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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

Naxos 8.578281-82

‘There is a lot of terrific music on this imaginatively programmed pair of discs.’ – MusicWeb International

BOYER, P.: Symphony No. 1 / Silver Fanfare / Festivities / Three Olympians / Celebration Overture
London Philharmonic, Boyer
Naxos 8.559769

‘tuneful, expertly crafted, colorfully scored’ –

DONIZETTI, G.: Aristea [Cantata]
A.L. Brown, Hershkowitz, C. Adler, Members of Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk
Naxos 8.573360

‘Sopranos Andrea Lauren Brown, Sara Hershkowitz, and Caroline Adler and the brilliant young baritone Andreas Burkhart are among those doing the honours.’ – The Independent on Sunday

GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets"
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.573161

‘I can't imagine that any other conductor today could make a better case for this music than Falletta does.’ – Fanfare

‘JoAnn Falletta is a keen admirer and has an excellent ear not merely for clarifying and controlling the orchestral sumptuousness but for articulating the events dramatically.’ – Gramophone

GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Works (Complete) (8-CD Boxed Set)
Naxos 8.508015

‘The Peer Gynt incidental music…is played, sung, and spoken to the hilt.’

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Lighthouse (The) [Chamber Opera]
Neil Mackie, Keyte, Comboy, Members of BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies
Naxos 8.660354

‘the re-appearance of this dramatic opera in a blistering performance is cause for rejoicing in its own right’ – MusicWeb International

‘Even without the visuals, the work's taut pacing and sharp-focus invention grip the imagination from start to finish.’ – BBC Music Magazine

MERCADANTE, S.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4
P. Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
Naxos 8.572731

‘This is flute playing on an epic scale, and it's matched in kind by the 38-member-strong Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, amazingly well-led by Gallois as he's playing. ’ – Fanfare

MONTSALVATGE, X.: Madrigal sobre un tema popular / 5 Invocaciones al Crucificado / Folia daliniana
S.Cooke, Fain, Perspectives Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573101

‘This disc won me over in its first twenty seconds’
Opera News

RZEWSKI, F.: Piano Music - Fantasia / Second Hand, or, Alone at Last / De Profundis
Naxos 8.559760

‘Satterlee rises strongly to the challenge of these stern, adventurous pieces, not least in realising the variety of vocal techniques called for in De Profundis for speaking pianist’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘heart-wrenching performance, filled with sensitive playing and an operatic and dramatic fervor’ – The WholeNote

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: Piano Quintet / Quintet in D Major / 6 Studies in English Folksong / Romance for Viola and Piano
London Soloists Ensemble
Naxos 8.573191

‘The performances are exceptional.’ – BBC Music Magazine

YE, Xiaogang: Macau Bride Suite (The) / 4 Poems of Lingnan
Yijie Shi, Mingyan Liu, Macau Youth Choir, Macau Orchestra, Jia Lü
Naxos 8.573131

‘immediately attractive, highly tuneful’ – Scotland on Sunday

ZEMLINSKY, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 1 and 2
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.573088

‘This second disc is as impressive, and includes a superb performance of the Second Quartet’ – The Guardian

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Naxos App

Joyce's Ulysses: A Guide
Naxos Apps NAPP0705B

‘a wonderful audio experience’ – The Times (London)

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Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
Accentus Music ACC-10284

‘This is a performance and recording without peer.’ – Audiophile Audition

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5 (NTSC)
Arthaus 107243

‘This is a monumental performance.’ – MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


Opera Arias (Soprano): Alieva, Dinara - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / CATALANI, A. / CILEA, F. / LEONCAVALLO, R.
Pace, mio Dio
Delos DE3462

‘This really is an exceptional soprano recital which should bring the name of Dinara Alieva to new prominence.’ – Gramophone

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Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 6
Grand Piano GP651

‘The range of colours that [Koukl] brings to the music is quite simply dazzling and I await Volume 7 with great anticipation.’
MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
T. Mørk, Oslo Philharmonic, Petrenko
Ondine ODE1218-2

‘smoking, searing, scorching, flaming, fiery’ –

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013) (NTSC)
Opus Arte OA1130D [DVD] / OABD7141D [Blu-ray]

‘No other performance on DVD has presented the psychological dilemma posed by Thomas Mann and Britten with such intensity.’ – Gramophone

See Opus Arte catalogue

Solo Musica

RICHTER, F.X.: String Quartets, Op. 5
Casal Quartet
Solo Musica SM184

‘Exceptionally masterful Quartets by Franz Xaver Richter in outstanding performances.’ – Pizzicato

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