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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

Basel Symphony Orchestra

SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 9, "Great"
Basel Symphony Orchestra, D.R. Davies
Basel Symphony Orchestra SOB03

This is the third production on the in 2012 established in-house label of the Sinfonieorchester Basel. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is one of the oldest and most important orchestras in Switzerland. It is strongly rooted in the north-west of Switzerland and at the same time enjoys a more than regional as well as international radiance. The Sinfonieorchester Basel is always again demonstrating anew its excellent quality, whether it be in its own concert tiers, in the Theater Basel or in guest concerts at home or abroad. Since 2009, the principal conductor has been the renowned American conductor and pianist, Dennis Russell Davies.

BR Klassik

SCHNITTKE, A.: Choir Concerto / 3 Sacred Hymns / Voices of Nature / PÄRT, A.: Dopo la vittoria
Bavarian Radio Chorus, Dijkstra
BR-Klassik 900505

The texts of Concerto for Chorus are based on the “Book of Sad Songs”, a collection of prayers by the Armenian mystic St. Gregory of Narek (951-1003). These mediaeval texts left a lasting impression on Schnittke, and they offered him the possibility to create a choral work in a larger format. On this CD the Bavarian Radio Chorus conducted by Peter Dijkstra supplements the Concerto for Chorus with Schnittke’s two other sacred works, Three Sacred Songs and Voices of Nature, as well as Arvo Pärt’s cantata Dopo la vittoria (After the Victory).

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Carpe Diem

Lute Recital - SPINACINO, F. / MILANO, F. da (The Two Francescos)
Carpe Diem CD-16300

The famous Swiss-American lute player Peter Croton plays on his Carpe Diem debut a collection of recercares and fantasias by the two Italian lutenist-composers Francesco Spinacino & Francesco da Milano. The 15th century saw the lute emerge as a solo instrument, and the terms ricercar and fantasia were used for works created without preexisting models. The ability to improvise was apparently as widespread then as it is in jazz today. Peter Croton, also known for his contemporary and jazz-related musical projects, explores this beautiful musical world with the heart of a true improvisor, free of limiting preconceptions and sparkling with creativity.

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CD Accord

Piano Recital - PADEREWSKI, I.J. / ZARĘBSKI, J. / CHOPIN, F.
CD Accord CDAccordACD190

The selection of compositions on this CD, and the order in which they appear, form a clear progression: from works inspired by Chopin to the source of their inspiration, focusing the listener’s attention on those latter compositions as the most accomplished and original. Chopin’s music, which inspired later generations of composers, not only in Poland – continues to exert a more and more powerful influence on people. The multitude of interpretations reveals its depth and captivating beauty. The music carries the listeners “into a poetic state in which they become aware of the sense of existence and of their longing for the infinite” (Irena Poniatowska).

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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4)
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-145

The fourth and final installment of The Soviet Experience features Shostakovich’s String Quartets Nos. 13–15 from the 1970s. The Thirteenth Quartet’s one and only movement featuring extensive solo viola uses extended techniques uncommon for Russian composers at that time. The Fourteenth, composed in 1973 is a surprisingly upbeat work of 3 movements prominently featuring the cello. The Fifteenth is a meditation on mortality and one of Shostakovich’s longest quartets. These three quartets are paired with Schnittke’s allusive homage, String Quartet No. 3, written in 1983. It’s a work full of quotation including a 12-tone row transposed from a theme by Shostakovich, whose influence was felt throughout Schnittke’s career.

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JERSILD, J.: Chamber Music
Ensemble MidtVest
Dacapo 8.226072

The music on this CD confirms the special position of the composer Jørgen Jersild (1913-2004) in Danish music. It is captivating chamber music written over a half-century during which the composer underwent great musical development, but at the same time persisted in his own personal style – from the early works from the 1930s and 1940s to the later string quartet showing us a courageous, mature composer seeking out new musical areas.

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TICHELLI, F.: Choral Music
John Alexander Singers, Pacific Chorale and Symphony, Alexander
Delos DE3461

Following the tremendous worldwide success of Ticheli’s There Will Be Rest (included here), this album responds to growing international clamor for recordings of his other choral compositions. The Shore is a luminous and evocative four‐movement work for large chorus and orchestra; performed to perfection by the Pacific Chorale and their affiliated Pacific Symphony. Besides There Will Be Rest, three other original works of smaller scale and a short arrangement are superbly performed a cappella by the John Alexander Singers. Distinguished conductor John Alexander leads all performances.

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Grand Piano

CARREÑO, T.: Rêverie - Selected Music for Piano
Grand Piano GP660

The Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño was one of the most virtuosic artists of her age. A child prodigy, she won the admiration of Gottschalk and Anton Rubinstein, and gave sold-out concerts throughout America, Europe and Australasia. This selection of piano compositions, the earliest of which was written at the age of nine, reveals exacting technical demands allied to an impressively expressive arsenal, exemplified by the Rêverie-Impromptu and the little-known Caprice-Études. Elements of bel canto infuse Plaintes au bord d’une tombe whilst Mendelssohnian warmth can be savoured in the Elégie.

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Newton Classics

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Opera Arias
Dimitrova, Hungarian State Orchestra, Peskó
Newton Classics NC8802207

Although often overlooked by lovers of his most grand music for the concert hall, there is no doubt that Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky had a passionate love affair with the operatic stage. Audiences in the West who have doted for decades over works such as his “1812”, “Pathetique” symphony and First Piano Concerto may be enlightened to experience any of the ten complete operas penned by the composer who, in 1885 and at the pinnacle of his career, wrote “Regarding the lofty significance of symphony and chamber music in comparison with opera, let me say that to refrain from writing operas is the effort of a hero.... This heroism does not exist in me, the stage with all its glitter attracts me irresistibly”. Ghena Dimitrova recorded this great recital in the nineties at the peak of her career.

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Oehms Classics

SCHUBERT, F.: Wanderer Fantasy / Piano Sonata No. 13 / JANÁČEK, L.: 1.X.1905
H. Schuch
Oehms Classics OC863

OehmsClassics is proud to continue accompanying the intelligently thought-out career of Herbert Schuch with this CD, in which he has not only selected two composers, but also two different instruments. He plays the A major Sonata on a Fazioli grand piano that provides him with a somewhat more slender sound. The Schubert programme is divided by the Sonata 1 October 1905 by Leoš Janácek; this is almost like an “Unfinished”, for the composer burned the third movement shortly prior to the premiere.

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GRAUPNER, C.: Orchestral Suites, GWV 450, 451 and 458
Finnish Baroque Orchestra, Kaakinen-Pilch
Ondine ODE1220-2

Graupner was a contemporary of Bach and Telemann, largely forgotten, but highly celebrated during his day. His total surviving output comprises some 2,000 separate works, including ten operas, a hundred symphonies, a thousand cantatas, 85 orchestral suites and 44 concertos. What is significant in Graupner’s music is his exceptional command of melody and harmony, which do not really resemble those of any of his contemporaries. A second volume featuring Graupner’s chamber music will be released in autumn 2014.

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Solo Musica

Opera Arias (Tenor) - MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G. / BIZET, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. (Legendary Recordings: Arias from Mozart to Wagner)
Solo Musica SM194

‘In my opinion, an opera singer has a rightful claim to recognition as an artist only when it can be said that he has personalized the original composition by placing his own stamp on it. I look back with fondness and warmest appreciation at the moments when the live recordings which form this collection were created during the period from 1978 to 2007.’ (Francisco Araiza)

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PIERNÉ, G.: Songs
d'Allonnes, Dolié, Jean
Timpani 1C1209

This Pierné disc is the 10th devoted to the greatly neglected French composer, and the 26th in a vast panorama of song begun by Timpani more than twenty years ago. These works, of which it would be difficult to find earlier recordings, illustrate two facets of Pierné’s output: the early songs in the style of his teacher Massenet, and the album of Six Ballades françaises of Paul Fort. Two worlds — one ‘decadent’ and ‘fin de siècle’, the other more abrasive — though still having the same exceptional craftsmanship, that knowledge of the musical phrase, that unending inventiveness that are the distinctive traits of Pierné’s genius.

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Selected DVDs

Accentus Music

PUCCINI, G.: Bohème (La)
Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2012
Accentus Music ACC-10283 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-20283 [DVD]

The musical notes of this Puccini masterpiece provide the starting point and foundation for a new, highly successful collaboration between Riccardo Chailly and Davide Livermore. In their interpretation, there is “no moment, no movement, that goes against the musical meaning” (R. Chailly). The result is an energetic, authentic, and atmospherically strong Bohème, “in which every sacred phrase receives its own orchestral colour, its own dynamic and its own expression.” (Corriere della Sera)

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Arthaus Musik

WAGNER, R.: Walküre (Die)
La Scala, 2010
Arthaus Musik 108091 [Blu-ray Video] / 101694 [DVD]

The Scala “Ring” Cycle by Guy Cassiers is continued here with, as in Rheingold, numerous outstanding opera stars. Most of all, the leading ladies, ever wonderful Waltraud Meier as Sieglinde, marvellous Nina Stemme as a strong Brünnhilde and Ekaterina Gubanova as a convincing Fricka are to be named. Simon O’Neill and John Tomlinson fight a stirring duel as Siegmund and Hunding and Vitalij Kowaljow gives his dark portrayal of Wotan. Daniel Barenboim presents a fantastic musical interpretation of this second and inspiring evening of the “Ring”.

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C Major Entertainment

VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem
DiGiacomo, DeYoung, Grigolo, D'Arcangelo, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel
C Major 714804 [Blu-ray Video] / 714708 [DVD]

Great cast with Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Covent Garden, LA Opera, Salzburg Festival), Vittorio Grigolo (Covent Garden, Scala, MET), Michelle DeYoung (MET, Bayreuth, Scala), Julianna Di Giacomo (MET (LA Opera). Great bonus including interview with Gustavo Dudamel on the Messa da Requiem and Hollywood Bowl.

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EPC Distribution

BIZET, G.: Carmen
Opera Australia, 2013
EPC Distribution OPOZ56043BD [Blu-ray Video] / OPOZ56042DVD [DVD]

“Nothing short of a visual spectacle, Gale Edwards’ endeavour incorporates dance into almost every moment of the opera – a natural complement to Bizet’s score that never has a dull note until the curtains close.” – Rohan Houghton, ABC Classic FM

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GOZARAN (Documentary)
Directed by Frank Scheffer
EuroArts 2058764 [Blu-ray Video] / 2058768 [DVD]

In 2005, Iranian composer Nader Mashayekhi was asked to lead the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. He knew the weak position of Western classical and contemporary music in Iran would make this a difficult task. But he took on the challenge, and after having spent several years in Vienna studying, living and working, he returned to his country. As he puts it, “with only one suitcase containing only one thing: my dream to make music in my hometown.” Less than two years later he returned to Austria, his suitcase filled with the pieces of his broken dream. Filmmaker Frank Scheffer captures the passionate composer during rehearsals with young musicians in Tehran, wandering through a desolate desert landscape and a deserted village, looking for inspiration for new compositions and challenging performances, and then back in Vienna as he reflects upon his time in Iran.

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ICA Classics

GOBBI, Tito: 100th Anniversary Edition
ICA Classics ICAD5118 [DVD]

The extracts from these three operas were filmed by the BBC at the height of Tito Gobbi’s operatic career, at a time when he was in demand internationally and in particular at Covent Garden. This DVD is released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth in October 2013.

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Idéale Audience

CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Celebrating Verdi
Various artists
Idéale Audience 3079084 [Blu-ray Video] / 3079088 [DVD]

Celebrating Verdi brings into focus the greatest interpreters of Giuseppe Verdi’s compositions. These jewels of music broadcasting have been salvaged from various archives and been made accessible for home viewing audiences uniting appealing and enjoyable performances by legendary artists as Arturo Toscanini, Carlo Maria Giulini, Tito Gobbi and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. This collection presents itself to the wide range of music lovers bearing in remembrance the unforgettable art of interpretation of the golden age.

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia
ENO, 2001
Opus Arte OABD7135D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1123D [DVD]

Sarah Connolly’s ‘outstanding’ (The Guardian) portrayal of the wronged Roman noblewoman, written originally for Kathleen Ferrier, lies at the heart of David McVicar’s powerfully stark production for English National Opera as ‘an everyday sort of woman who could be living at any time or place.’ Her nemesis is the arrogant Tarquinius of Christopher Maltman, ‘who made the air tingle with danger’ (Financial Times). Filmed by the BBC at Snape Maltings during the production’s premiere run at the 2001 Aldeburgh Festival.

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