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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

BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 6, 28, 29 and 31
New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Walker
Naxos 8.573408

‘Walker achieves extraordinarily intense playing that illuminates this music to its best advantage.’ – MusicWeb International

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Tianwa Yang, SWR Symphony, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Boer
Naxos 8.573135

‘produces wonders of brilliant playing and, together with Pieter-Jelle de Boer, [Tianwa Yang] tastefully gives the music the right character and the full message’ – Pizzicato

DUKAS, P.: Symphony in C Major / L'apprenti sorcier / La Peri
RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573296

‘Tingaud has his Irish band sounding verrry French, and Naxos’ crystalline sonics are some of the best from this source.’ – Audiophile Audition

HOVHANESS, A.: Symphony No. 48 / Prelude and Quadruple Fugue / Soprano Saxophone Concerto
Banaszak, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Schwarz
Naxos 8.559755

‘Gerard Schwarz is the perfect conductor…Greg Banaszak milks the tone and timbre of his unaccountably neglected solo instrument in an irresistible series of romantic episodes’ – Gramophone

‘Truly imaginative and enjoyable music in inspired and inspiring performances.’ – Pizzicato

LILBURN, D.: String Quartet in E Minor / Phantasy / Canzonettas / Duos / String Trio
New Zealand String Quartet
Naxos 8.573079

‘superbly performed and sensitively recorded’ –

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

‘Gallois’ artistry makes the solo parts sound effortless’ – WETA

Piano Recital: Yu, Avan - LISZT, F.: Schubert Song Transcriptions
Avan Yu
Naxos 8.573349

‘Avan Yu brilliantly reconciles Schubert’s melodic trajectory with Liszt’s intricate textures.’ –

‘much delightful playing’ – Gramophone

PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Scythian Suite / Autumnal Sketch
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.573452

‘Alsop and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra deliver the Third and the Scythian Suite with powerful, incisive rhythms and volatile dynamics, which makes for exciting listening’ –

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Symphony No. 3 /
Symphony in A Major / Le rouet d'Omphale

Landström, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Soustrot
Naxos 8.573139

‘Marc Soustrot creates a lot of electrifying energy’ – Pizzicato

SORABJI, K.S.: Piano Music
Michael Habermann
Naxos 8.571363-65

‘Habermann’s long familiarity with these works counts toward a rare kind of authority, and his musicality and expressive playing go far in making Sorabji more approachable for listeners.’ –

TANSMAN, A.: Violin and Piano Music - Violin Sonata No. 2 /
Sonata quasi una fantasia / Violin Sonatinas Nos. 1 and 2 / Fantaisie

Sahatçi, Koukl
Naxos 8.573127

‘The performances here could hardly be better studied or more charismatic.’

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphony No. 12 / Uirapuru / Mandu-çarará
São Paulo Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Children’s Choir, Karabtchevsky
Naxos 8.573451

‘Conducted by Isaac Karabtchevsky, the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra gives us an idiomatic and thrilling reading of the three works.’

See Naxos catalogue

Arthaus Musik

LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES - STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2004) (Blu-ray)
Pieczonka, Kirchschlager, Persson, Hawlata, Grundheber, Bychkov
Arthaus Musik 109099

‘Musically a first class cast and an inspired Semyon Bychkov makes this a truly desirable issue.’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis
Kühmeier, Kulman, Padmore, Müller-Brachmann,
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Haitink

BR-Klassik 900130

‘this release from Haitink and his Bavarian forces is as praiseworthy as any recording I have encountered’ – MusicWeb International

See BR-Klassik catalogue


FRANÇAIX, J.: Double Piano Concerto / POULENC, F.: Concerto for 2 Pianos
M. and R. Bard, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Matiakh
Capriccio C5237

‘With a delightful touch and plenty of drama and excitement this is by no means an offering of just fluffy and feminine Frenchness.’
MusicWeb International

See Capriccio catalogue

CD Accord

GORCZYCKI, G.G.: Missa Rorate coeli II / Conductus funebris /
Missa Paschalis

Andrzej Kosendiak
CD Accord CDAccordACD211

‘Conductor Andrzej Kosendiak and his Polish vocal and instrumental forces give this music not only solid performances, but credibility and pertinence’

See CD Accord catalogue


Violin Recital: Koh, Jennifer - BACH, J.S. / BARTÓK, B. / SAARIAHO, K.
Jennifer Koh
Cedille CDR90000-154

‘as a violinist my enthusiastically positive impression of this recording is centered in admiration and appreciation of Koh’s artistry, in every sense, and in her commitment to finding new and meaningful ways to express it’

See Cedille catalogue


LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 3
Nightingale String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220577

‘the players exploit both tonal warmth and rhythmic airiness to bring out the best in the music’s contrapuntal interplay and melodic ingenuity’ – The Strad

See Dacapo catalogue


Vocal Recital: Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PAKHMUTOVA, A. / BLANTER, M.I. / PETROV, A.P. / KOLMANOVSKY, E. / DOLUKHANIAN, A.
(Wait for Me)

Hvorostovsky, Novaya Opera Orchestra, Orbelian
Delos DE3475

‘[Dmitri Hvorostovsky is] in very solid vocal shape. His excellent diction and natural phrasing make his popularity in this genre understandable.’
Opera News

See Delos catalogue


Piano Duo Concert: Argerich, Martha / Barenboim, Daniel -

Argerich, Barenboim
EuroArts 2059994

‘A magnificent two-piano recital to experience.’ – Audiophile Audition

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

GRIEG, E.: Piano Concerto in A Minor / EVJU, H.: Piano Concerto in
B Minor (on fragments by E. Grieg)

Petersson, Prague Radio Symphony, Stratton
Grand Piano GP689

‘first-rate pianism’ –

‘A praiseworthy release!’ –

See Grand Piano catalogue


RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 2 / Vocalise
Sabadus, Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitajenko
OehmsClassics OC441

‘this disc deserves high marks for its faithfulness to Rachmaninov’s expression, the richness of the orchestration, and its clear sound quality’

See OehmsClassics catalogue


BRAHMS, J.: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3
C. and T. Tetzlaff, Vogt
Ondine ODE1271-2D

‘alert, accurate, never forced: already a favourite CD’ – The Guardian

See Ondine catalogue

Sono Luminus

RILEY, T.: Heaven Ladder, Book 5 (The) / Half-Wolf Dances Mad In Moonlight / G Song
Sono Luminus DSL-92189

‘ZOFO’s Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi present the program with the sensitivity and reverence it deserves, and the new arrangements sound surprisingly natural in translation.’ – WQXR (New York)

See Sono Luminus catalogue


PILATI, M.: Suite for Strings and Piano / Bagatelles
Nesi, Orchestra Nazionale Artes, Vitello
Tactus TC901602

‘More ammunition for the explorer who refuses to accept received wisdoms about twentieth century Italy being only the home of opera and Respighi. ’
MusicWeb International

See Tactus catalogue

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