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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!

BBC Music Magazine Orchestral Choice

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 6 & 12 ‘The Year 1917’
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.572658 [CD]


‘Petrenko and the Liverpudlians reach new heights of sonic beauty’ – BBC Music Magazine 10/10 Top Rating

JANÁČEK Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta
Libor, Marciniec, Bentch, Gierlach, Malanowicz, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Wit
Naxos 8.572639 [CD]

‘hit[s] you with that physical thrill that always registers in the best performances’ –

Gramophone Editor's Choice

IRELAND Piano Concerto, Legend, First Rhapsody, A Sea Idyll
Lenehan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wilson
Naxos 8.572598 [CD]

‘its bright finale has an indelible main theme that you won’t be able to get out of your head once the work concludes. John Lenehan…is again at his finest here.’ – Gramophone

Naxos CDs

R ALDRIDGE Elmer Gantry
Phares, Risley, Rideout, Kelley, Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony, Boggs
Naxos 8.669032-33 [CD]

‘prime contender for the mantle of All-American Opera’ – Gramophone
ALFANO Violin Sonata, Piano Quintet, Nenia and Scherzino
Darvarova, Dunn, MA & C Mumm, Magill
Naxos 8.572753 [CD]

‘intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing’ – The Strad
N BACRI Piano Music
Naxos 8.572530 [CD]

‘Éliane Reyes works brilliantly on timbres thanks to the fluidity of her evocative playing.’ – Pianiste Magazine
Pestova-Meyer Piano Duo
Naxos 8.572398 [CD]

‘technically excellent, musically rewarding, and committed performances’ – Fanfare
Spence, Hulbert, John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Corp
Naxos 8.660306-07 [CD]


‘invaluable and hugely enjoyable offering...a work easy on the ear and breathing fresh British air’ – Gramophone
Basel Sinfonietta, Fitz-Gerald
Naxos 8.572824-25 [CD]

‘Without doubt this is one the finest all-round achievements by Naxos.’ – MusicWeb International
A Musical Journey: A Musical Tour of the Lienz Dolomites
Music by Schubert
Naxos 2.110540 [DVD]

‘This is one of the very best of this Naxos Musical Journey series...Enthusiasts of scenic beauty, geology and photography should enjoy this journey.’ – MusicWeb International

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MAHLER Symphony No 8
soloists & choruses, Leipzig Gewandhaus Choir & Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus ACC-10222 [Blu-ray Video] / ACC-20222 [DVD]


‘there’s an exultant musical flow…that leads me to say that this is not only the best-played live performance of the work on DVD but it’s among the most musically satisfying ever recorded.’ – International Record Review

‘Chailly makes you realise how orchestral soloists have to sing’ –BBC Music Magazine

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Arthaus Musik

POULENC Dialogues des Carmélites
La Scala, 2004
Arthaus Musik 107315 [DVD]

‘Anja Silja delivers a performance every bit as concentrated as her Sentas, Leonores and Emilia Martys.’ – Gramophone

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C Major

BEETHOVEN The Complete Symphonies
soloists & chorus, Vienna Philharmonic, Thielemann
C Major 705308 [DVD]

‘Unitel has given us an interpretation which won’t replace the classics but is worthy to sit alongside them’ – MusicWeb International

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G HUPPERTZ Metropolis
Berlin Radio Symphony, Strobel
Capriccio C5066 [CD]

“It’s a wild, exhilarating irresistible wallow for anyone who enjoys the Strauss-Korngold idiom” – American Record Guide

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Carpe Diem

Yr A Oydo
More Hispano
Carpe Diem CD-16279 [CD]

The New York Times 25 Records of 2011

‘the recorder player Vicente Parrilla and his superb Seville-based ensemble More Hispano elaborate freely and inventively on the composers’ melodies and classic dance rhythms, much as a virtuoso jazz band would do with standards’ – The New York Times

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RIISAGER Symphonic Edition, Vol 1
Aarhus Symphony, Holten
Dacapo 8.226146 [CD]

‘The performances in this first volume of a projected series of Riisager’s symphonic works are first-rate...and I can only welcome this release with great enthusiasm and high hopes…’ –

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Dorian Sono Luminus

The Vanishing Nordic Chorale
Musik Ekklesia
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92128 [CD]

‘There is something enchanting about this disc that opens it up to a wider circle of listeners’ – Gramophone

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SAARIAHO D’OM LE VRAI SENS, Laterna Magica, Leino Songs
Kriikku, Komsi, Finnish Radio Symphony, Oramo
Ondine ODE1173-2 [CD]

‘The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra partner Kriikku admirably in this enchanting concerto and under Oramo’s sensitive direction provide beguiling accompaniments’ – Gramophone

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Opus Arte

N MAW Sophie’s Choice
Royal Opera House, 2002
Opus Arte OA1024D [DVD]


‘intensely engaging and ultimately profoundly moving’ – Fanfare

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OUR Recordings

Virtuoso Baroque
Petri, Hannibal
OUR Recordings 6.220604 [SACD]

‘An unusually satisfying collection of recorder music even for those who think they don’t like the recorder.’ –

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Phoenix Edition

CPE BACH Symphonies
Kammerorchester ‘Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’, Haenchen
Phoenix Edition Phoenix443 [CD]

‘The performances here are very strong and hold up quite well even to later competition...sonics remain thoroughly satisfying.’ – American Record Guide

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Stadler, Magalhães
TwoPianists TP1039084 [CD]

‘This is an excellent recital, and Frank Stadler and Luis Magalhaes are excellent musicians.’ – American Record Guide

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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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