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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

SCHREKER, F.: Der Geburtstag der Infantin Suite • Vorspiel zu einem Drama • Romantische Suite
SCHREKER, F.: Der Geburtstag der Infantin Suite • Vorspiel zu einem Drama • Romantische Suite
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin • Falletta
Naxos 8.573821

‘In large-orchestra terms JoAnn Falletta works wonders on behalf of Franz Schreker, sweet-tooth music with cinematic potential, the converse of which is Brahms’s German Requiem (my desert-island choice from this composer)’
– Editor’s Choice, Classicalsource.com


‘Stirring sumptuous performances show of Schreker’s lush scoring and vivid orchestral picture-painting.’
BBC Music Magazine


‘An intoxicatingly opulent, headily beautiful creation—and JoAnn Falletta does it absolutely proud, drawing some splendidly red-blooded playing.’
Classical Ear

‘Here’s surely one of the year’s most gorgeous releases…glowingly recorded and delivered with grace and passion by JoAnn Falletta and the Berlin Radio Symphony.’
Fanfare


DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 4
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 4
C. and T. Tetzlaff • Vogt
Ondine ODE1316-2

‘An exquisite and entrancing chamber music disc, and an impressive example of the intimacy and interplay that the genre can embody at its most heightened.’
Gramophone

‘The technically outstanding trio formed by Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff as well as Lars Vogt delivers a stunning account of Dvořák’s trios.’
Pizzicato

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
BACH, J.S.: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Poplutz • Mainz Bach Choir and Orchestra • R. Otto
Naxos 8.574001-02

‘Expert, captivating performances, facilitated by Ralf Otto’s dynamic conducting’
ClassicsToday.com


BERNSTEIN, L.: Anniversaries • Fancy Free Suite • Candide Overture • Wonderful Town Overture
BERNSTEIN, L.: Anniversaries • Fancy Free Suite • Candide Overture • Wonderful Town Overture
São Paulo Symphony • Alsop
Naxos 8.559814

‘The detailing of the scoring registers well which in the Anniversaries is a repeated joy. For that work alone this is a must-buy for admirers of Bernstein the composer.’
MusicWeb International


COPLAND, A.: Fanfare for the Common Man • El salón México • Clarinet Concerto
COPLAND, A.: Fanfare for the Common Man • El salón México • Clarinet Concerto
Goodman • Los Angeles Philharmonic • Copland
Naxos 2.110397 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0068V)

‘What makes this video special is the performance of the unjustly neglected Suite from The Tender Land, music of entrancing radiance, warmth and humanity’
Gramophone


EŠENVALDS, E.: The Doors of Heaven
EŠENVALDS, E.: The Doors of Heaven
Portland State University Chamber Choir • Sperry
Naxos 8.579008

‘The Portland Chamber Choir under Ethan Sperry give us ravishing readings of four Esenvalds works…So heartily do I recommend this.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
Biegel • A.N. Cohen • Sparr • McAllister • London Symphony • Falletta
Naxos 8.559824


‘This is an outstanding recording both in terms of the excellent Naxos engineering and the the quality of the soloists, orchestra and conductor. All music lovers should give this album a try.’
iClassical


‘This latest Fuchs/Naxos disc, marking 15 years of his recording with conductor Falletta, bears real gems. The animated piano concerto is a delightful flight of fancy.’
BBC Music Magazine


HARBISON, J.: Requiem
HARBISON, J.: Requiem
Rivera • Martens • Phan • Markgraf • Nashville Symphony Chorus and Orchestra • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559841


‘Highly recommended and kudos to Naxos for their continuing American Classics series which gifts us with these kinds of inspiring works.’
Audiophile Audition


KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
The Clarion Choir • S. Fox
Naxos 8.573889

‘This is a superlative performance. Steven Fox is an exemplary leader of his forces.’
Fanfare


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
A. Kremer • Argiris • I. Storey • Theater Freiburg Choirs • Freiburg Philharmonic • Bollon
Naxos 8.660410-12


‘With excellent singers and a good orchestra, Fabrice Bollon has achieved an appealing performance.’
Pizzicato


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

‘This is music of extreme complexity, yet they [orchestra] play it as though it was second nature to them.’
Fanfare


RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
Naxos 8.573629

‘Star talent Boris Giltburg gets Rachmaninov’s beloved concerto to breathe with clarity and heft; great climaxes from piano and orchestra in the big moments. He and the Scottish Orchestra are beautifully cultivated—a gorgeous experience.’
– Best Classical Albums of 2018, Politiken


WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Götterdämmerung [Opera]
Barkmin • Brenna • Shenyang • Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra • Jaap van Zweden
Naxos 8.660428-31

‘This fine version can, without question, hold its head high among any of the competition.’
iClassical

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

KIERKEGAARD, S.: Fear and Trembling (Unabridged)
Mark Meadows
Naxos NA0327

‘Meadows’s narration makes exploring Kierkegaard’s philosophy a joy to experience’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)


MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
Streit • Petibon • Tro Santafé • Kalna • Moreno • Tarver • Teatro de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Bolton • Guth
BelAir Classiques BAC150 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC450)

‘Claus Guth’s staging of Mozart’s youthful Lucio Silla is ablaze with action in this 2017 revival at Madrid’s Teatro Real. The musical energy is high as well, thanks to a terrific cast and the intelligent brio of conductor Ivor Bolton.’
Opera News


RACHMANINOV, S.: The Bells • Symphonic Dances
RACHMANINOV, S.: The Bells • Symphonic Dances
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900154

‘Brilliant conducting from Jansons, stupendous playing and singing from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and vocal soloists, and an astonishingly revealing recording add up to an urgent recommendation and a potential Want List candidate.’
Fanfare


WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Semi-Staged Performance, 1981)
WAGNER, R.: Tristan und Isolde [Opera] (Semi-Staged Performance, 1981)
Hofmann • Behrens • Minton • Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Bernstein
C Major 746208 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (746304)

‘Staging elements are minimal, but Peter Hofmann and Hildegard Behrens are more entrancing when seen as well as heard.’
Gramophone


PUCCINI, G.: Il Tabarro [Opera]
PUCCINI, G.: Il Tabarro [Opera]
Botha • W. Koch • Heever • Wiener Singakademie • ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • de Billy
Capriccio C5326

‘From the point of view of orchestral colors, this is one of Puccini’s most imaginative and fascinating scores and Bertrand de Billy understands this.’
Fanfare


STEPHENSON, J.: Clarinet Music – Liquid Melancholy • Colors • Clarinet Sonata
STEPHENSON, J.: Clarinet Music – Liquid Melancholy • Colors • Clarinet Sonata
J.B. Yeh • Godon • Chicago Pro Musica • Lake Forest Symphony • Kulenovic
Cedille CDR90000-176

‘I simply cannot conceive of better performances of any of these pieces.’
Fanfare


VERDI, G.: Rigoletto [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Rigoletto [Opera]
Hvorostovsky • N. Sierra • Demuro • Mastroni • O. Volkova • Šidlauskaitė • Kaunas State Choir • Kaunas City Symphony • Orbelian
Delos DE3522

JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ and 2, ‘Intimate Letters’
JANÁČEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ and 2, ‘Intimate Letters’
Acies Quartett
Gramola99002

‘The Acies Quartet delivers a real gut-punch.’
Fanfare


EKANAYAKA, T.: 12 Piano Prisms
EKANAYAKA, T.: 12 Piano Prisms
Tanya Ekanayaka
Grand Piano GP785


‘The music is always beautifully performed by the composer.’
International Piano


Orchestral Music – DEBUSSY, C. • CHAUSSON, E. • BRAHMS, J. • FRANCK, C. • BERLIOZ, H. (1955-1961)
Orchestral Music – DEBUSSY, C. • CHAUSSON, E. • BRAHMS, J. • FRANCK, C. • BERLIOZ, H. (1955-1961)
BBC Symphony • Boston Symphony • Monteux
ICA Classics ICAC5150

‘You witness playing in a completely different league, elegant, vibrant and positively Kreislerian in its luminosity and warmth. ’
Gramophone


SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 • GRIEG, E.: Symphonic Dance, Op. 64, No. 2 • Våren
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 • GRIEG, E.: Symphonic Dance, Op. 64, No. 2 • Våren
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln • Kitajenko
OehmsClassics OC457

‘Dmitrij Kitajenko’s recording of Sibelius’ Second Symphony must be the most atmospheric and the most gripping performance available on disc.’
Pizzicato


PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
Jaho • Puente • Hendricks • Deshong • Royal Opera Chorus • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Pappano • Leiser • Caurier
Opus Arte OA1268D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7244D)

‘Pappano draws ardent playing from the ROH Orchestra, superbly detailed in its commentaries.’
Gramophone


BIZET, G.: Carmen [Opera]
BIZET, G.: Carmen [Opera]
Bumbry • Vickers • Díaz • Freni • Vienna State Opera Chorus • Vienna Philharmonic • Karajan
Orfeo C866183D


‘This is a great document from Salzburg, Bizet’s Carmen in a very spontaneous and lively performance with a marvellous cast.’
Pizzicato


The Secret Mass – MARTIN, F. • MARTINŮ, B.
The Secret Mass – MARTIN, F. • MARTINŮ, B.
Danish National Vocal Ensemble • Creed
OUR Recordings 6.220671

‘A delightful release that turned out to one of the Year’s Best.’
American Record Guide


DEBUSSY, C.: Préludes, Books 1 and 2
DEBUSSY, C.: Préludes, Books 1 and 2
Vladimir Ashkenazy
Paladino Music PMR0100

‘An unexpected and illuminating contribution to 2018’s numerous Debussy anniversary releases, and a valuable addition to Ashkenazy’s piano discography.’
ClassicsToday.com


Seven Words from the Cross – BILLINGS, W. • DISTLER, H. • POULENC, F. • SHEPPARD, J.
Seven Words from the Cross – BILLINGS, W. • DISTLER, H. • POULENC, F. • SHEPPARD, J.
Skylark Vocal Ensemble
Sono Luminus DSL-92219

‘The sheer musical purpose and thrilling skill with which the many solo passages are handled testify to Skylark’s depth; their ensemble work is often stunning.’
Gramophone


‘Skylark’s extraordinary breadth of programming is matched by an enviable depth of interpretation.’
Limelight


Lieder Recital: Wunderlich, Fritz – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SCHUMANN, R. • WOLF, H. • STRAUSS, R. (1955-1965)
Lieder Recital: Wunderlich, Fritz – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SCHUMANN, R. • WOLF, H. • STRAUSS, R. (1955-1965)
Fritz Wunderlich
SWR Classic SWR19064CD

‘This is a marvellous set which offers an opportunity to hear great artistry caught on the wing.’
MusicWeb International



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