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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 CDs

PENDERECKI, K.: Symphonies Nos. 1-5, 7, 8 / Orchestral Works
Naxos 8.505231 [5-CD Box Set]

Elora Festival Singers, Edison
Naxos 8.503264 [3-CD Box Set]

‘be assured that you will not hear finer performances’ –

Dulce Melos
Naxos 8.572576

‘exceptional and very satisfying release’ –

HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5, 6, 7
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.572164

RIHM, W.: Violin and Piano Works
Tianwa Yang, Rimmer
Naxos 8.572730

WAGHALTER, I.: Violin Concerto / Rhapsody / Violin Sonata
Trynkos, Latsabidze, A. Walker
Naxos 8.572809

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1
Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos 8.570933

‘lively freshness’ – WETA

DELIUS, F.: A Mass of Life / Prelude and Idyll
J. Watson, Wyn-Rogers, A. Kennedy, Opie, Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill
Naxos 8.572861-62


‘strong choral singing, penetrating direction from David Hill and a heroic turn in the lead role from Alan Opie’ – Gramophone

‘This year there have been many memorable new recordings of Delius’s beautiful music, but this one impressed me the most.’ – MusicWeb International

WALLACE, W.V.: Chopinesque
Tuck, Bonynge
Naxos 8.572776

‘Rosemary Tuck dispatches all with admirable grace and aplomb’ – Gramophone

Sancho, Ars Atlantica
Naxos 8.572876

‘A disc full of gems.’ – MusicWeb International

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Naxos DVD

A MUSICAL JOURNEY - NORWAY: A Musical Tour of Troldhaugen, Bergen and the Norwegian Landscape
Naxos 2.110274 [DVD]

‘worth seeing and hearing’ – MusicWeb International

Naxos Audiobooks

PROUST, M.: Remembrance of Things Past [unabridged]
Neville Jason
Naxos AudioBooks NA0096 (Vol. 1: Swann’s Way)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0097 (Vol. 2: Within a Budding Grove)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0098 (Vol. 3: The Guermantes Way)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0099 (Vol. 4: Sodom and Gomorrah)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0104 (Vol. 5: The Captive)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0100 (Vol. 6: The Fugitive)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0101 (Vol. 7: Time Regained)

‘magical capturing of Proust’s melodious cadences … mesmerising and seductive’ – The Spectator

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Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”
Accentus Music ACC-10238 [Blu-ray Video]

‘Visually and aurally this Accentus Blu-ray is as good as it gets.’ – MusicWeb International

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

LIGETI, G.: Le Grand Macabre
Liceu, 2011
Arthaus Musik 108058 [Blu-ray Video]

‘the performance could hardly be bettered and the sound and picture are stunning’ – MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major

BRAHMS, J. / DVORAK, A. / SIBELIUS, J. / NIELSEN, C.: 4 Symphonies
C Major 710508 [DVD]

‘Danish players perform with a contagious sense of joy and virtuosity’ – MusicWeb International

See C Major catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

Beiser, Harrison, MacDonald, Nunez
Cantaloupe Music CA-21086

National Public Radio Top 10 Classical Albums in 2012

‘soars in interlocking swirls of an ecstatic conclusion’ – National Public Radio

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


HOLMBOE, V.: Chamber Symphonies
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgards
Dacapo 6.220621 [hybrid SACD]

National Public Radio Top 10 Classical Albums in 2012

‘energetic performances of [Holmboe’s] three chamber symphonies with Jan Storgårds leading the agile Lapland Chamber Orchestra’ – National Public Radio

See Dacapo catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

BEETHOVEN, L. van: String Quartet No. 9, “Rasumovsky” / KERNIS, A.J.: String Quartet No. 2

Jasper String Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92142

‘boundlessly energetic, passionate, and committed’ – MusicWeb International

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue


WAGNER, R.: Parsifal
Staatsoper Berlin, 1992
EuroArts 2066738 [DVD]

‘this is currently the best modern recording in any format’ – Gramophone

See EuroArts catalogue

ICA Classics

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5
ICA Classics ICAD5041 [DVD]

‘Mahler’s harrowing journey from darkness to light is compellingly conveyed in this fantastic performance.’ – MusicWeb International

See ICA Classics catalogue


BERLIOZ, H.: Herminie / Les nuits d’été
RAVEL, M.: Sheherazade

Gens, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Axelrod
Ondine ODE1200-2


‘a disc that challenges the former hegemony in Les nuits d’ètè: Regine Crespin and Janet Baker’ – MusicWeb International

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

PUCCINI, G.: Il trittico
Royal Opera House, 2011
Opus Arte OA1070D [DVD]

‘Brilliantly filmed, the live performances come across with thrilling immediacy.’ – Gramophone

See Opus Arte catalogue

Tafelmusik Media

HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah
Gauvin, Blaze, Muller, Polegato, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, Taurins
Tafelmusik TMK1016CD2

See Tafelmusik Media catalogue

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