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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 Releases

COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring / Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring / Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.559806

‘This performance of the complete Appalachian Spring is riveting. As Dan says, Bravo, bravo, thrice bravo.’ – MusicWeb International

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DAUGHERTY, M.: Tales of Hemingway / American Gothic / Once Upon A Castle
DAUGHERTY, M.: Tales of Hemingway / American Gothic /
Once Upon A Castle

Bailey, Jacobs, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559798


‘Colourful and characterful works inspired by 20th-century American culture, from Hemingway to Hearst Castle. Vivid performances, particularly by the excellent soloists. ’ – BBC Music Magazine

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FIELD, J.: Piano Concerto No. 7 / Irish Concerto / Piano Sonata No. 4
FIELD, J.: Piano Concerto No. 7 / Irish Concerto / Piano Sonata No. 4
Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Haslam, Mogrelia
Naxos 8.573262


‘Benjamin Frith has done a stellar job in bringing these concertos into the sunlight, brilliantly supported by the Northern Sinfonia under David Haslam.’
Pianist

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ChromaDuo - DEBUSSY, C. / RAVEL, M.: Music for 2 Guitars (Guitar Duo Recital)
ChromaDuo - DEBUSSY, C. / RAVEL, M.: Music for 2 Guitars
(Guitar Duo Recital)

ChromaDuo
Naxos 8.573286

‘Listen to this album to be convinced of the wonderful possibilities that exist from two guitars. Highly recommend.’ – This is Classical Guitar

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LAJTHA, L.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
LAJTHA, L.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
Pécs Symphony Orchestra, Pasquet
Naxos 8.573644

‘The performance by the Pécs Symphony Orchestra under Nicolás Parquet is pretty terrific: sensitive to dynamics, firmly rhythmic, colorful and transparent.’
ClassicsToday.com

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MAYR, G.S. / DONIZETTI, G.: Gran messa di requiem in G Minor
MAYR, G.S. / DONIZETTI, G.: Gran messa di requiem in G Minor
Berner, Holzhauser, Mischok, Mittelhammer, Ruckgaber, Schafer, Sellier, Thoma, Thornhill
Naxos 8.573419-20

‘Naxos’ ongoing series of music by Simon Mayr has been one of the revelations during the last few years, and the Requiem is so far the crowning glory.’
MusicWeb International

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RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573469

‘Giltburg’s artful control of rhythm and dynamics in this punishingly tricky piece [No. 3] brings out convulsive passions, moments of repose and howling winds.’
National Public Radio (#20 in NPR Music’s Top 100 Songs of 2016)

‘Boris Giltburg’s account of the Rachmaninov’s Etudes-tableaux has not strayed far from my player all year long. I hear something new every time I play it.’
Musical Toronto

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RAVEL, M. / FERROUD, P.-O. / IBERT, J. / etc.: L' Éventail de Jeanne / RAVEL, M.: Ma Mère l'Oye
RAVEL, M. / FERROUD, P.-O. / IBERT, J. / etc.: L' Éventail de Jeanne / RAVEL, M.: Ma Mère l'Oye
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Axelrod
Naxos 8.573354

‘This disc is a joy. Don’t overlook it.’ – ClassicsToday.com

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RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Schwarz
Naxos 8.573581

‘Two of Rimsky’s symphonies, both long overshadowed by the ever popular Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol and the Russian Easter Festival Overture, receive expert performances here. ’ – MusicWeb International

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ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
Anderzhanov, Cantó, Cardoso, Chuprinova, D'Agosto, Giordano, Marianelli, Mchedlishvili, Mihai, Mironov, Myshketa, Osterc, Palazzi, Pizzolato, Praticò, Sargsyan, Simone, Watanabe, Poznań, Camerata Bach Choir,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Naxos 8.660382-84

‘Recorded live during the 26th Bad Wildbad Festival this perforamnce fizzes with vitality.’ – MusicWeb International

‘Antonino Fogliani draws a spirited, stylistically astute performance from his players, and the concluding ensemble ends the opera on a note of notable exhilaration.’ – Opera News

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BACEWICZ, G. / TANSMAN, A. / SPISAK, M. / PANUFNIK, A.: Polish Violin Concertos
BACEWICZ, G. / TANSMAN, A. / SPISAK, M. /
PANUFNIK, A.: Polish Violin Concertos

Plawner, Berlin Chamber Symphony Ensemble, Bruns
Naxos 8.573496


‘Buy it for the colourful, lyrical, smart Bacewicz, and then explore expansive Panufnik, neo-classical Spisak and neo-Baroque Tansman.’
BBC Music Magazine

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WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
Goerne, DeYoung, Skelton, Melton, P. Lang, Struckmann,
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden

Naxos 8.660394-97

‘Jaap van Zweden draws airy, luminescent sounds from his players.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The word I’d have to use for this performance—if I were allowed only one—would be, “beautiful”.’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘Jaap van Zweden has the breadth and depth of a true Wagnerian, and the cast is a fine one, with Stuart Skelton’s superb Siegmund, a thoughtfully nuanced Wotan from Matthias Goerne, and Petra Lang’s increasingly involving Brünnhilde.’ – The Guardian (Andrew Clements’ top 10 classical CDs of 2016)

‘These are strong voices well trained in Wagner’s notoriously demanding music, and the performance as a whole is convincing. ’ – AllMusic.com

‘Wagner’s Die Walküre continues Naxos’s Ring cycle under Jaap van Zweden and is even better than the preceding Das Rheingold’ – Opera Now

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WIENIAWSKI, J.: Violin and Piano Music
WIENIAWSKI, J.: Violin and Piano Music
L. and M. Migdal
Naxos 8.573404

‘Some very attractive music from an accomplished composer, and impeccably performed by a father-and-daughter duo.’ – MusicWeb International

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Accentus Music

SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 4
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture /
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 4

Capuçon, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Liebreich
Accentus Music ACC-30388

‘Terrific and electrifying.’ – Pizzicato

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Arthaus Musik

ELEGANCE - MANEN, Hans van: 6 Ballets (Blu-ray)
ELEGANCE - MANEN, Hans van: 6 Ballets (Blu-ray)
Kupferberg, Lemaitre, Martin, Mazliah, Het National Ballet,
Netherlands Dance Theatre

Arthaus Musik 109283


‘This is an excellent overview of Hans van Manen’s choreographic work, showing very well the elegance of his expression. ’ – Pizzicato

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BR-Klassik

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Nézet-Séguin
BR-Klassik 900143

‘Everything about this release is outstanding. The Bavarian orchestra offers playing of finesse, vitality and great virtuosity while Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s conducting is perceptive and fresh.’ – MusicWeb International

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C Major

HANDEL, G.F.: Admeto (Göttingen Handel Festival, 2009)
HANDEL, G.F.: Admeto (Göttingen Handel Festival, 2009)
Arnet, Bates, Berger, Blaise, Endo, Friedrich, Mead, Radley
C Major 750608

‘This production is quite lovely visually and musically responsible and refreshing.’ – Opera News

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Capriccio

D'Aguanno, Emanuele - BELLINI, V. / DONIZETTI, G. / ROSSINI, G.: Vocal Recital
D'Aguanno, Emanuele - BELLINI, V. / DONIZETTI, G. /
ROSSINI, G.: Vocal Recital

D'Aguanno, Spencer
Capriccio C3005

‘On the basis of these fine performances, [D’Aguanno] is a singer whose name should become more and more familiar. I found his singing thoroughly wonderful and didn’t want to stop listening.’ – American Record Guide

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CD Accord

Szymczewska, Agata - ZALEWSKI, I. / MAJKUSIAK, M. / MARKOWICZ, M. / NOWAK, A.: Modern Soul (Violin Recital)
Szymczewska, Agata - ZALEWSKI, I. / MAJKUSIAK, M. /
MARKOWICZ, M. / NOWAK, A.: Modern Soul (Violin Recital)

Bracha, Frackiewicz, Kuropaczewski, Skrobiński, Szymczewska
CD Accord CDAccordACD223

‘Impressive new Polish violin sonatas of moderate modern style, brilliantly performed by young Polish musicians. ’ – Pizzicato

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Cedille

MOZART, W.A.: String Quartets Nos. 22 and 23 / String Quintet No. 2 (Tribute)
MOZART, W.A.: String Quartets Nos. 22 and 23 /
String Quintet No. 2 (Tribute)

Tree, Dover Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-167


‘This is a smart debut from a quartet that has a brilliant future ahead of it’
Audiophile Audition

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Dacapo

ROUSE, C.: Odna Zhizn / Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 / Prospero's Rooms
ROUSE, C.: Odna Zhizn / Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 / Prospero's Rooms
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Gilbert
Dacapo 8.226110

‘Rivalling the eloquence of Thomas Dausgaard’s superb Seattle account of Mahler’s ‘Tenth’ (A/16), Alan Gilbert’s New York Philharmonic collection of recent Christopher Rouse projects the differently anguished emotions of our own time. ’

‘Excellent performances by the NYPO, in the sure highlight of their association with Dacapo.’ – Gramophone

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Delos

Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PROKOFIEV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I / RUBINSTEIN, A.: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (Vocal Recital)
Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PROKOFIEV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I / RUBINSTEIN, A.: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (Vocal Recital)
Grigorian, Guzhov, Hvorostovsky, Morozov, Shishkova, Volkov,
Helikon Opera Chorus, Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian

Delos DE3517

‘Hvorostovsky here returns to his Russian roots with equally impressive results.’
MusicWeb International

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DSO Live

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 7
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, van Zweden
DSO Live DSOLive001

‘The musicianship is electric’ – The New York Times

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Dynamic

ROSSINI, G.: L' Inganno felice (Rossini in Wildbad, 2015)
ROSSINI, G.: L' Inganno felice (Rossini in Wildbad, 2015)
Anderzhanov, Bracci, Dalla Benetta, Dionis, Regazzo, Sargsyan,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Dynamic DYN-37760

‘Just watching [Lorenzo Regazzo’s] performance is a treat; it’s the work of a real theatrical artist.’ – American Record Guide

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Grand Piano

LOURIÉ, A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
LOURIÉ, A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP737

‘An exciting composer, exciting repertoire, marvellously performed. ’
www.klassik.com

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ICA Classics

ELGAR, E.: The Dream of Gerontius
ELGAR, E.: The Dream of Gerontius
Baker, Pears, Shirley-Quirk, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Boult
ICA Classics ICAD5140

‘John Shirley-Quirk is marvellous in both his roles, and Janet Baker, inhabiting the Angel as only she could, is in a league of her own.’ – Gramophone


‘Boult draws a splendidly alert response from his massed LPO forces, his conception marvellously unforced, noble and purposeful’ – Classicalsource.com

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OehmsClassics

BRAUNFELS, W.: Orchestral Songs, Vol. 2
BRAUNFELS, W.: Orchestral Songs, Vol. 2
Kühmeier, Merbeth, Nylund, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Albrecht
OehmsClassics OC1847

‘This wonderful, tightly constructed song cycle is a miniature masterpiece.’
Opera Today

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Ondine

BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Violin Sonata, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 /
Violin Sonata, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo

Tetzlaff, Vogt
Ondine ODE1284-2

‘Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt convey a sense of wide-eyed discovery, ardent conviction and warm affection in Brahms’s violin sonatas that’s not only immensely satisfying but unexpectedly moving as well.’ – Gramophone

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Opus Arte

BOURNONVILLE, A.: Napoli [Ballet] (Royal Danish Ballet, 2014)
BOURNONVILLE, A.: Napoli [Ballet] (Royal Danish Ballet, 2014)
Berggreen, Bodtcher, Buza, Hesselkilde, Jeppesen, Lendorf, Lo Sardo, Massot, Mora, Nadal, Royal Danish Ballet and Orchestra, Bond
Opus Arte OA1195D

‘Superbly performed, it’s irresistible foot-tapping fun. ’ – MusicWeb International

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Solo Musica

MOZART, W.A.: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (arr. for wind ensemble)
MOZART, W.A.: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (arr. for wind ensemble)
La Scintilla dei Fiati
Solo Musica SM244


‘The Swiss Ensemble La Scintilla dei Fiati gives a vivid and scintillating account of the music.’ – Pizzicato

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Sono Luminus

Downes, Lara - GOULD, M. / HARRISON, L. / BEACH, A. / BLOCH, E. / GERSHWIN, G. / BERNSTEIN, L. / BERLIN, I.: America Again (Piano Recital)
Downes, Lara - GOULD, M. / HARRISON, L. / BEACH, A. / BLOCH, E. / GERSHWIN, G. / BERNSTEIN, L. / BERLIN, I.: America Again
(Piano Recital)

Lara Downes
Sono Luminus DSL-92207

‘Beautifully played and superbly recorded, the programme celebrates everything that’s good about America; this seems especially important at such a tumultuous time.’ – MusicWeb International

‘Truly cutting-edge program.’ – AllMusic.com

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SWR Classic

STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird / Apollon musagète (Les Ballets Russes, Vol. 10)
STRAVINSKY, I.: Firebird / Apollon musagète
(Les Ballets Russes, Vol. 10)

South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Korsten, Peskó
SWR Classic SWR19020CD

‘The wonderful SWR Orchestra under the baton of two inspired conductors deliver remarkable, colourful and warm accounts of these two masterworks.’
Pizzicato

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