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This month brings you another bumper crop of great reviews from the leading music magazines, quality dailies and online review sites. There’s no doubt about it: Naxos releases and distributes some of the best CDs and DVDs available!

Naxos CDs

TAN, Dun: Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes / Orchestral Theatre / Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo)
Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tan Dun
Naxos 8.570608

a vivid demonstration of true orchestral virtuosity, with Tan Dun’s experimental effects superbly realised, and all captured in fulsome sound
- Gramophone

MCCABE, J.: Choral Music (Visions)
BBC Singers, Farrington, Hill
Naxos 8.573053

an eye-opening exploration of a facet of McCabe’s music that is little represented
- MusicWeb International

raptly atmospheric and consummately crafted
- BBC Music Magazine

COUPERIN, F.: Pieces de violes avec la basse chifree: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Pieces de Clavecin: 27th Ordre
Perkola, Hakkinen
Naxos 8.570944

Rondo Classic Record of the Month

ONSLOW, G.: Cello Sonatas, Op. 16, Nos. 1-3
Kliegel, Tichmann
Naxos 8.572830

these are substantial works as demanding technically to the performer as they are immediately attractive to the ear of the listener

PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concerto No. 5 / I palpiti
Pochekin, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky
Naxos 8.570487

The disc stands out for its crisply defined recording and for the exceptional playing of Ivan Pochekin
- Gramophone

PENDERECKI, K.: Sinfonietta Nos. 1 and 2 / Capriccio / 3 Pieces in Old Style / Serenade
Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.572212

Antoni Wit, as always, is the most reliable possible guide to this repertoire, combining accuracy with warmth and expressive intensity

TAYLOR, D.: Through the Looking Glass / GRIFFES, C.T.: Poem / The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Goff, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz
Naxos 8.559724

some of the finest impressionisticAmerican orchestral works ever composed, which deserve a much better place in American music history and appreciation
-Audiophile Audition

WHITBOURN, J.: Annelies (chamber version)
A. Zukerman, Westminster Williamson Voices, Lincoln Trio, Chandra, J. Jordan
Naxos 8.573070

Demands to be heard.
- MusicWeb International

ZADOR, E.: Divertimento / Elegie and Dance / Oboe Concerto / Studies
Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Smolij
Naxos 8.572549

The orchestra plays with enthusiasm; this is quality music that’s evidently a lot of fun to play.

ZADOR, E.: 5 Contrasts / Children's Symphony / Aria and Allegro / Hungarian Caprice
Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij
Naxos 8.572548

The Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV plays with great spirt and finesse under Mariusz Smolij.

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Naxos Audiobooks

THACKERAY, W.M.: Barry Lyndon (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0121

[Keeble’s] tone is firm and commanding, and he digs deep into Thackeray’s prose to precisely capture the very essence of Lyndon.
- Publishers Weekly

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C Major

SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 / SCHUMANN AT PIER2 (Documentary)
German Chamber Philharmonic, P. Jarvi
C Major 712004 [Blu-ray] / 711908 [DVD]

artistically exceptional, beautifully filmed and expertly engineered set
- Gramophone

See C Major catalogue

Carpe Diem

Chamber Music - BRUMEL, A. / AGRICOLA, A. / DE PAREJA, B.R. / TINCTORIS, J. (Mundus et Musica)
Carpe Diem CD-16294

The playing is so fine and the repertoire so rare and pleasing that you could almost play the disc right through again without feeling all that bleary-eyed.
- MusicWeb International

See Carpe Diem catalogue


SAMPSON, D.: Chicago Moves / WOODWARD, J.: Gaudete / CHEETAM, J.: Sonata for Brass Quintet / BAXTER, B.: A Great Commercial City
Gaudete Ensemble
Cedille CDR90000-136

An excellent introduction to the latest in brass quintet music. I hope there is more to come from these composers and performers.
- MusicWeb International

See Cedille catalogue


HOLMBOE, V.: Solo and Chamber Works for Guitar
Dacapo 8.226143

This is an enchanting collection and any lover of Holmboe and all guitarists will want to have it.
- MusicWeb International

See Dacapo catalogue


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (3 DVD Box Set)
EuroArts 2050558

Imaginative, coherent and well considered … in every way worth hearing.
- MusicWeb International

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Duets (Complete)
A. and S. Hamann
Grand Piano GP619-20

elegant and perceptive, self-confident and telepathic
- MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Much Ado about Nothing / Sinfonietta
Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgards
Ondine ODE1191-2D

supremely confident performance that exudes all the charm, warmth and vitality with which this work abounds
- Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Timpani Records

DUFOURT, H.: Lucifer d'apres Pollock / Voyage par-dela les fleuves et les monts
Luxembourg Philharmonic, Valade
Timpani 1C1195

superbly crafted and strongly expressive contemporary music
- MusicWeb International

See Timpani Records catalogue

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