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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

KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
Jakubiak • Jagde • Wagner • Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra • Albrecht • Loy
Naxos 2.110584-85 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0083V)

‘Conductor Marc Albrecht unfolds the opulence of this underrated score.’
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)


SAARIAHO, K.: True Fire • Trans • Ciel d’hiver
SAARIAHO, K.: True Fire • Trans • Ciel d’hiver
G. Finley • Maistre • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1309-2

‘Kaija Saariaho makes the orchestra sparkle like a star’
Classica

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

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

‘A constant pleasure.’
American Record Guide


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
Giltburg • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • V. Petrenko
Naxos 8.574151

‘Giltburg and Petrenko revel in the work’s disarming humour and magical transitions, serving up its most captivating recording’
Gramophone


‘Boris Giltburg injects vivid, thrilled energy into the two early concertos of Beethoven.’
Audiophile Audition


BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
Maltman • Westbroek • van Aken • Beekman • White • Dutch National Opera Chorus • Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra • Albrecht • Warlikowski
Naxos 2.110582 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0081V)

‘The film renders the opera with superb audio clarity and visual presence, to deliver an unforgettable experience.’
Opera


BERMEL, D.: Migration Series • Mar de Setembro • A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace
BERMEL, D.: Migration Series • Mar de Setembro • A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace
Souza • Nash • Julliard Jazz Orchestra • Albany Symphony • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559871

‘The Albany Symphony Orchestra, with their various partners, play superbly—and idiomatically—throughout.’
Gramophone


COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
Detroit Symphony • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559862

‘Worthy, memorable, a real find.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


EL-KHOURY, B.: Piano Sonatas 1-4 • Rivers • Étude • Thème et variations
EL-KHOURY, B.: Piano Sonatas 1-4 • Rivers • Étude • Thème et variations
Giacomo Scinardo
Naxos 8.579022

‘Giacomo Scinardo proves a committed advocate in music where a keen virtuosity underlies even the more introspective passages.’
Gramophone


FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
Fernández • García • Zetlan • Garza • Perspectives Ensemble • Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573890


‘I will be hanging on to this disc because it is so wonderfully played.’
AllMusic.com


KABALEVSKY, D.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 • Colas Breugnon: Overture • Pathétique Overture
KABALEVSKY, D.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 • Colas Breugnon: Overture • Pathétique Overture
Malmö Symphony • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573859


‘A well-packed string, a decisive transverse flute and precise pizzicati in the second movement of the Second Symphony are some examples of the good work of the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, under the watchful direction of Darrell Ang.’
Ritmo


KROUSE, I.: Armenian Requiem
KROUSE, I.: Armenian Requiem
Lark Master Singers • Tziatzan Children’s Choir • UCLA Philharmonia • Stulberg
Naxos 8.559846-47

‘This disc should not be missed.’
Fanfare


LESHNOFF, J.: Symphony No. 4 • Guitar Concerto • Starburst
LESHNOFF, J.: Symphony No. 4 • Guitar Concerto • Starburst
Vieaux • Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559809

‘[Vieaux’s] playing is overflowing with expression and musicality. Giancarlo Guerrero is a musician of great intelligence. The Nashville Symphony plays magnificently.’
Fanfare


LISZT, F.: Ungarischer Romanzero
LISZT, F.: Ungarischer Romanzero
Warren Lee
Naxos 8.573805


‘Warren Lee shows excellent articulation technique, impeccable control and great musicality creating beautiful stories’
Ritmo


MARX, J.: Orchestral Songs
MARX, J.: Orchestral Songs
Blasi • Doufexis • Bochum Symphony • Sloane
Naxos 8.573833

‘This world-premiere recording of twenty-one orchestral songs by Joseph Marx is a gem.’
Opera News


MESSIAEN, O.: Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
MESSIAEN, O.: Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
Tom Winpenny
Naxos 8.573979


‘This series of Messiaen recordings just gets better and better.’
Choir & Organ


ROSTROPOVICH, Mstislav: The Indomitable Bow
ROSTROPOVICH, Mstislav: The Indomitable Bow
Mstislav Rostropovich
Naxos 2.110583 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0082V)

‘Bruno Monsaingeon’s 2016 film captures with talent the exceptional career of an outstanding artist.’
ResMusica.com


SALVIUCCI, G.: Chamber Works – Serenade • String Quartet • Chamber Symphony
SALVIUCCI, G.: Chamber Works – Serenade • String Quartet • Chamber Symphony
S. von Walther • Ensemble Überbrettl • Maurizzi
Naxos 8.574049

‘Maurizzi and the Ensemble Überbrettl give performances of wonderful harmonic and timbral luminosity’
Musica


WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • 12 Miniatures  • 5 Pieces for Flute and Piano
WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • 12 Miniatures • 5 Pieces for Flute and Piano
C. Stein • Szczecin Philharmonic • Blumina • Coleman
Naxos 8.573931


‘A wonderful Weinberg CD that can only be recommended. ’
Pizzicato

‘This is an absolutely wonderful CD’
The Art Music Lounge


WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Il Segreto di Susanna • Serenade
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Il Segreto di Susanna • Serenade
J. Howarth • Òdena • Oviedo Filarmonía • Haider
Naxos 8.660385

‘This rerelease captures all the charm and wit of the rich, multifaceted score, beginning with a sprightly, madcap overture that is also sophisticatedly contrapuntal.’
Opera News

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

TROLLOPE, A.: The Duke’s Children: The Only Complete Edition (Unabridged)
TROLLOPE, A.: The Duke’s Children: The Only Complete Edition (Unabridged)
David Shaw-Parker
Naxos AudioBooks NA0363

‘Those who have been following narrator David Shaw-Parker’s journey through the Palliser novels have come to expect excellence, and they will not be disappointed with this concluding installment.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Bamberger Symphoniker • Blomstedt
Accentus Music ACC-30477

‘This recording absolutely convinces musically. Simplicity, intimacy and the highest intensity characterise [Blomstedt’s] music making.’
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)


‘Playing of sear, sensitivity, eloquence and intensity’
Classicalsource.com

‘An outstanding Mahler 9, supremely well played and recorded; a very significant addition to the catalogue.’
MusicWeb International


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900179


‘Mariss Jansons charts the multi-faceted emotion trajectory of Mahler One with total conviction and brings wonderful clarity to its subtly layered orchestration.’
BBC Music Magazine


‘Jansons gives this Mahler an incredible intensity and a phenomenal inner life’
Pizzicato


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 2 (1877 version, ed. W. Carragan)
Staatskapelle Dresden • Thielemann
C Major 730508 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (730604)

‘This should be considered from now on at least as one of the most important recordings of the Second in the catalogue.’
Pizzicato


KRAUS, J.M.: Amphitryon • Cantatas • Symphonies • Chamber Music
KRAUS, J.M.: Amphitryon • Cantatas • Symphonies • Chamber Music
Schuppanzigh-Quartett • Ehrhardt
Capriccio C7325

‘An interesting selection of works to get to know and love Kraus.’
BR-Klassik


LISZT, F.: Piano Sonata in B Minor • Grandes Études de Paganini • 2 Concert Etudes
LISZT, F.: Piano Sonata in B Minor • Grandes Études de Paganini • 2 Concert Etudes
Martin Ivanov
Gramola99192


‘Martin Ivanov immerses himself with passion in the greatest exaltation and in contrast reaches the sweetest and most intimate moments, offering a complete account of this composition and the composer’s intentions.’
Ritmo


INDY, V. d’: Piano Sonata • Tableaux de Voyage (excerpts)
INDY, V. d’: Piano Sonata • Tableaux de Voyage (excerpts)
Jean-Pierre Armengaud
Grand Piano GP756


‘Jean-Pierre Armengaud challenges this pinnacle with humility and self-effacement. He carefully works the sound, presenting the complex forms with delicacy and lightness.’
Classica

‘An important recording.’
MusicWeb International


KÁLMÁN, E.: Ein Herbstmanöver [Operetta]
KÁLMÁN, E.: Ein Herbstmanöver [Operetta]
Seidler • Boesiger • Peroš • Wendt • Kerschbaumer • Chor des Stadttheaters Gießen • Philharmonisches Orchesteer Gießen • Hofstetter
OehmsClassics OC977

‘These performances are so zestful and affectionate that I urge you to enjoy it’
Gramophone


BENJAMIN, G.: Lessons in Love and Violence [Opera]
BENJAMIN, G.: Lessons in Love and Violence [Opera]
Degout • Hannigan • Orendt • Hoare • Boden • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Benjamin • Mitchell
Opus Arte OA1221D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7199D)

‘This release is a triumph; it’s not to be missed.’
Opera


‘A must see for lovers of new opera.’
Limelight


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Michael Gielen: In Memoriam)
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 6 (Michael Gielen: In Memoriam)
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg • Gielen
SWR19080CD

‘One of the most extraordinary Mahler performances I have ever heard’
Pizzicato




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