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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!

Delius' A Mass of Life

DELIUS A Mass of Life, Prelude and Idyll
Janice Watson, soprano • Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Kennedy, tenor • Alan Opie, baritone
The Bach Choir
Bournemouth Symphony • David Hill
Naxos 8.572861-62

‘This is a must for any Delius Liebhaber and, with the added bonus of the late Prelude and Idyll, a marvellous starting point for anyone new to Delius’s unique but compelling art.’ – Gramophone

‘In Delius anniversary year it is good to welcome such a stirring and perceptive interpretation of his work.’ – Daily Telegraph (UK)

‘Hill draws some marvellously expressive playing from the BSO, with soloists—chief among them Alan Opie—in magnificent form.’ – The Observer (London)

‘splendid modern sound, a thrilling choir and orchestra, and, in David Hill…a conductor no less devoted to Delius than his more celebrated predecessor’ – The Sunday Times (London)

Naxos CDs

ALWYN Film Music (arr. for wind band)
Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
Clark Rundell
Mark Heron

Naxos 8.572747

‘this is a splendid assortment that includes some of Alwyn’s best work, and it’s given an especially piquant flavor in the expert arrangements for winds by Martin Ellerby’ – American Record Guide

BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra
Baltimore Symphony
Marin Alsop

Naxos 8.572486

‘It’s a memorable and wholly successful effort, excellently engineered to boot.’ –

BEETHOVEN Der glorreiche Augenblick, Choral Fantasia
soloists • Leon McCawley, piano
City of London Choir • Royal Philharmonic
Hilary Davan Wetton

Naxos 8.572783

‘an entertaining piece, so bouncy and jolly, that it’s irresistible in this brilliant performance’ – Sunday Herald

GESUALDO Madrigals Book 4
Delitiæ Musicæ
Marco Longhini

Naxos 8.572137

‘Stylish, convincing, profound and lovely performances. Buy it!’ – MusicWeb International

GÓRECKI Concerto-Cantata, Little Requiem for a Certain Polka, Three Dances
Anna Górecka, piano
Carol Wincenc, flute
Warsaw Philharmonic
Antoni Wit

Naxos 8.572872

HAYDN Piano Trios Nos. 27, 28, 29 and 30
Kungsbacka Piano Trio
Naxos 8.572062

‘in the realm of Haydn trio recordings this release earns a genuine mark of respect’ –

HINDEMITH String Quartets, Vol. 1
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.572163

‘full of good music and certainly worth the serious consideration of chamber music aficionados’ –

PENDERECKI Sinfoniettas, Oboe Capriccio
Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Antoni Wit

Naxos 8.572212

‘No single release of which I am aware captures Penderecki’s stylistic variety as dramatically as this one does.’ – Fanfare

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5, The Year 1941
São Paulo Symphony
Marin Alsop

Naxos 8.573029

‘The Fifth Symphony comes up trumps in a dramatic yet highly polished performance’ – BBC Music Magazine

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J.S. BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier
Christine Schornsheim, harpsichord
Capriccio C7115 [CD]

‘In the international arena of Bach performance, I predict that this release will enjoy immediate and widespread favor.’ – Fanfare

See Capriccio catalogue


Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-130 [CD]

‘the Pacifica players capture the music’s quasi-tragic mood with unflinching honesty and (as in all these performances) impeccable ensemble’ –

See Cedille catalogue


C.F.E. HORNEMAN Orchestral Music
Danish National Symphony
Johannes Gustavsson

Dacapo 6.220564 [SACD]

‘sweeping orchestral scores superbly played and magnificently recorded’ – Fanfare

‘A wealth of discovery, and with performances to match.’ – MusicWeb International

See Dacapo catalogue


WAGNER Parsifal
Staatsoper Berlin, 1992
EuroArts 2066738 [DVD]

‘pretty riveting, due mainly to the commitment of the cast to character and to superb singing and playing.’ –

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN Piano Music, Vol. 1
Giorgio Koukl, piano
Grand Piano GP608 [CD]

‘This is one of those discs that makes me want to shout with delight... A wonderful disc altogether!’ – MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 / ELGAR Symphony No. 1
BBC Symphony
Adrian Boult

ICA Classics ICAC5063 [CD]

See ICA Classics catalogue

Newton Classics

BRITTEN / WALTON / SEIBER Music for Voice & Guitar
Peter Pears, tenor
Julian Bream, guitar

Newton Classics NC8802095 [CD]

‘this disc is not merely recommended, but shoots to the top of my Want List for the year’ – Fanfare

See Newton Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

Valer Barna-Sabadus, countertenor
Hofkapelle München
Michael Hofstetter

Oehms OC830 [CD]

‘This is a superb disc for lovers of the high Baroque and beginnings of bel canto, not to mention countertenor singing.’ –

See Oehms Classics catalogue


BERLIOZ Herminie, Les nuits d’été / RAVEL Shéhérazade
Véronique Gens, soprano
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

Ondine ODE1200-2 [CD]

‘No one today delivers French song with the combination of tonal beauty and verbal nuance [Véronique Gens] does’ – The Guardian

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

Frederick ASHTON Les Patineurs, Divertissement, Scènes de ballet
Royal Ballet
Opus Arte OA1064D [DVD]

‘one of the finest ballet DVDs I’ve ever seen…Very highly recommended to balletomanes.’ – Fanfare

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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