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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


21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 1 - BROTONS, S. / PUERTO, D. del / MORALES-CASO, E. / CRUZ DE CASTRO, C. / BALADA, L.
A. Levin
Naxos 8.573024

Adam Levin is a stylish and highly skilled player who’s equally home with the challenging, the lyrical and the playful -Classical Guitar Magazine

one of the essential collections of solo instrumental performance released in the past 50 years - Scene Magazine

CHILCOTT, B.: Everyone Sang / A Little Jazz Mass / I Share Creation / Aesop's Fables
Wellensian Consort, Beeson, Finch
Naxos 8.573158

When ‘classical’…composers turn their skill to jazz it can be restrained, but this one does it for me with the help of the Will Todd Trio and the multi-talented, award-winning Wellensian Consort. - Choir & Organ

DOVE, J.: Passing of the Year (The)
Convivium Singers, Cromar, Ferris
Naxos 8.572733

Felicity Turner will astonish you with the clarity, agility, and expressiveness with which she sings this [My love is mine] difficult four-minute piece, a marvel of pure, unaffected technique and absolutely spot-on intonation. - ClassicsToday.com

Choral Concert - MACMILLAN, J. / DUGGAN, J. / GRAINGER, P. / CAMPBELL, H. / TURNBULL, S.M. / BURKE, P. / ANDREW, K. (Down By the Sea)
Blossom Street
Naxos 8.573069

I declare this release to be my choral album of the year. I’d be stupefied if anything stronger comes long. - Sinfini Music

GERSHWIN, G.: Rhapsody in Blue / Strike Up the Band: Overture / Promenade / Catfish Row
Weiss, Fullam, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.559750 [CD] / NBD0033 [Blu-ray]

first rate in both the performance and sonic departments
- Audiophile Audition

DAUGHERTY, M.: Mount Rushmore / Radio City / The Gospel According to Sister Aimee
P. Jacobs, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair
Naxos 8.559749

NPR Music's Symphonic Music, American Style: Must-Hear Album

The music is fun, frenzied and should be terrific to hear live judging from this energized recording by the Pacific Symphony and conductor Carl St. Clair. - National Public Radio

Vocal Recital - RACHMANINOV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N. (Russian Songs and Arias)
Alieva
Naxos 8.572893

Rachmaninov’s ubiquitous Vocalise is as good a test as any song or aria when it comes to voice production, beauty of tone, legato and technical accomplishment. Alieva has it all, including a fine trill. - MusicWeb International

ROSSINI, G.: Siege de Corinthe (Le) [Opera]
Regazzo, Cullagh, Spyres, Sala, Ramos, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud
Naxos 8.660329-30

this audio recording do Rossini’s creation full justice - MusicWeb International

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 6 and 7 (Premiere Recordings) (1932-1934)
Stokowski, Schneevoigt, Koussevitzky
Naxos 8.111399

irresistible: Stokowski best for mood, Schneevoigt for authenticity, Koussevitzky for drama, all quite stunning - American Record Guide


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Naxos Audiobooks


TURGENEV, I.: Torrents of Spring (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0118

This is a terrific performance that in a less-skillful reader’s hands could have been disastrous. - Sound Commentary


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Accentus Music


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4
Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10257 [DVD] / ACC-20257 [Blu-ray]

Christina Landshamer brings an awesome purity of timbre to the refrain of each Wunderhorn verse - Gramophone


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C Major


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis
Petersen, Kulman, Gura, Finley, Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harnoncourt
C Major 712608 [DVD] / 712704 [Blu-ray]

there’s nothing average about Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s conducting...The Concertgebouw Orchestra play with exemplary clarity - Gramophone


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Cantaloupe Music


TRUEMAN, D.: Neither Anvil nor Pulley
So Percussion, Trueman
Cantaloupe Music CA-21093

The record never lacks the intimacy and emotive charge of human touch, while exploring electronically-generated colors and textures.
- WQXR (New York)


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Cedille


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 9-12 / WEINBERG, M.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 3)
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-138

 

like the two previous releases it is a triumph - ClassicsToday.com

This Shostakovich cycle is turning out to be one of the most riveting of recent years - BBC Music Magazine

well up to standard with intensely concentrated playing, first-class ensemble, a strikingly wide range of dynamic and a remarkably consistent depth of feeling - Gramophone

the Pacifica plays with a post-Romantic sensitivity that emphasises the music’s deep roots in the 19th-century Russian tradition as well as its bewilderment at the callousness of the Soviet regime - The Strad


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Dacapo


MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Nos. 6, 7, 7a, 8, 55
A. Fischer
Dacapo 6.220537

The readings are full of vigor and panache, with excellent technical facility and a buzzing swarm of vibrant and fulsome emotion. - Audiophile Audition


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Dorian Sono Luminus


MOZART, W.A.: Requiem, K. 626 (completed by R. Levin)
Labadie
Dorian Sono Luminus DOR-90310

The 100 Greatest Canadian Album Ever (No. 88 of 100)

[Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec] performed and recorded in New York and captured all of [9/11's] intensity and passion - CBC


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Grand Piano


CORTOT, A.: Piano Arrangements
Yue He
Grand Piano GP641

Editor's Choice

Chinese pianist He Yue is just the right man for the job. He is tremendously talented and his piano tone is round and full, his fortissimos never hard. He is helped by a clear and transparent recorded sound. - Pianist


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ICA Classics


MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 39
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 4

Solti
ICA Classics ICAD5100

Here’s another irresistible helping of Sir Georg Solti and his dazzling Chicagoans from the BBC archives - Gramophone


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Oehms Classics


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 0, "Nullte"
Hamburg Philharmonic, S. Young
Oehms Classics OC685

Listeners who wish to understand this work in the wider context of Bruckner’s cycle could have no better guide than Young - Allmusic.com


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Ondine


RAUTAVAARA, E.: Missa a cappella / Sacred Choral Works
Latvian Radio Choir, Klava
Ondine ODE1223-2

Latvian Radio Choir, under the leadership of Sigvards Kļava, brings symphonic oomph to the material, with a trombone-like low end and solid sopranos - WQXR (New York)


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Opus Arte


JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The)
Glyndebourne, 2012
Opus Arte OA1101D

There’s nothing cutesy about director Melly Still’s treatment of animal characters, who form a parade of grotesques… while Vixen Sharp-Ears (Lucy Crowe) is a rebellius, DM-wearing adolescent, more runaway killer than seductress - BBC Music Magazine


See Opus Arte catalogue

Yarlung Records


Piano Recital
- BACH, J.S. / SCRIABIN, A. / MOZART, W.A. / CARTER, E.

O. Weiss
Yarlung Records YAR78873

Riveting pianism coupled with extraordinary technology makes for a very engrossing 74 minutes. - Audiophile Audition


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