NXN Recordings was established by Naxos Norway in 2019 with the aim at showcasing the vibrant Norwegian music scene. Our aim is to release innovative, high quality music that bends, explores and challenges the established genres. There’s much to discover in our catalogue; from neo-classical to ambient, jazz and contemporary music, plus many things in between. Our varied recordings all have the recognisable 'cool Nordic sound' in common, yet the music has proved to have global appeal.
Thomas Torstrup – jazz pianist and organist – has already released a couple of recordings together with up-and-coming Norwegian jazz musicians. Torstrup here presents his new material for jazz quartet, resulting in his debut as a bandleader. The album Two Brothers can be characterised as melodic jazz with an original touch and a wide palette of stylistic references. His sources of inspiration range from American jazz traditions, to sacred music, and the world of Olivier Messiaen. Thomas also finds inspiration in sounds of nature, such as raindrops and wind, and those of children trying instruments for the first time!
‘Elegant and classy jazz from young musicians.’
– Adressa.no on debut ;Snøkorn
Organ and tuba. Not the most common ensemble, but a very exciting soundscape with unexplored sound possibilities. Organist Magnus Moksnes Myhre and jazz tuba player Daniel Herskedal met for the first time as students at the music conservatory in Trondheim, and the duo have now created a completely new vibe with Desert Lighthouse. Their many sources of inspiration meet in a shared fascination with the oriental tonal language.
‘Such is the range of Herskedal’s tuba, from deep bass growl to high-pitched cry, and so lyrical his playing, that it is not always easy to distinguish tuba from bass trumpet.’
Since his return to music, Andreas Ihlebæk has become one of the most internationally acclaimed Norwegian composers and pianists. His solo debut The Guest (2017) was immediately declared a genre- and mind-bending masterpiece in Europe’s biggest newspaper (Bild), a level of praise which was unanimously repeated by European music magazines and media outlets across the genre spectrum. The Guest was performed at the 40th anniversary of the Oslo Concert Hall, which Norwegian state radio NRK called “the musical highlight of the year”. Ihlebæk released his second album Northern Lullabies for NXN Recordings in 2020 (NXN8001) to great critical acclaim and a Spellemannprisen nomination (Norwegian GRAMMY). In the lead-up to his third album I Will Build You A House, all tracks have been released as singles and have been featured in playlists by Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and Amazon. He continues to be one of the most played composers of modern classical pieces globally.
The title for Andreas’ third solo album materialised a couple of months before the pandemic. Andreas, who was born in Oslo (Norway) but grew up in Hamburg (Germany) and San Francisco (California), and who made his living as a writer/journalist traveling around the US, Asia, Spain and the Caribbean while composing his ‘comeback’ The Guest, has seen himself as a global citizen since childhood. The album’s title grew out of his steadily growing concern for the world around him, and for where we’re all headed. As the pandemic hit, the title suddenly became all the more relevant, with the urgent need for safety while chaos rages outside. However, this music is not about the physical dimension, for those lucky enough to be able to provide themselves with walls. It is about building a good place for listeners to exist and/or escape to, wherever they may be.
‘A rich expressiveness underneath the veil of subtlety and self-restraint.’
– Classical Music Daily
For a limited time, the Piano Chill playlist on Apple Music will be guest curated by Andreas Ihlebæk. Listen to recordings by Andreas, plus tracks from some of his favourite artists, including Max Richter, Leif Ove Andsnes, Chilly Gonzales, and more. Discover now on Apple Music: https://apple.co/2UaMUFX
Daniel Müller-Schott – a 2020 Opus Klassik award winner – appealingly combines five works from the French kaleidoscope of sound on his newest album with the DSO Berlin and Alexandre Bloch – Four Visions of France
The luminous textures and sensual orchestral colours that are considered essential features of French music reflect the genre's history of great names renowned for their art of instrumentation and sensitive use of timbres. They include the composers of the cello concertos on this recording: Camille Saint-Saëns, whose skill in instrumentation always combines colour with transparency; Édouard Lalo, who was highly esteemed by Claude Debussy for the wealth of colour in his works; and Arthur Honegger, who painted striking soundscapes not only in his Cello Concerto, but also in his works for smaller ensembles.
Often it's the fine shadings and delicate transitions that characterise the tone colours of French music and are responsible for its delightful charm.
The BBC Proms, the world’s largest music festival, is now in full swing in London with the famous Last Night of the Proms concert scheduled for 11 September. The host of international stars performing throughout the festival includes a number of Naxos Music Group artists, some of whose recordings we feature below.
Conductor Vasily Petrenko appears for the first time at the Proms in his new role as Music Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Japanese violinist Sayaka Shoji on August 4.
Cellist Guy Johnston performed Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 on August 2, marking the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death.
On August 2, pianist Michael McHale was joined by clarinettist Michael Collins and cellist Adrian Brendel to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky.
The young German pianist Elisabeth Brauß performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 on August 3 with BBC Philharmonic under Ben Gernon.
John Storgårds conducted the BBC Philharmonic on August 10 in the world premiere of Britta Byström’s Parallel Universes.
Glyndebourne Festival Opera under Robin Ticciati presents a sumptuous concert performance of Tristan and Isolde with an international cast including tenor Simon O’Neill and bass baritone Shenyang on August 31, marking 60 years of the company’s appearances at the Proms.
Tenor Stuart Skelton joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the Last Night of the Proms on September 11.
For full details of all this year’s BBC Proms Concerts follow this link.
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The three cello concertos on this album illustrate that fertile period in the second half of the 18th century when features of the Baroque were gradually replaced by the so-called galant style. Foremost amongst the composers inaugurating this change was Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach whose Cello Concerto in A major is a perfect example of the passionate and dramatic range that marked him out as a pivotal figure of his time. Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major modulates between older and newer styles, whereas his Cello Concerto in D major is a Classical masterpiece, and a worthy companion to his greatest symphonies.
The digital single release of C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major: III. Allegro assai is now available, featuring Danish cellist Andreas Brantelid, Concerto Copenhagen and conductor Lars Ulrik Mortensen.
Inspired by hearing performances of Handel’s oratorios during his visits to London, Franz Joseph Haydn composed Die Schöpfung (‘The Creation’) in 1798. He drew on the full complement of his symphonic and vocal prowess which reach peaks of almost operatic intensity. It’s a monumental composition with orchestrations of superb richness in which Haydn combines the splendour of classicism with the majesty of sacred music. Large choruses, a sense of momentum and music that's both powerful and refined accompany the listener through the various phases of the Bible’s account of the Creation, from the explosion of the first light to the marvelous air of the creation of man. To quote Alexander Pereira, superintendent of Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino: ‘The Creation conveys a meaning that reaches all the religions of the world equally, and that is why we decided to propose this marvelous masterpiece by Haydn as a sign of unity between all; it is a very important message at this time.’
‘Zubin Mehta left his signature mark in terms of sound cleanness and clarity, equilibrium in the dynamics and accompaniments, delivering an energetic yet solemn performance, perhaps one of his best conducting in Florence of the recent years.’
– Opera Click
‘A memorable performance, even though the lack of an audience and the final silence are a chilling testimony of these difficult times.’
– Opera Click
|Hanna-Elisabeth Müller||Gabriel/Eva, soprano|
|Maximilian Schmit||Uriel, tenor|
|Michael Volle||Raphael/Adam, baritone|
|Chorus Master||Lorenzo Fratini|
|Video Director||Tiziano Mancini|
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In July of 2021, I finally met with an all-star cast at the Virginia Arts Festival to work on a pandemic delayed project – the first complete recording of the Walton Facade, including the appendix of four poems that had never been captured on recording. Walton’s Facade – and his relationship to the poet Edith Sitwell – is an intriguing story of the artistic brainchild of two extraordinary artists in a fertile and fervid time in an England emerging from the flu epidemic, 100 years ago.
While at Oxford, William Walton had the great good luck to fall in with wonderful friends – Sacheverell, Edith and Osbert Sitwell – a brilliantly literary, artistically avant-garde, zany and very wealthy family – who ‘adopted’ the impoverished young man whom they rightly considered a musical genius. It is not surprising that artistic collaborations flourished – the first, Facade, when Walton was only 19 and captivated by the poetry of Edith Sitwell. Edith’s use of language was uniquely rich and varied, filled with alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia. She treated words almost as musical/rhythmic sounds, mesmerising, hypnotic and haunting. Walton wove her incredible poems into the fabric of his orchestral imagination, where they surface, disappear and glowingly emerge in a fascinating partnership. The pieces are by turn funny, surprising, mysterious, beautiful, troubling and endlessly entertaining.
In the first performance in the drawing room of the Sitwell home, Edith herself was the ‘speaker’, intoning her poetry through a megaphone to project it above the music. In our performance and recording, we invited three different artists to bring their vocal timbres, approaches and personalities to the poems, creating a constantly shifting sound world. Hila Plitmann, Fred Child and Kevin Deas were ‘assigned’ the poems that seemed to suit them the best, and each exploited the possibilities of these words to the fullest, with astonishing virtuosity and imagination. From Fox Trot to Jodelling Song, from fanfares to tragic love stories, from Scottish bagpipes to tales of ghosts to lullabies, tangos and tarantellas, Walton’s music and Sitwell’s words enchant and beguile the listener.
An important new chapter of the work opened in 1976, when Walton was celebrating his 75th year, and returned to his early Facade to write a second set – 8 more of Edith’s poems dressed in musical garb. There were, in addition, 4 other poems that were put in an appendix and not performed, and those are recorded for the first time with our group at the Virginia Arts Festival.
Walton’s words from the 1970s express his amusement and affection for his early work. Upon hearing that the work was to be performed at the Proms, he said: “From a drawing room in Chelsea to the Royal Albert Hall, who would have believed it in 1922?”
I believe that William Walton would have been very pleased not only with our virtuoso ‘speakers’ but also with the incredible orchestra we assembled – Debra Cross (flute), Rachel Ordaz (piccolo), Todd Levy (clarinet), Robert Alemany (bass clarinet), Timothy McAllister (saxophone), David Vonderheide (trumpet), Julian Schwarz (cello) and Rob Cross (percussions).
We are delighted that this recording will not only introduce material never heard before, but will mark the 100th anniversary of William Walton’s youthful masterpiece, Facade. All of us hope that our absolute delight in performing and recording this unique and intriguing work will be felt in the performance on the upcoming album, and we give our warmest thanks to Klaus Heymann for his extraordinary vision in embracing the widest panoply of music with joy and imagination.
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The film Fabian – Going to the Dogs took part in the Berlin International Film Festival 2021 (Berlinale) and made its German cinema debut on 5 August. The film has licensed music from the Naxos recording of Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Handel’s Serse (Xerxes) on SWR Classic.
In the 1920s in Berlin, Dr. Jakob Fabian, who works by day in advertising for a cigarette company and by night wanders the streets of the city, falls in love with an actress. As her career begins to blossom, prospects for his future begin to wane. Director Dominik Graf adapts Kästner’s novel Going to the Dogs as a grand disco ball refracting eroded dreams of happiness.
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Until 31 August, audiophile-oriented Qobuz is offering a big download sale, in both CD and Hi-Res audio quality, at up to 50% off! Visit the Qobuz store to discover dozens of haunting interpretations, explosive transcriptions and exquisite productions. The promotion also includes brand new recordings.