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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

ARENSKY, A.: Chamber Music - Piano Quintet / String Quartet No. 2 / Piano Trio No. 1
Spectrum Concerts Berlin
Naxos 8.573317

‘Defining performances by a starry cast of Russian soloists’
MusicWeb International

BACEWICZ, G.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 2 - Nos. 2, 4, 5
Lutosławski Quartet
Naxos 8.572807

‘The Lutosławskis give a powerful account of the Beethovenian Fifth’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The four players once more prove themselves musicians of imaginative vitality and narrative force’ – Pizzicato

CHIN, Gordon Shi-Wen: Cello Concerto No. 1 /
Symphony No. 3, "Taiwan"

Wen-Sinn Yang, Taiwan Philharmonic, Shao-Chia Lü
Naxos 8.570615

‘Gordon Chin writes a very dramatic music, and with his excellent orchestra Shao-Chia Lü responds to it with powerful performances.’

IBERT, J.: Ballade de la Geôle (La) / 3 Pièces de Ballet /
Suite Élisabéthaine

Slovak Radio Symphony, Adriano
Naxos 8.555568

‘Here we have an attractive program with seldom played works by Jacques Ibert. The performances have a good French flavour.’

MAYR, G.S. / DONIZETTI, G.: Gran messa di requiem in G Minor
Simon Mayr Choir and Ensemble, Hauk
Naxos 8.573419-20

‘It is clear that the published version is surpassed both in scale and instrumentation by the elaborate edition performed here’ – Midwest Tape

MOZART, W.A.: Symphonies Nos. 35, 36, 41
(arr. J.N. Hummel for flute, violin, cello and piano)

Grodd, Eichhorn, Rummel, Krüger
Naxos 8.572842

‘It’s a real pleasure to discover these chamber music transcriptions of three well-known symphonies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.’

PENDERECKI, K.: Powialo na mnie morze snów…
(A sea of dreams did breathe on me…)

Pasichnyk, Marciniec, Bręk, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit
Naxos 8.573062

‘Absolutely atmospheric settings from this ever-adapting master.’
Audiophile Audition

PERRY, W.: Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, Vol. 2
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, P. Phillips
Naxos 8.573105

‘It’s all deliciously orchestrated with a warmer, fuller sound’
Film Score Monthly

RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 8
Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet
Naxos 8.573054

‘Friedemann Eichhorn delivers magnificent performances, proving again he’s one of today’s finest up-and-coming artists’ – Classical Lost and Found

ROUSE, C.: Seeing / Kabir Padavali
Trevigne, Weiss, Albany Symphony, Miller
Naxos 8.559799

‘These world premiere recordings are excellently recorded and will be a good introduction to Rouse’s music for many new listeners.’

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / Danse Macabre / Cypres et Lauriers
Warnier, Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573331

‘It oozes supreme sensitivity and stylistic sincerity’ – Gramophone

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies (Complete) (11-CD Box Set)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Petrenko
Naxos 8.501111

‘Magnificent, thrilling performances given expressive, idiomatic readings by a formidable young conductor.’ – Audiophile Audition

‘This one is a gem, a set of outstanding readings of difficult music’

SIBELIUS, J.: Scaramouche [Ballet]
Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573511

‘Segerstam captures the music’s weirdness with great relish’

‘Leif Segerstam proves especially adept at teasing out every drop of sinister unease and harmonic daring from the music… What’s more, his polished band is with him every step of the way.’ – Gramophone

SIMON, T.: Jupiter's Travels (Unabridged)
Rupert Degas
Naxos AudioBooks NA0239

‘Degas’s accents for the various people Simon encounters add an extra dimension to the work, creating a vivid listening experience.’ – AudioFile

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 7 (Chailly)
Gewandhaus-Orchester, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10309 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20309 [DVD]

‘A chance to watch Chailly and his musicians explore Mahler’s Symphony No 7 in another fine film from Accentus.’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

MAHLER, G.: Lied von der Erde (Das) (Blu-ray)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Soffel, Riegel, Davis
Arthaus Musik 109114

‘Colin Davis gives an almost theatrical rhetoric to the Lied von der Erde, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra follows his conducting with fine colour and dynamic changes that make this performance a really great musical experience.’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


STRAVINSKY, I.: Petrushka (1947 version) /
MUSSORGSKY, M.: Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. M. Ravel)

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900141

‘The Bavarians make a glorious noise, perfectly integrated from top to bottom with a delightfully rounded lower-middle, well captured live in two local venues’ – Gramophone

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (NTSC)
Stoyanova, Groissböck, Koch, Erdmann, Eröd,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Welser-Möst

C Major 719308

‘Richard Strauss’ most beloved opera is given an opulent, traditional production ’ – Chicago Tribune

See C Major catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

ADAMS, J.L.: Ilimaq
Glenn Kotche
Cantaloupe Music CA-21112

‘[Adams] and Kotche create a work of great power and often surprising, stark beauty’ – The Guardian

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


SCHULHOFF, E.: 5 Pieces / SUK, J.: Meditation on the old Bohemian Chorale / DVORÁK, A.: String Quartet No. 13 (alla czeca)
Signum Quartet
Capriccio C5257

‘Thrilling performances of a coherent and exciting program.’ – Pizzicato

See Capriccio catalogue

Carpe Diem

Vocal Music - PINTOS, A. / MONTEVERDI, C. / SANDRIN, P. /
SAVALL, A. / SCHUBERT, F. (Il viaggio d'Amore)

Hirundo Maris
Carpe Diem CD-16307

‘Arianna Savall and her ensemble Hirundo Maris present a lovely mix of love songs from various cultural sources. Highly recommended! ’ – Pizzicato

See Carpe Diem catalogue


GREENE, M.: Overtures / Collection of Lessons (A)
Baroque Band, Clarke
Cedille CDR90000-152

‘Delightful overtures from a contemporary of Handel’s.’
Audiophile Audition

See Cedille catalogue

Grand Piano

AUBERT, L.: Sillages / Violin Sonata / Habanera
(version for piano 4 hands) / Feuille d'Images

Armengaud, Fagiuoli, Chauzu
Grand Piano GP648

‘Jean-Pierre Armengaud’s playing possesses a fluid flexibility…His profoundly poetic interpretation demonstrates an intimate knowledge of the score and easily elevates him high above his two great predecessors’ – Classica


See Grand Piano catalogue


KOECHLIN, C.: Chamber Music for Oboe and Other Instruments
Stefan Schilli
OehmsClassics OC1823

‘Schilli is a superb instrumentalist, engaged, fluid and technically assured throughout. Pianist Oliver Triendl joins him for Au loin and the Sonata, the latter fleet-footed, elegant and extrovert… the sense of ensemble is flawless. ’ – Gramophone

See OehmsClassics catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Suite on Words by Michelangelo /
LISZT, F.: 3 Sonetti di Petrarca

Hvorostovsky, Ilja
Ondine ODE1277-2

‘A fine communicator—not to mention a baritone of real warmth—Hvorostovsky offers powerful performances of these settings of Italian poetry.’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

MAILLOT, J.-C.: LAC (Ballet after Swan Lake)
(Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, 2013) (NTSC)

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
Opus Arte OA1148D

‘Jean-Christophe Maillot’s radical reimagining of Swan Lake buzzes with ferocious energy yet ultimately retains the story’s emotional heft’
MusicWeb International

See Opus Arte catalogue


BACH, J.S.: Motets
S:t Jacobs Kammarkör, REbaroque, Graden
Proprius PRCD2066

‘There’s an incomparable alacrity, an uncanny sense of committed urgency that supercedes the effort by the otherwise gorgeous St. Jacobs Choir.’

See Proprius catalogue

Sono Luminus

RILEY, T.: Heaven Ladder, Book 5 (The) /
Half-Wolf Dances Mad In Moonlight / G Song

Sono Luminus DSL-92189

‘The piano springs to brilliant life here, from Etude from the Old Country to the funky, freewheeling Cinco de Mayo. Electrifying stuff.’ – Gramophone

See Sono Luminus catalogue

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