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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

BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Johnson, Thibaudet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559790

‘A marvelous release by any standard.’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘The prominent piano part is performed enthusiastically by Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Bernstein disciple Marin Alsop with just the right combination of understanding, affection and pizazz.’
BBC Radio 3


DUBUGNON, R.: Arcanes Symphoniques / Triptyque / Le Songe Salinas
DUBUGNON, R.: Arcanes Symphoniques / Triptyque / Le Songe Salinas
Dolié, Gubisch, Orchestre National de France, Gabel, Petitgirard, Waldman
Naxos 8.573687


‘Joy in the orchestra’s swooning sonic possibilities is everywhere evident in the three works recorded here.’
The Guardian


ERKIN, U.C.: Köçekçe / Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 2
ERKIN, U.C.: Köçekçe / Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 2
Buswell, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, Kuchar
Naxos 8.572831

‘Plenty of good tunes and no dead spots.’ – ClassicsToday.com


Kukhta, Pavel - GORELOVA, G. / BROUWER, L. / RODRIGO, J. / GERHARD, R. / MORALES-CASO, E. / ASSAD, S. / DYENS, R.: Guitar Recital
Kukhta, Pavel - GORELOVA, G. / BROUWER, L. / RODRIGO, J. / GERHARD, R. / MORALES-CASO, E. / ASSAD, S. /
DYENS, R.: Guitar Recital

Pavel Kukhta
Naxos 8.573577

‘Bravo to Mr Kukhta for presenting a rich, substantive, varied program and executing it with such fine musicianship.’ – American Record Guide


LEWIS, P.S.: The 4 Cycles
LEWIS, P.S.: The 4 Cycles
Abraham, Gosling, McAllister, Nakagoshi, Narucki,
The New York Virtuoso Singers Quartet, Lewis

Naxos 8.559815

‘The versatile, accomplished soprano Susan Narucki and dexterous guitarist Colin McAllister perform all three songs smoothly and persuasively.’
Opera News


SAINTON, P.: Moby Dick (restored by J. Morgan and W. Stromberg)
SAINTON, P.: Moby Dick (restored by J. Morgan and W. Stromberg)
Moscow Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Stromberg
Naxos 8.573367

‘This complete recording brings the music to the forefront in excellent sound and is beautifully played by the Moscow Symphony.’ – American Record Guide


SCHULHOFF, E.: String Sextet / Violin Sonata No. 2 / Duo for Violin and Cello / 5 Études de jazz (Chamber Music)
SCHULHOFF, E.: String Sextet / Violin Sonata No. 2 /
Duo for Violin and Cello / 5 Études de jazz (Chamber Music)

Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Naxos 8.573525

‘Eldar Nebolsin is the pianist and he is given an ideal recording to go with his magnificent playing of these sometimes very challenging pieces.’
MusicWeb International


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 /
String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)

Giltburg, Owens, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573666

‘Petrenko matches Gilburg’s dashing virtuosity and subtlety’
BBC Music Magazine

‘Absolutely fascinating and gorgeous accounts of Shostakovich’s Piano Concertos’ – Pizzicato

‘These are big, bold, in-your-face performances that find a wider range of expression in both works than you might have believed possible.’
ClassicsToday.com


‘This is a constantly illuminating, almost faultless project.’ – Musical Toronto


STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir, Fox
Naxos 8.573665

‘Clarion’s handsome voices and the maestro’s Slavic sensibilities honor Steinberg’s intentions with grand singing and total conviction.’
American Record Guide


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia
Nebolsin, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stern
Naxos 8.573462

‘Nebolsin’s sizzling fingerwork makes the music sparkle.’
ClassicsToday.com


THOMPSON, R.: Requiem
THOMPSON, R.: Requiem
Philadelphia Singers, Hayes
Naxos 8.559789

‘The work acquires new life thanks to the Philadelphia Singers’
American Record Guide


WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
Goerne, DeYoung, Skelton, Melton, Lang, Struckmann,
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden

Naxos 8.660394-97

‘Van Zweden works wonders in transforming the HK Phil into a world-class Wagner band: the interlude in the final scene is the emotional climax of the performance.’ – The Sunday Times, London


WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, Lande
Naxos 8.573565

‘All in all this ranks as one of the finest in Naxos’s admirable contributions to Weinberg’s recorded symphonic oeuvre.’ – Gramophone


Accentus Music

BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Barkmin, Gerhaher, Jovanovich, Peter, Woldt,
Zürich Opera House Chorus, Philharmonia Zürich, Luisi

Accentus Music ACC-10363
DVD Performance

Arthaus Musik

LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES - GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigénie en Tauride (Zurich Opera, 2001)
LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES - GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigénie en Tauride
(Zurich Opera, 2001)

Galstian, Gilfry, Janková, Lorenz, Mrosek, Paunovic, Putz, Scharinger, Soranno, van der Walt, Zurich Opera House Ballet and Chorus,
Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra, Christie

Arthaus Musik 109192

‘Gluck’s score grasps the listener with remarkable immediacy under William Christie’s focused, impassioned conducting’ – Opera News

Bel Air Classiques

WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD)
WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Staatsoper unter den Linden, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD)
Hölle, Kampe, Koch, Pape, Schager, Tómasson, Berlin State Opera Chorus, Berlin Staatskapelle, Barenboim
Bel Air Classiques BAC428


‘Barenboim serves well this captivating staging, and his ensemble, soloists choir and orchestra, is excellent. ’ – Pizzicato

C Major

Cantaloupe Music

Moore, Lisa - ADAMS, J.L. / BRESNICK, M. / WOLFE, J. / MAZZOLI, M.: The Stone People (Piano Recital)
Moore, Lisa - ADAMS, J.L. / BRESNICK, M. / WOLFE, J. /
MAZZOLI, M.: The Stone People (Piano Recital)

Lisa Moore
Cantaloupe Music CA-21115

‘Laying through these stark landscapes with tenderness, Ms. Moore has sensitively set Mr. Adams’s trio alongside similarly atmospheric, somber, often wintry pieces by Martin Bresnick, Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli and Kate Moore.’
The New York Times Best Classical Music Recordings of 2016

Capriccio

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos / Violin Concerto / Triple Concerto
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos / Violin Concerto / Triple Concerto
van Keulen, Steckel, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Vladar
Capriccio C7210

‘An exceptional set. ’ – Gramophone

Cedille

CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands (Piano Trios)
CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands (Piano Trios)
Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-165

‘An exemplary performance, catching to perfection the melancholy beauty in the first two movements and the Armenian dance rhythms in the finale.’
MusicWeb International

‘The Lincoln give [the music] all the punch and vigour it deserves but it is the poetry of their playing that really makes this disc.’ – Gramophone

‘The Lincoln Trio’s performance is a remarkable achievement, and one hopes it will win many friends for this composer.’ – Fanfare

Dacapo

NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music
NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music
Bryndorf, Nielsen
Dacapo 6.220635

‘Peerless playing and stellar sonics make this a must-have for organ buffs and Nielsen fans alike.’ – MusicWeb International

Delos

SOLER, A.: Concerti for 2 Keyboards Nos. 1-6
SOLER, A.: Concerti for 2 Keyboards Nos. 1-6
Leroy, Vinikour
Delos DE3491

‘I have nothing but praise for LeRoy and Vinikour when it comes to their playing, which is certainly more spirited and sparkling than that by Gilbert and Pinnock.’ – Fanfare

Dynamic

JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / On the Overgrown Path (arr. J. Burghauser)
JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / On the Overgrown Path
(arr. J. Burghauser)

Quartetto Energie Nove
Dynamic CDS7708


‘This is an exceptional performance of the two works, recorded with great clarity and immediacy.’ – Limelight

‘This is a terrific Janáček album, one that is distinguished by some of the most coruscating and arresting playing I’ve ever encountered in the composer’s quartets. ’ – Fanfare

Grand Piano

Lourenço, Sofia - DADDI, J.G. / VIANNA DA MOTTA, J.: Portuguese Piano Music (Piano Recital)
Lourenço, Sofia - DADDI, J.G. / VIANNA DA MOTTA, J.: Portuguese Piano Music (Piano Recital)
Sofia Lourenço
Grand Piano GP725

‘This is a very welcome CD that boasts real rarities.’ – Piano News

OehmsClassics

SCHMIDT, F.: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
SCHMIDT, F.: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
Kalna, Krafft, Nurgeldiyev, Ranch, Vogt, Zeppenfeld, Latvian State Choir,
North German Radio Chorus, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Young

OehmsClassics OC1840

‘The performance under Simone Young is terrific.’ – American Record Guide

Ondine

ENGLUND, E. / KLAMI, U.: Violin Concertos
ENGLUND, E. / KLAMI, U.: Violin Concertos
Schmid, Oulu Symphony Orchestra, Gustavsson
Ondine ODE1278-2

‘An absolutely beautiful disc.’ – ClassicsToday.com

Opus Arte

DONIZETTI, G.: Poliuto (Glyndebourne, 2015)
D'Aguanno, Fabiano, Golovatenko, Marsden, Martinez, Rab, Robinson, Rose, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Mazzola
Opus Arte OABD7201D [Blu-ray] | OA1211D [DVD]

‘Enrique Mazzola, in the pit, leads a stirring but always pliantly singer-sensitive performance.’ – Opera News

Paladino Music

PAISIBLE, J.: Complete Recorder Sonatas
PAISIBLE, J.: Complete Recorder Sonatas
Borsch, Hell, Pollerus, Musicke's Pleasure Garden
Paladino Music PMR0071

‘Spirited performances’ – American Record Guide

Solo Musica

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
Ketler, Ensemble Raro
Solo Musica SM250

‘Ensemble Raro shows full engagement with Dohnányi’s music. The playing is extremely well balanced, sensitive and throughout the various movements very exciting.’ – Pizzicato

Sono Luminus

Rotaru, Alina - BYRD, W. / BULL, J. / GIBBONS. A.: Parthenia (Harpsichord Recital)
Rotaru, Alina - BYRD, W. / BULL, J. / GIBBONS. A.: Parthenia (Harpsichord Recital)
Alina Rotaru
Sono Luminus DSL-92208


‘Of the playing of Ms. Rotaru, we have nothing but the highest praise.’
Audiophile Audition

SWR Classic

PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
PAGANINI, N.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Accardo, Bergmann, SWR Symphonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Bour
SWR Classic SWR19019CD

Timpani

KOECHLIN, C.: Vocal and Choral Works
KOECHLIN, C.: Vocal and Choral Works
Behr, Jouve, Morel, Calliope Women's Chorus, Jouve, Théodoresco
Timpani 1C1234

‘These performances would be hard to match. Behr and Morel sing with beautiful tone quality, understanding of the texts, and clear diction.’
American Record Guide

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TwoPianists

Schumann, Nina / Magalhães, Luis - BARBER, S. / BOLCOM, W. / RZEWSKI, F. / ADAMS, J.: American Intersections (Piano Duet Recital)
Schumann, Nina / Magalhães, Luis - BARBER, S. / BOLCOM, W. / RZEWSKI, F. / ADAMS, J.: American Intersections (Piano Duet Recital)
Magalhães, Schumann
TwoPianists TP1039220

‘A great representation of American music, in many styles, from the 20th Century.’ – American Record Guide



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