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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

Brass Septet Music, Vol. 3 - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. / SCRIABIN, A. / RACHMANINOV, S.
Brass Septet Music, Vol. 3 - SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / PROKOFIEV, S. / SCRIABIN, A. / RACHMANINOV, S.
Septura
Naxos 8.573475

‘Another first rate release from this enterprising ensemble. ’
Brass Band World

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CATOIRE, G.: Complete Violin and Piano Works
CATOIRE, G.: Complete Violin and Piano Works
Kayaleh, Lemelin
Naxos 8.573345

‘The brilliant performance by violinist Laurence Kayaleh and pianist Stéphane Lemelin is lively and its sound is clear, clean and pleasantly warm.’ – Fanfare

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GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liliana / Suite Oriental / Elisenda
GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liliana / Suite Oriental / Elisenda
Espasa, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, González
Naxos 8.573265

‘Pianist Dani Espasa plays [Elisenda’s] three pastoral movements with delicacy and grace, complemented by shapely cello and violin solos from the BSO principals.’ – Gramophone

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INDY, V. d': Symphony No. 2 / Souvenirs / Istar
INDY, V. d': Symphony No. 2 / Souvenirs / Istar
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573522

‘Superbly done. The anguish of Souvenirs really hits home. Istar sounds very sensual and the RSNO have a field day with its virtuoso scoring.’ – Gramophone

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KHACHATURIAN, A.I.: Symphony No. 2, "Symphony with a Bell" / Lermontov Suite (excerpts)
KHACHATURIAN, A.I.: Symphony No. 2, "Symphony with a Bell" / Lermontov Suite (excerpts)
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Yablonsky
Naxos 8.570436

‘Yablonsky deliver an interpretation that’s thrilling, moving, powerful, and thoroughly engrossing.’ – American Record Guide

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LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
Yang, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Ang
Naxos 8.573067

‘Tianwa Yang, one of the most talented violinists of our time, delivers a sparkling and truly exciting account of Lalo’s Smphonie Espagnole, very well supported by the Barcelona Orchestra and conductor Darrell Ang.’ – Pizzicato


‘Yang and Ang have a fine sense of the easy flow of the themes and the intricacy of the relationship between soloist and ensemble, with the result that this performance simply sings.’ – Infodad.com

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MAYR, J.S.: Overtures
MAYR, J.S.: Overtures
Bavarian Classical Players, Concerto de Bassus, Virtuosi Italiani, Hauk
Naxos 8.573484

‘These are well-played and charming. If you seek something ear opening and fun from the period, this fits the bill nicely.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

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MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573513

‘We hear Mozart-playing of the highest delicacy, playful and light, very musical and sensitive from the first until the last note.’ – Fono Forum

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RAVEL, M. / FERROUD, P.-O. / IBERT, J. / etc.: L'Éventail de Jeanne / RAVEL, M.: Ma Mère l'Oye
RAVEL, M. / FERROUD, P.-O. / IBERT, J. / etc.: L'Éventail de Jeanne / RAVEL, M.: Ma Mère l'Oye
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Axelrod
Naxos 8.573354


‘An absolutely charming piece, vividly played by the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire.’ – Pizzicato

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ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
Anderzhanov, Cantó, Cardoso, Chuprinova, D'Agosto, Giordano, Marianelli, Mchedlishvili, Mihai, Mironov, Myshketa, Osterc, Palazzi, Pizzolato, Praticò, Sargsyan, Simone, Watanabe, PoznaĹ„ Camerata Bach Choir,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Naxos 8.660382-84

‘Whilst I greatly enjoy the DG recording and its all-star cast, I was pleasantly surprised at how much enjoyment I had in playing this Bad Wildbad version.’
MusicWeb International

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STANFORD, C.V.: Choral Music - Stabat Mater / Song to the Soul / The Resurrection
STANFORD, C.V.: Choral Music - Stabat Mater / Song to the Soul /
The Resurrection

Cragg, Hopper, Murray, Soar, The Bach Choir,
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hill

Naxos 8.573512

‘The Bach Choir, the soloists and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Hill give an inspirational and often moving account of all three works.’ – MusicWeb International

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STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir, Fox
Naxos 8.573665

‘This recording boasts marvellously committed fervent singing from the Clarion Choir under Steven Fox and deserves the widest possible dissemination.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The luscious, uplifting Alleluias which round off the disc’s concluding ‘Let all mortal flesh’ will surely encourage other choirs to tackle this newly restored masterpiece.’ – Gramophone

‘Steven Fox and the Clarion Choir give a compelling account.’ – Fanfare

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Straight From The Heart - The Chansonnier Cordiforme
Straight From The Heart - The Chansonnier Cordiforme
Ensemble Leones, Lewon
Naxos 8.573325


‘Once more, Marc Lewon and his Ensemble Leones invite the listener to discover a forgotten repertoire. Their commitment and the musical quality of the recording make this a most valuable CD.’ – Pizzicato

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STRAVINSKY, I.: Soldier's Tale Suite / Octet / Les Noces
STRAVINSKY, I.: Soldier's Tale Suite / Octet / Les Noces
Artymiw, Bishop, Breault, Cross, Hodges, Jackson, Jung, Laubach, Nash, Petrova, Anna; Redmon, Sanchez, Schub, Sedov, Solaun, Yang,
Virginia Symphony Chorus, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, Falletta

Naxos 8.573538


‘This is an essential Stravinsky CD with very crisp and colourful performances.’
Pizzicato

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WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
Broderick, Burford, Castle, Damerau, DeYoung, Foster, Goerne, Lang, McKrill, Melton, Nykänen, Skelton, Struckmann, Varak,
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden

Naxos 8.660394-97


‘Van Zweden’s sense of pacing and drama never falters and some of the climaxes he engineers are thrillingly vivid’ – The Guardian


‘This atmospheric Walküre, the second part of the Ring, is evidence of Van Zweden’s success in dramatically raising standards at Hong Kong...’
The Times (London)

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WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, Lande
Naxos 8.573565

‘The opening piece, the 1950 Suite for Orchestra, is a world-premiere recording that’s worth the purchase price in itself.’ – AllMusic.com

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Naxos Audiobooks

CARROLL, L.: Selected Poetry (Unabridged)
CARROLL, L.: Selected Poetry (Unabridged)
Roger May
Naxos Audiobooks NA0232

‘[Roger May’s] delivery makes the audiobook a perfect choice for listeners of all ages to enjoy together, either on its own or in concert with reading Carroll’s prose works.’ – AudioFile

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Accentus Music

SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphony No. 2 / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Livre / Musique funèbre
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphony No. 2 / LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Livre / Musique funèbre
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Liebreich
Accentus Music ACC-30349


‘The ever excellent Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra is passionately responding to Alexander Liebreich’s inspired conducting in this appealing All-Polish program. ’ – Pizzicato

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BR-Klassik

Gerhaher, Christian - HAYDN, J. / BRITTEN, B. / BEETHOVEN, L. van: FolksLied (Vocal Recital)
Gerhaher, Christian - HAYDN, J. / BRITTEN, B. /
BEETHOVEN, L. van: FolksLied (Vocal Recital)

Barachovsky, Gerhaher, Huber, Klinger
BR-Klassik 900131

‘Gerhaher is excellent in Haydn and Beethoven, only to surpass himself with an incandescent account of eight arrangements by Benjamin Britten.’ – Fanfare

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C Major

AUERBACH, L.: Tatiana (Hamburg Ballet, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD)
AUERBACH, L.: Tatiana (Hamburg Ballet, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD)
Bouchet, Heylmann, Jung, Revazov, Trusch,
Hamburg State Opera Ballet and Philharmonic Orchetsra, Hewett

C Major 737504


‘Auerbach is nothing if not ecelctic...even polystylistic.’ – Audiophile Audition

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Cantaloupe Music

VREBALOV, A.: The Sea Ranch Songs
VREBALOV, A.: The Sea Ranch Songs
Kronos Quartet
Cantaloupe Music CA-21122


‘For the Kronos Quartet, this is yet another fascinating and rewarding release whose legacy of contemporary music commissioning and visionary art creation grows every year. ’
Audiophile Audition

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Capriccio

REGER, M.: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 101 (arr. R. Kolisch for violin and chamber ensemble)
REGER, M.: Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 101
(arr. R. Kolisch for violin and chamber ensemble)

Rademacher, Linos Ensemble
Capriccio C5137

‘The disc is highly successful—a very significant achievement which I enjoyed greatly.’ – The Strad

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Cedille

CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands
CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands
Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-165


‘The Lincoln Trio plays with spirit and determined vibrancy in an extremely worthwhile recital. ’ – Audiophile Audition

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Dacapo

GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P.: Mirror II / Symfoni, Antifoni / Incontri
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P.: Mirror II / Symfoni, Antifoni / Incontri
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dausgaard
Dacapo 8.226120

‘Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was a distinctive voice. These performances from Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Symphony Orchestra could not be bettered. ’ – The Classical Reviewer

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Delos

Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PROKOFIEV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I / RUBINSTEIN, A.: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (Vocal Recital)
Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PROKOFIEV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I / RUBINSTEIN, A.: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (Vocal Recital)
Grigorian, Guzhov, Hvorostovsky, Morozov, Shishkova, Volkov,
Helikon Opera Chorus, Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian

Delos DE3517

‘Whatever [Dmitri Hvorostovsky] sings here he seems to be fully inside the characters, and it is a pleasure to wallow in his unmistakable rounded tone, which is so perfect for Verdi but just as attractive in the repertoire of his native land. ’ – MusicWeb International

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Dynamic

TUTINO, M.: Le Braci [Opera]
TUTINO, M.: Le Braci [Opera]
Antoniozzi, Giusti, Kuban, Nisi, Scandiuzzi, Tomasoni,
Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Cilluffo

Dynamic CDS7736

‘I felt a gripping story had been told in a magnificent, time-honored fashion.’
Opera News

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Grand Piano

LE FLEM, P.: Complete Piano Works
LE FLEM, P.: Complete Piano Works
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP695

‘How refreshing it is to be introduced to someone as interesting yet almost totally unknown as Paul le Flem. I urge you to listen to this captivating music so brilliantly played.’ – MusicWeb International

‘strikingly beautiful piano music which is brilliantly performed’
The New Listener

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ICA Classics

ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 1 / In the South Overture, "Alassio"
ELGAR, E.: Symphony No. 1 / In the South Overture, "Alassio"
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Rome, Pappano
ICA Classics ICAC5138


‘What we get from Pappano is intense and vibrant, epic in many ways.’
Classicalsource.com

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OehmsClassics

Carl Orff Chor Marktoberdorf - LASSO, O. di / MIŠKINIS, V. / WHITACRE, E. / MATSUSHITA, K.: Missa! (Choral Concert)
Carl Orff Chor Marktoberdorf - LASSO, O. di / MIŠKINIS, V. /
WHITACRE, E. / MATSUSHITA, K.: Missa! (Choral Concert)

Bader, Schneider, Wank, Carl Orff Chor Marktoberdorf, Wolitz
OehmsClassics OC1843


‘Intelligence and beauty go hand in hand in this thoroughly musical re-creation’
Choir & Organ

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Ondine

LINDBERG, M.: Al largo / Cello Concerto No. 2 / Era
LINDBERG, M.: Al largo / Cello Concerto No. 2 / Era
Karttunen, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lintu
Ondine ODE1281-5

‘A sensuous feast.’ – BBC Music Magazine

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN, B.: The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne, 2015)
BRITTEN, B.: The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne, 2015)
Alder, Clayton, Rice, Rock, Rose, Royal, Sumuel, Wyn-Rogers,
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hussain

Opus Arte OA1219D

‘The singing by the principals is eloquent and sensual’ – BBC Music Magazine

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OUR Recordings

BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Piano Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Piano Music
Eric Kaltoft
OUR Recordings 6.220616

‘It has been an absolute pleasure exploring this music, whose overriding aesthetic, beyond its exploratory rigor, is one of all-encompassing beauty and ultimate serenity.’ – Fanfare

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SWR Classic

PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Accardo, Bergmann, South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Bour

SWR Classic SWR19019CD

‘Salvatore Accordo has to be counted among the greatest performers of Paganini’s music. With his formidable technique and a good musical taste his performances on this disc are as stunning as were his studio recordings with Dutoit.’ – Pizzicato

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Tafelmusik Media

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9, "Choral"
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9, "Choral"
Balzer, Nesi, Plundrich, Tischler,
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Weil

Tafelmusik Media TMK1030CD

‘Bruno Weil and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir perform in a streamlined presentation notable for its authentic instrumentation and historically informed performance practice’ – AllMusic.com

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