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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

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 9 - Symphony No. 4
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573188

extra jolt of energy and a razor-sharp rhythmic attack -

Perhaps the best of Petrenko’s much-praised cycle, then, and a strong contender for ‘best in catalogue’. - Gramophone

Shostakovich’s Fourth shows the tragedy of the human being in the machinery of dictatorship. Petrenko uses the dynamic forces of his as always excellent Liverpool Philharmonic to let us experience musically the implacability of such a terror. - Pizzicato

bravissimo all round - BBC Music Magazine

vivid performance - Daily Telegraph (UK)

CASELLA, A.: Triple Concerto / GHEDINI, G.F.: Concerto dell'albatro
Ghidoni, Bosna, Piemonti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Iorio
Naxos 8.573180

Damian Orio sculpts the clarity of details and delivers a perfect performance - Classica

VASKS, P.: Flute Concerto / Flute Sonata / Aria e danza / Landscape with Birds
M. Faust, S. Arnold, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, P. Gallois
Naxos 8.572634

fascinating are the extraordinary abilities of flautist Michael Faust - MusicWeb International

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1
New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker
Naxos 8.572833

The russian forces seem to have found in this troubling music a part of the evil charms of Prokofiev and Shostakovich, that would explain the devilish perfection of this performance - Classica

MONSIGNY, P.-A.: Roi et le fermier (Le) (The King and the Farmer) [Comic Opera]
Opera Lafayette, Brown
Naxos 8.660322

quality revival of Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny’s forgotten opera ‘Le Roi et le Fermier’, with solid singing and fine orchestral playing - Pizzicato

PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 4 (revised 1947 version) / The Prodigal Son
São Paulo Symphony, Alsop
Naxos 8.573186


this new installment is both intelligently programmed and very well played and conducted -

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2
Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos 8.570934

full of vim and vigor - Fanfare

SCHUMANN, R.: Lied Edition, Vol. 7 - Liederkreis / 3 Gedichte, Op. 30 / 6 Gedichte, Op. 36
Naxos 8.557080

A disc to treasure. - MusicWeb International

Choral Concert: Vox Humana - WHITACRE, E. / PAULUS, S. / CHILDS, D.N. / PART, A. / TAVENER, J. / BETINIS, A. / LAURIDSEN, M. (Into the Night)
Naxos 8.572511

This is a dandy one-stop survey of today’s top choral tunesmiths— just GET it, and then use it to help me convert those poor, misguided souls who claim that no great music is being composed nowadays! - American Record Guide

Choral Music - The Lost City: Lamentations Through the Ages
Sospiri, C. Watson
Naxos 8.573078

What a choir! This band of sublime singers lays convincing claim to any choral virtue you can name. - American Record Guide

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Naxos Audiobooks

HARDY, T.: Jude the Obscure (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0112

This is an absolute treat to listen to, superbly interpreted, and with each of the many characters having its own unique voice, this classic comes alive in the hands of a truly gifted narrator. - Sound Commentary

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Accentus Music

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 1
Accentus Music ACC-30274


Listening and marvelling is really the only option. - Gramophone

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Arthaus Musik

WEBER, C.M. von: Hunter's Bride (Film version of Der Freischütz, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Arthaus 108097

This imaginative venture has real dramatic impetus as well as being a superb rendition of the music. It is a refreshing change, and a real pointer to what could be a most interesting future for opera in the visual medium. - MusicWeb International

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C Major

MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) (Bregenz Festival, 2013) (NTSC)
C Major 713708

A simply brilliant Magic Flute. - MusicWeb International

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ZANI, A.: Cello Concertos (Complete)
Rummel, Kolner Akademie, Willens
Capriccio C5145

This is a gratifying discovery: Zani’s music is powerful, the performances are excellent in any respect. - Pizzicato

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Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - JANÁCEK, L. / KURTÁG, G. / BARTÓK, B. (signs, games + messages)
Cedille CDR90000-143

In an inventive stroke, this duo plays these formidable works along with a series of ingenious and impish pieces by the Hungarian modernist master Gyorgy Kurtag. - The New York Times

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MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 (A. Fischer) - Nos. 35 and 38
Dacapo 6.220545

what impresses me about Fischer is that he uses his chamber forces to bring a fresh perspective on these Mozart symphonies - MusicWeb International

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LANG, M.R.: Piano Music (From the Unforgetting Skies)
Delos DE3433

Mauro is a polished advocate, with delightful interpretations communicating the richness and variety of [Lang’s] piano works. - American Record Guide

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Harpsichord Recital: Vinikour, Jory - POWELL, M. / COWELL, H. / ROREM, N. / ADLER, S.
Toccatas: Modern American Music for Harpsichord
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92174

Vinikour plays with astonishing speed and an assured touch, so even if the pieces are unfamiliar, listeners can derive pleasure from his brilliant performances -

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HEGGIE, J.: Moby-Dick (San Francisco Opera, 2012) (NTSC)
EuroArts 2059658

Set against the powerful musical backdrop by Jake Heggie, Moby-Dick is a high-techno drama engulfing all senses of the body. -

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Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 2
Grand Piano GP632

Giorgio Koukl, true master of contrasting and powerful playing, delivers these muscled works with ease and nature and signs a reference straight away - Classica

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Newton Classics

ROSSINI, G.: String Sonatas Nos. 1-6 (I Musici)
Newton Classics NC8802041

These performances are absolutely delightful...marked by discipline, musicality, and warm, burnished tone… - MusicWeb International

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Oehms Classics

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 0, "Nullte"
Hamburg Philharmonic, S. Young
Oehms Classics OC685

Finally we have the ideal recording of this symphony! - American Record Guide

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ENESCU, G.: Symphony No. 3 / Concert Overture on popular Romanian themes
Tampere Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Lintu
Ondine ODE1197-2


extremely virtuosic and difficult to play but great fun to hear -

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Royal Opera House, 2012) (NTSC)
Opus Arte OA1097D

A triumph. - MusicWeb International

See Opus Arte catalogue

Paladino Music

SCHUMANN, C.: Piano Music (Clara Schumanns Klavier) (Russo)
Paladino Music PMR0028

For a varied, skilfully played recital on a period instrument, this will be hard to beat. - MusicWeb International

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