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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 CDs and DVDs available! 10/10 Top Rating

VERDI Complete Ballet Music from the Operas
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • José Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19

  The Mail on Sunday

‘It’s to Serebrier’s (and Verdi’s) credit that there isn’t a bar here that fails to entertain, or that doesn’t make an excellent case for believing that this music is of much higher quality than its reputation suggests.’ –

‘Wonderful value, especially when the music is so accomplished, and the conducting so expert.’ – The Mail on Sunday

Classic FM CD of the Week

Tony BANKS SIX Pieces for Orchestra
Charlie Siem, violin • Martin Robertson, alto saxophone
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra • Paul Englishby

Naxos 8.572986

CHOC de Classica

ROUSSEL Le festin de l’araignée • Padmâvatî – Suites
Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Stéphane Denève
Naxos 8.572243

BBC Music Magazine US Choice

GULFSTREAM – American Chamber Music
Naxos 8.559692

‘enhakē is a quartet of clarinet, violin, cello and piano which here gives tight, well-characterised performances of four American works. … With a good recording and helpful notes, a highly recommendable issue.’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘this is playing of the very highest caliber…there is much to discover and enjoy’ – Fanfare

MusicWeb International Recording of the Month

HANSON Complete Symphonies, Vol 1
Symphony No. 1 • The Lament for Beowulf

Seattle Symphony and Chorale • Gerard Schwarz
Naxos 8.559700

‘this disc has increased my store of enchanted objects by one. Indeed, this could be my first Record of the Year 2012, such are the rewards offered here’ – MusicWeb International

Naxos CDs

BRAHMS: Symphony No 3 • Haydn Variations
London Philharmonic Orchestra • Marin Alsop
Naxos 8.557430

‘Discussing Brahms’s Third Symphony is one thing, conducting it is something else. Marin Alsop does both shrewdly, sensitively, perceptively.’ – Gramophone

DEBUSSY Complete Orchestral Works [9-CD Boxed Set]
Orchestre National de Lyon • Jun Märkl
Naxos 8.509002

‘new and undiscovered gems…in one quite comprehensive, reasonably-priced package and with excellent performances’ – Audiophile Audition

GRIEG String Quartets (arr for string orchestra)
NORDHEIM Rendezvous

Oslo Camerata • Stephan Barratt-Due
Naxos 8.572441

‘As far as the Grieg is concerned, having listened to these expanded versions chances are you’ll reach for them instead of the originals the next time you want to hear his quartets.’ – Classical Lost and Found

IRELAND Piano Concerto • Legend • First Rhapsody • A Sea Idyll
John Lenehan, piano
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • John Wilson

Naxos 8.572598

‘an addition to the excellent series Lenehan has been giving us of Ireland’s piano music…another winner from the Naxos stable’ – American Record Guide

‘John Lenehan plays all of this music with consummate artistry and technical skill, and there’s not a single work on this disc that doesn’t give enormous pleasure.’ – Fanfare

KAPUSTIN Eight Concert Etudes • 24 Preludes in Jazz Style
Catherine Gordeladze, piano
Naxos 8.572272

‘superlative in every way, it is a no-brainer for starting with this music’ – American Record Guide

‘Catherine Gordeladze has her own take on these works, and wow does she swing!’ – Fanfare

MALIPIERO Impressioni dal vero • Pause del silenzio
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma • Francesco La Vecchia
Naxos 8.572409

‘This release is for this writer a mandatory Want List choice’ – Fanfare

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Naxos DVD

Naxos 2.110547 [DVD]

‘A Naxos Musical Journey with a difference and which I recommend to every proud Englishman in particular.’ – MusicWeb International

Naxos Audiobooks

Peter WHITFIELD The History of Western Art (unabridged)
Read by Sebastian Comberti
Naxos AudioBooks NA0055

‘This is an audiobook to thrill and for those who love culture, it surely is a must have.’ – Malta News Online

See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue

Accentus Music

J STRAUSS II Waltzes arranged by Schoenberg, Berg & Webern
The Philharmonics
Accentus ACC-10228 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-20228 [DVD]

‘an altogether admirable demonstration of how DVD can combine enlightenment and pleasure to joyous effect’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue

Ars Nova

a bridge of dreams – A Cappella Music from the Pacific Rim
Ars Nova Copenhagen • Paul Hillier
Ars Nova 6.220597 [SACD]

‘this is a delightful release full of worthy music and performances that bring it alive with infectious joy’ – American Record Guide

See Ars Nova catalogue

Arthaus Musik

VERDI La traviata
Oper Graz, 2011
Arthaus 108036 [Blu-ray Video] / 101587 [DVD]

‘the Graz version feels like a return to authentic original instrument practices. An outstanding issue’ – Gramophone

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major


Kronos Quartet
C Major 707108 [DVD]

‘this DVD is a gender-bender, but never ceases to be interesting. The filming is creative and interesting, and the sound is excellent.’ – MusicWeb International

See C Major catalogue


TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No 1, Rococo Variations
Tzimon Barto, piano • Dimitri Maslennikov, cello
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Christoph Eschenbach

Capriccio C5065

‘This is a vital, colorful, warm-hearted interpretation without a hint of routine or ennui about it’ – American Record Guide

See Capriccio catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartets Nos 5-8
MYASKOVSKY String Quartet No 13

Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-127

‘the Pacifica’s ensemble is flawless, and while they can rip you apart with hammer blows…they’re capable of enrapturing you with their timbral beauty as well’ – Fanfare

See Cedille catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

ARENSKY String Quartets Nos 1-2, Piano Quintet
Ying Quartet • Adam Neiman, piano
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92143

‘the Ying Quartet lay out the breadth and sustaining power with elegance and ease’ – Gramophone

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue


A film by Esther Schapira
EuroArts 2058918 [DVD]

‘I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough. This is how an arts documentary should be, all the time.’ – Fanfare

See EuroArts catalogue

ICA Classics

SCHUBERT String Quartets Nos 10 & 12
BRAHMS String Quartet No 2

Borodin Quartet
ICA Classics ICAD5044 [DVD]

‘vital and full of feeling at every moment’ – Fanfare

See ICA Classics catalogue

Idéale Audience

Martha Argerich, piano
Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra • Gábor Takács-Nagy

Ideale Audience 3079564 [Blu-ray Video]

‘Martha Argerich has an uncanny ability to make everything she plays sound special.’ – MusicWeb International

See Idéale Audience catalogue

Newton Classics

CANTELOUBE Chants d’Auvergne (excerpts)
VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No 5

Anna Moffo, soprano
American Symphony Orchestra • Leopold Stokowski

Newton Classics NC8802085

‘this programme—and the execution of it—is wholly delectable and the price is certainly affordable’ – MusicWeb International

See Newton Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

W FITZENHAGEN Cello Concerto No 2
Various Piece for Cello and Piano

Jens Peter Maintz, cello • Paul Rivinius, piano
Münchner Rundfunkorchester • Peter Rundel

Oehms Classics OC702

‘an immaculate sounding CD. Romantics and audiophiles will love it!’ – Classical Lost and Found

See Oehms Classics catalogue


RAUTAVAARA Modificata • Incantations • Towards the Horizon
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra • John Storgårds
Ondine ODE1178-2

‘John Storgårds and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra give exemplary support in the big-boned textures of both concertos but also shine on their own’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

MOZART Die Zauberflöte
La Scala, 2011
Opus Arte OA1066D

‘More moving and enchanting than any other Magic Flute
BBC Music Magazine

See Opus Arte catalogue

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