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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!

2019 INTERNATIONAL CLASSICAL MUSIC AWARDS (ICMA) WINNERS

SIBELIUS, J.: Incidental Music (Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam) (6-CD Boxed Set)
SIBELIUS, J.:
Incidental Music
(6-CD Boxed Set)

Turku Philharmonic • Segerstam
Naxos 8.506032
BEL CANTO – The Tenors of the 78 Era (3 DVD + 2 CD Boxed Set) (NTSC)
BEL CANTO
The Tenors of the 78 Era (3 DVD + 2 CD Boxed Set)

Caruso • McCormack • Gigli • Björling • Tauber
Naxos 2.110389-91 [DVD]

MARTINŮ, B.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
SIBELIUS, J.:
Symphony No. 2
GRIEG, E.:
Symphonic Dance
Op. 64, No. 2
Våren

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln • Kitajenko
OehmsClassics OC457
BARTÓK, B.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
BARTÓK, B.:
Violin Concertos
Nos. 1 and 2

C. Tetzlaff • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1317-2

MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera]
MOZART, W.A.:
Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera]

D’Arcangelo • Röschmann • Prohaska • Vasar • Crebassa
Accentus Music ACC-20366

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, W.F.: 6 Duets for 2 Flutes
BACH, W.F.: 6 Duets for 2 Flutes
P. Gallois • Kazunori Seo
Naxos 8.573768


‘With spontaneous and vivid performances, Patrick Gallois and his student Kazunori Seo deliver first rate account of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach’s ambitious flute duets.’
Pizzicato


BERLIOZ, H.: Benvenuto Cellini [Opera]
BERLIOZ, H.: Benvenuto Cellini [Opera]
Osborn • Muraro • Naouri • Sicilia • Losier • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra • Elder
Naxos 2.110575-76 [DVD]

‘Mark Elder elicits superb verve and technical accomplishment from the always-exceptional Rotterdam Philharmonic.’
Opera News


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


‘There are a host of treasures to be found in this intelligently chosen program.’
Film Score Monthly


CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 3 • String Trio • Sonata for Violin and Cello
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 3 • String Trio • Sonata for Violin and Cello
Alogna • Pascalucci • Trainini • Stassi
Naxos 8.574003

‘Attractively played by four very fine Italian musicians.’
Pizzicato


CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 3, Op. 8, No. 2 and Op. 50, Nos. 2-3
CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 3, Op. 8, No. 2 and Op. 50, Nos. 2-3
Sandro De Palma
Naxos 8.573880

‘The excellent De Palma, playing a modern instrument, shows how much Clementi, disparaged by Mozart, lauded by Beethoven, moved with his times.’
The Sunday Times, London


DODGSON, S.: Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar – Septet Variations • Pastoral Sonata • Solway Suite
DODGSON, S.: Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar – Septet Variations • Pastoral Sonata • Solway Suite
Karolos Ensemble
Naxos 8.573857

‘An absolute joy, the performances little short of ideal, perfect in intonation and ensemble, lively and delicate as required.’
Gramophone


‘Individually impressive and with meaningful interaction, and the recording captures every sound and nuance.’
Classical Ear


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

‘This is a fascinating album that yields new pleasure with each hearing.’
American Record Guide


GÓRECKI, H.M.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1 and 2 • Genesis I: Elementi
GÓRECKI, H.M.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1 and 2 • Genesis I: Elementi
Tippett Quartet
Naxos 8.573919

‘This is a recording deserving of the very highest recommendation.’
Gramophone


HAKENBERGER, A.: 55 Motets from the Pelplin Tablature
HAKENBERGER, A.: 55 Motets from the Pelplin Tablature
Polish Chamber Choir • Musica Fiorita • Lukaszewski
Naxos 8.573743-44

‘Considerable riches here, in performances of palpable commitment which the engineers of Polish Radio have bathed in appropriately sepulchral sound’
MusicWeb International


HARBISON, J.: Requiem
HARBISON, J.: Requiem
Rivera • Martens • Phan • Markgraf • Nashville Symphony Chorus and Orchestra • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559841


‘A compelling account, with exemplary diction, bundles of rhythmic energy when needed, and even tone.’
Choir & Organ


‘Guerrero leads a committed performance here that is captured beautifully in Naxos’ sound.’
Cinemusical


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


‘This recording is an unalloyed delight.’
ConcertoNet.com


KOŽELUCH, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 – P. I:1, 4, 8, D3
KOŽELUCH, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 – P. I:1, 4, 8, D3
Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice • Štilec
Naxos 8.573872

‘These are sparkling performances delivered with a sense of charm and grace that will have you wanting to get out of your chair and dance!’
iClassical, Bargain of the Month


LIPINSKI, K.: Trios for 2 Violins and Cello, Opp. 8 and 12
LIPINSKI, K.: Trios for 2 Violins and Cello, Opp. 8 and 12
Proniewicz • A. and J. Roszkowski
Naxos 8.573776

‘There’s great playing here—lively, passionate, skillful, committed and always entertaining in charming works that are light but never facile or frivolous.’
The WholeNote


LISZT, F.: Poems – Après une lecture du Dante • Mephisto Waltz No. 1 • Consolations (1st version)
LISZT, F.: Poems – Après une lecture du Dante • Mephisto Waltz No. 1 • Consolations (1st version)
Goran Filipec
Naxos 8.573794

‘The performances are nothing short of superb.’
Gramophone

‘Filipec is a great pianistic talent and anyone interested in this mostly early Liszt repertoire won’t be disappointed by this disc.’
MusicWeb International


LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573981

‘A Liszt disc of the most compelling brilliance. It would be hard to imagine a more complete translation of virtuosity into poetry.’
The Sunday Times, London


HARBISON, J.: Symphony No. 4 • RUGGLES, C.: Sun-Treader • STUCKY, S.: Second Concerto for Orchestra
HARBISON, J.: Symphony No. 4 • RUGGLES, C.: Sun-Treader • STUCKY, S.: Second Concerto for Orchestra
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559836

‘David Alan Miller’s Albany Symphony is spectacular; that orchestra has become one of the most significant forces in contemporary music.’
American Record Guide


RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 1
RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 1
Tianwa Yang • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • Mueller
Naxos 8.573812


‘Once again, Tianwa Wang shows her outstanding technical abilities and strong interpretative solutions for this modern repertoire. …this is a valuable addition to the Rihm discography.’
Pizzicato


TULEV, T.: Magnificat • Summer Rain • Legatissimo • Tanto gentile
TULEV, T.: Magnificat • Summer Rain • Legatissimo • Tanto gentile
Latvian Radio Choir • Tallinn Chamber Orchestra • Putniņš
Naxos 8.573735


‘A truly remarkable recording, and yes, soulfully done.’
Choir & Organ


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


‘The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra has outdone itself with its rich sonorities, polished execution, and expressive depth, and risen to star status in its own right.’
AllMusic.com


WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Operas]
WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Operas] 14-CD Boxed Set
Goerne • O’Neill • DeYoung • Skelton • Hong Kong Philharmonic • Jaap van Zweden
Naxos 8.501403

‘As a contemporary Ring I found this really very compelling’
MusicWeb International

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

ETHIOPIA Minyeshu: Daa dee
ETHIOPIA Minyeshu: Daa dee
Minyeshu Kifle Tedla
ARC Music EUCD2782


‘These songs are complex and the rhythms are often knotty and difficult, but her [Minyeshu Kifle Tedla] soaring voice and joyful melodies make everything instantly accessible and fun’
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist, Pick of the Month


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


‘Jacques Imbrailo’s performance as Billy Budd is simply electrifying.’
ConcertoNet.com

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC554)


MAHLER, G.: Das Lied von der Erde
MAHLER, G.: Das Lied von der Erde
Kožená • Skelton • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Rattle
BR-Klassik 900172

‘The excellent Bavarian Radio orchestra once again demonstrate their stellar reputation as a Mahler orchestra’
The WholeNote


SCHREKER, F.: Vom ewigen Leben • Phantastische Ouvertüre • Ekkehard
SCHREKER, F.: Vom ewigen Leben • Phantastische Ouvertüre • Ekkehard
V. Wilson • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • C. Ward
Capriccio C5348

‘This disc is a clear winner.’
ClassicsToday.com


SAARIAHO, K.: Tocar • Cloud Trio • Light and Matter • Aure • Graal théâtre
SAARIAHO, K.: Tocar • Cloud Trio • Light and Matter • Aure • Graal théâtre
Jennifer Koh • Hsin-Yun Huang • Karttunen
Cedille CDR90000-183

‘Koh has found music that has uniquely challenged and inspired her, and, because she is an exceptional artist, she is giving us something unique and inspired relative to her discovery.’
ClassicsToday.com


DONIZETTI, G.: Messa da Requiem
DONIZETTI, G.: Messa da Requiem
Remigio • Amarù • Gatell • Concetti • Montanari • Donizetti Opera Choir and Orchestra • Rovaris
Dynamic CDS7813


‘By turns warm and lyrical, then dramatic and powerful.’
Choir & Organ


EKANAYAKA, T.: 12 Piano Prisms
EKANAYAKA, T.: 12 Piano Prisms
Tanya Ekanayaka
Grand Piano GP785

‘Ekanayaka certainly hits her musical mark with these piano pieces. At times contemplative, sometimes raucous, these works have been injected generously with beauty and Rachmaninoff-like technique and drama.’
American Record Guide


HESKETH, K.: Orchestral Works – In Ictu Oculi • Of Time and Disillusionment • Knotted Tongues
HESKETH, K.: Orchestral Works – In Ictu Oculi • Of Time and Disillusionment • Knotted Tongues
BBC National Orchestra of Wales • Mueller
Paladino Music PMR0092

‘An exhilarating and beautiful, sometimes disturbing, synergy of form and expression’
BBC Music Magazine


THORVALDSDOTTIR, A.: Aequilibria • Fields • Illumine • Reflections • Scape • Sequences • Spectra (Aequa)
THORVALDSDOTTIR, A.: Aequilibria • Fields • Illumine • Reflections • Scape • Sequences • Spectra (Aequa)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Sono Luminus DSL-92227


‘Performances are superlative—sensitive, idiomatic and enthralling—and the sonic engineering is wide-ranging and masterful’
Limelight



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