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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

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
Danish Chamber Orchestra • Á. Fischer
Naxos 8.505251

‘Exciting contrasts, powerful accents, expressive rubato let Beethoven ‘speak’ in a most persuasive way.’
ICMA

‘Ádám Fischer achieves an exceptionally high level of expertise almost rising to the level of Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec) and Paavo Järvi (RCA)’
Crescendo (France)

‘This is no garden variety act of completionism—[Fischer] drives his Copenhagen-based band with a fierce meticulousness that rivals Karajan, Kleiber, and other greats.’
– The Best Classical Recordings of 2019, WQXR (New York)


GOMES, C.: Lo Schiavo [Opera]
GOMES, C.: Lo Schiavo [Opera]
Vassileva • Pisapia • Borghini • Balbo • Terenzi • Dongho Kim • Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari • Neschling
Dynamic DYN-37845 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57845) and CD (CDS7845.02)

‘This is a good showcase for Lo schiavo and I hope enterprising companies take it up soon.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

ALBUMTITLE
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Variations, WoO 65, 69, 72, 75 • Piano Sonata, WoO 51
Larry Weng
Naxos 8.573939

‘Weng’s playing is simply impeccable.’
American Record Guide


The Choral Collection (30-CD Boxed Set)
The Choral Collection (30-CD Boxed Set)
Various Artists
Naxos 8.503298

‘There’s plenty to celebrate here’
Gramophone


Raphaël Feuillâtre Guitar Recital – RAMÍREZ, A. • RAMEAU, J.-P. • GRANADOS, E. • LLOBET SOLÉS, M. • BARRIOS MANGORÉ, A. • VILLA-LOBOS, H.
Raphaël Feuillâtre Guitar Recital – RAMÍREZ, A. • RAMEAU, J.-P. • GRANADOS, E. • LLOBET SOLÉS, M. • BARRIOS MANGORÉ, A. • VILLA-LOBOS, H.
Raphaël Feuillâtre
Naxos 8.574127

‘Charming, deceptively effortless sounding performance.’
American Record Guide

‘This expansive program flaunts his [Feuillâtre’s] virtuoso technique and elegant phrasing, both of which well-exceed his 23 years.’
– The Best Classical Recordings of 2019, WQXR (New York)


KOŽELUCH, L.: Joseph der Menschheit Segen
KOŽELUCH, L.: Joseph der Menschheit Segen
Eisinger • Boni Pueri Boys Choir • Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice • Štilec
Naxos 8.573929

‘A really great pleasure to listen to… This CD is an important issue and a hugely enjoyable one.’
Dvořák Society Newsletter


Orchestral Music – RUGGLES, C. • STUCKY, S. • HARBISON, J.
Orchestral Music – RUGGLES, C. • STUCKY, S. • HARBISON, J.
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559836

‘This is the kind of release that keeps collectors excited.’
Fanfare


Orchestral Music – SAINT-SAËNS, C. • RAVEL, M. • PROKOFIEV, S. • BRITTEN, B.
Orchestral Music – SAINT-SAËNS, C. • RAVEL, M. • PROKOFIEV, S. • BRITTEN, B.
Britten-Pears Orchestra • Alsop
Naxos 2.110399 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0102V)

‘The performances and production values are quite high.’
MusicWeb International


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ascanio: Ballet • Overtures to Stage Works
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ascanio: Ballet • Overtures to Stage Works
Malmö Symphony • Märkl
Naxos 8.574033

‘Märkl delivers so well that the listener’s mind may well conjure dancers cascading across the stage.’
AllMusic.com


SCHUMANN, C. • MÉNAGER, L.: Horn and Piano Works
SCHUMANN, C. • MÉNAGER, L.: Horn and Piano Works
Halsdorf • Kae Shiraki
Naxos 8.579051


‘Technically fine playing and a solid musicality.’
Pizzicato


VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgarian Suite • 7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances • Vardar Rhapsody
VLADIGEROV, P.: Bulgarian Suite • 7 Symphonic Bulgarian Dances • Vardar Rhapsody
Rousse Philharmonic • Todorov
Naxos 8.573422


‘Sonorous, atmospheric and colourful interpretations.’
Pizzicato


WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera]
WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera]
Kleiter • Liebau • König • Groissböck • Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala • Myung-Whun Chung • Hartmann
Naxos 2.110597 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0092V)

‘Recommended without reservation to those who do not have the work, or even to those who already have other versions of this small masterpiece.’
Scherzo

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

MOFFAT, A.: To the Island of Tides: A Journey to Lindisfarne (Unabridged)
MOFFAT, A.: To the Island of Tides: A Journey to Lindisfarne (Unabridged)
David Rintoul
Naxos AudioBooks NA0455

‘This is a fine choice for walkers, nonreligious contemplatives, and armchair travellers, thanks to a perfect blend of narrator, author, production team, and unique subject.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRUCKNER, A.: Requiem • Choral Works
BRUCKNER, A.: Requiem • Choral Works
RIAS Chamber Chorus • Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik • L. Borowicz
Accentus Music ACC-30474


‘The interpretation is characterised by a great homogeneity, with an exemplary balance between solo voices, choir and orchestra.’
Pizzicato


DEBUSSY, C.: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera]
DEBUSSY, C.: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera]
Imbrailo • Winters • Ketelsen • Sherratt • Naef • Philharmonia Zürich • Altinoglu • Tcherniakov
BelAir Classiques BAC157 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC457)

‘This Zurich staging is simply a wonder and a revelation.’
Scherzo


PÄRT, A.: Collage über B-A-C-H • 7 Magnificat Antiphons • Cecilia, vergine romana
PÄRT, A.: Collage über B-A-C-H • 7 Magnificat Antiphons • Cecilia, vergine romana
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Hilliard Ensemble • Münchner Rundfunkorchester
BR-Klassik 900319

‘The album’s aural impression is uniform, the sound very good, and the singing crisp and up to the high standards of this phenomenal professional chorus.’
ClassicsToday.com


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’ • ZIMMERMANN, B.A.: Trumpet Concerto
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, ‘Resurrection’ • ZIMMERMANN, B.A.: Trumpet Concerto
Crowe • Hardenberger • Vienna Philharmonic • A. Nelsons
C Major 748908 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (749004)


‘You have to explore it without hesitation.’
Ritmo


ADAMS, J.L.: Become Desert
ADAMS, J.L.: Become Desert
Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra • Morlot
Cantaloupe Music CA-21148

‘This is the postmodern at its best.’
American Record Guide

Become Desert is a uniquely lovely and immersive listening experience.’
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist


LABOR, J.: Piano Quintet • Piano Quartet
LABOR, J.: Piano Quintet • Piano Quartet
Karmon • Sachse • Grimm • De Groot • Triendl
Capriccio C5390

‘A must-have release’
ClassicsToday.com

‘The interpretation of cellist Justis Grimm and his colleagues is of compelling enthusiasm.’
Musiq3


HARTMANN, K.A.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Carillon’ and 2
HARTMANN, K.A.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Carillon’ and 2
Airis String Quartet
CDAccordACD245

‘This album is quite an achievement. ’
American Record Guide


Souvenirs of Spain and Italy – BOCCHERINI, L.  •  CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.  •  TURINA, J.
Souvenirs of Spain and Italy – BOCCHERINI, L. • CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. • TURINA, J.
Isbin • Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-190

‘Isbin’s appearance here informs the music with an authority that elevates the performances far beyond the merely respectable or routine efforts’
ClassicsToday.com


‘Sharon Isbin just keeps churning out the hits, and this new release is guaranteed to please her legion of fans.’
Audiophile Audition


GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 1
Nordic String Quartet
Dacapo 8.226217

‘On every level, the music delivers, with assured performances from the Nordic Quartet.’
American Record Guide


‘The performances by the Nordic Quartet are vivid and thoroughly well-prepared… these [are] invigorating accounts, sensationally recorded.’
Choir & Organ


RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (The Hope of Loving)
RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (The Hope of Loving)
Conspirare • C.H. Johnson
Delos DE3578

‘Their ensemble discipline is impressive all the way through.’
Choir & Organ


EntArteOpera Festival – BOSMANS, H.  •  WEIGL, V.  •  SCHLESINGER, C.  •  KAPRÁLOVÁ, V.
EntArteOpera Festival – BOSMANS, H. • WEIGL, V. • SCHLESINGER, C. • KAPRÁLOVÁ, V.
Haselböck • Bartolomey • Zeilinger
Gramola99183

‘This is a valuable addition to the catalog of ‘Entartete Musik’.’
American Record Guide


STANCHINSKY, A.V.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
STANCHINSKY, A.V.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Olga Solovieva
Grand Piano GP766

‘This new release is a most compelling one, extremely well-executed and faithfully captured on disc’
MusicWeb International


Contemporaries of the Strauss Family, Vol. 4
Contemporaries of the Strauss Family, Vol. 4
Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice • Georgiadis
Marco Polo 8.225370

‘Polished, idiomatic performances of enjoyable music, lovingly rendered.’
Fanfare


Bach:Reflected – BACH, J.S. • WEILL, K. • TIZOL, J. • ELLINGTON, D. • REINHARDT, D.
Bach:Reflected – BACH, J.S. • WEILL, K. • TIZOL, J. • ELLINGTON, D. • REINHARDT, D.
B. Schmid • Breinschmid • Schneeberger
OehmsClassics OC1892

‘The playing is terrific and the reconception quite lively.’
American Record Guide


‘Schmid joined forces with friends who form an excellent ensemble and follow his path with finesse and sparkling enthusiasm.’
Pizzicato


BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 1 • 4 Ballades
BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 1 • 4 Ballades
Vogt • Royal Northern Sinfonia
Ondine ODE1330-2

‘The music-making is nothing short of sensational.’
Gramophone


LAMAGNA, V.: Akram Khan’s Giselle [Ballet]
LAMAGNA, V.: Akram Khan’s Giselle [Ballet]
Rojo • Streeter • Cirio • Quagebeur
Opus Arte OA1284D [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7254D)


‘Sensational production of Adolphe Adam’s ballet’
Ritmo


ALBUMTITLE
Piano Quartets – MOZART, W.A. • MAHLER G. • BRAHMS, J.
Skride Piano Quartet
Orfeo C946191


‘This may be a debut disc, but the Skride Piano Quartet shows it already has bags of personality.’
BBC Music Magazine


BACH, J.S.: Recorder Sonatas, BWV 1030-1035
BACH, J.S.: Recorder Sonatas, BWV 1030-1035
Petri • H. Perl • Esfahani
OUR Recordings 6.220673


‘Michala Petri plays the six sonatas with refreshing esprit and brilliant rhetoric.’
Pizzicato


HENZE, H.W.: Das Floss der Medusa
HENZE, H.W.: Das Floss der Medusa
Nylund • Schöne • P. Stein • South West German Radio Vocal Ensemble and Symphony • Eötvös
SWR19082CD

‘This beautifully prepared recording issues the most compelling of invitations to consider afresh a seminal work of the 1960s ’
Gramophone




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