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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 CDs

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Alessandro Marangoni, piano
Malmö Symphony
Andrew Mogrelia

Naxos 8.572823

‘the performances fizz and sparkle’ – International Record Review

HOLST Cotswolds Symphony, Walt Whitman Overture
Ulster Orchestra
JoAnn Falletta

Naxos 8.572914

‘The performances are first rate in all respects’ –

ALDRIDGE Elmer Gantry [opera]
Phares, Risley, Rideout, Kelley
Florentine Opera Chorus
Milwaukee Symphony
William Boggs

Naxos 8.669032-33

‘Baritone Keith Phares’ performance of Gantry makes me wish I’d seen the show: his charisma comes through the speakers.’ –

KOECHLIN Les heures persanes
Ralph van Raat, piano
Naxos 8.572473

‘Richly rewarding; an ideal gateway to Koechlin’s fascinating soundscapes.’ – MusicWeb International

LOPES-GRAÇA Symphony for Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Álvaro Cassuto

Naxos 8.572892

‘this is a magnificent release on all counts’ – MusicWeb International

MARTINŮ La revue de cuisine (complete ballet)
Robert Hill, harpsichord
Klaus Simon

Naxos 8.572485

‘a mostly terrific disc of totally terrific music’ –

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5, The Year 1941
São Paulo Symphony
Marin Alsop

Naxos 8.573029

‘The performance of the symphony is one of considerable power’ – Daily Telegraph (UK)

STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
Igor Stravinsky

Naxos Historical 8.112070

‘This electrifying performance is the finest of his Rite of Spring recordings, and the 1945 Firebird Suite is gripping’ – BBC Music Magazine

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Naxos Audiobooks

DICKENS David Copperfield [unabridged]
Nicholas Boulton, reader
Naxos Audiobooks NA0078

‘Nicholas Boulton’s Heep is miraculously visual’ – AudioFile

See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 5
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado

Accentus ACC-10243 [Blu-ray] / ACC-20243 [DVD]

‘Abbado is invariably the main focus of attention an he's wonderful to watch: theatrical posing and outsize gestures are evidently foreign to his nature.’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

La Scala Ballet, 2011
Arthaus 101630 [DVD]

‘a feast for the eye’ – MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


SCHOENBERG Complete Songs
Jarnot, Barainsky, Diener, Mayer, Schafer, Vondung
Capriccio C7120 [CD]


‘the sheer comprehensiveness of this set makes it so fascinating; many of the songs in it would be hard to source elsewhere’ – The Guardian

See Capriccio catalogue


Trio Settecento
Cedille CDR90000-129 [CD]

See Cedille catalogue


HOLMBOE Chamber Symphonies
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
John Storgårds

Dacapo 6.220621 [SACD]

‘John Storgårds and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra play with an attention to detail, precision of ensemble, and clarity of texture that can only be called perfect.’ –

See Dacapo catalogue

Grand Piano

FROMMEL Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Tatjana Blome, piano
Grand Piano GP606 [CD]

‘Tatjana Blome plays with admirable clarity, authority, and vivacity, and is captured in Grand Piano’s clear, strong, and immediate sonics’ – American Record Guide

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ICA Classics

BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 / ELGAR Symphony No. 1
BBC Symphony
Adrian Boult

ICA Classics ICAC5063 [CD]

‘This is a traversal of towering perception, possessing an edge-of-seat thrust, entrancing wholeness of vision and extraordinary emotional candour.’ – Gramophone

See ICA Classics catalogue

Idéale Audience

Menahem Pressler, piano
Idéale Audience 3079668 [DVD]

 ‘Beautifully and simply filmed, this DVD is a classic tribute to a great artist’ – Gramophone

See Idéale Audience catalogue

Oehms Classics

PERGOLESI Stabat Mater (excerpts), Laudate pueri
Mainz Vocal
Neumeyer Consort
Michael Hofstetter

Oehms OC831 [CD]

‘This is a superb disc for lovers of the high Baroque and beginnings of bel canto, not to mention countertenor singing.’ –

See Oehms Classics catalogue


BERLIOZ Herminie, Les nuits d’été / RAVEL Shéhérazade
Véronique Gens, soprano
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire

Ondine ODE1200-2 [CD]

‘compellingly sung by Gens and conducted with conviction’ –

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

Renée Fleming, soprano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Thielemann

Opus Arte OABD7101D [Blu-ray] / OA1069D [DVD]

‘Strauss’s ingenious orchestral passages are highlighted’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Opus Arte catalogue

OUR Recordings

PRAULINS The Nightingale / BORTZ Nemesis divina
Michala Petri, recorder
Danish National Vocal Ensemble
Stephen Layton

OUR Recordings 6.220605 [CD]

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