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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!

Naxos Releases


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 21, 32
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 21, 32
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573400


‘[Boris Giltburg] is a musical and thoughtful player, and his account of Beethoven’s last sonata, Op.111, in particular is highly accomplished, the opening movement delivered with all the drama and intensity it calls for, and the valedictory variation fínale conveying an air of luminous warmth. ’
BBC Music Magazine

BROUWER, L.: Music for 2 Guitars
BROUWER, L.: Music for 2 Guitars
Brasil Guitar Duo
Naxos 8.573336

‘The Brasil Guitar Duo offers vivacious, sensitive, clear, carefully balanced, and splendidly engineered performances that are technically impeccable and stylistically right on the money.’ – ClassicsToday.com

GENERALI, P.: Adelina [Melodramma sentimentale]
GENERALI, P.: Adelina [Melodramma sentimentale]
Bijelić, Nani, Muñoz, Ramos, Beltrami, Rabec, Virtuosi Brunensis, Rigon
Naxos 8.660372-73


‘In the title role, the Serbian soprano Dusica Bijelic… gives life to her character. Gustavo Quaresma Ramos agilely leads with his beautiful light tenore di grazia voice. The two baritones are excellent. The precise and dynamic conducting of Giovanni Battista Rigon contributes to the success of this discovered discography.’ – Classica

Harpsichord Recital: Lewis, Christopher D. - POULENC, F. / FRANÇAIX, J. / MARTINU, B. / DUREY, L. (20th Century Harpsichord Music)
Harpsichord Recital: Lewis, Christopher D. - POULENC, F. /
FRANÇAIX, J. / MARTINU, B. / DUREY, L.
(20th Century Harpsichord Music)

Christopher D. Lewis
Naxos 8.573364

‘[Lewis] plays brilliantly, bringing out the color and humor of the music. His enthusiasm is infectious, and this album is the only place to get some of this delightful music.’ – American Record Guide

LISZT, F.: Opera Transcriptions (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 41)
LISZT, F.: Opera Transcriptions (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 41)
Han Chen
Naxos 8.573415

‘Han Chen is impressively commanding and authoritative.’ – Gramophone

MAYR, J.S.: Saffo [Opera]
MAYR, J.S.: Saffo [Opera]
Brown, Schäfer, Jaewon Yun, Papenmeyer, Ruckgaber, Preis,
Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus,
Concerto de Bassus, Hauk

Naxos 8.660367-68

‘Franz Hauk, who has done so much for Mayr and is surely the greatest living authority on the composer, conducts with authority and panache.’
MusicWeb International

‘No praise can be too high for the point and relish of the playing of Concerto de Bassus’ – Gramophone

McCABE, J.: Piano Music - Variations, Op. 22 / Studies No. 3, 4 and 6 / 5 Bagatelles / Haydn Variations
McCABE, J.: Piano Music - Variations, Op. 22 /
Studies No. 3, 4 and 6 / 5 Bagatelles / Haydn Variations

John McCabe
Naxos 8.571367


‘This British composer-pianist was both admired and promoted by John Ogdon, and here we see why: his music was intriguing, intricately-woven and, though largely atonal, easy on the ear.’ – BBC Music Magazine

MILÁN, L.: El maestro, Libro 1
MILÁN, L.: El maestro, Libro 1
José Antonio Escobar
Naxos 8.573305

‘Escobar plays with a full and varied sound, technical fluency, and grace. This is a recording most valuable for reference.’ – American Record Guide

MOERAN, E.J.: Folksong Arrangements
MOERAN, E.J.: Folksong Arrangements
Thompson, Farnsworth, Talbot, Weybridge Male Voice Choir
Naxos 8.571359


‘The performances here are wonderfully convincing and individual and the singing and playing are of a very high standard indeed. ’ – Musical Opinion

RAVEL, M.: Heure espagnole (L') [Opera] / Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
RAVEL, M.: Heure espagnole (L') [Opera] / Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Lombardo, Druet, Antoun, Barrard, Courjal, Le Roux,
Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin

Naxos 8.660337

‘Leonard Slatkin is an exceptionally versatile conductor’ – Allmusic.com


‘All five singers handle the quintet music, and indeed the entire opera, with bounce and flair and just the right amount of piquancy—further credit to Slatkin’s exceptional way with Ravel. ’ – Infodad.com

SCHMITT, F.: Antoine et Cléopâtre Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Le Palais Hanté
SCHMITT, F.: Antoine et Cléopâtre Suites Nos. 1 and 2 /
Le Palais Hanté

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573521


‘45 minutes of fascinating music: exquisitely fashioned and appealingly varied in mood’ – Classical Music

SIBELIUS, J.: Scaramouche [Ballet]
SIBELIUS, J.: Scaramouche [Ballet]
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573511


‘The whole enterprise is further affirmation of Naxos’s desire to bring forth ambitious full scores of Sibelius’s often magical music for the theatre in this well-crafted series from Turku’ – Musical Opinion

WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera]
Goerne, DeYoung, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden
Naxos 8.660374-75

‘Matthias Goerne is a revelation. [He] upholds the great tradition of Wagner singing.’ – Opera News

GODOWSKY, L.: Piano Music, Vol. 13 - 6 Pieces for the Left Hand Alone / Transcriptions
GODOWSKY, L.: Piano Music, Vol. 13
6 Pieces for the Left Hand Alone / Transcriptions

Konstantin Scherbakov
Marco Polo 8.225367


‘I’ll make this short: get this disc! This is one of the most amazing series of recorded piano music ever to come my way. ’ – Pianist


See Naxos catalogue


ArcoDiva


ULLMANN, V.: Lieder (Schwer ist's, das Schöne zu lassen - Težké je opustit tu krásu)
ULLMANN, V.: Lieder (Schwer ist's, das Schöne zu lassen - Težké je opustit tu krásu)
Troupová-Wilke, Dušek
ArcoDiva UP0176-2

‘Irena Troupová is a gratifyingly clear exponent of these challenging, grippingly individual songs.’ – Opera News


See ArcoDiva catalogue



Arthaus Musik


LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES - JANÁCEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Châtelet, 1995) (Blu-ray)
LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES - JANÁCEK, L.: Cunning Little Vixen (The) (Châtelet, 1995) (Blu-ray)
Allen, Jenis, Minutillo, Márová, Kusnjer, Hajna, Novák, Marlière, Connolly, Bonnafous, Françoise, Paris Maîtrise Children’s Choir,
Châtelet Theatre Chorus, Orchestre de Paris, Mackerras, Hytner

Arthaus Musik 109207

‘Musically excellent, with a first rate cast as well as a fine and sensitive staging, this production from 1995 has not been equalled. ’ – Pizzicato


See Arthaus Musik catalogue



Basel Symphony Orchestra


STRAVINSKY, I: Firebird (original orchestral version and arr. for 2 pianos)
STRAVINSKY, I: Firebird (original orchestral version and arr. for 2 pianos)
Sinfonieorchester Basel, D.R. Davies, Maki Namekawa
Basel Symphony Orchestra SOB10


‘Caring for details, colours and transparency, Dennis Russell Davies convinces with one atmospherically and dramatically exciting version of Stravinsky’s Firebird.’ – Pizzicato


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BR-Klassik


HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah
HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah
Doyle, Zazzo, Davislim, N. Davies, B'Rock Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Dijkstra
BR-Klassik 900510


‘Soprano Julia Doyle sings with sweetness and candour, decorating ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth’ vivaciously. ’ – BBC Music Magazine


See BR-Klassik catalogue



Capriccio


MANKELL, H.: Piano Concerto / NYSTROEM, G.: Concerto Ricercante
MANKELL, H.: Piano Concerto / NYSTROEM, G.: Concerto Ricercante
Christensson, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Paternostro
Capriccio C5240


‘Anna Christensson captivates in the Grieg-influenced Mankell and captures Nystroem’s quick-fire stylistic chameleonisms with alacrity. ’
BBC Music Magazine


See Capriccio catalogue



Cedille


GARROP, S.: Orchestral Music (Mythology Symphony)
GARROP, S.: Orchestral Music (Mythology Symphony)
Chicago College of Performing Arts Chamber and Symphony, Parra, Thakar
Cedille CDR90000-160

‘The music delivers the goods with effortless virtuosity and accuracy’
ClassicsToday.com


See Cedille catalogue


Dacapo


NIELSEN, C.: Saul and David (Royal Danish Opera, 2015) (NTSC)
NIELSEN, C.: Saul and David (Royal Danish Opera, 2015) (NTSC)
Reuter, Riis, Petersen, Kristensen, Staugaard, Ølberg, Schreiber, Resmark,
Bruun, Kramp, Royal Danish Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Schønwandt, Pountney

Dacapo 2.110412

‘Orchestra and conductor unroll their home composer’s score with richness and dexterity. Hugely recommended.’ – Gramophone


See Dacapo catalogue


Delos


Violin Recital: Koornhof, Piet - WIENIAWSKI, H. / GLAZUNOV, A.K. / KROLL, W. / DVARIONAS, B. / SKORYK, M. (On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin)
Violin Recital: Koornhof, Piet - WIENIAWSKI, H. /
GLAZUNOV, A.K. / KROLL, W. / DVARIONAS, B. /
SKORYK, M. (On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin)

Koornhof, Vorster
Delos DE3479


‘In this virtuoso program ‘On Fire’, Piet Koornhof’s playing is full of imagination and extraordinary of dynamic accentuation and colour.’
Pizzicato


See Delos catalogue



Grand Piano


HOFFMEISTER, F.A.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3
HOFFMEISTER, F.A.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 3
Biliana Tzinlikova
Grand Piano GP668

‘This recording, and Tzinlikova’s entire Hoffmeister series, is a delight through and through. ’ – Fanfare


See Grand Piano catalogue


OehmsClassics


SCHMIDT, F.: Buch mit sieben Siegeln (Das)
SCHMIDT, F.: Buch mit sieben Siegeln (Das)
Vogt, Zeppenfield, Kalna, Ranch, Nurgeldiyev, Krafft, NDR Chor,
Staatschor Latvija, Philharmoniker Hamburg, Young

OehmsClassics OC1840

‘A superb account, with the immediacy of a live performance’
Gramophone


See OehmsClassics catalogue


Ondine


DVORÁK, A.: Violin Concerto / Romance, Op. 11 / SUK, J.: Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 24
DVOŘÁK, A.: Violin Concerto / Romance, Op. 11 /
SUK, J.: Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 24

Tetzlaff, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Ondine ODE1279-5

‘Tetzlaff draws on an exceptionally wide range of colours and nuances, from fragility to full-on passion’ – Gramophone


‘[Tetzlaff’s] performance of Dvořák’s Concerto in A minor is glorious and questioning: full-throttle in the chunky octaves and with a heavy bounce to the finale.’ – The Guardian


See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


Vocal Recital: Feola, Rosa - RESPIGHI, O. / MARTUCCI, G. / PONCHIELLI, A. / PINSUTI, C. / LISZT, F. (Musica e Poesia)
Vocal Recital: Feola, Rosa - RESPIGHI, O. / MARTUCCI, G. / PONCHIELLI, A. / PINSUTI, C. / LISZT, F. (Musica e Poesia)
Feola, Burnside
Opus Arte OACD9039D

‘Iain Burnside ripples with cool precision through accompaniments that might have been drawn from Debussy’s Préludes and Feola matches him in the gentle, flickering lights in her voice.’ – Gramophone


See Opus Arte catalogue


Paladino Music


PAISIBLE, J.: Recorder Sonatas (Complete)
PAISIBLE, J.: Recorder Sonatas (Complete)
Borsch, Hell, Pollerus, Musicke’s Pleasure Garden
Paladino Music PMR0071

‘The playing is lively and engaging; the influences of various national styles in the interpretation contribute to the variety in these performances but also the differentiation in the line-up of the basso continuo group. ’
MusicWeb International


See Paladino Music catalogue


Sono Luminus


Chamber Music - MACKLAY, S. / REMINICK, D. / HAYDN, J. / FISHER-LOCHHEAD, C. (Serious Business)
Chamber Music - MACKLAY, S. / REMINICK, D. / HAYDN, J. /
FISHER-LOCHHEAD, C. (Serious Business)

Spektral Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92198

‘The performances and recording could hardly be better’ – Chicago Tribune


See Sono Luminus catalogue



SWRmusic


DVOŘÁK, A.: String Quartets Nos. 10 and 13
DVOŘÁK, A.: String Quartets Nos. 10 and 13
Bennewitz Quartet
SWRmusic CD93.340


‘Genuine performances of two major quartets by Antonín Dvořák.’
Pizzicato


See SWRmusic catalogue



Tactus


GIANELLA, L.: 3 Duos Concertants, Op. 24
GIANELLA, L.: 3 Duos Concertants, Op. 24
Ortensi, Pasetti
Tactus TC770702

‘This world-premiere recording is a very welcome development, and the playing by flutist Claudio Ortensi and harpist Anna Pasetti is flawless’
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist


See Tactus catalogue




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