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February 2011

8.572579 English Music for Viola
“With Michael Hampton the sensitive accompanist, Matthew Jones gives consistently fine performances, beautifully recorded”
- Gramophone Magazine, May 2011


8.572430-31 SCHUMANN Scenes from Goethe’s Faust
“Wit sets the pace with a wonderfully idiomatic overture and continues with a performance of character and intensity, illuminated by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. Jaakko Kortekangas makes a noble Faust, Andrew Gangestad a gritty Mephistopheles and Christine Libor a sympathetic Gretchen.
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 9th April 2011

“…the best of the soloists, baritone Jaakko Kortekangas’s Faust and Andrew Gangestads’s Mephistopheles, are first class. Above all, Antoni Wit is a profoundly idiomatic Schumann conductor, presenting his credentials in a superb account of the overture, and bringing the same dramatic sweep to all the choral numbers that follow.”
-The Guardian, 18th February 2011

“You may not know these soloists or be vaguely aware of Antoni Wit… but the quality and musical intelligence of all concernes with this studio album generally match, and often exceed, what more famous names have brought to Schumann’s Faust on record… Characterful solo performances, formidable choral singing and refined orchestral playing help make this Faust an unbeatable bargain. The deal is sealed by excellent recorded sound and an (essential) online libretto and English translation.”
-Andrew Stewart, Classic FM Magazine

“Antoni Wit’s new version concedes little or nothing to Harnoncourt… and improves on his interpretation wuith less mannered, more natural pacing. The soloists are also fine, especially Jaako Kortekangas’s faust, reminiscent of Fischer-DIeskau but silkier, and Andrew Gangestad’s Mephistopheles.”
-Michael Scott Rohan, BBC Music Magazine, March 2011


8.572568 DEBUSSY Orchestral Works Vol.5
‘…performed with the sensitivity, warmth of character, fluency and discerning treatment of instrumental timbre that have been the hallmarks of the Lyon orchestra’s playing and Jun Märkl’s conducting on all four of their previous Debussy discs’.
-Geoffrey Norris, Gramophone Magazine, July 2011

“Märkl’s revelatory Debussy series is up there with Müller-Brühl’s Bach as one of the most iridescent musical jewels in Naxos’s crown. These treasurable pieces have never sounded finer on disc.”
-Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine, April 2011

“André Caplet’s [orchestration] of Une boîte à joujoux, building on the three-and-a-half minutes of Debussy’s own, doesn’t miss a trick in this delightful work, which teases us with the thought of the operetta Debussy never wrote… Jun Märkl conducts with spirit and finesse”
-Roger Nichols, BBC Music Magazine, March 2011


8.572555 RUBBRA String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 4
“These performances are as expected from the Maggini Quartet: firm-toned but never too severe, balanced to near-perfection.”
-Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine, June 2011

“This disc marks yet another superb contribution to the Magginis’ survey of British string quartets”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“The booklet note calls the music “quietly optimistic”, but I hear a bleakness and desolation in the superb lento of the first quartet that recalls Shostakovich’ the fugal scurryings of the fourth have a note of desperation. This is surely music that will grow in stature, especially through these committed performances.”
-The Observer, 20th February 2011

“Naxos’s English music series has time and again revealed unexpected treasure in the chamber music of the mid-20th century composers. The quartets of Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) are rich in melody and exquisitivly wrought; the music is structured in a way that yields a satisfying emotional and intellectual journey… The Magginis clearly love this music, playing it with the understanding and finesse it deserves.”
-Andrew Clark, Financial Times, 29th January 2011


8.572504 Great British Anthems
“The Vasari Singers under their founder, Jeremy Backhouse, here demonstrate their versatility in a wide-ranging collection of anthems designed for Anglican worship. Though Backhouse has female sopranos and altos instead of the traditional boys’ voice, their timbre is always fresh and bright, and apt for this music.”
-Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Magazine, April 2011


ODE 1168-2 CAMILLA NYLUND Transfiguration
“When it’s firing on all cylinders – as in the 20-minute chunck of Salome – this disc is thrilling indeed”
-Andrew Mellor, Classic FM Magazine, May 2011

“…any opera lover will enjoy this.”
-Michael Tanner, BBC Music Magazine, April 2011



8.572570 BRYARS Three Works
“You need patience with Bryars’s music: it richly rewards that quality when performances of it are as sympathetic as these ones.”
-Malcolm Hayes, Classic FM Magazine, May 2011

“The concerto reveals hidden depths with each listening… Ralph van Raat’s plating combines powerful projection with a neo-Romantic sensibility, focusing on important details while rarely losing sight of the music’s dynamic swell and sweep.”
-Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone Magazine, May 2011

“Van Raat is a passionate, skilled advocate”
-Stephen Pettitt, The Sunday Times, 13th March 2011



8.570831-32 BIZET Complete Piano Music
“She [Julia Severus] just lets the music speak for itself with a minimum of interpretive fuss. Very fine.”
-The Guardian, 11th March 2011



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