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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

ALBÉNIZ, I.: Piano Music, Vol. 7 - 12 Piezas Características /
Piano Sonata No. 3

Hernán Milla
Naxos 8.573160

‘There is nothing routine in [Milla’s] playing and much to admire as he draws all the color and rhythmic subtlety he can from the music.’
American Record Guide

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 and 2
Wallisch, Ensō Quartet
Naxos 8.570572

‘Flawless construction, breath-taking, coherent and focused expression, the New York-based Ensō Quartet has what it takes to make their mark in these splendid pages.’ – Diapason

Guitar Duo Recital: Amadeus Guitar Duo - HANDEL, G.F. /
VIVALDI, A. / BACH, J.S. / FRANCK, C. (Baroque Moments)

Amadeus Guitar Duo
Naxos 8.573440

‘An album of exuberant, virtuoso playing’ – Classic FM

MOMPOU, F.: Songs (Complete), Vol. 2 - Becquerianas / Comptines
Mathéu, Masó
Naxos 8.573100

‘This second volume of music, which reunites Marta Mathéu and Jordi Masó, is no less delectable than the first…’ – Diapason

MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 20 and 21
(arr. I. Lachner for piano, string quartet and double bass)

Goldstein, Fine Arts Quartet
Naxos 8.573398

‘a fascinating listen’ – Classic FM

PORTER, Q.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-8
Ives Quartet
Naxos 8.559781

‘Quartet playing like this elevates the music, and makes listening a particular pleasure.’ –

ROSSINI, G.: Guillaume Tell [Opera] (complete version)
Foster-Williams, Spyres, J. Howarth, Poznań Camerata Bach Choir,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Naxos 8.660363-66

‘An excellent surprise, captured on the spot at the Rossini in Wildbad festival.’ – Diapason

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 1- Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Phaéton
Malmö Symphony, Soustrot
Naxos 8.573138

‘The Adagio is a masterpiece of inspiration and drive. Once again, the Malmö Symphony finds colour, phrasing and balance between the music stands…’ – Diapason

SIBELIUS, J.: Belshazzar's Feast / Overture in E Major /
Scène de ballet / Cortège / Menuetto

Pajala, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573300

SIBELIUS, J.: Kuolema / King Kristian II / Overture in A Minor
Pajala, Torikka, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573299

‘exceptional Sibelius discs’ – MusicWeb International

Chamber Music - ROWSON, W. / LAU, Kevin / COBLENTZ, H. / RICHARDSON-SCHULTE, A. / NERENBERG, M. (Sounds of Our Time)
Mercer-Park Duo
Naxos Digital Exclusives 9.70212

‘Cellist Rachel Mercer and pianist Angela Park play with polish, sensitivity, verve, and beautiful tone well captured in Naxos’s clear, natural sonics. ’
American Record Guide

SCRIABIN, A.: Etudes, Opp. 2, 8 and 42 / Fantaisie, Op. 28
(Biret Solo Edition, Vol. 8)

Idil Biret
Idil Biret Archive 8.571302

‘Biret delivers superb renderings of Scriabin’s etudes’
American Record Guide

Contemporaries of the Strauss Family, Vol. 2
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Georgiadis
Marco Polo 8.225366

‘[John Georgiadis] is to be commended for uncovering so many lost classics’
Classic FM

See Naxos catalogue

Arthaus Musik

REIMANN, A.: Lear (Hamburg State Opera, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD)
Skovhus, Gruber, Hamburg State Opera Chorus,
Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Young

Arthaus Musik 109064

‘Simone Young’s dramatic account is a blessing for this opera which benefits also from the superb singing and acting of Bo Skovhus in the title role’

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

Chamber Music - WOLFE, J. / GHYS, F. / GORDON, M. / MARCLAY, C. / LANG, D. / BRAXTON, T. (Field Recordings)
Bang on a Can All-Stars
Cantaloupe Music CA-21108

‘A sly, silky recitation from John Cage inspires both fun and funk from bassist-composer Florent Ghys.’ – National Public Radio

‘Much of this music is remarkable; all of it is well worth hearing’
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue

Carpe Diem

MNEME - Late Medieval and Traditional Music from the Mediterranean Countries
Ex Silentio
Carpe Diem CD-16306

‘sensuality and joy of life are convincingly expressed through music’

See Carpe Diem catalogue


NIELSEN, C.: Violin Concerto / Flute Concerto / Clarinet Concerto
Znaider, Langevin, McGill, New York Philharmonic, Gilbert
Dacapo 6.220556

‘exceptional performances’ –

‘NYPO principal Anthony McGill revels effortlessly in wild improvisatory nature and elemental pyrotechnics.’ – Gramophone

See Dacapo catalogue


VERDI, G.: Simon Boccanegra [Opera]
Hvorostovsky, Frittoli, Kaunas State Choir and Symphony, Orbelian
Delos DE3457

‘Constantine Orbelian leads a stellar cast of Verdian interpreters in a new recording for Delos that captures the intimacy and grandeur of this difficult opera with superior sound.’ – Opera News

See Delos catalogue


VIVALDI, A.: Farnace (Il) (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2013)
(Blu-ray, HD)

Nesi, Galou, Prina, Castellano, D’Aguanno, Mameli, Staveland, Sardelli
Dynamic DYN-57670

‘Dynamic have given us a splendid performance’
MusicWeb International

See Dynamic catalogue

Grand Piano

SAMAZEUILH, G.: Piano Works (Complete)
Olivier Chauzu
Grand Piano GP669

‘[This music] requires power, virtuosity, color and a subtlety of timbre as well as expert precision with all the pitfalls of high velocity. Olivier Chauzu brings all of these qualities together with a beautiful and instinctive sense of musicality and poetry.’ – Pianiste

‘The French pianist [Olivier Chauzu]…lends a dreamy quality to the pages of Samazeuilh’ – Diapason


See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3 (1986)
Meier, London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Tennstedt
ICA Classics ICAC5033

‘A magnificent memorial to a great Mahlerian’ – MusicWeb International

See ICA Classics catalogue

Idéale Audience

RICHTER, Sviatoslav: Enigma (The) (Film, 1998) (Blu-ray)
A film by Bruno Monsaingeon

Sviatoslav Richter
Idéale Audience 3073514

‘Bruno Monsaingeon addresses the mystery of Sviatoslav Richter, the pianist Glenn Gould called “a direct link from the composer to his listening audience.”’ – Audiophile Audition

See Idéale Audience catalogue


SCHÖENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande / Violin Concerto
K. Blacher, Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Stenz
OehmsClassics OC445

‘beautifully atmospheric and dramatic’ – Pizzicato

See OehmsClassics catalogue

Sono Luminus

Viola Recital: Nelson, Eliesha - KAPUSTIN, N. / WILLIAMS, J.M. / FINNEY, R.L. / MUMFORD, J. / WALKER, G. (Permutations)
Nelson, Howsmon
Sono Luminus DSL-92186

‘Eliesha Nelson and James Howsmon are superb musicians, and their interpretations are thoughtful and authoritative.’ – American Record Guide

See Sono Luminus catalogue


Oboe Recital: Smith, James Austin - HINDEMITH, P. / VASKS, P. / CARTER, E. / BACH, J.S. (Distance)
James Austin Smith
TwoPianists TP1039183

‘Luis Magalhães offers a sensitive and invigorating counterpoint to Smith’s playing, and the duo truly shines in the Krenek Four Pieces.’
American Record Guide

See TwoPianists catalogue

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