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Christmas Box sets

12 BOX SETS FOR CHRISTMAS

“On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me… a box set for the Christmas tree.”

20% discount on 12 selected Naxos box sets for a limited period.

From the 90 CD Beethoven Complete Edition to The Maggini Quartet’s British String Quartets collection and Vasily Petrenko’s stunning set of Complete Symphonies by Shostakovich, there are bargains for all classical fans.

1st December – 17th December 2020. Order by 17th December to receive gifts in time for Christmas.
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Image Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Edition
Beethoven’s monumental contribution to Western classical music is celebrated here in this definitive collection marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Surveying the totality of his career and achievement, the Complete Edition spans orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, music for the stage, choral and vocal works, encompassing his most familiar and iconic masterpieces, alongside rarities and recently reconstructed fragments and sketches in world premiere recordings. The roster of artists and ensembles includes some of Beethoven’s greatest contemporary
exponents, in performances that have won critical acclaim worldwide.

Key Features:
- 90-DISC box, featuring over 1,550 individual tracks, a detailed 136-page booklet and bonus of two free album downloads.
- Accompanied by an authoritative and compelling note, the repertoire included spans Beethoven’s orchestral, concerto, keyboard, chamber, music for the stage, choral and vocal works.
- Encompassing his most familiar and iconic pieces as well as only recently discovered rarities, it is a truly thorough and exhaustive compendium of a complex genius.
- The track list features a host of fragments, sketches, drafts,
arrangements, transcriptions and reconstructions – some of which have never before been recorded – that reveal a very intimate, personal insight into the inner workings of Beethoven as a composer.
- Musical director of the Unheard Beethoven project Willem Holsbergen was the key consultant on this boxed set. Together with producer Mark S. Zimmer, Holsbergen has tirelessly created an exhaustive archive of rarities, unheard works and forgotten
pieces that have been left uncovered for centuries, and granted them a new lease of life through his own reconstructions and realisations.
- Also includes the first recording of the narrated version of The Ruins of Athens.
- Bonus: Free downloads - purchasers of the box may download
two albums from Liszt’s transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies and songs. Coupon code with details included in the box.
- Beethoven demands musicians bring their own dialogue to performances, and while the artists featured – ranging from experienced readers such as the Kodály Quartet, Takako Nishizaki and Boris Giltburg, to fresh interpreters – exceed these expectations in their renderings, with performances that have won critical esteem worldwide, all are bound by the fervour within his writing.



For more information: https://www.naxos.com/beethoven250/



£99.99
Image British String Quartets
The string quartet is at the very heart of 20th-century British music, encompassing some of the quintessential works of the chamber music repertory. This compendium features fine examples of the genre, revealing the precocious talents of Benjamin Britten and John Ireland, the quicksilver craftsmanship of Frank Bridge and Alan Rawsthorne, the ‘captured sunshine’ of Edward Elgar’s writing and the evocative pastoral renderings of Arthur Bliss and Arnold Bax. Although the musical styles of each of the composers featured in this collection are unique, their contributions are unified by an innate understanding and mastery of the string quartet form.


£59.99
Image English Choral Music
“With fine organ playing and excellent recorded sound, the disc ranks among the best choral issues of recent times”
Gramophone, Editor’s Choice

“They are a terrific choir, bright and exact”
The Times


£29.99
Image Edvard Grieg: Piano Music
The attractiveness of Edvard Grieg’s works for solo piano is strongly linked to its distinctive Norwegian character, absorbing the national instinct for compact melodic themes and combining this with the composer’s unique feel for harmony. The resulting works conjure entire worlds that range from melancholy to exuberant, and passionately bittersweet to gently pastoral. This definitive edition, performed by eminent specialist Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, encompasses the full range of Grieg’s works for solo piano, from the beloved Lyric Pieces to the epic Ballade, via inspired arrangements of familiar melodies to rarely-heard student compositions and sketches. ‘It’s almost impossible to imagine this music better interpreted.’ (BBC Music Magazine)

£49.99
Image Claudio Monteverdi: Complete Madrigals
The madrigal, written for courts and patrons, was the ultimate secular song. The genre reached its zenith with the works of Claudio Monteverdi in successive books that trace his technical and expressive innovations. In them, Monteverdi explored themes such as the vicissitudes and pleasures of love, as well as the art of war, and the pain of loss. The editions used in these recordings are the most authentic and uncut, and, in keeping with 17th-century practice, employ male voices only. Praised as ‘compelling, simultaneously controlled and imaginative’ (American Record Guide) the collection also includes pieces never before recorded.

£44.99
Image Shostakovich:Symphonies
Vasily Petrenko was appointed principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and in 2009 became Chief Conductor. Between volume 1 in 2009 and the final instalment in 2014, each release of Petrenko’s cycle of Shostakovich’s symphonies with the RLPO was a sensation. The individual recordings remain a leading choice amongst collectors and critics. Symphony No. 10 (8572461) won a Gramophone Award in 2011, and Symphony No. 8 (8572392) was selected as top recommendation by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Building a Library’ programme in November 2013. There are numerous complete sets of Shostakovich’s remarkable symphonic achievement, but critical acclaim for these recordings has seen this particular set become a modern market leader.

£39.99
Image Gustav Mahler: Complete Symphonies
“Antoni Wit conducts a fresh, spontaneous-sounding reading, beautifully played and recorded.”
Penguin Guide on 8.550527 (Symphony No. 4)

“This is a very impressive recording indeed.”
American Record Guide on 8.550525-26 (Symphonies Nos. 3 & 10)

“The excellent quality of the Katowice Orchestra of Polish Radio is impressively demonstrated...it stands comparison with any rival”
Penguin Guide on 8.550529-30 (Mahler Symphony No. 6)


£49.99
Image Jean Sibelius: Incidental Music - Scaramouche, Pel
Parallel to his great sequence of symphonic masterpieces and tone poems, Jean Sibelius wrote a significant body of music for the theatre. It was with King Christian II and Kuolema that he established his fame throughout Europe whilst some of his most hauntingly beautiful writing for the stage can be found in Belshazzar’s Feast. The tragic pantomime Scaramouche is Sibelius’s only continuous dramatic score and Pelléas et Mélisande is one of his most accomplished, whilst the rarely performed Jedermann is recognised as a hidden masterpiece. Gramophone wrote of these performances: ‘Leif Segerstam masterminds a characteristically unhurried, atmospheric display. What an absorbing journey of discovery this series has proved to be; congratulations to everyone involved.’

£29.99
Image Great Russian Symphonies
The Great Classics series from Naxos is the perfect introduction to myriad genres of classical music. Comprising both complete and compiled selections from the greatest works in the repertoire, the boxes are bursting with wonderful pieces of music, both recognizable and unfamiliar. The boxes take the listener on a thrilling tour of some of the world's most dramatic musical media, encompassing music from six centuries and featuring sensational performers. All boxes come with a fascinating booklet with detailed information on the genre itself, chronological placement of each work, and a comprehensive study of the music. A fitting celebration of 25 years of superb music from Naxos, the world's favourite classical label. GREAT RUSSIAN SYMPHONIES includes Highlights CDs from the following symphonies:

CD 1 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 / Borodin Symphony No. 2
CD 2 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 / Romeo and Juliet
CD 3 Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 / 1812 Overture
CD 4 Prokofiev Symphony No.5 / Myaskovsky Symphony No. 25
CD 5 Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 / Prokofiev Symphony No.1
CD 6 Shostakovich Symphony No. 7
CD 7 Rimsky-Korsakov Symphony No. 2 / Sheherazade
CD 8 Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2 / The Rock
CD 9 Scriabin Symphony No.3 / Le Poeme de I'extase
CD 10 Glazunov Symphony No.6 / Kalinnikov Symphony No.1

£29.99
Image Great Ballet
The Great Classics series from Naxos is the perfect introduction to myriad genres of classical music. Comprising both complete and compiled selections from the greatest works in the repertoire, the boxes are bursting with wonderful pieces of music, both recognizable and unfamiliar. The boxes take the listener on a thrilling tour of some of the world's most dramatic musical media, encompassing music from six centuries and featuring sensational performers. All boxes come with a fascinating booklet with detailed information on the genre itself, chronological placement of each work, and a comprehensive study of the music. A fitting celebration of 25 years of superb music from Naxos, the world's favourite classical label. GREAT BALLET includes Highlights CDs from the following ballets:

CD 1 Adam Giselle
CD 2 Delibes Coppelia / Sylvia
CD 3 Tchaikovsky Swan Lake
CD 4 Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty
CD 5 Tchaikovsky Nutcracker
CD 6 Glazunov The Seasons / Raymonda
CD 7 Khachaturian Gayane / Spartacus / Prokofiev Cinderella
CD 8 Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet
CD 9 Ravel Daphnis et Chloe / Stravinsky Firebird
CD 10 Stravinsky Petrushka / The Rite of Spring

£29.99
Image The A-Z Of Singers
The A-Z of Singers surveys the recordings and careers of over 300 singers; the greatest vocalists who have made recordings are included, from Theo Adam to Teresa Zylis-Gara. The text covers artists using the earliest recording processes up to those using contemporary, cutting-edge technology. In this clear and concise publication, the artists are listed alphabetically, with a summary of their career, notable recordings, biography and a criticalappraisal of their recorded legacy. In addition, four CDs present the author's selection of recordings by 69 artists. This package will appeal to singing enthusiasts and scholars alike as a well-informed, interesting and precise work of reference.

£19.99
Image Julian Lloyd Webber: A Span of Time
Julian Lloyd Webber, one of the world’s most admired cellists, notably expanded his instrument’s repertoire in the concert hall and on disc. In this retrospective of his art he can be heard as soloist, arranger and conductor. He evokes the lyricism of the songs of Frederick Delius and John Ireland with rich expressivity, adapts a selection of music from Monteverdi to Arvo Pärt for the combination of two cellos, and crafts new and exciting Vivaldi arrangements. His conducting prowess is shown by supremely sensitive performances of English string music.

£19.99
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