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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

BBC Legends

Leopold STOKOWSKI (3 CD Box Set)
BBC Legends BBCL5007-2

CD 1: MAHLER Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection’ (1963)
Woodland, Baker, BBC Chorus, London Symphony, Stokowski
BBC Legends BBCL4136-2
CD 2: SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No 5
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No 8 (1964)

London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Stokowski
BBC Legends BBCL4165-2
CD 3: VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / RAVEL / BRAHMS Orchestral Music (1964, 1974)
New Philharmonia, London Symphony, Stokowski
BBC Legends BBCL4205-2

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Johann Ludwig BACH Funeral Music, Motets, Cantatas, Missa Brevis
Rheinische Kantorei • Das Kleine Konzert • Hermann Max
Capriccio C5080

The Meiningen Hofkapellmeister Johann Ludwig Bach is one of the members of the widely ramified family of musicians who did not pay much attention to secular fame and contented themselves with leading a secluded and industrious life, so that they quickly tended to sink into obscurity. That was perhaps why, as early as 1754, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach pleaded that those relatives not be forgotten.

Very little of Johann Ludwig Bach’s presumably quite extensive musical oeuvre has survived – just under two dozen sacred cantatas, about a dozen motets, a mass, a large funeral composition, a secular homage and an instrumental work of doubtful authenticity. The cantatas in particular have drawn the attention of scholars, since no fewer than eighteen of them have come down to us via Johann Sebastian Bach, who performed them in 1726, his third year of office as Thomaskantor in Leipzig.

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Notable Women
Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-126

In Notable Women, the Lincoln Trio (Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; Marta Aznavoorian, piano) come together to perform pieces written by female composers. Lera Auerbach, Stacy Garrop, Jennifer Higdon, Augusta Read Thomas and Joan Tower are among the women composers featured in this truly remarkable work. Four of the pieces are world-premiere recordings: Lera Auerbach’s Trio, Stacy Garrop’s Seven, Laura Elise Schwendinger’s C’e la Luna Questa Sera?, and Joan Tower’s Trio Cavany. Writing for, former Chicago Sun-Times critic Wynne Delacoma called the program ‘an afternoon of bracing, highly varied music written by some of contemporary music’s most talented composers – male or female’ offering ‘a window to what’s happening on the contemporary music scene.’

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MOZART Symphonies, Vol 3 (1769-1770)
Danish National Chamber Orchestra • Adam Fischer
Dacapo 6.220538

This is the sixth release in the acclaimed series of the complete symphonies by W.A. Mozart, recorded by the Danish National Chamber Orchestra and their renowned Austro-Hungarian chief conductor Adam Fischer. The CD booklets in this series offer the conductor's commentaries to each symphony as well as reflective essays on W.A. Mozart and the Classic period. This volume contains six of Mozart's earlier and shorter symphonies composed c. 1769-1770.

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Ensemble Pyramide – A Portrait
Ensemble Pyramide
Divox CDX-21006

The Ensemble Pyramide was founded in 1991 in Zurich. The special combination of Pyramide consists of flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello and harp. Through their long years of cooperation, the ensemble members have created an unmistakable sound and developed a special stylistic flexibility, enabling them to perform music from the baroque period to the 21st century seamlessly. Thus, they like to demonstrate surprising music-historical contexts, for example by juxtaposing works of the classical era with those of the 20th century.

On the occasion of the 20-year anniversary of this unique ensemble, Divox releases a musical of portrait of the Ensemble Pyramide, which it had recorded in 1999. This CD assembles works which the ensemble loves to play and which also show off the breadth of its ability and range.

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BERLIOZ Harold in Italy
PAGANINI Sonata per la Gran Viola e Orchestra

David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Helsinki Philharmonic • Vladimir Ashkenazy

Ondine ODE1188-2

For his second CD release, 25-year-old New York-born violist David Aaron Carpenter is joined by Vladimir Ashkenazy who leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Together they perform the Symphony with Viola obbligato, Harold in Italy, which Berlioz originally wrote on a commission from Paganini. The present recording features, for the first time, a more virtuoso soloist part written for Paganini. The coupling is a showpiece, which Nicolò Paganini wrote after rejecting his earlier Berlioz commission; “The Sonata per la Gran Viola displays the highest virtuosic writing for this instrument,” says David Aaron Carpenter, who defines his mission as focusing attention on the viola as a great solo string instrument in its own right. Also included is Berlioz's cheerful Overture to the opera Béatrice et Bénédict.

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Two Pianists

Me – On Wings of Song
Konstantin Scherbakov, piano
TwoPianists TP1039107

Konstantin Scherbakov’s endless repertoire accomplishments continue to amaze. Specialising in virtuoso repertoire, much of it previously considered unplayable, Scherbakov has been called a ‘modern Rachmaninov’ and has gained international acclaim for his performances of Liszt’s transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies.

A very special repertoire choice has formed the artist’s profile with the accent on rarely performed and highly demanding virtuoso programs, often comprising of works that were considered unplayable before. This has been the focus point of the recent features in Fono Forum, Record Geijutsu Tokyo and Spiegel magazines.

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

Johann von Bülow (Manfred)
Düsseldorfer Symphoniker • Andrey Boreyko
Johannes Deutsch, director & visualization

Arthaus Musik 101575 (DVD)

Live Recording from the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, 2010

As a young man, Schumann had got to know Byron’s works through his father’s publishing business. There is no question that the composer recognised his own psyche in Manfred’s rugged soul. But he also responded to the challenge of Byron’s artistic concept of Manfred as “mental theatre”. In the Düsseldorf production, the audience ‘becomes’ Manfred, experiencing through the eyes of the eponymous hero a projection of the visually alienated world of the Swiss mountains in which the story is set – visualisation by the Austrian media artist Johannes Deutsch.

‘The visual impact is truly spectacular and combines with the words and music to create a unified whole. … With his youthful, honest diction, Johann von Bülow is an impressive Manfred.’ – Das Opernglas

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C Major Entertainment

Valery Gergiev at the Abu Dhabi Festival

World Orchestra for Peace • Valery Gergiev
C Major 707008 (DVD)

For the first appearance in the Arab world by the World Orchestra for Peace at the invitation of the Abu Dhabi Festival, their dynamic conductor, Valery Gergiev, has put together a programme featuring major symphonies by two of Russia’s best-loved composers, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The World Orchestra for Peace is made up of the finest musicians from the world’s leading orchestras and was established by the legendary conductor, Sir Georg Solti, in 1995 with a very special goal: to ‘reaffirm the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace.’

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A film by Bill Morrison
Music by Simon Christensen
performed by Kundi Bombo
Dacapo 2.110411BD (Blu-ray Video)

TRIBUTES-Pulse is a collaboration between American filmmaker Bill Morrison and Danish composer and percussionist Simon Christensen. Christensen originally conceived of the project as a tribute to four American composers, Charles Ives, Conlon Nancarrow, Steve Reich and Trent Reznor. The idea of “Pulse” is explored in both the music and the film. Christensen conceived of the role of Pulse – the rhythmic recurrence of vibration – in the music of these four composers. But pulse is also explored as the through-line in a life, civilization, and nature. Using exquisitely deteriorating nitrate-based archival film, Morrison weaves a story from the remnants of disparate narratives. The episodes appear intermittently between the undulating pulse of the film's decay, the imagery compromised – yet made all the more poignant – by a dying celluloid medium.

Through image and sound Morrison and Christensen have created a requiem for the 20th century – the persistence of a pulse, the contractions of the heart.

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Sergiu Celibidache in Rehearsal and Performance
DVOŘÁK Symphony No 9 ‘From the New World’
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ (Rehearsal and Performance)

Münchner Philharmoniker • Sergiu Celibidache
EuroArts 2066558 (DVD)

Sergiu Celibidache was one of the world’s greatest conductors. He was a genius of sound, blending and balancing it from within the music itself and with a profound knowledge of instrumental frequencies and acoustic science. On this DVD he conducts the Münchner Philharmoniker in two of the best-known and most popular symphonies in the repertoire. Also included is fascinating footage of him in rehearsal, showing his disciplined and detailed preparation with the orchestra.

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Idéale Audience

Arthur Rubinstein Plays Chopin
Rubinstein in Conversation with Bernard Levin

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra • Zubin Mehta
Idéale Audience 3079638 (DVD)

Widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most revered pianists, Arthur Rubinstein gives us a breathtaking performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, accompanied by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta; this is followed by Chopin’s sparkling ‘Héroïque’ Polonaise No. 6. The second part of this DVD is a presentation of Rubinstein in conversation with Bernard Levin, from the BBC’s flagship Omnibus programme in 1968; this is a rare document that offers fascinating insights into Rubinstein’s musical genius.

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Opus Arte

TURNAGE Anna Nicole
Eva-Maria Westbroek (Anna Nicole) • Gerald Finley (The Lawyer Stern)
Alan Oke (Old Man Marshall) • Susan Bickley (Virgie)
Royal Opera Chorus • Orchestra of the Royal Opera House • Antonio Pappano
Richard Jones, stage director

Opus Arte OA1054D (DVD) / OABD7088D (Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 23 & 26 February 2011

In a tragic-comic take on the extremes of celebrity culture, composer Mark Anthony Turnage, librettist Richard Thomas and director Richard Jones add Anna Nicole Smith to opera’s gallery of bad, sad girls. A pneumatic Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, she achieved grotesque fame before her destitute, drugriddled death. With its jazz-coloured score and Eva-Maria Westbroek’s starry performance, this is, as the New York Times said: ‘an engrossing outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately deeply moving opera’.

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