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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

ZIPORYN Big Grenadilla, Mumbai
Evan Ziporyn • Sandeep Das
Boston Modern Orchestra Project • Gil Rose

Cantaloupe CA-21081

Evan Ziporyn is a founding and current member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, who are currently on tour in the US and Europe. The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) is widely recognized as the leading orchestra in the United States dedicated exclusively to performing new music. BMOP and soloist Sandeep Das are GRAMMY® nominated artists.

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Carpe Diem

FROBERGER Suites & Toccatas
Alina Rotaru, harpsichord
Carpe Diem CD-16290

The harpsichordist Alina Rotaru plays selected works by Johann Jacob Froberger, one of the most enigmatic composers of 17th Century harpsichord music. A subject of countless speculations, his programmatic and personal music is a creation of an exquisite and sensitive mind, masterfully crafted with enigmatic and mystical elements, and points to Froberger’s personal connections to thinkers and alchemists of his time. Alina Rotaru shows with her interpretation a spirited and insightful image of the brilliant and profound thinker, virtuoso and traveler Froberger was. This recording was made on the original Ruckers harpsichord dated 1623/1745 at Musée d’art et d’histoire de Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

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Eva Østergaard, flute
Dacapo 8.226573

The distinctive soundscape of this CD stems from the unique church interior at Løgumkloster in the south of Jutland, Denmark. Beneath the high vaulting, in the cloisters and in the small hidden spaces of the abbey, the flautist Eva Østergaard (b 1966) has recorded a series of layers of sounds on flutes of all sizes from piccolo to bass. The music was written specifically for Eva, the church and this CD by five Danish composers, all of whom explore the remotest reaches of the instruments and the building.

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Spencer Martin, viola • Miko Kominami, piano
Delos DE3425

The burnished, golden sonorities of the viola – the ‘forgotten stepsister’ to the violin – are all too seldom heard in chamber compositions. Viola virtuoso supreme Spencer Martin and Delos seek to redress this injustice with Forgotten Gems, a collection of lovely and beautifully crafted works for viola and piano from four little-known composers of the late-romantic era … works that definitely deserve to be restored to the sadly limited repertoire of chamber music for the viola. Martin brings these fascinating work to vibrant life, with deft and sensitive collaboration from pianist Miko Kominami.

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Dorian Sono Luminus

ZOFO duet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92151

Musical compatriots. Collaborators. Teachers. Friends. Pianists. These are the links that bound the four remarkable 20th century composers, whose one-piano-four-hands works are brought together by Sono Luminus on this first CD from the dynamic ZOFO duet. Whether performing public duet concerts together or using the piano four-hands form to explore their symphonic visions, Bernstein, Shapero, Debussy and Stravinsky all understood the musical power of sharing the bench.

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ICA Classics

VERDI Requiem / ROSSINI Overtures
Galina Vishnevskaya, soprano • Nina Isakova, alto
Vladimir Ivanovsky, tenor • Ivan Petrov, bass
State Academy Chorus • Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestre National de l’ORTF • Igor Markevitch

ICA Classics ICAC5068

At the height of his powers in 1960, Markevitch returned to Russia and made a great impact with his concerts with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, resulting in this vibrant live and rare recording of the Verdi Requiem which preceded the studio version (no longer available). The spontaneity of the live recording is very evident in terms of both the extremely wide dynamic range of the recording and Markevitch’s fiery conducting, which never lets up. David Patmore has written, ‘Markevitch’s repertoire during this visit included the Verdi Requiem, then a most unusual work to encounter in Russia because of its overt religious purpose and meaning. Possibly as a result, Markevitch and his Russian forces held no inhibitions in their performance, emphasising the operatic quality of the work, and performing it more as a drama than a liturgical rite.’

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Newton Classics

Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano
Newton Classics NC8802125 [4 CDs]

Born in 1945, Frederica von Stade – who auditioned for the Met on a $50 bet – is considered one of the world’s most accomplished mezzo-sopranos. This 4CD set celebrates her unique voice and spans the incredibly broad spectrum of styles for which she is known. The compilation includes von Stade’s recording debut, an unusual and eclectic choice of arias and duets with Judith Blegen, such as Mozart’s chamber-scale arrangement of Non so più. With a disc dedicated to Italian opera, in which Monteverdi’s neglected Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria of 1639 is accorded equal status alongside Rossini’s better-known bel canto works, von Stade’s far-reaching programme extends into CD4’s song recital – where her affinity for French repertoire comes to the fore. Also featuring gems such as Carol Hall’s endearing Jenny Rebecca, it offers a stark contrast to the disc of Mahler song-cycles, in which the singer achieves a particularly nostalgic tone.

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Oehms Classics

Caroline Adomeit, violin • Julian Riem, piano
Oehms Classics OC834

Caroline Adomeit has assembled a jewel of a musical declaration of love. Above all, to her instrument, the violin. For her, there are hardly any limits to what she can – or wants to – do with the violin, which is why this recording supplements Bach’s Partita with unusual pieces like Ysaye’s Mazurka or Monti’s Czardas. The Strad Magazine praised Caroline Adomeit in no uncertain terms: ‘An uneven programme does little to hide the obvious skills of a young fiddler.’

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Tafelmusik Media

RAMEAU Dardanus, Le temple de la gloire
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra • Jeanne Lamon
Tafelmusik Media TMK1012CD

This re-release of orchestral suites from two stage works by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) marks the first occasion on which Jeanne Lamon and the Tafelmusik Orchestra, Toronto’s award-winning period instrument orchestra, recorded music of the French baroque. The two suites featured on this CD are drawn from Rameau’s epic five-act tragédie en musique Dardanus, and from the less familiar opéra-ballet Le Temple de la Gloire. Rameau was a mature composer of fifty before he completed his first opera – Hippolyte et Aricie (1733). Over the next six years, the dispute between the conservative Lullistes (i.e. Jean-Baptiste Lully) and the Ramistes continued to rage, climaxing with the semi-mythological tragedy Dardanus in 1739.  The furor eventually abated, however, and Dardanus was acclaimed as one of Rameau’s finest achievements. Le temple de la gloire – a commission celebrating France’s victory over British and Imperial forces at the Battle of Fontenoy – was completed in 1745.

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Two Pianists

Konstantin Scherbakov, piano
TwoPianists TP1039114

Russia has long been a source of musical inspiration in the West. The Romantics in particular found the music of Russia fascinating, and public interest in Russian music has no doubt been fuelled by a general curiosity about sounds that seem exotic to Western ears. This recording features a Russian pianist, Konstantin Scherbakov, playing an all-Russian program. Konstantin has never made a live recording and has chosen Soirrée Russe as entrée into a new adventure. Some of the most powerful Russian repertoire are featured on this disc: Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, luminous Rachmaninov pieces including the Elegy Op 3 No 1 and Prokofiev’s tumultuous Sonata No 7. The combination of great acoustic, concert-hall excitement and brilliant piano playing combines to create a stunning disc of energy and impact.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER Symphony No 5
Lucerne Festival Orchestra • Claudio Abbado
Accentus ACC-10243 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-20243 [DVD]

Live Recording from the Lucerne Festival, Summer 2011

‘Abbado’s approach to the music of Bruckner is soft and songlike, at times tense and urgent, but constantly filled with warmth of feeling’ – not only the Neue Zürcher Zeitung is full of praise when Claudio Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra play Bruckner. Their interpretation of his awe-inspiring Fifth Symphony reflects the composer’s burgeoning powers and exquisite compositional artistry. As The Guardian poetically states: ‘The composer himself, one suspects, might have leapt to embrace Abbado as an ideal interpreter.’

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Arthaus Musik

Maria Chiara, Aida • Kristján Jóhannsson, Radamès
Dolora Zajick, Amneris • Juan Pons, Amonasro • Nicola Ghiuselev, Ramfis
Orchestra and Chorus of the Arena di Verona • Nello Santi
Gianfranco De Bosio, stage director

Arthaus Musik 107 253 [DVD]

Live Recording from the Arena di Verona, 1992

Recorded at the world-famous Arena di Verona, this opulent production of Verdi’s popular opera Aida was brought to life in a classic staging by Gianfranco De Bosio and conducted by Nello Santi, one of the greatest living representatives of the Italian singer-conductor tradition, who led a cast of exceptional singers, all well rooted in the Italian tradition. The dramatic role of Aida was central to Maria Chiara’s repertoire, and she regularly appeared at the arena as Verdi’s heroine. Her intense, introverted interpretation of the role is complemented by Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhannsson’s Radamés. The other roles are filled by equally strong singers: American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick has made a speciality of Verdi’s troubled rich-girl Amneris, while Juan Pons is heard at the peak of his powers in his reading of Amonasro. The opera is staged in front of the imposing, ancient Roman backdrop of the Arena di Verona and the sets, based on the original designs by influential Veronese architect and painter Ettore Fagiuoli (1884-1961), are similarly impressive.

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C Major Entertainment

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5

Yefim Bronfman, piano
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Andris Nelsons

C Major 710204 [Blu-ray Video] / 710108 [DVD]

Andris Nelsons is one of the most sought-after young conductors on the international scene today and once again served notice of his extraordinary talent in Summer 2011 when he conducted two concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the prestigious Lucerne Festival. This concert, available on DVD and Blu-ray features, amongst a programme of Rimsky-Korsakov, Beethoven and Dvořák, the GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman performing Beethoven’s majestic Piano Concerto No 5 and Chopin’s Etude in F major.

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Münchner Philharmoniker • Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR
EuroArts 2059118 [5 DVDs]

This box contains five splendid, highly acclaimed, fascinating and dazzling productions of Sergiu Celibidache (11 July 1912 – 14 August 1996) for his 100th anniversary. He was one of the most charismatic, talented and fascinating conductors of all time; his profound knowledge of instrumental frequencies and acoustic science made him a genius of sound. The five DVD titles in this magnificent box-set present him conducting some of the most beloved pieces in the world, in concert and invaluable, rarely-seen rehearsal footage. He is joined by Daniel Barenboim (who dubbed him ‘one of the greatest musicians I ever encountered’), Hans Kalafusz, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, and his beloved Münchner Philharmoniker, in an illuminating and moving set of performances.

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ICA Classics

The Leningrad Kirov Ballet • The Bolshoi Ballet
ICA Classics ICAD5074 [DVD]

Russia’s two great ballet companies, the Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky) undertook their first major post-war tours in the early 1960s, exposing the West to the bravura and discipline of the Russian dancers for the first time. This DVD brings together performances by members of both companies, providing rare footage of some of the most brilliant dancers of their time. This is the first DVD released of this material.

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Opus Arte

R STRAUSS Lieder, Eine Alpensinfonie
Renée Fleming, soprano
Wiener Philharmoniker • Christian Thielemann

Opus Arte OABD7101D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1069D [DVD]

Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival, August 2011

Gloriously affirming the Salzburg Festival’s long-standing reputation as a supreme musical event, this concert honours one of its founding fathers, Richard Strauss. Renée Fleming, Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra unite for a programme of song, opera and tone poem, genres central to the composer’s extraordinarily fruitful career. Fleming interprets four of his songs with orchestra, including the deeply moving Befreit, and provides a substantial taste of perhaps her finest operatic role, Arabella. New vistas then open as Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic take the spectacular mountain journey mapped by the composer in his titanic Alpine Symphony.

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