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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 Releases

BERLIOZ, H.: Harold en Italie / Le carnaval romain / Benvenuto Cellini: Overture (Blu-Ray Audio)
Berthaud, Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0042
Also available in CD: Naxos 8.573297

‘an exciting interpretation’ – Audiophile Audition

BLOCH, E.: Symphony in E-Flat Major / Macbeth: 2 Interludes / 3 Jewish Poems / In Memoriam
Royal Philharmonic, Atlas
Naxos 8.573290

‘The orchestra plays superbly throughout in what must have been totally unfamiliar scores’ – MusicWeb International

CATALANI, A.: Ero e Leandro / Contemplazione / Il Mattino
Rome Symphony, La Vecchia
Naxos 8.573072

‘All of these works are exquisite. …Discovering these works has not only been a real pleasure, but I feel I’ve missed out on some wonderful music all these years.’ – American Record Guide

FRANCK, C.: Early Piano Music - Ballade / 4 Mélodies de F. Schubert / Fantaisie sur 2 airs polonais / Souvenir d'Aix-la-Chapelle
Naxos 8.572901

‘[Severus's] lyrical tone, vivid ear for harmonic color, and commanding technique make her an ideal interpreter of Franck.’
American Record Guide

HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet) / 5 Pieces for String Orchestra
Seattle Symphony, Schwarz
Naxos 8.572763

‘lively tempos, transparent textures, and strong rhythms serves the music best in any context, and the Seattle Symphony plays very well’ –

MERCADANTE, S.: Briganti (I) [Melodramma serio]
Mironov, Ivanova, Prato, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani
Naxos 8.660343-44

‘spirit and style’ – Financial Times

‘brisk, idiomatic interpretation’ – Daily Telegraph (UK)

MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas
New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573195

‘performed with a depth of understanding which allows the music every chance of presenting itself at its best’ – MusicWeb International

MONTSALVATGE, X.: Sinfonía de Rèquiem / Manfred / Bric-à-brac
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Pérez
Naxos 8.573077

‘The four movements are alternately serene and playful, and the Barcelona Symphony plays it with sensitivity and joy.’ – American Record Guide

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Valses nobles et sentimentales / Gaspard de la nuit
Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos 8.572888

‘Leonard Slatkin gives a performance that's full of sweep and sparkling color.’ – American Record Guide

RESPIGHI, O.: Gli uccelli (The Birds) / Trittico botticelliano / Suite in G Major
K. Brown, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Di Vittorio
Naxos 8.573168

‘Both 'Gli Uccelli' and 'Trittico Botticelliano' are performed in the most refined and transparent versions one can imagine.’ – Pizzicato

ROREM, N.: Piano Album I / 6 Friends
C. Enger
Naxos 8.559761

‘The sleight of hand is dazzling; fruity sounding chords turn out on closer listening to be made up of just two or three notes. ’ – The Arts Desk

TAKEMITSU, Toru: Original Solo Guitar Works (Complete) (Japanese Guitar Music, Vol. 1)
Shin-ichi Fukuda
Naxos 8.573153

‘Guitarist Shin-ichi Fukuda's playing is as impeccable and impressive as his credentials are’ – MusicWeb International

WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 18 / Trumpet Concerto
Balio, St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, V. Lande
Naxos 8.573190

‘there's no real alternative to this new recording, but it's so good that the absence of competition is of no concern’ – International Record Review

YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Tianwa Yang
Naxos 8.572995


‘Yang's rare ability to sustain a convincing emotional narrative in these elusive scores proves highly compelling’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘Tianwa Yang's colors are gorgeous, her nuances magical.’ – Pizzicato

‘performances of eyebrow-raising substance’ – The Strad

LOPES-GRAÇA, F.: Violin and Piano Works / Solo Violin Works (Complete)
B. Monteiro, J.P. Santos
Naxos Digital 9.70177

‘dispatched with unfailing assurance and eloquence’ – Gramophone

WOOLF, V.: Jacob's Room (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0148

‘[Stevenson] communicates her own excitement at Woolf's achievement in a way that delights and even instructs’ – AudioFile

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (NTSC)
Accentus Music ACC-202177

‘This series of Bruckner Symphonies goes from strength to strength with an absolutely superb performance of the Seventh.’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

GLUCK, C.W.: Orfeo ed Euridice (Studio Production, 2014)
Arthaus 102184 [DVD] / 108103 [Blu-ray]

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / VARÈSE, E.: Ionisation
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900121

‘This is a big reading, spacious and detailed, but one that emphasises the unease underlying even the most lyrical passages. ’ – BBC Music Magazine

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

PENDERECKI, K.: Paths Through the Labyrinth (Documentary, 2013) (NTSC)
C Major 715408

‘Performances, brief as they are, are hair-raising and serve to underscore the necessity for experiencing the physical effort involved in playing this music.’ – American Record Guide

See C Major catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

LANG, David: Love Fail
Anonymous 4
Cantaloupe Music CA-21100

‘engrossing, evocative and unsettlingly beautiful’ – San Francisco Chronicle

‘Beautiful, mysterious, a bit disturbing and wonderful!’ – Audiophile Audition

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


SCHUMANN, R.: Vocal Music
Edelmann, Spencer
Capriccio C5172

‘Here is yet another fine baritone singing yet another splendid performance.’ – American Record Guide

See Capriccio catalogue


MOZART. W.A.: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 / BRAHMS, J.: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115
McGill, Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-147

‘The pure, gorgeous tone and expressive musicianship of the clarinetist Anthony McGill meshes with the talents of the excellent Pacifica Quartet for thoroughly enjoyable readings’ – The New York Times

‘These monumental clarinet war horses get a vibrant new treatment!’
Audiophile Audition

See Cedille catalogue


NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 8
Vienna Philharmonic, Oramo
Dacapo 6.220574

‘Dacapo's recording is as beautiful as the Vienna Phil's playing’

See Dacapo catalogue


ROSSINI, G.: Opera Arias (Virtuoso Rossini Arias)
Delos DE3455

‘Brownlee manages these daring feats with bountiful panache.’

See Delos catalogue


SALZBURG FESTIVAL 2013: OUVERTURE SPIRITUELLE - HAYDN, J.: Jahreszeiten (Die) (The Seasons) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
EuroArts 2072674

‘Harnoncourt demonstrates how efficient, full of tension and delicacy a more controlled performance of this masterwork can be.’ – Pizzicato

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

CARREÑO, T.: Rêverie - Selected Music for Piano
Grand Piano GP660

‘[Alexandra Oehler's] interpretations of these tremendously gentle Reveries are a joy.’ – Viva Voce (Germany)

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

STRAVINSKY, I.: Rite of Spring (The) / Capriccio / Symphony of Psalms (NTSC)
ICA Classics ICAD5124

‘This is an outstanding example of an orchestral video.’
American Record Guide

See ICA Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6
Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Stenz
Oehms Classics OC651

‘Stenz and his musicians deliver the symphony with abundant energy, textural richness, expressive depth, and extreme clarity’ –

See Oehms Classics catalogue


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas, Nos. 1, 2, 3, 28, 29
Ondine ODE1248-2D

‘The orchestra plays beautifully under La Vecchia's sympathetic leadership.’ – American Record Guide

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Royal Opera House, 2013)
Opus Arte OA1132D [DVD] / OABD7142D [Blu-ray]

‘Lise Lindstrom is pretty much the ideal Ice Princess: her voice one of steely intensity.’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Opus Arte catalogue

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