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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

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fugues and Rarities for String Quartet
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fugues and Rarities for String Quartet
Fine Arts Quartet
Naxos 8.574051

‘Fine Arts Quartet, from the first bar of its latest Beethoven recording, is impressive in its great freshness, clarity and audibility of playing.’
www.klassik.com

‘All are impeccably played by the Fine Arts Quartet.’
Classical CD Choice


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 10
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 10
Bavarian Radio Symphony • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900185

‘If you want a suitable monument to a great conductor then look no further.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘This is not a frivolous, modern depiction of the Stalin dictatorship, but a convincing interpretation of the musicality of this composition.’
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)

‘I don’t think I’ve ever been quite so overwhelmed by a performance of this extraordinary music.’
MusicWeb International

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

Beethoven Reimagined
Beethoven Reimagined
G. Prokofiev • BBC National Orchestra of Wales • Segal
Naxos 8.574020


‘A string of performances so vital and fresh that [Beethoven’s] music appears newly minted’
The Times (London)


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Edition (90-CD Boxed Set)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Edition (90-CD Boxed Set)
Various Artists
Naxos 8.500250

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‘This is the set to have.’
The Mail on Sunday


CHANG, Ping: Oriental Wash Painting
CHANG, Ping: Oriental Wash Painting
Wei Ji • Hongmei Yu • Qiang Zhang • Feifan Yuan • China National Symphony • Tao Lin
Naxos 8.570627

‘Astoundingly well played… This is worth your time.’
American Record Guide


GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto No. 2, ‘American Four Seasons’ • Violin Sonata
GLASS, P.: Violin Concerto No. 2, ‘American Four Seasons’ • Violin Sonata
Plawner • Vila • Bern Chamber Orchestra • P. Bach
Naxos 8.559865

‘Superb performance’
MusicWeb International


GÓRECKI, H.M.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 – No. 3 • Sonata for 2 Violins
GÓRECKI, H.M.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 – No. 3 • Sonata for 2 Violins
Tippett Quartet
Naxos 8.574110

‘Tippett Quartet play the sonata with much energy, fine-tune the accents and lines with a perfect feeling for the music’s charm.’
Pizzicato


Vojin Kocic Guitar Recital – JOSÉ, A.  •  ALBÉNIZ, I.  •  MANÉN, J.
Vojin Kocic Guitar Recital – JOSÉ, A. • ALBÉNIZ, I. • MANÉN, J.
Vojin Kocic
Naxos 8.574133

‘Completely charming, rich in colour and depth, with an almost painterly approach to interpretation’
American Record Guide


LISZT, F.: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S172a (1847 version)
LISZT, F.: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S172a (1847 version)
Wojciech Waleczek
Naxos 8.573773

‘This disc offers sensually beautiful piano-playing.’
Gramophone


MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Freiburg Philharmonic • Bollon
Naxos 8.574083

‘Bollon excels, and he’s aided by excellent sound from a Southwest German Radio studio in Baden-Baden’
AllMusic.com


MATHIAS, W.: Choral Music – A May Magnificat  •  Learsongs  •  Riddles
MATHIAS, W.: Choral Music – A May Magnificat • Learsongs • Riddles
St. John’s Voices • The Gentlemen of St. John’s • G. Walker
Naxos 8.574162

‘A highly impressive debut disc which captures the essence of Mathias’s joyous musical personality.’
Gramophone


MORAVEC, P.: Sanctuary Road [Oratorio]
MORAVEC, P.: Sanctuary Road [Oratorio]
L. Mitchell • Bryce-Davis • Blue • Merriweather • Burton • Oratorio Society of New York • Tritle
Naxos 8.559884

‘Marvellous recording. ’
Gramophone

‘Still’s narratives rise to a rarefied realm thanks to compelling performances by its soloists.’
ClassicsToday.com


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: The Bedbug • Love and Hate
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: The Bedbug • Love and Hate
Mannheim Opera Choir • Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic • Fitz-Gerald
Naxos 8.574100


‘The young Shostakovich’s incidental music for Myakovsky’s farcical play proves a delight.’
Limelight


SPOHR, L.: Complete Violin Duets, Vol. 2
SPOHR, L.: Complete Violin Duets, Vol. 2
J. Cooper • J. Dickenson
Naxos 8.573918

‘Spontaneous flow of sparkling invention, playing with a golden-toned poise and affectionately phrased precision that falls gracefully on the ear’
The Strad


STRAUSS II, J.: Blindekuh [Operetta]
STRAUSS II, J.: Blindekuh [Operetta]
R. Davidson • Kunkle • Bortolotti • Sofia Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra • Salvi
Naxos 8.660434-35

‘The ensemble cast here plays wonderfully off one another.’
The Light Music Society


VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgarian Suite  •  7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances  •  Vardar Rhapsody
VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgarian Suite • 7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances • Vardar Rhapsody
Rousse Philharmonic • Todorov
Naxos 8.573422

‘Performances are excellent, and particularly inspired in the variegated colours of the Bulgarian Suite.’
Gramophone


CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 6, Op. 1bis, Nos. 1 and 4-5, Op. 13, No. 4, Op. 24, No. 1 and Op. 26
CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 6, Op. 1bis, Nos. 1 and 4-5, Op. 13, No. 4, Op. 24, No. 1 and Op. 26
Soyeon Kate Lee
Naxos 8.573922

‘Lee’s characterful playing is full of life, intelligence and wit.’
Gramophone

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MARTHALER, C.  •  ENGEL, T.  •  VIEBROCK, A.: Universe, Incomplete (after C. Ives)  •  The Unanswered Ives (Documentary, 2018)
MARTHALER, C. • ENGEL, T. • VIEBROCK, A.: Universe, Incomplete (after C. Ives) • The Unanswered Ives (Documentary, 2018)
Marthaler • Engel • Viebrock
Accentus Music ACC-20434


‘The performers move back and forth between reality and dream and tell a compelling story…’
Pizzicato


WEILL, K.: Street Scene [Opera]
WEILL, K.: Street Scene [Opera]
Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Murray • Fulljames • Pita
BelAir Classiques BAC162

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC562)

‘This DVD delivers intense and huge enjoyment of a little-known work’
Scherzo


VERDI, G.: Rigoletto [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Rigoletto [Opera]
Costello • Stoyanov • Petit • Sebestyén • Wundsam • Wiener Symphoniker • Mazzola • Stölzl
C Major 751608 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (751704)

‘The often jaw-dropping drama of Bregenz Festival’s floating stage-sets generally makes for a striking visual feast: a great performance makes this a treat for the ears too.’
Gramophone


FRID, G.: Symphony No. 3  •  Concerto for Viola and Piano  •  2 Inventions
FRID, G.: Symphony No. 3 • Concerto for Viola and Piano • 2 Inventions
Keulen • Triendl • Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra • Gazarian
Capriccio C5353

‘One of the finest European quartets who champion 20th-century music and beyond.’
ClassicsToday.com


Orchestral Music – PRICE, F.B.  •  ASSAD, C.  •  MONTGOMERY, J.  •  ESMAIL, R.  •  HIGDON, J. (Project W)
Orchestral Music – PRICE, F.B. • ASSAD, C. • MONTGOMERY, J. • ESMAIL, R. • HIGDON, J. (Project W)
Chicago Sinfonietta • Mei-Ann Chen
Cedille CDR90000-185

‘This is music well worth getting to know, and more importantly, worthy of repetition, and hence well worth collecting.’
ClassicsToday.com


‘This is a delightful, diverse and very well performed and recorded disc of women composers. More, please.’
Audiophile Audition


DALBERG, N.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2, 3
DALBERG, N.: String Quartets Nos. 1, 2, 3
Nordic String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220655

‘This is a genuinely exciting release, and not only for the devotee of Scandinavian music.’
MusicWeb International


Italian Guitar Concertos – BOCCADORO, C.  •  GIULIANI, M.  •  SOLLIMA, G.  •  VIVALDI, A.
Italian Guitar Concertos – BOCCADORO, C. • GIULIANI, M. • SOLLIMA, G. • VIVALDI, A.
Segre • I Pomeriggi Musicali • Boccador
Delos DE3546


‘Segre’s performance is colourful and elegant.’
Pizzicato


DONIZETTI, G.: Enrico di Borgogna [Opera]
DONIZETTI, G.: Enrico di Borgogna [Opera]
Bonitatibus • Ganassi • Sekgapane • Castoro • Tittoto • Academia Montis Regalis • Coro Donizetti Opera • De Marchi • Paoli
Dynamic DYN-37833 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57833)

‘This new Donizetti discovery, with splendid singing and playing as well as an amusing production, is highly recommended.’
Fanfare


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica” • Egmont Overture
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, ‘Eroica’ • Egmont Overture
Klangkollektiv Wien • Ballot
Gramola99210


‘Very fresh and transparent.’
Pizzicato


PFOHL, F.: Strandbilder  •  Suite Élégiaque  •  Hagbart
PFOHL, F.: Strandbilder • Suite Élégiaque • Hagbart
Jamina Gerl
Grand Piano GP784

‘Two great piano cycles that are definitely to be (re)discovered—Strandbilder (1892) and the more than 40 minutes long Suite élégiaque (1894)—have found their master pianist in Jamina Gerl. […] This CD is fantastic!’
Musik und Tanz


RAVEL, M.: Miroirs  •   La valse  •   Le tombeau de Couperin
RAVEL, M.: Miroirs • La valse • Le tombeau de Couperin
Idil Biret
Idil Biret Archive 8.571404

‘A superb release.’
International Piano


GODOWSKY, L.: Piano Music, Vol. 14 – 53 Studies on the Chopin Études, Vol. 1
GODOWSKY, L.: Piano Music, Vol. 14 – 53 Studies on the Chopin Études, Vol. 1
Konstantin Scherbakov
Marco Polo 8.225372

‘A stellar achievement’
ClassicsToday.com


MARSCHNER, H.A.: Hans Heiling [Opera]
MARSCHNER, H.A.: Hans Heiling [Opera]
Teem • Trinsinger • Muirhead • B. Ranch • Dowd • Aalto Theatre Opera Chorus • Essen Philharmonic • Beermann
OehmsClassics OC976


‘Frank Beermann makes an ideal advocate for this music, and his conducting is engaging and high-spirited.’
Pizzicato


VASKS, P.: Piano Trio Works – Lonely Angel  •  Episodi e canto perpetuo  •  Plainscapes
VASKS, P.: Piano Trio Works – Lonely Angel • Episodi e canto perpetuo • Plainscapes
Trio Palladio
Ondine ODE1343-2

‘From the exquisite opening arrangement of Lonely Angel—fragility and strength poignantly forged—to the drama and drive of Episodi e Canto perpetuo, this is a compelling insight into Vask’s musical world. ’
Gramophone


BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera]
BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera]
Bell • Verrez • Montvidas • Plowright • Albert • Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hrůša • Warner
Opus Arte OA1289D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7258D)

‘A noirish production of Vanessa makes a strong case for this unloved opera.’
Opera News


#CelloUnlimited – KODALY, Z.  •  PROKOFIEV, S.  •  HINDEMITH, P.  •  HENZE, H.W.  •  CRUMB, G.  •  CASALS, P.
#CelloUnlimited – KODALY, Z. • PROKOFIEV, S. • HINDEMITH, P. • HENZE, H.W. • CRUMB, G. • CASALS, P.
Daniel Müller-Schott
Orfeo C984191

‘A completely compelling musical journey.’
Gramophone


Concurrence – ISO Project, Vol. 2
Concurrence – ISO Project, Vol. 2
Iceland Symphony • Bjarnason
Sono Luminus DSL-92237

‘Superbly performed and recorded’
Gramophone


SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 • Concertos
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 • Concertos
Szeryng • Fournier • A. Fischer • South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra • Baden-Baden • Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19085CD

‘I’ve never heard a more moving account of this work: every nook and cranny is explored, and the music’s deeply ambivalent nature truly touches the heart.’
Gramophone


Jazz Heroes – Treffpunkt Jazz (1961)
Jazz Heroes – Treffpunkt Jazz (1961)
Dizzy Gillespie Quintet
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-411

‘Great finish to a fun and excellent album of Dizzy Gillespie jazz’
The Art Music Lounge



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