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This month’s NEW ON NAXOS presents a very special release – THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION – in celebration of Naxos’ 30th Anniversary. Featuring releases from 1987 to 2016 and a host of stellar artists, each disc has been critically acclaimed and has contributed towards Naxos’ huge success as the world’s largest independent classical record label.

Other highlights include the world première recording of Maurice Ravel’s incidental music for Antar, based on works by Rimsky-Korsakov, performed by the Orchestre National de Lyon, narrated by André Dussolier, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. This release also includes the popular song cycle Shéhérazade with mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet; three orchestral works by Vítězslav NovákIn the Tatra Mountains, Lady Godiva Overture, and Eternal Longing – featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and its Music Director JoAnn Falletta; violinist Tim Fain performing Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion, with the PostClassical Ensemble and conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez. Also include Grand Duo for Violin and Piano (performed by Tim Fain and Michael Boriskin), and Double Music (co-composed with John Cage); Volume 2 of Federico Moreno Torroba’s Guitar Concertos, performed by guitar superstar Pepe Romero and his protégé Vicente Coves, with the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Manuel Coves; Toshio Hosokawa’s monodrama The Raven, based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, recorded by the United Instruments of Lucilin, with mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant and conductor Kentaro Kawase; and the second instalment of Dmitry Shotakovich’s Chamber Symphonies arranged by Rudolf Barshai for string quartet – featuring the Kiev Virtuosi and conductor Dmitry Yablonsky.

Watch our monthly New on Naxos video to sample some of the highlight releases of the month.


This Month's Highlights

ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION (THE) - 30 CDs to Celebrate 30 Years of Naxos (30-CD Box Set)
8.503293
[30-CD Boxed Set]
THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION
30 CDs to celebrate 30 years

Various Artists

In 2017, Naxos Records celebrates its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1987 by Klaus Heymann, the label now boasts a catalogue of over 9,000 albums spanning every genre of classical music. This limited edition anniversary boxed set comprises thirty CDs spanning wide range of the label’s repertoire. Featuring releases from 1987 to 2016 and a host of stellar artists, every one of these discs has received critical acclaim and has contributed towards the huge success of Naxos: the world’s largest independent classical record label.


RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Antar (after Rimsky-Korsakov) / Shéhérazade
8.573448
Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937)
Antar – Incidental Music†1
after works by Rimsky-Korsakov
Shéhérazade2

André Dussolier, Narrator1 • Isabelle Druet, Mezzo-soprano2
Orchestre National de Lyon • Leonard Slatkin

WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDING

The impact of Russian and Oriental culture on Ravel’s formative years retained a hold on him throughout his life. His colorfully re-orchestrated selections from Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite ‘Antar’ and opera Mlada, with interpolations of his own music, as the incidental score for a theater production are heard here in their première recording, revived and reconstructed alongside a new text that symbolizes the romance and chivalric spirit of Antar, the warrior-poet, and his beloved Abla. Ravel’s fascination with the exotic is brought together with Debussy’s influence in the ravishing and enduringly popular song cycle Shéhérazade.


NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains / Lady Godiva / Eternal Longing
8.573683
Vítězslav NOVAK (1870–1949)
In the Tatra Mountains
Lady Godiva Overture
Eternal Longing

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • JoAnn Falletta

Emerging from the fertile background of Bohemian nationalism, Vítězslav Novák’s music achieved cult status in his homeland for its richness of melody and full-blown romantic orchestral color. The lush timbres and monumental solemnity of In the Tatra Mountains were inspired by the composer’s journeys in this magnificent region. Eternal Longing is based on a poem by Hans Christian Andersen, while the dramatic Lady Godiva Overture, complete with tolling bells at the finale, was written by Novák in two days and is considered one of his most powerful works.


HARRISON, L.: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music
8.559825
Lou HARRISON (1917–2003)
Violin Concerto1
Grand Duo2
Double Music (co-composed with John Cage)3

Tim Fain, Violin1,2 • Michael Boriskin, Piano2 • PostClassical Ensemble1,3
Angel Gil-Ordóñez1,3

Lou Harrison was a composer far ahead of his time. A protean innovator, he espoused ‘world music’ before it had a name, and this recording documents his pioneering roles as a composer for percussion and as an integrator of Western and Indonesian idioms. The Concerto for Violin and Percussion, both intimate and vigorous, demonstrates his experimental enthusiasm in the use of non-pitched percussion. The Grand Duo for Violin and Piano is a remarkable example of gamelan-infused chamber music while Double Music, co-composed with Harrison’s friend John Cage, is a well-known product of their celebrated San Francisco percussion concerts.


MORENO TORROBA, F.: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 2 - Homenaje a la seguidilla / Tonada concertante
8.573503
Federico Moreno TORROBA (1891–1982)
Guitar Concertos, Vol. 2
Homenaje a la seguidilla
Tonada concertante • Concierto de Castilla

Pepe Romero • Vicente Coves, Guitars • Extremadura Symphony Orchestra
Manuel Coves

Federico Moreno Torroba composed about one hundred works for the guitar, thereby reinforcing his status as one of Spain’s great twentieth-century composers. Homenaje a la seguidilla pays lively tribute to that characteristically Spanish song and dance, while the Tonada concertante is in turns playful and introspective. Concierto de Castilla features a free-spirited lyricism evocative of the folklore of Castile, a vast expanse in the middle of Spain with which the composer strongly identified. ‘You would expect Pepe Romero to excel at the Concierto en Flamenco… The piece is gorgeous, the performance vibrant and passionate… The soloist in Diálogos is Romero’s gifted protégé, Vicente Coves, who plays as well as his mentor, and whose brother leads the orchestra vividly and sympathetically.’ – ClassicsToday.com on Volume 1, 8.573255


HOSOKAWA, Toshio: Raven (The) [Monodrama]
8.573724
Toshio HOSOKAWA (b. 1955)
The Raven
Based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Charlotte Hellekant, Mezzo-soprano • United Instruments of Lucilin
Kentaro Kawase

Toshio Hosokawa, Japan’s pre-eminent living composer, creates his distinctive musical language from the fascinating relationship between western avant-garde art and traditional Japanese culture. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s 1845 poem, Hosokawa frames his monodrama The Raven as a Japanese Noh play, with its interaction between the human protagonist and an otherworldly animal. Vividly exploring ideas of madness, The Raven conjures up a shadowy and unfamiliar world.


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a / Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a
8.573601
Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Chamber Symphony in F major, Op. 73a
Symphony for Strings in A flat major, Op. 118a
(arranged by Rudolf Barshai)

Kiev Virtuosi • Dmitry Yablonsky

An eminent violist and conductor, Rudolf Barshai was responsible for five transcriptions of Shostakovich’s String Quartets and this recording completes the sequence with the Third and Tenth (Volume 1 is on 8.573466). Barshai recast String Quartet No. 3 as a chamber symphony for strings and woodwind, the latter adding a sense of foreboding to the texture and engaging in whimsical dialogues during a work full of terseness and piercing power. Fashioning a Symphony for Strings from the Tenth Quartet soon after its première, Barshai graphically charts its movement from innocence lost and then tentatively regained.

Additional Exciting New Releases

BRAHMS, J.: String Quartet No. 3 / Clarinet Quintet
8.573454
Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897)
String Quartet No. 3
Clarinet Quintet*

James Campbell, Clarinet* • New Zealand String Quartet

Brahms wrote his String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 67 in 1876 and its largely unclouded and cheerful qualities culminate in a theme and variations finale of exceptional imagination and mastery of form. His last chamber music was inspired by a great exponent of the clarinet, Richard Mühlfeld, for whom he wrote four works including the Clarinet Quintet. This dazzling masterpiece is notable not only for its underlying elegiac mood but for its thematic interrelation and the wide expressive range of the solo instrument. The first two String Quartets can be heard on 8.573433 in performances described by ClassicsToday as “…passionate expressions of these scores.”


TANEYEV, S.I.: Piano Trio, Op. 22 / BORODIN, A.P.: Piano Trio
8.573561
Sergey TANEYEV (1856–1915)
Alexander Porfir’yevich BORODIN (1833–1887)
Piano Trios

Delta Piano Trio

Sergey Taneyev was a distinguished pianist and influential educator, succeeding Tchaikovsky as professor at the Moscow Conservatory and counting Scriabin and Rachmaninov among his students. The Piano Trio Op. 22 is a demonstration of Taneyev’s technical skill, filled with subtle use of counterpoint, lyrical expressiveness and virtuoso fireworks. Alexander Borodin was a leading member of the ‘Mighty Handful’, and his incomplete but brilliant Piano Trio was seen by Glinka as setting a precedent in the genre for its deeply Russian character.


HINDEMITH, P.: Marienleben (Das) (revised version, 1948)
8.573423
Paul HINDEMITH (1895–1963)
Das Marienleben, Op. 27
Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke

Rachel Harnisch, Soprano • Jan Philip Schulze, Piano

Using the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, Hindemith first completed Das Marienleben (The Life of Mary) in 1923 and it occupies a key position in his output, marking a transition from avant-garde Expressionism to his mature neo-classical style. He regarded the cycle as ‘the best thing I have yet written’, an affection retained through painstaking revisions over subsequent years. Hindemith responded to Rilke’s imagery with truly moving music that ranges from tenderness and hushed emotion to sweeping dramatic power, the 1948 version transforming his youthful songs into ‘an organic masterpiece ranking with the great song-cycles’.


SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Variations
8.573707
Franz SCHUBERT (1797–1828)
Piano Variations

Yevgeny Yontov, Piano

Franz Schubert’s life was centered around a variety of close friendships. The theme for the Variations, D576 comes from a string quartet by Anselm Hüttenbrenner, the colleague and friend to whom Schubert sent his Unfinished Symphony and among whose papers the Graz Fantasy, which explores a variety of keys and moods, was found in 1962. In 1821 Anton Diabelli invited 50 Austrian composers to write variations on his waltz theme, and Schubert was swift in submitting his minor key reply. The recording is completed with the early Variations, D156, dedicated to Salieri, and several relatively unknown yet beautiful fragments.


SCARLATTI, D.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vol. 18
8.573611
Domenico SCARLATTI (1685–1757)
Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 18

Sergio Monteiro, Piano

Whilst Alessandro Scarlatti was largely responsible for the development of early Neapolitan opera, his son Domenico composed a huge sequence of keyboard sonatas designed principally for the use of Infanta Maria Barbara, who became Queen of Spain in 1746. This treasure trove is one of the most important such collections of the 18th century, and continues to furnish the repertoire for pianists to this day. The present volume, performed by Sergio Monteiro, first Prize winner at the 2003 Martha Argerich Piano competition, includes a magnificently varied selection that embraces polyphony, guitar imitation, syncopated writing and an unusually wide keyboard range.

Digital Exclusives

DODGSON,S.: 24 Inventions for Harpsichord
9.70262
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Naxos AudioBooks

ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO: The Confessions of St Augustine (Unabridged)
NA0261 • 13-CD Set
TROLLOPE, A.: Can You Forgive Her? (Unabridged)
NA0264 • 28-CD Set
NAIPAUL, V.S.: The Mimic Men (Unabridged)
NA0285 • 9-CD Set
McCULLEY, J.: The Sign of Zorro (Unabridged)
NA0255 • 5-CD Set
*digital pre-release
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WALTON, I. / COTTON, C.: The Compleat Angler (Unabridged)
NA0259 • 8-CD Set
*digital pre-release
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LEWIS, M.: The Monk (Unabridged)
NA0265 • 13-CD Set
*digital pre-release
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TAGORE, R.: The Kabuliwallah and Other Stories (Unabridged)
NA0266 • 6-CD Set
*digital pre-release
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JAMES, H.: The Wings of the Dove (Unabridged)
NA0267 • 20-CD Set
*digital pre-release
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ALCOTT, L.M.: Good Wives (Abridged)
NA0283 • 3-CD Set
*digital pre-release
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Naxos Playlists

The New & Now playlist features all that is new and exciting in the world of classical music, whether it’s new music, new presentations or new performers. With more than 200 new releases each year, and artists from around the world, there is always something new to discover with Naxos.

This month, there are some fantastic new additions to the playlist!
  • Maurice Ravel: Antar: No. 11. Rimsky-Korsakov: Antar: III. Allegro risoluto alla Marcia
  • Vitezslav Novak: Lady Godiva, Op. 41
  • Lou Harrison: Violin Concerto: III. Allegro – Vigoroso – Poco presto
  • Federico Moreno Torroba: Homenaje a la seguidilla: III. Allegretto – Andante – Sostenuto
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