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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

KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2018)
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera] (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2018)
Jakubiak • Jagde • Wagner • Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra • Albrecht • Loy
Naxos 2.110584-85 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0083V)

‘A staging that is both convincing and delivers first-rate interpretation without any compromise on recordings.
www.klassik.com

‘This recording shines with great vocal performances and an exorbitantly intense and colourful orchestra.’
Pizzicato

‘A masterpiece waiting to be discovered.’
Wiener Zeitung


SAARIAHO, K.: True Fire • Trans • Ciel d’hiver
SAARIAHO, K.: True Fire • Trans • Ciel d’hiver
G. Finley • Maistre • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1309-2

‘Lintu gets the precise quality that’s necessary to bring the listener into [Saariaho’s] small but seemingly vast worlds.’
AllMusic.com


‘Not to be missed.’
BBC Music Magazine

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, J.S.: Complete Lute Works
BACH, J.S.: Complete Lute Works
Yasunori Imamura
Naxos 8.573936-37


‘Magnificent interpretation of Yasunori Imamura’
Ritmo


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Christus am Ölberge • Elegischer Gesang
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Christus am Ölberge • Elegischer Gesang
Haapamäki • Myllys • Spångberg • Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis • Turku Philharmonic • Segerstam
Naxos 8.573852


‘Leif Segerstam, choir, orchestra and soloists present themselves as a homogeneous and suggestively working ensemble’
Pizzicato


‘Sensational music, brilliantly performed.’
Ludwig Van Toronto


BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
Tianwa Yang • Gabriel Schwabe • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Wit
Naxos 8.573772


‘[Tianwa Yang’s] representation of the solo part is superb.’
Fono Forum


‘Enormously satisfying Brahms.’
AllMusic.com


19th Century Russian Cello Music – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • DAVÏDOV, K. • LIADOV, K.N. • ARENSKY, A.S.
19th Century Russian Cello Music – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • DAVÏDOV, K. • LIADOV, K.N. • ARENSKY, A.S.
Khrychev • Solovieva
Naxos 8.573951

‘Dmitrii Khrychev… is a virtuoso player par excellence, with a terrific technique…this is quite a discovery.’
Classic FM


Folk Tales – British Cello and Piano Miniatures – VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. • BRIDGE, F. • Elgar, E.
Folk Tales – British Cello and Piano Miniatures – VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. • BRIDGE, F. • Elgar, E.
Peregrine • Ingham
Naxos 8.574035

‘With enticing music this is a joy from beginning to end.’
Classic FM


DANIELPOUR, R.: Talking to Aphrodite • Symphony for Strings • Kaddish
DANIELPOUR, R.: Talking to Aphrodite • Symphony for Strings • Kaddish
S. Shafer • M. Semyonov • Pravilov • Russian String Orchestra • Rachlevsky
Naxos 8.559857

‘Grippingly intense performance’
Pizzicato


DEAK, J.: Symphonic Tales
DEAK, J.: Symphonic Tales
J. Deak • Cabrillo Festival Orchestra • Alsop
Naxos 8.559785


‘Humorous and lively, effective and very well narrated’
Pizzicato


DVOŘÁK, A.: Svatá Ludmila [Oratorio]
DVOŘÁK, A.: Svatá Ludmila [Oratorio]
Kohútková • Bytnarová • Cerný • Šaling • Mikuláš • Slovak Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra • Svárovský
Naxos 8.574023-24

‘Beautifully written and expertly realised in this first-rate recording. ’
ClassicsToday.com


FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
Fernández • García • Zetlan • Garza • Perspectives Ensemble • Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573890

‘Winning performances of two Falla masterpieces.’
MusicWeb International


Guitar Double Concertos – GARCÍA ABRIL, A. • GUEREÑA, J.L. de • PUERTO, David del
Guitar Double Concertos – GARCÍA ABRIL, A. • GUEREÑA, J.L. de • PUERTO, David del
Trápaga • Folgueira • Castaño • Arias • Oviedo Filarmonía • Díaz
Naxos 8.573816


‘Masterful interpretation, elegant, which is complemented by adequate orchestration’
Ritmo


INDY, V. d’: Médée • Karadec Suite • Saugefleurie
INDY, V. d’: Médée • Karadec Suite • Saugefleurie
Malmö Symphony • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573858


‘Lively readings that breathe.’
AllMusic.com


KROUSE, I.: Armenian Requiem
KROUSE, I.: Armenian Requiem
Lark Master Singers • Tziatzan Children’s Choir • UCLA Philharmonia • Stulberg
Naxos 8.559846-47

‘An astonishing achievement.’
Choir & Organ


MARX, J.: Orchestral Songs
MARX, J.: Orchestral Songs
Blasi • Doufexis • Bochum Symphony • Sloane
Naxos 8.573833


‘Appealing, sympathetic recording.’
BBC Music Magazine


NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor • O Garatuja Prelude • Série brasileira
NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor • O Garatuja Prelude • Série brasileira
Minas Gerais Philharmonic • Mechetti
Naxos 8.574067


‘Naxos’ new 30-disc Brazilian series sets off in classical style.’
Limelight


RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Roman Festivals • Fountains of Rome • Pines of Rome
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Roman Festivals • Fountains of Rome • Pines of Rome
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.574013

‘Fresh and thrilling take on these concert warhorses.’
Fanfare


RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
Tianwa Yang • Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573667

‘Highest recommendation.’
Audio (Germany)


SCHUMANN, R.: Lied Edition, Vol. 8 – Spanisches Liederspiel • Minnespiel • Spanische Liebeslieder
SCHUMANN, R.: Lied Edition, Vol. 8 – Spanisches Liederspiel • Minnespiel • Spanische Liebeslieder
Palimina • Eckstein • Bode • Hoffmann • Eisenlohr
Naxos 8.573944

‘Recommended for the exceptionally high quality of the singing and playing.’
MusicWeb International


SEITZ, F.: Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1-5
SEITZ, F.: Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1-5
Hyejin Chung • Warren Lee
Naxos 8.573801

‘Superb renditions of all eleven works.’
Classical Lost and Found on Vols. 1 & 2


VERDI, G.: Stiffelio [Opera] (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2017)
VERDI, G.: Stiffelio [Opera] (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2017)
Ganci • Katzarava • Landolfi • Sala • Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna • Calvo • Vick
Naxos 2.110590 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0084V)


‘Musical values are high, stylishly led by Guillermo García Calvo.’
Limelight


WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
M. Mitchell • London Chamber Ensemble
Naxos 8.571380


‘An exciting release.’
Limelight

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

ORCZY, E.: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Unabridged)
ORCZY, E.: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Unabridged)
Bill Homewood
Naxos AudioBooks NA0358

‘Listeners become immersed in the dramatic days of the French Revolution’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Bamberger Symphoniker • Blomstedt
Accentus Music ACC-30477

‘This distinguished performance is worthy of a place of honour in any Mahler collection.’
MusicWeb International


‘An excellent Ninth Mahler, full of Blomstedt’s experience and wisdom.’
Pizzicato


MOZART, W.A.: Requiem • HAAS, G.F.: 7 Klangräume
MOZART, W.A.: Requiem • HAAS, G.F.: 7 Klangräume
Connolly • Kühmeier • Lehtipuu • Salzburger Bachchor • Mozarteumorchester Salzburg • I. Bolton
belvedere edition BVE08047


‘Ivor Bolton shapes both [works] impressively, a flowing Mozart and a haunting Haas, both of which form a moving unity. The four soloists leave nothing to be desired.’
Fono Forum


MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41
MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Blomstedt
BR-Klassik 900164

‘Mozart’s symphonic legacy in a very grand interpretation.’
www.klassik.com


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 1 (1877 Linz version, ed. L. Nowak)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 1 (1877 Linz version, ed. L. Nowak)
Dresden Staatskapelle • Thielemann
C Major 744608

Also available on Blu-ray (744704)

‘An ideal version of stylistic beauty that certainly reaches exceptional artistic and musical limits.’
Scherzo


ADAMS, J.L.: Become Desert
ADAMS, J.L.: Become Desert
Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra • Morlot
Cantaloupe Music CA-21148


‘Triumphant document of experimental music that embraces the orchestra, producing a ravishing, beautiful result.’
All About Jazz


20th Century Harpsichord Concertos – LEIGH, W. • ROREM, N. • KALABIS, V. • NYMAN, M.
20th Century Harpsichord Concertos – LEIGH, W. • ROREM, N. • KALABIS, V. • NYMAN, M.
Vinikour • Chicago Philharmonic • Speck
Cedille CDR90000-188

‘For imaginative choice of repertoire married to sterling performances, this has got to be one of the outstanding discs of 2019.’
ClassicsToday.com


KUHLAU, F.: Piano Quartet No. 3 • MALLING, O.: Piano Quartet
KUHLAU, F.: Piano Quartet No. 3 • MALLING, O.: Piano Quartet
Copenhagen Piano Quartet
Dacapo 6.220591

‘The superb playing has all the youthful freshness and spontaneity, yet real maturity and empathy’
MusicWeb International


ROTA, N.: La Notte di un nevrastenico • I due timidi [Operas] (Reate Festival, 2017)
ROTA, N.: La Notte di un nevrastenico • I due timidi [Operas] (Reate Festival, 2017)
Celenza • Cortese • Adriani • Sapio • Osella • Feola • Reate Festival Orchestra • Bonolis • Scarton
Dynamic DYN-37830

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57830)

‘A Nino Rota double-bill reveals that he was more than just a film composer.’
Opera News


LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Complete Piano Music
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Complete Piano Music
Koukl • Rossetti
Grand Piano GP768


‘Giorgio Koukl unites the meticulosity of a researcher and the prophetic fervour by his visionary and glowing interpretation’
Classica


My Favourite Paganini – PAGANINI, N. • MILSTEIN, N. • TARTINI, G.
My Favourite Paganini – PAGANINI, N. • MILSTEIN, N. • TARTINI, G.
Schmid • Smirnova • Haering
OehmsClassics OC1893


‘A delight.’
Diapason


BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018)
BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018)
Bell • Verrez • Montvidas • Plowright • Albert • The Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hrůša • Warner
Opus Arte OA1289D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7258D)

‘A strongly recommended staging of Barber’s Vanessa from Glyndebourne which has challenged perceptions of the opera.’
Gramophone


Italian Opera Arias – VERDI, G. • GIORDANO, U. • MASCAGNI, P. • LEONCAVALLO, R. • PUCCINI, G.
Italian Opera Arias – VERDI, G. • GIORDANO, U. • MASCAGNI, P. • LEONCAVALLO, R. • PUCCINI, G.
Johan Botha
Orfeo C967192

‘[Botha] is never less than impressive, negotiating even the most taxing vocal lines smoothly and stylishly.’
Gramophone


The Guitar – BACH, J.S. • BROUWER, L. • JOBIM, A.C. • PIAZZOLLA, A.
The Guitar – BACH, J.S. • BROUWER, L. • JOBIM, A.C. • PIAZZOLLA, A.
Rupert Boyd
Sono Luminus DSL-92231


‘Terrific recital’
Limelight




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