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The November 2014 issue of NEW ON NAXOS presents an extraordinary number of highlight releases: Our monthly spotlight release is the DVD recording of internationally acclaimed violinist Henning Kraggerud performing selected works of Fritz Kreisler, with the Oslo Camerata. One of the foremost violinists of his time, Kreisler was also a composer, and this programme presents some of Kreisler's compositions for violin, with most of the orchestra arrangements written by Nils Thore Røsth.

Other highlights include: the third volume of Isaac Karabtchevsky and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra's Villa-Lobos symphonic cycle; Antoni Wit and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir's interpretation of Dvorák's Requiem; the first volume of flute concertos from 18th-century composer François Devienne, performed by world-renowned flautist and conductor Patrick Gallois; a special Christmas album from the award-winning Elora Festival Singers, just in time for the holiday season; Verdi's Otello, performed by the Oviedo Filarmonía, under the direction of Friedrich Haider, featuring one of the world's leading tenors Robert Dean Smith in the title role; and three orchestral works from French composer Paul Dukas, including The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which was made popular when it was illustrated in Walt Disney's film Fantasia.

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

This Month's Highlights

Naxos 2.110353
Fritz KREISLER (1875–1962)
Kraggerud Plays Kreisler
Henning Kraggerud plays works by Fritz Kreisler

Works arr. by Nils Thore Røsth

Henning Kraggerud, Violin
Oslo Camerata

Playing on Fritz Kreisler’s own ‘Bergonzi’ violin (from c. 1740), the brilliant young violinist Henning Kraggerud presents a programme of Kreisler’s compositions for violin. Filmed in the intimate surroundings of Oslo’s historic ‘Old Lodge’, this is a world premiere recording of many of these arrangements for violin and orchestra. Kraggerud introduces the works himself, and leads the Oslo Camerata in a sparkling, thrilling concert.

Naxos 8.573243
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Symphony No. 10 ‘Ameríndia’

Leonardo Neiva, Baritone • Saulo Javan, Bass
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir
Naomi Munakata, Chorus-master
Isaac Karabtchevsky

Heitor Villa-Lobos was instrumental in developing a national Brazilian musical culture, writing in a wide variety of forms. Composed in 1954 for the 400th anniversary of the founding of São Paulo, Ameríndia is the composer’s largest symphony. Effectively a hybrid symphony and oratorio for soloists, chorus and orchestra, it is memorable for its stylistic variety and breadth, drawing on many different sources of Brazilian music. This recording is based on a newly revised edition made by Editora Criadores do Brasil (the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra’s publishing house) in collaboration with the Academia Brasileira de Música.

Naxos 8.572874-75
[2 CDs]
Antonín DVOŘÁK (1841–1904)

Christiane Libor, Soprano • Ewa Wolak, Alto
Daniel Kirch, Tenor • Janusz Monarcha, Bass
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Antoni Wit

Antonin Dvořák’s huge popularity in England was built largely on the success of his Stabat Mater, which he had conducted there in 1884 and 1885. It was well suited to the country’s choral traditions and led eventually to a commission for a Requiem, which was premièred in Birmingham in 1891. Written in ten months during tours to Russia, England and Germany, its success was immediate. Sitting closer to the tradition of Cherubini than Verdi, its tone is compassionate and reflective, devoid of unnecessary drama, and movingly crafted with great sophistication.

Naxos 8.573230
François DEVIENNE (1759–1803)
Flute Concertos, Vol. 1
Flute Concertos Nos. 1-4

Patrick Gallois, Flute
Swedish Chamber Orchestra

François Devienne was among the most important composers of wind music in the second half of the 18th century and one of the founding teachers at the newly established Paris Conservatoire in 1795. Devienne’s First Flute Concerto was a great success at the 1782 Concert Spirituel and helped his reputation abroad. The Fourth is one of the best of his entire concerto output. All of these works combine sublime melodic elegance and graceful virtuosity, making them among the most attractive concertos of their time.

Naxos 8.573421
The Wonder of Christmas
Michael Bloss, Organ
Elora Festival Singers • Noel Edison

The Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre’s choral music (8.559677) was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles, both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs. The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies, in a recital stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.

Naxos 8.660357-58
[2 CDs]
Giuseppe VERDI (1813–1901)
Lyric Drama in Four Acts
Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare’s Othello

Raffaella Angeletti, Soprano
Marifé Nogales, Mezzo-Soprano
Robert Dean Smith • Luis Dámaso • Vicenç Esteve, Tenors
Sebastian Catana • Enrique Sánchez, Baritones
Kristjan Mõisnik • Michael Dries, Bass
Orfeón Donostiarra • Los ‘Peques’ del León de Oro
Oviedo Filarmonía • Friedrich Haider

After the success of Aida in December 1871, and despite his enormous popularity, Verdi retired as an operatic composer. It took the young publisher Giulio Ricordi and composer and librettist Arrigo Boito a number of years to entice him to embark on what was originally called Jago, and only later known as Otello. Verdi retained a reverence for Shakespeare, and had already composed Macbeth. With Otello, completed in November 1886, and triumphantly received, he created a masterpiece from a play that, as Bernard Shaw noted, had all the ingredients of an Italian Opera.

Naxos 8.573296
Paul Abraham DUKAS (1865–1935)
Symphony in C
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice • La Péri

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Paul Dukas is famed for his brilliant, meticulously scored symphonic scherzo The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, first performed in 1897, which almost immediately entered the international repertoire. It was subsequently the focus of a ballet and later Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. Magical scoring is also a feature of La Péri, a poème danséof great imaginative verve. The delightful, colourful Symphony in C was composed mid-way between these works. For this recording, manuscript sources for the three works were consulted, including the hitherto private proofs of the first edition of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, ensuring rigorously faithful performances.

Additional Exciting New Releases






Digital Exclusives

*Also available on DVD

Naxos Audiobooks

NA0189 • 2-CD set
NA0173 • 5-CD set

NA0183 • 10-CD set
NA0180 • 12-CD set


*Available November 30

Musical Advent Calendar App (New 2014 version)

A new day, a new piece of classical music – FREE!

Naxos’s new musical app for Advent features 25 complete tracks behind numbered doors. Each day, a new door is ‘unlocked’ to reveal a new piece of seasonal music from Naxos’s classical music catalogue.

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