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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


BRUCKNER: The Complete Symphonies
Naxos 8.501205

“arguably the best performances available” - ClassicsToday.com

CORIGLIANO, J.: Conjurer / Vocalise
Glennie, Plitmann, Albany Symphony, Miller
Naxos 8.559757


MASSENET, J.: Ballet Music - Bacchus / Hérodiade / Thaïs / Le Cid
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, P. Gallois
Naxos 8.573123

“Patrick Gallois continues to prove himself an extremely skilled, sensitive conductor of ballet music.” - MusicWeb International

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Strathclyde Concertos Nos. 7 and 8 /
A Spell for Green Corn

McTier, Leveaux, Clark, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Maxwell Davies
Naxos 8.572355

“authoritative as it gets and chock full of brilliant playing”
- MusicWeb International

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

Frith, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573106

“JoAnn Falletta brings real vibrancy to these scores.”
- MusicWeb International

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
- Valses nobles et sentimentales / Gaspard de la nuit

Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.572888


“a splendidly characterised La Valse” - BBC Music Magazine

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

Reyes
Naxos 8.573021

“steel-edged, brilliantly articulated fingerwork” - ClassicsToday.com

VASKS, P.: Flute Concerto / Flute Sonata / Aria e danza / Landscape with Birds
M. Faust, S. Arnold, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, P. Gallois
Naxos 8.572634

“colourful, dramatic music” - BBC Music Magazine


See Naxos catalogue

Naxos Blu-ray Audios


MUSSORGSKY, M.P.: Pictures at an Exhibition /
Songs and Dances of Death (arr. P. Breiner) (Blu-Ray Audio)

New Zealand Symphony, Breiner
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0036

“Breiner’s nearly 19-minute orchestration of the Songs and Dances of Death is a godsend” - Audiophile Audition

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Valses nobles et sentimentales / Gaspard de la nuit (Blu-Ray Audio)
Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0034

The second volume on audio-only Blu-ray of Ravel's orchestral works is a winner. - Audiophile Audition



Accentus Music


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 1
Abbado
Accentus Music ACC-30274

“refreshingly smooth and bright” - Pizzicato


See Accentus Music catalogue


Arthaus Musik


MOZART, W.A.: Nozze di Figaro (Le) (1973) (NTSC)
Glyndebourne
Arthaus 102301

“This is Figaro as it ought to be.” - American Record Guide


See Arthaus Musik catalogue


Capriccio


String Quartets - BERG, A. / BARTOK, B. / SCHNITTKE, A. (No. 3)
Signum Quartet
Capriccio C5163



See Capriccio catalogue



Carpe Diem


Keyboard Recital: Vicens, Catalina
- BYRD, W. / BULL, J. / GIBBONS, O.

Parthenia
Carpe Diem CD-16298

“Catalina Vicens plays brilliantly.” - MusicWeb International


See Carpe Diem catalogue



CD Accord


Choral Concert: Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir - WICHROWSKI, J.A. / SWIDER, J. / URBANYI-KRASNODEBSKA, S.
Words Painted with Sounds
CD Accord CDAccordACD169

“superbly sung, relatively easy on the ear but ultimately most enjoyable and satisfying” - MusicWeb International


See CD Accord catalogue



Cedille


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

“I found “Chicago Moves” an extremely enjoyable album; the Gaudete brass shine with a stellar sound, and a wonderful sense of ensemble playing.”
- Audiophile Audition


See Cedille catalogue



Delos


CHOPIN, F.: Mazurkas
Klara Min
Delos DE3443

“Thoughtfulness combines with refinement” - American Record Guide


See Delos catalogue


EuroArts


PUCCINI, G.: Fanciulla del West (La) (2012) (NTSC)
Royal Swedish Opera
EuroArts 2072598

“The singing is glorious and it now goes to the top of the list of available DVD versions of La fanciulla.” - MusicWeb International


See EuroArts catalogue


Grand Piano


CARREÑO, T.: Rêverie - Selected Music for Piano
Oehler
Grand Piano GP660

“[Oehler] always finds a good balance between expressiveness, virtuosity and restraint, so that at the end the motto is: Prima la musica!” - Pizzicato


See Grand Piano catalogue


Oehms Classics


SKROWACZEWSKI, S: 90th Birthday Collection
- The Complete Oehms Classics Recordings (28-CD Box Set)

Skrowaczewcki
Oehms Classics OC090

“performance of great distinction” - ClassicsToday.com


See Oehms Classics catalogue


Ondine


HINDEMITH, P.: Violin Concerto / Symphonic Metamorphosis / Konzertmusik
Midori, North German Radio Symphony, Eschenbach
Ondine ODE1214-2



See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (2012) (NTSC)
Royal Opera House
Opus Arte OA1097D [DVD], OABD7113D [Blu-ray]

“This production of Berlioz’s Les Troyens is powerful in all senses, not least Antonio Pappano’s conducting, which is dramatically hard-driven but not without atmosphere, making the love music luminously sensuous”
- BBC Music Magazine


See Opus Arte catalogue

Solo Musica


DOHNANYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 1 /
DVORAK, A.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / SUK, J.: Elegie

Ensemble Raro
Solo Musica SM187

“Andrej Bielow and his partners play with unique intensity.” - Pizzicato


See Solo Musica catalogue


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