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November 2013

8.573016 Musorgsky orch. Breiner: Pictures at an Exhibition
'Utterly different in feel and texture to Ravel's celebrated orchestration of Pictures, Peter Breiner demonstrates a special empathy with Musorgsky's startling wold of Romantic primitivism.'
- BBC Music Magazine, March 2014


8.559761 ROREM Piano Album I: Six Friends
'Each [piece] is a tiny flake, a melodic gesture of tenderness and gratitude, played with exemplary care by Carolyn Enger.'
- International Piano, March/April 2014

'Comprising two sets of delicate miniatures which are full of sentiment without being unduly sentimental, this is a disc of subtle, almost subversive mellifluousness which pianist Carolyn Enger handles with the perfect balance of knowingness and respect.'
- International Record Review, April 2014


8.573136 BRITTEN Reflections
'The performances from Jones and Annabel Thwaite are exemplary, and the programme is unique.  Admirers of Britten will not want to miss this.'
- IRR, February 2014

'Matthew Jones's performances here, well accompanied by Annabel Thwaite, are sometimes more expansive but have a sure feel for Britten's idiom...Lachrymae, the single mature masterpiece on the disc, is rightly intense.  It is good of Naxos to give us Britten's solo violin and viola repertoire so neatly packaged.'
- Gramophone, February 2014

'There isn't a single dud item here...Jones's playing of both instruments [violin and viola] enthrals.  His viola tone is different from the turbocharged massiveness of many of today's soloists; instead he searches out the instrument's capacity for gentle light and shade and remarkable resonance, culminating in a wonderful interpretation, at once powerful and poignant, of the Dowland-inspired Lachrymae...the recorded sound (Wyaston Hall in Monmouth) is of state-of-the-art naturalness and warmth.' CHAMBER CHOICE *****
- BBC Music Magazine, February 2014


8.573035 MERCEDANTE Sinfonia on Themes from Rossini’s Stabat Mater
'The playing has the requisite dramatic punch and vitality, with the full-blooded Garibaldi of 1871 providing a finale of invigorating nationalist pomp, passion and gusto.'
-Gramophone, March 2014


8.572888 RAVEL Orchestral Works Volume 2
'The present disc provides a fascinating listening is as subtle and delightful as the cover painting suggests.'
- IRR, January 2014

'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 performances by the Finnish Baroque Orchestra are exemplary, the mood benign and unhurried to match the music, and every player of every unusually featured instrument - led by the smooth viola d'amore of Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch - calmly taking their opportunity to make a colourful contribution while remaining firmly part of the team.'
- Gramophone, February 2014

'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
'As in his previous outings, the Norwegian conductor Bjarte Engeset secures committedly live-feeling performances from his Swedish players and choirs...All is clearly and naturally recorded.'
- Gramophone, March 2014

'Vigorous, colourful choral singing and splendid orchestral colour.'
- BBC Music Magazine, March 2014

'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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