Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 
 
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


BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein)
Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.573061


‘powerfully performed’ - Scotland on Sunday

CORIGLIANO, J.: Conjurer / Vocalise
Glennie, Plitmann, Albany Symphony, Miller
Naxos 8.559757

‘The vocal part is lyrically soothing yet vocally acrobatic’ - Opera News

‘Glennie is her expected phenomenal self, partnered with pinpoint accuracy by the Albany strings under David Alan Miller’ - Fanfare

GLASS, P.: Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra (arr. M. Lortz) / FAIROUZ, M.: Symphony No. 4
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Popiel
Naxos 8.573205

‘This is a seriously fine disc and with Fairouz’s symphony here receiving its world première recording it should be flying off the shelves.’ - MusicWeb International

GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets"
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.573161

 

‘the finest version yet recorded of Glière’s epic Third Symphony, “Il’ya Muromets”’ - ClassicsToday.com

‘highly dramatic and extremely colorful character’ - Pizzicato

MOERAN, E.J.: In the Mountain Country / Rhapsodies / Overture for a Masque
Frith, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573106

‘Falletta brings a vivacity and enthusiasm to these works which is infectious’ - Gramophone

‘excellent performances, colourfully and vividly recorded’ - International Record Review


‘A welcome issue: a well-prepared, nicely played and well-recorded collection of Moeran’s shorter orchestral works’ - Musical Opinion

ROUSSEL, A.: Piano Works, Vol. 1
Armengaud
Naxos 8.573093


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

 

‘sensational performance’ - ClassicsToday.com


‘No previous recording of the 14th Symphony lays greater claim to beauty.’ - Sinfini Music

TROLLOPE, A.: Barchester Towers (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0147

‘David Shaw-Parker’s exemplary reading of Trollope’s masterpiece is like sitting in your club in a comfortable chair after a good meal and listening to one of the particularly good-natured other members tell you a story about some people he knows.’ - AudioFile


See Naxos catalogue


C Major


WAGNER GALA (THE) (NTSC)
Kaufmann, Thielemann
C Major 714908 [DVD] / 715004 [Blu-ray]


‘There is a disarming directness in these performances of Wagner that are faithful to the music but exceedingly affecting—recommended for all, not just Wagnerites. - ConcertoNet.com


See C Major catalogue



Cedille


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4)
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-145

‘This is a Shostakovich cycle for the ages.’ - Fanfare

‘There are many fine Shostakovich quartet cycles available, but none finer than this, and none more intelligently planned and programmed.’ - ClassicsToday.com


See Cedille catalogue



Dacapo


RIISAGER, K.: Symphonic Edition, Vol. 3 - Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 / Sinfonia Concertante / Summer Rhapsody
Aarhus Symphony, Holten
Dacapo 8.226148

‘smashingly performed and recorded’ - ClassicsToday.com


See Dacapo catalogue


Delos


SILVERMAN, T.: Between the Kiss and the Chaos / Axis and Orbits
Silverman, Calder Quartet
Delos DE3439

‘expansive, colorful sound worlds’ - The New York Times


See Delos catalogue


EuroArts


BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (NTSC)
Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013
EuroArts 2059338

‘Demonstrates that what can appear to be a star vehicle responds even more to being taken seriously as music and as drama.’ - MusicWeb International


See EuroArts catalogue


Grand Piano


BOWEN, Y.: 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse
Ortiz
Grand Piano GP637

‘The whole disc is magically and superbly played by Cristina Ortiz, and it is undoubtedly the gleaming jewel in the crown of the present Grand Piano catalogue.’ - David’s Review Corner


See Grand Piano catalogue


Oehms Classics


MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Piano Music
Glemser
Oehms Classics OC430

‘This recital, immensely enjoyable from start to finish, is a winner.’ - MusicWeb International


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

‘Finley inhabits these songs completely and confidently, captivating and sometimes unnerving us with his affinity for the particulars of sound and language’ - ClassicsToday.com


See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Blu-ray, HD)
Royal Opera House, 2012
Opus Arte OABD7113D

‘A total triumph in every respect. Equal to the very best Blu-ray opera issues I have seen.’ - MusicWeb International


See Opus Arte catalogue

Timpani Records


SCHMITT, F.: Petit elfe ferme-l'oeil (Le) / Introit, récit et congé
Lorraine National Orchestra, Mercier
Timpani 1C1212

‘a real find played with plenty of color and finesse’ - ClassicsToday.com


See Timpani Records catalogue


Visit selected websites that review our recordings

See the CD and DVD labels that Naxos distributes

Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

See previous months’ Critics Choices:

May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2011
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009

 


View our special weekly features:
 
View all Features »

 



Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
7:12:12 PM, 6 May 2015
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2015 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-212-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.