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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!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Fort Smith Symphony • Jeter
Naxos 8.559827

‘Riveting performances’
MusicWeb International


‘A rewarding account’
Classical Ear

‘There’s a freshness and commitment in these performances that wins you over right away.’
– Album of the Week, National Sawdust Log

‘The restoration of Price’s unique voice is unquestionably an enrichment of the American symphonic canon.’
Gramophone


NIELSEN, S.H.: Ophelia Dances • Symphony No. 3, ‘Watching Life’
NIELSEN, S.H.: Ophelia Dances • Symphony No. 3, ‘Watching Life’
Mogensen • S.H. Nielsen • Aarhus Symphony • Aarhus Sinfonietta • Christensen • Rasilainen
Dacapo 8.226581

‘This engaging disc offers beautifully-recorded performances…performed with impeccable clarity’
BBC Music Magazine

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2014)
BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2014)
Daszak • A.R. Constanzo • Melrose • Rock • Borczyk • Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra • Pérez • Decker
Naxos 2.110577 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0076V)

‘This spellbinding Death in Venice stands far above the alternatives on disc.’
Opera News

‘John Daszak is an ideal Aschenbach, with unfailing purity of tone, elegance of phrasing, and clarity of diction.’
American Record Guide


CAVAZZONI, M.A.: Complete Works • Italian Ricercars
CAVAZZONI, M.A.: Complete Works • Italian Ricercars
Glen Wilson
Naxos 8.572998

‘Glen Wilson delivers excellent performances, which point out the high quality and different features of the various pieces.’
MusicWeb International


CELLIER, A.: Dorothy [Opera]
CELLIER, A.: Dorothy [Opera]
Cullagh • Mears • J.I. Jones • Vallis • Maitland • Victorian Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Bonynge
Naxos 8.660447


‘Strong performers would put the work across, and it receives excellent ones here’
AllMusic.com


‘Gratifyingly superb’
ConcertoNet.com

‘Richard Bonynge at the helm of an orchestra that would have done any Victorian theatre proud. Cast and chorus sound fresh, and there isn’t an unenjoyable voice here.’
Gramophone


COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
Detroit Symphony • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559862

‘This performance belongs up there with those of Copland, Bernstein and Litton, with more goodies still to come’
MusicWeb International


‘Dramatic performance, full of colour and atmosphere’
Classicalsource.com

‘A simply dazzling performance that goes straight to the top of recordings of this work.’
The Art Music Lounge


Exaltation
Exaltation
Yaniv D’Or • Ensemble NAYA
Naxos 8.573980

‘The performances are terrific, and the recorded sound is first rate.’
American Record Guide


Serenades and Sonatas – ALWYN, W. • CHAUSSON, E. • COUPERIN, F. • ELGAR, E.
Serenades and Sonatas – ALWYN, W. • CHAUSSON, E. • COUPERIN, F. • ELGAR, E.
Shulman • Goodman
Naxos 8.573947

Serenades & Sonatas for Flute & Harp with Suzanne Shulman & Erica Goodman is something special.’
Ontario Arts Review


JOLIVET, A.: Complete Flute Works, Vol. 1
JOLIVET, A.: Complete Flute Works, Vol. 1
Boulègue • Dumont
Naxos 8.573885

‘Intense and exciting performances.’
Pizzicato


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
A. Kremer • Argiris • I. Storey • Theater Freiburg Choirs • Freiburg Philharmonic • Bollon
Naxos 8.660410-12

‘The cast assembled for this recording does an admirable job’
Opera News


El árbol de la vida – MONCAYO, J.P. • VÁZQUEZ, H. • CASTRO, R. • REVUELTAS, S.
El árbol de la vida – MONCAYO, J.P. • VÁZQUEZ, H. • CASTRO, R. • REVUELTAS, S.
Garibay • Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata • Rivero Weber
Naxos 8.573902


‘A stunning performance all around.’
Cinemusical


PFITZNER, H.: Complete Lieder, Vol. 2
PFITZNER, H.: Complete Lieder, Vol. 2
Balzer • K. Simon
Naxos 8.572603


‘A successful continuation of the Naxos Pfitzner series.’
Pizzicato


RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Feste romane • Fontane di Roma • Pini di Roma
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Feste romane • Fontane di Roma • Pini di Roma
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.574013

‘A terrific disc.’
ClassicsToday.com


‘This disc will stand proudly on my shelves alongside great versions of this trilogy by Toscanini, Bernstein, Reiner, and Kempe.’
iClassical

‘Both the performances by the BPO and the sound quality of the disc are superb.’
The Buffalo News


ROSTROPOVICH, Mstislav: The Indomitable Bow (Documentary, 2017)
ROSTROPOVICH, Mstislav: The Indomitable Bow (Documentary, 2017)
A film by Bruno Monsaingeon
Naxos 2.110583 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0082V)

‘One of the best films about a musician that even Bruno Monsaingeon has ever given us.’
MusicWeb International

‘Illuminating documentary’
– Blu-ray of the Week, The Flip Side


Wind Concertos – TICHELI, F • WARNAAR, B. • RANJBARAN, B.
Wind Concertos – TICHELI, F • WARNAAR, B. • RANJBARAN, B.
J. Zimmermann • Norton • Gratton • Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559818

‘This a well-conceived and enjoyable program.’
ClassicsToday.com

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BERNSTEIN, L.: Wonderful Town [Musical] (Opéra de Toulon, 2018)
BERNSTEIN, L.: Wonderful Town [Musical] (Opéra de Toulon, 2018)
Orchestre et Chœur de L’Opéra de Toulon • Blank
BelAir Classiques BAC158 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC458)


‘Bernstein’s Wonderful Town is pure Broadway style, and so is the staging of this Toulon production. Highly recommendable.’
Pizzicato


GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018)
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018)
Flórez • Karg • Said • Hofesh Shechter Company • Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala • Mariotti
belvedere edition BVE08052 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BVE08053)


‘This Orphée et Euridice combines voice, dance and instruments brilliantly, and in ways that only a DVD can capture.’
BBC Music Magazine


MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto in D Minor • Sinfonias Nos. 1-6
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concerto in D Minor • Sinfonias Nos. 1-6
Münchner Rundfunkorchester • Raudales
BR-Klassik 900324


‘Astonishingly assured pieces, bursting with youthful energy and full of ingenious counterpoint’
BBC Music Magazine


BERNSTEIN AT 100 – The Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
BERNSTEIN AT 100 – The Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood
Various Artists
C Major 747608 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (747704)

‘Nelsons is the engaging conductor we have come to expect and the orchestra seems to be on the same wave length.’
MusicWeb International


‘Well in HD presentation; engaging close-ups and sweeping wide shots are crystal clear, as is the sound.’
BBC Music Magazine


Blues Dialogues – BAKER, D.N. • PERKINSON, C.-T. • STILL, W.G. • DACOSTA, N.
Blues Dialogues – BAKER, D.N. • PERKINSON, C.-T. • STILL, W.G. • DACOSTA, N.
Barton Pine • Hagle
Cedille CDR90000-182

‘Well supported by Matthew Hagle’s fine pianism, Barton Pine’s characterful playing makes for exciting listening’
The Strad


BARBER, S. • COPLAND, A.: Piano Music
American Classics – BARBER, S. • COPLAND, A.
Sean Kennard
Delos DE3554


‘A triumphant debut from a brilliant young pianist.’
Limelight


ROTA, N.: La Notte di un nevrastenico • I due timidi [Operas] (Reate Festival, 2017)
ROTA, N.: La Notte di un nevrastenico • I due timidi [Operas] (Reate Festival, 2017)
Celenza • Cortese • Adriani • Sapio • Osella • Feola • Reate Festival Orchestra • Bonolis
Dynamic DYN-57830

‘The music is wonderfully alive, the performers sing and act beautifully and the orchestra (under Gabriele Bonolis) sounds perfect’
– Blu-ray of the Week, The Flip Side


A Century of Polish Piano Miniatures – BACEWICZ, G. • GÓRECKI, H.M. and M. • PADEREWSKI, I.J. • SZYMANOWSKI, K.
A Century of Polish Piano Miniatures – BACEWICZ, G. • GÓRECKI, H.M. and M. • PADEREWSKI, I.J. • SZYMANOWSKI, K.
Anna Szałucka
Grand Piano GP793

‘Impressive playing and an interesting album’
Review Corner


Concertos on Marimba – VIVALDI, A. • SÉJOURNÉ, E. • NOBUNAGA, Takatomi
Concertos on Marimba – VIVALDI, A. • SÉJOURNÉ, E. • NOBUNAGA, Takatomi
Fumito Nunoya • Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester • Schlaefli
OehmsClassics OC1891


‘Gloriously played disc’
BBC Music Magazine


JÄRNEFELT, A.: Sången om den eldröda blomman (Song of the Scarlet Flower) (reconstructed by J. Kyllönen and J. Kuusisto)
JÄRNEFELT, A.: Sången om den eldröda blomman (Song of the Scarlet Flower) (reconstructed by J. Kyllönen and J. Kuusisto)
Gävle Symphony • Kuusisto
Ondine ODE1328-2D


‘This resplendent recording by Jaako Kuusisto and the Gävle Symphony Orchestra is a faithful restoration of the work’
BBC Music Magazine


American Recorder Concertos – HICKEY, S. • NEWMAN, A. • SIERRA, R. • STUCKY, S.
American Recorder Concertos – HICKEY, S. • NEWMAN, A. • SIERRA, R. • STUCKY, S.
Petri • Tivoli Copenhagen Phil • Shelley • Danish National Symphony Orchestra • Lan Shui • Royal Danish Academy of Music Concert Band • Thorel • Nordic String Quartet
OUR Recordings 8.226912

‘An interesting album, once again proving Michaela Petri’s value as a recorder player and as a champion of new music’
The Art Music Lounge


Lieder Recital: Fritz Wunderlich – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SCHUMANN, R. • WOLF, H. • STRAUSS, R. (1955-1965)
Lieder Recital: Fritz Wunderlich – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SCHUMANN, R. • WOLF, H. • STRAUSS, R. (1955-1965)
Fritz Wunderlich
SWR19064CD

‘A splendid tribute to the singer, highly recommended to fans of lieder or the singer’
American Record Guide




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