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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


PATER NOSTER: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer
The King’s Singers
Naxos 8.572987

BBC

‘The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group.’
BBC Music Magazine

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente Suites (La) / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita
Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia
Naxos 8.573005



HOLST, G.: Symphony, "The Cotswolds" / Walt Whitman, Overture / Indra / Japanese Suite / A Winter Idyll
Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.572914

‘Definitely a winner.’ – Fanfare

JACKSON, G.: Requiem / In all his works / I am the voice of the wind / POTT, F.: When David heard
Vasari Singers, Backhouse
Naxos 8.573049

‘gorgeous tone that rejoices in the rich harmonies’ – Choir & Organ

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
Baltimore Symphony, Alsop
Naxos 8.572207

‘Fresh and vibrant, this makes for an appealing and persuasive reading of this familiar work.’ – MusicWeb International

RIHM, W.: Violin and Piano Works
Tianwa Yang, Rimmer
Naxos 8.572730


SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 3
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo
Naxos 8.572275


VERDI, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Complete)
Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19 [CD] / NBD0027 [Blu-ray Audio]

‘a defining recording of this rarefied work’ – The Huffington Post

‘Giuseppe Verdi's complete ballet music, performed by José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is simply ravishing. The sound implementation of Blu-ray audio lacks for nothing in dynamic width, colour and plasticity.’ – Tobias W. Pfleger


WAGHALTER, I.: Violin Concerto / Rhapsody / Violin Sonata
Trynkos, Latsabidze, A. Walker
Naxos 8.572809

‘amazing disc of discovery’ – Classical Lost and Found

ENGLISH MUSIC FOR VIOLA AND PIANO
Bradley, Wilson
Naxos 8.572761

‘Sarah-Jane Bradley’s viola has a singing quality beautifully suited to this essentially ruminative, lyrical repertoire’ – Gramophone

WOMEN AT THE PIANO:
An Anthology of Historic Performances, Vol. 4 (1921-1955)

Naxos Historical 8.111218
WOMEN AT THE PIANO:
An Anthology of Historic Performances, Vol. 5 (1923-1955)

Naxos Historical 8.111219

‘Virtually all these performances have a liberating joie de vivre, a freedom to let go and be oneself.’ – Gramophone

8.111218
8.111219

See Naxos catalogue


Arthaus Musik


BRITTEN, B.: War Requiem
Nelsons
Arthaus Musik 101659 [DVD]

‘A distinguished addition to the War Requiem discography. As a performance deeply moving and a major achievement.’ – MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


Cantaloupe Music


DENNEHY, D.: Stainless Staining / Reservoir
Moore
Cantaloupe Music CA-21062

‘Lisa Moore…plays both works with mesmerising command of Dennehy’s simmering soundscapes and finely graded dynamic palette.’ – Gramophone


See Cantaloupe Music catalogue



Capriccio


SCHOENBERG, A.: Songs (Complete)
Jarnot, Barainsky, Diener, Mayer, Schafer, Vondung
Capriccio C7120

‘This edition is a must-have in any music lover’s library.’ – The WholeNote


See Capriccio catalogue



Dacapo


HOLMBOE, V.: Chamber Symphonies
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgards
Dacapo 6.220621 [hybrid SACD]


‘[John Storgårds] and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra do equal justice to the starkly beautiful music of Holmboe’ – Audiophile Audition


See Dacapo catalogue


Delos


BUNCH, K.: String Circle / Drift / 26.2 / Luminaria / Boiling Point
ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
Delos DE3430

‘a delightful CD of solid, captivating pieces, beautifully performed and recorded’ – The WholeNote


See Delos catalogue


Dorian Sono Luminus


WEILL, K.: Violin Concerto, Op. 12 / IBERT, J.: Cello Concerto / BERG, A.: Chamber Concerto
Gilbert, Schteinberg, Work
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92161


‘Another reasonably-priced audio-only Blu-ray combined with a useful standard CD.’ – Audiophile Audition


See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue


EuroArts


TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall
EuroArts 2059088 [DVD] / 2059084 [Blu-ray Video]

‘extraordinary recital’ – Gramophone


See EuroArts catalogue


Grand Piano


TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 1
Koukl
Grand Piano GP608

Pizzicato

‘Fascinatingly Fresh’ – Pizzicato


See Grand Piano catalogue


ICA Classics


BERLIOZ, H.: Requiem
Gedda, Cologne Radio Symphony, Mitropoulos
ICA Classics ICAC5075

‘the clarity and depth of this mono recording is marvellous’ – Gramophone


See ICA Classics catalogue


Ondine


STRAUSS, R.: 3 Hymnen / Opera Arias
Isokoski, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kamu
Ondine ODE1202-2

‘Isokoski clearly has the fortitude to carry off a brilliant performance’
The WholeNote


See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


CAVALLI, F.: Didone
Theatre de Caen, 2011
Opus Arte OA1080D [DVD] / OABD7106D [Blu-ray Video]

‘William Christie’s direction can almost be taken to guarantee a fine performance and that’s the case here.’ – MusicWeb International


See Opus Arte catalogue


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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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