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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!

Naxos CDs

PATER NOSTER: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer
The King’s Singers
Naxos 8.572987


‘The performances have all the panache that we associate with this group.’
BBC Music Magazine

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente Suites (La) / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita
Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia
Naxos 8.573005

HOLST, G.: Symphony, "The Cotswolds" / Walt Whitman, Overture / Indra / Japanese Suite / A Winter Idyll
Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.572914

‘Definitely a winner.’ – Fanfare

JACKSON, G.: Requiem / In all his works / I am the voice of the wind / POTT, F.: When David heard
Vasari Singers, Backhouse
Naxos 8.573049

‘gorgeous tone that rejoices in the rich harmonies’ – Choir & Organ

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
Baltimore Symphony, Alsop
Naxos 8.572207

‘Fresh and vibrant, this makes for an appealing and persuasive reading of this familiar work.’ – MusicWeb International

RIHM, W.: Violin and Piano Works
Tianwa Yang, Rimmer
Naxos 8.572730

SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 3
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo
Naxos 8.572275

VERDI, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Complete)
Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19 [CD] / NBD0027 [Blu-ray Audio]

‘a defining recording of this rarefied work’ – The Huffington Post

‘Giuseppe Verdi's complete ballet music, performed by José Serebrier and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, is simply ravishing. The sound implementation of Blu-ray audio lacks for nothing in dynamic width, colour and plasticity.’ – Tobias W. Pfleger

WAGHALTER, I.: Violin Concerto / Rhapsody / Violin Sonata
Trynkos, Latsabidze, A. Walker
Naxos 8.572809

‘amazing disc of discovery’ – Classical Lost and Found

Bradley, Wilson
Naxos 8.572761

‘Sarah-Jane Bradley’s viola has a singing quality beautifully suited to this essentially ruminative, lyrical repertoire’ – Gramophone

An Anthology of Historic Performances, Vol. 4 (1921-1955)

Naxos Historical 8.111218
An Anthology of Historic Performances, Vol. 5 (1923-1955)

Naxos Historical 8.111219

‘Virtually all these performances have a liberating joie de vivre, a freedom to let go and be oneself.’ – Gramophone


See Naxos catalogue

Arthaus Musik

BRITTEN, B.: War Requiem
Arthaus Musik 101659 [DVD]

‘A distinguished addition to the War Requiem discography. As a performance deeply moving and a major achievement.’ – MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

DENNEHY, D.: Stainless Staining / Reservoir
Cantaloupe Music CA-21062

‘Lisa Moore…plays both works with mesmerising command of Dennehy’s simmering soundscapes and finely graded dynamic palette.’ – Gramophone

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


SCHOENBERG, A.: Songs (Complete)
Jarnot, Barainsky, Diener, Mayer, Schafer, Vondung
Capriccio C7120

‘This edition is a must-have in any music lover’s library.’ – The WholeNote

See Capriccio catalogue


HOLMBOE, V.: Chamber Symphonies
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgards
Dacapo 6.220621 [hybrid SACD]

‘[John Storgårds] and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra do equal justice to the starkly beautiful music of Holmboe’ – Audiophile Audition

See Dacapo catalogue


BUNCH, K.: String Circle / Drift / 26.2 / Luminaria / Boiling Point
ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
Delos DE3430

‘a delightful CD of solid, captivating pieces, beautifully performed and recorded’ – The WholeNote

See Delos catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

WEILL, K.: Violin Concerto, Op. 12 / IBERT, J.: Cello Concerto / BERG, A.: Chamber Concerto
Gilbert, Schteinberg, Work
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92161

‘Another reasonably-priced audio-only Blu-ray combined with a useful standard CD.’ – Audiophile Audition

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue


TSUJII, Nobuyuki: Live at Carnegie Hall
EuroArts 2059088 [DVD] / 2059084 [Blu-ray Video]

‘extraordinary recital’ – Gramophone

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 1
Grand Piano GP608


‘Fascinatingly Fresh’ – Pizzicato

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

BERLIOZ, H.: Requiem
Gedda, Cologne Radio Symphony, Mitropoulos
ICA Classics ICAC5075

‘the clarity and depth of this mono recording is marvellous’ – Gramophone

See ICA Classics catalogue


STRAUSS, R.: 3 Hymnen / Opera Arias
Isokoski, Helsinki Philharmonic, Kamu
Ondine ODE1202-2

‘Isokoski clearly has the fortitude to carry off a brilliant performance’
The WholeNote

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

CAVALLI, F.: Didone
Theatre de Caen, 2011
Opus Arte OA1080D [DVD] / OABD7106D [Blu-ray Video]

‘William Christie’s direction can almost be taken to guarantee a fine performance and that’s the case here.’ – MusicWeb International

See Opus Arte catalogue

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