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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!


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 3 – Nos. 4 and 5
Descharmes • Malmö Symphony • Soustrot
Naxos 8.573478

‘This performance would be hard indeed to equal, let alone beat.’
Musical Opinion

‘With the Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 Romain Descharmes and Marc Soustrot complete a highly successful series with lively and genuinely French piano playing as well as a finely shaped and richly detailed orchestral accompaniment.’ – Pizzicato

MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
Streit • Petibon • Tro Santafé • Kalna • Moreno • Tarver • Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Bolton • Guth
BelAir Classiques BAC150 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC450).

‘Claus Guth—never one for excess—offers something more serious and austere, and ultimately more thought-provoking.’ – Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello Concerto • Transcriptions
B.A. Smith • Evelyn Chen • Houston Symphony • Kazuki Yamada
Naxos 8.573820

‘This is exciting.’ – KUSC Radio

‘Playful and virtuosic freely composed transcriptions for cello and piano of Mozart, Rossini and Ravel that Castelnuovo-Tedesco made for Piatigorsky and Heifetz’ – Classic FM

COATES, G: Piano Quintet • Symphony No. 10
Kreutzer Quartet • Chadwick • CalArts Orchestra • S. Allen
Naxos 8.559848

‘Much of Coates’ chamber music has received fresh hearings and recordings, but this Naxos release may be an ideal introduction…’ –

LISZT, F.: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 49 – Valses oubliées • Czárdás • Grand galop chromatique
Goran Filipec
Naxos 8.573705

‘The pianist, with enthralling and incisive emotion gives life to the precipitating drama, the hallucinated inner storms, the many upheavals of these pages.’ – La Voce del Popolo

MOYZES, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra • L. Slovák
Naxos 8.573650

‘The music is attractive and the performances are truly exciting.’ – Pizzicato

HARBISON, J.: Symphony No. 4 • RUGGLES, C.: Sun-Treader • STUCKY, S.: Second Concerto for Orchestra
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559836

‘The performances are ably conducted by David Alan Miller, who draws out exciting and expressive playing from the orchestra and avoids the dry, academic approach of similar surveys.’ –

POULENC, F.: Les Biches Suite • Les animaux modèles Suite • Sinfonietta
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra • Tingaud
Naxos 8.573739

‘The dancing Sinfonietta receives a performance of balletic nimbleness and nuanced charm, the RTÉ players clearly enjoying themselves.’ – Classical Ear

RESPIGHI, O.: La Campana sommersa [Opera] (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, 2016) (4K Ultra-HD)
Villari • Farcas • Gazheli • Borsi • Smimmero • Adami • Teatro Lirico di Cagliari • Renzetti • Maestrini
Naxos NBD0072V [BD]

Also available on DVD (2.110571).

‘There is exquisite writing to be found in his little-heard works for this stage—as this impressive issue attests.’ – Classical CD Choice

‘This bizarre, surreal work has exemplary lead performances and attractive colors in the music and Pier Francisco Maestrini’s staging.’ – The Flip Side

RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 11 and 12
Eichhorn • Jena Philharmonic Orchestra • Pasquet
Naxos 8.573474

‘The quality of the soloist’s performances is outstanding and focusses on the musical content as well as on the expressivity.’ – Pizzicato

SAURET, É.: 24 Études Caprices, Vol. 2 – Nos. 8-13
Nazrin Rashidova
Naxos 8.573843

‘I remarked on both the unusual musical worth of the Caprices in Rashidova’s first disc and on her own virtuosity and musicianship. I would repeat those praises here.’ – American Record Guide

SMETANA, B.: Triumphal (Festive) Symphony • The Bartered Bride (excerpts)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573672

‘The conductor’s understanding recalls performances by great Czech conductors such as Talich, Kubelík or Šejna.’ –

Wind Concertos – TICHELI, F • WARNAAR, B. • RANJBARAN, B.
J. Zimmermann • L. Norton • É. Gratton • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559818

‘Gratton delivers superb resonance and musicianship, and his orchestral colleagues are also sensational in a thrilling ride that will leave the listener wanting more.’ – American Record Guide

British Music for Viola and Orchestra – VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. • HOWELLS, H. • WALTON, W. • BOWEN, Y.
Callus • New Zealand Symphony • Taddei
Naxos 8.573876

‘The British-American violist Helen Callus has an intensely lyrical tone that instantly grabs your attention’ –

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MASSENET, J.: Werther [Opera] (Zürich Opera, 2017)
Gewandhaus-Orchester • Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-20427 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (ACC-10427).

‘Director Tatjana Gürbaca and designer Klaus Grünberg have transformed Massenet’s masterpiece into a compelling drama that glues you to the edge of your seat from start to finish.’ – BBC Music Magazine

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) [Opera] (DNO, 2016)
Didyk • Markov • Stoyanov • Aksenova • Diadkova • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Jansons • Herheim
C Major 743908 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (744004).

‘The production is utterly puzzling, but it’s also as riveting as it is thought-provoking.’ – Opera News

STRAUSS, R.: Aus Italien • WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Suite veneziano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin • Matiakh
Capriccio C5344

‘Strauss aficionados are well aware that this is a charming and winning piece, particularly when played as enthusiastically as it is here.’ – Classical CD Choice

SATIE, E.: Gymnopédies • Gnossiennes • Je te veux • Le Piccadilly • Descriptions automatiques
Giacomo Scinardo
Dynamic CDS7820

‘Mostly calm, melancholic if not sad pieces by Erik Satie, with sometimes, a hint of humour or irony. Giacomo Scinardo’s sensitive and affectionate playing is inventive enough to prevent any possible monotony.’ – Pizzicato

JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ and 2, ‘Intimate Letters’
Acies Quartett

‘The Acies Quartet revives these feelings as if they themselves would suffer.’

ANTONIOU, T.: Complete Piano Works
Konstantinos Destounis
Grand Piano GP779

‘Destounis’s ardent, vivid and colourful pianism only enhances my positive response to Antoniou’s music, together with the composer’s justifiably enthusiastic endorsement.’ – Gramophone

Orchestral Music – HAYDN, J. • MOZART, W.A. • BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • LISZT, F. (1954-1959)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra • Beecham
ICA Classics ICAC5148

‘I love the energy of Beethoven’s Allegro con brio and the badinage in the finale, the quick-witted, feather-light strings alternating with brutal tutti interjections—Beecham at his most compelling.’ – Gramophone

REIMANN, A.: L’Invisible [Opera]
Harnisch • Schlicht • R.N. Miller • Bronk • Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin • Runnicles
OehmsClassics OC973

‘The score shows new persuasive aspects in Reimann’s appealing music. The recording of performances at Deutsche Oper Berlin is intense and effective.’

BARTÓK, B.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
C. Tetzlaff • Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra • Lintu
Ondine ODE1317-2

‘Tetzlaff produces playing that’s warmly lyrical and dazzlingly virtuosic, by turns. With the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu on top form, this is an easy recommendation.’ – BBC Music Magazine

The Secret Mass – MARTIN, F. • MARTINŮ, B.
Danish National Vocal Ensemble • Creed
OUR Recordings 6.220671

‘This is a lovely recording of worthy music—great music, in the case of the Mass—in performances that are as good as you will hear anywhere.’

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 2-9
Südwestfunk-Orchester Baden-Baden • Rosbaud

‘Any release featuring Hans Rosbaud has to be an event worth celebrating but a collection of Bruckner symphonies Nos 2–9 on SWR Classic is of special significance.’ – Gramophone

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