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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


GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets"
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.573161

 

JoAnn Falletta brilliantly rises to the challenge; her baton matches the melodic sense while paying attention to the luxurious orchestration.
- ResMusica.com

Falletta and her excellent orchestra give a visceral account of the score projecting its wide range of moods, from mystery and enchantment to violence and tragic intensity - BBC Music Magazine

GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 7 - Olav Trygvason / Landkjenning / Sigurd Jorsalfar (excerpts)
Malmo Symphony, Engeset
Naxos 8.573045


vigorous, colourful choral singing and splendid orchestral colour
- BBC Music Magazine

KARABITS, I.: Concertos for Orchestra Nos. 1-3 /
SILVESTROV, V.: Elegy / Abschiedsserenade

Bournemouth Symphony, K. Karabits
Naxos 8.572633


distinctive, thoughtful and inventive - Scotland on Sunday

MOERAN, E.J.: In the Mountain Country / Rhapsodies /
Overture for a Masque

Frith, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573106

If someone only wishes to own one version of these works, or wants to discover what they sound like, then this is the best version to go for.
- MusicWeb International

MONIUSZKO, S.: Overtures
Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit
Naxos 8.572716

zesty and full of charm - WQXR (New York)

MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 38, 39, 40
(arr. J.N. Hummel for flute, violin, cello and piano)

Grodd, Eichhorn, Rummel, Krüger
Naxos 8.572841


Pleasing interpretations of symphony arrangements that are pure genius!
- The Listener

SÁINZ DE LA MAZA, R.: Guitar Music
F. Halász
Naxos 8.572977

Halász combines weightless grace with quicksilver alacrity
- MusicWeb International

TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music - Ballades Nos. 1-3 / Arabesques /
Suite dans le style ancien / 5 Impressions / 8 Cantilenes

Reyes
Naxos 8.573021

 

Eliane Reyes’ performances are spontaneous, colorful, full of surprising contrasts, and nonetheless she achieves to get this program a characteristic unity - Pizzicato

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2 (Blu-Ray Audio)
Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0035


15 sparkling performances again of the wonderful Rossini music
- Audiophile Audition


See Naxos catalogue


Accentus Music


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (NTSC)
Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-20268 / ACC-10268


See Accentus Music catalogue


Arthaus Musik


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC)
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons
Arthaus 107537


See Arthaus Musik catalogue


Dacapo


LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 2
Nightingale String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220576


the Nightingales play this music with an understanding and love that puts competitors in the shade - BBC Music Magazine

this is a highly impressive reading of a work anticipating Janáček’s quartets in sheer emotional acuity - Gramophone


See Dacapo catalogue


Divox


SCHUMANN, R.: Faschingsschwank aus Wien / Kinderszenen / Carnaval (His Imaginary World) (Chernyavska)
Divox
CDX-25256-2


one of the most beautiful Schumann-CDs - Pizzicato


See Divox catalogue


EuroArts


Piano Recital: Zaslavsky, Roman - RACHMANINOV, S. /
PROKOFIEV, S. (Ingenious Opposites, Vol. 2) (Blu-ray Audio)

EuroArts 2003032


Terrific sonics! - Pizzicato


See EuroArts catalogue


Grand Piano


SCHULHOFF, E.: Piano Works, Vol. 2 - 5 Pittoresken /
Piano Sonata No. 2 / 2 Studien / Musik fur Klavier /
Esquisses de jazz

Weichert
Grand Piano GP631

[Caroline Weichert's] deft touch and sympathetic approach enables the music to weave its spell. - MusicWeb International


See Grand Piano catalogue


Oehms Classics


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 7 / Piano Concerto No. 3
Zilberstein, Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitayenko
Oehms Classics OC672

Dimitrij Kitajenko conducts a full-blooded, brilliantly shaped version with the Gürzenich Orchestra which is once more the perfect instrument for his vision of sound and feeling. - Pizzicato


powerful and poetic - SA-CD.net


See Oehms Classics catalogue


Opus Arte


BRITTEN, B.: Rape of Lucretia (ENO, Aldeburgh Festival 2001) (NTSC)
Opus Arte OA1123D

This is probably the best way for a beginner to experience Lucretia; a great work, for all its problems. - MusicWeb International


See Opus Arte catalogue

Tafelmusik Media


Orchestral Music - HANDEL, G.F. / VIVALDI, A. / SWEELINCK, J.P. / PURCELL, H. / MARAIS, M. (House of Dreams)
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Lamon
Tafelmusik TMK1020DVDCD


See Tafelmusik Media catalogue

Timpani Records


SCHMITT, F.: Petit elfe ferme-l'oeil (Le) / Introit, récit et congé
Lorraine National Orchestra, Mercier
Timpani 1C1212


excellent performances - Pizzicato


See Timpani Records catalogue


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