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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

ROSSINI, G.: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Opera]
Sempey • Trottmann • Angelini • Kálmán • Gleadow • Vestri • Le Cercle de l’Harmonie • Unikanti • Rhorer • Pelly
Naxos 2.110592 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0065V)

‘Expertly cast and superbly conducted… the finest I have seen’
Gramophone


MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 40 • TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’
MOZART, W.A.: Symphony No. 40 • TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 6, ‘Pathétique’
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig • Nelsons
Accentus Music ACC-20445

Also available on Blu-ray (ACC-10445)

‘Wonderful interpretation, passionate, torn, exquisitely nuanced and executed excellently by the formidable Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra’
Scherzo

‘A splendid DVD.’
Classica

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
Giltburg • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • V. Petrenko
Naxos 8.574151


‘Giltburg’s playing [is] special.’
MusicWeb International


BERMEL, D.: Migration Series • Mar de Setembro • A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace
BERMEL, D.: Migration Series • Mar de Setembro • A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace
Souza • Nash • Julliard Jazz Orchestra • Albany Symphony • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559871


‘A dizzying melting pot of folklike rhythms, droning tunes and pungent modernist harmonies, spiked with bursts of wailing jazz.’
– The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2019 The New York Times


British String Quartets (20-CD Boxed Set)
British String Quartets (20-CD Boxed Set)
Maggini Quartet
Naxos 8.502021


‘This is a feast of eminently explorable repertoire in performances which were often the first, and are even more frequently the finest, on record.’
Gramophone


DONIZETTI, G.: Vesper Psalms
DONIZETTI, G.: Vesper Psalms
A.L. Brown • Feith • Krödel • Sammer • M. Schäfer • Rosenbaum • Ochoa • N. Mallmann • Simon Mayr Choir • Concerto de Bassus • Hauk
Naxos 8.573910


‘Under Hauk’s expert guidance, this is an entertainingly welcome addition to the catalogue’
Opera News


Forgotten Dreams – Australian Guitar Music – CHARLTON, R. • HOUGHTON, P. • ISAACS, M. • WESTLAKE, N.
Forgotten Dreams – Australian Guitar Music – CHARLTON, R. • HOUGHTON, P. • ISAACS, M. • WESTLAKE, N.
Timothy Kain
Naxos 8.573961


‘This is a true work of art. Don’t miss it. ’
American Record Guide


KEELEY, R.: Chamber Music – Distil  • Clarinet Quartet • Piano Trio No. 2
KEELEY, R.: Chamber Music – Distil • Clarinet Quartet • Piano Trio No. 2
Samek • Keeley • Brannick • Aquinas Piano Trio
Naxos 8.579046


‘Now here is some excellent chamber music!’
American Record Guide


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
Jakubiak • Jagde • Wagner • Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra • Albrecht • Loy
Naxos 2.110584-85 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0083V)


‘Miracle Workers – Korngold’s magnum opus gets its long-delayed due.’
Opera News


MOYZES, A.: Gemer Dances • Down the River Váh • Pohronie Dances
MOYZES, A.: Gemer Dances • Down the River Váh • Pohronie Dances
Slovak Radio Symphony • Lenárd
Naxos 8.555477


‘The interpretations are extremely vital and recommendable.’
Pizzicato


PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Fort Smith Symphony • Jeter
Naxos 8.559827


‘The brio of the best Americana is present throughout the work, particularly in its rousing climax.’
– The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2019, The New York Times


RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6 – Piano Concertos • Tzigane
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6 – Piano Concertos • Tzigane
Dumont • J. Gilbert • Orchestre National de Lyon • Slatkin
Naxos 8.573572


‘It’s amazing how many bad recordings there are of Ravel’s piano concertos, so I’m pleased to report that this release does them both proud.’
ClassicsToday.com


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


‘JoAnn Falletta accentuates all this orchestral post-romanticism with some exuberant and glowing versions, well accompanied by a very dedicated Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra’
Ritmo


STAMITZ, J.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 – Op. 3, Nos. 1 and 3–6
STAMITZ, J.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 – Op. 3, Nos. 1 and 3–6
Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra • Rudin
Naxos 8.573966


‘Now here’s a really invigorating album with excellent music superbly played and engineered!’
American Record Guide


VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto • Harmonica Concerto • Sexteto místico
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto • Harmonica Concerto • Sexteto místico
Barrueco • Staneck • São Paulo Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.574018


‘The partnership between soloist and orchestra makes the most compelling case for bringing this work out of the John Williams cold.’
Music for Several Instruments


Songs of Russian Composers – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. • RACHMANINOV, S.
Songs of Russian Composers – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. • RACHMANINOV, S.
Gritskova • Prinz
Naxos 8.573908


‘Beautifully sculpted re-creations of familiar songs.’
Opera News


WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Operas] (14-CD Boxed Set)
WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Operas]
Goerne • O’Neill • DeYoung • Skelton • Hong Kong Philharmonic • van Zweden
Naxos 8.501403


‘Jaap van Zweden and the Hong Kong PO fuse Solti’s energy, Karajan’s chamber aesthetic, Böhm’s impetuosity, Goodall’s detailed gravitas and Keilberth’s vivid scene-building to forge a freshly minted, standard-setting and sonically beguiling Ring cycle.’
Gramophone


WEINBERG, M.: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
WEINBERG, M.: Chamber Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3
East-West Chamber Orchestra • Krimer
Naxos 8.574063


‘Vividly colourful performances.’
Pizzicato


WEINER, L.: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 – Toldi
WEINER, L.: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 – Toldi
Budapest Symphony MÁV • Csányi
Naxos 8.573847


‘A labour of love on the part of the orchestra and conductor, who bring every section to life with energy and sensitivity.’
Fanfare


Folk Music of China, Vol. 2: Folk Songs of Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang
Folk Music of China, Vol. 2: Folk Songs of Inner Mongolia and Heilongjiang
Various Artists
Naxos World Music NXW76089-2


‘Beautiful, and certainly distinctive.’
Review Corner

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

DURRELL, G.: The Aye-aye and I (Unabridged)
DURRELL, G.: The Aye-aye and I (Unabridged)
Rupert Degas
Naxos AudioBooks NA0357

‘Utter delight’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

DEBUSSY, C.: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera]
DEBUSSY, C.: Pelléas et Mélisande [Opera]
Imbrailo • Winters • Ketelsen • Sherratt • Naef • Philharmonia Zürich • Altinoglu • Tcherniakov
BelAir Classiques BAC157

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC457)

‘The singing performances are all exceptional…’
OperaJournal


Choral and Orchestral Music – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRUCKNER, A. • HAYDN, J. • MAHLER, G. (11-CD Boxed Set)
Choral and Orchestral Music – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRUCKNER, A. • HAYDN, J. • MAHLER, G. (11-CD Boxed Set)
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Haitink
BR-Klassik 900174


‘The effect of arriving home, where everything is as it should be—the music, its playing and its interpretation, all captured in excellent sound quality.’
Gramophone


VERDI, G.: Attila [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Attila [Opera]
d’Arcangelo • Piazzola • Siri • Sartori • Teatro Comunale di Bologna Chorus and Orchestra • Mariotti • Abbado
C Major 748708

Also available on Blu-ray (748804)


‘Blunt, Garish and Oh So Good – A production from Bologna shows how underappreciated this Verdi opera is.’
Opera News


BROOKS, J.: The Passion • After the Treewatcher • Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother
BROOKS, J.: The Passion • After the Treewatcher • Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother
Bang on a Can All-Stars • Contemporaneous • Bloom
Cantaloupe Music CA-21146


‘Distinctively talented individual.’
MusicWeb International


WEBER, C.M. von: Euryanthe [Opera]
WEBER, C.M. von: Euryanthe [Opera]
N. Reinhardt • J. Wagner • A. Foster–Williams • Arnold Schoenberg Choir • ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • Constantin
Capriccio C5373


‘The new Capriccio Euryanthe is recommended as the best performance on disc now available’
Gramophone


HARTMANN, K.A.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Carillon’ and 2
HARTMANN, K.A.: String Quartets Nos. 1, ‘Carillon’ and 2
Airis String Quartet
CDAccordACD245


‘These are top performances and should earn a great deal of respect and following.’
MusicWeb International


Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Black Oak Ensemble
Cedille CDR90000-189


‘Beyond its exceptional musical ability, the Black Oak Ensemble must be applauded for its decision to dedicate its resources and talent to the presentation of fine music by composers who had their own talents stolen.’
Limelight


‘The music on this disc stimulates the mind and reminds us how music is a life affirming force.’
Audiophile Audition


‘There is no faulting this debut album by the Chicago-based Black Oak Ensemble: rhythmically tight and, like the best trio recording, conveying a sense of a fuller ensemble.’
The Strad


KUHLAU, F.: Piano Quartet No. 3 • MALLING, O.: Piano Quartet
KUHLAU, F.: Piano Quartet No. 3 • MALLING, O.: Piano Quartet
Copenhagen Piano Quartet
Dacapo 6.220591


‘These performances from the up-and-coming, award-winning CPQ are superb!’
Classical Lost and Found


BATES, M.: Choral Works – Sirens • Mass Transmission
BATES, M.: Choral Works – Sirens • Mass Transmission
Cappella SF • M. Bates • R. Bohlin
Delos DE3573


‘Superb choral works featuring the inspired Cappella SF.’
Gramophone


SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Sonata No. 20 • SCHUMANN, R.: Kreisleriana (Dystonia)
SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Sonata No. 20 • SCHUMANN, R.: Kreisleriana (Dystonia)
Andreas Eggertsberger
Gramola99198


‘A touching interpretation!’
Pizzicato


BALAKIREV, M.A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5
BALAKIREV, M.A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5
Nicholas Walker
Grand Piano GP811


‘Walker’s playing throughout this absorbing disc is a pleasure to hear’
Gramophone


KÁLMÁN, E.: Ein Herbstmanöver [Operetta]
KÁLMÁN, E.: Ein Herbstmanöver [Operetta]
Seidler • Boesiger • Peroš • Wendt • Kerschbaumer • Chor des Stadttheaters Gießen Philharmonisches Orchester Gießen • Hofstetter
OehmsClassics OC977


‘Huge fun, done with huge style: it’s rarely been off my CD player.’
Gramophone


‘Great tunes, an enjoyable story, and the cast is top notch.’
Opera Now


Horn and Orchestra Music – SCHUMANN, R. • SAINT-SAËNS, C. • GLIÈRE, R.
Horn and Orchestra Music – SCHUMANN, R. • SAINT-SAËNS, C. • GLIÈRE, R.
Maskuniitty • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic • Oramo
Ondine ODE1339-2


‘The playing is simply superb, with exemplary balance and the thrilling arpeggio swoops in the last movement.’
BBC Music Magazine


‘Exhilarating, exuberant, at times wildly energetic, and at all times supremely confident, this is a performance to treasure.’
Fanfare


BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera]
BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera]
Bell • Verrez • Montvidas • Plowright • Albert • Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hrůša • Warner
Opus Arte OA1289D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7258D)


‘Barber’s lyrical masterpiece had not yet had the honours for video. It’s now done—and well done—thanks to this production from Glyndebourne…’
Diapason


LISZT, F.: Années de pèlerinage, 2nd year, Italy • 2 Légende: No. 1
LISZT: Années de pèlerinage, 2nd year, Italy • 2 Légende: No. 1
Francesco Piemontesi
Orfeo C982191


‘Piemontesi shows himself a pianist of exceptional refinement’
International Piano


Concurrence  ISO Project, Vol. 2
Concurrence ISO Project, Vol. 2
Iceland Symphony • Bjarnason
Sono Luminus DSL-92237


‘In this quartet of contemporary works, you’ll find Haukur Tomasson’s Second Piano Concerto (the best way to hear Vikingur Olafsson on an album this year)’
– The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2019, The New York Times


HENZE, H.W.: Das Floss der Medusa
HENZE, H.W.: Das Floss der Medusa
Nylund • Schöne • P. Stein • South West German Radio Vocal Ensemble and Symphony • Eötvös
SWR19082CD


‘Instrumental poetry—with an orchestration full of Henze’s florid, experimental style’
– 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, The New York Times




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