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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


DANIELPOUR, R.: Songs of Solitude / War Songs / Toward the Splendid City
DANIELPOUR, R.: Songs of Solitude / War Songs /
Toward the Splendid City

Hampson, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559792

‘Hampson, both powerful and sensitive, is an eloquent guide through the imagery.’ – Opera News


FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571374


‘The playing of this highly talented quartet, champions of British music, is superb throughout and augurs well for their forthcoming release of Delius and Elgar.’ – The Guardian


‘The Villiers Quartet plays with commitment and virtuosity, delivering exemplary performances that are likely to be noticed by other quartets looking for challenging works.’ – AllMusic.com


GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Suite sobre cantos gallegos / Torrijos
Cor Madrigal, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, González

GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Dante / La nit del mort / Goyescas: Intermezzo
Carrión, Coma-Alabert, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, González

GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liliana / Suite Oriental / Elisenda
Espasa, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, González

Naxos 8.573263 | 8.573264 | 8.573265

‘Expansive interpretation, full of action and verve, with moments of logical self-reflection, from the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under the affirmative direction and energetic momentum of Pablo González.’ – Scherzo

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GRÉTRY, A.-E.-M.: L'Épreuve villageoise (The Village Trial) [Opéra bouffon]
GRÉTRY, A.-E.-M.: L'Épreuve villageoise (The Village Trial)
[Opéra bouffon]

Dolié, Fernández-Rueda, Junker, Trevigne,
Opera Lafayette Chorus and Orchestra, Brown

Naxos 8.660377

‘This performance is a complete success. The singers are excellent and know how to stress the comic elements and keep the plot light and fluffy.’
American Record Guide


HALVORSEN, J.: Violin Concerto / NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / SVENDSEN: Romance
HALVORSEN, J.: Violin Concerto / NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / SVENDSEN: Romance
Kraggerud, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Engeset
Naxos 8.573738


‘Highly charged reading, that burns with conviction—Kraggerud’s playing is quite wonderful.’ – KlassiskMusikk

‘A real little gem, with a great tune.’ – Classic FM

‘Hand on heart, not every musical excavation is valuable—many pieces simply deserve obscurity. Sometimes, ...true treasures slumber in archives or on attics. John Halvorsen’s Violin concerto is one of them…’
WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk)


HINDEMITH, P.: Complete String Quartets
HINDEMITH, P.: Complete String Quartets
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.503290

‘In light of Naxos’ superior sonic bloom and the musicians’ overall excellence, you won’t find a more satisfying Hindemith Quartet cycle on disc.’
ClassicsToday.com


‘This production is an inspiring Hindemith-Homage, rich in tension, and a courageous plea for this not so well known music.’ – Pizzicato


MOREL, J.: Guitar Music - Sonatina / Danza Brasilera / Pampero / Danza in E Minor / Giga Criolla
MOREL, J.: Guitar Music - Sonatina / Danza Brasilera / Pampero /
Danza in E Minor / Giga Criolla

Celil Refik-Kaya
Naxos 8.573514

‘If you don’t know Morel’s music, this is a wonderful chance to hear a healthy helping of pure delight.’ – American Record Guide


PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
Walker, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559794

‘This unassumingly packaged new CD must surely be considered as one of the most important and valuable of all, containing world première recordings of three pieces by Kevin Puts.’ – MusicWeb International


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)
Giltburg, Owens, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573666

‘[Giltburg]’s on stunning form: not just secure of tone but kaleidoscopically colourful and emotionally wide-ranging, and above all with a superb clarity and sureness of touch.’ – Financial Times


STRAUSS, R.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite / Ariadne auf Naxos Symphony-Suite
STRAUSS, R.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite /
Ariadne auf Naxos Symphony-Suite

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573460

‘Thanks to Falletta and the folks in Buffalo, in this luminously played and recorded performance, we can savor them afresh.’ – ClassicsToday.com


WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
DeYoung, Goerne, Lang, Melton, Skelton, Struckmann,
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden

Naxos 8.660394-97

‘As he was in last year’s Rheingold with the same forces, Goerne is a revelation.’ – Opera News


Accentus Music

SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 4
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Concert Overture /
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Cello Concerto / Symphony No. 4

Capuçon, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Liebreich
Accentus Music ACC-30388

‘Capuçon takes a more lyrical approach to the work, and with his gorgeous tone his cello resonates superbly.’ – MusicWeb International

Arthaus Musik

SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (NTSC)
SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (NTSC)
Brendel, Fischer-Dieskau
Arthaus Musik 109317

‘Two masters of their art give a fascinating account of Schubert’s Winterreise. The documentary with excerpts from the rehearsal is one very enriching lesson.’ – Pizzicato

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Bel Air Classiques

WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (NTSC)
WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (NTSC)
Holle, Kampe, Koch, Pape, Schager, Tomasson, Berlin State Opera Chorus, Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim
Bel Air Classiques BAC128

‘The stirring singing and acting of Berlin’s male chorus deserve singling out. Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin anchor the performance with their palpable unity of purpose. This bombast-free, blessedly unfettered interpretation reaches a memorable peak of expressiveness in the Charfreitagzauber.’ – Opera News

BR-Klassik

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900151

‘Great Mahlerian in my view, Mariss Jansons here directs a memorable live account of Mahler 9, drawing stunning playing of considerable intensity from his Bavarian orchestra. ’ – MusicWeb International

‘Janson’s Ninth Mahler from Oslo is a great recording. This one is better still.’
Pizzicato

C Major

TANGO UNDER THE STARS (Blu-ray, HD)
TANGO UNDER THE STARS (Blu-ray, HD)
Asarnow, Romero, Tango Buenos Aires, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Dudamel
C Major 739704


‘A wonderful evening of tango-related works in the Hollywood Bowl.’
Audiophile Audition

Capriccio

LEVINA, Z.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
LEVINA, Z.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Lettberg, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Matiakh
Capriccio C5269


‘Both pianist Maria Lettberg and conductor Ariane Matiakh are truly committed to give a very effective performances of this rewarding music.’ – Pizzicato

Dacapo

BUCK, O.: Fiori di ghiaccio / A Tree / [Untitled] / Flower Ornament Music
BUCK, O.: Fiori di ghiaccio / A Tree / [Untitled] / Flower Ornament Music
Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen, Nordin
Dacapo 8.226589

‘The performances sound totally at home with the idiom; the players clearly relish their solo opportunities, and conductor Jesper Nordin has a good feel for the music’s carefully gauged pacing.’ – ClassicsToday.com

Dynamic

ROSSINI, G.: L'Inganno felice (Rossini in Wildbad, 2015) (NTSC)
ROSSINI, G.: L'Inganno felice (Rossini in Wildbad, 2015) (NTSC)
Anderzhanov, Bracci, Dalla Benetta, Dionis, Regazzo, Sargsyan,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Dynamic DYN-37760

‘It’s pure pleasure. ’ – Opera News

Grand Piano

KAPRÁLOVÁ, V.: Complete Piano Music
KAPRÁLOVÁ, V.: Complete Piano Music
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP708


‘Giorgio Koukl’s chronicle of [Kaprálová’s] life at the piano provides compelling listening.’ – Musical Toronto

‘This is a fabulous, thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating disc of truly inspirational music…’ – MusicWeb International

OehmsClassics

CESTI, A.: Orontea [Opera]
CESTI, A.: Orontea [Opera]
De Mey, Geyer, Lascarro, Murrihy, Monteverdi Continuo Ensemble,
Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Bolton

OehmsClassics OC965

‘The performance is magnificent, full of joie de vivre.’ – Pizzicato

Ondine

SCHUBERT, F.: 4 Impromptus, D. 899 / 6 Deutsche Tänze, D. 820 / 6 Moments musicaux, D. 780
SCHUBERT, F.: 4 Impromptus, D. 899 / 6 Deutsche Tänze, D. 820 /
6 Moments musicaux, D. 780

Lars Vogt
Ondine ODE1285-2

‘Vogt’s interpretations need not fear comparisons. His ability to play quietly and thereby create a rapt atmosphere must be especially commended.’
American Record Guide

Opus Arte

SHAKESPEARE, W.: Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD)
SHAKESPEARE, W.: Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2015)
(Blu-ray, HD)

Ajao, Albina, Brookes, Corrigan, Dharker, Feiler, Findlay, Fortune-Lloyd, Hughes, Lloyd, Mahoney, Msamati, Nwosu, Protheroe, Quarshie, Saighal, Samuels, Vanderham
Opus Arte OABD7161D

‘This is a memorable Othello that will repay repeated viewing!’
Audiophile Audition

Orfeo

Stoyanova, Krassimira - PUCCINI, G. / MASCAGNI, P. / CILEA, F. / CATALANI, A.: Opera Arias (Soprano)
Stoyanova, Krassimira - PUCCINI, G. / MASCAGNI, P. / CILEA, F. / CATALANI, A.: Opera Arias (Soprano)
Stoyanova, Munich Radio Orchestra, Baleff
Orfeo C899171A

‘That she [Stoyanova] is not being seen quite as high rated as Anna Netrebko is mainly due to her neglect of being glamourous. Artistically her Verismo-Album is overtaking that of the Russian singer.’ – Opernwelt (Germany)


‘With her new album Stoyanova proves herself again to be one of the five very best sopranists in the Italian genre in recent times.’ – kulturradio vom rbb

Solo Musica

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
Ketler, Ensemble Raro
Solo Musica SM250

‘The commitment and passion the Ensemble Raro bring to these delightful scores, in addition to their immaculate ensemble, is a winning element. ’
MusicWeb International

SWR Classic

STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 5 - Symphonia domestica / Metamorphosen
STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 5 - Symphonia domestica / Metamorphosen
Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Roth
SWR Classic SWR19021CD

‘The string ensemble plays with intensity and incisive clarity, allowing every strand of the counterpoint to be heard independently, yet at the same time expressing powerful emotions through some of Strauss’ most poignant harmonies. ’ – AllMusic.com



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