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AUGUST NEWS 2022

NEW ON NAXOS

The August edition of NEW ON NAXOS spotlights Johannes Brahms’ Complete Symphonies in an exciting 3-disc set from the Danish Chamber Orchestra under Adam Fischer, celebrating 25 years of close, innovative collaboration. This new edition will be of much interest for completionists, as it focuses on the works’ chamber music qualities. Their previous release of Beethoven’s complete symphonies won both Opus Klassik and ICMA awards for Best Symphonic Recording and was also ICMA's Recording of the Year in 2019.

Other highlights include
• Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Golden Cockerel, staged by Barrie Kosky for Opéra National de Lyon, conducted by the young and very talented Daniele Rustioni. Critics hailed the ‘glorious’ singing of Dmitry Ulyanov and the ‘exquisite’ performance of Nina Minasyan calling the event ‘a triumphant evening for all concerned’ (Bachtrack.com).

• World premiere recordings of music for violin and orchestra by 19th-century virtuoso Henry Vieuxtemps, performed by the acclaimed Alexander Markov (known for his ‘gold’ violin) accompanied by the Thüringen Philharmonie Gotha-Eisenach and conductor Markus Huber. The recording includes unpublished scores and manuscripts retained by the Vieuxtemps estate.

• Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s orchestral music inspired by the city of Vienna, recorded by the Oviedo Filarmonía under Friedrich Haider – celebrated as a leading expert on Wolf-Ferrari. Previous releases in Haider’s cycle include the complete opera overtures and intermezzi, major a capella work Talitha Kumi!, and the operas I gioielli della Madonna and Il segretto di Susanna.

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Image Complete Symphonies (3CD)
Release 26th of August

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
"Emulating Brahms himself with an orchestra of fewer than 50 players, these fresh, engaging recordings show that less can mean a lot more"
– The Guardian


Den 26. august udkommer Danmarks Underholdningsorkester og Adam Fischer med endnu en fantastisk bokssamling på Naxos – denne gang med Johannes Brahms’ samlede symfonier. ”Det vil være en ny tilgang til Brahms,” siger dirigent Adam Fischer om udgivelsen, der markerer 25-året for hans samarbejde med Danmarks Underholdningsorkester.

Brahms var 43 år gammel, da hans første symfoni efter en lang modningsperiode udkom. Felix Weingartner kommenterede, at det 'tager fat som en løves klo', og dets hastende karakter markerede en ny fase i Brahms' musikalske udvikling. Den anden symfoni ses traditionelt som det pastorale element i cyklussen, mens den tredje med sin melodiske skønhed har modet til at afslutte stille med forbløffende sindsro. Den overbevisende Passacaglia-finale i den fjerde symfoni repræsenterer en passende sammenfatning af en af de største symfoniske cyklusser i den klassiske kanon.

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Image The Golden Cockerel (DVD)
Release 12th of August

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’or) is based on a Pushkin folk tale, but the opera’s Orientalism, comedy and sultry elements go far beyond its original influence. The composer saw in the story of a Tsar, punished for his cowardice and despotism, an opportunity to employ satire to condemn Russia’s autocratic ruler, Nicholas II. This new production premiered in May 2021 and was staged by the Australian director, Barrie Kosky, a specialist in Russian opera. Critics hailed the ‘glorious’ singing of Dmitry Ulyanov and the ‘exquisite’ performance of Nina Minasyan calling the event ‘a triumphant evening for all concerned’ (Bachtrack.com).

kr. 189,95
Image The Golden Cockerel (Bluray)
Release 12th of August

Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel (Le Coq d’or) is based on a Pushkin folk tale, but the opera’s Orientalism, comedy and sultry elements go far beyond its original influence. The composer saw in the story of a Tsar, punished for his cowardice and despotism, an opportunity to employ satire to condemn Russia’s autocratic ruler, Nicholas II. This new production premiered in May 2021 and was staged by the Australian director, Barrie Kosky, a specialist in Russian opera. Critics hailed the ‘glorious’ singing of Dmitry Ulyanov and the ‘exquisite’ performance of Nina Minasyan calling the event ‘a triumphant evening for all concerned’ (Bachtrack.com).

kr. 189,95
Image Suite veneziana; Tryptichon; Divertimento; Arabesk
Release 12th of August

Wolf-Ferrari is famous for his operatic works in which he invented a new idiom by transplanting 18th-century Venetian culture into the 20th century. But almost all of the composer’s orchestral music dates from his final years and occupies a different expressive realm. The Suite veneziana resonates with melancholy, and the Triptychon is a contemplative, passionate masterpiece of orchestration. Subtle use of counterpoint transforms the Divertimento into a playful exploration of themes, while Arabesken pays tribute to an old friend, the Venetian painter Ettore Tito (1859–1941). His own elegantly simple melody, known as ‘Tito’s theme’, is turned by Wolf-Ferrari into a sequence of sumptuous orchestral variations culminating in a powerful fugue.

kr. 119,95
Image Sinfonia Antiqua; One Sail; Forgotten Dreams; Uppe
Release 12th of August

John Burge is a JUNO Award-winning composer and a passionate advocate for Canadian music who has a strong affinity with writing for string instruments. All of the works in this recording were commissioned and premiered by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra. Opening with the joyous and celebratory Sinfonia Antiqua, the mood shifts to an evocative and impressionistic atmosphere in Forgotten Dreams, while One Sail captures the compelling power of poetic imagery. The Upper Canada Fiddle Suite blends tradition and nostalgia with entirely original inventiveness, and concludes an album that perfectly represents Burge’s eloquent and deeply expressive compositional style.

kr. 119,95
Image Cardenas, Duran, Freire, Guevara & Zyman: Flauta a
Release 12th of August

The rich variety of colors and rhythms in South American culture and music are an essential feature of this program, which focuses largely on music by composers from the Ecuadorian Andes. Opening with Durán’s popular and crowd-pleasing Leyenda incásica, the theme of Ecuadorian dances continues in Jacinto Freire’s Suite, which also celebrates the flight of the condor. Virtuosity, evocations of landscape and expressive traditional songs can all be found here, concluding with Mexican composer Samuel Zyman’s internationally acclaimed FluteSonataNo.1, which ranges from lyrical introspection to intensely contrapuntal dialogue.

kr. 119,95
Image An Allem ist Hutchen Schuld!, Op. 11 (3CD)
Release 12th of August

This recording of Siegfried Wagner’s An allem ist Hütchen Schuld! is of an acclaimed live performance of the Bayreuth production from the year of the composer’s 125th birthday in August 2019. The production uses a new critical edition of the score created by Ulrich Leykam. It is the first complete audio recording, recorded live at the Margravian Opera House Bayreuth, 9–10 August, 2020. A DVD of the opera recorded live in Bochum in 2015 is available on Marco Polo 2.220006.

kr. 239,95
Image Fantasie 'La Sentimentale'; Variations on a Theme
Release 26th of August

Vieuxtemps transformed the technique and aesthetic of violin playing in the 19th century, and as a virtuoso exponent and composer he was considered a worthy successor to Paganini. His works for violin and orchestra illustrate two notable features – a liking for variation form and the fusion of emotional density with virtuosic flair. These can be heard in the impressive Variations on a Theme from Beethoven’s Romance No. 1 and his Fantasie in E major ‘La Sentimentale’, one of his very greatest concert fantasies, where the music is influenced by bel canto. All of the works on this album were discovered after the composer’s death apart from the the unfinished Violin Concerto No. 8 – one of Vieuxtemps’ last compositions and dedicated to his most illustrious pupil, Eugène Ysaÿe. Alexander Markov has been hailed as one of the world’s most captivating and versatile musicians, and has been highly praised by Yehudi Menuhin. He is particularly known for his interpretations of 19th-century Romantic virtuoso repertoire, with his performances of Paganini’s 24 Caprices reaching over 11 million views on YouTube. Markov is also featured in the internationally acclaimed documentary The Art of Violin directed by Bruno Monsaingeon. Markov made his solo debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 16 and has appeared with renowned orchestras and conductors around the world, including Lorin Maazel and Charles Dutoit

kr. 119,95
Image Merrie England Suite; Nell Gwyn – Overture and Thr
Release 26th of August

Acknowledged by Sir Arthur Sullivan as his musical heir, Edward German enjoyed huge acclaim during his lifetime. His dances are ‘charged with the fragrant essence of the greenwood’ and the Overture to Nell Gwyn, with its richly English themes, explains Elgar’s liking for German’s music. The gloriously romanticized Gipsy Suite pays subtle homage to Dvorák; the dances from Henry VIII were responsible for his early celebrity; and Tom Jones (on 8.660270-71) and Merrie England were two of his greatest stage successes. Conductor Adrian Leaper is a prominent conductor in Naxos’ roster and in addition to those light music discs he has also recorded formidable recordings of Elgar and Wieniawski (8.572952), and Havergal Brian (8.572014), among many others.

kr. 119,95
Image Intonations - Music for Clarinet & Strings
Release 26th of August

Twice GRAMMY-nominated composer and performer Derek Bermel studied with Henri Dutilleux, Dutch avantgardist Louis Andriessen, and ragtime revivalist William Bolcom. In his music, seemingly antithetical qualities – classical and vernacular, comic and serious – merge and transform each other unpredictably, their inspiration ranging from theatre (Ritornello), to gestalt psychology (Figure and Ground), to meditations on cosmology (A Short History of the Universe). Thracian Sketches explores and reimagines Bulgarian folk music, while the Violin Etudes distill Bermel’s intellectual creativity into its purest form. The widely celebrated JACK Quartet has maintained an unwavering commitment to its mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music.

kr. 119,95
Image Guitar Works, Vol. 1
Release 26th of August

Konstantin Vassiliev’s music synthesizes several different styles including jazz, Russian folk music and contemporary Western traditions. This album contains music written over a 22-year period, with three works composed specifically for guitar soloist Yuri Liberzon. The Hommage à Tom Jobin was inspired by one of the creators of the bossa nova style, while the melancholic and lyrical contrasts of Rose in the Snow reveal Vassiliev’s gift for storytelling. Arias, romantic miniatures, variations and multi-character episodes further reveal Vassiliev to be a vibrant and exciting composer of wide-ranging gifts. Yuri Liberzon has transcribed music of Domenico Scarlatti and Johann Sebastian Bach for guitar. His transcriptions have been published in SoundBoard magazine and are distributed in Europe by Bergmann Edition.

kr. 119,95
Image Great Composers in Words & Music
Release 26th of August

Famous today for his Trois Gymnopédies, Erik Satie was an eccentric and solitary figure who was nevertheless viewed by some as a prophet of French musical modernism, his striking creativity championed by Ravel and Debussy. From tragedy and trauma in his early years, through his time as a pianist and Parisian provocateur at Le Chat Noir cabaret, and as house composer to the mystical Rose+Croix cult and beyond, Satie’s eventful life is told in this fascinating revue of a composer whose unique music is still influential today. The narrative is illustrated with musical excerpts from works including Gymnopédie No. 3, Gnossienne No. 3, Sports et Divertissements, Trois Morceaux en forme de poire and Relâche, among others.

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