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May 2010

8.572303 DOHNANYI Variations on a Nursery Song
“The three works on this entertaining disc are linked by the use of variation form…. Dohnanyi has fun.”
-Paul Gent, The Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2010


8.570003 MENDELSSOHN String Quartets · 3
“Such warm, intelligent playing makes this three-volume series one to recommend.”
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 30th May 2010


8.559671 CORIGLIANO The Red Violin
“[Michael Ludwig] has no shortage of the pyrotechnics demanded.”
-Peter Dickinson, Gramophone, September issue 2010


ODE1149-2 RAUTAVAARA Before the Icons
"Rautavaara still divides opinion…. But there’s no doubt about the beauty of the soundworlds he creates.”
-Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine Septemberissue 2010

“Ondine's sound is superb as usual.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone, August issue 2010


8.557667 GUARNIERI Piano Concertos
“Barros delivers shoals of notes with unfaltering brio and a complete command of the idiom, and he is brilliantly partnered and recorded.”
-Bryce Morrison, Gramophone, August issue 2010


8.572112 DVORAK Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
“The bewitching scherzo of the seventh and the lyrical adagio and allegretto grazioso of the eighth stand out in these meticulous live recordings, Alsop drawing some wonderfully sensitive, silky playing from her Baltimore players.”
-Stephen Pritchard, The Observer, 18th July 2010

“Alsop’s account of the extrovert Eighth…shows off the virtues of the Baltimore orchestra well.”
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 21st May 2010

“Marin Alsop brings to this disc of two of Dvorak’s finest symphonies her customary taste and judgement…. Excellent performances.”
-Paul Gent, The Daily Telegraph, 12th June 2010

“Alsop's Baltimore orchestra parades a refined tonal profile that pays its own special dividends…Alsop should please both the eager newcomer…and the seasoned collector. There'll be no disappointment on either score.”
-Rob Cowan, Gramophone, August issue 2010

“This splendidly recorded performance stands very high among available recordings…..with Alsop both infectious and persuasively symphonic.”
-Jan Smaczny, BBC Music Magazine, June 2010

“The cellos' singing tone is ravishing, and the strings and wind are charmingly delicate… On the evidence here, Marin Alsop's Dvorak series will be well worth collecting.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine, July 2010


8.572392 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8
“Petrenko confirms his credentials as perhaps the outstanding Shostakovich interpreter among the younger generation of Russian conductors with this expansive and penetrating account… This is a bargain version to stand beside the best that money can buy and an ideal introduction to one of Shostakovich’s most shattering scores.”
-Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times, 27th June 2010

“This surpasses previous RLPO instalments in the Naxos series… Petrenko obviously has the skill of gearing a complete performance to a climactic point.”
-Unknown, HiFi News, October 2010

“There are the makings of a great interpretation here, and at bargain price the disc is clearly recommendable….excellently recorded.”
-David Fanning, Gramophone, August  issue 2010

“Petrenko’s strategic planning pays off with terrific tension, frightening crescendos and sharply defined emotional moods…The series’ best release so far.”
-Geoff Brown, The Times, 2nd May 2010

“The RLPO’s recording is a valuable modern alternative…[Petrenko] has imbibed the St Petersburg tradition like mother’s milk.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 24th April 2010

"A magnificent, penetrating performance of the Eighth. Instalments in this series are now eagerly anticipated..Petrenko inspires the RLPO to a manner of playing and a level of emotional involvement of extraordinarily potent atmosphere, strength and poignancy...the performance is gripping and has all the hallmarks of a best-seller." CLASSICAL CD OF THE WEEK
-Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph, 8th May 2010

“Indeed, all the solo playing is distinguished…. A fine performance.”
-Richard Lawrence, Classic FM Magazine, July issue 2010

"This is a model of clarity, then, and yet another Petrenko performance to join the greats."
-David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, July issue 2010


8.572316 BLISS Meditations on a Theme by John Blow
"With fine material like this to work with, Bournemouth’s orchestra delivers much excellent playing under Lloyd-Jones.”
-Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, September issue 2010

“Bliss's finest music beautifully played and in superior sound… Recommended.”
-Guy Rickards, Gramophone, August issue 2010

"Naxos's discs devoted to the music of Arthur Bliss have become one of the most valuable features of its catalogue, and David Lloyd-Jones's recordings of the orchestral works with the BSO have been at the heart of that series."
-Andrew Clements, The Guardian, 7th May 2010

"This is certainly a disc that no British music fan should be without."
-Calum MacDonald, BBC Music Magazine, July issue 2010




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