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Naxos grundare Klaus Heymann väljer sina personliga favoriter bland de senaste Naxos-, Grand Piano- Dynamic-, Capriccio- och Ondine-nyheterna.

About: Naxos is the brainchild of Mr Klaus Heymann, a German-born entrepreneur and music lover based in Hong Kong. Uniquely alive to the cooperation of business and artistic endeavour, in a decade and half Heymann has established Naxos as a world leader in music education, sponsorship, and the provision of recorded classical music to all. What Penguin Books and the Livre de Poche did for literature, Heymann is very close to doing for serious music.
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Image FEBRUARY: Violin Concertos
Johan HALVORSEN (1864–1935)
Violin Concerto, Op. 28†
Carl NIELSEN (1865–1931)
Violin Concerto, Op. 33
Johan SVENDSEN (1840–1911)
Henning Kraggerud, Violin
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Bjarte Engeset

KLAUS HEYMANN: This is the world première recording of the recently rediscovered Violin Concerto by Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935). The once acclaimed work was long thought to have been lost, so its rediscovery should certainly create a buzz in the market. Also on the programme is Nielsen's Violin Concerto, a work that combines emotive power with pastoral charm, plus one of Johan Svendsen´s best loved pieces, Romance. Naxos Artist Henning Kraggerud is the brilliant soloist. His previous Naxos recordings have certainly made their mark, witness his “strikingly successful” (Gramophone) arrangements of Grieg’s sonatas with orchestra (8.573137), and a Sibelius Violin Concerto (8.557266) described as “a masterly performance” by Edward Greenfield in Gramophone. Conductor Bjarte Engeset's Naxos recordings of Grieg’s complete orchestral music with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra were described by as being “as fine as any in the catalog”.

89 kr
Image FEBRUARY: Piano Quartets
Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897)
Piano Quartet No. 2
in A major, Op. 26
Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
Piano Quartet in A minor
Eldar Nebolsin, Piano
Anton Barakhovsky, Violin
Alexander Zemtsov, Viola
Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Cello

KLAUS HEYMANN: Mahler's Piano Quartet (1876) was rediscovered among the effects of his widow Alma after her death in 1964, in a folder labelled “early compositions”. It's paired here with another early work, Brahms' Piano Quartet No.2 in A major, Op. 26, which he wrote when he was in his late twenties. The recordings feature pianist Eldar Nebolsin at their centre. His highly-regarded Naxos releases include Liszt’s Piano Concertos and Totentanz (8.570517), which earned top place on the Naxos Bestsellers’ Digital Platform for six consecutive months; and his recordings of Chopin's two piano concertos (8.572335 / NBD0011 and 8.572336 / NBD0012) are listed in Gramophone's 50 Greatest Chopin Recordings. The other members of the quartet boast equally impressive credentials. Considered “a violinist ahead of his time” by the Washington Post, Anton Barackhovsky has been principal concertmaster of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks since 2009; violist Alexander Zemtsov is a professor at some of the finest music education establishments in Europe; while cellist Wolfgang Schmidt was described by Mstislav Rostropovich as “one of the leading cellists of his generation”. The ensemble's November 2016 release of Brahms' first and third piano quartets is on 8.572798.

89 kr
Image FEBRUARY: Ballet Music
Stanislaw MONIUSZKO (1819–1872)
Ballet Music
Hrabina • Halka
The Haunted Manor
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit

KLAUS HEYMANN: Poland’s leading 19th-century opera composer, Stanislaw Moniuszko has been called the man who bridges the gap between Chopin and Szymanowski. This disc reveals that his essentially lyric style could function perfectly in the non-vocal medium. The programme comprises a unique selection of the best ballet music from Moniuszko's operas, including dance interludes from his best-known opera, Halka. Referring to this work, a critic wrote in 1928 that “no Polish dramatic composer had previously expressed by dance-scenes the Polish national temperament so perfectly as Moniuszko.” The conductor is long-time Naxos stalwart Antoni Wit, who once again directs the Warsaw Philharmonic, held by many to be Poland's finest orchestra.

89 kr
Image FEBRUARY: Complete Piano Works
Vítezslava KAPRÁLOVÁ (1915–1940)
Complete Piano Music
Giorgio Koukl

Despite her tragically brief life, Vítezslava Kaprálová (1915-1940) is now considered the most important female Czech composer of the 20th century. Her prolific output brimmed with ideas that were fresh and bold, combining passion, tenderness and energy. Influenced to a certain extent by Martinu and Stravinsky, the piano was Kaprálová’s natural instrument. This in-depth exploration represents some of the very best of her music, from early gems such as the April Preludes to the exquisite and sophisticated Variations, the momentous Sonata Appassionata, and her final Dance for piano, reconstructed by Giorgio Koukl from its only surviving sketch. Koukl is an ideal interpreter for Kaprálová’s music, with an acclaimed complete edition under his belt of the piano music of Bohuslav Martinu, who was Kaprálová’s teacher and friend.

149 kr
Image FEBRUARY: Francesca da Rimini
Saverio MERCADANTE (1795–1870)
Francesca da Rimini
Dramma per musica in Two Acts
Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia
Fabio Luisi, Conductor

KLAUS HEYMANN: This is a significant release on several accounts, since it's both the first recording and the first ever staging of Saverio Mercadante's opera Francesca da Rimini. A catalogue of incidents stalled the 1831 première of the work; it then fell into oblivion, resurfacing in Madrid only five years ago. This production – available in CD, DVD and Blu-ray format – gives the opera a resounding revival, with conductor Fabio Luisi and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at the helm. The singers in the lead roles combine virtuoso techniques with dramatic conviction, not least soprano Leonor Bonilla in the title role, who soars into her high register with dazzling effect while maintaining a poignant stage presence.

409 kr
Image FEBRUARY: The Piano Concertos
Zara LEVINA (1906–1976)
The Piano Concertos
Maria Lettberg, Piano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Ariane Matiakh, Conductor

KLAUS HEYMANN: Born in Ukraine, Zara Alexandrovna Levina (1906-76) witnessed two world wars and the Russian Revolution, as well as the collapse and totalitarian reconstruction of her homeland. She lived under the constant pressure of state censorship, particularly in the 1920s and 30s. Remarkably, she succeeded in maintaining her unmistakable musical voice in the face of such overwhelming difficulties. Thirty years separate the composition of her two piano concertos. The first carries echoes of the grand Romantic piano concerto tradition, with its virtuosity and orchestration respectively calling to mind Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov. The second was written a year before Levina's death from chronic heart disease and is consequently more introspective and enigmatic.

159 kr
Image JANUARY: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH (1906–1975)
Piano Concertos Nos. 1* and 2
String Quartets Nos. 2† & 8†
Arranged for piano by
Boris Giltburg
Boris Giltburg, Piano
Rhys Owens, Trumpet*
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko


KLAUS HEYMANN: The tremendous critical reception received by Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic for their Naxos Shostakovich symphony cycle provides an excellent springboard for promoting this recording by the same artists. This time, they feature in the composer's first two piano concertos, and there are two cherries on the cake: the first is the soloist, Naxos Artist Boris Giltburg, one of today’s most exciting young pianists, lauded for his “massive and engulfing technique, supporting interpretations that glow with warmth and poetic commitment” (Gramophone); the second is the inclusion of the first recording of Boris' transcriptions for solo piano of Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet and the Waltz from the Second Quartet, presented by permission of the Shostakovich family. Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 2 span a period of nearly thirty years. The first is a masterful example of eclecticism, featuring virtuoso writing enhanced by the role for solo trumpet; the second, written as a birthday present for his son, Maxim, is light-spirited with a hauntingly beautiful slow movement.

89 kr
Image JANUARY: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2
Leonard BERNSTEIN (1918–1990)
Symphony No. 1 ‘Jeremiah’1
Symphony No. 2
‘The Age of Anxiety’2
Jennifer Johnson Cano,
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano2
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop

KLAUS HEYMANN: Conductor Marin Alsop, once a Bernstein protégé, is recognised as one of today's leading interpreters of his music; she is also one of Naxos' major artists. Her recording of Bernstein's Third Symphony (8.559742), released last year, was deemed “ … a fantastic performance and a spectacular recording” by Fanfare. Now she adds his first two symphonies: the first explores a crisis in faith with a finale that's an anguished cry at the destruction of Jerusalem; the second, a programmatic work subtitled The Age of Anxiety, sets W.H. Auden’s poem of the same title and follows its four characters in their spiritual journey to hard-won triumph. The soloists on our recording are the world-famous pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Caro, who has performed frequently at the Met in New York.

89 kr
Image JANUARY: Wozzeck
Alban BERG (1885–1935)
Libretto by Georg Büchner
Roman Trekel, Wozzeck (Baritone)
Anne Schwanewilms, Marie (Soprano)
Marc Molomot, Captain (Tenor)
Nathan Berg, Doctor (Bass-Baritone)
Members of Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus
Karen Reeves, Chorusmaster
Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music,
Rice University
Houston Symphony Orchestra
Hans Graf

KLAUS HEYMANN: Alban Berg’s tragic opera Wozzeck is a 20th-century masterpiece. On hearing it for the first time, Schoenberg exclaimed: “Now that’s what I call an opera! That’s true dramatic music.” Wozzeck is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking drama. Its sublimely innovative score explores the victimisation, despair and madness of a central character who has no place in society. The cast for this production is outstanding. In the leading roles are baritone Roman Trekel (Wozzeck) who “ … has the presence and range to belong in the company of the starriest-baritones, from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau to Bryn Terfel.” (Gramophone), and soprano Anne Schwanewilms (Marie) who was described by London’s Time Out as “ … one of the world’s finest interpreters of late romantic opera and song.” This release follows our previous successful recordings featuring the Houston Symphony Orchestra under conductor Hans Graf: Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony and Berg’s Three Pieces (8.572048), and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (8.572498).

159 kr
Image JANUARY: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4: Daphnis et Chlo
Maurice RAVEL (1875–1937)
Daphnis et Chloé*
Une barque sur l’océan
Orchestre National de Lyon
Leonard Slatkin

KLAUS HEYMANN: Ravel described Daphnis et Chloé as “a vast musical fresco”. With its passionate music, lush harmonies and subtle orchestration, the work is considered both Ravel's masterpiece and the epitome of Impressionism in music. The release continues our acclaimed edition of the composer’s orchestral works with the National Orchestra of Lyon conducted by Leonard Slatkin, whose 100-plus recordings have earned him seven GRAMMY® Awards and 64 GRAMMY® Award nominations. Gramophone welcomed both Volume 1 (8.572887): “...Slatkin [shapes] the music with a potent mix of the sensuous, sinuous, sinister and spirited”, and Volume 2 (8.572888): “[Slatkin] shows real empathy with this magical repertoire, and he draws playing of uncommon composure and contagious application from his scrupulously prepared Lyons band … Bring on the next instalment.” Well, here it is!

89 kr
Image JANUARY: Armida (DVD)
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Dramma per musica in Three Acts
Libretto by Giovanni Schmidt
Based on the poem “Gerusalemme liberata” (1575) by Torquato Tasso
Symphony Orchestra
and Chorus Opera Vlaanderen
Alberto Zedda, Conductor
Jan Schweiger, Chorus Master
Mariame Clément, Director

KLAUS HEYMANN: Antwerp's Opera Vlaanderen continues its excellent Rossini opera cycle with this production of his rarely performed Armida. The work features no less than four tenors in the leading roles, taken here by the commanding voices of Enea Scala, Robert McPherson, Dario Schmunck and the young rising star, Adam Smith. The multi-award winning soprano Carmen Romeu gives a magnificent performance in the title role. All are under the musical direction of Alberto Zedda, one of the world's leading specialists in 19th-century Italian music. Stage director Mariame Clément teams up once more for Opera Vlaanderen with set designer Julia Hansen, building on their successful production of Cavalli's Il Giasone, which was also released on the Dynamic label (CDS663). Filmed in high definition, Armida is available in both DVD and Blu-ray video format.

299 kr
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