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De mestselgende albumene på naxosdirect akkurat nå!
1. The Passion of Yeshua (2CD)
2. Nordic Rhapsody
3. Røta
4. The Golden Age of English Polyphony (10CD-box)
5. Faust (Bluray)
6. Sunday Songs
7. The Song Edition (11 CD)
8. Correspondances - Works for Viola
9. Die Schöpfung (2CD)
10. Human (Vinyl)
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Image The Passion of Yeshua (2CD)
Richard Danielpour’s dramatic oratorio The Passion of Yeshua- a work which has evolved over the last 25 years- is an intensely personal telling of the final hours of Christ on Earth. It incorporates texts from the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian gospels inspiring extraordinarily beautiful music that stresses the need for human compassion and forgiveness. Danielpour returns to the scale and majesty of Bach in the oratorio, creating choruses that are intense and powerful, and giving both Mary the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene a central place in a work of glowing spirituality. Conductor JoAnn Falletta considers The Passion of Yeshua to be “a classic for all time.”

kr 159
Image Nordic Rhapsody
Only 20 years old, Johan Dalene has already been hailed as ‘a musician of special sensibilities’ (Gramophone) in possession of ‘a rare fire’ (Diapason), and his début disc, with the concertos of Tchaikovsky and Barber, was described as ‘one of the finest violin débuts of the last decade’ in the BBC Music Magazine. For his second album, the Swedish violinist has chosen repertoire closer to home, with works by six Nordic composers. This is music that lies equally well under the hands of his partner, the Norwegian pianist Christian Ihle Hadland, and together the two offer a program full of contrasts, and yet with a certain consistent sensibility. Nordic Rhapsody is bookended by two Norwegian composers, Christian Sinding and Edvard Grieg. What is interesting is that even though Sinding’s Suite ‘in the old style’ was composed some 25 years after Grieg’s Sonata No. 1, it is the latter work that is most forward-looking. Here the composer introd­uces elements of his national style, which in turn would contribute to the development of ‘a Nordic style’. Following on the heels of Sinding is a Swedish-Finnish-Danish trio with personal ties – Wilhelm Stenhammar was a close friend of both Sibelius and Nielsen, whose music inspired him to free himself from Central European influences. His Romances and the three miniatures by Sibelius were composed during the 1910s, while Nielsen’s Romance in D major is a youthful work offering Dalene – winner of the 2019 Nielsen Competition – the opportunity to send a greeting to the composer. Last but not least among these composers, Einojuhani Rautavaara represents a great leap in time. His music is often described as synonymous with a contemporary ‘Nordic style’, however, and the transition from Notturno e danza (1993) to Grieg’s Sonata is as smooth as the ice on a Finnish lake in winter.

kr 169
Image Røta
kr 159
Image 10CD-BOX: The Golden Age of English Polyphony
Works by Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521), John Taverner (c1490-1545), John Sheppard (c1515-1558) and William Mundy (c1529-1591)

When The Sixteen embarked upon their recording career back in 1982, few would have been able to predict quite how successful they would become, or how far they would go towards rehabilitating the little-known and barely recorded music of these four master composers of the sixteenth century. In this their 30th anniversary year, we join them in celebrating a Golden Age of Polyphony, and of music-making, by presenting their twelve discs of this repertoire in an attractively packaged (and priced) 10-CD remastered set.


kr 259
Image Faust (Bluray)
Disillusioned with life, the aged philosopher Faust calls upon Satan to help him. The devil Méphistophélès appears and strikes a bargain with the philosopher: Faust can have youth and the love of the beautiful Marguerite, but only in exchange for his soul... Gounod’s masterpiece is given the grandest of Royal Opera stagings in David McVicar’s richly layered and theatrically exuberant production, with the drama moved to Second Empire Paris, spectacular sets and costumes, and extensive dance. Michael Fabiano as a seductively witty Faust, Erwin Schrott as a devilish Méphistophélès and Irina Lungu as a passionate Marguerite are joined by the Royal Opera Chorus and a cast of Royal Opera favourites. Dan Ettinger conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in Gounod’s gloriously tuneful score.

kr 299
Image Sunday Songs
‘Sunday Songs’ er Jonas Sjøvaags nyeste vokalalbum, og er en serie låter basert på tekster skrevet i Firenze, under stekende sol på en takterrasse øst i byen våren 2019. Komposisjonene ble skrevet høsten samme år, og plata er Sjøvaags 13 utgivelse i eget navn. ‘Sunday Songs’ er inspirert av pianopop-storheter som Randy Newman, Billy Joel og Randy Goodrum, i tillegg til å være formet av Sjøvaags bakgrunn som jazzmusiker. Med på laget har han pianist Andreas Ulvo, og plata inneholder gjesteopptredener av Hilde Marie Kjersem (vokal), André Roligheten (sax), Sarah-Jane Summers (fele), Mathias Eick (trompet) og Sigurd Hole (bass). ‘Sunday Songs’ er et melodisk, varmt og vakkert album, med en tidløs nerve og tekster med et melankolsk anstrøk.

kr 159
Image The Song Edition (11 CD)
Long regarded by Danish musicians as their secret treasure, the songs of Peter Heise perfectly represent the unique qualities and achievements of the Danish Golden Age. Though mostly not in direct contact with each other, these artists and writers shared a profound interest in exploring and understanding their personal life and experience, and left a body of introspective work which has had a huge impact on European culture. No longer a secret, these songs can now take their rightful place alongside the works of Hans Christian Andersen, Christen Kobke, Soren Kierkegaard and so many others.

kr 629
Image Correspondances - Works for Viola
Norwegian violist Eivind Holstmark Ringstadt was awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2016, and became a BBC New Generation Artist from 2016-18. Eivind plays with many of today’s leading artists including Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Beatrice Rana, Steven Isserlis and Anthony Marwood. For his first recital recording , he has created a stunning programme of richly varied repertoire standards, transcriptions and a new work he commissioned, all showcasing the versatility of his instrument and his virtuosity. His viola is the Guadagnini ‘ex Vieuxtemps’1768 (Parma).

kr 95 (kr 159)
Image Die Schöpfung (2CD)
Giovanni Antonini has been recording the complete symphonies of Joseph Haydn with the Alpha label for more than five years. Now the series is enriched by another monument by the Austrian composer: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), recorded in 2019 with the Bavarian Radio Chorus and his own orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico. This great oratorio was inspired by those of Handel, which Haydn heard performed by very large forces during his visits to England. The Creation, composed between September 1796 and April 1798, demanded such a colossal effort of him that he even fell ill just after its first performance; but the work enjoyed immense success. The marriage between the Bavarian chorus, so familiar with this masterpiece, and the period-instrument musicians of Il Giardino Armonico works perfectly, with a vocal trio composed of leading soloists: Anna Lucia Richter, Maximilian Schmitt and Florian Boesch.

kr 259
Image Human (Vinyl)
In its review of pianist Shai Maestro’s ECM leader debut The Dream Thief, All About Jazz spoke of “a searching lyrical atmosphere, emotional eloquence and communal virtuosity that serves the music.” All of which also applies to Human, where Maestro’s outgoing, highly-communicative band with fellow Israeli Ofri Nemheya on drums and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder becomes a quartet with the inspired addition of US trumpeter Philip Dizack. Shai’s expansive pianism is well-matched by Dizack’s alert, quick-thinking approach to improvising. And, as ever, Maestro is taking the music forward while also respecting its sense of tradition. Near the end of a programme comprised almost entirely of Maestro originals, exploring a range of temperaments, the quartet offers its own take on Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood”, while Shai’s tune “Hank and Charlie” pays tribute to the musical empathy shared by the late Hank Jones and Charlie Haden. Human was recorded at Studios la Buissonne in the South of France in February 2020, and produced by Manfred Eicher.


kr 269
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