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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

DUKAS, P.: Symphony in C Major / L'apprenti sorcier / La Peri
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573296

‘With much energy and passion [Tingaud] refreshes colors and avoids any pathos.’ – Pizzicato

‘Tingaud’s is certainly a version to reckon with’ – Gramophone

DVOŘÁK, A.: Requiem
Libor, Wolak, Kirch, Monarcha, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit Naxos Blu-ray NBD0046
Also available in CD: Naxos 8.572874-75

‘Antoni Wit expands his acclaimed catalogue for Naxos with Dvořák’s setting of the Requiem.’ – Gramophone

‘The balance between the brilliant Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the outstanding Choir and four first rate soloists is optimal.’ – Pizzicato

Guitar Recital: Buono, Emanuele - MILANO, F. da / AGUADO, D. / RODRIGO, J. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / JOSÉ, A.
Emanuele Buono
Naxos 8.573362

‘Mr Buono and his performance here is simply outstanding—technically impeccable, tasteful and exciting (two qualities not often found together), imaginative and moving.’ – American Record Guide

MORENO TORROBA, F.: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concierto en flamenco / Diálogos
Romero, V. Coves, Málaga Philharmonic, M. Coves
Naxos 8.573255

‘the performance [is] vibrant and passionate’ –

PANUFNIK, A.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 /
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: String Quartet

Tippett Quartet
Naxos 8.573164

‘These are vital performances, edgy and energetic but rich in tone’

PAULUS, S.: Three Places of Enlightenment / Veil of Tears /
Grand Concerto

Nashville Symphony, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559740

‘Guerrero and the Nashville musicians make a sonorous feast of the work, with principal players…contributing superbly as soloists and en masse.’

RZEWSKI, F.: 4 Piano Pieces / Hard Cuts / The Housewife's Lament
Van Raat, Lunapark, Marinissen
Naxos 8.559759

‘This is a major virtuoso work which will surprise many who only know his more “accessible” music. It requires significant concentration and considerable virtuosity, which Mr van Raat has in spades.’ – American Record Guide

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 11 - Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar"
Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573218

‘the orchestra lives and breathes the music in brilliance and brooding edginess and energy’ – Daily Telegraph (UK)

STRAUSS, R.: String Quartet in A Major / PUCCINI, G.: Crisantemi /
3 Minuets in A Major / VERDI, G.: String Quartet

Ensō String Quartet
Naxos 8.573108

‘The Ensō plays these with a warm, effusive quality, that’s heightened by the recording’s fine acoustics.’ – WQXR (New York)

VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera]
Smith, Angeletti, Catana, Orfeón Donostiarra, Oviedo Filarmonía, Haider
Naxos 8.660357-58

‘Italian soprano Raffaella Angeletti’s Desdemona is a real find. She has a beautiful spinto voice in the Tebaldi mould.’ – MusicWeb International

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphony No. 10, Ameríndia
Neiva, Javan, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Karabtchevsky
Naxos 8.573243

‘This new Tenth is the most convincing account yet, caught splendidly by Naxos in fine sound.’ – Gramophone

KREISLER, F.: Violin Music (Kraggerud Plays Kreisler) (NTSC)
Kraggerud, Oslo Camerata
Naxos DVD 2.110353

‘Henning Kraggerud’s Kreisler program is great and spirited fun, 100 minutes of pure unadulterated pleasure.’ – Pizzicato

See Naxos catalogue

C Major

STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD)
Fleming, Hampson, Beňačková, Dohmen, Müller, Behle,
Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann

C Major 717304

‘With the exceptional Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson, this production is a superb document, one of the best available.’ – Pizzicato

See C Major catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

PREVITE, B.: Terminals (So Percussion)
So Percussion
Cantaloupe Music CA-21102

‘Here is one great piece which seems to draw together the largest possible chunk of a wild ambitious and engaging musical life begun here.’
The Buffalo News

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


GREENE, M.: Overtures / Collection of Lessons (A)
Baroque Band, Clarke
Cedille CDR90000-152

‘this release should find a place on the shelves of serious Baroque devotees’

See Cedille catalogue


KOPPEL, A.: Marimba Concertos Nos. 1-4
Bednarska, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Christensen
Dacapo 6.220595

‘hugely enjoyable’ – Gramophone

‘sparkling recording featuring the gifted young Polish percussionist Marianna Bednarska and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henrik Vagn Christensen’ – The New York Times

See Dacapo catalogue


Choral Concert: Yale Schola Cantorum - TAVERNER, J. /

Yale Schola Cantorum, Carrington
Delos DE3458

‘lyrical and vibrant, warm in harmony and richly coloured’ – Gramophone

See Delos catalogue

Grand Piano

VORÍŠEK, J.H.: Complete Works for Piano, Vol. 1 - 6 Impromptus / Fantasie / Piano Sonata
Biljana Urban
Grand Piano GP670

‘Urban plays with magnificent breadth and weight’ – Culture Catch

See Grand Piano catalogue

Idéale Audience

ARGERICH, Martha: Evening Talks (Documentary, 2002)
(Blu-ray, Full-HD)

Martha Argerich
Idéale Audience 3073424

‘A mesmerizing documentary on one of the greatest living pianists.’
Audiophile Audition

Newton Classics

DVOŘÁK, A.: Serenade / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / PURCELL, H.: Dido's Lament
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stokowski
Newton Classics NC8802025

‘outstanding as only Stokowski at the top of his form can be’

See Newton Classics catalogue


TÜÜR, E.-S.: Symphony No. 5 / Accordion Concerto, Prophecy
Nguyên Lê, Väyrynen, UMO Jazz Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Elts
Ondine ODE1234-2

‘superbly performed, recorded and annotated’

See Ondine catalogue

OUR Recordings

CORELLI, A.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, Nos. 7-12
(arr. for recorder and harpsichord)

Petri, Esfahani
OUR Recordings 6.220610

‘Collaboration of a very superior kind from two musicians whose mastery of their respective instruments is a sheer joy to hear. ’ – Gramophone

‘Not since Richard Egarr teamed up with Andrew Manze (Harmomia Mundi) has Op. 5 enjoyed such vivacious and inventive continuo realisation’
BBC Music Magazine

See OUR Recordings catalogue

Paladino Music

Chamber Music - BORTKIEWICZ, S. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / KHACHATURIAN, A.I. (Scheherazade)
Zurich Ensemble
Paladino Music PMR0036

‘The four musicians have the music in their souls and, through a combination of cunning and artistic will power, have made the piece their own.’

See Paladino Music catalogue

Sono Luminus

CHAPÍ, R.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Sono Luminus DSL-92185

‘The Cuarteto Latinoamericano plays with typical incisiveness and verve.’

See Sono Luminus catalogue

Yarlung Records

BARTÓK, B.: Violin Sonata / BACH, J.S.: Violin Sonata No. 3 / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Armstrong, The Colburn Orchestra, Marriner
Yarlung Records YAR65007

‘passionate musical and sonic surprise’ – Audiophile Audition

See Yarlung Records catalogue

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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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