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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 Releases

BACH, W.F.: Keyboard Works, Vol. 5 - Keyboard Sonatas, Fk. 6a, 7, 8, 200, 201 and 204
Julia Brown
Naxos 8.573177

‘Her [Julia Brown] work will be an indispensable reference for future students of this music.’ – American Record Guide

BARTÓK, B.: Kossuth / 2 Portraits / Orchestral Suite No. 1
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.573307

‘JoAnn Falletta’s performances of these early Bartók show-stoppers really do raise the roof.’ – Gramophone

BOYER, P.: Symphony No. 1 / Silver Fanfare / Festivities /
Three Olympians / Celebration Overture

London Philharmonic, Boyer
Naxos 8.559769

‘I came to this disk knowing nothing about Peter Boyer and have greatly enjoyed the experience.’ – MusicWeb International

Brass Chamber Music, Vol. 1 - MENDELSSOHN, Felix /

Naxos 8.573314

‘stirring, thoughtful debut CD’ – The Observer (London)

CAGE, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 3
Pestova, Meyer
Naxos 8.559728

‘With this CD Piano Duo Pestova/Meyer ends its Cage series, and given the superlatively high standards of the performances, this recording is another plus for the entire, highly recommendable edition.’ – Pizzicato

DUKAS, P.: Symphony in C Major / L'apprenti sorcier / La Peri
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573296

‘quite memorable and often excitingly fresh’ –

HEGGIE, J.: Connection: 3 Song Cycles
Zona, Tagg
Naxos 8.559764

‘This is an exceptional program of Jake Heggie’s wonderfully varied songs. Zona and Tagg are both excellent.’ – American Record Guide

HOWELLS, H.: Stabat Mater / Te Deum (Collegium Regale) /
Sine Nomine

The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill
Naxos 8.573176

‘A very moving performance’ – Gramophone

VIVALDI, A.: Concertos for 2 Cellos (arr. J. Lloyd Webber)
Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hofmann
Naxos 8.573374

‘sprightly and full of life ’ – Classic FM

GODOWSKY, L.: Piano Music, Vol. 12 - 6 Waltz Poems for the Left Hand Alone / Transcriptions
Konstantin Scherbakov
Marco Polo 8.225364

‘As always, Scherbakov is in complete command, technically and musically.’ –

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Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10284 [Blu-ray] / ACC-20284 [DVD]

‘Chailly offers rewarding insights—in both performance and discussion—into Mahler’s Fifth Symphony.’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

RECITAL WITH RENÉE FLEMING (A) - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (Blu-ray, HD)
Fleming, Pikulski
Arthaus Musik 108117

‘Renée Fleming’s crystalline timbre is ravishing.’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem
Stoyanova, Prudenskaya, Pirgu, Anastassov, Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900126

‘a superb and emotionally engaging performance’s exhilarating power.’
MusicWeb International

See BR-Klassik catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

ADAMS, J.L.: Become Ocean
Seattle Symphony, Ludovic
Cantaloupe Music CA-21101

‘This is not ersatz programmatic music… If ever an orchestra sounded like an immense sonic object, slowly floating across a vast area, then this must be it.’ – Gramophone

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets (Complete)
(The Soviet Experience)

Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDRBOX1003

‘The ensemble plays this music magnificently’ –

See Cedille catalogue


NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 8
Vienna Philharmonic, Oramo
Dacapo 6.220574

‘the Vienna Philharmonic plays magnificently for Sakari Oramo, and the engineering is equally superb’ –

See Dacapo catalogue


ROSSINI, G.: Opera Arias (Virtuoso Rossini Arias)
Brownlee, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian
Delos DE3455

‘With his fresh and stylish singing, Lawrence Brownlee reveals himself as a genuine Rossini tenor.’ – Pizzicato

See Delos catalogue

Grand Piano

KOŽELUCH, L.: Keyboard Sonatas (Complete), Vols. 1 & 2
Kemp English
Grand Piano GP642 & GP643

‘His [English] light and shade and finger clarity are superb.’
New Zealand Listener


See Grand Piano catalogue


Hvorostovsky, Masters of Choral Singing, Kontorovich
Ondine ODE1238-2

‘Whether singing Russian sacred or folk music, Hvorostovsky is both wonderfully dramatic and touching.’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Sono Luminus

Chamber Music - KRAFT, W. / NAIDOO, S. / GRISWOLD, E. / PEREIRA, J. (The Year Before Yesterday)
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92180

‘This stunning recording, especially in multi-channel versions, simply transports you to the hall with the musicians.’ – Audiophile Audition

See Sono Luminus catalogue


ROSSINI, G.: Barbiere di Siviglia (Il) (The Barber of Seville)
(arr. W. Sedlak)

Italiano di Fiati, Pollastri
Tactus TB791807

‘There is a mixture of zest, wit and finesse in the playing which I found very appealing, and which fortunately is well recorded and presented.’
MusicWeb International

See Tactus catalogue


Piano Recital: Pompa-Baldi, Antonio - LYAPUNOV, S.M. /
CHOPIN, F. / LISZT, F. / PIANA, R. (After A Reading of ... Liszt)

Antonio Pompa-Baldi
TwoPianists TP1039305

‘Pompa-Baldi’s playing will send shivers down the spine of even the most ardent lover of virtuosity and high-octane rhetori’ – Gramophone

See TwoPianists catalogue

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2
Vienna Symphony, Giulini
Vienna Symphony Orchestra WS004

‘Rather than hitting us in the face with the climaxes, Giulini seems to be concerned only with the sheer beauty of the music.’
American Record Guide

See Vienna Symphony Orchestra catalogue

Yarlung Records

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5
Colburn Orchestra, Schwarz
Yarlung Records YAR41014

‘By any standard, this is a superlative Mahler Fifth; given that it’s a live performance by a student orchestra, it’s frankly jaw-dropping.’ – Fanfare

See Yarlung Records catalogue

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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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November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
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February 2014


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