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MARCH 2021

NEW ON NAXOS

The March edition of NEW ON NAXOS highlights the next release of Peter Breiner’s calm romantic piano music, entitled A Journey. Performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Breiner again remarkably fuses melodic beauty with genuine musical expression in these world premiere recordings, featuring original compositions intertwined with arrangements of works by J.S. Bach, Dvorák, Fauré, Handel, Haydn and Tchaikovsky. Breiner is one of the world's most successful composers/performers, hailed for such releases as Beatles Go Baroque, Slovak Dances, Naughty and Sad and the Complete National Anthems of the World.

Other highlights include:
• The world premiere production of Chaya Czernowin’s opera Heart Chamber commissioned by the Deutsche Oper Berlin, with staging by Claus Guth and conducted by Johannes Kalitzke. Named one of the Top 10 Notable Performances of 2019 by Alex Ross of The New Yorker.

• World premiere recordings of John Abraham Fisher’s Symphonies Nos. 1–6, performed by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice under Michael Halász. The release is the latest addition in our acclaimed collection of 18th-century classics releases, many of which feature the renowned Czech orchestra.

• The Fine Arts Quartet’s new release in Antonín Dvorák’s complete chamber works series. The ensemble performs the String Quartet No. 4 and String Sextet – joined by violist Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic and cellist Jens Peter Maintz. The duo of cellist Niklas Schmidt and pianist Stepan Simonian also plays the soulful and virtuosic Polonaise.

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Image A Journey - Calm Romantic Piano Music
Release 12th of March

Slovak-born Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most versatile musicians. He is an acclaimed pianist, arranger and conductor with compositions that are universally admired, and whose Beatles Go Baroque album (8.555010) has to date sold a quarter of a million copies. In the second of Breiner’s Calm Romantic Piano Music series (Volume 1is on 8.574256), he again achieves the rare feat of fusing melodic beauty with genuine musical expression. These beguiling original pieces sit alongside serenely beautiful new arrangements drawn from the classical repertoire.

89 kr
Image Heart Chamber (Bluray)
Release 12th of March

The works of award-winning composer Chaya Czernowin have been performed worldwide at significant new music festivals and prestigious venues, and she is the first woman to be appointed composition professor at Harvard University. Commissioned by Deutsche Oper Berlin and widely acclaimed in the critical press, ‘Heart Chamber’ uses voice and stage as internalized sonic and visual landscapes to create a genuine multi-sensory musical experience. With only two characters and a hint of a narrative, this is a grand opera on the smallest of transformations, focusing on the intense beauty and vulnerabilities of falling in love. ‘It is seldom that audiences at the Deutsche Oper Berlin have listened with such rapture to a new commission’ (Online Merker). Director Uli Aumüller’s feature film ‘I did not rehearse to say I love you’ is also included and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the opera.

239 kr
Image Heart Chamber (DVD)
Release 12th of March

The works of award-winning composer Chaya Czernowin have been performed worldwide at significant new music festivals and prestigious venues, and she is the first woman to be appointed composition professor at Harvard University. Commissioned by Deutsche Oper Berlin and widely acclaimed in the critical press, ‘Heart Chamber’ uses voice and stage as internalized sonic and visual landscapes to create a genuine multi-sensory musical experience. With only two characters and a hint of a narrative, this is a grand opera on the smallest of transformations, focusing on the intense beauty and vulnerabilities of falling in love. ‘It is seldom that audiences at the Deutsche Oper Berlin have listened with such rapture to a new commission’ (Online Merker). Director Uli Aumüller’s feature film ‘I did not rehearse to say I love you’ is also included and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the opera.

239 kr
Image Best of Chamber Music (4CD)
Release 12th of March

Idil Biret’s chamber music performances are relatively rare. Most importantly, she played Beethoven’s violin Sonatas Nos. 5, 7 and 9 with Yehudi Menuhin at the Istanbul Festival in July 1973. In 1975, she played all the five Beethoven cello sonatas with Maurice Gendron. With the London String Quartet, in 1980, Biret played the Schumann and Brahms Piano Quintets at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London, later at the Istanbul Festival and then recorded the Brahms Quintet as well as the Mahler Piano Quartet with the LSQ. In 2011, she played in concerts and recorded Berlioz’s Harold in Italy in Liszt’s piano transcription and Brahms’ 2nd Viola Sonata with Rusen Gunes. In 2014, she played in concerts and recorded the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Borusan Quartet of Turkey. The same year, she recorded the two cello sonatas of Brahms with Roderic von Bennigsen. Finally, in 2019, Biret played and recorded Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Trio and the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio with Irina Nikotina and Julya Krepak. These are some of the memorable chamber music performances of her career.

259 kr
Image Spirit of Bohemia
Release 12th of March

Antonín Dvorák’s music, imbued with the spirit of Bohemia, reflects a love of his native land. His String Sextet, written in the distinctive style which brought him international fame, was an immediate success at its premiere. Composed just eight years earlier, his String Quartet No.4, unpublished until 1968, features pioneering, wild outer movements, highly unusual for the time, which foreshadowed the modernist innovations of composers decades later. A moving Andante religioso, which Dvorák made use of in future works, lies at its heart. The Polonaise exploits both the soulful and virtuoso character of the cello. Volumes 1–8 are also available.

89 kr
Image Romances, Ballads, & Duets
Release 12th of March

Some of Schumann’s early songs, such as Liedfürxxx, show the influence of Schubert, but it was in 1840, his ‘Year of Song’, that Schumann fully turned his attention to vocal music. The Zweistimmige Lieder, Op.43 were the first that he composed after his marriage to Clara Wieck, and many of the songs from this time set texts on the subject of love. Schumann’s literary background and cultivated tastes mean that any such collection of his songs reads like a catalogue of the greatest poets of his time, with the tragic narratives of Mörike and Heine in the Romanzen und Balladen, Op. 64 as powerful as any opera.

89 kr
Image Orson Rehearsed - An Operafilm
Release 12th of March

Friedheim Award-winning composer, with a catalog of internationally performed work spanning four decades. His opera film Orson Rehearsed is the psychological, emotional, and spiritual journey taken by the American actor, polymath, and creator of Citizen Kane Orson Welles, as he finds himself on the threshold between life and death. Memories of Welles as a wunderkind and in his swashbuckling prime are brought to life, as well as successes and failures both real and imagined, with the consolation of a life fully lived. Fusing live players with pre-recorded sounds and effects, the film version of Orson Rehearsed has been a multiple award winner at festivals in the US, Europe and beyond.

89 kr
Image Luxembourg Contemporary Music, Vol. 1
Release 12th of March

In the last decade Luxembourgian composers have written a vivid body of orchestral music that takes in a wide range of inspirations. Ivan Boumans explores the field of biology in Meiosis where the music undergoes transformations, whereas for Roland Wiltgen it is celestial mechanics that drives Orbital Resonances. The idea of transformation is also important to Marco Pütz as he generates exciting ‘chordal clusters’. Inspired by a fresco, Jeannot Sanavia’s Hélice is a study in agitation, while Tatsiana Zelianko charts the death and rebirth of a butterfly in music of passionate drama.

89 kr
Image Crossing the Americas
Release 12th of March

This carefully selected program by the multi award-winning Mare Duo presents some of the best original music written for mandolin and guitar, showing both instruments as equal chamber music partners in works both challenging and beautiful. The Duo’s surprising range and variety of timbre can be heard from Funk Pearson’s highly atmospheric Mountain Moor, and the intercultural sketches by Thomas Allen LeVines, to Guido Santórsola’s lyrical SonataNo.6.Ernst Krenek’s Suite is a late masterpiece that embraces virtuosity, intimacy and quirky wit, with a dramatic mini-opera as its finale, while Monk Feldman depicts an elusive ocean landscape in ThePaleBlueNorthernSky.

89 kr
Image Symphonies Nos. 1–6
Release 26th of March

Described as having ‘natural genius’, John Abraham Fisher was a significant figure in London during the second half of the 18th century. A virtuoso violinist, he also wrote admired stage works for the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden. His orchestral works are largely forgotten today, but his symphonies display a surprising awareness of contemporary continental trends in their use of dynamic variations, revealing the influence of the Mannheim School. Possessing a richness of color, contrast and surprise, these symphonies typify Fisher’s expanding Classical style. About Michael Halász, ConductorMichael Halász’s recordings for Naxos include ballets by Tchaikovsky, operatic excerpts of Wagner, symphonies by Beethoven, Schubert and Mahler, Rossini’s overtures, three volumes of Liszt’s symphonic poems (the latter critically acclaimed by The Penguin Guide), Fidelio, Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, and a pioneering recording of Schreker’s opera Der ferne Klang. He has also recorded Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Orfeo, Richard Strauss’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and Rubinstein’s Don Quixote.

89 kr
Image History of the Russian Piano Trio, Vol. 3
Release 26th of March

Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s influence as composer and teacher was profound in Russia and beyond, yet his chamber music has been overshadowed by his operas and orchestral works. The unfinished Piano Trio in C minor was completed by his son-in-law Maximilian Steinberg to reveal a substantial work of considerable depth. César Cui’s charming and lyrical Farniente is an arrangement from a piano original, while Borodin’s Piano Trio in D major is reminiscent of Mendelssohn in its joyous agility and nostalgic beauty. The Brahms Trio is one of the leading Russian chamber ensembles. Since its foundation in 1990, the trio has regularly appeared at prestigious international concert venues. Legendary musicians such as Tatiana Gaidamovich, Alexander Bonduriansky (Moscow Trio), Valentin Berlinsky (Borodin Quartet) and Rudolf Barshai have had a significant influence on the formation of the performing style and career of the trio. The Brahms Trio has made an invaluable contribution to enlarging the chamber repertoire by rediscovering unknown piano trios of Russian composers of the late 19th and early 20th century.

89 kr
Image Buch der Lieder; Geharnischte Lieder
Release 26th of March

It was natural for virtuoso performer Franz Liszt to expand his repertoire by transcribing his songs for solo piano. The human voice is the purest of musical instruments, and composers have always been inspired by its warmth, expression and emotional power. Liszt’s masterful command of the piano and his ability to transform vocal lines into purely instrumental sounds is evident throughout this album: the dramatic narrative in both versions of Die Loreley, the watery, arpeggiated texture of Am Rhein im schönen Strome and the orchestral qualities of Gastibelza being only a few examples of these pianistic treasures. Considered an ‘extraordinary musician’ by Martha Argerich, critically acclaimed Steinway Artist Alexandre Dossin enjoys active performing, recording and teaching careers. A prizewinner of several international piano competitions, Dossin received First Prize and the Special Prize at the 2003 Martha Argerich International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires. Other international awards include the Silver Medal and Second Honourable Mention at the Maria Callas Grand Prix, and Third Prize and the Special Prize at the ‘W.A. Mozart’ International Piano Competition, in addition to several awards from competitions in Brazil. An active recording artist, his discography comprises 15 albums released across several labels, including seven albums with Naxos.

89 kr
Image De Profundis
Release 26th of March

Xelo Giner is one of the great exponents of contemporary saxophone music, and her program binds together each piece in a logical progression that also reflects the turbulence and vicissitudes of the European avant-garde. Kurtág’s miniatures, in arrangements by the composer, summon up the essence of his aesthetic ideology, while Stockhausen explores elements of antagonistic forces in In Freundschaft. Steen-Andersen’s De Profundis demands extreme virtuosity, and Hèctor Parra’s sonic alchemy in Chymisch shows how composers are extending the instrument’s technical compass. Xelo Giner is an internationally renowned saxophonist and is the dedicatee of over 70 works, who has given the national premieres of pieces by composers such as Iannis Xenakis, Phill Niblock, Alvin Curran and Mauricio Sotelo, among others. She performs internationally and has appeared under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel and Roberto Abbado.

89 kr
Image Songs of Travel - Trombone Travels, Vol. 2
Release 26th of March

This second volume of Trombone Travels (Volume 1 is on 8.574093) continues with Matthew Gee’s exploration of three great cycles of early 20th-century British song. Elgar’s Sea Pictures evoke lullaby and turbulence alike, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel chart a wanderer’s lonely journey through the landscape, and in Songs of the Sea Stanford’s music embraces both the somber and the exhilarating, with Gee joined by a trombone chorus to emulate the male voice choir. Throughout the recital Gee lavishes coloristic effects, the use of mutes, and subtle inflections that reinforce the trombone’s unique ability to mimic vocal techniques.

89 kr
Image Heaven & Earth
Release 26th of March

Judith Bingham is established as one of the foremost British composers writing for the organ. The powerfully atmospheric and evocative music in this recording richly demonstrates her gift for creating compelling works which draw inspiration from a broad range of historical, literary and artistic sources. The Åkerman & Lund organ of Västerås Cathedral is the perfect vehicle for this colorful program, and both Heaven and Earth and Eternal Procession for two organs also feature the cathedral’s Fredriksborg choir organ. Tom Winpenny’s acclaimed recording of Bingham’s Jacob’s Ladder and other works for organ can be heard on Naxos 8.572687.

89 kr
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