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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

Michael GORDON Timber
Slagwerk Den Haag
Cantaloupe CA-21072

Musical pioneer and Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon’s subtle rhythmic investigations and fearless compositional inventions have led WNYC to note, ‘Gordon’s music is an outgrowth of his underground New York rock band experience combined with formal music training from Yale, so it’s no surprise that he’s obsessed with the nature of rhythm. ?[He] has built his career on exploring rhythm and what happens when different rhythms are piled on top of each other, to mesmerizing effect.’ His new work, Timber, is scored for six wooden 2x4s, each cut into different sizes, giving each one a slightly different pitch. Called a ‘simantra’, this percussion instrument was first devised by composer Iannis Xenakis. Far from a gimmick, the instrumentation allows Gordon to create the impression that the sound is traveling around and through the room by subtly shifting the accent of sound from one player to another. The result is a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.

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TELEMANN Der Tag des Gerichts (The Day of Judgment)
soloists • Rheinische Kantorei • Das Kleine Konzert • Hermann Max
Capriccio C5098

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first’. In addition Telemann lets the thunder, the wrath of God, rumble darkly and menacingly. The Lord, the Judge, approaches. The Day of Judgment begins. With these signals a gripping musical event starts that opens a rich, symbol-laden world of the most beautiful, inspiring, often individual artistic accomplishments of word and music to anyone who is prepared to come to terms with it. The group begun in 1755 of Telemann works of his old age includes, several sacred oratorios in an absolutely logical sequence – Der Tod Jesu, Die Auferstehung, Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu, Der Tag des Gerichts – as well as the two-part Donner-Ode, a cantata on Psalm models on the occasion of the Lisbon earthquake.

In all these late works, always wrestling with a compositional design suitable to the subject and the text, Telemann in each case strikes a specific note inherent in the work; he employs his compositional means in a way that develops an unmistakably individual character for the work. In The Day of Judgment Telemann is also the master of colour, of superior use of instruments. Thus it becomes clear that The Day of Judgment is not, for instance, only a monument in the history of the German oratorio, but introduces the theological discussions and eschatological thought of that time.

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Carpe Diem

MONTEVERDI A Trace of Grace
Michel Godard • Steve Swallow • Guillemette Laurens
Gavino Murgia • Fanny Paccoud • Bruno Helstroffer

Carpe Diem CD-16286

In the tradition of Le Concert des Parfums, Monteverdi, a brainchild of Michel Godard, was also recorded in the magical abbey of Noirlac, France, during enchanted summer nights. Jazz Trio (Michel Godard, Steve Swallow, Gavino Murgia) meets Early Baroque Trio (Guillemette Laurens, Fanny Paccoud, Bruno Helstroffer) and lets two musical dimensions grow, enlaced together in labyrinthine arabesques, playing songs of Claudio Monteverdi, Micel Goard and Steve Swallow in a natural implicitness and lightheartedness.

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Carl NIELSEN The Masterworks, Vol 1: Orchestral Music
Danish National Symphony • Michael Schønwandt • Thomas Dausgaard
Dacapo 8.206002 (3 CDs, 1 SACD & 2 DVDs)

Carl Nielsen’s symphonies, concertos and other orchestral works are Scandinavia’s most powerful music. ‘Music is life, and like it inextinguishable,’ said Nielsen – himself born and raised in the Danish countryside as the son of poor folk musician, but later recognized as one of the 20th century’s greatest symphonists. This unique collection consists of prizewinning recordings by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, which has preserved the authentic playing style since Carl Nielsen’s time.

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Cello Jewels
Esther Nyffenegger, cello • Gérard Wyss, piano
Divox CDX-55257-2

To celebrate the 70th birthday of cellist Esther Nyffenegger, DIVOX presents the box set Cello Jewels – an 8 hour, 7 CD set which catalogs the great breadth of 19th century chamber music literature for cello as performed by Nyffenegger. Nyffenegger proves herself a brilliant, forceful cellist, and DIVOX salutes her on her birthday with this special editions and sincere gratitude for her many years of companionship.

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Violin for One
Stanislav Pronin, violin
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92139

Enjoy the intimacy and virtuosity of the debut recording by Russian violinist Stanislav (Stass) Pronin. This engaging new release of solo violin works truly exposes the world to this exciting new talent. Pronin also exhibits his concentration and prowess by performing both parts on the Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins.

Despite his young age, Stanislav Pronin has already established himself as one of the most brilliant violinists of his generation. Born in Moscow, Mr. Pronin can trace his musical lineage to the great school of Odessa trained violinists. His first teacher was his grandfather, Veniamin Pronin, who was a professor of violin at the Odessa Conservatory and a pupil of the renowned pedagogue Pyotr Stoliarsky, teacher of David Oistrakh and Nathan Milstein. Among his grandfather’s close friends and colleagues were violinist Leonid Kogan, pianist Emil Gilels and the great Russian composer Dmitry Shostakovich.

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ICA Classics

BEETHOVEN Symphony No 9
Irmgard Seefried • Rosette Anday • Anton Dermota • Paul Schöffler
Wiener Singakademie • Wiener Philharmoniker • Wilhelm Furtwängler

ICA Classics ICAC5034

Furtwängler always regarded Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony as a near-religious work and his performances of it were special occasions. This release is important because it has never been issued before outside Japan and came about because Furtwängler having scheduled a number of performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 in January 1953, fell ill during the first concert which was abandoned. The concerts were then re-scheduled for the end of May 1953 with an extra performance thrown in for those who were at the uncompleted one. This took place on May 30th but is often confused with the final concert which took place a day later on May 31 and which has been released on a number of labels. ICA’s Ambient Mastering recreates the atmosphere of the concert perfectly.

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Newton Classics

JS BACH / VIVALDI Violin Concertos
Midori, violin • St Paul Chamber Orchestra • Pinchas Zukerman
Newton Classics NC8802078

This special disc showcases both the high summer of the Italian Baroque style and the early spring of an extraordinary performer of our own time [the 14-year-old Midori]. ‘These are all good, stylish performances… [Midori’s playing] is stupefyingly good.’ Gramophone

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Oehms Classics

BRUCKNER Symphony No 6
Mozarteumorchester Salzburg • Ivor Bolton
Oehms Classics OC404

Bruckner shaped by a baroque expert! Ivor Bolton is known throughout the world for his superlative performances of baroque and early classic music. At the same time, he also pursues a career conducting classic romantic repertoire. He has executed a great deal of these activities as the GMD of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. With this orchestra, he now completes the sixth volume in his Bruckner series; he has previously released symphonies Nos 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9.

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Kari Kriikku, clarinet • Anu Komsi, soprano • Finnish Symphony • Sakari Oramo
Ondine ODE-1173-2

This much awaited premiere features recordings of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s first clarinet concerto D’OM LE VRAI SENS. Kaija Saariaho (b. 1952) is an international lading composer of today, also serving as the 2011-12 Composer-in-Residence at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Featuring star clarinetist Kari Kriikku, who the New York Times called ‘a physically flamboyant playing of Olympian virtuosity.’

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Solo Musica

Harald GENZMER Like a dream on the verge of endlessness
Emmanuel Pahaudm flute • Margarita Höhenrieder, piano
Solo Musica SM159

Harald Genzmer wrote the works for flute and piano presented here in 2003 and 2004, in the last years of his life. His music is full of vigor and energy, humour and charm; it is timeless and life-affirming. ‘When I am finally no longer on this planet, you will at least have something of me…’. With those words Harald Genzmer dedicated to Margarita Höhenrieder his last great work, a vision of parting ‘like a dream on the verge of endlessness.’

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

MAHLER Symphony No 8
soloists & choruses • Gewandhausorchester Leipzig • Riccardo Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10222 (Blu-ray Video)

Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is arguably the grandest and most ambitious piece of symphonic music ever written, nicknamed his opus summum and the Symphony of a Thousand. At Leipzig’s International Mahler Festival, Riccardo Chailly commanded almost 500 musicians, and the overwhelming result of their joint effort inspired the Leipzig-based and internationally renowned artist Neo Rauch to the painting reproduced on the cover of this Blu-ray disc.

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Arthaus Musik

MOZART Don Giovanni
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau • Elisabeth Grümmer • Pilar Lorengar
Donald Grobe • Walter Berry • Josef Greindl • Ivan Sardi • Erika Köth
Chorus & Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin • Ferenc Fricsay
Carl Ebert, stage director

Arthaus Musik 101575 (DVD)

Recorded live at the Deutsches Oper Berlin, Berlin, 1961

Available now, for this first time on DVD, is the inaugural performance of Don Giovanni at the Deutsches Oper Berlin. Mozart’s popular story of the outrageous and arrogant Don Giovanni is shadowed by the more compelling, triumphant story of the performers who boldly performed in Berlin just weeks after the construction of the Berlin Wall. The nationally broadcasted September 23rd dress rehearsal is also included as a bonus feature.

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C Major Entertainment

Kronos Quartet • Kimmo Pohjonen • Samuli Kosminen
C Major 707108 (DVD)

UNIKO features Grammy winning Kronos Quartet together with the Finnish Duo – accordion adventurer Kimmo Pohjonen and sampling guru Samuli Kosminen. Together with live strings and electric accordion plus effects and manipulations they create a new, multi-dimensional sound world. Commissioned by Kronos in 2003 and premiered at the Helsinki Festival in 2004, UNIKO has subsequently drawn sellout crowds in Moscow, Norway, and New York. UNIKO is highlighted by Pohjonen’s electrified and MIDI-fied accordion alongside Kosminen’s electronic percussion devices, which reproduce his own accordion samples and his samples of Kronos’ instruments. The spectacle is as visual as is it aural, and is a must-see on DVD.

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Franz Liszt – The Pilgrimage Years
A film by Angelo Bozzolini
EuroArts 2058868 (DVD)

The most extraordinary virtuoso in musical history must surely be Franz Liszt. This documentary, featuring many leading Liszt experts (including Charles Rosen, Leslie Howard, Antonio Pappano and Evgeny Kissin), concentrates on his earlier years when he was travelling across Europe almost non-stop, fuelling the phenomenon described by Heine as ‘Lisztomania’. It was also the time of his elopement with Marie, Comtesse d’Agoult, in a move that scandalised polite society as much for its unorthodox nature as for its moral dubiety. These were the years of artistic journeying to which Liszt would one day return in the evocative musical colours of his Années de pèlerinage.

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ICA Classics

SCHUBERT String Quartets Nos 10 & 12
BRAHMS String Quartet No 2

Borodin Quartet
ICA Classics ICAD5044 (DVD)

Described as ‘the quartet world’s most distinguished ensemble’, the Borodin Quartet celebrated its 65th anniversary with a sold out concert at the Wigmore Hall, London, a week before this live recording from the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Following the performance the Financial Times wrote that ‘today’s Borodin Quartet has lost nothing of its old authority.’ The quartet plays with warmth, commitment and obvious enjoyment.

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Idéale Audience

Leonard Bernstein conducts Bach and Stravinsky
JS BACH Magnificat, BWV 243 • STRAVINSKY Mass

Anny Mory • Patricia Parker • Rodney Hardesty • John Mitchinson • Paul Hudson
Trinity Boys Choir • English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra • Leonard Bernstein

Idéale Audience 3085308 (DVD)

Recorded live at Saint Augustine’s Church, Kilburn, London, 16 April 1977

The DVD presents a unique chance to see Leonard Bernstein conducting Bach’s Magnificat and Stravinsky’s Mass. Recorded in 1977 in Saint Augustine’s Church, London, it is an intimate and moving recording, presenting two of the most important pieces in the choral repertoire. Bernstein is joined by the distinguished soloists Anny Mory, Patricia Parker, Rodney Hardesty, John Mitchinson and Paul Hudson, accompanied by the English Bach Festival Choir & Orchestra.

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Opus Arte

VERDI Les vêpres siciliennes
Barbara Haveman (Hélène) • Burkhard Fritz (Henri)
Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester (Guy de Montfort)
Balint Szabo (Jean Procida) • Koor van De Nederlandse Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra • Paolo Carignani
Christof Loy, stage director

Opus Arte OA1060D (DVD) / OABD7092D (Blu-ray Video)

Recorded live at the Amsterdam Music Theatre, 23 & 29 September, 2010

Les vêpres siciliennes, like the similarly epic Don Carlos, was conceived as a grand opéra for Paris and is driven by the tensions between private passions and public politics. Originally set during Sicily’s 13th-century uprising against French rule, in Christof Loy’s staging for the Netherlands Opera the action is transposed to a 1940s world of sudden violence and shadowy double-dealing. Imaginatively cast and idiomatically conducted, the performance presents this magnificent score in its entirety, including the allegorical ballet The Four Seasons.

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