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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Works for Violin and Orchestra
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Violin and Orchestra Works
Tianwa Yang • Gabriel Schwabe • Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Soustrot
Naxos 8.573411


‘Tianwa Yang’s Saint-Saëns performances are totally spellbinding, not just in technical matters, but in their stylish sensibility as well.’ – Pizzicato


‘Here is another winning addition to the Saint-Saëns series…thanks to the intelligent and sweet-toned performances of violinist Tianwa Yang.’ – The Guardian

‘Yang plays exceptionally well, a demanding programme, where, for the most part, Saint-Saëns winningly combines virtuoso display, with some exceptional melodies.’ – Classic FM


SIBELIUS, J.: Tapiola • En Saga • Songs (arr. A. Sallinen for voice and orchestra)
SIBELIUS, J.: Tapiola • En Saga • Songs (arr. A. Sallinen for voice and orchestra)
Otter • Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra • Lintu
Ondine ODE1289-5





‘One of the most striking Sibelius discs for years.’ – Gramophone

‘With this recording Hannu Lintu signs truly great performances, deeply inspired, highly colourful and evocative.’ – Pizzicato

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BIZET, G.: Carmen Suites Nos. 1-2 • L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1-2
BIZET, G.: Carmen Suites Nos. 1-2 • L’Arlésienne Suites Nos. 1-2
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra • P. González
Naxos 8.573546



‘I know, you’ve heard this stuff a million times. Well, make this a million and one.’ – ClassicsToday.com


BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 21, 26
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 21, 26
New Russia State Symphony Orchestra • A. Walker
Naxos 8.573752

‘An Odyssean feat is now complete but more to the point this vividly recorded and performed disc of symphonies brings three aspects of Havergal Brian’s disorientatingly glorious world to continuing life.’ – MusicWeb International


British Music for Violin and Piano – ELGAR, E. • BRIDGE, F. • DELIUS, F. • SCOTT, C.
British Music for Violin and Piano – ELGAR, E. • BRIDGE, F. • DELIUS, F. • SCOTT, C.
Howick • Ekins
Naxos 8.573790

‘A completely enjoyable hour of music’ – AllMusic.com


DEVIENNE, F.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 3 – Nos. 9-12
DEVIENNE, F.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 3 – Nos. 9-12
P. Gallois • Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573465

‘Patrick Gallois is a powerful advocate for these relatively little-known works, and his use of a wooden Boehm-system flute brings an additional dimension of tonal historicity’ – Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist


DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios, Vol. 2 – Nos. 1 and 2
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios, Vol. 2 – Nos. 1 and 2
Tempest Trio
Naxos 8.573723

‘…both trios on this disc please immensely on account of the vibrant and emotionally communicative playing of the Tempest Trio.’ – Fanfare

‘This disc is a winner on all fronts: the music, the performances and the recording.’ – MusicWeb International


OFFENBACH, J.: Overtures
OFFENBACH, J.: Overtures
Orchestre National de Lille • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573694


‘Ang is a natural in this repertoire; inspired playing and top-notch sound, too.’ – MusicWeb International


PIAZZOLLA, A.: Violin and Piano Arrangements (Legacy)
PIAZZOLLA, A.: Violin and Piano Arrangements (Legacy)
Cotik • Tao Lin
Naxos 8.573789

‘Tomas Cotik’s Piazzolla is carnal, passionate and nowhere easy-going. Together with his group he has produced a riveting CD.’ – Pizzicato

‘This makes for an excellent hour of engaging and excellent energetic performances.’ – Cinemusical


RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
Naxos 8.573629


‘Boris Giltburg faithfully observes Rachmaninov’s marks of expression in the concerto and the Op 33 études, but there is a fluid imagination at work here tied to an enquiring musical intelligence.’ – Gramophone

‘Rachmaninov’s music for piano, with and without orchestra, is being superbly well served on disc nowadays, and this Naxos CD is yet another notable example.’ – MusicWeb International


ROSSINI, G.: Adelaide di Borgogna [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Adelaide di Borgogna [Opera]
Sadovnikova • Gritskova • Poznan Camerata Bach Choir • Virtuosi Brunensis • Acocella
Naxos 8.660401-02


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: The Gadfly (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald)
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: The Gadfly (reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald)
Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic • M. Fitz-Gerald
Naxos 8.573747

‘A lively curiosity, to be sure.’ – The Observer (London)


Thoughts Observed – SCHUMANN, R. • DUPARC, H. • DEBUSSY, C. • HAHN, R. • POULENC, F.
Thoughts Observed – SCHUMANN, R. • DUPARC, H. • DEBUSSY, C. • HAHN, R. • POULENC, F.
Yaniv d’Or
Naxos 8.573780

‘D’Or is joined here by the sensitive accompanist Dan Deutsch, and the two of them triumph, hands down’ – Opera News

NAXOS DVDs

PUCCINI, G.: La Bohème [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2014)
PUCCINI, G.: La Bohème [Opera] (Malmö Opera, 2014)
Golovneva • Bäckström • Sulimsky • Fontosh • Hällström • Sebestyén • Malmö Opera • Badea
Naxos DVD 2.110385

‘The glory of this production is the high-energy cast, particularly in the two leading roles. Badea leads the fine Malmö Opera Orchestra in an emotional reading of the score, and he supports the singers beautifully.’ – Opera News

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

GOGOL, N.: Dead Souls (Unabridged)
GOGOL, N.: Dead Souls (Unabridged)
Nicholas Boulton
Naxos AudioBooks NA0269

‘The book is Gogol’s flawed masterpiece, and this is a presentation that it deserves.’ – AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, J.S.: Cantatas for Bass – BWV 56, 82 and 158
BACH, J.S.: Cantatas for Bass – BWV 56, 82 and 158
BACH, J.S.: Cantatas for Bass – BWV 56, 82 and 158
Volle • R. Johannsen • RIAS Chamber Chorus • Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik • Alpermann
Accentus Music ACC-30410


‘Michael Volle’s outstanding voice, the excellent playing by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a beautiful sound recording perfectly match and ensure an exceptional musical experience.’ – Pizzicato


MOZART, W.A.: Così fan tutte [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2017) [BD]
MOZART, W.A.: Così fan tutte [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2017) [DVD]
MOZART, W.A.: Così fan tutte [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2017)
J. Wagner • Losier • Antoun • Sly • Rosas Company Dancers • Paris National Opera • P. Jordan
Arthaus Musik 109339 [BD] | 109338 [DVD]

‘This is a most unusual Così which eventually had me hooked.’ – Gramophone


BERG, A.: Lulu [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2015)
BERG, A.: Lulu [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2015)
Petersen • Skovhus • Sindram • Klink • Trost • Winkler • Bavarian State Opera • Petrenko
Bel Air Classiques BAC129


‘This is an exceptional production of Alban Berg’s Lulu with superb conducting by Kirill Petrenko and outstanding singing. Marlis Petersen is just terrific in the title role.’ – Pizzicato


RAVEL, M.: L’heure espagnole [Opera] • CHABRIER, E.: España
RAVEL, M.: L’heure espagnole [Opera] • CHABRIER, E.: España
Arquez • Behr • Vidal • Duhamel • Lhote • Munich Radio Orchestra • Fisch
BR-Klassik 900317

‘This superbly detailed reading from the Munich Radio Orchestra is helmed by West Australian Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Asher Fisch, who here proves as skilled a hand with the French Impressionists as he is with the German Romantics.’ – Limelight


MARTINŮ, B.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
MARTINŮ, B.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • C. Meister
Capriccio C5320

‘Cornelius Meister has a refreshing vision of Martinů’s symphonies. His orchestra responds in a fabulous way.’ – Pizzicato


WEINBERG, M.: String Quartet No. 7 • Piano Quintet
WEINBERG, M.: String Quartet No. 7 • Piano Quintet
Silesian String Quartet • Salajczyk
CD Accord CDAccordACD239

‘The performance by the Silesian Quartet, with pianist Piotr Sałajczyk, is one of exceptional urgency and intensity, generating wild excitement without compromising clarity of texture and exactitude of execution.’ – Fanfare


Voice of Defiance – ULLMANN, V. • SHOSTAKOVICH, D. • LAKS, S.
Voice of Defiance – ULLMANN, V. • SHOSTAKOVICH, D. • LAKS, S.
Dover Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-173


‘The main work here, the Second Quartet by Shostakovich, is heard in a haunting performance, sending chills down the spine especially in the extremely dreary Romance. I can’t remember any other quartet playing this music like the ‘Dovers’ do.’ – Pizzicato

‘Here is an example of imaginative, enlightened—and enlightening—programming.’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘I’ve heard many recordings of this work but this one has the feel of the definitive.’ – Positive Feedback Online


In dulci jubilo – Music for the Christmas Season by Buxtehude and Friends
In dulci jubilo – Music for the Christmas Season by Buxtehude and Friends
Theatre of Voices • Hillier
Dacapo 6.220661

‘This is as classy as Christmas albums come: music from an important Swedish archive of northern European baroque music, delivered with razor-sharp clarity by Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices and on luminous period instruments.’ – The Guardian


A Tribute to Gilbert Duprez – VERDI, G. • DONIZETTI, G. • BERLIOZ, H. • ROSSINI, G.
A Tribute to Gilbert Duprez – VERDI, G. • DONIZETTI, G. • BERLIOZ, H. • ROSSINI, G.
John Osborn
Delos DE3532


‘This quite outstanding new Delos recording, A Tribute to Gilbert Duprez should win French Grand Opera and tenor John Osborn many new admirers.’ – MusicWeb International


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (original 1873 version, ed. L. Nowak)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 3 (original 1873 version, ed. L. Nowak)
Altomonte Orchester St. Florian • R. Ballot
Gramola99044

‘Rémy Ballot delivers a spellbinding performance of the sprawling, ingenious original version of Bruckner’s “Wagner” Symphony’ – Forbes.com

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SCHIFRIN, L.: Piano Works
SCHIFRIN, L.: Piano Works
Mirian Conti
Grand Piano GP776


‘Conti’s performances connect well with the rhythmic vitality of Schifrin’s music, ably delivering the gorgeous melodic content and rich, extended jazz harmonies.’ – Film Score Monthly

‘Conti’s performances capture well the rhythmic complexities of these works and communicate their vitality. The melodies are beautifully shaped and this is enhanced by the rich, extended jazz harmonies.’ – Cinemusical


FUENTES, A.: Broken Mirror • Liquid Crystals • Ice reflection • Glass Distortion
FUENTES, A.: Broken Mirror • Liquid Crystals • Ice reflection • Glass Distortion
Quatuor Diotima
Kairos 0015015KAI

‘The performances of the Quatuor Diotima appear definitive; they have been impeccably prepared and are drenched in a conviction rare for new music.’ – MusicWeb International


Shanghai Mozart Dream – Masterworks for Horn
Shanghai Mozart Dream – Masterworks for Horn
Xiaoming Han • Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra • Swensen
OehmsClassics OC1805

‘This is a sheer joy to listen to.’ – MusicWeb International


ROSSINI, G.: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016) [BD]
ROSSINI, G.: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016) [DVD]
ROSSINI, G.: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016)
de Niese • Corbelli • Bürger • Stayton • Stamboglis • Kelly • Glyndebourne Opera • Mazzola
Opus Arte OABD7218D [BD] | OA1238D [DVD]

‘Arden’s lively staging is superbly matched by Enrique Mazzola’s brisk, vibrant, percussive conducting of the London Philharmonic, with fortepiano continuo by Andrew Smith.’ – Opera News


BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV 1007-1012
BACH, J.S.: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV 1007-1012
Richard Narroway
Sono Luminus SLE-70010

‘Narroway honours Bach with artistry of captivating sensitivity.’ – Gramophone


WAGNER, R.: Opera Overtures and Preludes (1955, 1957, 1959)
WAGNER, R.: Opera Overtures and Preludes (1955, 1957, 1959)
Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Baden-Baden • Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19036CD

‘Reviewing recordings featuring the German conductor Hans Rosbaud is difficult simply because the only thing worth saying is that everything Rosbaud does sounds so right.’ – Gramophone


Nostos – PÄRT, A. • NYSTEDT, K. • HOWELLS, H. • MCGLYNN, M. • CHESNOKOV, P.
Nostos – PÄRT, A. • NYSTEDT, K. • HOWELLS, H. • MCGLYNN, M. • CHESNOKOV, P.
California State University Fullerton Singers • Istad
Yarlung Records YAR80173


‘This is a rewarding collection of sacred music, marvellously sung by the California State Fullerton University Singers, with beautiful choral textures and a finely nuanced and livelily singing.’ – Pizzicato



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