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The November NEW ON NAXOS marks the highly-anticipated release of the Beethoven ‘Complete Edition’, a very special 90-disc boxed set to celebrate the composer’s 250th birth anniversary in 2020. Containing over 100 hours of unduplicated music and more than 1,550 tracks, the box features outstanding interpretations by exemplary soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestras and conductors. From Beethoven’s popular works, to a host of fragments, sketches, drafts, arrangements, transcriptions and reconstructions – some of which have never been recorded – this is the most complete collection of Beethoven’s works available in the market. Watch the release trailer here.

Other highlights include: Beethoven’s works for voice and orchestra, recorded by Leif Segerstam and the Turku Philharmonic; an audiovisual release of four pieces for young audiences performed by the Britten-Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop; Thomas Ambroise’s opera Hamlet staged by Opéra Comique on DVD/Blu-ray; the latest ‘Music of Brazil’ release featuring concertos and chamber pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos; world premiere recordings of Dmitry Shostakovich’s film scores from Mark Fitz-Gerald; Jun Märkl’s newest Saint-Saëns recording with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra; Septura’s arrangement of The Nutcracker; Vol. 2 of Peter Breiner’s best-selling Beatles Go Baroque; and many more.

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

This Month’s Highlights

Beethoven Complete Edition [90-Disc Boxed Set]
[90 DISCS]
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Complete Edition

Various Artists


Beethoven’s monumental contribution to Western classical music is celebrated here in this definitive collection marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Surveying the totality of his career and achievement, the Complete Edition spans orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, music for the stage, choral and vocal works, encompassing his most familiar and iconic masterpieces, alongside rarities and recently reconstructed fragments and sketches in world premiere recordings. The roster of artists and ensembles includes some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary exponents, in performances that have won critical acclaim worldwide.

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Works for Voice and Orchestra
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Works for Voice and Orchestra
Ah! perfido • Ne’ giorni tuoi felici

Haavisto • Karlström • Greenlaw • Turku Philharmonic Orchestra • Segerstam

Beethoven’s permanent move to Vienna in 1782 allowed him direct contact with the operatic and Italianate culture of the city. He took lessons in Italian word setting from Salieri and almost immediately began the composition of a series of arias in that language, including Primo amore, piacer del ciel and later the dramatic recitative and aria Ah! perfido. Beethoven also set strophic songs in German that form part of the popular Singspiel tradition which are genial and rare examples of his art.

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto • Harmonica Concerto • Chamber Works
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887–1959)
Guitar Concerto • Harmonica Concerto
Sexteto Místico • Quinteto Instrumental

Barrueco • Staneck • OSESP Ensemble • São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Guerrero

The concertos and chamber works on this album show Villa-Lobos’s unceasing enthusiasm for new colours and sonorities in his music. The Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra was his last work for the instrument and written for Segovia. A cornerstone of the repertoire, it contains soaring melodies and rhythmic vitality couched in virtuosic writing. Exploring the instrument’s full harmonic and chromatic possibilities, the Concerto for Harmonica is also deftly orchestrated. New and daring sonic combinations are to be heard in the two chamber works demonstrating the composer’s extraordinary gift for seductive lyricism.

Pieces for Young Audience – SAINT-SAËNS • RAVEL • PROKOFIEV • BRITTEN
2.110399 [DVD]
Pieces for Young Audience
Live from Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Britten-Pears Orchestra • Alsop

These live performances from Snape Maltings Concert Hall present some of the most popular classical works for younger audiences. Their perennial appeal is a result of vivid melodies, witty instrumental characterisation, and, in three works, the use of spoken texts to illuminate the narrative. Whether composed to amuse, entertain or educate, each possesses marvellous vitality, lyricism and bravura. The performances are conducted and narrated by Marin Alsop, one of the world’s most inspirational musical communicators.

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0102V)

THOMAS, A.: Hamlet (Opéra Comique, 2018) [Opera]
2.110640 [DVD]
Ambroise THOMAS (1811–1896)
Libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier after William Shakespeare

Degout • Devieilhe • L. Alvaro • Brunet-Grupposo • Les éléments • Orchestre des Champs-Élysées • Langrée • Teste

With Shakespearian operas all the rage in Paris during the 19th century, Ambroise Thomas and his librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier adapted Hamlet to create a romantic spectacle in which the character of Ophélie shines with a haunting radiance. With its virtuosic arias, stunning ensembles and vivid orchestration – with the colourful addition of the newly invented saxophone – Thomas composed one of the most successful operas in the French repertoire. This is further enhanced by director Cyril Teste’s multi-layered production, reinstating its powerful original ending, and including cinematic techniques to create ‘a very palpable hit’ (

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0103V)

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: The Bedbug • Love and Hate
Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (b. 1972)
The Bedbug • Love and Hate

Mannheim Opera Choir • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • Juris • M. Fitz-Gerald


Shostakovich was still a young composer when he was hired to provide incidental music for The Bedbug, a surreal and farcical satire on Communist utopian dreams and bourgeois corruption and vulgarity. He produced a terrifically knockabout score that draws on local fireman’s bands and American dance music. Illustrated by Shostakovich’s powerful middle-period music, Love and Hate is a film about female fortitude set in a mining village during the 1919 Civil War. The innovative score, newly reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald from rough piano sketches and the 1935 soundtrack, combines symphonic sections with popular songs.

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ballet Music from Ascanio • Overtures
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)
Ascanio – Ballet
Andromaque • Les Barbares • La Princesse jaune

Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Märkl

Saint-Saëns’ operatic works contain instrumental music of vivacity and charm but have been undeservedly overlooked. Ascanio contains a substantial and elaborate divertissement that fellow composer Reynaldo Hahn termed ‘the entire Renaissance in a few pages’. Les Barbares, a tale of conquest and revenge, includes a vivid Prologue and joyful ballet, while La Princesse jaune with its pentatonic writing, and La Jota aragonese laced with Spanish vitality, show the composer at his most generously carefree.

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Lieder, Vol. 1
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Lieder, Vol. 1
Sehnsucht • Erlkönig • In questa tomba oscura

Breuer • Trost • Edelmann • Bojórquez • Bartos

Beethoven’s contribution to the development of German song was significant – he wrote some 90 songs – but it has inevitably been overshadowed by his mastery of orchestral and instrumental music. Unlike mozart and Schubert’s works in the genre, little is known about the composition and performance of Beethoven’s songs, but he is known to have greatly respected Goethe, as his settings amply show, not least in the incidental music to Egmont, from which Freudvoll und leidvoll is taken.

BREINER, P.: Beatles Go Baroque, Vol. 2
Peter BREINER (b. 1957)
Beatles Go Baroque, Vol. 2
Day Tripper • Norwegian Wood • Get Back • Nowhere Man • Yesterday

Peter Breiner and His Orchestra

Classical musicians have always recognised the musicality and originality of The Beatles’ songs, Leonard Bernstein declaring the Lennon-McCartney composing team ‘the Schuberts of our time’. This sequel to Peter Breiner’s multi-platinum Beatles Go Baroque (8.555010) takes the original concept even further, keeping 18th-century masterpieces such as Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Bach’s famously stylish and beautiful Violin Concerto No. 1 largely intact, elegantly combining them with The Beatles’ most enduring melodies to create a joyously genuine 21st-century mashup.

Boston Symphony Commissions – ANDRES • NATHAN • SHEPHERD • TSONTAKIS
Boston Symphony Commissions

Boston Symphony Orchestra • A. Nelsons


The Boston Symphony Orchestra has a long tradition of commissioning and performing important new music, and the four work on this album were commissioned and premiered by the orchestra and its conductor Andris Nelsons during the first years of his tenure. Eric Nathan takes us on a journey through a series of interconnected worlds, whereas George Tsontakis marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in a series of Sonnets for English horn and orchestra. Timo Andres carries on ‘conversations’ with composers of the past, while Sean Shepherd has been inspired by five giants of artistic modernism.

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: The Nutcracker (arr. brass septet)
Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1835–1921)
The Nutcracker
Arranged for Brass Septet

Jacobi • Septura

Brass instruments are a vital part of the festive fabric of Christmas, and Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet The Nutcracker is made even more joyful with the brassy brilliance of Septura. Narrated by pre-eminent actor Derek Jacobi, The Nutcracker is set on Christmas Eve, with music both rapturous and fantastical. It tells the story of how young Clara’s favourite present, a nutcracker shaped like a little man, turns into a handsome prince at midnight. Septura has been acclaimed by Brass Band World for its ‘stylistic perfection’ and ‘beautifully portrayed artistry’ (Music for Brass Septet • 2, Naxos 8.573386).

Festival of Carols
Festival of Carols
McNair • Indianapolis Symphonic Choir • E. Stark

This collection of best-loved Christmas repertoire was recorded live at the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Festival of Carols concerts in 2015 and 2016. GRAMMY award-winning vocalist Sylvia McNair adds her own unique beauty and warmth, and as ever, the programme celebrates the joys of the season with sparkling versions of family favourites. The tranquillity and magic of Christmas eve, heartfelt messages of hope, reconciliation and peace, and thrilling new compositions all combine to capture the celebratory excitement of the holiday season.

Additional Exciting New Releases

MENDONÇA, V.: Step Right Up • Group Together, Avoid Speech • Unanswerable Light
Vasco MENDONÇA (b. 1977)
Step Right Up
Group Together, Avoid Speech • Unanswerable Light

Muraro • Gulbenkian Orchestra • B. Shwartz


Portuguese composer Vasco Mendonça regards this portrait album as a letter to himself – written over time and with different chapters that throw light on his long-standing obsessions with drama, ritual and precision mechanism. Group Together, Avoid Speech highlights the string and woodwind principals of the wonderful Gulbenkian Orchestra to create ‘a Baroque concerto grosso on steroids’, while Unanswerable Light is a memorial to a friend and a meditation on fury and loss. The piano concerto Step Right Up is ‘a ritual celebration between the most incredible music box – the orchestra – and the most beautiful sound machine – the piano.’

GROSLOT, R.: Concertos for Piano, Cello and Harp
Robert GROSLOT (b. 1951)
Concertos for Piano, Cello and Harp

Michiels • Laporev • E. Groslot • Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra • R. Groslot


Robert Groslot’s significant contribution to the concerto genre is explored here in works that emphasise enjoyment in performance, and precision in sonorities and structure. The Cello Concerto includes a musical joke, whereby the soloist ‘quarrels’ with the concert master, only for the argument to be quelled by one of the percussionists.

KOŽELUCH, L.: Joseph der Menschheit Segen (Masonic Cantata)
Leopold KOŽELUCH (1747–1818)
Joseph der Menschheit Segen
(Masonic Cantata)

Eisinger • Gohritz • F. Dvořák • Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri • Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Štilec


Vienna was a magnet for musicians across Europe in the 18th century, and among the most successful and influential were composers from Bohemia. Credited with developing idiomatic piano performance in the city, leopold Koželuch also wrote choral music of considerable individuality. Joseph der Menschheit Segen (‘Joseph, Mankind’s Blessing’) is a powerful Masonic cantata that unusually includes Melodrama, where spoken text is followed by instrumental passages. The two sacred arias are masterful compositions and the Missa in C, though small in scale, is unusually lavish in its scoring. Klage auf den Todt Marien Theresien (‘On the Death of Maria Theresa’) possesses a grave and subtle beauty.

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 ‘Eroica’ (arr. Hummel for flute and piano trio)
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770–1827)
Grand Symphonies, Vol. 1
Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 ‘Eroica’
Arr. Hummel for Flute, Violin, Cello and Piano

Grodd • Gould Piano Trio

Beethoven and Hummel’s relationship was one of fractious beginnings, but ultimately true friendship. Between 1825 and 1835 Hummel arranged his contemporary’s Symphonies Nos. 1–7 and Septet, Op. 20 for his favoured combination of pianoforte, flute, violin and violoncello. Beethoven would surely not have objected – arrangements were, after all, a perfectly normal part of the 19th-century musical landscape. To audiences today his symphonies need little introduction but, thanks to the musical sensitivity and sheer brilliance of Hummel’s arrangements, it is possible to experience the thrill of hearing these extraordinary pieces afresh.

RAFF, J.: Complete Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2 – Nos. 3, 4 and 5
Joachim RAFF (1822–1882)
Complete Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2
Sonatas Nos. 3, 4 and 5

Laurence Kayaleh • Jean-Fabien Schneider

Joachim Raff enjoyed enormous prestige with a reputation as Germany’s leading symphonist of his time. He also wrote music for the violin, an instrument he had mastered when young, and for which he wrote with great sympathy. The enduring success of his first two sonatas (8.573841) prompted him to write three more: the charming, genial and joyous Sonata in D major, the symphonically conceived Sonata in G minor which, uniquely for Raff’s violin works, is cast in a single movement, and a Sonata in C minor that, while often melancholic in tone, is still suffused with his trademark lyricism.

JUON, P.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1–3
Paul JUON (1872–1940)
Violin Sonatas Nos. 1–3

Charles Wetherbee • David Korevaar

Paul Juon’s musical education provided him with a direct link to the German Romantic style of Mendelssohn and Schumann, and he has even been called the ‘Russian Brahms’. These three violin sonatas represent an important artistic statement by this neglected master, also showing his artistic evolution. The First Sonata is reminiscent of Tchaikovsky in its melodic beauty, the Second Sonata enriched with Scandinavian flavour in its mercurial character and chromatic intensity. The masterful and dramatic Third Sonata evokes an epic imagined landscape full of natural and supernatural beings.

Naxos ‘Lifestyle’ Series

New Releases from Naxos World Music

HEMMERSAM, J. • MALEKZADEH, A.: In The Moment – Improvisations, Compositions
In The Moment
Improvisations, Compositions

Jon Hemmersam • Asal Malekzadeh

‘To me, the music on this recording represents some of the most profound and direct communication between two human beings you can possibly imagine. Asal Malekzadeh and I had never met or played together prior to this recording. We only had the desire and deep wish to create something beautiful together. I would call it an invitation from our destiny, to follow the path of One Truth, One Music, One Love. This recording is of Daf and acoustic guitar in an entirely improvised setting. All the music on this recording is completely improvised in the moment, and composed in real time. To do this, the participants need to have completely open hearts, souls and minds, and mutual love, respect and understanding for each other, in order to communicate beyond rational thinking and to create a space from the deepest place, where only the heart and soul will guide you.’ – Jon Hemmersam

Kalibé – Mãe da Lua
Mãe da Lua

Kalibé is an imaginary musical society where elements of different cultures come together in harmony. The heart and voice of this album is Mãe da Lua, a poet, singer, and activist from Brazil. With her deep and intense voice she sings about the need to preserve the environment, the meaning of existence, and the importance of universal love. All the songs have a strong message of tolerance and peace, with the belief that music can unite people.

BACH, J.S.: Magna Sequentia III – A Contemplative Suite (compiled by S. Rubinsky)
Folk Music of China, Vol. 3
Folk Songs of Yunnan

Various Artists

This series explores China’s rich and diverse musical heritage. The songs featured in this recording are folk songs of three of the minority ethnic groups of Yunnan province – Wa, Blang, and De’ang. As with Chinese traditional visual arts, the song titles explain their mood and origin.

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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!
  • George Tsontakis: Sonnets: III. Rondo: Sonnet 60. Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore (Sheena, Boston Symphony Orchestra, A. Nelsons)
  • Max Reger: Four Tone Poems after Arnold Böcklin, Op. 128: Bacchanal (Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester, Ira Levin)
  • Joachim Raff: Violin Sonata No. 5 in C minor, Op. 145: III. Presto (Kayaleh, Schneider)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: 2 Arias for Umlauf’s Singspiel Dieschöne Schusterin, WoO 91: No. 1. O welch ein Leben, ein ganzes Meer von Lust (Karlström, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Segerstam)
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Concerto for Guitar and Small Orchestra: I. Allegro preciso (Barrueco, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, G. Guerrero)
  • Dmitry Shostakovich: the Bedbug, Op. 19: Part Two – Fifty Years Later: The Year 1979: Scene in the Public Garden (Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, M. Fitz-Gerald)
  • Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (arr. brass septet): Waltz of the Flowers (Septura)
  • Traditional: Kling, Glöckchen, Kling (Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, E. Stark)
  • Jon Hemmersam, Asal Malekzadeh: Song for Asal (Hemmersam, Malekzadeh)
  • Leopold Koželuch: Joseph der Menschheit Segen, PoskK XIX: 3: Coro. Andante: Segem kam auf uns hernieder… (Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri, F. Dvořák, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, M. Štilec)
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Ascanio: Act III, Ballet: 6. Phœbus prenant sa lyre, évoque l’Amour (Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Märkl)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Neue Liebe, neues Leben, WoO 127, Hess 136 (Trost, Bartos)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. P. Breiner): Keyboard Concerto No. 1, BWV 1052: Blackbird
  • Vasco Mendonça: Step Right Up: II. Nostalgic, Somewhat Desperate (Muraro, Gulbenkian Orchestra, B. Shwartz)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (arr. J.N. Hummel): Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace (Grodd, Gould Piano Trio)
  • Paul Juon: Violin Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 69: II. Largo – Allegretto (Wetherbee, Korevaar)

Celebrate Beethoven

We are celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a dynamic CELEBRATE BEETHOVEN playlist with various themes based on his life, compositional periods, types of works, and more. This month, we focus on his GREATEST HITS!

  • Piano Sonata No. 1 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 7 ‘Moonlight’: I. Adagio sostenuto (Jenő Jandó)
  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ‘Emperor’: II. Adagio un poco mosso (Vladar, Capella Istropolitana, Wordsworth)
  • Bagatelle in A minor, WoO 59 ‘Für Elise’ (Jenő Jandó)
  • Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97 ‘Archduke’: IV. Allegro moderato – Presto (Xyrion Trio)
  • Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’: I. Allegro con brio (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • Egmont, Op. 84: Overture (Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Gunzenhauser)
  • Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathétique’: II. Adagio cantabile (Boris Giltburg)
  • Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 ‘Spring’: II. Adagio molto espressivo (Takako Nishizaki, Jandó)
  • Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’: I. Pleasant, cheerful feelings aroused on approaching the countryside: Allegro ma non troppo (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • Missa solemnis, Op. 123: Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus (L. Phillips, Redmon, J. Taylor, Baylon, Nashville Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Schermerhorn)
  • Piano Trio No. 5 in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 ‘Ghost’: II. Largo assai ed espressivo (Xyrion Trio)
  • Andante favori in F major, WoO 57 (Jenő Jandó)
  • Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: III. Rondo: Allegro (Takako Nishizaki, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, K. Jean)
  • Wellington’s Victory, Op. 91 ‘Battle Symphony’: Part I – The Battle (Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lenárd)
  • Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53 ‘Waldstein’: I. Allegro con brio (Boris Giltburg)
  • Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’: IV. Finale: Presto (Papian, Donose, M. Fink, Otelli, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56: II. Largo (Dong-Suk Kang, Kliegel, Jandó, Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • Piano Trio No. 4 in B-flat major, Op.11 ‘Gassenhauer’ (version for clarinet, cello and piano): II. Adagio (Hausmann, Kliegel, Tichman)
  • Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 ‘Appassionata’: I. Allegro assai (Jenő Jandó)
  • Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92: IV. Allegro con brio (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19: III. Rondo: Molto allegro (Vladar, Capella Istropolitana, Wordsworth)
  • String Quartet No. 9 in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 ‘Rasumovsky’: IV. Allegro molto (Kodály Quartet)
  • Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20: II. Adagio cantabile (Balogh, Vajda, Keveházi, Hegyi, Máthé, Szabó, Tóth)
  • Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 ‘Eroica’: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131: I. Adagio ma non troppo e molto espressivo (Kodály Quartet)
  • Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 16: III. Andante cantabile (Kiss, Kovács, Vajda, Keveházi, Jandó)
  • Diabelli Variations, Op. 120: Variation XXIV: Fughetta: Andante (Konstantin Scherbakov)
  • Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Halász)
  • Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’: II. Molto vivace (Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, Drahos)
  • String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1: II. Adagio, ma non tanto, e cantabile (Falvay, Fejérvári, Éder)
  • Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 ‘Tempest’: III. Allegretto (Jenő Jandó)

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