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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

AUBER, D.-F.: Opera Overtures, Vol. 1
AUBER, D.-F.: Opera Overtures, Vol. 1
Orchestre Régional de Cannes, Dörner
Naxos 8.573553


‘Elegantly, [Dörner] makes these melodies sound easy and light…A well done championing for a composer who never wished for more than to provide gentle amusement for his audience. ’ – kulturradio vom rbb

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ERKIN, U.C.: Köçekçe / Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 2
ERKIN, U.C.: Köçekçe / Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 2
Buswell, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Kuchar
Naxos 8.572831

‘Both Erkin as a composer and Kuchar as a conductor grab one’s attention from the very start and simply do not let go until the final notes have died away. This is a gem of an album, easily one of the best of 2016 so far.’
The Art Music Lounge

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FAIROUZ, M.: Songs (No Orpheus)
FAIROUZ, M.: Songs (No Orpheus)
Bathgate, Boyd, Burchett, Daurov, Duffy, Kaplan, Lancaster, Lindsey, Miller, Moody, Ondracek-Peterson
Naxos 8.559783

‘Impressive and diverse’ – Opera News

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GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Suite sobre cantos gallegos / Torrijos
GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Suite sobre cantos gallegos / Torrijos
Cor Madrigal, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, González
Naxos 8.573263

‘The Barcelona Symphony has a lush, florid tone; and González leads them in idiomatic, superbly paced performances. The recorded sound is first rate, capturing all the rich variety and detail of Granados’s orchestrations and the lovely tone of the orchestra. ’ – American Record Guide

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MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573513


‘A fresh wind blows through Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 in these colorful performances by Henning Kraggerud and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.’ – Pizzicato

‘While these are brisk, no-nonsense performances after the contemporary fashion, the thinking that underpins their shaping right from the very beginning makes these readings of the Third, Fourth and Fifth concertos worth returning to.’ – Gramophone

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PURCELL: Theatre Music, Vol. 2
PURCELL: Theatre Music, Vol. 2
Ansell, Nedecky, Aradia Ensemble, Mallon
Naxos 8.573280

‘Music of great charm, lyricism or jauntiness in turn, performed beautifully by the Aradia Ensemble under Kevin Mallon.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

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RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573469

‘Boris Giltburg has impressed with the intelligence and colouristic magnificence of his playing’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘If Rachmaninoff’s Études-tableaux are short stories in sound, then pianist Boris Giltburg is an astonishing storyteller. ’
National Public Radio NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016 (So Far)

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RAVEL, M.: L'Heure espagnole [Opera] / Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
RAVEL, M.: L'Heure espagnole [Opera] / Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Antoun, Barrard, Courjal, Druet, Le Roux, Lombardo,
Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin

Naxos 8.660337

‘The Spanish flavor, vivid above all in the variety of percussion instruments employed by Ravel, is delightful, particularly when performed as dazzlingly as it is in Naxos’s new release.’ – Opera News

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SQUIRE, W.H.: Miniatures for Cello and Piano
SQUIRE, W.H.: Miniatures for Cello and Piano
Gledhill, Imai
Naxos 8.571373

‘This really is quite a discovery, and quite an achievement for young cellist, Oliver Gledhill.’ – Classic FM

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Sohn, Livia - VERDI, G. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / HAGEN, D.A. / SARASATE, P. de / GLUCK, C.W.: Opera Fantasies for Violin, Vol. 2 (Violin Recital)
Sohn, Livia - VERDI, G. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / HAGEN, D.A. /
SARASATE, P. de / GLUCK, C.W.: Opera Fantasies for Violin, Vol. 2
(Violin Recital)

Loeb, Nuttall, Sohn
Naxos 8.573403

‘Violinist Sohn lives up to the demands of the music. She plays with wild abandon and captures the ear of the listener. ’ – American Record Guide

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SCALFI MARCELLO, R.: Complete Solo Cantatas
SCALFI MARCELLO, R.: Complete Solo Cantatas
Fox, Morgan, Taylor, Vinikour
Naxos Digital Exclusives 9.70246-47

‘Taylor’s intimate and low-key delivery is perfect for this chamber music, and his continuo team of harpsichord, theorbo and cello supports him flexibly and admirably. ’ – Opera News

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Naxos AudioBooks

STEVENSON, R.L.: Kidnapped (Unabridged)
STEVENSON, R.L.: Kidnapped (Unabridged)
David Rintoul
Naxos AudioBooks NA0228

‘I bit my nails to the quick when I read the book; listening to David Rintoul narrate this new recording with appropriate Scots braggadocio is intensely enjoyable.’ – The Times (London)

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Accentus Music

STEPHAN, R.: Groteske / MAGNARD, A.: Violin Sonata, Op. 13 (Concert-Centenaire, Vol. 1)
STEPHAN, R.: Groteske / MAGNARD, A.: Violin Sonata, Op. 13
(Concert-Centenaire, Vol. 1)

Ingolfsson, Stoupel
Accentus Music ACC-303711


‘A gripping performance of Rudi Stephan’s Groteske and a noble, sensitive and intense interpretation of Albéric Magnard’s beautiful Violin Sonata.’
Pizzicato

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ArcoDiva

SMETANA, B.: Má vlast
SMETANA, B.: Má vlast
Hradec Králové Philharmonic, Štilec
ArcoDiva UP0180

‘Every Czech conductor has to record Smetana’s Má vlast as a rite of passage, but not all of them do it as well as Mark Štilec does here. ’
ClassicsToday.com

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Arthaus Musik

MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro
Lang, Magee, Pape, Risley, Roschmann, Schreier, Trekel, Youn, Zettisch, Zeuge, Berlin State Opera Chorus, Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim
Arthaus Musik 111111 [Blu-ray] | 111110 [DVD]

‘[Röschmann is] utterly delightful: spirited, sensual, vocally fresh and often enchanting.’ – Opera News

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Basel Symphony Orchestra

STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka (version for orchestra / version for piano 4 hands)
STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka (version for orchestra /
version for piano 4 hands)

Namekawa, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Davies
Basel Symphony Orchestra SOB11


‘Marvellously characterized performance of Petrouchka, full of typical colours and genuine atmosphere.’ – Pizzicato

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C Major

KARAJAN, H. von: Maestro for the Screen
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karajan
C Major 737704 [Blu-ray] | 737608 [DVD]


‘If any conductor was an expert of concert videos, it was Herbert von Karajan. This film shows how the Maestro become such an expert.’ – Pizzicato

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Capriccio

Houtzeel, Stephanie - MAHLER, G. / IVES, C. / GINASTERA, A. / BUCHARDO, C.L. / GUASTAVINO, C. / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Nostalgia (Vocal Recital)
Houtzeel, Stephanie - MAHLER, G. / IVES, C. / GINASTERA, A. / BUCHARDO, C.L. / GUASTAVINO, C. / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Nostalgia
(Vocal Recital)

Houtzeel, Spencer
Capriccio C5262

‘Stephanie Houtzeel is an artist, not just a Voice, and heaven knows we need more and more like her in the world.’
The Art Music Lounge

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Cedille

Cavatina Duo - THOMAS, A. / WILLIAMS II, J.V. / RIVERA, C.R. / LEISNER, D. / ASSAD, C.: Sephardic Journey (Flute and Guitar Recital)
Cavatina Duo - THOMAS, A. / WILLIAMS II, J.V. / RIVERA, C.R. / LEISNER, D. / ASSAD, C.: Sephardic Journey (Flute and Guitar Recital)
Cunliffe, Ruhstrat, Avalon String Quartet, Cavatina Duo
Cedille CDR90000-163

‘It’s really delightful stuff, and it’s all beautifully played— each of these musicians are real artists; there’s not a weak link among them. It’s one of the most delightful chamber recordings I’ve heard in quite a while. ’
American Record Guide

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Dacapo

KLENAU, P. von: Symphony No. 9
KLENAU, P. von: Symphony No. 9
Bruun, Ptassek, Resmark, Weinius, Danish National Concert Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Schønwandt
Dacapo 8.226098-99


‘This is a very committed and first rate performance of Paul von Klenau’s Ninth (and last) Symphony.’ – Pizzicato

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Dynamic

VERDI, G.: Giovanna d'Arco [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Giovanna d'Arco [Opera]
Borras, Cervellera, Cordaro, Kim, Pratt, Bari Teatro Petruzzelli Chorus, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Frizza
Dynamic CDS7676

‘This is a stylish, sincere performance.’ – ClassicsToday.com

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Grand Piano

MOSOLOV, A.: Complete Piano Works
MOSOLOV, A.: Complete Piano Works
Olga Andryushchenko
Grand Piano GP703-04


www.klassik.com

‘Olga Andryushchenko proposes the first true complete collection of these works. She adds a kind of flexibility to her indispensable fingers of steel, which allows her to deliver extreme contrasts of tempo and dynamic.’ – Classica

‘These are outstanding performances from Olga Andryushchenko of works that deserve to be heard.’ – The Classical Reviewer

‘Andryushchenko’s playing is often dazzling, and she draws an astonishing array of sounds from her Steinway.’ – MusicWeb International

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OehmsClassics

MOZART, L.: Serenade / Concerto for 2 Horns / Symphony, "Neue Lambacher"
MOZART, L.: Serenade / Concerto for 2 Horns /
Symphony, "Neue Lambacher"

Duffin, Millischer, Römer, Zierow, Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Goebel
OehmsClassics OC1844


‘First class, light and refreshing recordings of music by Leopold Mozart, exquisitely played, with considerable refinement and insight. The young soloists are remarkable.’ – Pizzicato

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Ondine

EŠENVALDS, Ē.: St. Luke Passion / Sacred Works
EŠENVALDS, Ē.: St. Luke Passion / Sacred Works
Barkovska, Bērtiņš, Ezeriete, Kalniņš, Ķirsis, Kokins, Kurševs, Maijers, Martinsone, Millers, Paegle, Parša, Rūtentāls, Vindava, Latvian Radio Choir, Sinfonietta Riga, Kļava
Ondine ODE1247-2

‘A superb release.’ – Gramophone

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Opus Arte

Johnson, Ben - GERMAN, E. / WHIPP, I.M. / COATES, E. / ELGAR, E. / SULLIVAN, A.: English Songs - I Heard You Singing (Vocal Recital)
Johnson, Ben - GERMAN, E. / WHIPP, I.M. / COATES, E. / ELGAR, E. / SULLIVAN, A.: English Songs - I Heard You Singing (Vocal Recital)
Baillieu, Johnson
Opus Arte OACD9032D

‘With his sublimely lustrous voice Johnson’s singing is spellbinding.’
American Record Guide

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Orlando Records

Rowland, Daniel / Mesirca, Alberto - PAGANINI, N. / GIULIANI, M. / FALLA, M. de / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Favorites (Violin and Guitar Recital)
Rowland, Daniel / Mesirca, Alberto - PAGANINI, N. / GIULIANI, M. / FALLA, M. de / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Favorites (Violin and Guitar Recital)
Mesirca, Rowland
Orlando Records OR0018

‘Rowland and Mesirca supply sparkling, virtuosic performances.’
American Record Guide

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Solo Musica

SUK, J. / DVORÁK, A. / JANÁCEK, L.: lived and dreamed (Chamber Music)
SUK, J. / DVORÁK, A. / JANÁCEK, L.: lived and dreamed (Chamber Music)
Ensemble Raro
Solo Musica SM222

‘Wonderful close, rich sound, great playing by everyone. This is a fantastic release.’ – American Record Guide

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Sono Luminus

AYREHEART: Barley Moon
AYREHEART: Barley Moon
Ayreheart
Sono Luminus DSL-92203


‘Lively and emotional. Barleycorn is a masterful achievement.’
Audiophile Audition

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SWR Jazzhaus

JONES, Q.: Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
JONES, Q.: Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
Bailey, Bown, Dixon, Fuller, Hubbard, Johnson, Jones, Liston, Lopes, Persson, Shihab, Spann, Watkins, Woods, Quincy Jones Orchestra
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-455

‘There’s electricity throughout the album as the ensemble and the soloists charge into Jones’ arrangements with the kind of exuberance musicians feel and convey when everything’s going right and no one wants the performance to end.’ – The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)

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Tactus

VIVALDI, A.: Sinfonias / Concerto for Strings
VIVALDI, A.: Sinfonias / Concerto for Strings
Archicembalo Ensemble
Tactus TC672259

‘This strikes me as the most attractive and effective program of these Vivaldi miniatures I have yet encountered. Whether you listen selectively or just take it all on at once, it is irresistible.’ – American Record Guide

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