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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

SCHUBERT Mass No 2 in G major • GOUNOD St Cecilia Mass
Chor & Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Mariss Jansons
BR-Klassik 900114

These two popular 19th century orchestral masses could hardly be more different: even though there are only 40 years between Franz Schubert’s Mass No 2 in G major and Charles Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass. While Schubert at the tender age of 18 wrote his mass – in a single week! – in the customary style at the time of the Missa brevis, Charles Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass stands out by virtue of lustrous tone colors with harp and winds – reminiscent in many places of grand opéra.

The recording of the present CD took place in March of 2007 in Munich’s Herkulessaal in the Residence and reveal Mariss Jansons, the Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in an especially deeply felt program.

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Cantaloupe Music

Martin BRESNICK Caprichos Enfaticos
Lisa Moore, piano • So Percussion
Cantaloupe CA-21075

Composer Martin Bresnick returns to follow up his first Cantaloupe release, The Essential Martin Bresnick (2006) with Caprichos Enfaticos (Emphatic Caprices). A concerto in eight movements for piano/keyboard and percussion quartet, Caprichos Enfaticos was commissioned by Meet the Composer for Cantaloupe artists Lisa Moore, pianist, and So Percussion. The 8 movements are accompanied by interpolated DVD projections (available on Youtube), created by Johanna Bresnick based on Francisco Goya's book of etchings Los Destastres de la Guerra, or The Disasters of War, a piece that laments the excesses and tragedies of war.

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Oscar STRAUS Die lustigen Nibelungen
Martin Gantner • Daphne Evangelatos • Michael Nowak
WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln • Siegfried Köhler

Capriccio C5088

“At last! The reform of operetta!”, exulted the critics after the first performance of the Merry Nibelungs on 12 November 1904 in the Carltheater, Vienna. Johann Strauss had been dead for five years and had taken the golden era of operetta to the grave with him. And then there appeared in Vienna one Oscar Straus, and renewed this most Viennese of all genres with a work aimed at parodying contemporary society, as in the old Paris works of Offenbach. There every punch-line was laughed at, every musical allusion understood. There was equal laughter at the alliterative persiflage and the musical quotations from Richard Wagner’s solemnity, there was laughter at dragon’s-blood sausage and the dachshund dressed as a dragon, and at the parody of the Nibelung verse metre. And Oscar Straus’s overflowing melodic richness gave enjoyment. Yet what lay, barely concealed, behind it all was also accepted: an attack on military display and Germanic arrogance.

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Carpe Diem

Rosa e Orticha
Ensemble Syntagma • Alexandre Danilevski
Carpe Diem CD-16287

The new CD of Alexandre Danilevski and his Ensemble Syntagma presents some of the most elaborate works of the mediaeval musica composita by Bardolino da Padova and his contemporaries. On the program there is the image of sounds as they change over the day, from break of day to dawn of twilight, enriched by means of allegorical method with symbolic images like “rose” (rosa) and “stinging-nettle” (orticha), often seen as “the Good and its opposite”, but also regarded like a well-balanced Universe of its own.

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A French Soirée
Trio Settecento
Cedille CDR90000-129

A French Soirée is the newest installment in Trio Settecento’s acclaimed, country-by-country grand tour of the European Baroque on Cedille Records. Performing on antique instruments of rare beauty and expressive power, this trio of virtuosos breathes life into musical masterpieces that capture the poetic gestures of the French school. On A French Soirée, Trio Settecento brings its imagination, vigour, technical polish, and historical insight to a program that illuminates the regal, socially conservative, and authoritarian aesthetic of the court of Louis XIV. Others, which would have been heard in salons of disaffected nobles and wealthy merchants, reflect a more free-spirited, cosmopolitan, and humanistic outlook. The instruments heard on this recording are a 1770 Nicola Gagliano violin in original, unaltered condition; a 1743 basse de viole à sept cordes by Jean Ouvrard; and a 1983 replica of the Dumont/Taskin harpsichord in the museum of the Paris Conservatory of Music.

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A Bridge of Dreams
Ars Nova Copenhagen • Paul Hillier • Andrew Lawrence-King
Dacapo 6.220597 (hybrid SACD)

The composer Niels Marthinsen belongs to a generation that has grown up with comic books, superheroes and science fiction. He welcomes all of these phenomena into his symphonic music. This recording features his Snapshot Symphony, two of his special opera trailers and the ingenious concerto for three trombones and orchestra In the Shadow of the Bat – all in the hands of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra conducted by Christian Lindberg.

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Ceremony of Carols
Etherea Vocal Ensemble • Grace Cloutier, harp
Delos DE3422

“Trebles in Paradise” and “Vocal Paradise” is just where the sublime singing of Etherea Vocal Ensemble will take their listeners with their new holiday album, Ceremony of Carols. Etherea, founded in 2008, is a unique group consisting of seven distinguished women’s voices plus the alto-range singing of founder/director Derek Greten-Harrison – who happens to be a vocal switch-hitter, performing as both a countertenor and a baritone! Together, they achieve music of rare technical craftsmanship, vocal precision and exquisite nuance – plus stunning purity and sweetness of sound, with the addition of the scintillating harp wizardry of Grace Cloutier and subtle organ support from Alan Murchie. Framing a central cluster of individual holiday favorites are two beloved carol cycles with harp: Benjamin Britten’s evergreen A Ceremony of Carols and John Rutter’s Dancing Day – both heard here in definitive and enchanting performances. And we guarantee that nobody (except perhaps for those who have experienced Etherea in concert) has ever heard a performance of Good King Wenceslas (one of the central songs) like the one heard here, in which director Greten-Harrison sings both as a choral alto and solo baritone!

Dorian Sono Luminus

Anton ARENSKY String Quartets Nos 1 & 2, Piano Quintet
Ying Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92143

Sono Luminus is proud to be a part of the Ying Quartet’s commitment to expanding the rich string quartet repertoire with their latest release, Anton Arensky. Because of Arensky’s close relationship with Tchaikovsky, the release makes an intriguing follow-up to the Ying Quartet’s earlier Grammy®-nominated record, Tchaikovsky: Three String Quartets and “Souvenir de Florence” Sextet in D minor.

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ICA Classics

ROSSINI Il barbiere di Siviglia
Rolando Panerai, baritone • Teresa Berganza, mezzo-soprano
Luigi Alva, tenor
The Covent Garden Opera Chorus & Orchestra • Carlo Maria Giulini

ICA Classics ICAC5046

Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) was without question one of the greatest conductors of his generation. His opera performances at Covent Garden were landmarks for the company, notably Verdi’s Don Carlos, Falstaff, Il trovatore and La traviata. This 1960 performance of Rossini’s sparkling Il barbiere di Siviglia features a stellar cast consisting of a youthful Berganza as Rosina and Alva as The Count. Critic of The Times said of Berganza’s Rosina, “She is young, vivacious and Spanish. What more can anyone ask of Rosina?” This is a very rare recording which has never previously been commercially released.

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Newton Classics

Kirsten Flagstad: WAGNER Arias
Kirsten Flagstad, soprano • Lauritz Melchior, tenor
Gordon Dilworth, baritone • San Francisco Opera
Victor Symphony Orchestra • Edwin McArthur
The Philadelphia Orchestra • Eugene Ormandy

Newton Classics NC8802090

These recordings were made between 1935 and 1940, when the great Norwegian soprano was in her vocal prime. Included is the Act 2 duet from Parsifal, which became a calling card, not only for her but also for her partner in this recording, and times without number on stage, Lauritz Melchior.

“For sheer vocal opulence in Wagner, these tracks would be hard to equal.” – Gramophone

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Oehms Classics

BRAHMS Symphony No 1
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern • Stanisław Skrowaczewski
Oehms Classics OC408

For the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Das Lied von der Erde, Hansjörg Albrecht conceived of a new version of the work, which is now being released on CD for the first time. In this recording, Hans Bethge’s brilliant texts are sung by four instead of the original two soloists. This recording is an entirely new arrangement for smaller orchestra and proves that Gustav Mahler’s works have an equally amazing effect in a chamber music setting as they do with a larger orchestra.

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Christian Tetzlaff, violin • Frankfurt Radio Symphony • Paavo Järvi
Ondine ODE1195-2

Germany’s star violinist Tetzlaff performs the virtuoso Romantic concertos of Mendelssohn and Schumann. The Mendelssohn Concerto is one of the most frequently performed violin concertos of all time, with an unfailing popularity among audiences. Schumann’s last significant composition, the long-lost Violin Concerto, saw its première in 1937 and was hailed by Menuhin as the “historically missing link of the violin literature.”

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OUR Recordings

The Nightingale: New Nordic Music for Recorder and Choir
Michala Petri, recorders • Danish National Vocal Ensemble • Stephen Layton
OUR Recordings 6.220605

OUR Recordings presents World Premiere Recordings featuring the virtuoso Danish National Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Layton and Michala Petri on recorders. Four modern masters explore the musical possibilities of combining the Recorder and choir. A recurring theme of each of the four highly personal and distinctive works on this program is a contemplation of nature and humanity. Beginning with Latvian composer Ugis Praulins magical adaptation of Andersen’s beloved fairy tale, we traverse the darker realms of the human heart in Sunleif Rasmussen’s setting of Inger Christensen’s confessional response to Wallace Steven’s Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. Young Danish composer Peter Bruun provides us a glimpse into Gerard Manley Hopkins secretive mysticism while Daniel Börtz, dean of Swedish composers, holds us rapt in adoration as his celestial angel-bird soars above the extraordinary virtuoso singing of the Danish National Vocal Ensemble.

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Phoenix Edition

BOCCHERINI String Quartets and Quintets
Petersen Quartet & Quintet
Phoenix Edition Phoenix463

This new 2 disc release has been re-mastered with new artwork for a special price.

“Among the major composers of the 18th century, Boccherini is probably the one whom history has treated most unjustly. Musical research and musical practice are only slowly beginning to discover the other Boccherini.” – Ludwig Finscher

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Solo Musica

Double Bass Goes Beethoven
Božo Paradžik, double bass • Hansjacob Staemmler, piano
Solo Musica SM162

In 1799 Beethoven himself played the piano part in his Sonata in G minor Op 5 No 2 with the greatest double bass player of the day, Domenico Dragonetti. Because of their high level of musical sophistication and the technical difficulties they pose, Beethoven’s works present a formidable challenge to any interpreter. This album features Beethoven’s cello sonatas performed on the double bass.

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Two Pianists

BRAHMS The Symphonies
Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie • Daniel Raiskin
TwoPianists TP1039121

Raiskin places a great emphasis on transparency in his interpretations. Rather than simply bathing the listener in pleasant sounds, he releases the full potential of a piece by revealing its structure, detail, layers and subtext, finding the right balance of sound and energy as he encourages the players to communicate with each other and tell a story through the music. All this and more can be found on this exciting and refreshing interpretation of the complete Symphonies by Brahms. Recorded LIVE at various prestigious venues in Europe, including the Festspielhaus in Salzburg and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the roundness of sound, impeccable intonation and superb texturing reflect an orchestra of immense elegance. TwoPianists are delighted to introduce its imprint TwoPianists LIVE with this highly professional outfit.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

MAHLER Symphony No 2 ‘Resurrection’
New York Philharmonics • Alan Gilbert
Accentus Music ACC-10241 (Blu-ray Video) / ACC-20241 (DVD)

The Philharmonics, the ensemble founded by members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, fill the Café Sperl with some of the most authentically Viennese sounds imaginable – the Strauss waltzes that Schoenberg, Berg and Webern arranged and performed in May 1921 to raise funds for their pioneering “Society for Private Musical Performances”. This is music the players have in their blood, and they maintain the echt atmosphere with Godowsky’s tribute to the city, “Alt-Wien” and a clutch of Kreisler gems, rounding the programme off with a new piece by the ensemble’s leader Tibor Kováč, based on traditional Jewish melodies and Mahler themes, “Yiddische Mame”.

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Arthaus Musik

George London: Between Gods and Demons
Maria Stocker, director
Arthaus Musik 101473 (DVD)

George London was one of the most impressive bass-baritone of the postwar era. He sang alongside Callas, Tebaldi and Gedda (to name only a few), and captured the audience’s hearts with his distinctive voice and charismatic presence. He stopped singing very early in his career due to a vocal cord disease. This film portrays this exceptional artist in all his diversity, showing rare archive footage of his great perfomances as an opera singer and interpreter of traditional spirituals and operetta. The film includes interviews with widow Nora London, former colleagues, experts and current stars of the opera scene including Shicoff, Malfitano and Polaski. Bonus material includes more than 90 mintues of previously uneleased archive footage.

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BR Klassik

JS BACH Christmas Oratorio
Rachel Harnisch, soprano • Anke Vondung, mezzo-soprano
Maximilian Schmitt, tenor • Christian Immler, bass
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin • Peter Dijkstra

BR-Klassik 900502 (DVD)

The live recording of the “magical” performance of the Christmas Oratorio with the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the multiple award-winning Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under the direction of Peter Dijkstra. The especially colorful light design in the Herkulessaal of the Munich Residence makes this concert from December 2010 to a very special experience.

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C Major Entertainment

Lera AUERBACH The Little Mermaid
Yuan Yuan Tan • Lloyd Riggins • Tiit Helimets
Sarah van Patten • Davit Karapetyan • Martin West

C Major 708704 (Blu-ray Video) / 708608 (DVD)

After making its triumphant U.S. Premiere and playing to sold-out houses this past season, John Neumeier’s superlative work of dance-theater returns in 2011. Featuring an evocative score by Lera Auerbach, and danced by the prestigious San Francisco Ballet featuring acclaimed prima ballerina Yuan Yuan Tan, this heart-wrenching story of sacrifice and unrequited love comes to life against dazzling scenic, costume and lighting designs.

“Neumeier’s place in the ballet world is as singular as his interpretation of the tale.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Yuan Yuan Tan danced better than ever, fully engaged in the title role, in a noteworthy dramatic performance as well.” – San Francisco Examiner

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Luciano Pavarotti
A film by Esther Schapira
EuroArts 2058918 (DVD)

No one did more to expand the audience for opera than the king of the high C himself, Pavarotti. He reconnected an elite art-form with popular audiences throughout the world, via his enthusiasm for life and unique ability to communicate to vast crowds through the simple medium of his magnificent voice, allied to great music. This documentary film takes the viewer behind the scenes of both Pavarotti’s personal life and appearances at the great opera houses of the world, to create a unique portrait of a great and well-loved musician.

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ICA Classics

Günter Wand at the BBC Proms
BRUCKNER Symphony No 5

BBC Symphony • Günter Wand
ICA Classics ICAD5049 (DVD)

Described as his personal ‘Symphony of Fate’, Wand’s great affinity for Bruckner’s 5th Symphony was noted by the composer Zimmermann. His first recording of the work won the German Record Prize in 1978, and became a huge success. In his recording of Bruckner 5 with the Berlin Philharmonic on RCA, Wand is described in the Penguin Guide as ‘an experienced and selfless interpreter who gives a noble reading, magnificently played.’ Bonus material includes an interview with Wand that shows his deep understanding and appreciation of Bruckner’s works and the structure of the 5th Symphony. This is the first DVD release of this material.

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Opus Arte

STRAVINSKY The Rake’s Progress
Miah Persson (Anne Trulove) • Topi Lehtipuu (Tom Rakewell)
Clive Bayley (Father Trulove) • Matthew Rose (Nick Shadow)
Susan Gorton (Mother Goose) • Elena Manistina (Baba the Turk)
Graham Clark (Sellem) • The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic • Vladimir Jurowski
John Cox, stage director

Opus Arte OABD7094D (Blu-ray Video) / OA1062D (DVD)

Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, 18 & 19 December, 2010

In this celebrated Glyndebourne Festival production, David Hockney’s designs for director John Cox reinterpret the Hogarth etchings that inspired the opera’s libretto, written for Stravinsky by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman.

In 2010, this revival under Glyndebourne’s Music Director, Vladimir Jurowski, captured the opera’s neo-classical spirit and its juxtaposition of whimsy, cynicism and compassion, prompting the Financial Times to call it,‘‘as enjoyable a performance of Stravinsky’s opera as any that has come along”.

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