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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

DUSSEK, F.X.: Sinfonias, Altner G4, A3, Bb2, Bb3
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Häkkinen
Naxos 8.572683

TYBERG, M.: Symphony No. 2 / Piano Sonata No. 2
Bidini, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.572822

JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic take charge of the orchestral component, offering a performance of the symphony full of character and conviction -

The performance could hardly be bettered - Gramophone

GHEDINI, G.F.: Architetture / Contrappunti / Marinaresca e baccanale
Rome Symphony, La Vecchia
Naxos 8.573006

the performances are wholly idiomatic and convincing -

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

The perfect, ringing intonation and velvety vocal timbres of Sospiri under Christopher Watson’s assured, versatile leadership go a long way toward making this a very gratifying listening experience. - Opera News

this present release advertises the credentials of Sospiri most impressively - MusicWeb International

CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 3
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, Gallois
Naxos 8.572734

FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Symphony No. 1 / Impressions from the Countryside
Czech National Symphony, Štilec
Naxos 8.572985

BLOCH, E.: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor / Poems of the Sea
London Symphony, Atlas
Naxos 8.573241

Dalia Atlas’ inspired, sensitive and colorful Bloch recordings should find a large audience, so that both works would at the end be better known. They definitely deserve it! - Pizzicato

ROSSINI, G.: Semiramide [Opera]
Penda, Pizzolato, Regazzo, Osborn, Mastroni, Fogliani
Naxos 8.660340-42

high ranking live production from Wildbad Festival - Pizzicato

COPLAND, A.: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salon Mexico / Danzon cubano
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin
Naxos 8.559758

Rodeo, uncut and as grand as it’s ever been played before plus more rarities. - MusicWeb International

MONSIGNY, P.-A.: Roi et le fermier (Le) (The King and the Farmer) [Comic Opera]
Opera Lafayette, Brown
Naxos 8.660322

Opera Lafayette Orchestra and Opera Lafayette Artistic Director Ryan Brown again prove incomparably stylish interpreters of music like that of Le Roi et le fermier. - Voix des Arts

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

Petrenko is in his element. A stunning performance. The RLPO is in inspired form. - MusicWeb International

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Naxos Audiobooks

THACKERAY, W.M.: Vanity Fair (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0120

Sutton produces an entertaining trip through a metaphorical “vanity fair” - AudioFile

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BARTOK, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 3, 5
Euclid Quartet
Artek AR-0060-2

There are a number of fine recordings available, but none that I know of have more of the sense of discovery than these alert, thoroughly alive performances from the Euclid. - Audiophile Audition

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Arthaus Musik

BRAHMS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / JANACEK, L.: Glagolitic Mass (Blu-ray, HD)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jansons
Arthaus 108080

All round these are winning performances. - MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis
Petersen, Kulman, Gura, Finley, Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Harnoncourt
C Major 712704 [Blu-ray], 712608 [DVD]

There are certainly many different valid ways to perform the Missa solemnis, but it’s hard to imagine they will surpass this outstanding version - BBC Music Magazine

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Cantaloupe Music

BURHANS, C.: Magnificat / Amidst Neptune / Iceman Stole the Sun / Super Flumina Babylonis (Evensong)
Cantaloupe Music CA-21094

Evensong is an eclectic and beautiful debut from a composer to keep an ear on. - National Public Radio

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HAYDN, J.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / MYSLIVECEK, J.: Cello Concerto
W. Warner, Camerata Chicago, D. Hall
Cedille CDR90000-142

There’s an elegance and sheer class which makes it good, and then there’s Wendy Warner to make it really good. - MusicWeb International

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Dorian Sono Luminus

McFarlane, Rosenfeld
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92169

The program works beautifully, and both artists play with the same grace, style, and panache to which we have become accustomed. - Audiophile Audition

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Semishkur, Gergiev
EuroArts 2072614 [Blu-ray], 2072618 [DVD]

the Philharmonic—and particularly the Vienna State Opera Chorus—render Stravinsky’s Psalms with biting urgency - Gramophone

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Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 4
Grand Piano GP649

As with the previous three discs Giorgio Koukl is the perfect advocate and it is hard to imagine that his interpretations will be surpassed. - MusicWeb International

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Newton Classics

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphonies (Complete)
London Symphony, Markevitch
Newton Classics NC8802036

another testament to Markevitch’s commanding podium presence -

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Oehms Classics

BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique
Tonskünstler Orchestra, Orozco-Estrada
Oehms Classics OC869

The music is built to a superbly thrilling final climax which leaves one breathless - Gramophone

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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Execution of Stepan Razin (The) / Zoya Suite / Suite on Finnish Themes
Shenyang, Palo, Katajala, Ashkenazy
Ondine ODE1225-2

Bass-baritone Shenyang is a very impressive soloist, comfortable with the language, and he delivers the text of Stepan Razin with a firm tone and total conviction. -

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Other Minds

Piano Recital: Cahill, Sarah - RILEY, T. / MONK, M. / RZEWSKI, F. / GANN, K. / STONE, C.
Other Minds OM1022-2

it goes without saying that this project is as much an accomplishment for 21st century American composers as it is for peace - WQXR (New York)

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