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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

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 / English Suite No. 1
New Russia State Symphony, A. Walker
Naxos 8.572833


[Alexander Walker] keeps the music moving smartly along, and relishes the opportunities it offers for lyrical expression as well as instrumental color

the playing of the New Russia State Symphony Orchestra [is] remarkably idiomatic - Gramophone

GRIEG, E.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (arr. for violin and orchestra)
Kraggerud, Tromso Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573137

This beautifully recorded release has to be accounted one of the most successful projects of its type ever realized, and this is certainly one of the best discs of the year. -

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 8 - Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad"
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573057

Petrenko’s Shostakovich cycle already is one of the best out there, but this release really puts the seal on his achievement. -

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Queen of Spades Suite (The) / Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner)
New Zealand Symphony, Breiner
Naxos 8.573015

The playing is colorful and judicious throughout. - WQXR (New York)

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2
Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos 8.570934

each track on this album typifies Rossini’s wit and charm and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra delivers compelling performances of each
- WQXR (New York)

FAIROUZ, M.: Native Informant / Tahwidah / Chorale Fantasy / Posh / For Victims / Jebel Lebnan
Hughes, Kravitz, Barton Pine, Krakauer, Thompson
Naxos 8.559744

This recent release from Naxos is a fitting example of Fairouz’s ability to seamlessly blend a multiplicity of influences within profoundly resonant conceptual frameworks. - Scene Magazine

FUCHS, K.: String Quartet No. 5, "American" / Falling Canons / Falling Trio
O'Riley, Trio21, Delray String Quartet
Naxos 8.559733

Christopher Riley gives a technically stunning, insightful reading of Falling Canons, while the Florida-based Delray Quartet play Fuch’s most recent effort in the genre with great panache - Classical Lost and Found

MOERAN, E.J.: Cello Concerto / Serenade / Lonely Waters / Whythorne's Shadow
Johnston, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573034

Guy Johnston responds with heaps of poetry and selfless dedication
- Gramophone

Guy Johnston’s playing here is as fine as in any version yet recorded;  this version may well become the reference recording for the work.

RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Dances
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573051

Slatkin has a secure grasp in both pieces, finding sublime, yearning wistfulness at the centre of the finale of the Symphonic Dances but harnessing vigour and bite for a thrilling conclusion - Gramophone

This Naxos disc shows, if anything, that [Slatkin] is even better this time around and competitive with the best versions of these works.
- Classical Net

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Naxos Blu-ray Audio

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1 [Blu-Ray Audio]
Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0028

These are sparkling performances of enjoyable works in a hi-res form that will appeal to all audiophiles, plus the unusual length.
- Audiophile Audition

Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4
Landshamer, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10257 [Blu-ray Video]


There just aren’t any faults with the production or the performance. I can’t think of a better way to appreciate the seductive Mahler 4th than this - Audiophile Audition

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Arthaus Musik

PERGOLESI, G.B.: Flaminio (Il)
(Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini, 2010)

Arthaus 101653 [DVD], 108067 [Blu-ray Video]

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BR Klassik

DVORAK, A.: Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" / A Hero's Song
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Nelsons
BR-Klassik 900116

This is a stunning interpretation with constantly rewarding orchestral playing, as well as excellent recorded sound - BBC Music Magazine

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Cantaloupe Music

LANG, D.: Death Speaks / Depart
Worden, Dessner, Muhly, Pallett, Farnum, Geissinger, Montano, Sweeton, Beiser
Cantaloupe Music CA-21092

NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

Lang creates incredibly intimate, often terrifyingly visceral experiences
- National Public Radio

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 9-12 / WEINBERG, M.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 3)
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-138

Audiophile Audition

The Pacifica Quartet is once again in simply superb form, playing these intensely personal works with sensitivity and passion and a wonderfully expressive range of dynamics. - The WholeNote

The Pacifica Quartet plays these works like the symphonic quartets they are: emotionally expressive, brilliantly executed with a wide, close but reverberant soundstage that communicates the feelings in the music.
- Audiophile Audition

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HOLMBOE, V.: Viola Concerto / Violin Concerto No. 2 / Concerto for Orchestra
Heide, Tomter, Norrkoping Symphony, Slobodeniouk
Dacapo 6.220599


The performances from Erik Heide, Lars Anders Tomter and the Norrköping orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk are all outstanding, caught in a transparent and full-bodied surround-sound recording. - International Record Review

[Viola Concerto] is one of the finest viola concertos ever penned I have not the slightest doubt, and it is thrown off with dazzling virtuosity by Tomter and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra under  Dima Slobodeniouk, who displays a real affinity for Holmboe’s idiom - Gramophone

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Piano Recital - VILLA-LOBOS, H. / GINASTERA, A. / PRADO, A. / PIAZZOLLA, A. (Archipelago of Light)
Delos DE3435

CBC Radio 2 Disc of the Week

The artist and repertoire come together on this recording like an artfully balanced fresh green salsa — bright, lively and full of zest. - CBC

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Piano Duo Recital - GERSHWIN, G. / NANCARROW, C. / BARBER, S. / CORIGLIANO, J. / SHAWN, A. (Mosh Pit) (ZOFO Duet)
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92167

Zofo has put together another program of high energy piano-4-hands works by 20th century composers. - Audiophile Audition

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Grand Piano

WEINBERG, M.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 4
Brewster Franzetti
Grand Piano GP611

Allison Franzetti seems the perfect advocate for Weinberg’s music, not only because she has the technical chops to play this often obsessive, astringent, steely music, but because she gets inside the music as well, sympathizing with Weinberg’s often troubling world view in a way that brings it home to a listener - Audiophile Audition

See Grand Piano catalogue

Newton Classics

Vocal Recital - FAURE, G. / POULENC, F. / RAVEL, M. / LEGUERNEY, J. / HAHN, R. / DUPARC, H. / GOUNOD, C.-F. (Melodies Francaises)
Newton Classics NC8802007

these four discs from Newton Classics reissue formidable work from [Souzay’s] prime in the 1960s - Opera News

See Newton Classics catalogue


RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, "Vespers"
Latvian Radio Choir, Klava
Ondine ODE1206-5

NPR Music’s 25 Favorite Albums Of The Year (So Far)

The [Latvian Radio Choir]’s new recording of Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil is a stunning display of the power of two dozen unaccompanied voices.
- National Public Radio

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN, B.: Peter Grimes (La Scala, 2012)
Opus Arte OA1103D [DVD], OABD7119D [Blu-ray Video]

an outstanding Grimes of our time - Gramophone

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