New On Naxos | Issue: December 2023



Piccolo Concertos BAKSA • HIDAS • KREK • PAPANDOPULO Francesco Viola, Piccolo • Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim • Salvatore Percacciolo


The idea of a piccolo concerto might have seemed far-fetched at the beginning of the 20th century, but numerous composers have now expanded its role as the highest instrument of the orchestra into a true solo voice. With this recording Francesco Viola has brought together four unknown works by Eastern European composers – the Romanian Andreas Baksa; Slovenian composer Uroš Krek; German-Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo; and Hungarian composer Frigyes Hidas whose Oboe Concerto is recorded here in Francesco Viola’s transcription for piccolo. All of these concertos are filled with atmosphere, passion and high spirits.

8.579132 Release Date: 1 Dec 2023

Companion Titles – Other recordings for wind instruments 8.551419 | 8.579111 | 8.579094 | 8.579083

Johannes BRAHMS (1833–1897) Complete Songs, Vol. 4 Opp. 6, 14, 19 and 48 Alina Wunderlin, Soprano • Kieran Carrel, Tenor • Ulrich Eisenlohr, Piano


Brahms’ early songs express an exuberance that may surprise those who are unfamiliar with this element of his music making. The Op. 6 set includes a Mediterranean-flavoured song in bolero rhythm and songs of hope and joy, displaying an apparent simplicity that was hard-won and the product of constant refinement. Based on folk songs, the Op. 14 collection is astonishingly varied, ranging from folk melodies to medieval harmonies and Baroque-styled richness. Elsewhere Brahms charts more melodious, elegiac settings in the Op. 19 set and confronts melancholy and loss in Op. 48 . Key Features: • The first volume in the series received huge acclaim: ‘The artists field a terrifically compelling start with two of Brahms’ best-known and most moving songs, “Von ewiger Liebe” and “Die Mainacht”. This sixty-five-minutes of music makes an auspicious start to Eisenlohr’s latest endeavour’ ( Opera News ). It also won Opera News ’ Critics’ Choice accolade. • Vol. 3 can be heard on 8.574346: ‘ Alina Wunderlin is a wonderfully pure-voiced soprano, as we hear in “Es steht ein Lind in jenem Tal”…All in all, this is wonderful. The singers are superbly chosen and perfect for this repertoire. Ulrich Eisenlohr does not put a finger wrong (he provides the fine booklet notes, too), and the recording is good, too’ ( Classical Explorer ).

8.574489 Release Date: 15 Dec 2023

Companion Titles – Previous releases in the series 8.574268 | 8.574345 | 8.574346

Other German Lieder 8.574119 | 8.557076 | 8.574142 | 8.503801

Click to listen to Sechs Gesänge, Op. 6: No. 1. Spanisches Lied



Angel Stanislav Wang Piano Laureate Recital Winner, 2022 Jaén Prize International Piano Competition LISZT • SHOSTAKOVICH • GRANADOS • VEGA Angel Stanislav Wang, Piano • Bretón String Quartet


Angel Stanislav Wang, winner of the 63rd Jaén Prize International Piano Competition in 2022, presents his Naxos debut recital with a selection of works he performed during the competition. Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor is an undisputed masterpiece of the Romantic era, while Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G minor is one of the most intense and eloquent chamber works of the 20th century. Spanish music is always present at Jaén and is represented here by a selection from Granados’s Goyescas , and by Laura Vega’s competition commission Poema a un amor eterno – a work of intense emotion, calling upon the pianist to be more of a poet or rhapsodist than a virtuoso. Key Feature: Aside from being First Prize winner of the 63rd Jaén Prize International Piano Competition in 2022 Angel Stanislav Wang has also been a laureate of the 21st International Piano Competition ‘Composers of Spain’ (2021), the International Piano Competition Val de Travers (2021), and the 2nd International Rachmaninov Piano Competition (2020).

8.574569 Release Date: 1 Dec 2023

Companion Titles – Piano Laureate series 8.574468 | 8.574280 | 8.574232 | 8.573945

Click to listen to GRANADOS, E.: Goyescas, Book 1 – III. El fandango de candil (‘The Oil Lamp Fandango’)



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