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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


SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No 1 • Symphony No 9
LIADOV Baba Yaga • Kikimora

Lynn Harrell, cello • Seattle Symphony • Gerard Schwarz
Artek AR-0056-2

Lynn Harrell joins Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony for a recording of what some regard as one of the most difficult works for cello. Originally composed for the great cellist Rostropovich, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No 1 was written at the start of the Cold War. At this time, Shostakovich slept with a suitcase of essentials packed under his bed in preparation for being taken by the KGB in the middle of the night. This turbulent period for the composer is said to have contributed to the unusual form of the work citing the ‘philosophical’ content of the music itself.

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Johann Hermann SCHEIN Fontana d’Israel
Rheinische Kantorei • Hermann Max, conductor
Capriccio C5069

By the time Johann Hermann Schein, cantor at St. Thomas, Leipzig, put his signature to the preface to his new collection of religious vocal compositions entitled Fontana d’Israel (The Fountain of Israel, selected edifying quotations from the Old and New Testaments), dedicated to the Council of Leipzig, he was already able to look back on a considerable and varied compositional œuvre. But it was the only one of Schein’s religious works to be reissued as long as twenty-two years after his death, and it is still regarded as an ‘exceptional’ artistic achievement, placing Schein among the leading early-Baroque German composers, alongside Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. The Israelsbrünnlein contains twenty-six vocal compositions, which, as Schein writes, ‘can be comfortably played on their own with lively voice and instruments, and also on the organ/harpsichord’ and to which he had added a figured bass, admittedly dispensible in most cases.

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Carpe Diem

Glosas – Embellished Renaissance Music
Raquel Anducza, soprano • More Hispano • Vicente Parrilla
Carpe Diem CD-16285

Vincent Parilla, together with his ensemble, More Hispano, explores the 16th century art of musical ornamentation, diminution, and improvisation in this latest release. His virtuoso and imaginative recorder playing brings new life to songs and madrigals that enjoyed great popularity during the Renaissance. Accompanied by some of the finest young Spanish Early Music specialists, the New York Times raves, ‘Mr. Parilla and company go all out.’

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Herman D & Benjamin KOPPEL Works for Cello and Piano
Morten Zeuthen, cello • Amalie Malling, piano
Dacapo 8.226088

When the composer Herman D. Koppel (1908-98) began writing his cello works in the 1950s a brand new Danish cello repertoire was born. Koppel’s cello works are modern classics of Nordic music, full of power and beauty. For this CD release the cellist Morten Zeuthen has also asked Koppel’s grandchild, the jazz musician Benjamin Koppel, to write a new cello work. The result is an exploratory, demanding solo piece quite in the spirit of Herman D. Koppel.

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Joseph Joachim RAFF Piano Quartets
Ensemble Il Trittico • David Greenlees, viola
Divox CDX-20905-6 (2 SACDs)

Uniting three extraordinary, internationally renowned artists under one unique ensemble banner, the Trio Il Trittico takes the music of Joseph Joachim Raff and introduces it to the world in this first recording. With enthusiasm and creativity, the Il Trittico combines their special artistic experiences, new performance conventions, and humor to create an album which inspires listeners to rediscover the formally neglected composer.

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Newton Classics

SMETANA Má Vlast • DVOŘÁK In Nature’s Realm
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Antal Doráti
Newton Classics NC8802073

Smetana’s Má Vlast (My Country), his magnificent cycle of six symphonic poems, embodies both Czech nationhood and the country’s legendary history and was written when he was at the height of his creative powers. The cycle is lyrical, warm-hearted and dramatic with its exciting tales of heroic warriors, visions of the wide open Bohemian countryside, and the surging river Vitava that runs through it. The sweeping romantic melodies and the splendour of the triumphant brass are full of passionate patriotic feelings. The accompanying work on this 2-CD set also celebrates the Czech countryside: Dvořák’s overture ‘In Nature’s Realm’. This picturesque evocation of the composer’s home in the spruce forests of Bohemia is part of a trilogy, its closing epilogue featuring a chorale-like motif based on a Czech hymn.

These performances, recorded in 1986, are by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, led by the distinguished conductor Antal Doráti. The recording has all the familiar warm ambience of the Concertgebouw Hall, with playing that is ‘brisk and alert’. (Gramophone, December 1987)

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Uljas PULKKIS Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love
Kari Kriikku, clarinet • Gabriel Suovanen, baritone
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra • Hannu Lintu, conductor

Ondine ODE1176-2

This CD features Kari Kriikku (‘a physically flamboyant player of Olympian virtuosity’ – The New York Times) with Uljas Pulkkis’ both cheerful and meditative clarinet concerto, Tales of Joy, Passion, and Love. This colourful work’s concluding movement, Tales of Love, includes the setting of a poem by Thomas Moore (“She sang of Love” from Irish Melodies), featuring baritone Gabriel Suovanen as co-soloist. The Romantic and Impressionist dimensions in Uljas Pulkkis’ music are further showcased in the seven orchestral fantasies of On the Crest of Waves, as well as in the tone poem Vernal Bloom.

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Phoenix Edition

CPE BACH Symphonies
Kammerorchester “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach”
Hartmut Haenchen, conductor

Phoenix Edition Phoenix443
  • Four Orchestral Symphonies with 12 Obbligato parts
  • Six Symphonies for Strings and continuo
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Solo Musica

Birth of the Violin
Rebekka Hartmann, violin
Solo Musica SM151

This release is part of the successful Solo Musica “Birth of …” series, aimed at presenting to listeners the oldest known compositions of music for solo instruments and formations played on the oldest available and still playable instruments. Played in the way they were originally intended and with an unparalleled virtuosity, this CD represents a journey back through time to the beginnings of the solo repertoire for violin.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

VERDI Falstaff
Bernd Weikl (Sir John Falstaff) • Adelheid Fink (Mrs Alice Ford)
Carlos Aguirre (Ford) • Yanyu Guo (Mrs Quickly)
Wioletta Hebrowska (Mrs Meg Page)
Arlette Meißner (Nannetta) • Steffen Schantz (Fenton)
Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Chorus and Orchestra • Uwe Sandner
Bernd Weikl, stage director

Arthaus Musik 101537 (DVD)

Recorded live from the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, 2010

Live from the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern is Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff. This operatic comedy in three acts was called by Die Rheinpfalz ‘A highly successful production.’ Falstaff tells the tale of the famous corpulent and cowardly knight, Sir John Falstaff, as he leads the wayward Prince Hal into trouble.

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C Major Entertainment

The Salzburg Concerts

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra • Daniel Baremboim
C Major 706608 (DVD) / 706704 (Blu-ray Video)

The concerts on this DVD and Blu-ray had been recorded at the 2007 Salzburg Festival, during the orchestras Salzburg residency. The ensemble ‘proved its status as a first-class orchestra that has no need to shy from comparisons with the philharmonic “top dogs” from Vienna or Berlin’ (Munich’s Abendzeitung). The idea of uniting young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries into a musical ensemble still seems incredible today. Yet such an orchestra has been flourishing since 1999, when Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

‘First-class’ Frankfurter Rundschau

‘Daniel Barenboim and the ‘West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’ inspire with Beethoven, Schoenberg, Tchaikovsky.’ Süddeutsche Zeitung

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The Great Mass
A Ballet by Uwe Scholz, Music by MOZART and others

Eunyee You, soprano • Marie-Claude Chappuis, soprano
Werner Güra, tenor • Friedemann Röhlig, bass
Choir of the Leipzig Opera
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig • Balázs Kocsár
Uwe Scholz, choreographer

EuroArts 2054604 (Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live at the Leipzig Opera, Leipzig, June 2005

Uwe Scholz is on e of the most brilliant choreographic minds of his generation – he died in November 2004 at the age of 45. The Great Mass is one of the most impressive works of this important neoclassical Choreographer – a truly impressive requiem; a choreographic revelation. The full length Choreography takes its name from Mozart’s famous unfinished Mass in C minor and adds other works by the same composer, such as the Adagio and Fugue in C minor and the motet Ave verum corpus as well as passages of Gregorian chant, and sequences from contemporary music by György Kurtág, Thomas Jahn and Arvo Pärt.

‘Any reservations one might have about the work are rather pointless. Very beautiful ballets to sacred music which gladden and assuage have been made before, notably John Neumeier’s Magnificat, but Scholz’s Grand Messe portrays man as a pawn in the hands of man, as well as being an instrument of the divine. It is not only a feast for the eyes. I can think of no other classical choreographer today who possesses the richness of vocabulary, the intense musicality, plus the limitless imagination to create a work of such scope.’ Culturekiosque

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Idéale Audience

Adam Laloum Live at Verbier Festival
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze Op 6
DEBUSSY Préludes, Book II: Nos 6 & 7
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No 18 in G major D 894
BRAHMS Intermezzo Op 117 No 2

Adam Laloum, piano
Idéale Audience 3079508 (DVD)

The French pianist, Adam Laloum, winner of the 2009 Clara Haskilag competition, is quickly becoming an international star, described by Le Monde as ‘a young pianist, yet already a great artist and poet’. Age is certainly no barrier for Laloum, who has already played at many of the major venues in Europe. His impressive debut at the 2010 Verbier Festival is shared here in a live recording. Laloum’s sensitive and expressive playing is perfect for this programme of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century works for solo piano, which includes pieces by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Debussy.

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Opus Arte

MUSSORGSKY Boris Godunov
Orlin Anastassov (Boris) • Ian Storey (Grigory)
Vladimir Vaneev (Pimen) • Peter Bronder (Prince Shuisky)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio, Torino • Gianandrea Noseda
Andrei Konchalovsky, stage director

Opus Arte OA1053D (DVD) / OABD7087D (Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live from the Teatro Regio, Turin, 7, 10 & 13 October 2010

Boris Godunov is the story not only of a troubled leader but of an entire nation, and its history is as eventful as that of Mother Russia herself. In this new production, the legendary director Andrei Konchalovsky presents a personal vision of the opera that takes Mussorgsky’s bare and monumental first version as its basis, while adding the final scene from the composer’s revision, in which not only the Tsar but the people themselves reveal their fatal flaws. Orlin Anastassov stars in the title role, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.

Orchestrally and vocally outstanding’ The Opera Critic

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