe Diem

Engels Liedt – Jacob van EYCK Works for Recorder Solo
Gerald Stempfel, recorder
Carpe Diem CD-16284

Engels Liedt is a spectacular, new and unconventional recording. It is a selection of solo recorder works from the “Fluyten Lust-hof” by the blind flutist Jacob van Eyck (1590 - 1657). The recorder player Gerald Stempfel lets the listener immerse deeply into the world of this Dutch genius, showing both the joyful, virtuoso as well as the dark, lonely side of this music. This CD is a journey into the inner soul of both composer and musician and a piece of art reaching far beyond every van Eyck - recording made so far.

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Winging It – John CORIGLIANO Piano Music
Ursula Oppens, piano • Jerome Lowenthal, piano
Cedille CDR90000-123

Renowned for interpreting works by contemporary American composers, American pianist Ursula Oppens presents Winging It, a collection of piano music by celebrated Grammy®-, Academy- and Pulitzer-winning composer John Corigliano, whose title work for the album receives its world premiere recording. Oppens is joined by fellow American pianist Jerome Lowenthal in Chiaroscuro and Kaleidoscope, works for two pianos.

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Anders KOPPEL String Quartets, Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
Benjamin Koppel, mezzo-saxophone • Sjælland String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220566

The Danish composer Anders Koppel (b. 1947) has one foot firmly planted in the European classical music tradition, and the other in world music, rock and jazz. On this album the two worlds meet when the Sjælland String Quartet are joined by Koppel’s son, the jazz icon Benjamin Koppel. The composer has tailored his quintet to the distinctive mixture of the classical string quartet and the custom-built mezzo saxophone, which with this recording can be heard for the first time ever on CD.

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Giorno e Notte – VIVALDI Recorder Concertos
Conrad Steinmann, recorder • Ensemble 415
Divox CDX-70804-6

Thanks to the research by Conrad Steinmann on the flauto used in Vivaldi’s time, and the extraordinarily spirited music-making of Ensemble 415, Vivaldi’s Recorder Concertos can now be heard with a new freshness. No fewer than six differently bored and tuned instruments were used, and they cast a surprising new light on Vivaldi's world of sounds. This discovery of “new” tone colors and the logic of unsuspected new fingering techniques lend a unique brilliance to this recording and provide a compelling and infectiously invigorating listening experience.

Presented in audiophile Hybrid SACD, this 24bit-96kHz recording makes use of the latest AUROPHONIE multi-channel standard.

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ICA Classics

BRAHMS Symphony No 3
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No 6 ‘Pathétique’

Novaya Rossiya State Symphony • Yuri Bashmet
ICA Classics ICAC5023

Yuri Bashmet is one of the greatest viola players of our time, featured here as an equally impressive conductor of the Novaya Rossiya State Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble that has been conducted by the likes of Vladimir Ashkenazy and Valery Gergiev. Bashmet became Chief Conductor of the orchestra in 2002. With ‘razor-sharp performances’ (David Nice), Bashmet has been compared to Mravinsky in his dynamic and fresh approach to these three core symphonic works.

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Newton Classics

BRAHMS Complete Symphonies, Tragic Overture, Haydn Variations
Vienna Philharmonic • Carlo Maria Giulini
Newton Classics NC8802063

This set would seem to be self-recommending: a composer, conductor and orchestra perfectly at one – and yet these late recordings of the Italian maestro have never before been gathered in one set. The glow of the Vienna Philharmonic in their own Musikverein lends this music additional richness. Giulini’s tempi by this stage in his life were steady, to be sure, but animated from within. He fills each symphony with human drama, sun and shade from bar to bar. The middle two symphonies must rank among his greatest achievements on record.

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Remembering JFK – 50th Anniversary Concert
National Symphony Orchestra • Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
Ondine ODE1190-2D

This double CD release celebrates the memory of John F. Kennedy, and the 50th anniversary of his inauguration as U.S. President, by coupling new and historic recordings performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. Celebrating its 80th anniversary season, the NSO here presents its first recording under its new music director Christoph Eschenbach on the first disc, which includes the world premiere recording of Peter Lieberson’s Remembering JFK (An American Elegy), with famous actor Richard Dreyfuss narrating excerpts from speeches of President Kennedy. The second disc features excerpts from the previously unreleased 1961 Inaugural Concert, under the direction of then-Music Director Howard Mitchell, including radio commentary from the original broadcast.

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Solo Musica

Miku Nishimoto-Neubert Plays BACH
Miku Nishimoto-Neubert, piano
Solo Musica SM154

Bach displays a notable awareness of a career success and public acclaim in these, his most important and best loved works for keyboard. Whilst playing down the less popular contrapuntal and melodically orientated elements of the “gallant” style, Bach seems to favour a more instrumentally-oriented style of virtuosic writing. It was, after all, Bach’s prerogative to defend and to build on his high reputation as one of Germany’s preeminent keyboard players.

Miku Nishimoto-Neubert began her formal studies in her native Tokyo, Japan, and has received the first prize at the 1997 Concurso Internacional de Música Cidade do Porto in Portugal and the third prize at the 1998 Johann Sebasian Bach Competition in Leipzig.

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Two Pianists

Shakespeare Inspired
Michelle Breedt, mezzo-soprano • Nina Schumann, piano
TwoPianists TP1039077

We are delighted at the collaboration with Michelle Breedt, one of the best mezzo voices in the world, in her first album for TwoPianists with Nina Schumann on the piano. Michelle’s CV is immensely impressive: regular appearances at Bayreuth and Salzburg Festspiele, and her conducting partners read like a who’s who of music. What makes this album so unique is that Michelle managed to create a set of lieder from British composers that represent not only a timespan of 100 years, but also acts as a unifying body of work. As we all know the British have never been afforded with a representative ‘lieder label’, but with the 29 songs on the disc, all inspired by Shakespeare text, Michelle gives tribute to known and unknown composers.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

The Nobel Prize Concert 2010
BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No 3
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto • SIBELIUS Symphony No 5
Joshua Bell, violin • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic • Sakari Oramo
Accentus ACC-20215 (DVD)
Accentus ACC-10215 (Blu-ray Video)

American star violinist Joshua Bell, Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra lighted up the stage at the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm in honour of the 2010 Nobel Laureates. Along with Bell’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, the Nobel Prize Concert 2010 begins with Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No 3 and the final work is Jean Sibelius’ magnificent Fifth Symphony. An added feature to the DVD and Blu-ray release of this unique concert is bonus interviews with both the artists and Mario Vargas Llosa – 2010’s Nobel Laureate in Literature.

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Arthaus Musik

Michel Legrand And The Cinema
Featuring: Patrick Fiori, Liane Foly, Maurane, Catherine Michel,
Mario Pelchat & Hélène Segara
Orchestre National d’Île de France • Michel Legrand,conductor
Arthaus Musik 101549 (DVD)

Recorded live from the Salle Pleyel, Paris, 2009

An amazingly versatile singer, songwriter, composer, arranger, conductor and producer, Michel Legrand has enjoyed a whirlwind career, excelling in an impressively broad range of domains from film soundtracks and French ‘chanson’ to jazz and classical music. Accompanied by the Orchestre National d’Île-de-France, Michel Legrand is going to prove it again tonight by giving us the pleasure of rediscovering, in their symphonic dress, his most beautiful film scores. And all of this together with the Quebec star Mario Pelchat and the kind participation of some of the big names in French song: Maurane, Liane Foly, Patrick Fiori and many surprise guests.

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C Major Entertainment

WAGNER Parsifal
Poul Elming (Parsifal) • Linda Watson (Kundry)
Falk Struckmann (Amfortas) • Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz)
Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra • Giuseppe Sinopoli
Wolfgang Wagner, stage director and set designer
C Major 705908 (DVD)

Recorded live from the Bayreuth Festival, 1998

A timelessly classical Parsifal from the 1998 Bayreuth Festival in a mystically poetic staging that exerts an unbroken fascination not least as a result of its expressive lighting effects. Under the direction of the great Wagner conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli, the four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history. “Giuseppe Sinopoli coaxed an outstanding performance from the Festival Orchestra and Chorus, throwing light on the elaborate score from an agreeable distance and investing the music with a meditatively flowing quality rather than the usual bombast” (Opernglas)

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Claudio Arrau ‘The Emperor’
Documentary by Peter Rosen
Includes full performance of BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5
Claudio Arrau, piano • Chile Symphony • Victor Tevah, conductor
EuroArts 2058648 (DVD)

Recorded live at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Santiago in Chile, May 1984

Claudio Arrau was considered the complete pianist because he went beyond mere technique, and took listeners into the mind of the composer as if he were a medium through whom the composer was speaking. He was therefore known universally as ‘The Emperor’. This DVD traces Arrau’s life from his birth in Chile in 1903 up to his triumphant homecoming in 1984 after a seventeen-year absence, and includes his own commentary on his life and music. It concludes with a performance of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Concerto in Santiago’s Metropolitan Cathedral given before 6,000 wildly enthusiastic young people.

“Claudio Arrau … the most musical and deeply serious piano phenomenon of our time.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

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ICA Classics

HAYDN Symphony No 98 / BRUCKNER Symphony No 7
Boston Symphony • Charles Munch
ICA Classics ICAD5028 (DVD)

Recorded live from Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 18 February 1958 (Bruckner), 18 October 1960 (Haydn)

This DVD features some of the earliest televised concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and their charismatic Music Director, Charles Munch. Programmed by Munch during his years at the Boston Symphony but never recorded, his renderings of the two works featured on this DVD are exciting and spontaneous with the kind of precision and flair we have come to expect from the BSO under his buoyant direction.

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Idéale Audience

Jurowski Conducts Beethoven
BEETHOVEN Coriolan Overture, Symphonies Nos 4 & 7
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment • Vladimir Jurowski
Idéale Audience 3079298 (DVD)
Idéale Audience 3079294 (Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, 4 February 2010

This all-Beethoven concert gathers together the lesser-known Fourth Symphony − composed while Beethoven was enjoying one of the most peaceful times of his life − with the celebrated Seventh. For this performance, filmed live at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, Vladimir Jurowski collaborates with the musicians of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who perform on period instruments, shedding a radically different light on works that we are so accustomed to hearing on modern instruments.

“Vladimir Jurowski, more medium than conductor, produces ever more faultlessly gorgeous, languid sounds.” –The Times

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN Billy Budd
John Mark Ainsley (Captain Vere) • Jacques Imbrailo (Billy Budd)
Phillip Ens (Claggart)

The Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic • Mark Elder
Michael Grandage, stage director
Opus Arte OA1051D (DVD)
Opus Arte OABD7086D (Blu-ray Video)

Glyndebourne has a proud association with the operas of Benjamin Britten, however until 2010 had never staged Billy Budd. The all-male opera with a libretto co-written by EM Forster, is based on the battle between pure good and blind evil, and is set on a British man-‘o-war ship. Michael Grandage, Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, chose this work to make his long-awaited operatic debut. Sir Mark Elder returned to conduct the production, marking the 100th opera production in his illustrious career.

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