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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

BROUWER, M.: Chamber Music - Shattered Glass / Lonely Lake / Clarinet Quintet (Shattered)
Blue Streak Ensemble, Maia String Quartet
Naxos 8.559763

‘The playing is superlative throughout and the recordings are of audiophile quality.’ – Gramophone

Choral Concert (Christmas): Elora Festival Singers
(The Wonder of Christmas)

Naxos 8.573421

‘these singers embrace and elevate everything they sing—and their performances are imbued with a vivaciousness and joy that’s absolutely infectious’ –

Choral Music - VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. / FINZI, G. / GURNEY, I. (Flowers of the Field)
City of London Choir, London Mozart Players, Wetton
Naxos 8.573426

‘a beautifully refined and sympathetically chosen album’ – Mail on Sunday

DVOŘÁK, A.: Requiem
Libor, Wolak, Kirch, Monarcha, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.572874-75

‘Wit just may be the best conductor around these days for big choral works’ –

HÉTU, J.: Chamber Works for Strings (Complete)
New Orford String Quartet, Dann, C. Carr, Hutchins
Naxos 8.573395

‘This is a splendid release on all counts.’ – MusicWeb International

HOWELLS, H.: Stabat Mater / Te Deum (Collegium Regale) /
Sine Nomine

The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill
Naxos 8.573176


‘The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under David Hill’s brilliant direction, execute Howells’s numinous Stabat mater…with fluency and insight.’ – Gramophone

‘Hill paces superbly, and Hulett is utterly convincing in taxing solo passages. ’ – Classical Music

‘the whole team of singers and instrumentalists respond with the utmost fervour to Hill’s evidently inspiring leadership’
International Record Review

‘David Hill gets into the very soul of the music and extracts an intensely gripping interpretation, enhanced by the superb tenor voice of Benjamin Hulett.’ – Choir & Organ

MILHAUD, D.: Orestie d'Eschyle (L')
L. Phillips, Dempson, Outlaw, Delphis, University of Michigan Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, K. Kiesler
Naxos 8.660349-51


‘The University of Michigan forces under Kenneth Kiesler are mighty’

Opera Arias (Soprano): Borsi, Maria Luigia - PUCCINI, G. /
VERDI, G. / CATALANI, A. / RESPIGHI, O. (Italian Soprano Arias)

Borsi, London Symphony Orchestra, Abel
Naxos 8.573412

‘The performance that Borsi gives is not just ravishingly beautiful but has a dramatic intensity’ – Gramophone

SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4
Naxos 8.559738

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 9 - Symphony No. 4
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573188

‘this terrific performance by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko will leave you equally overwhelmed’ – Gramophone

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10299 [Blu-ray] / ACC-20299 [DVD]

‘A great performance, superbly recorded. ’ – Pizzicato

‘Highly recommended for both the video and the sparkling recording.’
Audiophile Audition

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

RECITAL WITH RENÉE FLEMING (A) - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century (Blu-ray, HD)
Fleming, Pikulski
Arthaus Musik 108117

‘Renée Fleming’s crystalline timbre is ravishing.’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


SCHUMANN, R.: Szenen aus Goethes Faust
Gerhaher, Karg, Miles, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Harding
BR-Klassik 900122

‘Daniel Harding conducts with a superb sense of pace, weight and colour, perfectly supporting his equally fine singers in a really impressive live recording.’ – Gramophone

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Blu-ray, HD)
Tilling, Paasikivi, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Järvi
C Major 718104

‘The Second symphony has a lot of power, incredible delicate moments and the overall impact is just miraculous.’ – Pizzicato

See C Major catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

ADAMS, J.L.: Become Ocean
Seattle Symphony, Ludovic
Cantaloupe Music CA-21101

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


BACH, C.P.E.: Rondos / Fantasias
Christine Schornsheim
Capriccio C5201

‘scintillating playing, really brings this music to life’ –

See Capriccio catalogue


BACH, J.S.: Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043 /
CLYNE, A.: Prince of Clouds / GLASS, P.: Echorus (Two x Four)

Koh, Laredo
Cedille CDR90000-146

See Cedille catalogue


LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 3
Nightingale String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220577

Gramophone’s current Young Artists of the Year complete their exploration of Langgaard in style, leaving those who have followed them on the journey much the richer for it.’ – Gramophone

See Dacapo catalogue


Choral Concert: John Alexander Singers - WARLAND, D. / LAURIDSEN, M. / GREGORIO, J. / RICKELTON, M. (American Voices)
John Alexander Singers, Alexander
Delos DE3473

‘The disc is a splendid compendium of songs that soar and vibrate with fresh appeal.’ – Gramophone

See Delos catalogue


(4 Blu-ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD)

Masur, Menuhin, Norris, Rozhdestvensky
EuroArts 2075014

‘Consisting in interviews, historical film material and concerto recordings, the Bruno Montsaingeon films about Yehudi Menuhin are among the most enriching documents one can imagine.’ – Pizzicato

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vols. 6, 7 & 8
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP651, GP658 & GP659

‘From delightful childlike pieces to full blown turbulence to pieces that display nostalgia and regret, it has been one of the most satisfying musical journeys I’ve ever been on.’
MusicWeb International


See Grand Piano catalogue


BERIO, I.: Sinfonia / Calmo / Ritirata notturna di Madrid
Räisänen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu
Ondine ODE1227-5

‘The performance is tremendously idiomatic and convincing.’
MusicWeb International

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

RAMEAU, J.P.: Hippolyte et Aricie (Glyndebourne, 2013)
Lyon, Karg, Connolly, Degout, Glyndebourne Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Christie
Opus Arte OABD7150D [Blu-ray] / OA1143D [DVD]

See Opus Arte catalogue

Sono Luminus

Harpsichord Recital: Vinikour, Jory - POWELL, M. / COWELL, H. / ROREM, N. / ADLER, S. (Toccatas: Modern American Music for Harpsichord)
Jory Vinikour
Sono Luminus DSL-92174

See Sono Luminus catalogue

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

MAHLER, G.: Lied von der Erde (Das)
Ludwig, Kmentt, Vienna Symphony, C. Kleiber
Vienna Symphony Orchestra WS007

‘For Carlos Kleiber fans and those wanting to admire the artistry of one of the greatest conductors of all time, this is essential listening.’
MusicWeb International

See Vienna Symphony Orchestra catalogue

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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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December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
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May 2014
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