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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


BAKER, C.: Glass Bead Game (The) / Awaking the Winds
Shadows / The Mystic Trumpeter

Saint Louis Symphony, Slatkin, Vonk
Naxos 8.559642

The execution of this bold, dramatic, and exceedingly challenging music is flawless, the moments of quiet and delicacy are sublimely poised, and even more to the advantage of the music, all is presented with absolute conviction. - Fanfare

BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / Le corsaire
Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.572886

No matter how many Fantastiques you have in your collection, this is one you should not be without - Fanfare

DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 6 / JANACEK, L.: Idyll
Seattle Symphony, Schwarz
Naxos 8.572698

Janáček’s Idyll is a really beautiful work and an effective showcase for the Seattle strings, who distinguish themselves with a degree of lustre and expressive sweetness - Gramophone

This Dvořák Sixth is wholly personal and worth getting to know.
- ClassicsToday.com

ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.559737

A fine celebration of Ellington by Falletta and the BPO - The Buffalo News

A vital and very generous collection showcasing a concert Ellington who loved his commercial roots yet had more to give and gave it. - MusicWeb International

GRETRY, A.-E.-M.: Magnifique (Le) [Opera]
Gonzalez Toro, Calleo, Krull, Thompson, Sulayman, Williams, Scarlata, Opera Lafayette Orchestra, Brown
Naxos 8.660305

Music reigns here and it is an unadulterated joy - Classica

HAYDN, J.: Piano Trios, Vol. 3 - Nos. 14, 21, 22, 23
Kungsbacka Trio
Naxos 8.572063

the Kungsbacka’s playing continues to demonstrate the highest level of technical achievement and interpretive sensitivity - Fanfare

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos / Violin Sonata in F minor
Tianwa Yang, Descharmes, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois
Naxos 8.572662

A diverse mix of great music, showcasing the best features of Romantic violin repertoire, featuring hummable tunes, orchestral passion, and delicate chamber music. - Classic FM

PENDERECKI, K.: Canticum canticorum Salomonis / Kosmogonia
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.572481

this Canticum Canticorum Salomonis is the most impressive I’ve heard, eclipsing the composer’s own recording on EMI - Fanfare

SCHUMANN, R.: Arrangements for Piano Duet, Vol. 1 - String Quartet No. 3 / Piano Quintet
Eckerle Piano Duo
Naxos 8.572877

a great beginning to a series that I will watch for in the future
- American Record Guide

It’s charming, affectionate stuff. - Fanfare

THUILLE, L.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete)
Rogliano, G. Luisi
Naxos 8.572870

Marco Rogliano and pianist Gianluca Luisi elevate Thuille’s works to something quite memorable - Fanfare

WHITBOURN, J.: Annelies (chamber version)
A. Zukerman, Westminster Williamson Voices, Lincoln Trio, Chandra, J. Jordan
Naxos 8.573070

well-prepared and palpably committed, as befits a premiere recording
- BBC Music Magazine

James Whitbourn has created some music of great beauty, without trespassing into the realm of the cloying - Gramophone

Choral Concert: The King's Singers - SCHUTZ, H. / POULENC, F. / LASSO, O.
Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer
Naxos 8.572987

This release continues the high standards of interpretation expected from The King’s Singers - American Record Guide


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Arthaus Musik


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Tote Stadt (Die) (1983) (NTSC)
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Arthaus 101656

This 1983 performance from German Opera Berlin is as good as it gets. - American Record Guide


See Arthaus Musik catalogue


C Major


VERDI, G.: Giorno di Regno (Un) (2010) (Blu-ray, HD)
Teatro Regio di Parma
C Major 720304 [Blu-ray], 720208 [DVD]

A joy to watch and to hear. An absolute must for all Verdi lovers. - MusicWeb International


See C Major catalogue



Cantaloupe Music


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

Throughout, the musical experience is absorbing, eventful - Gramophone

It’s hard to imagine another ensemble that could handle the vast range of musical ingredients - San Francisco Classical Voice

nothing short of magnificent - San Francisco Chronicle

Convincing and effective performance of music with this much variety and scope by Alarm Will Sound is not only remarkable, but it brings Bermel’s demanding music to the height of its potential. - American Record Guide


See Cantaloupe Music catalogue



Capriccio


HAYDN, J.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Krijgh, Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Traunfellner
Capriccio C5139

these are lyrical and often amusing interpretations - American Record Guide




See Capriccio catalogue



CD Accord


TELLEFSEN, T.D.A.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / FILTSCH, C.: Concert Piece (Chopin's Pupils)
Rutkowski, Polish Radio Symphony, Borowicz
CD Accord CDAccordACD177

This splendid reading by Hubert Rutkowski has a panache and confidence - American Record Guide


See CD Accord catalogue



Cedille


ENGLISH FANCY (AN)
Cedille CDR90000-135

you’re much less likely to find another collection so palpably connected to the music’s social roots - Gramophone

This is a charming selection of pieces, charmingly played, and so very English! - American Record Guide


See Cedille catalogue



Dacapo


OLSEN, P.R.: Symphonic Variations / Piano Concerto, Op. 31 / Au fond de la nuit
Bjorkoe, Odense Symphony, Holten
Dacapo 8.226038

It is obvious that not only are the players committed, more importantly they love this music. And love this music you will too after hearing these performances. - Fanfare


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Grand Piano


GRAINGER, P.: Folk-Inspired Works for Piano Duet and Duo
Weichert, Rave
Grand Piano GP633

extremely well-chosen and well-played program - American Record Guide


See Grand Piano catalogue


ICA Classics


BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Overture (1971) (NTSC)
Solti
ICA Classics ICAD5089

The account of the Third Symphony in particular is quite wonderful, the finest live account to be preserved on disc since Furtwängler’s celebrated 1949 Berlin performance - Gramophone


See ICA Classics catalogue


Newton Classics


SCARLATTI, A.: Sinfonie di concerto grosso
I Solisti di Milano, Ephrikian
Newton Classics NC8802154

It’s hard to imagine any lover of instrumental music not finding lots to enjoy here - ClassicsToday.com


See Newton Classics catalogue


Ondine


MOZART, W.A.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 27, 32 and 35
Tetzlaff, Vogt
Ondine ODE1204-2

 

A delight from beginning to end. - Gramophone

RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers"
Latvian Radio Choir, Klava
Ondine ODE1206-5

There is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic palette of vocal colours throughout, with plenty of sonorous bloom for those celebrated deep bass notes’ - Gramophone


See Ondine catalogue


Tafelmusik Media


MENDELSSOHN, F.: Symphony No. 4, "Italian" / BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Weil
Tafelmusik TMK1019CD

Judging from this one performance alone, Weill’s Beethoven cycle with Tafelmusik, when completed, may very well be “the” Beethoven cycle played by a chamber orchestra using period instruments. - Fanfare


See Tafelmusik Media catalogue

Timpani Records


BORDES, C.: Songs / Piano Works
Marin-Degor, Bou, Duchable
Timpani 1C1196

Charles Bordes is France’s best kept musical secret, though with this album his delights are secret no more. - Fanfare


See Timpani Records catalogue

TwoPianists


BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites
Martens
TwoPianists TP1039275

an imaginative reading of the music, played with skill and musicality - American Record Guide


See TwoPianists catalogue


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