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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


ALBERT, E. d': Aschenputtel (Cinderella) / Seejungfräulein / Overtures
Leipzig MDR Symphony, Märkl
Naxos 8.573110

‘[Kaminskaite's] voice rides the orchestra effortlessly, while her tone remains consistently smooth and lovely throughout its range.’
ClassicsToday.com

CORNELIUS, P.: Lieder (Complete), Vol. 2
Landshamer, M. Schäfer, Begemann, Hausmann, Veit
Naxos 8.572557

‘lyrical, mellifluous voices’ – American Record Guide

DAVID, F.: Lalla Roukh [Opéra-comique]
Fiset, Gonzalez Toro, Paulin, Deletré, Newman, Adelsberger, Opera Lafayette, R. Brown
Naxos 8.660338-39


‘Ryan Brown's orchestra plays with deft and clarity.’ – ConcertoNet.com

GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 7 - Olav Trygvason / Landkjenning / Sigurd Jorsalfar (excerpts)
Malmo Symphony, Engeset
Naxos 8.573045

‘This is a very beautiful recording. From the very opening you know you are in for a treat.’ – American Record Guide

MEYERBEER, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Nesterowicz
Naxos 8.573076

‘bright performances’ – Pizzicato

SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Transcriptions
Tianwa Yang, Hadulla
Naxos 8.572709

‘Tianwa Yang continues to delight us with her magnificent musicianship’
MusicWeb International

SHENG, Bright: Blazing Mirage (The) / The Song and Dance of Tears / Colors of Crimson
Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng
Naxos 8.570610

‘outstanding performances’ – Pizzicato


‘absorbing and readily grasped’ – Allmusic.com

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 - Symphony No. 14
G. James, A. Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573132

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Manuscripts (The)
- Masterpieces and Lost Works, Vol. 1

Bissoli
Naxos 8.573115

‘A fascinating release’ – American Record Guide

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Blu-Ray Audio)
Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0039

‘This is a recording to live with for a long time, and audio fans in particular will have to have it.’ – Audiophile Audition

FLAUBERT, G.: Madame Bovary (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0177

‘Stevenson [reads] with the virtuosity of a quick-change artist, adapting herself to one persona after another: the full-throated functionary, the practiced libertine, the plaintive wife of a country doctor.’
The New York Times


See Naxos catalogue


Arthaus Musik


OFFENBACH, J.: Orphée aux enfers
(La Monnaie - De Munt, 1997) (NTSC)

Arthaus 100403


‘A lively performing ensemble and an effervescent orchestra bring much pleasure’ – Pizzicato


See Arthaus Musik catalogue


BR-Klassik


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 6 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900123

‘These highly desirable performances are amongst the greatest committed to disc.’ – MusicWeb International


See BR-Klassik catalogue


C Major


KLEIBER, Carlos: I am Lost to the World (Documentary)
(Blu-ray, HD)

C Major 715304


‘excellent documentary’ – Audiophile Audition


See C Major catalogue



Dacapo


Chamber Music - GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. (Early and Late: Music from Denmark, Greenland and
the Faroe Islands)

Trio Gáman
Dacapo 6.220640


‘an audiophile treat’ – Audiophile Audition


See Dacapo catalogue


EuroArts


BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013) (NTSC)
Euroarts 2059338 [DVD] / 2059334 [Blu-ray]

‘reveals depths that are at least partially deliberately hidden’
BBC Music Magazine


See EuroArts catalogue


Grand Piano


TÜRK, D.G.: 6 Keyboard Sonatas for Connoisseurs (1789)
Tsalka
Grand Piano GP657

‘Tsalka's performances, with subtle and tasteful ornamentation,
are a special treat’ – MusicWeb International


See Grand Piano catalogue


Oehms Classics


JOLIVET, A.: Chamber music for Oboe and Cor Anglais
Schilli, Karg, C. Bianchi, Postinghel, Klinger, Triendl
Oehms Classics OC875

‘This is a fantastic album. Nearly one hour of music flies by, and when it's finished I feel like listening again.’ – American Record Guide


See Oehms Classics catalogue


Ondine


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: 6 Romances, Op. 62a / Annie Laurie / Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Op. 145a
Finley, Helsinki Philharmonic, T. Sanderling
Ondine ODE1235-2

‘[Sanderling's] conducting, Gerald Finley's warm timbre as well as his technically flawless singing, and the nuanced orchestral playing make this CD one of the best Shostakovich productions in decades.’ – Pizzicato


See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


MINKUS, L.: Don Quixote (Royal Ballet, 2013) (NTSC)
Opus Arte OA1133D [DVD] / OABD7143D [Blu-ray]


‘A triumph for Nuñez and Acosta’ – ConcertoNet.com


See Opus Arte catalogue

Solo Musica


MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 23 /
CHOPIN, F.: Variations, Op. 2 /
SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Concerto, Op. 54

Höhenrieder
Solo Musica SM189

‘It is wonderful that this kind of playing can still be heard: resolutely un-mechanical, instinctively poetic, tonally beautiful.’
American Record Guide


See Solo Musica catalogue


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