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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

BR Klassik

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 / Reflections
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900119

The first and, according to the maestro, only complete recording of all the Beethoven Symphonies with Mariss Jansons and his Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. This long-awaited cycle consists of recordings of the best concerts of the orchestra’s Japan tour and its Munich concerts in late 2012. The 6-CD edition is supplemented by works personally commissioned by Mariss Jansons from internationally renowned contemporary composers, the requirement being that each should refer to a Beethoven symphony.

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CD Accord

BARGIELSKI, Z.: Landscape of Remembrance / MYCIELSKI, Z.: Piano Trio (Landscape of Memories)
BMF Piano Trio
CD Accord CDAccordACD191

The fact that Polish music has not seen many examples of the piano trio genre is the reason why this compilation of trios written by five composers deserves special attention. Two of the works were written by the late doyens of Polish music: Zygmunt Mycielski (1907–1987) and Andrzej Panufnik (1914–1991). One other was composed by Zbigniew Bargielski, who, though younger than Mycielski or Panufnik, was also born before World War II, that is in 1937. Last but not least, the collection includes trios by two female composers born in the 60’s of the 20th century: Hanna Kulenty (born 1961) and Roxanna Panufnik, Andrzej’s daughter, born in 1968 and living in the United Kingdom ever since, her interest in Polish music running in her blood.

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MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 - Nos. 35 and 38
Danish National Chamber Orchestra, A. Fischer
Dacapo 6.220545

This is the tenth volume in the Dacapo’s 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. We have now reached some of Mozart’s mature and most treasured symphonies nicknamed Haffner and Prague, composed in the composer’s last decade alive, the 1780s.

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Vocal Recital - BEACH, A. / BARBER, S. / ROREM, N. / DUKE, J. / GRIFFES, C.T. (Stopping By)
Delos DE3445

In emerging tenor Kyle Bielfield’s debut recording, we are treated to a choice array of American songs both well-known and obscure, ranging from the earliest published domestic songs by Stephen Foster to selections by remarkable living composers like Ned Rorem and Mark Abel. All of the texts, as well, are by American poets.

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Vocal Recital - MERULA, T. / DA GAGLIANO, M. / STORACE, B. / MONTEVERDI, C.  (Io vidi in Terra)
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92172

Artistically breathtaking and engagingly intimate, the vocal music of the early Italian Baroque was an exercise in close artistic collaboration. Bringing together three of the most renowned practitioners of historically-appropriate performance of Early Music and Baroque repertoires, the Sono Luminus release of Io Vidi in Terra provides a rare immersion into a mysterious world that, despite its relative obscurity in the perspectives of 21st-Century observers, shaped almost every aspect of music as it blossomed in subsequent generations.

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Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 4
Grand Piano GP649

Drawn from different parts of Tchrepnin’s life, the Entretiens display distinct cinematic qualities. With their exhaustive range of expression the Twelve Preludes vividly demonstrate the multi-faceted genius of their composer. The Romances contrast tenderness and warmth with unsettling moods and the Five Concert Etudes show an infatuation with all things Chinese.

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ICA Classics

CHERUBINI, L.: Medea (1959)
Callas, Vickers, Carlyle, Cossotto, Covent Garden Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Rescigno
ICA Classics ICAC5110

Callas first performed Cherubini’s Medea in 1953 and continued to perform the role throughout the 1950s and 1960s. This performance on 30 June 1959 at the Royal Opera House received rave reviews: ‘Callas builds her performance into one powerful line of increasing tension. It is the kind of performance which spoils one for anything less from the opera stage.’(George Mayer, American Record Guide). Supported by a strong cast of Jon Vickers, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicola Zaccaria, ICA Classics’ careful remastering and excellent sound sets this recording apart from all other versions of the opera.

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Oehms Classics

BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 4
German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic, Skrowaczewski
Oehms Classics OC410

The present recording of the Fourth Symphony of Johannes Brahms is the last one produced by OehmsClassics with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. Thus many cycles lie dormant on CD and no more will follow. Nonetheless, a special birthday present for the phenomenal maestro is being prepared. To celebrate his 90th birthday in October, OehmsClassics is presenting a 28-CD box with the “Complete Oehms Recordings”.

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SCHUMANN, R.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
C. Tetzlaff, Vogt
Ondine ODE1205-2

Ondine is pleased to announce the second chamber music recording with violinist Christian Tetzlaff, featuring his long time musical partner pianist Lars Vogt. With the selection of these violin sonatas for violin and piano by Robert Schumann (1810–1856) the artists show the development of the composer, including the third sonata that was neglected for a long time after Schumann’s death and only premiered in 1956.

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OUR Recordings

MIKKELBORG, P.: Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart
Petri, H. Davies, South Jutland Symphony, H.V. Christensen
OUR Recordings 6.220607

After a long absence, jazz patriarch Palle Mikkelborg, one of the undisputed founders of the Nordic Sound, returns with a full-length composition featuring the artistry of Helen Davies (harp), Michala Petri (recorder) and the strings of the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen. Conceived as a deeply personal “Ein Heldenleben” of sorts, Mikkelborg’s “Going To Pieces - Without Falling Apart” takes us on a journey through the “over-tones, where we all recognize each other’s deepest desires despite our more earth-bound differences.”

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Solo Musica

Cello Music - BONATO, G. / ALI-ZADEH, F. / GUBAIDULINA, S. / KERER, M. (4 for Peace)
Hyun-Jung Berger, Julius Berger
Solo Musica SM193

An important feature of the ensemble CelloPassionato is its regular co-operation with composers. Its close ties with the composer create proximity to the work, inspire the interpretation and generate the feeling of being able to ‘read between the lines’. All the compositions recorded on this CD are a product of this co-operation. The works by Ali-Sade and Gubaidulina are released here as premiere recordings, whereas the works by Bonato and Kerer were written for the ensemble, premiered and subsequently recorded.

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Two Pianists

BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations (arr. J.G. Rheinberger and M. Reger for 2 pianos)
Magalhaes, N. Schumann
TwoPianists TP1039213

Bach’s Goldberg Variations, originally for harpsichord, was arranged for two pianos by the well-known organist Josef Rheinberger. Around twenty years later, this arrangement, already containing some cleverly inserted original material by Rheinberger, was then further manipulated by yet another organist, Max Reger. The result of the latter’s final input, culminated in this immensely ingenious and brilliantly virtuosic work.

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Yarlung Records

ZEISL, E.: Little Symphony after Pictures of Roswitha Bitterlich / November / Concerto Grosso for Cello and Orchestra
Lysy, Stulberg
Yarlung Records YAR96820

Cellist Antonio Lysy, known for his GRAMMY® Award winning Yarlung CD Antonio Lysy at The Broad: Music from Argentina (YAR27517) joins Neal Stulberg conducting the UCLA Philharmonia in three major orchestral works by Viennese composer Eric Zeisl. Recorded in legendary Royce Hall, Los Angeles.

“Zeisl’s music is enjoying a renaissance now, and for good reason: his is a personal, intense and urgent voice that speaks with the distinctive dual citizenship of mid-century Vienna and Los Angeles. While his vocal, choral and chamber music has been recorded in recent years, much of his orchestral music still awaits rediscovery. We hope that this album will provide listeners with an introductory survey of Zeisl’s orchestral art.” –Neal Stulberg

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Selected DVDs

Arthaus Musik

WEBER, C.M. von: Hunter's Bride
Film version of Der Freischütz, 2010
Arthaus Musik 108097 [Blu-ray Video] / 101692 [DVD]

Hunter’s Bride is a film opera based on the romantic opera Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber. Dreams and hopes of young people are told in this exquisite fairy tale. Max and Kaspar, both hunters, fight side by side in the Napoleonic Wars, as well as each other to conquer Agathe’s love. European cultural history becomes visible in an opulent historical panorama and one of the most beautiful pieces of music. The pictures of Norwegian director of photography Harald Gunnar Paalgard give a spatial dimension to the unique sound of the London Symphony Orchestra, which recorded in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Performed by renowned opera soloists – Juliane Banse, Michael König, Michael Volle, René Pape – the film opera was a huge public success in European theatres. Filmed on 35mm film on original locations in Germany, the film opera dramatises the enchanted tale with stunning images, and surround-sound revives the music for the eyes and the ears of the audience.

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C Major Entertainment

BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La)
La Fenice, 2012
C Major 714004 [Blu-ray Video] / 713908 [DVD]

La Sonnambula is Bellini’s first masterpiece, which brought him great fame. The exceptional singer Jessica Pratt’s schedule have included performances at the Vienna States Opera, Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, Covent Garden, working with conductors such as: Vladimir Ashkenazy, Kent Nagano, Sir Colin Davis and Christian Thielemann. Bepi Morassi’s (worked at Sydney Opera, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Verona, Paris etc.) staging is described by the prestigious daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung “a spirited and witty new production.”

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EPC Distribution

PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly
Opera Australia, 2012
EPC Distribution OPOZ56039BD [Blu-ray Video] / OPOZ56038DVD [DVD] / OPOZ56040CD [CD]

Madama Butterfly is a magnificent work by Puccini with a ravishing score to tug at the heart. Japanese soprano, Hiromi Omura, portrays Butterfly with grace, bringing to the stage a complex combination of fragility and strength, with singing that is both exquisite and powerful. James Egglestone gives Pinkerton the self-possession of a man who takes from the world what he wants, his strong voice soaring over the magnificent orchestra. The drama is played out on an elegant, minimalistic set splashed with bright colour from the gorgeous costumes and lighting, inspired by Japanese theatre traditions.

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Kožená, Rattle
EuroArts 2059424 [Blu-ray Video] / 2059428 [DVD]

The Europakonzert is the annual celebration of the founding day of the Berliner Philharmoniker on May 1st. The purpose of this unique series is to perform concerts at places which have a special cultural history and compel through their stunning architecture in order to provide the audience with a visual experience out of the ordinary. The concert in 2013, performed at the historical Spanish Hall at Prague Castle features Sir Simon Rattle and Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená (winner of the Echo Klassik) performing music from Ralph Vaughan Williams, Ludwig van Beethoven and Antonín Dvořák.

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Opus Arte

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Eugene Onegin
Royal Opera House, 2013
Opus Arte OABD7132D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1120D [DVD]

Kasper Holten’s inaugural production as Director of Opera for The Royal Opera returns to Pushkin’s verse novella to reveal the shadows of memory which haunt Tchaikovsky’s lyric tragedy. Using doubles to suggest the paths taken, or not taken, by its two impulsive protagonists, Holten gives eloquent voice to the loss and regret that lies at the heart of Eugene Onegin. Simon Keenlyside and Krassimira Stoyanova bring both experience and dynamic energy to the pair of protagonists, while the youthful, ‘heartrending’ tenor of Pavol Breslik and the idiomatic sweep of Robin Ticciati’s ‘inspired’ conducting (The Independent) were enthusiastically received at the premiere of this visually opulent staging.

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