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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 CDs

HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5, 6, 7
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.572164

Connoisseurs of chamber music will find this disc an endless source of pleasure. -

WHITBOURN, J.: Living Voices / Son of God Mass /
Requiem canticorum

Jeremy Powell • Ken Cowan
Westminster Williamson Voices • James Jordan

Naxos 8.572737

well worth hearing—and repeating -

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1
Prague Sinfonia • Christian Benda
Naxos 8.570933

we discover colors and counterpoint in this music full of accents

RIES, F.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 5 - Nos. 2 and 9 / Rondeau brillant
Christipher Hinterhuber • Uwe Grodd
Naxos 8.572742

Hinterhuber delivers performances that burn with conviction
- International Record Review

RIHM, W.: Violin and Piano Works
Tianwa Yang • Nicholas Rimmer
Naxos 8.572730


The astounding technique of Yang and Rimmer bring these pieces vividly to life. - International Record Review

BERLIOZ, H.: Symphonie fantastique / Le corsaire
Lyon National Orchestra • Leonard Slatkin
Naxos 8.572886

natural, sophisticated, glowing performance - MusicWeb International

Slatkin draws the listener’s attention to the beauty, nuance, and carefully wrought inner detail of the music. - American Record Guide

IRELAND, J.: Church Music
Lincoln Cathedral Choir • Charles Harrison • Aric Prentice
Naxos 8.573014

A very enjoyable and rewarding disc, showcasing the fine quality of British cathedral music-making. - Gramophone

LIANG, Lei: Verge / Tremors of a Memory Chord /
Aural Hypothesis / Five Seasons

Palimpsest Ensemble • Callithumpian Consort • Wu Man • Pi-hsien Chen
Naxos 8.572839

The performances here are, without exception, stellar. - WQXR (New York)

WOLF-FERRARI, E.: Wind Concertinos
Andrea Tenaglia • William Moriconi • Giuseppe Ciabocchi
Rome Symphony • Francesco La Vecchia

Naxos 8.572921

This music is pure delight! - Fanfare

Juan Sancho • Ars Atlantica
Naxos 8.572876

Juan Sancho offers elegant interpretations of these Spanish love songs, filled with infectious melodies and rhythms - American Record Guide

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Naxos Blu-ray Audio

GERSHWIN, G.: Piano Concerto / Second Rhapsody / I Got Rhythm Variations
Orion Weiss • Buffalo Philharmonic • JoAnn Falletta
Naxos Blu-ray Audio NBD0025

A sizzling Gershwin collection. - BBC Music Magazine
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 5 / The Year 1941
Sao Paulo Symphony • Marin Alsop
Naxos Blu-ray Audio NBD0031

exceptional account of Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony...partnered by a revelatory performance of The Year 1941 - BBC Music Magazine

The first thing that struck me is the sound—fantastic!
- American Record Guide

Arthaus Musik

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 4
Sergiu Celibidache
Arthaus 101645 [DVD]

An exercise in absolute beauty. - Fanfare

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major

BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 16 / HAYDN, J.: Missa in tempore belli, "Paukenmesse"
Leonard Bernstein
C Major 711508 [DVD] / 711604 [Blu-ray Video]

a visual knockout - Fanfare

See C Major catalogue


SCHOENBERG, A.: Songs (Complete)
Konrad Jarnot • Claudia Barainsky • Melanie Diener
Christa Mayer • Markus Schafer • Anke Vondung

Capriccio C7120

the performances are first rate...all accompanied expertly and musically by pianist Liska - American Record Guide

See Capriccio catalogue

Carpe Diem

DANILEVSKI, A.: Lauda / Revelation / Oda an die Traurigkeit / Antiphones (The Uncertainty Principle)
Alexandre Danilevski
Carpe Diem CD-16291

interesting, provocative, and fascinating CD - Fanfare

See Carpe Diem catalogue

CD Accord

BARGIELSKI, Z.: String Quartets Nos. 1-6
Silesian String Quartet
CD Accord CDAccordACD173

a remarkable collection - American Record Guide

See CD Accord catalogue


HARTKE, S.: Meanwhile / ETEZADY, R.: Damaged Goods / MAZZOLI, M.: Still Life With Avalanche
eighth blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-133

breakneck virtuosity and charm - San Francisco Chronicle

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NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 2, "The 4 Temperaments" and 3, "Sinfonia espansiva"
New York Philharmonic • Alan Gilbert
Dacapo 6.220623

this a terrific place to start a relationship which will last and enrich for a lifetime - MusicWeb International

See Dacapo catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

Piano Recital - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes)
Michael Landrum
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92158

music of great variety, played with great skill and lavished with affection - American Record Guide

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue

Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 2
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP632

Koukl proves himself a most sympathetic advocate for Tcherepnin’s music - International Piano

a truly superb listening experience - MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

WOLF, H.: Italienisches Liederbuch
Janet Baker • John Shirley-Quirk • Steuart Bedford
ICA Classics ICAC5076

captivating reading - American Record Guide

A thrilling performance of Italienisches Liederbuch. - MusicWeb International

See ICA Classics catalogue

Newton Classics

STRADELLA, A.: Violin Sonatas
Giovanni Adamo • William Bignami • Mario Ferraris
Giuliano Nalesso • Angelo Ephrikian • Federico Zampieri

Newton Classics NC8802142

a most illuminating collection - American Record Guide

See Newton Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (1887 version)
Hamburg Philharmonic • Simone Young
Oehms Classics OC638

anyone interested in Bruckner should invest in this set—and I use the word “invest” deliberately; it will be an investment - MusicWeb International

See Oehms Classics catalogue

Opus Arte

CAVALLI, F.: Didone (Theatre de Caen, 2011)
Opus Arte OA1080D [DVD]

I found watching this production a deeply involving and richly rewarding experience. - American Record Guide

See Opus Arte catalogue

Paladino Music

Guitar Recital - DOWLAND, J. / BRITTEN, B. / BERKELEY, L.
(British Guitar Music)

Alberto Mesirca
Paladino Music PMR0027

beautifully played and imaginatively programmed - American Record Guide

See Paladino Music catalogue

Tafelmusik Media

MENDELSSOHN, F.: Symphony No. 4, "Italian"
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra • Bruno Weil
Tafelmusik TMK1019CD

See Tafelmusik Media catalogue

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