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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

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5, Francesca da Rimini
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra • Mariss Jansons, conductor
BR Klassik 900105

The symphonic poem Francesca da Rimini stands opposite one of Tchaikovsky’s most popular works on this SACD – the Symphony No 5 in E minor. The poetic-dramatic work Francesca da Rimini, based on an episode from Dante’s Inferno, which unfolds a splendid and captivating tableau ranging from lyrical passages with a beguiling wealth of colour all the way to dramatic-theatrical outbursts. No question about it: Mariss Jansons has just the right pinch of ‘Russian soul’ to bring out both these works in their full power: the recordings in October 2009 and July 2010 reveal the conductor in perfect unity with his orchestra, a combination capable of bringing ecstasy and control into perfect balance here.

BR Klassik New Releases:
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Carpe Diem

Yr A Oydo
Improvised music based on works by Monteverdi, Ortiz,
Ferrari and other Early Baroque masters
Raquel Andueza, soprano • More Hispano
Carpe Diem CD-16279

Yr a oydo is an old Spanish expression for ‘going by heart’. It rethinks the role of a performer of early music today, who instead of only playing what is written in the music follows his or her own creative process. Improvisation was more than a common practice in daily music-making during the Renaissance. Spanish musicians of the time provide a brilliant example of this practice. More Hispano presents with Yr a oydo an active approach, taking care not to just play the written notes of the pieces but adding another dimension to the interpretation as early performers did.

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Music by Fauré, Gaubert, Hue, Doppler, Taffanel & Borne
Mathieu Dufour, flute • Kuang-Hao Huang, piano
Cedille Records CDR90000-121

Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal flutist, Mathieu Dufour, conceived this smartly programmed disc of late 19th/early 20th-century flute fantasies from his native France.  He performs with the highly regarded Chicago-based pianist Kuang-Hao Huang. Fantaisie combines CD rarities, such as Phillippe Gaubert’s  Fantaisie  and  Albert Franz Doppler’s Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise, with flute enthusiast-favorites including Gabriel Fauré’s Fantaisie, Op. 79, and Francois Borne’s Fantaisie Brillante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen. The CD combines virtuosic pieces written for the annual, competitive Concours examination at the Paris Conservatory — the fantasies by Fauré, Gaubert, and Georges Hüe — and works that elaborate on opera themes and folk tunes: the fantasies by Doppler and Borne plus Paul Taffanel’s  Fantaisie on Themes From Weber’s Der Freischütz, one of the greatest opera fantasies for any instrument.

Cedille recordings are not available in Australia via Naxos.

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MOZART Symphonies Vol 8 – Nos 28, 29 & 30
Danish National Chamber Orchestra • Adam Fischer, conductor
Dacapo 6.220543

This is the fifth 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. On this volume you can enjoy the symphonies nos. 28, 29 and 30 composed during 1773-74. 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. ‘A first-rate CD…played in a way that makes me want to listen to them again.’ (4/5 STARS, BBC Music Magazine on Vol. 7, Dacapo 6.220542)

DACAPO New Releases:
January 2010
March 2010
April 2010
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Newton Classics

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, DVOŘÁK Serenade for Strings, PURCELL Dido's Lament
(arr. Stokowski)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra • Leopold Stokowski, conductor
Newton Classics NC8802025

This recording captures the magic of the Stokowski sound, his meticulous attention to detail, and his skill as an arranger. The Tallis Fantasia was a work he championed from 1926, and his support for the composer continued up to RVW’s death in 1958 with the American premiere of the Ninth Symphony. The Dvořák Serenade on this CD was Stokowski’s first recording (at the age of 93) of the work. ‘Stokowski’s concern for tonal balance brings some radiantly beautiful effects…the RPO strings play most beautifully with rich, ripe tone…As to the sound, this is one of the most resplendent Stokowski records we have had from his last Indian Summer in the studio’ (Gramophone) ‘I have never heard finer string playing than this…all in all, this is a record of startling beauty’ (Records and Recording)

Newton Classics New Releases:
July 2010
September 2010
October 2010

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Solo Musica

Ramon Ortega Quero, oboe • Luise Buchberger, cello
Peter Kofler, harpsichord

Solo Musica SM142

‘I am recording this particular program because of my love to baroque music. When the possibility of the recording came, I just tried to find out my favourite pieces from the French and Italian Repertoire, and it came out on this really great combination. We record three Italian sonatas and three French pieces, trying to show the similarities and differences between both styles. In that time, musicians were already travelling around Europe searching for new style influences to enrich themselves and their art. All of the six pieces are perfect examples of the French and Italian style, with their particularities but also their common points.’ – Ramón Ortega Quero.

Solo Musica New Releases
July 2010
August 2010
September 2010
October 2010

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Selected DVDs


ZEMLINSKY The Dwarf (Der Zwerg),
ULLMANN The Broken Jug (Der zerbrochene Krug)

Rodrick Dixon (The Dwarf) • Mary Dunleavy (Donna Clara)
Susan B. Anthony (Ghita) • James Johnson (Don Estoban)
Melody Moore (First Maid) • Lauren McNeese (Second Maid)
Elizabeth Bishop (Third Maid) • Karen Vuong (First Playmate)
Rena Harms (Second Playmate)

James Johnson (Adam) • Bonaventura Bottone (Licht)
Steven Humes (Walter) • Elizabeth Bishop (Frau Marthe Rull)
Melody Moore (Eve) • Jason Stearns (Veit Tümpel)
Richard Cox (Ruprecht ) • Natasha Flores (Frau Brigitte)
Rena Harms (First Maid) • Lauren McNeese (Second Maid)
Ryan McKinny (A Servant)  

Los Angeles Opera Chorus & Orchestra • James Conlon, conductor
Arthaus 101527 (DVD)
Arthaus 101528 (Blu-ray)

World Premiere Recordings on DVD
The first fully-staged productions of the LA Opera House groundbreaking Recovered Voices project, highlighting the works of composers affected by the Holocaust. A double bill of one-act operas: Viktor Ullmann’s Der zerbrochene Krug, taken from a comedy by the Romantic German poet Heinrich von Kleist, and Alexander Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg, based on Oscar Wilde’s powerful tragedy The Birthday of the Infanta. The music of Alexander Zemlinsky and Viktor Ullmann remained buried for decades in the wake of the destruction wrought by the policies of the Nazi regime. Dozens of composers and thousands of compositions are still largely unknown to musicians and lovers of classical music and opera. ‘Full recognition of their works and genius still awaits Alexander Zemlinsky and Viktor Ullmann, more than sixty-five years after their deaths. Their works, in their very different ways, are powerful, vibrant, life-affirming and tragic in turn. They pulsate with the complexity of the human condition. Their lives and personal histories were tragic, but their music transcends it all. It is for us to appreciate their story in its full historic and artistic context.’ James Conlon ‘Ullmann’s opera can be read on literal, sexual, and political levels, and is all the more fascinating for it. The production, directed by Darko Tresnjak, is perfectly charming. Peggy Hickey’s choreography for the overture is particularly brilliant.’(The Opera Tattler)

Arthaus New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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C Major

HAYDN Il Mondo della Luna
Bernard Richter (Ecclitico) • Vivica Genaux (Ernesto)
Dietrich Henschel (Buonafede) • Christina Landshamer (Clarice)
Anja-Nina Bahrmann (Flaminia) • Maite Beaumont  (Lisetta)
Markus Schäfer (Cecco) • Concentus Musicus Wien
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

C Major 703508 (DVD)
C Major 703604 (Blu-ray)

First Haydn Il Mondo della Luna (which has blissfull Mozartian spirit) on DVD and Blu-ray! Nikolaus Harnoncourt created an interpretation in which Haydn’s work can become a veritable gem of opera literature. Renowned actor and director Tobias Moretti relates the story as a light-footed, magical fairy tale infused with slapstick, witty details and fantasy costumes. ‘Harnoncourt on top form’ (4 star rating, Financial Times) ‘Haydn's work can become a veritable gem of opera literature.’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) ‘An electrifying birthday gift for – and above all from – Nikolaus Harnoncourt’ (Der Standard) ‘The ensemble of singers acts in a way that is seen much too rarely in the opera: acrobatically, credibly and always wittily.’ (Kurier)

C Major New Releases:
January 2010
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ORFF Carmina Burana, BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No 3,
HANDEL Hallelujah Chorus

Sally Matthews, soprano • Lawrence Brownlee, tenor
Christian Gerhaher, baritone • Berlin Philharmonic
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor

EuroArts 2053678

The best Carmina Burana on DVD! A classical music must have for broad audiences! A joyful celebration welcoming the New Year with one of the best orchestras in the world. The Gala from Berlin 2004 presents the outstanding Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with Carl Orff’s well known Carmina Burana as well as Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3 and Handel´s Hallelujah. Carmina Burana is intensely dramatic and one of the twentieth century's most widely performed works for chorus and orchestra. Simon Rattle is a musical force of nature and the interaction between his unique, varied musical gifts and the great performing traditions of the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the most exciting features of our present cultural life. Soprano Sally Matthews, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and baritone Christian Gerhaher made this evening to an extraordinary event. Christian Gerhaher is one of the most important baritones of our times.

EuroArts New Releases:
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Idéale Audience

MENDELSSOHN Piano Sextet in D major Op 110, Symphony No 3 ‘Scottish’, Piano Concerto No 1 (Verbier Festival, 2009)
Yuja Wang, piano • Kirill Troussov, violin • David Aaron Carpenter, viola
Maxis Rysanov, viola • Sol Gabetta, cello • Leigh Mesh, double bass
Verbier Festival Orchestra • Kurt Masur, conductor

Idéale Audience 3079248

This series of TV programs presents the very best of the 16th Verbier Festival with worldwide renowned artists such as Susan Graham, Martha Argerich, Yuri Temirkanov and Philippe Jaroussky. Furthermore, very gifted artists like Yuja Wang encounter renowned conductors like Kurt Masur to feature Mendelssohn's Third Symphony. These magnificent interpretations of three Mendelssohn works - two orchestral and one chamber - are given by the phenomenally talented young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang and other young performers. Praised in BBC Music Magazine for her ‘keen intelligence’ and ‘staggering technique’, Yuja Wang has also been described by the San Francisco Chronicle as ‘the sort of musician whose combination of talents appears in the world only rarely’. The Verbier Festival Orchestra consists of musicians hand-picked from every part of the world. Here they are directed by the doyen of German Mendelssohn conductors, Kurt Masur.
BONUS: Stravinsky: Three Movements from Petrushka performed by Yuja Wang, piano.

Idéale Audience New Releases
July 2010
August 2010

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Jorma Hynninen (Topi) • Päivi Nisula (Riika) • Tuomo Nisula (Sake)
Sanni Vilmi (Raakeli) • Olivia Ainali (Iita-Linta Maria)
Aki Alamikkotervo (Puntarpää) • Hannu Forsberg (Simana Arhippaini)
Pertti Mäkelä (Vicar) • Tuomas Tuloisela (Young Priest)
Anna-Lisa Jakobsson (Kaisa) • Taisto Reimaluoto (Raappana)
Rea Mauranen (Kunilla) • Ari Grönthal (Epra) • Marko Puustinen (Jussi )
Leena Liimatainen (Tiina) • Kai Valtonen (Constable Pirhonen)
Jarmo Rastas (Fate) • Tsuumi Dance Company
Finnish National Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Mikko Franck, conductor

Ondine ODV4008

This new DVD features the première recording for video of the two-act opera The Red Line (1978) by Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen (b. 1935). Opera Magazine called The Red Line ‘a work of both national and universal significance’. Its story centers on the fate of a poor woodsman, Topi, and his wife, Riika, and deals with the Finnish quest for social justice at the first free elections in 1907. This Finnish National Opera production, conducted by Mikko Franck and staged by Pekka Milonoff, has been hailed by the international press: ‘The sold-out performances and the warm reception of the audience in Helsinki cannot be attributed merely to national pride; the audible sobs and charged stillness as the curtain fell were testament to a musical drama that hits at the very core of the human condition.’ (Opera News) Legendary baritone Jorma Hynninen (lead role Topi) already headed the Finnish National Opera ensemble in the work’s world première in 1978 and subsequent tour performances to Moscow, London, and the Met in New York (1983) to great acclaim: ‘Aulis Sallinen’s Red Line is the best new opera I have heard in many a year... it proved as gripping in its way as Wozzeck or Jenůfa.’ (The New York Times) This release pays tribute to Finnish composer Aulis Sallinen on the occasion of his 75th birthday in 2010. Aulis Sallinen started a new wave of Finnish opera in the 1970s, and his The Red Line played a fundamental part in establishing Finnish contemporary music on the international scene. This DVD comes in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound and includes English subtitles. The extensive bonus extras include interviews with Aulis Sallinen, Pekka Milonoff, Mikko Franck and Jorma Hynninen

Ondine New Releases:
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Opus Arte

The Blu-ray Experience Vol 2 - Opera, Ballet & Theatre
HANDEL Guilio Cesare (Glyndebourne)
– Coro: Viva, via il nostro Alcide! Aria: Presti omai l’Egizia terra
DELIBES Sylvia (Royal Opera House) – Pizzicati
MOZART Così fan tutte (Glyndebourne) – Di scrivermi
SHAKESPEARE Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe)
– ‘If I profane with my unworthiest hand this holy shrine’
PURCELL Dido and Aeneas (Royal Opera House)
– To the Hills and the vales, The Triumphing Dance
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro (Royal Opera House)
– Signore! Cos’è quel stupore?
HEROLD La fille mal gardée (Royal Opera House)
– Fanny Elssler pas de deux
PUCCINI La Bohème (Royal Opera House)
– Questa è Mimì, Ch’io beva del tossico!
CAVALLI Ercole Amante (De Nederlandse Opera)
– Fifth entrance: Concert of guitars
PURCELL The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne)
– Night: See, even Night herself is here
MOZART Don Giovanni (Royal Opera House)
–Aria : Metà di voi qua vadano
HENZE Ondine (Royal Opera House) – Rocking Dance
HUMOERDINCK Hansel and Gretel (Royal Opera House) – Pantomime
TCHAIKOVSKY Swan Lake (Royal Opera House)
– Act 4: Pas de trois
Opus Arte OABD7077D

The Blu-ray Experience II: Opera, Ballet & Theatre includes opera, ballet and theatre highlights from the Opus Arte catalogue, and gives everyone the opportunity to experience the stunning quality of High Definition picture and sound, at an extremely competitive price. Including world-class artists such Carlos Acosta, Darcy Bussell, Sarah Connolly, Miyako Yoshida, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Adetomiwa Edun, Gerald Finley, this is a must-have purchase. Blu-ray offers an outstanding audio and visual experience, with up to six times the resolution of standard definition DVD, and up to 5.1 channels of High Definition surround sound.

Opus Arte New Releases:
January 2010
February 2010
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Great Ballets of the Opéra National de Paris

Agnès Letestu (Paquita) • José Martinez (Lucien d'Hervilly)
Karl Paquette (Iñigo) • Richard Wilk (Le Général, Comte d'Hervilly)
Céline Talon (La Comtesse) • Jean-Marie Didière (Don Lopez de Mendoza)
Béatrice Martel (Dona Serafina) • Paris National Opera Ballet and Orchestra
David Coleman, conductor • Pierre Lacotte, choreographer
(after Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa)
Luisa Spinatelli, set and costume design

Recorded live from the Opéra National de Paris, January 2003
Bonus: Interviews with Brigitte Lefèvre (Director of Dance, Opéra national de Paris), Pierre Lacotte, Agnès Letestu and José Martinez

JARRE Notre-Dame de Paris
Isabelle Guérin (Esméralda) • Nicolas Le Riche (Quasimodo)
Laurent Hilaire (Frollo) • Manuel Legris (Phoebus)
Paris National Opera Ballet • Paris National Opera Chorus and Orchestra
David Garforth, conductor • Roland Petit, choreography
René Allio, set design • Yves Saint Laurent, costume design
Jean-Michel Désiré, lighting

Recorded live from the Opéra National de Paris, 1996

PETIT Le Jeune Homme et la Mort
Musicby  JS BACH Passacaglia in C minor
Nicolas Le Riche (Le jeune home) • Marie-Agnès Gillot (La mort)
Paris National Opera Ballet • Colonne Orchestre • Paul Connelly, conductor
Roland Petit, choreographer • Georges Wakhevitch, set design

Recorded at the Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier, 2005

PETIT Carmen
Music by Bizet (arr. G. Tommy Desserre)
Clairemarie Osta (Carmen) • Nicolas Le Riche (Don José)
Guillaume Charlot (Escamillo)
Dorothée Gilbert, Alexis Renaud, Martin Chaix (Les chefs des brigands)
Paris National Opera Ballet • Colonne Orchestre • Paul Connelly, conductor
Roland Petit, choreographer • Antoni Clavé, set and costume design

Recorded at the Opéra national de Paris, Palais Garnier, 2005
Bonus:  Interviews with the artists (only Paquita, Le jeune homme et la mort, Carmen)

Not available in Japan through Naxos.

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