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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

Baker, Bergonzi, Caruso, Ferrier, Nilsson, Raimondi, Windgassen
Naxos 8.558097-100

‘this set provides pretty well as comprehensive an introduction to singing in the first half of the twentieth century’
MusicWeb International

BACH, J.S.: English Suites Nos. 1-3
(arr. Montenegrin Guitar Duo for 2 guitars)

Montenegrin Guitar Duo
Naxos 8.573473

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 21, 32
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573400

‘always fresh and spontaneous playing’ – Pizzicato

BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish" / Missa Brevis / The Lark
Washington Chorus, São Paulo Symphony Chorus, Baltimore Symphony, Alsop
Naxos 8.559742

‘this disc is superb’ – The Classical Reviewer

BIZET, G.: Roma / Marche Funèbre / Patrie Overture / Petite Suite
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573344

‘lively, flowing, and unfailingly intelligent’ –

‘The interpretation, rich in endearing details, avoids unnecessary effects and superfluous elaborations…The orchestra regales the ears with a freshness that comes close to spontaneity.’ – Diapason

BRAHMS, J.: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / 6 Lieder
(arr. G. Schwabe and N. Rimmer for cello and piano)

G. Schwabe, Rimmer
Naxos 8.573489

‘Schwabe carefully molds every single note. I wish the tones could stay a bit longer just to be able to marvel at them better.’ – Fono Forum

‘Emotionality paired with intellect.’

Harpsichord Recital: Lewis, Christopher D. - POULENC, F. /
(20th Century Harpsichord Music)

Christopher D. Lewis
Naxos 8.573364

‘Christopher D Lewis’ technique is very fine with superb precision and articulation.’ – The Classical Reviewer

JOUBERT, J.: Instant Moment (The) / Temps perdu / Sinfonietta
Herford, English String Orchestra, Boughton
Naxos 8.571368

‘This is one really fascinating, directly communicative program with three compelling, beautifully crafted pieces offering a wide range of moods and tonal subtleties.’ – Pizzicato

MALIPIERO, G.F.: Sinfonia degli eroi / Dai sepolcri /
Ditirambo tragico

Thessaloniki State Symphony, Closel
Naxos 8.572766

‘This music has been performed with a rare realism, galvanized by the beautiful passion of Amaury du Closel, visibly picking up the “malipierienne” cause, which he defends here with heroism.’

MARTUCCI, G.: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2
Trío Vega
Naxos 8.573438

‘Trío Vega’s splendid advocacy for these obscure yet unquestionably first-rate works warrants an enthusiastic recommendation’
Listen: Life with Classical Music

PIGOVAT, B.: Requiem, "The Holocaust" / Poem of Dawn
Serova, Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, Guerini
Naxos 8.572729

‘Boris Pigovat’s Holocaust Requiem is a music of striking serenity, beauty and depth, becoming highly emotional in the performance by violist Anna Serova and the Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra’

ROSSINI, G.: La gazza ladra [Opera]
Moreno, Tarver, Regazzo, Praticò, Rewerski, Mastrototaro, Islam-Ali-Zade, Classica Chamber Choir Brno, Virtuosi Brunensis, Zedda
Naxos 8.660369-71

‘fruity and sparkling’

‘this current version of La gazza ladra is as much recommended for the quality of artists as for the theatrical vision of the conductor’

SCHMITT, F.: Antoine et Cléopâtre Suites Nos. 1 and 2 /
Le Palais Hanté

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573521

‘Quietly sensational Schmitt, superbly recorded; nothing short of a revelation.’ – MusicWeb International

SIBELIUS, J.: Belshazzar's Feast / Overture in E Major /
Scène de ballet / Cortège / Menuetto

Pajala, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573300

‘Segerstam has become one of the very finest Sibelius conductors ’
BBC Music Magazine

TURINA, J.: Piano Music, Vol. 11 - Verbena madrileña /
En la zapatería / Linterna mágica / El circo / Radio Madrid

Jordi Masó
Naxos 8.573401

‘[Masó] knows this music better than anybody else’ –

WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera]
Goerne, DeYoung, Begley, Sidhom, Cangelosi, Hong Kong Philharmonic,
van Zweden

Naxos 8.660374-75

‘thrilling sense of drama’ – The Sunday Times, London

‘the Wotan of Matthias Goerne, the playing of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the conducting of Jaap van Zweden—foretell a Ring to challenge notions of great Wagner performances being solely things of the past’
Voix des Arts

Wind Ensemble Music - BRYANT, S. / PUCKETT, J. / MACKEY, J. (Shadow of Sirius) (Blu-ray Audio)
Gedigian, University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0048

‘A superb surround recording of contemporary wind band music.’
Audiophile Audition

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

SATIE, E.: Satiesfictions - Promenades with Erik Satie
(Documentary, 2015) (NTSC)

A film by Anne-Kathrin Peitz & Youlian Tabakov
Accentus Music ACC-20312

‘A fascinating portrait, every bit as quirky and surprising as its composer subject.’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue


VANHAL, J.K.: Sacred Works
Czech Boys Choir Boni Pueri, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Štryncl
ArcoDiva UP0165-2

‘Performances are quite excellent from start to finish.’
American Record Guide

See ArcoDiva catalogue

Arthaus Musik

JANÁCEK, L.: Jenufa (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2014) (NTSC)
Kaune, Larmore, Hartmann, Elgr, Schwarz, Orchestra and Chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Runnicles
Arthaus Musik 109069

‘powerful, direct and true to the piece’ – Opera Now

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

LANG, D.: Difficulty of Crossing a Field (The) [Opera]
O'Regan Thiele, Mitchell, Pringle, Mitchell, Harlem String Quartet,
Kinney Frost

Cantaloupe Music CA-21107

‘Lang, Wellman and the performers have elevated this brief, obscure tale to the status of enduring, resonant, multilayered American myth’
Opera News

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


VIVALDI, A.: Viola d'amore Concertos (Complete)
Barton Pine, Ars Antigua
Cedille CDR90000-159

‘the sonics are drop-dead gorgeous and the balances are absolutely perfect’ –

See Cedille catalogue


NIELSEN, C.: Maskarade (Masquerade) [Opera]
Dahl, Riis, Danish National Symphony, Schønwandt
Dacapo 6.220641-42

‘excellent on all fronts’ – Audiophile Audition

See Dacapo catalogue


Cello and Piano Recital: Murasaki Duo - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / MARTINU, B. / GINASTERA, A. / PIAZZOLLA, A. / BRAHMS, J.
(Duo Virtuoso)

Murasaki Duo
Delos DE3480

‘This is an interesting program, played to the hilt by both parties.’ – American Record Guide

See Delos catalogue


VIVALDI, A.: Farnace (Il) (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2013)
(Blu-ray, HD)

Nesi, Galou, Prina, Castellano, D'Aguanno, Mameli, Staveland,
Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Sardelli

Dynamic DYN-57670

‘The orchestra is spectacular. Sardelli lets the opera rip along with energy and speed.’ – American Record Guide

See Dynamic catalogue

Grand Piano

EKANAYAKA, T.: Reinventions – Rhapsodies for Piano
Tanya Ekanayaka
Grand Piano GP693

‘Melodic fragments of great beauty float through this music’
International Piano

See Grand Piano catalogue


RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Vocalise
Sabadus, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Kitajenko
OehmsClassics OC441

‘This is an extraordinary performance of the Rachmaninoff Second Symphony.’ – MusicWeb International

See OehmsClassics catalogue


KUULA, T.: South Ostrobothnian Suites Nos. 1-2 / Festive March / Prelude and Fugue
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Segerstam
Ondine ODE1270-2

‘Beautiful music with an organic, unbroken flow of melodic ideas in a romantic style, brilliantly performed by Segerstam’s Turku Philharmonic.’

See Ondine catalogue

Sono Luminus

Viola Recital: Watras, Melia - ROCHBERG, G. / ARAD, A. / BERIO, L. / RAN, S. (ispirare)
Melia Watras
Sono Luminus SLE-70002

‘Watras injects these pages with beguiling, long-range phrasing and relentlessly luxurious tone’ – WQXR (New York)

See Sono Luminus catalogue


BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Lori Sims
TwoPianists TP1039244

‘a masterful, heartfelt, and simply beautiful performance’

See TwoPianists catalogue

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