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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!

Classic FM Editor’s Choice, July 2011

ALWYN Violin Concerto, Miss Julie Suite, Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion
McAslan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lloyd-Jones

“Jun Märkl’s outstanding Debussy series makes every piece sound like one of the most cherishable masterworks in the repertoire.” – Classic FM

Gramophone Editor’s Choice, June 2011

ALWYN Violin Concerto, Miss Julie Suite, Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion
McAslan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Lloyd-Jones

“fine performances from David Lloyd-Jones and eloquent violinist Lorraine McAslan. Music to explore.” – Gramophone

Naxos CDs

BAX Winter Legends, Morning Song, Saga Fragment
Wass, Bournemouth Symphony, Judd

“Another sparkling gem of a release in Ashley Wass’s Bax series for Naxos” – Gramophone

“Naxos have given Chandos a run for their money.” – MusicWeb International
ELGAR The Violin Music
Bisengaliev, Frith, Bisengalieva, West Kazakhstan Philharmonic, Ungrangsee

“A captivating Elgar Violin Concerto is worth the price of the set by itself, and the rest is very fine.” – MusicWeb International
GESUALDO Madrigals, Book 1
Delitiae Musicae, Longhini

“You won’t hear more effectively written musical representations…both written and musical” –
MOZART Divertimento in E flat major
Kraggerud, Tomter, C. Richter

“In music bursting with some of Mozart’s catchiest tunes, there’s never a moment that turns dull or static in this performance” –
RESPIGHI Violin Concerto in A major (compl Di Vittorio)
Marzadori, Chamber Orchesta of New York, Di Vittorio

“A notable release for Respighi enthusiasts.” – MusicWeb International
SAINT-SAËNS String Quartets
Fine Arts Quartet

“Music to change minds: two quartets that show Saint-Saëns’s hidden depths” – Gramophone
SAINT-SAËNS Violin Concertos
Clamagirand, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Gallois

“colorful, thrilling, and richly compelling performances” – Strings Magazine
SARASATE Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol 3
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo

“Tianwa Yang’s best Sarasate yet, which is really saying something. Absolutely fantastic.” – MusicWeb International

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MAHLER Symphony No 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado
ACC-10214 (Blu-ray Video) / ACC-20214 (DVD)

“Abbado’s unparalleled ‘orchestra of soloists’ in Mahler’s valedictory Ninth” – Gramophone

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Arthaus Musik

Carlos Kleiber In rehearsal and Performance
101063 (DVD)

“This DVD should be required viewing for students of conducting and is urgently recommended to everyone else.” – Fanfare

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C Major

Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2008
701708 (DVD)

“This is a major triumph.” – MusicWeb International

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Carpe Diem

Style Fantastique
Le Concert Brisé
CD-16280 (CD)

“a terrific selection of pieces” – Early Music America

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J CORIGLIANO Winging It – Piano Music
Oppens, Lowenthal
CDR90000-123 (CD)

“A disc to treasure.” –

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A KOPPEL String Quartets, Mezzo Saxophone Quintet
Sjælland String Quartet, Koppel
6.220566 (CD)

“I can unreservedly say that this is a first-rate program of eminently listenable, exceptionally well-wrought chamber music...Make this a priority.” –

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Dorian Sono Luminus

JS BACH Motets
The Bach Sinfonia, Abraham
DSL-92119 (CD)

“There is a beautiful uniformity of purpose in this recording...There simply is no down side to anything on the recording, no moments to nitpick about, no choices to regret.” – Early Music America

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MAHLER Symphony No 4, Rückert-Lieder
Kožená, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado
2057988 (DVD)

“A must-have for all Mahlerians.” – MusicWeb International

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ICA Classics

Arthur Rubinstein Live in Zurich, 1966
ICAC5003 (CD)

“one can hardly be sufficiently grateful for the issue of such musical and, above all, human treasure.” - Gramophone

“A treasurable disc, offering lasting virtues, and performances of subtlety, warmth and humanity.” – MusicWeb International

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Idéale Audience

Steve Reich – Phase to Face
A film by Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet
3058128 (DVD)

German Record Critics’ Award – Quarterly Best of New Releases (2nd Quarter of 2011)

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Mørk, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Storgårds
ODE1133-2 (CD)

“Definitely worth getting to know.” –

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN Billy Budd
Glyndebourne, 2010
OA1051D (DVD)

“For my money this is the best opera DVD of the year so far, and quite possibly the best in a considerably greater time period.” – MusicWeb International

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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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