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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

RACHMANINOV, Sergey: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 4 - The Thomas A. Edison Inc. Recordings (April 1919)
RACHMANINOV, Sergey: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 4 - The Thomas A. Edison Inc. Recordings (April 1919)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Naxos 8.111407

‘The Liszt Rhapsody is simply stunning, replete with Rachmaninov’s own stylistically anachronistic cadenza. …Rachmaninov’s pianism is utterly and undeniably compelling.’ – Gramophone


PÄRT, A.: Da pacem Domine
PÄRT, A.: Da pacem Domine
Latvian Radio Choir • Kļava
Ondine ODE1286-2


‘You’ll be hard-pushed to find a disc of Pärt choral music more enjoyable than this.’ – BBC Music Magazine

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRAHMS, J.: String Quartet No. 3 • Clarinet Quintet
BRAHMS, J.: String Quartet No. 3 • Clarinet Quintet
J. Campbell • New Zealand String Quartet
Naxos 8.573454


‘One of the NZSQ’s real strengths has always been its unstinting energy in handling rhythmic elements. Not only does this make for compulsively watchable live performances but it also transfers remarkably well to disc.’
The New Zealand Herald


In the Moment – TURINA, J. • WEBERN, A. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • SHOSTAKOVICH, D.
In the Moment – TURINA, J. • WEBERN, A. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • SHOSTAKOVICH, D.
Arabella String Quartet
Naxos 8.579013

‘This is an album well worth dipping into, exceptionally well played by this young American team.’ – Classic FM


COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 • 3 Latin American Sketches
COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 • 3 Latin American Sketches
Detroit Symphony • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559844

‘Leonard Slatkin can always be counted on to offer a new take on familiar classics.’ – ClassicsToday.com


DELIUS, F. • BAX, A.: Choral Music
DELIUS, F. • BAX, A.: Choral Music
G. and T. Amherst • Beddoe • Denholm • Halls • Piggott • Searle • The Carice Singers • Parris
Naxos 8.573695


‘…The performances are top-notch throughout, and they make you want to hear more from this fine, small professional choir…’ – AllMusic.com


DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" • Timbres, espace, movement • Mystère de l'instant
DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" • Timbres, espace, movement • Mystère de l'instant
Rivalland • Orchestre National de Lille • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573596


LISZT, F.: 12 Grandes études (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 45)
LISZT, F.: 12 Grandes études (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 45)
Wenbin Jin
Naxos 8.573709

‘Overall, this is a magnificent recording of a formidable set of works. …in my opinion this is the best of the currently available recordings of these works. There appears to be nothing that Mr. Jin is not capable of playing and his virtuosity, technique and musicianship is phenomenal.’ – MusicWeb International



CASELLA, A. • DONATONI, F. • GHEDINI, G.F. • MALIPIERO, G.F.: 20th Century Italian Orchestral Music
CASELLA, A. • DONATONI, F. • GHEDINI, G.F. • MALIPIERO, G.F.: 20th Century Italian Orchestral Music
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana • Iorio
Naxos 8.573748


‘Colourful and characterful playing by this Lugano-based orchestra makes this exploration of music by 20th-century Italian composers a pleasure.’
BBC Music Magazine


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)
Giltburg • Owens • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • V. Petrenko
Naxos 8.573666

‘The concertos are excellent, playful, and brimming with verve and wit.’
American Record Guide


STRAUSS, R.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite • Ariadne auf Naxos Symphony-Suite
STRAUSS, R.: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite • Ariadne auf Naxos Symphony-Suite
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
Naxos 8.573460

‘The Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite is splendidly played and conducted. The crisp articulation of the Overture makes me sit up straight with delight, and the exquisite balances in the Minuet let me hear all of the details.’
American Record Guide


THOMPSON, R.: Symphony No. 2 • ADAMS, S.: Drift and Providence • BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 1
THOMPSON, R.: Symphony No. 2 • ADAMS, S.: Drift and Providence • BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 1
S. Adams • National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • J. Ross
Naxos 8.559822


‘The making of the disc is what I consider the finest recording of Samuel Barber’s great First Symphony that I’ve ever heard.’ – The Buffalo News


VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
São Paulo Symphony • Karabtchevsky
Naxos 8.573777


‘The São Paulo Symphony’s playing is vivid and inspired. ’ – Pizzicato


NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

WALTON, I. • COTTON, C.: The Compleat Angler (Unabridged)
WALTON, I. • COTTON, C.: The Compleat Angler (Unabridged)
Barrett • Bawden • Blakeley • Keeble • Pugh • Sutton • Timson • Jacobi
Naxos NA0259

‘Escape an uncertain world by listening to David Timson and a talented cast brilliantly recreate the fishing classic The Compleat Angler… This has to be one of the best audiobooks so far.’ – The Times (London)

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand"
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 8, "Symphony of a Thousand"
Banse • Mihoko Fujimura • Mattei • Merbeth • Mingardo • Richter • Schager • Youn • Bavarian Radio Chorus • Latvian Radio Choir • Orfeon Donostiarra • Tölz Boys' Choir • Lucerne Festival Orchestra • Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-20390

‘The performance is gripping from the first to the last bar, with choral singing of great fervour and a rich and detailed orchestral sound.’ – Pizzicato

Buy/Stream

DVOŘAK, A.: Requiem
DVOŘAK, A.: Requiem
Černý • Mikuláš • Šaturová • Sýkorová • Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno • Brno Philharmonic Orchestra • Fiala
ArcoDiva UP0130-2

‘An absolutely splendid performance to enjoy forever.’ – The Art Music Lounge


GULDA PLAYS MOZART & GULDA
GULDA PLAYS MOZART & GULDA
Gulda • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Hager
BR-Klassik 900713


‘Highly inspired Mozart performances with Friedrich Gulda. ’ – Pizzicato


BELLINI, V.: Norma (Liceu, 2015)
BELLINI, V.: Norma (Liceu, 2015)
Aceto • Gubanova • Kunde • Puche • Radvanovsky • Vas • Liceu Grand Theatre Chorus and Orchestra • Palumbo
C Major 737208

‘This is one of the best Norma productions currently available on DVD. ’
Opera Canada


ANTHEIL, G.: A Jazz Symphony • Piano Concerto No. 1 • Capital of the World Suite
ANTHEIL, G.: A Jazz Symphony • Piano Concerto No. 1 • Capital of the World Suite
Brendle • Dupree • Uram Kim • Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra • Steffens
Capriccio C5309

‘A colourful musical cavalcade infectiously performed.’ – MusicWeb International



EECHAUTE, P. van • WILKOMIRSKI, K. • MATZ, R. • PIATTI, A.: Discoveries
EECHAUTE, P. van • WILKOMIRSKI, K. • MATZ, R. • PIATTI, A.: Discoveries
Polish Cello Quartet
CD Accord CDAccordACD237

‘This is a stunning release, and one that has given me no end of pleasure.’
MusicWeb International


ROGER-DUCASSE, J.: Piano Works
ROGER-DUCASSE, J.: Piano Works
Joel Hastings
Grand Piano GP724


‘Joel Hastings…penetrates deeply into the mysteries of this music, which is supple, complex but never unfathomable.’ – Classica


MOZART, W.A.: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5
William Youn
OehmsClassics OC1857

‘Youn’s Mozart is unsurpassed in its tastefulness.’ – Pizzicato


VERDI, G.: Un Ballo in maschera [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 1975)
VERDI, G.: Un Ballo in maschera [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 1975)
Bainbridge • Cappuccilli • Carr • P. Domingo • Egerton • Elvin • Grist • Howell • Hudson • Ricciarelli • Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra Covent Garden • Abbado
Opus Arte OA1236D

‘Claudio Abbado is laser-focused with the Royal Opera Orchestra, making a strong argument for Verdi’s score as one of his most psychologically astute and dramatically nuanced.’ – Gramophone

Buy/Stream

PUCCINI, G. • MASCAGNI, P. • CILEA, F. • CATALANI, A.: Verismo
PUCCINI, G. • MASCAGNI, P. • CILEA, F. • CATALANI, A.: Verismo
Stoyanova • Munich Radio Orchestra • Baleff
Orfeo C899171A

‘The entire album is performed with blazing conviction and close attention to the text and dramatic situation. These are arias of determination, desperation, and desolation; and Stoyanova helps me believe in each heroine’s specific crisis.’
American Record Guide


THUILLE, L.: Sextet • POULENC, F.: Sextet • FRANÇAIX: L'Heure du berger
THUILLE, L.: Sextet • POULENC, F.: Sextet • FRANÇAIX: L'Heure du berger
Höhenrieder • Members of Dresden Staatskapelle
Solo Musica SM251

‘The entire program is marked by freshness, impressive technical prowess, and perfect balance between keyboard and winds. Don’t miss out on this one.’
American Record Guide


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 8
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphony No. 8
Stuttgart Radio Symphony • Boreyko
SWR Classic SWR19037CD

‘Boreyko’s Eighth proves to be expert, dignified and spacious’
Gramophone


CAVAZZONI, G.: Complete Organ Music
CAVAZZONI, G.: Complete Organ Music
Ferrarini • Valotti
Tactus TC510391

‘A brilliant interpretation which carries the listener to the time Cavazzoni created his masterful organ music.’ – MusicWeb International


SCHUMANN, C. • BRAHMS, J. • GRAFE, M.: Obsidian
SCHUMANN, C. • BRAHMS, J. • GRAFE, M.: Obsidian
Mika Sasaki • Iivonen
Yarlung Records YAR52635

‘A fine set of performances of pieces by Clara Schumann, delicately played by Mika Sasaki and with a detailed, vibrant recording from Yarlung Records.’
Gramophone



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