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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!

MusicWeb International Recording of the Month


HANSON Symphonies, Vol. 4
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz

Naxos 8.559703


NEIDHART A Minnesinger and his ‘Vale of Tears’: Songs and Interludes
Ensemble Leones
Marc Lewon

Naxos 8.572449

‘Peerless musicianship.’ – MusicWeb International

SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 3
Tianwa Yang, violin
Markus Hadulla, piano

Naxos 8.570893

‘you’re sure to be charmed’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘An amazing violinist does wonders with Sarasate.’ – MusicWeb International

VERDI Ballet Music from the Operas
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
José Serebrier

Naxos 8.572818-19

‘Two hours of pure, unadulterated pleasure.’ – MusicWeb International

GULFSTREAM: American Chamber Music
enhakē
Naxos 8.559692

‘Four excellent, brief chamber in a sort of tasting menu of delights from the past 75 years.’ – MusicWeb International



Naxos CDs


ALBERT In Concordiam, TreeStone
Ilkka Talvi, violin • Lucy Shelton, soprano • David Gordon, tenor
Seattle Symphony • New York Chamber Symphony
Gerard Schwarz

Naxos 8.559708

‘this would make a very satisfying introduction to Stephen Albert’s music’ – Audiophile Audition

HANDEL Complete Violin Sonatas
Ensemble Vintage Köln
Naxos 8.572245


SOUSA Music for Wind Band, Vol. 9
Royal Norwegian Navy Band
Keith Brion

Naxos 8.559396

‘The music is fun. If you’ve been collecting this series, then keep on!’ – ClassicsToday.com


See Naxos catalogue


Naxos DVD


A MUSICAL JOURNEY – NORWAY
A Musical Tour of Troldhaugen, Bergen and the Norwegian Landscape
Naxos 2.110274

‘A winner for all lovers of Grieg’s music, and his captivating country, alongside spectacular photography.’ – MusicWeb International


Naxos Audiobooks


PROUST Remembrance of Things Past, Vol. 1: Swann’s Way [Unabridged]
Read by Neville Jason
Naxos AudioBooks NA0096

 ‘Jason’s rendition is mesmerizing, elegant and supple.’ – The Washington Post

‘Jason’s reading is assured and full of style and a classic poise which makes him the ideal Proust reader.’ – Malta News Online


See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue


C Major


SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Andris Nelsons
C Major 709908 [DVD] / 710004 [Blu-ray Video]

‘this is the finest version of the Eighth I’ve heard, irrespective of format’ – MusicWeb International


See C Major catalogue



Capriccio


QUARTET MOVEMENTS
Signum Quartett
Capriccio C5064 [CD]

‘The balance of this recording of Quartet Movements challenges the imagination in delightful and surprising ways.’ – American Record Guide


See Capriccio catalogue



Cedille


THE SOVIET EXPERIENCE, VOL. 2
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-130 [CD]

‘The playing is nothing short of phenomenal, bringing new dimensions of interpretative depth and a subtle fusion of intensity and clarity’ – Daily Telegraph (UK)


See Cedille catalogue



Dacapo


LANGGAARD String Quartets, Vol 1
Nightingale String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220575 [SACD]

‘Langgaard has provocative vitality and fragile sensitivity’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘The Nightingale String Quartet extols every such shift and shade on this recording, diving in with a manic giddiness and sensitivity.’ – WQXR (New York)


See Dacapo catalogue


Grand Piano


SCHULHOFF Piano Works, Vol. 1
Caroline Weichert, piano
Grand Piano GP604 [CD]



See Grand Piano catalogue


ICA Classics


RACHMANINOV The Bells / PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky
Soloists and choruses
BBC Symphony Orchestra • Philharmonia Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov

ICA Classics ICAC5069 [CD]

‘crafting a performance of The Bells that was possessed of passion, intensity and radiant glow’ – Daily Telegraph (UK)


See ICA Classics catalogue


Newton Classics


HAYDN Symphonies Nos. 6-8
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner

Newton Classics NC8802006 [CD]

‘this disc became a reference version in this music, and so it remains’ – ClassicsToday.com


See Newton Classics catalogue


Ondine


VASKS Plainscapes
Latvian Radio Choir
Sigvards Kļava

Ondine ODE1194-2 [CD]

‘Vasks has managed to capture a combined sense of melancholy...with an ever-present optimism that infuses the Latvian spirit’ – ClassicsToday.com


See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


VERDI Macbeth
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2011
Opus Arte OA1063D [DVD]

‘An excellent release, altogether, and something that any fan of the opera would enjoy.’ – MusicWeb International


See Opus Arte catalogue

Tafelmusik Media


VIVALDI The Four Seasons
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Jeanne Lamon

Tafelmusik Media TMK1007CD [CD]

‘you couldn’t ask for a more unified and spirited group, who actually manages to play this music as if it were truly fresh and new’ – ClassicsToday.com


See Tafelmusik Media catalogue


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