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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!

Spotlight Reviews

ALWYN Violin Concerto
Miss Julie Suite • Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion

Lorraine McAslan, violin
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • David Lloyd-Jones

Classic FM Editor’s Choice, July 2011

‘Jun Märkl’s outstanding Debussy series makes every piece sound like one of the most cherishable masterworks in the repertoire.’ – Classic FM

SARASATE Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol 3
Tianwa Yang, violin
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra • Ernest Martinez Izquierdo

‘The young Chinese violinist Tianwa Yang is again simply brilliant throughout, playing Sarasate’s own violin on two of the tracks. … an immensely satisfying, entertaining and probably definitive disc.’ – The Wholenote
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 1 & 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • Vasily Petrenko

MAHLER Symphony No 8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’
Soloists & Chorus • Warsaw Philharmonic • Antoni Wit

‘Wit’s Mahler 8 has always been a hidden gem in the Mahler discography, and now this Blu-ray makes it shine with even more lustre than before. True, one pays a bit more for this than the CD, but the audible—and emotional—gains make this a mandatory purchase for anyone interested in superb Mahler and even better sound.’ – MusicWeb International

‘The DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound track aids a work like this immensely. The sense of hall space and the depth of the orchestra and chorus was effectively conveyed. … The balance from top to bottom is exemplary. The overall sonic picture serves the score well throughout.’ –
Sophia – Biography of a Violin Concerto
A Jan Schmidt-Garre film

‘Ever wondered how precisely a new violin concerto comes into being – the inspiration, the perspiration, the sheer logistics? Wonder no more, as this revealing new documentary follows Sofia Gubaidulina and the work she creates for Anne-Sophie Mutter.
It is all jolly well done and makes for very satisfying viewing. And it’s a salutary reminder of just how far from merely “churned out” the creation of a new work really is.’ – Gramophone

Naxos CDs

The 18 th Century American Overture
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä • Patrick Gallois

‘The big-hearted string sound of Reinagle’s Overture in G has a robust Handelian feel and is typical of the hearty hale-fellow-well-met attitude displayed by this Finnish band all through this thoroughly recommendable outing.’ – American Record Guide
BEETHOVEN String Trios, Op 9
Falvay, Fejervari, Eder

‘These are indeed fine readings, and they are beautifully recorded.’ – American Record Guide

‘you can’t go wrong with this very fine release…this earns a winning and strong recommendation.’ – Fanfare
Gabriela Lena FRANK Hilos (Threads)
ALIAS Chamber Ensemble • Frank

‘I cannot praise this CD too highly…Get it!’ – Fanfare
Antón GARCÍA ABRIL Guitar Music
Francisco Bernier, guitar

‘Guitarist Bernier is the first prize winner of Italy’s Michele Pittaluga Competition…He is a fine player, with a virtuoso technique and a wide range of timbre and dynamics, imaginative and expressive. He is an excellent advocate for Garcia Abril’s music, and I hope this recording leads to his music becoming more widely known and played in the US.’ – American Record Guide
Kenneth LEIGHTON Missa de Gloria, Et Resurrexit, Hymn Fantasies
Greg Morris, organ

‘Naxos have a winner of a disc here and more to the point a winning team of exceptional performer, instrument cum location, and production team.’ – MusicWeb International
William MATHIAS Violin Sonatas
Sara Trickey, violin • Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, piano

‘I’ve no doubt that many will admire and enjoy hearing it, as I did.’ – American Record Guide
Arthur Conan DOYLE
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (unabridged)

read by David Timson

‘David Timson delivers an outstanding performance in this highly recommended audiobook’ – Publishers Weekly

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BBC Legends

SIBELIUS Symphony No 2 • DVOŘÁK Symphony No 8
BBC Symphony • Royal Philharmonic • Thomas Beecham

‘Sir Thomas turns in a reading of astonishing fervour’ – Gramophone

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Capricho Latino
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

‘beautiful, strange, exciting, and always captivating’ – Classical Candor

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Claudio MERULO Complete Organ Music
Stefano Molardi, organ

‘this is an exemplary model of conception, performance, documentation and presentation.’ – American Record Guide

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Dorian Sono Luminus

The Vanishing Nordic Chorale
Musik Ekklesia

‘Instrumentalists, choir, and soloists perform impeccably, with considerable skill, period zest, and palpable sacred spirit.’ – American Record Guide

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Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman & András Schiff, piano

‘If good things really do come in threes, then there’s some kind of trinity going on here. From three themes, three treasured composers, and three distinguished artists, this disc brings us three engaging hours of 88 variations. ‘ – Music Media Monthly

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ICA Classics

VERDI La traviata (Covent Garden, 20 June 1958)
Maria Callas (Violetta) • Cesare Valletti (Alfredo) • Mario Zanas (Germont)
The Covent Garden Opera Chorus & Orchestra • Nicola Rescigno

‘The warmer and richer sound of the ICA is a positive both for Callas’s voice and the orchestral sonority. … This is a serious Want List candidate for year’s end.’ – Fanfare

‘Much enjoyment to be had here; charm certainly, but much more than that.’ – Pizzicato

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Newton Classics

STRAVINSKY Works for Piano & Violin
Olli Mustonen, piano • Isabelle van Keulen, violin

‘The fruits of Stravinsky’s rewarding partnership with violinist Samuel Dushkin are celebrated here. Van Keulen and Mustonen negotiate the music’s awkward technical hurdles with cool precision.’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘dazzling, nicely stylized performances’ –

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Jukka TIENSUU Vie, Missa, False Memories I-III
Kari Kriikku • Helsinki Philharmonic • John Storgårds

‘In short, this is a very appealing release for fans of contemporary music, and another important addition to the ever-growing repertoire of fine Finnish composers in the Ondine catalog.’ –

Vie is a new work, from 2007, structured as a concerto for orchestra. This is Tiensuu at his best: pithy, virtuosic, surprising, and expressive. It deserves to be heard by a larger audience, perhaps as a concert opener on a symphony program.’ – Fanfare

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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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