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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!

La Clef d’or ResMusica de l’année 2011

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 1 & 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra • Petrenko
Naxos 8.572396 [CD]


La Clef d’or ResMusica de l’année 2011 – Clef CD Symphonique

TANSMAN 24 Intermezzi, Petite Suite
Eliane Reyes
Naxos 8.572266 [CD]


La Clef d’or ResMusica de l’année 2011 – Clef CD Instrumental

Die Zeit Best Album of the Year

GUBAIDULINA Fachwerk, Silenzio
Draugsvoll • Loguin • Lotsberg • Trondheim Symphony • Gimse
Naxos 8.572772 [CD]

Die Zeit Best Album of the Year 10/10 Top Rating

GRIEG Orchestral Music Vol 6 – From Holberg’s Time, Lyric Suite, Melodies
Malmö Symphony • Engeset
Naxos 8.572403 [CD]

‘The excellence of Bjarte Engeset’s Grieg recordings speaks for itself. As with previous releases in this series, the performances are outstanding.’

‘Engeset’s own heritage allows him to accentuate the Nationalistic sentiments and scenic vistas Grieg incorporates into his scores.’

Naxos Blu-ray Audio

JANÁČEK Glagolitic Mass, Sinfonietta
Libor • Marciniec • Bentch • Gierlach • Malanowicz • Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Wit
Naxos NBD0026 [Blu-Ray Audio]

‘the sonics of this new audio-only Blu-ray are so superior I found it difficult to make a comparison’
Audiophile Audition

Naxos CDs

STANFORD Piano Quartet No 2, Piano Trio No 1, Legend, Irish Fantasies
Gould Piano Trio • Adams
Naxos 8.572452 [CD]

‘This is one of the best CDs of British chamber music to be released in recent years. It is essential listening for anyone who loves Stanford and/or British chamber music.’
MusicWeb International

Azerbaijani Piano Concertos
Badalbeyli • Adigezalzade • Rogers • Royal Philharmonic • Yablonsky
Naxos 8.572666 [CD]

‘This disc is a brilliant introduction to the classical music of Azerbaijan’
MusicWeb International

ELGAR Violin Music
Bisengaliev • Frith • West Kazakhstan Philharmonic • Ungrangsee
Naxos 8.572643–45 [CD]

‘Both for its completeness and for the fine playing found within, this set is one worthy of adding to most any collection.’

PIAZZOLLA Tango Distinto
Achilles Liarmakopoulos
Naxos 8.572596 [CD]

‘With the sweetest, most seductive tone imaginable, [Achilles Liarmakopoulos] glides through the Piazzolla classics’
Herald Scotland

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol, Overtures
Seattle Symphony • Schwarz
Naxos 8.572788 [CD]

‘superbly crafted and highly effective’
MusicWeb International

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV The Snow Maiden Suite, Sadko, Mlada Suite, The Golden Cockerel Suite
Seattle Symphony • Schwarz
Naxos 8.572787 [CD]

‘excellent recorded sound and brilliant exciting performances’
Liverpool Daily Post

SIBELIUS Symphonies Nos 6 & 7, Finlandia
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra • Inkinen
Naxos 8.572705 [CD]

‘I’m glad for Inkinen and New Zealand: they...have returned to the consistent quality that marked their Scènes historiques, Night Ride and Sunrise, and Valse triste.’
MusicWeb International

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Naxos Audiobooks

JESSIMAN The Clumsy Ghost & Other Spooky Tales (Unabridged)
Barrett • Piazza et al
Naxos AudioBooks NA0054

Composers’ Letters
Nicholas • Philpott • de Souza
Naxos AudioBooks NA203012

GOETHE Faust (Abridged)
West • Jones
Naxos AudioBooks NA0068

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BBC Legends

R STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben
SCHUBERT Symphony No 8 ‘Unfinished’

BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra • Sanderling
BBC Legends BBCL4262-2 [CD]

‘This 1970s recording is a fine memorial to Kurt Sanderling’
MusicWeb International

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Cantaloupe Music

Slagwerk Den Haag
Cantaloupe Music CA-21072 [CD]

The New York Times 25 Records of 2011

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SCHUBERT Die Schöne Müllerin, Auf dem Strom
Behle • Bjelland
Capriccio C5044 [CD]

‘Jan Kobow’s Müllerin has been my favourite for some years, but here is a version that challenges his hegemony.’
MusicWeb International

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Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-126 [CD]

‘The performances by the Lincoln Trio are models of vibrancy and control. The notables on this recording could hardly have better champions. ’

Hidden gem of 2011 – intriguing disc, beautifully played’
The Observer (London)

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LANGGAARD Music of the Spheres
Danish National Symphony Orchestra & Choirs • Dausgaard
Dacapo 6.220535 [CD]

‘this Dacapo release will surely help to bring this dotty Dane to a much wider audience’
MusicWeb International

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Dorian Sono Luminus

BIBER Mystery Sonatas
Julia Wedman
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92127 [CD]

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ROSSINI Petite messe solennelle
Pendatchanska • Custer • Secco • Palazzi • Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra • Chailly
EuroArts 2057428 [DVD]

‘the performance it receives under Chailly elevates this rarely heard work not only to stand alongside the composer’s better-known Stabat Mater, but also the great Mass by Verdi’
MusicWeb International

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ICA Classics

PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kijé Suite

Armstrong • Tear • Shirley-Quirk • London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus • Previn
ICA Classics ICAD5038 [DVD]

‘it has that palpable tingle of unfamiliar music being unveiled and given new, vibrant life’

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GIULIANI Guitar Music
Eduardo Fernández
Oehms Classics OC401 [CD]

‘Fernández delights in the simplicity and virtuosity of Giuliani’s music while bringing a vast dynamic and tonal palette to bear on its more subtle aspects of colorations’

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TÜÜR Ärkamine (Awakening)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir • Sinfonietta Riga • Reuss
Ondine ODE1183-2 [CD]

Die Zeit Best Album of the Year

‘Highly recommended for fans of new orchestral and choral music.’

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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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