Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?  
Keyword Search
 in   

















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

BERNSTEIN, L. / TAN, Dun: Piano Music (Touches and Traces)
BERNSTEIN, L. / TAN, Dun: Piano Music (Touches and Traces)
Warren Lee
Naxos Digital Exclusives 9.70252

‘Musical gems, finely performed. It is a beguiling program, two versions of piano modernism on display in all their contrastive originality.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Buy now

BOWLES, P.: Complete Piano Works Vol. 1
BOWLES, P.: Complete Piano Works Vol. 1
Invencia Piano Duo
Naxos 8.559786

‘Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn are both on top of the notes and inside the music; the rhythmic complexities and tricky tutti attacks don’t faze their ensemble synchronicity one iota.’ – Gramophone

Buy now

BRIDGE, F.: Piano Quintet / SCOTT, C.: Piano Quintet No. 1
BRIDGE, F.: Piano Quintet / SCOTT, C.: Piano Quintet No. 1
Terroni, Bingham Quartet
Naxos 8.571355

‘The performance here by Raphael Terroni and the Bingham String Quartet is committed and compelling, with superb playing and swelling emotion that will sweep you up and carry you away on its tides. ’ – Fanfare

Buy now

BROUWER, L.: Concierto de Benicàssim / RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / MARTIN, F.: Guitare
BROUWER, L.: Concierto de Benicàssim /
RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / MARTIN, F.: Guitare

Trápaga, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Díaz
Naxos 8.573542

‘The Brouwer is a revelation, the Martin a nice surprise and the Rodrigo a heartening confirmation that Miguel Trápaga, Óliver Díaz and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia thrive with alternating bravura and introspection as the scores demand.’ – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Buy now

FAIROUZ, M.: Songs (No Orpheus)
FAIROUZ, M.: Songs (No Orpheus)
Bathgate, Boyd, Burchett, Daurov, Duffy, Kaplan, Lancaster, Lindsey, Miller, Moody, Ondracek-Peterson
Naxos 8.559783

‘Remarkably expressive and musical.’ – Fanfare

Buy now

HAYDN, J.: Opera Overtures
HAYDN, J.: Opera Overtures
Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Halász
Naxos 8.573488

‘Charming, delightful, amusing, dramatic, and moving…’ – Fanfare

Buy now

HERBERT, V.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Irish Rhapsody
HERBERT, V.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Irish Rhapsody
Kosower, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573517

‘This newcomer offers cello playing that is just as assured from Mark Kosower and a more positively shaped orchestral contribution from the Ulster Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta.’ – ClassicsToday.com

Buy now

MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573513

‘Kraggerud serves up all of the necessary vivacity and fizz ’ – Classic FM


‘The performances are light and energetic. Kraggerud’s tone is eloquent and beautiful, marrying richness in the low notes with sweetness at the top, and he plays his own long, sparky cadenzas.’ – The Guardian

Buy now

TANEYEV, S.I.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Nos. 6, 9
TANEYEV, S.I.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 4 - Nos. 6, 9
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Naxos 8.573470


‘Carpe Diem’s latest volume in their on-going series now truly blows away the cobwebs.’ – BBC Music Magazine

Buy now

TOWER, J.: String Quartets Nos. 3-5 / Dumbarton Quintet
TOWER, J.: String Quartets Nos. 3-5 / Dumbarton Quintet
McMillen, Daedalus Quartet, Miami String Quartet
Naxos 8.559795

‘A vivid case for the timeless relevance of the thoroughly well argued in music.’
The Sunday Times, London

‘Everything is performed with high panache, and recorded with the warmth and clarity that every fine chamber group deserves. ’ – BBC Music Magazine

Buy now

WOLF-FERRARI, E.: I Gioielli della Madonna [Opera]
WOLF-FERRARI, E.: I Gioielli della Madonna [Opera]
Bernhard, Čapkovič, Ďuriač, Flórová, Hlásny, Horváth, Hricák, Keder, Kim, Klempár, Kľučár, Kovács, Kružliak, Kutsenko, Malý, Marták, Maťašová, Mikuš, Ofúkaná, Palík, Pasek, Polakovičová, Rampáčková, Rychlo, Rychlová, Smolnický, Tóth, Ushakova, Vizvári, Želonka, Bratislava Boys Choir, Pressburg Singers, Slovak National Opera Chorus, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Haider
Naxos 8.660386-87


‘This CD is a jewel for any Wolf-Ferrari fan. Splendid from beginning to end.’
ConcertoNet.com

Buy now

Naxos AudioBooks

WOOLF, V.: Night and Day (Unabridged)
Juliet Stevenson
Naxos AudioBooks NA0153

‘Stevenson’s reading is a delightful complement to Woolf’s prose, highlighting its diction and musicality. ’ – AudioFile

Buy now

Accentus Music

MENDELSSOHN, F.: Elijah (Elias)
MENDELSSOHN, F.: Elijah (Elias)
Braun, Oliemans, Petersen, Schmitt, RIAS Chamber Chorus,
Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik, Rademann

Accentus Music ACC-30356

‘Lively, with a terrific swing to the Baal choruses…for a stylish and full-blooded Elias, there is much to recommend Rademann.’ – Gramophone

Buy now

Arthaus Musik

CARRERAS, J.: Best Wishes from José Carreras (3 Blu-ray Disc Box Set)
CARRERAS, J.: Best Wishes from José Carreras (3 Blu-ray Disc Box Set)
Bavaj, Caballé, Carreras, Cura, Ramirez, Scalera, Zanetti,
Argentina Socorro Basilica Chorus, Cuarteto Andino, Segade

Arthaus Musik 109232


‘With three films from 1988, 1989 and 1990, Arthaus Musik pays an excellent homage to José Carreras.’ – Pizzicato

Buy now

BR-Klassik

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Nézet-Séguin
BR-Klassik 900143

‘[Nézet-Séguin’s] Mahler is passionate, idiomatic, distinctive, technically adept, and excellently played by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.’
ClassicsToday.com

‘Nézet-Séguin seems to be alive to every nuance of the music, from the mysterious rustlings of Spring to the glorious apotheosis-after-suffering of the finale. ’ – MusicWeb International

Buy now

Cantaloupe Music

LANG, D.: The National Anthems / The Little Match Girl Passion
LANG, D.: The National Anthems / The Little Match Girl Passion
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Calder Quartet, Gershon
Cantaloupe Music CA-21119


‘The Los Angeles choir clinches the right sound for Lang—unflinching, spellbound—while the Calder Quartet gives sleek accompaniment.’ – The Guardian

Buy now

Capriccio

GINASTERA, A.: Obertura para el Fausto criollo / Variaciones concertantes / Ollantay / Bomarzo Suite
GINASTERA, A.: Obertura para el Fausto criollo /
Variaciones concertantes / Ollantay / Bomarzo Suite

Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra, Steffens
Capriccio C5244

‘The instrumental soloists of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz distinguish themselves in music which could not have been familiar to them. The sonics are excellent too.’ – ClassicsToday.com

Buy now

CD Accord

Szymanowski, Michał - CHOPIN, F. / PADEREWSKI, I.J. / SZYMANOWSKI, K. / WIENIAWSKI, J.: Piano Recital
Szymanowski, Michał - CHOPIN, F. / PADEREWSKI, I.J. /
SZYMANOWSKI, K. / WIENIAWSKI, J.: Piano Recital

Michał Karol Szymanowski
CD Accord CDAccordACD219

‘Michał Szymanowski is not just someone to watch, but someone wholeheartedly to listen to. ’ – Fanfare

Buy now

Cedille

ANDRES, T. / NORMAN, A. / HONSTEIN, R. / CERRONE, C. / HEARNE, T. / COOPER, J.: Hand Eye (Chamber Music)
ANDRES, T. / NORMAN, A. / HONSTEIN, R. / CERRONE, C. / HEARNE, T. / COOPER, J.: Hand Eye (Chamber Music)
eighth blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-162

‘Fresh, clever, witty, often touching, frequently insightful: It is a moving and entertaining experience.’ – Fanfare


‘This album is a fascinating collection of vignettes that hang together in a remarkable fashion for a “collective” effort.’ – Audiophile Audition

Buy now

Dacapo

NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6
NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 6
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Dacapo 6.220645

‘The detail in the writing—articulation bestowed upon single instruments in the tiniest of gestures—is beguiling.’ – Gramophone

Buy now

Delos

Koornhof, Piet - WIENIAWSKI, H. / GLAZUNOV, A.K. / KROLL, W. / DVARIONAS, B. / SKORYK, M.: On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin (Violin Recital)
Koornhof, Piet - WIENIAWSKI, H. / GLAZUNOV, A.K. / KROLL, W. / DVARIONAS, B. / SKORYK, M.: On Fire: The Virtuoso Violin
(Violin Recital)

Koornhof, Vorster
Delos DE3479


‘In this virtuoso program ‘On Fire’, Piet Koornhof’s playing is full of imagination and extraordinary of dynamic accentuation and colour.’ – Pizzicato

Buy now

Grand Piano

Petersson, Carl - NØRGÅRD, P. / LYKKEBO, F. / BISGAARD, L.A.: Contemporary Danish Piano Music (Piano Recital)
Petersson, Carl - NØRGÅRD, P. / LYKKEBO, F. /
BISGAARD, L.A.: Contemporary Danish Piano Music (Piano Recital)

Carl Petersson
Grand Piano GP717

‘Excellent pianism, fine program notes, intriguing music, and all recorded in excellent sound—on my stereo, it sounded as though I were sitting in the same hall as the pianist. For what more could one ask?’ – Fanfare

‘The playing of Carl Petersson is excellent throughout.’ – MusicWeb International

Buy now

OehmsClassics

REGER, M.: Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2
REGER, M.: Complete Organ Works, Vol. 2
Bernhard Buttmann
OehmsClassics OC852

‘Organs of Reger’s time provide ideal weight for his music in this, the finest of several centenary cycles.’ – Gramophone

Buy now

Ondine

DVOŘÁK, A.: Violin Concerto / Romance, Op. 11 / SUK, J.: Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 24
DVOŘÁK, A.: Violin Concerto / Romance, Op. 11 /
SUK, J.: Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 24

Tetzlaff, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Ondine ODE1279-5


‘The recording of the Suk Fantasy is for sure one of the best in the catalogues.’
Pizzicato

Buy now

Paladino Music

BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Erich Traxler
Paladino Music PMR0073

‘Erich Traxler’s interpretation of the Goldberg Variations demonstrates subtlety, technical prowess, and understanding of Bach style.’ – Fanfare

Buy now

SWRmusic

RIHM, W.: 2 Other Movements / Abkehr / Schattenstück
RIHM, W.: 2 Other Movements / Abkehr / Schattenstück
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Arming, Norrington
SWRmusic SWR19001CD


‘Impressively fluent, resistant to revisionist slickness, and cross-hatched with an incisive streak. Classy performances.’ – BBC Music Magazine

Buy now

Timpani

MARIOTTE, A.: Impressions urbaines / Kakémonos / Mélodies
MARIOTTE, A.: Impressions urbaines / Kakémonos / Mélodies
d'Allonnes, Blumenthal
Timpani 1C1236

‘Daniel Blumenthal has phenomenally dexterous fingers. A consistently elegant interpreter, he proves himself a highly persuasive advocate for all of these pieces.’ – Opera News

Buy now


Visit selected websites that review our recordings

See the CD and DVD labels that Naxos distributes

Naxos recordings, and those from the labels we distribute globally, consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

See previous months’ Critics Choices:


View our special weekly features:
 
View all Features »

 


Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group