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Critics Choice June 2022

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 music and audiovisual albums!

Highly Reviewed Albums of the Month
Naxos 2.110711
Also available on Blu-ray Video
Jakubiak • Tetelman • Workman • Inverardi • Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin • Rizzi • Loy

‘A great achievement. Do watch it.’

‘Jakubiak’s captivatingly nuanced playing, [and] her versatile, richly coloured soprano shines’
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)

‘This is undeniably a work well worth encountering and it could hardly be delivered more convincingly than it is here.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★

‘With this Francesca da Rimini, the Berlin Opera reaches an unattained level of quality.’ ★★★★

‘I have nothing but praise for the cast.’
American Record Guide

Various Artists

‘…A remarkable musical empathy as they trade solos in their emotional, atmospheric compositions’
Songlines ★★★★★

‘Catrin and Seckou create fabulous, heady notes that not only champions their exquisite instruments but blends delicious fragments from the Western classical, celtic, folk and contemporary genres and West African griot and song traditions.’
FolkWales Online Magazine ★★★★★

Audio Releases
Naxos Releases
Shybayeva • Animato String Quartet • Vliegenthart

‘The playing is top notch, and there is often charm and subtlety in the rejigged orchestral parts.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

Ramsl • Schütz • Wallisch

‘What a surprising delight this recording is.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

Beaty • Skoog • Mari Sato • E. Nelson • Shuai Wang

‘Mezzo-soprano Sarah Beaty, violinist Mari Sato and pianist Wang bring these narratives [Declaration (2005)] to vibrant life.’

Rodolfo Leone

‘The Toccata is a wild romp that will keep the listener (and performer) on the edge of the seat. Worth acquiring…’
American Record Guide

Butterfield • McMahon • Wollston

‘As before, Butterfield makes stylish work of capturing Leclair’s famed taste, neatness, sweetness and dance feel. Equally as before, he’s matched at every step by cellist Sarah McMahon and harpsichordist Silas Wollston.’

Spaendonck • Lefèvre • Joulain • Groben • Tharaud • F. Chaplin

‘This truly is one of the nicest sets that I have ever reviewed—enjoy.’
Classical Music Daily

Hinterhuber • Grodd

‘Interpretation is superb.’
The Asahi Shimbun

Goiás Philharmonic • N. Thomson

‘The scherzos offer plenty of rhythmic kinks to keep everyone alert, and the crispness of the orchestra’s response can only provoke admiration.’

J. Kupfer • Amaral

‘Both artists do a splendid job here. There is wonderful variety in these songs, and I was captivated by them.’
American Record Guide

Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Band, Plymouth • Brion

‘An immense achievement from Naxos that took twenty-one years to complete, but boy, was it worth it. Unhesitatingly recommended.’
Classical Music Daily


‘A very enjoyable mix.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

Independent Releases (in alphabetical order)
Gaechinger Cantorey • Rademann

‘Overall, the Magnificat character of the two works is optimally captured.’

Tomáš Víšek

‘This is a real treat’
Dvořák Society Newsletter

Daviet • Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony • Kent Nagano

‘This set is a triumph for all concerned and essential listening for anyone interested in the music of the second half of the last century.’
MusicWeb International

Alarm Will Sound • Pierson

‘I enjoyed every minute of this remarkable immersion in sound.’
American Record Guide

Gülbadamova • Aichhorn • Ionita • Pitrenas

‘A superbly performed selection of Dohnányi works from players entirely immersed in his musical voice, led by a conductor who inspires them all the way.’

‘One of the most sparkling and inspired interpretations of Variations On A Nursery Tune I have heard.’
Pizzicato ★★★★★

Cedille CDR90000-198
Dover Quartet

‘The music-making is simply breathtaking.’
Classical CD Reviews

Royal Danish Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Schønwandt

‘A super-sleek performance, with the orchestra sounding like a composite virtuoso instrument.’
Opera News

Onay • Bilkent Symphony • Serebrier

‘A splendidly feisty performance of Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto… Erkin’s equally fiery Piano Concerto is also well worth discovering.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

Various Artists

‘This remarkable collection amply shows how the growing universe of female compositions, so rich and so symbolic, is essential. An eloquent and exciting demonstration.’

L. Vogt • Orchestre de Chambre de Paris

‘A joyful and thrilling performance that can only be warmly welcomed and recommended.’

‘Vogt uncovers levels of emotional depth untapped in other performances.’ ★★★★

‘Vogt is impressively unfazed and dazzlingly understated.’

Botha • Isokoski • Fally • S. Koch • Vienna State Opera Orchestra • Thielemann

‘Christian Thielemann sharply delineates each of the work’s crazy-quilt strands while weaving them together into an integral whole.’
Opera News

Zachary Carrettín

‘A superb set of beautifully judged performances.’
The WholeNote

Meucci • Meriani • Venga • Parisi • Pellegrino

‘This recording is one of the best compilations of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s chamber music and definitely worth hearing.’
American Record Guide

G. Shaham • South West German Radio Symphony • McGegan

‘Wonderful music on a simply outstanding and beautifully recorded set.’
The WholeNote

Audiovisual Releases
Naxos Releases
Naxos 2.110707
Also available on Blu-ray Video
Benoit • Brunet-Grupposo • Van Mechelen • Degout • Pygmalion Choir and Orchestra • Pichon • Candel

‘The cast is truly exquisite. Each singer etches a strikingly individual portrayal that projects the story with perfect clarity, enhanced by impeccable diction.’
American Record Guide

Independent Releases (in alphabetical order)
C Major 755408
Also available on Blu-ray Video
Hélène Grimaud

‘The artistic level of this collaborative recital is of a very high order.’

Dynamic DYN-37928
Also available on Blu-ray Video
Yoncheva • Sturua • Petean • Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Chorus and Orchestra • Noseda • Andò

‘The artistry with which the piece is tackled…the richness of tone, expressive subtlety and sense of style…is just what is needed.’
BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

Opus Arte OA1334D
Also available on Blu-ray Video
Davidsen • Philip • Tritschler • Forsythe • Neal • Siliņš • Royal Opera Chorus • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Pappano • Kratzer

‘A musically excellent Fidelio married to a thought-provoking, challenging production.’

Adam Sims

‘The story of doomed lovers transcends despair to capture the imagination, thanks to Sims’s energetic and appealing deep voice.’

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