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JUNE 2019

NEW ON NAXOS

Here is the June issue of NEW ON NAXOS. This month’s spotlight release is GRAMMY®-nominated conductor Darrell Ang’s latest recording, presenting Dmitry Kabalevsky’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2, Colas Breugnon Overture and Pathétique Overture, with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra.

Other highlights include:

• The first volume of Ludwig van Beethoven’s choral music – featuring the composer’s only oratorio Christus am Ölberge (‘Christ on the Mount of Olives’) and Elegischer Gesang – recorded by the ICMA-winning team of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and Leif Segerstam, with the Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis and vocal soloists Hanna-Leena Haapamäki (soprano), Jussi Myllys (tenor) and Niklas Spångberg (bass).

• The Early Music Collection, a special 30-disc survey that traces the history of Western music from plainchant, the music of the Catholic church, through polyphony, to the end of 17th century.

• An audiovisual release of Saverio Mercadante’s Didone abbandonata, recorded live from the 2018 Innsbruck Early Music Festival, directed by Jürgen Flimm. Soprano Viktorija Miškunaite and mezzo-soprano Katrin Wundsam portray the lead roles, with the Coro Maghini and Academia Montis Regalis conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2; Colas Breugnon Overture; Pa
Naxos has had success in the past with recordings of Kabalevsky’s Piano Concertos (8.557683 and 8.557794) and the two Cello Concertos (8.553788), but this is their first edition of his less frequently recorded symphonies.

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Image Das Wunder der Heliane (2 DVD)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold regarded Das Wunder der Heliane as his greatest work, but the opera has been neglected since its premiere in 1927. This 2018 production from the Deutsche Oper Berlin features the American soprano Sara Jakubiak as Heliane, and the American tenor Brian Jagde as The Stranger in the award-winning director Christof Loy’s acclaimed staging. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin deliver the large forces required for this hyper-Romantic opera, under the baton of Dutch National Opera’s chief conductor Marc Albrecht. Bonus materials include a rare audio recording of the Interlude to Act III recorded in 1928, as well as a picture gallery of rare images provided by Korngold specialist Brendan G. Carroll.

kr 379
Image Das Wunder der Heliane (Blu-ray)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold regarded Das Wunder der Heliane as his greatest work, but the opera has been neglected since its premiere in 1927. This 2018 production from the Deutsche Oper Berlin features the American soprano Sara Jakubiak as Heliane, and the American tenor Brian Jagde as The Stranger in the award-winning director Christof Loy’s acclaimed staging. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin deliver the large forces required for this hyper-Romantic opera, under the baton of Dutch National Opera’s chief conductor Marc Albrecht. Bonus materials include a rare audio recording of the Interlude to Act III recorded in 1928, as well as a picture gallery of rare images provided by Korngold specialist Brendan G. Carroll.

kr 379
Image Didone abbandonata (DVD)
Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante was a contemporary of Donizetti and Rossini, and his prolific output of operas proved influential in founding dramatic techniques that were taken on by Verdi. Set in the ancient and besieged city of Carthage, Didone abbandonata is the dramatic and tragic tale of ill-starred lovers whose decisions ultimately place an entire populace in peril. A genuine rarity in the theatre, Didone has strong ties to the 18th century but also points towards the bel canto innovations that were to come. This carefully researched and critically acclaimed production presents the work in the sound and playing style of Mercadante’s time.

kr 239
Image Didone abbandonata (Blu-ray)
Giuseppe Saverio Mercadante was a contemporary of Donizetti and Rossini, and his prolific output of operas proved influential in founding dramatic techniques that were taken on by Verdi. Set in the ancient and besieged city of Carthage, Didone abbandonata is the dramatic and tragic tale of ill-starred lovers whose decisions ultimately place an entire populace in peril. A genuine rarity in the theatre, Didone has strong ties to the 18th century but also points towards the bel canto innovations that were to come. This carefully researched and critically acclaimed production presents the work in the sound and playing style of Mercadante’s time.

kr 239
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 Magna Sequentia I
Magna Sequentia I is a unique sequencing of dance movements drawn from Bach’s keyboard works featuring pieces from the French Suites and the Partitas. Whereas Bach’s suites typically comprise six to eight movements, Sonia Rubinsky has selected 19, compiled with a tonal logic that still keeps the structure of a suite. She has chosen several examples of each of the dance forms used by Bach so one can appreciate the dazzling variety of both style and mood. Enhanced by her historically informed performance, Magna Sequentia I offers fresh insights into Bach performance on a modern grand piano. Sonia Rubinsky was awarded Best Recording of the Year in the Classical Category of the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards for the eighth volume of the complete piano works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, recorded for Naxos. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, New York.

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Image The Early Music Collection (30 CD)
The Early Music Collection is a wide-ranging survey that traces the history of Western music from plainchant, the music of the Catholic church, through polyphony, to the end of the 17th century. It includes leading ensembles and instrumentalists. Many of the discs have been critically lauded.

kr 589
Image National Anthems of the World (Complete) - 2019 Ed
While globalization advances, all countries staunchly retain two unique features: their distinctive national flag and a bonding national anthem. The anthems reflect an enormous indigenous diversity, but relatively few are generally known by citizens of other nations, making any comprehensive compendium a source of endless interest and discovery. We invite you to take a musical tour of Naxos’ definitive set of national and regional anthems, from Algeria to Kuwait. Lapland to Zanzibar, and all stops in between. You’ll be delighted by the gems that are waiting to be discovered and compiled into either personal or family favorites. And you can check out the flags in the process with our informative supporting booklets! Welcome to the Naxos set of The Complete National Anthems of the World.

kr 804
Image Romantisches Klavierkonzert; Castelli Romani
First released in 2005 on the ASV label (ASV CD DCA 1174). Showcases Marx’s hugely demanding writing for piano. Part of a collection of Joseph Marx’s orchestral works now being re-released on the Naxos label: critically acclaimed Volume 1 of these orchestral works was released in December 2018 (8.573831) and Volume 2 (8.573832) was released in February 2019.

kr 89
Image The Grand Mogul: Virtuosic Baroque Flute Concertos
The five works here demonstrate how Baroque concertos for the flute differed in Germany, Italy and France. Exceptional musicological work has been done on this disc, with historically informed playing at its heart. Barthold Kuijken is an internationally admired flautist.

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Image Symphonies Nos. 11 and 12
The Eleventh Symphony builds on the success of the Tenth (8.573654), and the Twelfth Symphony was Moyzes’ final orchestral statement and his ‘diary in music’. Follows release of the Ninth and Tenth symphonies in February 2019 (Naxos 8.573634). Original released as critically acclaimed Marco Polo 8.225093.

kr 89
Image The Symphonic Tales of Jon Deak
Jon Deak is a composer who ‘has more fun with music than anyone I know’ (New York Newsday), and all of the pieces on this album of symphonic stories for young and old alike involve the performers as narrators. These tales include the wolves of Canada and Alaska in B.B. Wolf (An Apologia), a loving tribute to the immigrants of America in Bye-Bye!, and a dramatic and virtuoso version of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen Finale. The Legend of Spuyten Duyvil is a tale of old New Amsterdam that invokes the heroic spirit of trumpeter Anthony Van Corlaer. John Deak, composer and education specialist, was associate principal bassist with the New York Philharmonic for many years. A Pulitzer and Grammy Award-nominated composer, he has written over 300 groundbreaking works, many of which are accessible to children.

kr 89
Image 19th Century Russian Cello Music
Can be promoted as a companion disc to 8.573860 Russian Cello Concertos, which covers the same time period and overlaps two pieces – Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Serenade, here in the world premiere recording of the versions for cello and piano. Olga Solovieva has previously recorded works by Taneyev (8.557804), and B. Tchaikovsky (8.557727, 8.573207, and the ICMA 2019-nominated 8.573783)

kr 89
Image Flute Music from the Harlequin Years
Demonstrates the compositional shift from the ‘old school’ in Pierre de Bréville to the foreign musicians who came to Paris, including pieces by members of the Groupe des Six. Features six world premiere recordings by Bréville, Dukas, Honegger, Tansman and Harsanyi. Previous critically acclaimed Naxos releases from flautist Thies Roorda include Karg-Elert’s complete flute works (8.573269-70).

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Image Balkanisms: Guitar Music from the Balkans
Critically acclaimed innovative guitarist Mak Grgic has selected the music of five composers from the Balkans. Miroslav Tadic traces Macedonian folk songs, while each of the other composers brings very personal qualities. Three of the works are world premiere recordings.

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Image Guitar Laureate
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Image Complete Piano Music (14 CD)
This edition was a cornerstone of the Naxos catalogue between the release of the first volume (8.550881) to the 14th (8.553400). Brought together as a box set, this attractive collection is a valuable one-stop reference for Grieg’s works for piano solo.

kr 629
Image Live from 1st Chopin Festival Hamburg 2018
The 1st Chopin Festival Hamburg offers a unique opportunity to experience the keyboards of the city’s Museum of Arts and Crafts, the first festival of its kind in Europe. The individual tonal qualities of these instruments can be appreciated during recitals of Classical, Romantic and Impressionist music, with a focus on Chopin, given by six leading specialists in the museum’s own rooms. Pleyel, Brodmann and Broadwood instruments of Chopin’s time are used, as is a modern Steinway, allowing the listener to contrast the fascinatingly divergent sounds of these important historical instruments.

kr 89
Image Contemporaries of the Strauss Family, Vol. 4
Fourth volume of music by familiar and less well-known contemporaries of the Strauss family, including orchestral premieres and reconstructions from shellac records and scant sources with new performing editions by conductor John Georgiadis. Previous volumes have been critically acclaimed.

kr 159
Image Piano Concertos Nos. 15, 24, 25 and 27
This release features the 7th and 8th volumes in the Naxos Idil Biret Concerto Edition. “Miss Biret was soloist in an entrancing performance of Mozart’s concerto K. 482 with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Mlle Nadia Boulanger. The variety of her playing its finely-shaded gradations and brilliant but never mechanical figurations, revealed her as already a remarkable artist. Not for many years has a Halle audience heard such perfectly balanced Mozart playing… No words can describe the wondrous finale, with its mixture of gaiety and anguish. This was a performance in which every note counted for its full value.” (Daily Telegraph UK) “Idil Biret is one of the few women pianists who has been able to assert her position on the world stages for decades. Biret plays here the works of… Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and with these recordings proves once again that she belongs among the greatest pianists of her time.” (Frolich & Kaufmann)

kr 149
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