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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 music and audiovisual albums!


RILEY, T.: Palmian Chord Ryddle (The) • At the Royal Majestic
Silverman • Wilson • Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559739

‘Silverman ranges from screaming solos and bass guitar-like riffs, virtuosic passagework, multiple chording to spooky, synthesised sounds: for all the score’s hazy excess, this is a joyous declaration of faith in long-form composition.’ – BBC Music Magazine

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) [Opera] (DNO, 2016)
Didyk • Markov • Stoyanov • Aksenova • Diadkova • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Jansons • Herheim
C Major 744004 [BD] | 743908 [DVD]

‘Musically, standards are extremely high, led by Mariss Jansons’s inspired presence in the pit. The Royal Concertgebouw play Tchaikovsky to the manner born, impassioned strings and glowing brass to the fore.’ – Jed Distler, Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BIZET, G.: Carmen Suites Nos. 1, 2 • L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1, 2
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra • P. González
Naxos 8.573546

‘What a tune fest! When I was done, I felt exhilarated.’ – American Record Guide

DANIELPOUR, R.: String Quartets Nos. 5-7
Plitmann • Delray String Quartet
Naxos 8.559845

‘This excellent introduction to the music of Richard Danielpour can only win his music more converts.’ – MusicWeb International

GRAINGER, P.: Wind Band Music (Complete), Vol. 1
Royal Norwegian Navy Band • Engeset
Naxos 8.573679

‘Within the first five seconds of Molly on the Shore discerning listeners will know they are in for a treat: the Royal Norwegian Navy Band can definitely ‘do’ Grainger. The playing is crisp, fresh and fleet.’ – MusicWeb International

MARTINŮ, B.: Songs, Vol. 5 – Saltimbanques
Hrochová • Koukl
Naxos 8.573823

‘Koukl’s playing is exceptional in every respect, catching the mood of each piece perfectly while bringing out both the sensitivity and the quirkiness of each piece on the album’ – The Art Music Lounge

PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
Baltimore Symphony • Alsop
Naxos 8.573534-35

‘Marin Alsop follows her acclaimed survey of Prokofiev’s symphonies with a beautifully realised account—full of pulse-quickening drama, mischievous wit and heart-on-sleeve emotion—of his masterpiece ballet’ – primephonic

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonic Poems
Orchestre National de Lille • Märkl
Naxos 8.573745

‘Märkl is fleet-footed, with delicate lightness to the harp and strings after the brassy introduction, woodwinds chattering vividly as the wild horses gallop away.’ – Gramophone

Gerard Schwarz Collection (The) (30-CD Boxed Set)
Various Artists
Naxos 8.503294

‘This has got to be the most intelligent, comprehensive, and well-earned big box tribute…all of it is worth hearing, all of it is extremely well done, and all of it reveals Gerard Schwarz to be one of the most capable, smart, musicianly, and versatile artists before the public.’ –

Viola and Piano Music (Romantic) – ONSLOW, G. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • KALLIWODA, J.W. (Romantic Viola Sonatas)
Hiyoli Togawa • Grigoryan
Naxos 8.573730

‘Onslow’s Sonata, originally for cello and piano as well as Kalliwoda’s Six Nocturnes together with the Mendelssohn Sonata form an attractive program with sensitive and at the same time virtuoso performances.’ – Pizzicato

‘Rare and worthwhile viola repertoire superbly played and vividly recorded; the Mendelssohn is worth the price of the disc alone’ – MusicWeb International


TROLLOPE, A.: Phineas Finn (Unabridged)
David Shaw-Parker
Naxos AudioBooks NA0273

‘If David Shaw-Parker isn’t the most subtly funny Duke of Omnium ever, let’s give up. This is a deliciously entertaining listen.’ – AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

Violin Recital: Barenboim, Michael – SCIARRINO, S. • TARTINI, G. • BERIO, L. • PAGANINI, N.
Michael Barenboim
Accentus Music ACC-30431

‘The extremely demanding program is not a problem for a violinist as outstanding as Michael Barenboim. He succeeds in penetrating the various pieces to perfection.’ – Pizzicato

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Haitink
BR-Klassik 900147

‘The music feels fresh, alert, expressive at all times, whether in moments of joy, mystery or the darkest desolation.’ – BBC Music Magazine

LANG, D.: Day (The ) • World to Come
K. Valk • Beiser
Cantaloupe Music CA-21135

‘David Lang’s limitless creativity within his own compositional style in combination with Maya Beiser’s incomparable musicianship and sound exemplified on this album represent the finest selection of 21st century cello music.’ – primephonic

ZEMLINSKY, A.: Florentinische Tragödie (Eine) [Opera]
W. Koch • H. Brunner • ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • de Billy
Capriccio C5325

‘With some very good singing and passionate playing by the ORF Orchestra under the baton of Bertrand de Billy, Zemlinsky’s short opera A Florentine Tragedy after Oscar Wilde’s unfinished play gets a performance with plenty of feeling.’ – Pizzicato

TRUEMAN, D. • LIONÁIRD, I. Ó: Olagón [Cantata]
Trueman • Mhiolláin • M. McDonagh • L. Gill • I., P. and S. Ó Lionáird • Gallicantus • eighth blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-174

‘Sound is bright and clear, performances exemplary, and the piece itself is one of the year’s most rewarding issues of new music.’ – Audiophile Audition

Piano Recital: Harison, Andri Joël – BEETHOVEN, L. van • SCHUBERT, F. • STRAUSS II, J. • LISZT, F.
Andri Joël Harison

‘There is something deeply appealing about this young musical polymath’s artless art, which dwells on the borderline between naivety and wisdom.’ – American Record Guide

HÄSSLER, J.W.: 360 Preludes in All Major and Minor Keys • Fantaisie et Sonate, Op. 4 • Grande Sonate, Op. 26
Vitlaus von Horn
Grand Piano GP686-87

‘Vitlaus von Horn’s playing is skillful, inventive, and witty, just like Hässler’s music.’ – American Record Guide

‘Vitlaus von Horn interprets these 360 preludes with a modernist twist as a cohesive cycle of miniatures. The contrast against the extensive musical form language of the 19th century is as enlightening as it is exhilarating.’ – Fidelity (Germany)

STRAVINSKY, I.: Symphony in E-Flat Major • Suites Nos. 1 and 2
Zagreb Philharmonic • Kitayenko
OehmsClassics OC1888

‘Dmitrij Kitajenko’s account of Stravinsky’s First Symphony is a declaration of love for this work. Both of the short Suites for Chamber orchestra can be heard in absolutely delightful performances.’ – Pizzicato

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Triple Concerto • Piano Concerto No. 3
C. and T. Tetzlaff • Vogt • Royal Northern Sinfonia
Ondine ODE1297-2

‘Lars Vogt, as both pianist and conductor, gives the Triple Concerto a superb interpretation.’ – American Record Guide

WAGNER, R.: Opera Highlights for Soprano
Stemme • Vienna State Opera Orchestra • Welser-Möst • Seiji Ozawa
Orfeo C937171B

‘This is indeed a record of outstanding vocalism…’ – Gramophone

KOECHLIN, C.: Orchestral Works (7-CD Boxed Set)
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR • H. Holliger
SWR Classic SWR19046CD

‘These exemplary performances, beautifully engineered, set a standard that we are unlikely to see surpassed.’ –

YUKO MABUCHI TRIO: Yuko Mabuchi Trio
Yuko Mabuchi Trio
Yarlung Records YAR80161

‘If Mabuchi’s playing can be described as tasteful, economical, and lyrical, it should also be noted that her rapid single-note runs are impeccably executed.’ – The Absolute Sound

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