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EASTER WITH NAXOS

The events of Christ’s Passion have been marked in artistic triumphs over the centuries, not least in music which has a treasure trove of works devoted to the sequence of the action. Just as the Easter story moves from darkness to light, so the works describing it represent the full spectrum of genres and resources.

In this list – which also includes titles from Naxos’ affiliated labels – you’ll find masterpieces representative of all musical styles: from Bach’s Passion settings to the Requiems of Mozart, Dvorák and Verdi, plus the more contemporary utterances of works. You’ll also see recordings of instrumental music, such as Messiaen’s L’Ascension, Gubaidulina’s Sieben Worte, and Haydn’s Seven Last Words in its piano version.
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Image St. John Passion, BWV 245 (1749 Version) (2CD)
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is, along with the St Matthew Passion, without doubt one of the most important works he ever composed. It established a new tradition for Good Friday vespers in Leipzig, and with sublime skill Bach managed to retain a spirit of church worship while creating an almost operatic narrative that movingly depicts Christ’s trial, death, and ultimate apotheosis. Bach’s numerous revisions always demand a certain amount of scholarly decision-making, and this recording of the St John Passion uses the final 1749 version that not only draws on and reinforces the best of Bach’s original concept, but incorporates the additional movements of the 1725 version.

kr 159
Image Little Organ Book Vol 2: BWV 539, 562 & 618-644
kr 79
Image Favourite Arias and Choruses
"...a decent introduction to the master's great choral masterpieces."
(American Record Guide)


kr 49
Image Magnificat; Lumen
Pairing of Bach’s Magnificat with Robert M. Helmschrott’s Lumen, a contemporary musical dialogue that urges empathy between the three Abrahamic religions. The composer also plays piano on the release. First recording of Lumen. August 2018 was Robert Maximilian Helmschrott’s 80th birthday.

kr 89
Image St. John Passion
GRAMOPHONE EDITOR'S CHOICE


Joe Littlewood, treble; James Bowman, countertenor;

Matthew Beale, tenor;
James Gilchrist, tenor;
Colin Baldy, bass;

John Bernays, bass;
Eamonn Dougan, bass

Collegium Novum; The Choir of New College Oxford/
Edward Higginbottom.

Choir of New College Oxford, under ledning av Edward Higginbottom, räknas som en av världens bästa körer. De använder sig av gossopraner istället för kvinnliga sopraner, som på Bachs tid, vilket skapar en mycket skir och homogen klang.


Som solister finner vi bl a den legendariske countertenoren James Bowman och tenoren James Gilchrist, som båda tidigare varit medlemmar i Choir of New College Oxford. Sopranariorna framförs, på tidstroget maner, av en gossopran.

kr 99
Image St. Matthew Passion (3 CD)
Bland J S Bachs alla fina sakrala verk är hans "Matteuspassion" kronjuvelen. Detta verk skildrar på ett dramatiskt och gripande sätt bl a när Jesus blir korsfäst. Här medverkar flera toppsolister som till exempel tenoren Markus Schäfer och bassångaren Hanno Müller-Brachmann.

kr 239
Image St Matthew Passion (Matthäus-Passion)
Until now Naxos has only released excerpts of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. This complete version follows on from the success of Ralf Otto’s recordings of the St John Passion (8.573817-18) and the Christmas Oratorio (8.574001-02), which have both been widely acclaimed. This release features a cast of renowned soloists.


kr 239
Image St. Matthew Passion, highlights
...A refreshingly lithe and young sounding Evangelist, Jósef Mukk, leads a team of Hungarian soloists with fresh clear voices...

(Penguin Guide)

Ibolya Verebits, soprano; Judit Nemeth, alto;

Jozsef Mukk, tenor;
Istvan Gati, bass; Peter Koves, bass

Hungarian Festival Chorus; Hungarian Radio Children's Choir;

Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/Geza Oberfrank



kr 49
Image Christus am Ölberge; Elegischer Gesang
Beethoven’s only oratorio is a relatively obscure work when compared with this composer’s symphonies. There have been barely a handful of recordings in recent decades. This recording has a strong cast of soloists and a notable conductor.

kr 89
Image Mass in C Major; Meeresstille und glückliche Fahrt
The custom of marking the name-day of Princess Esterhazy with a newly composed Mass began in the 1790s and for many years was carried out by Joseph Haydn. In 1807 Beethoven was commissioned and responded with his Mass in C major. Coolly received at court, it is a celebratory work of large-scale brilliance. The cantata Meeresstille und gluckliche Fahrt is set to Goethe’s poems and contrasts calm with exuberance. In 1803 Beethoven set two numbers from Vestas Feuer, written by Emanuel Schikaneder, the librettist of Mozart’s die Zauberflote.

kr 89
Image Requiem (2 CD)
kr 159
Image Passion of Mary, The / Four Songs of the Nativity
Howard Blake is a popular and prolific composer whose output includes film scores (not least the extraordinarily successful The Snowman), choral, orchestral and instrumental works, ballets and opera. This disc presents the world première recordings of Four Songs of the Nativity, commissioned by The Book Club for The Bach Choir and London Brass, and Blake's second dramatic oratorio, The Passion of Mary, commissioned by The Summer Music Society of Dorset in association with South West Arts. 'The Passion of Mary draws together the Stabat Mater, the Magnificat, the Salve Regina and other Marian and Nativity texts with the wisdom of a Berlioz. The outcome is a splendid, highly accessible choral work.' Roderick Dunnett (reviewing the London première for Church Times)

kr 79
Image Stabat Mater and Chamber Works
Boccherini chose the intimacy of a chamber music setting for his Stabat Mater, uniquely written for a solo soprano and string quintet. Other Naxos recordings of Boccherini’s String Quartets can be heard on 8.555042 and 8.555043.

kr 89
Image Messa da Requiem
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Thomas Martin, conductor

Renowned worldwide in his lifetime and remembered today as a double bass virtuoso, Giovanni Bottesini excelled in every branch of musicianship, but his operas and sacred works were overshadowed by those of Verdi and have fallen into neglect. Composed in response to the death of his brother Luigi, Bottesini's large scale Requiem combines ecclesiastical counterpoint with formal innovation and the expressive lyricism and dramatic orchestration of operatic models.




kr 79
Image A German Requiem
Anna Lucia Richter, soprano • Stephan Genz, baritone
MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop

Brahms's A German Requiem, almost certainly triggered by the death of his mother in 1865, is one of his greatest and most popular works, quite unlike any previous Requiem. With texts taken from Luther's translation of the Bible and an emphasis on comforting the living for their loss and on hope of the Resurrection, the work is deeply rooted in the tradition of Bach and Schu¨tz, but is vastly different in character from the Latin Requiem of Catholic tradition with its evocation of the Day of Judgement and prayers for mercy on the souls of the dead.


kr 89
Image Ein Deutsches Requiem
The longest work in Brahms's entire oeuvre, A German Requiem was almost certainly triggered by the death of his mother, although it also seems likely that the tragic loss of his friend Robert Schumann, some years earlier, added to its depth and eloquence. Taking inspiration from Bach's contrapuntal genius but avoiding overt religious tradition, Brahms chose the texts himself, placing an emphasis on an affirmation of life with the suggestion that he would gladly have substituted 'human' for 'German' in the title. This release joins Antoni Wit's 'richly satisfying' (Gramophone) recording of Brahms Choral Music [8.572694].

kr 79
Image Ein Deutsches Requiem (Blu-Ray)
The longest work in Brahms's entire oeuvre, A German Requiem was almost certainly triggered by the death of his mother, although it also seems likely that the tragic loss of his friend Robert Schumann, some years earlier, added to its depth and eloquence. Taking inspiration from Bach's contrapuntal genius but avoiding overt religious tradition, Brahms chose the texts himself, placing an emphasis on an affirmation of life with the suggestion that he would gladly have substituted 'human' for 'German' in the title.



kr 158
Image Ein deutsches Requiem
Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem was initially conceived as a ‘cantata of grief’ – it was the death of his mother and the desire to create a memorial to his friend Robert Schumann that makes this music so intensely personal. With its radiant messages of humanity, consolation and comfort, the Requiem caused a sensation and made Brahms famous virtually overnight. The work is heard here with its ‘ad libitum’ organ and contrabassoon reinstated, enormously intensifying the depth of tone colors and lower sonorities. For the conductor Ralf Otto flexibility, diversity and transparency of sound have always been essential for his work with orchestras and choirs. Otto believes that understanding the compositional structure of a piece of music is an indispensable prerequisite to achieving intensely emotional expression. The conductor’s reputation is based on his gift for interpreting different musical styles, from the Renaissance to the music of today. Since the beginning of his career, he has been a strong advocate for the performance of early music according to historically informed performance practices. His numerous recordings and broadcasts are a testament to his artistic achievements.

kr 89
Image A German Requiem
"...certainly worth considering"
(CD Review)


kr 49
Image A German Requiem (1871 London version)
The ‘London Version’ prepared by Brahms in 1866 for small chorus with piano four hands accompaniment. Sung in English, without the 5th movement for soprano solo as it was premiered in London in 1871.

kr 89
Image Membra Jesu Nostri
kr 79
Image Missa Dolorosa / Stabat Mater
kr 79
Image True Light; Missa Brevis; The First Kiss
Alexander Campkin is renowned as a leading young choral composer who has been commissioned by some of the most prestigious musical organizations in Britain. True Light reveals the energy and majestic sound world that he commands, as well as qualities of reflective intimacy. His Missa Brevis was inspired by seeing a beam of sunlight pierce a cloud of moving incense, the resultant music being built around a sustained pitch, ebbing and flowing. In The First Kiss, he sets two poignant and daring Epigrams by the Greek philosopher Strato.

kr 89
Image Eight Motets
Giacomo Carissimi was one of the most admired of seventeenth-century Italian composers. The maestro from Marino, near Rome, acquired a Europe-wide fame at an early age and excelled in church music. Commonly employing texts that modify or amplify passages from the scriptures, rather than taking those texts verbatim, Carissimi employed all his genius for vocal melodic lines and accompanying instrumentation to fashion a sequence of spellbinding masterpieces. Foremost among these is Usquequo peccatores which, through its size and length, blurs the very distinction between motet and oratorio. This is the fourth Naxos release of music by Carissimi from this ensemble.




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