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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

WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung [Opera]
Barkmin • Brenna • Shenyang • Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra • Jaap van Zweden
Naxos 8.660428-31

‘This set is, in one word, majestic, which is a fitting end to the Cycle.’
ClassicsToday.com


‘Gun-Brit Barkmin’s Brünnhilde is once again admirable in her ability to maintain quality tone throughout, in an approach that combines lyricism with dramatic focus.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The new Ring stands as a testament to the determination and focus that has utterly transformed the HK Phil into certainly the best orchestra in Asia and one that can hold its own on any international platform.’
Opera Now


WAGNER, R.: Der Fliegende Holländer [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Der Fliegende Holländer [Opera]
G. London • Rysanek • Uhl • Greindl • Paskuda • Bayreuth Festival Chorus and Orchestra • Sawallisch
Orfeo C936182I

‘Sawallisch puts this across with even more orchestral and choral punch than in 1961. The cast is on fire as well.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Poplutz • Kleiter • Magiera • Bauer • Mainz Bach Choir and Orchestra • R. Otto
Naxos 8.574001-02


‘There is a lot of gorgeous playing and singing in this new recording.’
Pizzicato

‘A real value is this one. And I am very happy to have the performances. They are to me a new benchmark. This version will doubtless take over in my Christmas listening cycle going forward.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


BARRIOS MANGORÉ, A.: Guitar Music, Vol. 4
BARRIOS MANGORÉ, A.: Guitar Music, Vol. 4
Celil Refik-Kaya
Naxos 8.573897

‘[Refik-Kaya] serves Barrios’s music with perfection. And his technique is even more accomplished than Barrios’s own. This is a treasure.’
American Record Guide


BENNETT, W.S.: Piano Sextet • Chamber Trio • String Quartet
BENNETT, W.S.: Piano Sextet • Chamber Trio • String Quartet
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571379


‘The performances are fresh and dynamic, making this release an admirable program of lovely chamber music.’
Pizzicato

‘All the performances brim over with personality, and these delightful scores could have no better advocates.’
MusicWeb International


BERNSTEIN, L.: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite • Slava! • CBS Music • A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet
BERNSTEIN, L.: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite • Slava! • CBS Music • A Bernstein Birthday Bouquet
São Paulo Symphony • Alsop
Naxos 8.559813

‘No one does Bernstein, or almost Bernstein, better than Alsop these days, and the Naxos sonics are also first rate.’
ClassicsToday.com


D’Or, Yaniv • Ensemble NAYA: Exaltation
D’Or, Yaniv • Ensemble NAYA: Exaltation
Yaniv D’Or • Ensemble NAYA
Naxos 8.573980


‘All the musicians here were virtuousi; congratulations to the Wigmore Hall for seeing the potential in this unconventional musical package, and may Yaniv and co return soon.’
The Independent


DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 1 • Métaboles • Les Citations
DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 1 • Métaboles • Les Citations
Ciabaud • Tomczak-Feltrin • Petit • Robine • Lille National Orchestra • J.-C. Casadesus
Naxos 8.573746

‘This remake is just terrific.’
ClassicsToday.com


‘The chamber music group performing Les Citations matches the high level of the orchestral performances.’
Pizzicato

‘A great CD and a splendid addition to the Naxos survey of Henri Dutilleux’s music. …the present CD is satisfying in every respect.’
MusicWeb International


FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, “Spiritualist” • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, “Spiritualist” • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
Biegel • A.N. Cohen • Sparr • McAllister • London Symphony • Falletta
Naxos 8.559824


‘This latest Fuchs/Naxos disc, marking 15 years of his recording with conductor Falletta, bears real gems. The animated piano concerto is a delightful flight of fancy.’
BBC Music Magazine


The Lully Effect – LULLY, J.-B. • TELEMANN, G.P. • RAMEAU, J.-P.
The Lully Effect – LULLY, J.-B. • TELEMANN, G.P. • RAMEAU, J.-P.
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra • Kuijken
Naxos 8.573867


‘The Indianapolis orchestra is on excellent display here with great energy.’
Cinemusical


KERTSMAN, M.: Concertos • Chamber Symphony No. 2, ‘New York of 50 Doors’
KERTSMAN, M.: Concertos • Chamber Symphony No. 2, ‘New York of 50 Doors’
Piccinini • Korcsolán • Kuuskmann • London Philharmonic • D.R. Davies
Naxos 8.573987


‘From the splendidly creepy, and imaginatively scored, Concerto for Violin, Horn and Shofar to the jazzy ‘New York of 50 Doors’ Concerto, there’s no shortage of variety here.’
BBC Music Magazine


INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BERG, A.: Violin Concerto • MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Symphony No. 3, ‘Scottish’
BERG, A.: Violin Concerto • MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Symphony No. 3, ‘Scottish’
Skride • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra • A. Nelsons
Accentus Music ACC-10443

‘The sound is a feast in its own right—a lovely balance of clarity, spaciousness, and glowing warmth’
BBC Music Magazine


MARTINŮ, B.: Mount of Three Lights • REZNÍCEK, P.: Dies irae • FIALA, P.: Regina coeli laetare
MARTINŮ, B.: Mount of Three Lights • REZNÍCEK, P.: Dies irae • FIALA, P.: Regina coeli laetare
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno • Fiala
ArcoDiva UP0188

‘This release is a case where the music is perfectly matched to the ensemble. And that’s what made it so enjoyable for me.’
WTJU


BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
Imbrailo • Spence • Sherratt • Oliemans • Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Bolton • Warner
BelAir Classiques BAC154 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC554)


‘The outstanding central performances in a production, superbly conducted by Ivor Bolton, which brought me close to tears.’
BBC Music Magazine


MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41
MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Blomstedt
BR-Klassik 900164

‘Listeners from the traditionalist and revisionist camps can find much to appreciate in Blomstedt’s meticulous and intensely focused performances.’
AllMusic.com


‘The playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is superb throughout’
Classical Ear


WANG, Yuja: Through the Eyes of Yuja (Documentary, 2014)
WANG, Yuja: Through the Eyes of Yuja (Documentary, 2014)
Yuja Wang • Camerata Salzburg • Bringuer
C Major 745408

Also available on Blu-ray (745504)

‘A disarmingly honest, and fascinating, glimpse into the life of one of today’s leading virtuosos, complete with performances of Gershwin and Ravel caught live in Salzburg.’
Gramophone


MONIUSZKO, S.: Widma (Phantoms) [Cantata]
MONIUSZKO, S.: Widma (Phantoms) [Cantata]
Brek • Kubas-Kruk • Butryn • National Forum of Music Choir • Wrocław Baroque Orchestra • Kosendiak
CDAccordACD243

‘An impeccably produced and performed hearing of a rarely heard Moniuszko work’
Opera News


LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2, ‘Vaarbrud’ and 6, ‘Det himmelrivende’ • GADE, J.: Tango Jalousie
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2, ‘Vaarbrud’ and 6, ‘Det himmelrivende’ • GADE, J.: Tango Jalousie
A. Komsi • Vienna Philharmonic • Oramo
Dacapo 6.220653

‘A mandatory purchase for its interpretative insights, committed playing and tangibly realistic sound.’
Gramophone


Imagination – HANDEL, G.F.  • TELEMANN, G.P.  • PODBIELSKI, C.  • CORRETTE, M.  • WOLFF, C.M.
Imagination – HANDEL, G.F. • TELEMANN, G.P. • PODBIELSKI, C. • CORRETTE, M. • WOLFF, C.M.
Pandolfis Consort
Gramola99161


‘Three of his [Mayseder] six concertos find with Raimund Lissy and his colleagues from Vienna perfect advocates for his music.’
Pizzicato


LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Complete Piano Music
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Complete Piano Music
Koukl • Rossetti
Grand Piano GP768


‘The many miniatures are exquisite, including a quirky Bukoliki and two world premiere recordings; Virginia Rossetti joins Koukl’s collection now leads the field, ahead of Corinna Simon’s ‘complete’ disc.’
International Piano


LINDBERG, M.: Tempus fugit • Violin Concerto No. 2
LINDBERG, M.: Tempus fugit • Violin Concerto No. 2
F.P. Zimmermann • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1308-5


‘In the Violin Concerto No. 2 Frank Peter Zimmermann, for whom the work was written, is a serene soloist, rock solid throughout and cool as the proverbial cucumber through every virtuoso challenge.’
BBC Music Magazine


PUCCINI, G.: La Bohème [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
PUCCINI, G.: La Bohème [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
Fabiano • Car • Mihai • Kwiecień • Tittoto • Sempey • Royal Opera Chorus • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Pappano • Jones
Opus Arte OA1272D [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7248D)

‘Antonio Pappano is in his element relishing every detail in Puccini’s score’
BBC Music Magazine


Årstiderne: 28 Danske Sange (Seasons: 28 Danish Songs)
Årstiderne: 28 Danske Sange (Seasons: 28 Danish Songs)
Danish National Vocal Ensemble • Holten
OUR Recordings 8.226911

‘One of the reasons we’re here is to share discoveries such as this, and hope that you may find it as rewarding and enlightening as we did’
ClassicsToday.com


For Glenn Gould – GIBBONS, O.  • SWEELINCK, J.P.  • BACH, J.S.  • BRAHMS, J.  • BERG, A.
For Glenn Gould – GIBBONS, O. • SWEELINCK, J.P. • BACH, J.S. • BRAHMS, J. • BERG, A.
Stewart Goodyear
Sono Luminus DSL-92220


‘Goodyear doesn’t attempt to mimic Gould’s style but demonstrates the same sort of technical assurance and clarifying intelligence.’
The Absolute Sound



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