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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

RESPIGHI, O.: La Bella dormente nel bosco [Opera]
RESPIGHI, O.: La Bella dormente nel bosco [Opera]
Nisi • Barsoumian • Gandía • Taormina • Pilipenko • Urru • Teatro Lirico di Cagliari Chorus & Orchestra • Renzetti • Muscato
Naxos 2.110655 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0106V)

‘Respighi’s take on the Sleeping Beauty story is a ravishing, magical delight for both ears and eyes in this excellent production from Teatro Lirico di Cagliari.’
Gramophone


STRAUSS, R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Opera]
STRAUSS, R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Opera]
S. Gould • Nylund • Herlitzius • W. Koch • Stemme • Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Thielemann
Orfeo C991203

‘A Straussian offering from Christian Thielemann and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra on breathtaking form.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN REIMAGINED
BEETHOVEN REIMAGINED
G. Prokofiev • BBC National Orchestra of Wales • Segal
Naxos 8.574020


‘The work’s success lies in its simplicity: tutti sections aplenty and delicate use of orchestral colour to flourish rather than embellish.’
BBC Music Magazine


BELEVI, K.: Guitar Duos – Cyprian Rhapsodies Nos. 1–4 • Suite Chypre • Turkish Suite
BELEVI, K.: Guitar Duos – Cyprian Rhapsodies Nos. 1–4 • Suite Chypre • Turkish Suite
Duo Tandem
Naxos 8.574081

‘A truly transformative experience to be fully immersed…Anderson and Emirzade—both virtuosos—skillfully translate and transmit to all of us over the course of a little more than an hour.’
Classical Guitar


FRANCK, C.: Psyché (version for choir and orchestra) • Le Chasseur maudit • Les Éolides
FRANCK, C.: Psyché (version for choir and orchestra) • Le Chasseur maudit • Les Éolides
RCS Voices • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Tingaud
Naxos 8.573955

‘Electrifying interpretation of César Franck’s tone poem Le Chasseur Maudit.’
Pizzicato


MALIPIERO, G.F.: Symphony No. 6 • Ritrovari • Serenata mattutina • 5 Studi
MALIPIERO, G.F.: Symphony No. 6 • Ritrovari • Serenata mattutina • 5 Studi
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana • Iorio
Naxos 8.574173


‘There’s a lot to enjoy exploring in this early-20th-century Italian’s orchestral music. Give it a go.’
BBC Music Magazine


MASSENET, J.: Don César de Bazan (1888 version) [Opera]
MASSENET, J.: Don César de Bazan (1888 version) [Opera]
Naouri • Dreisig • Lebègue • Ensemble Aedes • Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes • Romano
Naxos 8.660464-65


‘The revival of this opera happened under the best musical conditions.’
Pizzicato


‘Fascinating, persuasive and, plainly said, “a keeper”. Revelatory.’
ConcertoNet.com


MATHIAS, W.: Songs and Chamber Music (A Vision of Time and Eternity)
MATHIAS, W.: Songs and Chamber Music (A Vision of Time and Eternity)
J.H. Williams • Luce • Fraker • Glazier • Kantor • L.R. Roth • Paula Fan • R. Woods
Naxos 8.574053

‘This album is full to the brim with different offerings full of strength, sensitivity, and story-telling, and it is a sheer delight to listen to.’
American Record Guide


MAYR, J.S.: Mass in E-Flat Major
MAYR, J.S.: Mass in E-Flat Major
Szczepanska • Krödel • M. Schäfer • Ochoa • Simon Mayr Choir • Concerto de Bassus • Hauk
Naxos 8.574057


‘A fantastic lockdown discovery.’
BBC Music Magazine


SCARLATTI, D.: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 22
SCARLATTI, D.: Complete Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 22
Eylam Keshet
Naxos 8.573713

‘This is one of the jewels in Naxos’ ongoing Scarlatti cycle’
ClassicsToday.com


WEINBERG, M.: Clarinet Music – Clarinet Concerto • Clarinet Sonata • Chamber Symphony No. 4
WEINBERG, M.: Clarinet Music – Clarinet Concerto • Clarinet Sonata • Chamber Symphony No. 4
Oberaigner • Schöch • Michail Jurowski
Naxos 8.574192


‘These three works share an intensity, maturity and virtuosic ebullience that is hard not to love. The Concerto, especially, is a total joy.’
BBC Music Magazine


KENYA Kwetu
KENYA Kwetu
Fadhilee Itulya
Naxos World NXW76125-2


‘Excellent debut album of East African pop’
Songlines

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
Ballett Zürich • Jurowski • Spuck
Accentus Music ACC-20484 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (ACC-10484)


‘[Jurowski] underlines the striking highlights, but also makes the lyrical moments of love and suffering fragile and sensitive.’
Pizzicato


SUK, J.: Asrael
SUK, J.: Asrael
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Hruša
BR-Klassik 900188


‘Overall, this near-definitive performance is one to treasure.’
BBC Music Magazine


‘Jakub Hrůša succeeds in making an outstandingly beautiful recording… One of the most important CDs on BR-Klassik alongside those of Mariss Jansons.’
Rondo


LA PHIL 100 – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala
LA PHIL 100 – The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Gala
Dudamel • Mehta • Salonen
C Major 753408 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (753504)

‘A major birthday marked by music and musicians with particular resonance for this fine orchestra.’
Gramophone


‘The singers are excellent, and the choir impresses with a more than solid performance.’
Pizzicato


SCHARWENKA, P.: Piano Trio, Op. 121 • Duo for Violin and Viola • Viola Sonata • 4 Concert Pieces
SCHARWENKA, P.: Piano Trio, Op. 121 • Duo for Violin and Viola • Viola Sonata • 4 Concert Pieces
Breuninger • Berthaud • Triendl
Capriccio C5391

‘Beautifully played, very nicely recorded and with no other accounts of these works currently available, this issue is self-recommending.’
Gramophone


Jin Yin – CHEN, Yi • FUNG, Vivian • LU, Pei • YAO, Chen • ZHOU, Long
Jin Yin – CHEN, Yi • FUNG, Vivian • LU, Pei • YAO, Chen • ZHOU, Long
Civitas Ensemble
Cedille CDR90000-193

‘This is a superb disc on every level. ’
Fanfare


OFFENBACH, J.: Un Mari à la porte [Operetta]
OFFENBACH, J.: Un Mari à la porte [Operetta]
La Placa • Benitez • Mezzaro • Ogii • Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino • Galli
Dynamic DYN-37844 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57844) and CD (CDS7844)

‘It’s all in good fun, and the performers all seem to be having a grand time’
Opera News


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1872 first version, ed. W. Carragan)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1872 first version, ed. W. Carragan)
Altomonte Orchester St. Florian • Ballot
Gramola99211


‘Excellent, thoughtful and lyrical performance.’
Pizzicato


20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 1: Austria & Czechia – KRENEK, E. • BENATZKY, R. • MITTLER, F. • GROSZ, W. • EISLER, H.
20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 1: Austria & Czechia – KRENEK, E. • BENATZKY, R. • MITTLER, F. • GROSZ, W. • EISLER, H.
Gottlieb Wallisch
Grand Piano GP813

‘I found it captivating from start to finish, and no less so upon repeated hearing.’
Fanfare


Orchestral Music – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SUK, J. (9-CD Boxed Set)
Orchestral Music – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SUK, J. (9-CD Boxed Set)
ORF Radiosymphonieorchester Wien • de Billy
OehmsClassics OC032

‘The sound throughout is excellent and viewed as a package, this is a real treat.’
Gramophone


SIBELIUS, J.: Kullervo
SIBELIUS, J.: Kullervo
J. Rusanen • V. Rusanen • Estonian National Male Choir • The Polytech Choir • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1338-5


‘Kullervo is an epoch in Finnish music, and that is reflected in this powerfully feeling interpretation.’
Choir & Organ


WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre [Opera]
Stemme • Lundgren • Skelton • Magee • Connolly • Anger • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Pappano • Warner
Opus Arte OA1308D [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7270D)

‘A tremendous performance!’
MusicWeb International


BACH, J.S.: Harpsichord Works
BACH, J.S.: Harpsichord Works
Jory Vinikour
Sono Luminus DSL-92239

‘A distinctive release, well worth hearing.’
ClassicsToday.com


PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 6
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie • Inkinen
SWR Classic SWR19086CD


‘A successful start of a new complete recording!’
Pizzicato


BEMBO, A.: Produzioni armoniche
BEMBO, A.: Produzioni armoniche
Armonia Delle Sfere
Tactus TC640280

‘This is a richly enjoyable and important release.’
MusicWeb International




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