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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

TRUEMAN, D.: Neither Anvil nor Pulley
So Percussion, Trueman
Cantaloupe Music CA-21093

neither Anvil nor Pulley is, in short, a wordless musical epic that explores the man/machine relationship in the digital age. Composed by Dan Trueman, a Princeton music professor who co-founded the Princeton Laptop Orchestra and is a master of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, the work was commissioned bySo Percussion and calls for a "laptop/percussion quartet with turntable." It was first performed in Austin, Texas in March 2010, and eventually made its way to Carnegie's Zankel Hall in New York City, where the New York Times lauded the "dazzling results" of mixing "George Crumb's knack for unearthly timbres, Alvin Lucier's infinitesimally fine gradations of tone and the fierce creative audacity of Jimi Hendrix."

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Carpe Diem

Keyboard Recital - BYRD, W. / BULL, J. / GIBBONS, O. (Parthenia)
Carpe Diem CD-16298

PARTHENIA is a collection of pieces for harpsichord and virginal composed by the three famous English composers Byrd, Bull and Gibbons, printed in London in 1613 and dedicated to the marriage of Maria Stuart and King Frederick V. The Chilenian harpsichordist Catalina Vicens celebrates the 400-year anniversary of this unique edition of English renaissance keyboard music on her debut album. To make this already diverse collection even more colorful, she uses not less than six different instruments, 3 of which are 17th c. originals. Enjoy this delicate bouquet of early keyboard pieces played on virginals, harpsichords, spinettino and Muselaar, just as the royal couple may have enjoyed it for relaxation and amusement in good company.

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MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 6, 7, 7a, 8, 55
Danish National Chamber Orchestra, A. Fischer
Dacapo 6.220537 (SACD)

The second volume in Adam Fischer’s complete survey of Mozart’s symphonies with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra. This volume contains five of Mozart’s earlier and shorter symphonies composed c. 1767-1768.

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Piano Recital - CHOPIN, F. / ZAREBSKI, J. / SZYMANOWSKI, K. / PADEREWSKI, I.J. / LUTOSLAWSKI, W. (My Polish Diary)
Delos DE3432

“My Polish Diary” represents the personal musical journey of emerging pianist Kiryl Keduk. In this, his debut CD, he offers a fascinating and well-chosen programme of highly worthwhile, yet rarely heard works by five Polish composers of the Romantic era and the twentieth century: Chopin, Zarębski, Szymanowski, Paderewski, and Lutosławski.

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Dorian Sono Luminus

McFarlane, Rosenfeld
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92169

GRAMMY®-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane is joined by flutist Mindy Rosenfeld to create the latest release from Sono Luminus, Nine Notes that Shook the World. Explained by Mindy Rosenfeld, “This recording is a gathering of some of our favorites, a musical feast. A wide cross section of styles, both ‘folk and fyne,’ evocative and expressive of the variety and intensity of human feelings, from sparky, joyful fun to deeper meditative inner reflection, these timeless tunes from past centuries still touch us in ways words cannot, stirring our life energy.”

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Grand Piano

CORTOT, A.: Piano Arrangements
Yue He
Grand Piano GP641

Legendary pianist Alfred Cortot's distinguished reputation as an educator is demonstrated in these magnificent arrangements of chamber music for solo piano. They cover every aspect of technique and expression, from Bach's demanding Toccata and Fugue in D minor to Fauré's delectable Dolly Suite and the grand scale of Franck's Violin Sonata. Award-winning pianist He Yue is a young and rising star of the Chinese musical firmament.

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Newton Classics

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Saisons (Les) (The Seasons) / BALAKIREV, M.A.: Islamey
Newton Classics NC8802195

Tchaikovsky wrote The Seasons in 1875–76 for the music magazine Nuvellist, which had commissioned a character piece for every month of the year, to be published in successive issues. The composer – then at the height of his powers and position – did not take the job terribly seriously, and reportedly told his assistant to remind him of the task on a given day every month. Although The Seasons has had admirers over the years, the set as a whole has never attained wide popularity. Nonetheless, two movements were immediately recognised as minor masterpieces: the graceful ‘Barcarolle’ (June) and the evocative, jingly ‘In the Troika’ (November). Mily Balakirev’s ‘oriental fantasy’ Islamey is one of the most technically difficult works in the repertoire. As a score that demands the fanciest of finger work, as well as an extraordinary range of tone color and some intensity of conviction, Islamey suits Yefim Bronfman’s big-boned virtuosity to a T.

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Oehms Classics

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 0, "Nullte"
Hamburg Philharmonic, S. Young
Oehms Classics OC685

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 0 was composed in the year 1869. The composer himself later had a critical attitude towards it later on, even almost disowning it – probably due to negative criticisms. Symphony No. 0 is frequently claimed to have an unfinished appearance. This is unjustified, for one should not underestimate the importance of this work for the later development of Bruckner as a symphonist.

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RAUTAVAARA, E.: Missa a cappella / Sacred Choral Works
Latvian Radio Choir, Klava
Ondine ODE1223-2

Einojuhani Rautavaara – a self-described “mysthic” – has written a considerable amount of sacred music, including works in the Lutheran, Catholic and Orthodox traditions. His Missa a cappella is one of his most significant recent works, and is here recorded alongside extracts of the Vigilia – his most extensive sacred choral work – his Missa duodecanonica, and a number of smaller sacred choral works. This is the Latvian Radio Choir’s follow-up disc to their highly acclaimed recording of Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil, which was Gramophone’s Recording of the Month in their February issue.

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CAPLET, A.: Wind Ensemble Works - Suite persane / 2 Petites pieces / Legende / Quintet
Ensemble Initium
Timpani 1C1202

Timpani and Initium here present a disc devoted to the music of André Caplet, bringing together the works for winds with all their sumptuous colours. For its third disc (following a complete Onslow recording, then Koechlin), the Ensemble Initium is complete here, joined by top-flight collaborators: Laurent Wagschal and the young newcomers, the Ardeo Quartet. This programme will delight lovers of French music and all those who enjoy discovering new colours performed by an eminent ensemble.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5
Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim
Accentus Music ACC-102175 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-202175 [DVD]

The Süddeutsche Zeitung summed up this highly acclaimed performance of Bruckner's monumental Fifth Symphony by saying: “Both Bruckner’s belief in God, as it majestically wells up out of the chorale of the Fifth, and his deeply tragic world view, collide with one another in Barenboim’s interpretation”. The operatic experience of the conductor was almost tangible, revealing the “sheer dramatic instrumental battle between Bruckner’s God and the Devil – between heaven and hell – without betraying Bruckner’s unerring sense of striking proportions.” The release of this “contrapuntal masterpiece” (as Bruckner, not without pride, referred to this work) is part of Daniel Barenboim’s Bruckner cycle with the renowned Staatskapelle Berlin.

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Arthaus Musik

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2
Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony, Jansons
Arthaus Musik 108081 [Blu-ray Video] / 101685 [DVD]

Gustav Mahler’s gigantic Symphony No. 2 in C minor usually fills out a concert on its own. But in this recording with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Mariss Jansons, the work is introduced by an exquisite – and fitting – choral work: A contemporary (1982) 16-voice arrangement of a song by Mahler, Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen, based on a poem by Friedrich Rückert and originally composed for voice and orchestra in 1901 – performed here by the superb Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Choir).

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C Major Entertainment

WAGNER, R.: Colon Ring (The) - Der Ring des Nibelungen in 7 Hours
Teatro Colon, 2012
C Major 713104 [Blu-ray Video] / 713008 [DVD]

For the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner on the 22nd of May 2013, C Major releases Der Ring des Nibelungen from Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires in an edited version authorised by the Wagner family. The production features the legendary Brünnhilde Linda Watson, Leonid Zakhozhaev, Marion Ammann, Jukka Rasilainen and Andrew Shore. It is directed by Valentina Carrasco, who worked long time with La fura dels baus. The box also includes the Documentary The Colón Ring – Wagner in Buenos Aires.

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ZIMMERMANN, B.A.: Soldaten (Die)
Salzburg Festival, 2012
EuroArts 2072584 [Blu-ray Video] / 2072588 [DVD]

The multimedial simultan music theatre Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann based on a text by Sturm and Drang poet Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz is the composer’s only completed opera. It set new dimensions to the conception of the opera genre when it was first staged 1965 in Cologne and has been called one of the chief works of modern music theatre in the 20th century. This widely praised production which was the highlight of the Salzburg Festival in 2012 made full use of the width of the Salzburger Felsenreitschule to give room to the enormous dimensions of Zimmermann’s monumental opera, featuring a massive ensemble of 170 musicians including the Wiener Philharmoniker and lead by German conductor Ingo Metzmacher. The Latvian Alvis Hermanis directed the rarely staged and tragic story of the downfall of the middle-class girl Marie in an expressive representation and achieves to realize Zimmerman’s desired simultaneity skillfully.

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Idéale Audience

MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 25 / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 5 (Takacs-Nagy) (Verbier Festival, 2012) (NTSC)
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, Takacs-Nagy
Idéale Audience 3079948 [DVD]

The Verbier Festival is one of the most prestigious classical music events in the world. The quality of the participating artists and the originality of the programs have established the festival as a culminating point in the music season. This DVD shows highlights from the Verbier Festival 2012. Gabor Takácz-Nagy is considered one of today’s most authentic exponents of Hungarian Music. He is the Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra since 2007. Gabor Takácz-Nagy has already been awarded with the “Excellencia” prize by the Pizzicato Magazine and the Liszt Prize. In 2012 he was awared honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

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Opus Arte

MEYERBEER, G.: Robert le diable
Royal Opera House, 2012
Opus Arte OABD7121D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1106D [DVD]

A grand opera that dominated the stages of Europe for most of the 19th century, Robert le diable is a masterpiece. Director Laurent Pelly breathes new life into Giacomo Meyerbeer’s great spectacle and audaciously entertaining moral fable, in this colourful new staging for The Royal Opera. The wonderful score includes brilliant arias, dramatic ensembles, rousing choruses and a ballet of ghostly nuns, and with the wavering hero of the title sung by Bryan Hymel, acclaimed for his role as Énée in Les Troyens for The Royal Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, this is an unmissable experience.

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