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November 2013

8.572888 RAVEL Orchestral Works Volume 2

'This is very clever programming, not only taking dance and the macabre as its main themes, but also framed by waltzes which end with the same hammered rhythm...a splendidly characterised La Valse, the lusciousness and glitter of the opening dance captured as much as the grisly build-up to its final horrifying climax.'
-BBC Music Magazine, January 2014

'As before the American [Slatkin] shows real empathy with this magical repertoire, and he draws playing of uncommon composure and contagious application from his scrupulously prepared Lyons band...Producer/engineer Tim Handley has struck a most judicious balance and his sound is commendably truthful and wide-ranging.  Wonderful value at Naxos's price.  Bring on the next instalment.'
-Gramophone, January 2014


ODE1220-2 GRAUPNER Orchestral Suites
'The playing of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra is bright and alert and technically of a high standard...It is certainly well worth investigating by those who enjoy Graupner's ingratiatingly appealing music.'
-Early Music Review, December 2013


8.573045 GRIEG Olav Trygvason
'Naxos have done Grieg proud over the years, producing many discs which have considerably extended our knowledge of a composer whose range of expression was wider than is sometimes allowed. This is a valuable addition to that collection.'
-Paul Corfield Godfrey, MusicWeb International


ODE1197-2 ENESCU Symphony No. 3
'What I especially appreciate about this production is the clarity, a crucial virtue in music that can summon some pretty crowded climaxes...fine-tipped detail afforded to Lintu and his Tempere players.  If pressed to choose, they would mark my first port of call.'
-Gramophone, January 2014


8.573159 CHILCOTT The Rose in the Middle of Winter

'A formidable portfolio of Christmas music, much of it gathered on this Naxos collection...Technically Chilcott's music is often more demanding than Rutter's, but that's not a problem for the excellent singers of Commotio, expertly conducted here by Matthew Berry.'
-BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2013

'Before the ice (O Magnum Mysterium) is an out-and-out masterpiece of choral writing - superbly achieved here, as indeed is all the music throughout the CD by the fine choir Commotio under Matthew Berry.'
-IRR, December 2013

‘Naxos does Chilcott proud with an 80-minute collection of his recent festive music sung by Oxford-based choir Commotio…one of a profusion of wonderful young ensembles that makes this country the world’s best for choirs.’
-The Mail on Sunday, David Mellor, December 22, 2013


8.570935 ROSSINI: Complete Overtures, Volume 3
'As it reaches Volume 3, the brilliant Naxos series of complete Rossini Overtures, is increasingly acclaimed and seems now unstoppable in its march towards being not only the finest collection of Rossini overtures available, but actually indispensable to those who love this exhilarating music...Absolutely sparkling.'
-Sunday Herald, Michael Tumelty, October 13, 2013



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