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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


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 8 - Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad"
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573057

   

“Fresh, beautifully phrased and vividly recorded Petrenko’s Symphony No 7 clamours to be heard.” - BBC Music Magazine

“Petrenko will keep you riveted from first note to last” - International Record Review

“Petrenko and the RLPO’s recording of Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony stands apart as a treasurable, terrific affirmation of a towering masterpiece” - Sinfini Music

“This is a big-boned, satisfying blast of a performance.” - The Arts Desk

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 3, "War" and 4, "Victory"
Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky
Naxos 8.573151

“These performances are even better than the first release in this ongoing cycle.” - ClassicsToday.com

RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Dances
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573051

“these performances are solid winners that will reward repeated listening”
- ClassicsToday.com

PENDERECKI, K.: Sinfonietta Nos. 1 and 2 / Capriccio / 3 Pieces in Old Style / Serenade
Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.572212

PENDERECKI, K.: Fonogrammi / Horn Concerto / Partita / The Awakening of Jacob / Anaklasis / De natura sonoris No. 1
Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit
Naxos 8.572482

PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, "Resurrection" / Flute Concerto
B. Douglas, Dlugosz, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit
Naxos 8.572696

“Wit and the WPO combine to produce a series of outstanding performances, technically and expressively comparable to, sometimes even surpassing, those of Penderecki” - MusicWeb International

MAYR, J.S.: Innalzamento al trono del giovane re Gioas [Oratorio]
Brown, Frey, Sellier, Burkhart, Simon Mayr Choir and Ensemble, Hauk
Naxos 8.572710-11

“Andrea Lauren Brown is brilliant and expressive in the fiery role of Sebia”
- Opera News

MOERAN, E.J.: Cello Concerto / Serenade / Lonely Waters / Whythorne's Shadow
Johnston, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573034

“Guy Johnston responds with heaps of poetry and selfless dedication” - Gramophone

Choral Music - The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages
Sospiri, C. Watson
Naxos 8.573078

“The intensity and beauty never falter when interpreted by this exceptional group of singers under Christopher Watson and the two outstanding soloists.” - Choir & Organ

Choral Concert: Choir of St. John's, Elora - TAVENER, J. / STAINER, J. POULENC, F. / STANFORD, C.V.
Psalms and Motets for Reflection
Naxos 8.572540

“This is an exceptional and very handy collection of international choral motets and psalms.” - Classical Net


See Naxos catalogue


Naxos Audiobooks


THACKERAY, W.M.: Barry Lyndon (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0121

“British voice artist Jonathan Keeble brings this amusing tale to life with his rich and wonderfully faceted voice.” - Library Journal


See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue


Arthaus Musik


BRITTEN, B.: Owen Wingrave (Studio Production, 2001) (NTSC)
Arthaus 100373

“this new effort is strong in virtually every role and production aspect, and is the only video disc of the work available, thus making it a most desirable acquisition for fans of Britten and 20th-century opera” - Classical Net


See Arthaus Musik catalogue


C Major


VERDI, G.: Rigoletto (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2008)
C Major 723208 [DVD], 723304 [Blu-ray]


See C Major catalogue



Cantaloupe Music


BERMEL, D.: Canzonas Americanas
Alarm Will Sound, Pierson
Cantaloupe Music CA-21088

“Pierson and AWS turn in performances that throb with crisp intensity when called for, while also displaying sensitivity to the many timbral colors that make Bermel’s music pulse, zing, and shimmer.” - NewMusicBox


See Cantaloupe Music catalogue



Cedille


VIOLIN LULLABIES
Cedille CDR90000-139

“Pine makes a completely absorbing, thoroughly entertaining program out of these 25 short works…and she very tastefully adds virtuoso touches” - ClassicsToday.com


See Cedille catalogue



Dacapo


HOLMBOE, V.: Chamber Music, Vol. 1 - Primavera / Gioco / Flute Sonata / Ballata / Quartet
Ensemble MidtVest
Dacapo 8.226073

“The Ensembl MidtVest play with polished delicacy but genuine relish, handling with apparent ease more than a few challenges while making the most of DaCapo’s impeccable sound.” - MusicWeb International


See Dacapo catalogue


Delos


CHOPIN, F.: Mazurkas
Klara Min
Delos DE3443

“Min’s approach is immacuately detailed. Her technically brilliant playing, superb control of dynamics and intuitive musicianship are to the fore in these wonderful, sensitive and polished performances. - Classic FM


See Delos catalogue


Grand Piano


SCHMITT, F.: Piano Duet and Duo Works (Complete), Vol. 1
Invencia Piano Duo
Grand Piano GP621

“They [Invencia] play together with impeccable timing and elegance, not to mention considerable virtuosity, as this recital demonstrates.
- MusicWeb International


See Grand Piano catalogue


Oehms Classics


WAGNER, R.: Overtures (arr. for organ) (Organ Fireworks)
H. Albrecht
Oehms Classics OC690

“Albrecht’s playing, vibrant and nuanced, captures the music’s epic grandeur. - BBC Music Magazine


See Oehms Classics catalogue


Opus Arte


JANACEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Glyndebourne, 2012) (NTSC)
Opus Arte OA1101D


See Opus Arte catalogue

Solo Musica


WILLIAMS, J.: Escapades / NYMAN, M.: Where the Bee Dances / ESHPAI, A.: Saxophone Concerto
Schulte-Bunert, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Forster
Solo Musica SM186

“Four great classical concerti for saxophone(s) and orchestra
- Audiophile Audition


See Solo Musica catalogue

Yarlung Records


Vocal Recital: Cooke, Sasha - ADAMS, J. / CHAUSSON, E. / HANDEL, G.F. / MAHLER, G. (If You Love for Beauty)
Yarlung Records YAR14148

“A rising star in great repertory with fantastic sound. Need convincing?
- Audiophile Audition


See Yarlung Records catalogue


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