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SEPTEMBER 2020

NEW ON NAXOS

The September NEW ON NAXOS features the audiovisual release of the Staatsoper Stuttgart production of Hans Werner Henze’s opera Der Prinz von Homburg. Opus Klassik 2018 ‘Conductor of the Year’ awardee Cornelius Meister leads the Orchestra of the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and the superb cast featuring baritone Robin Adams in the title role, with soprano Vera-Lotte Böcker, mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman and tenor Štefan Margita, among others. This visually stunning production goes from intimate transparency to dramatic heights, staged by the acclaimed director Stephan Kimmig.

Other highlights include:
• Ingeborg von Bronsart’s charming and pleasant opera/singspiel Jery und Bätely, restored and conducted by Dario Salvi. Recorded with the Malmö Opera Orchestra, the release features an outstanding cast including tenor Harrie van der Plas and soprano Caroline Brucker in the title roles.

• Cellist Gabriel Schwabe performs Solo Cello Sonatas by Hungarian composers Zoltán Kodály and György Ligeti. He is joined by the respected violinist Hellen Weiß for a special rendition of Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7.

• An in-depth rehearsal process documentary by Uli Aumüller and the following concert performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental masterpiece Missa solemnis performed by Kammerchor Stuttgart, Hofkapelle Stuttgart under the baton of Frieder Bernius.

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Image Jery und Bätely
Release 11th of September

A native of St. Petersburg, Ingeborn von Bronsart studied with Liszt in Weimar, her striking appearance earning her the nickname ‘Ingeborg die Schone’. Goethe’s libretto for Jery und Bately is a charming and bucolic tale of unrequited romance between a pretty Swiss milkmaid and an eligible bachelor who are ultimately brought together by some farcical matchmaking. Bronsart brings life to this story with exquisite music, from an exciting overture through an uninterrupted evolution in melody and harmony to a spine-tingling finale, delivering a Singspiel that helped establish her reputation as a successful composer for the stage.

89 kr
Image Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 including Op.
Release 11th of September

Eugène Ysaÿe was a towering figure in the history of the violin. He composed a number of important works, most inspirationally the cycle of Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, op. 27 published in 1924, which rank among the greatest and most demanding. A different version of number 6 – a unfinished version – was found in the Lavergne Manuscript in 2017. Here is a world premiere recording in its entirety, as it was left by the composer.

159 kr
Image Der Prinz von Homburg (DVD)
Release 11th of September

Resonating powerfully with Hans Werner Henze’s pacifist perspective, Der Prinz von Homburg is based on a play by Heinrich von Kleist that opposes authority, celebrating a dreamer rather than a classical hero, and individualist freedom rather than militarist nationalism. Ingeborg Bachmann’s libretto heightens this message, and Henze’s chamber-music setting is at once powerful and unpredictable. This visually stunning production stretches from intimate transparency to dramatic heights, in a critically acclaimed staging by the award-winning director Stephan Kimmig.

239 kr
Image Der Prinz von Homburg (Blu-ray)
Release 11th of September

Resonating powerfully with Hans Werner Henze’s pacifist perspective, Der Prinz von Homburg is based on a play by Heinrich von Kleist that opposes authority, celebrating a dreamer rather than a classical hero, and individualist freedom rather than militarist nationalism. Ingeborg Bachmann’s libretto heightens this message, and Henze’s chamber-music setting is at once powerful and unpredictable. This visually stunning production stretches from intimate transparency to dramatic heights, in a critically acclaimed staging by the award-winning director Stephan Kimmig.

239 kr
Image Missa Solemnis - Documentary & Performance (DVD)
Release 11th of September

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis is the one work the composer admired above all his compositions. It was written for his great patron and friend Archduke Rudolf of Austria at around the same time that he embarked on his Ninth Symphony and as the writer Donald Tovey noted, ‘there is no choral and no orchestral writing, earlier or later, that shows a more thrilling sense of the individual colour of every chord.’ This insightful documentary follows Frieder Bernius on a journey of discovery as he immerses himself in Beethoven’s monumental masterpiece in preparation for a recording.

239 kr
Image Missa Solemnis - Documentary & Performance (Blu-ra
Release 11th of September

Beethoven’s Missa solemnis is the one work the composer admired above all his compositions. It was written for his great patron and friend Archduke Rudolf of Austria at around the same time that he embarked on his Ninth Symphony and as the writer Donald Tovey noted, ‘there is no choral and no orchestral writing, earlier or later, that shows a more thrilling sense of the individual colour of every chord.’ This insightful documentary follows Frieder Bernius on a journey of discovery as he immerses himself in Beethoven’s monumental masterpiece in preparation for a recording.

239 kr
Image Violin Concerto No. 3 (Ibérico); Symphony No. 2 (I
Release 11th of September

Joan Manen was an admired and prolific Catalan composer who wrote in all genres, from opera to transcriptions. He was also one of the leading violinists of his day and made the first recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Manen’s Violin Concerto No. 3 ‘Iberico’ is a brilliantly written and unashamedly Romantic work that exudes Iberian vitality without recourse to Hispanic effects. Cast on a huge scale, the Symphony No. 2 ‘Iberica’ calls for an exceptionally large orchestra, with music that is pastoral, Spanish-flavored and, at times, solemn.

159 kr
Image Your Voice Out of the Lamb; Four Lessons of Darkne
Release 11th of September

Internationally acclaimed and award-winning conductor Fabrice Bollon has in recent years attracted attention as a composer with a keen ear for unique and unusual timbres. Your Voice Out of the Lamb is one of the most spectacular and virtuosic works written for recorders, ranging from the sub-bass to the miniature garkleinflotlein, also using live electronics for a variety of expanded effects. The exciting and dynamic Four Lessons of Darkness is the first ever concerto for the electric cello, and Dogmatic Pleasures is a set of short, virtuoso orchestral pieces filled with humor and irony.

89 kr
Image Romances, Ballads and Melodramas
Release 11th of September

Robert Schumann’s literary background and cultivated taste is revealed in his choice of texts for musical setting. The emphasis in this collection is on songs with a narrative character, such as the tragic tale of Die feindlichen Bruder in which two brothers kill each other in a duel for love of the same girl. Further stories are drawn from those by Hans Christian Andersen. In around 1850 Schumann embarked on a series of melodramas with dramatic spoken dialogue over musical accompaniment. Notable among these lurid tiles of murder and retribution is the Ballade vom Haideknaben.

89 kr
Image Complete Piano Music, Vol. 55: Transcriptions
Release 11th of September

Volume 55 in the critically acclaimed Liszt Complete Piano Works series features transcriptions of pieces by his contemporary Eduard Lassen, performed here by award-winning pianist Andrey Ivanov in his recording debut. Andrey gave his first concerto performance at the age of nine. In 2006, he was selected to study at the Central School of Music in Minsk, graduating to the Moscow Conservatoire. He won first prize at the Belgrade and Minsk International Piano Competitions and went on to perform in Moscow, St Petersburg, Belgrade, Brussels and Amsterdam. He is currently studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Pascal Nemirovski.

59 kr (89 kr)
Image Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Release 11th of September

Not only was Robert Fuchs an admired friend of Brahms, but he nurtured a prodigious number of pupils, among whom were Enescu, Korngold, Mahler, Wolf, and Sibelius who called Fuchs ‘a clever orchestrator, professional to his fingertips, and very happy as a composer.’ The three Violin Sonatas, composed over a 24-year period between 1877 and 1901, exemplify Fuchs’ superbly crafted and melodious grace, with soaring Romanticism spiced with occasional Hungarian color, folkloric themes, and vivacious finales.

89 kr
Image Complete Works for Violin Solo and Violin & Piano
Release 11th of September

The music of Carl Nielsen holds a very special place for Danes, defining the nation’s musical voice for over a century and reflecting the soul of Denmark. Nielsen was a violinist from childhood, his early Sonata in G major having ‘a scent of Mozartian youth,’ while the newly published Romance in G major was dedicated to his first teacher. Mature works include the Second Violin Sonata, ‘a work unparalleled in the sonata literature,’ and the Prelude, Theme and Variations inspired by Bach’s Chaconne for solo violin. This collection represents the first ever recording of Nielsen’s complete music for violin solo or with piano.

89 kr
Image Sonata for Cello Solo; Duo for Violin & Cello; Son
Release 25th of September

Zoltán Kodály’s later years were dominated by a series of choral works but his early reputation centered upon chamber music, notably two string quartets, a Cello Sonata (8.553160) and the two masterpieces heard on this recording. The Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 combines Classical form with folk influence, while the Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8, with its expanded harmonies and tone colours, is one of the greatest solo cello works since Bach’s Cello Suites. György Ligeti continued the Hungarian lineage with his Sonata for Solo Cello, a succinct but pivotal work in his compositional development. Gabriel Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation. He is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, including the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann and the Concours Rostropovich in Paris. In 2009, he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in London. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, the Kronberg Academy Festival and the Amsterdam Biennale, and has performed with artists including Isabelle Faust, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Kirill Gerstein and Jonathan Gilad.

89 kr
Image Slovak Dances
Release 25th of September

Peter Breiner is one of the world’s most performed composer/arrangers, with a boundless musicality that has led him to create fusions of music from a variety of genres. Drawing on traditions established by Brahms and Dvorák and showcasing leading folk music soloists, his Slovak Dances are an exuberant and kaleidoscopic monument rooted in Slovak musical folklore. It comprises 16 symphonic fantasias on songs that evoke varying emotions with an autobiographical element that follows Breiner’s life from his origins in Humenné and Košice to New York. Peter Brenier boasts over 200 albums released and multiple streams and downloads. Known as a conductor, composer, pianist and arranger, he has conducted, often doubling as a pianist, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth, Jerusalem, New Zealand, Moscow and Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de France, to mention just a few. His compositions and arrangements have been played in concerts and broadcast worldwide, and some of the most prestigious ballet companies have used his music in numerous performances.

159 kr
Image One Thousand & One Nights; Symphony 'To the Memory
Release 25th of September

Fikret Amirov is one of Azerbaijan’s best-known 20th-century composers in the classical tradition, and the inventor of the ‘symphonic mugam’ based on traditional folk melodies (as can be heard on Naxos 8.572170). Symphony ‘To the Memory of Nizami’ reflects the character of the celebrated and influential Muslim poet and philosopher Nizami, who was born in the ancient city of Ganga in Azerbaijan. Amirov’s skill in evoking fantastic worlds is heard in a suite derived from the ballet One Thousand and One Nights, in which this famous narrative about the seductive and perilous Orient resolves from a cinematic chase into a memorable love scene and final triumphant celebrations. GRAMMY Award-nominated cellist/conductor Dmitry Yablonsky has made numerous highly successful recordings for Naxos, and his connection with Azerbaijani music reinforced with releases such as Piano Concertos (8.572666) that are ‘Romantic treasures that reward repeated listening’. (MusicWeb International)

89 kr
Image Anthems, Hymns, & Gloria for Brass Band
Release 25th of September

John Rutter, Britain’s most successful contemporary choral composer, has written most of his sacred music to commission, and for use in church services. Composed for his first American tour, Gloria was also his first great international success, combining an ethereal quality with moments of exhilaration. Two other popular works are also represented: Pie Jesu from the Requiem, and This is the Day, composed for the wedding of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. John Rutter’s music is eclectic and shows influences of the French and English choral traditions of the early 20th century as well as influences from light music and American classic songwriting. Almost every choral anthem and hymn has an orchestral accompaniment in a more colourful form in addition to the standard organ or piano accompaniment. This new release coincides with the composer’s 75th birthday in24 September 2020 – a perfect moment to celebrate one of Britain’s most successful and internationally well-known composers of choral music.

89 kr
Image Flute Sonatas
Release 25th of September

Frederick II, King of Prussia, was a gifted musician who built up a court orchestra noted both for its quality and its size. Great musicians such as Graun, Quantz and C.P.E. Bach were members and contributed hugely to its standing. A patron of the fine arts, Frederick was a highly accomplished flautist whose works, performed in small private concerts, show a remarkable range of forms and expressive effects with slow movements offering long-breathed arcs of melody. The pieces by Alessandro De Marchi, conceived in the spirit of improvisation, provide a revealing impression of contemporary performance practice. This new release of Frederick the Great’s flute sonatas relates to the450th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Berlin, first established as the Royal Prussian Court Orchestra by the monarch. Claudia Stein became first flute of the orchestra at the age of 23. She recorded Weinberg’s Flute Concertos for Naxos in 2019 (8.573931), which received 5 stars from Pizzicato: ‘Stein plays them absolutely ravishingly, with a touch of melancholy.’

89 kr
Image Lied Lieder, Vol. 1
Release 25th of September

Hans Sommer was a respected composer in his day and achieved widespread popularity with his songs, especially the melodic and catchy pieces in Op. 4 and Op. 5. One biographer described him as ‘a direct predecessor of Hugo Wolf... the lines that start out with Schumann and Liszt meet in Sommer’, and his friend Richard Strauss considered him ‘an outstanding artist’. Quirks of publishing resulted in Sommer’s work being forgotten for a century, with the sensitive light and shade of his songs Op. 30 and Op. 40 remaining virtually unknown. As a result, this album includes mostly world premiere recordings. Bass-baritone Jochen Kupfer’s appearances in the world’s opera houses and concert halls have been internationally celebrated, and he has given recitals and concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Mexico and the US, as well as at international festivals. He appeared at the Naxos release of Mayr’s Il sagrifizio di Jefte (8.572719-20), acclaimed in Fanfare: ‘the music, performances, and recording are all first-rate’. Praised by The New York Times as ‘a superlative accompanist’, Brazilian pianist Marcelo Amaral has gained a reputation as a sought-after accompanist of singers and instrumentalists alike. Winner of the Pianist Prize at the 2009 International Robert Schumann Song Competition, he has performed worldwide with numerous internationally renowned artists and at prestigious concert and festival venues.

89 kr
Image Architexture - Music for Jazz Quartet & Wind Ensem
Release 25th of September

Described as a ‘musical explorer’, Florian Ross effortlessly spans the realms of improvised and composed jazz in a dazzling variety of formats, with music that comes from a deep synthesis of heart and mind. Architexture is Ross’s response in music to architects and buildings all over the world. From sumptuous Rococo decoration, to the ‘Garage Houses’ of US suburbia, and from the playful/serious style of Gaudí to the modern utopia of Niemeyer’s Brasilia – Architexture weighs light and shade, symmetry and asymmetry in a unique fusion of rhythm, color and lyrical invention. Alongside being a prolific composer, Florian Ross has released 19albums as a pianist and bandleader featuring both small and large ensembles. With his work as a jazz pianist he has also recorded and performed using synthesizers, electric pianos and he plays Hammond organ in his band Elektrio. In his duo Infinite Loop with trumpeter Udo Moll he also explores contemporary free improvisation using electronics, effects, loopers and a grand piano.

89 kr
Image Le Bal
Release 25th of September

Charles-Marie Widor’s ten organ symphonies sit at the heart of his extensive oeuvre. They reveal Widor’s mastery of the form with their profundity, technical difficulty and sonorous color. Symphony No. 7, Op. 42, No. 3 inaugurated a new, orchestral approach to the genre and encompasses dreamlike sonorities, Chopinesque melancholy and majestic bravura. The Symphonie gothique, Op. 70 makes explicit reference to Gregorian chant, developing a kind of theological ‘programme music’ that is both austere and consolatory. Christian von Blohn graduated from the Musikakademie Saarbrücken in1987 with a first-class degree in Church Music and also with a degree in Music Education, majoring in the organ. Since 1993, von Blohn has been deanery music director for the diocese of Speyer and currently provides musical supervision for the two St Ingbert parishes of St Hildegard and St Josef.

89 kr
Image Organ Symphonies, Vol. 3
Release 25th of September

Charles-Marie Widor’s ten organ symphonies sit at the heart of his extensive oeuvre. They reveal Widor’s mastery of the form with their profundity, technical difficulty and sonorous color. Symphony No. 7, Op. 42, No. 3 inaugurated a new, orchestral approach to the genre and encompasses dreamlike sonorities, Chopinesque melancholy and majestic bravura. The Symphonie gothique, Op. 70 makes explicit reference to Gregorian chant, developing a kind of theological ‘programme music’ that is both austere and consolatory.

89 kr
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