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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!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 - No. 3 / Rhapsodie d'Auvergne / Africa / Caprice-Valse
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2 - No. 3 /
Rhapsodie d'Auvergne / Africa / Caprice-Valse

Descharmes, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Soustrot
Naxos 8.573477

‘…this is very enjoyable from first note to last…’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘Descharmes has a special way with this music that’s really quite liberating.’
MusicWeb International


‘Romain Descharmes’s playing has a lot of clarity, it is richly detailed and vivid.’ – Pizzicato


MUSSORGSKY, M.: A Night on the Bare Mountain / Songs and Dances of Death / PROKOFIEV, S.: Alexander Nevsky
MUSSORGSKY, M.: A Night on the Bare Mountain /
Songs and Dances of Death / PROKOFIEV, S.: Alexander Nevsky

Kulaeva, Sulimsky, Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno,
Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitayenko

OehmsClassics OC459

‘Once more, Dmitri Kitayenko is entirely in his element…Great singing from the soloists and from the choir!’ – Pizzicato

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, C.P.E.: Organ Sonatas, Wq. 65/32 and 70
BACH, C.P.E.: Organ Sonatas, Wq. 65/32 and 70
Iain Quinn
Naxos 8.573424

‘It is precisely the lightness of character that Quinn so ably brings out; eschewing any backward glances towards profundity, the movements spring forth and nimbly dance with airy grace. …heartily recommended.’ – Fanfare


BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
Ballentine, N. Berg, Ciesinski, Dawson, Gietz, Griffin, McPherson, Molomot, Ryan, Schultz, Schwanewilms, Trekel, Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston,
Houston Grand Opera Children's Chorus, Rice University Shepherd School of Music Students and Alumni Chorus, Houston Symphony, Graf

Naxos 8.660390-91

‘…this is a terrifically imposing performance that grips from the very first.’
Fanfare


BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Johnson Cano, Thibaudet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559790


‘This is Bernstein for our times.’ – Limelight


COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 / 3 Latin American Sketches
COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 / 3 Latin American Sketches
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.559844


‘…one of the greatest pieces of all American symphonic music, by any assay, performed by an orchestra and conductor of ideal sympathy.’
The Buffalo News

‘A heady, hyper-bold account of Copland’s original score, superbly recorded; go for it. ’ – MusicWeb International

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CZERNY, C: Organ Music - Prelude and Fugue in A Minor / 20 Short Voluntaries / 12 Introductory or Intermediate Voluntaries
CZERNY, C: Organ Music - Prelude and Fugue in A Minor /
20 Short Voluntaries / 12 Introductory or Intermediate Voluntaries

Iain Quinn
Naxos 8.573425


‘This is an astonishingly revelatory record, in terms of the music itself—its inherent artistic qualities, absorption of influences and originalities…’
The Organ


DELIUS, F. / BAX, A.: Choral Music
DELIUS, F. / BAX, A.: Choral Music
Amherst, Amherst, Beddoe, Denholm, Halls, Piggott, Searle, The Carice Singers, Parris
Naxos 8.573695

‘This is a stunning disc in every aspect.’ – MusicWeb International


DEVIENNE, F.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-8
DEVIENNE, F.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-8
P. Gallois, Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573464

‘Patrick Gallois’s reputation as one of today’s leading flutists precedes him. His brilliant technique and his ability to employ it in the service of style-conscious playing speak to the high level of his musical artistry.’ – Fanfare


DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" / Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant
DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" /
Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant

Rivalland, Orchestre National de Lille, Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573596

‘This is a young man’s performance, full of energy and engagement. I could easily see Leonard Bernstein conducting this kind of performance and that is high praise, indeed.’ – MusicWeb International

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GOETZ, H.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Spring Overture
GOETZ, H.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Spring Overture
Cabassi, Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Kimbo Ishii
Naxos 8.573327

‘Pianist Davide Cabassi’s thorough command and full-bodied sonority are exactly what these works require, while Kimbo Ishii and the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra provide ample, vibrant support.’ – ClassicsToday.com


HARRISON, L.: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music
HARRISON, L.: Violin Concerto / Grand Duo / Double Music
Fain, Boriskin, PostClassical Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.559825

‘All of this music has been recorded before successfully, but this particular compilation works very well as a unified program, while the performances are second to none. ’ – ClassicsToday.com


LISZT, F.: Berlioz Transcriptions (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 46)
LISZT, F.: Berlioz Transcriptions (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 46)
Feng Bian
Naxos 8.573710

‘…technically brilliant and expressive […] these engaging performances give an idea of how enjoyable the transcriptions were for Liszt’s audiences. ’
AllMusic.com


PIZZETTI, I.: Symphony in A Major / Harp Concerto
PIZZETTI, I.: Symphony in A Major / Harp Concerto
Bassani, RAI Symphony Orchestra Turin, Iorio
Naxos 8.573613

‘This is unusual, provocative and satisfying music owing a debt to Naxos for allowing it to step out into the open air.’ – MusicWeb International


RACHMANINOV, S.: Rare Piano Transcriptions
RACHMANINOV, S.: Rare Piano Transcriptions
Julia Severus
Naxos 8.573468

‘Severus has a real way with these, making the piano seem to sing in all but words.’ – AllMusic.com


RANDS, B.: Vincent [Opera]
RANDS, B.: Vincent [Opera]
Burchett, Conyers, Eck, Grundy, Kruse, Linville, Leonard, Morstein, Perkins,
A. Walton, Indiana University Opera Chorus and Philharmonic Orchestra, Fagen

Naxos 8.669037-38

‘The Indiana performance, conducted by Arthur Fagen, brims with telling detail and vibrancy. ’ – Gramophone


SORO, E.: Sinfonía romántica / Danza fantástica / 3 Aires chilenos / Andante appassionato
SORO, E.: Sinfonía romántica / Danza fantástica / 3 Aires chilenos / Andante appassionato
Chile Symphony Orchestra, Domínguez
Naxos 8.573505

‘This is an excellent discovery, which will give many hours of pleasure. Hats off—not for the first time—for making this unfamiliar and very enjoyable music readily accessible.’ – MusicWeb International


Naxos DVDs

REVUELTAS, S.: Redes (Film, 1935)
REVUELTAS, S.: Redes (Film, 1935)
PostClassical Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 2.110372

Redes amazes with its experimental photography, and its depictions of social injustice tug at the heart. The fishing sequences are exciting and visually stimulating, and Revueltas’s thrilling music fully expands the actions and emotions playing out onscreen.’ – Soundstage! Xperience

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Naxos Audiobooks

STERNE, L.: Tristram Shandy (Unabridged)
STERNE, L.: Tristram Shandy (Unabridged)
Anton Lesser
Naxos NAX96712

‘Anton Lesser is magnificent; his sparky, slightly manic narration is ideally suited to Laurence Sterne’s exclamations and digressions.’ – The Times (London)


INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

VERDI, G.: IL Trovatore [Opera] (Vienna State Opera, 1978)
VERDI, G.: IL Trovatore [Opera] (Vienna State Opera, 1978)
Aichberger, Cappuccilli, Caslavsky, Cossotto, P. Domingo, Kabaivanska, Van Dam, Venuti, Zednik, Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Karajan
Arthaus Musik 109334

‘This Trovatore from Vienna State Opera is a fabulous production, masterly led by Herbert von Karajan and breathing the true spirit of grand opera.’ – Pizzicato

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VERDI, G.: Un Ballo in maschera [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Un Ballo in maschera [Opera]
Beczała, Borghini, Conner, Damerau, Fomina, Harteros, Mills, Petean, Ress, Sivko, Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Somma
C Major 739408



SAMPSON, D. / NEWMAN, J. / BRYANT, S. / WINSLOW, C.: The John Corigliano Effect (Chamber Music)
SAMPSON, D. / NEWMAN, J. / BRYANT, S. /
WINSLOW, C.: The John Corigliano Effect (Chamber Music)

Gaudete Brass
Cedille CDR90000-169


‘A real blast of a birthday tribute to an enormously popular composer—fantastic compositions, brilliantly executed!’ – Audiophile Audition

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SØRENSEN, B.: Mignon
SØRENSEN, B.: Mignon
Gislinge, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Storgårds
Dacapo 8.226134


‘There is an almost unbearable, icy tenderness to the music and the intricate score is performed with great clarity and beauty by pianist Katrine Gislinge and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra. ’ – BBC Music Magazine


Brownlee, Lawrence - DONIZETTI, G. / BELLINI, V.: Allegro io son (Tenor Opera Arias)
Brownlee, Lawrence - DONIZETTI, G. / BELLINI, V.: Allegro io son
(Tenor Opera Arias)

Brownlee, Kaunas State Choir, Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian
Delos DE3515


‘Lawrence Brownlee is the real thing; a genuine bel canto tenor whose new recording amply fulfils the promise of his earlier Rossini recital.’
BBC Music Magazine


LOURIÉ, A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
LOURIÉ, A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP750

‘…an absolutely splendid recital and a worthy successor to Vol. 1. Lourié’s music will hold your attention not just because it’s so good but also because it’s so varied in mood and character.’ – The Art Music Lounge


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 8, 30, 31, 32
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 4, 8, 30, 31, 32
Paavali Jumppanen
Ondine ODE1298-2D

‘There is a lot to enjoy in this recording. The playing is always musical.’
Fanfare


SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014)
SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Fritz, Larsson, Magee, Marquardt, Melles,
Dutch National Opera Chorus, Kammerchor des ChorForum Essen,
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Albrecht

Opus Arte OA1227D

‘The Netherlands Philharmonic is superb, overwhelming us with Schoenberg’s ravishing sonorities. Recommended with enormous enthusiasm!’ – Fanfare

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MOZART, W.A.: Opera Highlights
MOZART, W.A.: Opera Highlights
Breslik, J. van Dam, Munich Radio Orchestra, Lange
Orfeo C889161A

‘This is a most desirable collection that impressively reveals Pavol Breslik as an insightful Mozartian of note.’ – MusicWeb International


WHETTAM, G.: Complete Cello Music
WHETTAM, G.: Complete Cello Music
Rummel, Sinfonia da Camera, Woolaston Festival Orchestra, Hobson, Whettam
Paladino Music PMR0041

‘Martin Rummel’s playing is superb.’ – MusicWeb International


RAVEL, M.: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand / BOULANGER, N.: Fantaisie variée / FRANÇAIX, J.: Piano Concerto
RAVEL, M.: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand /
BOULANGER, N.: Fantaisie variée / FRANÇAIX, J.: Piano Concerto

Uhlig, German Radio Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic Orchestra, González
SWR Classic SWR19027CD

‘Uhlig’s mercurial emotional range, rhythmic acuity and light touch contribute to an intriguing and witty performance.’ – Gramophone


SCARLATTI, A.: Opera omnia per tastiera, Vol. 5 (Keyboard Works, Vol. 5)
SCARLATTI, A.: Opera omnia per tastiera, Vol. 5 (Keyboard Works, Vol. 5)
Francesco Tasini
Tactus TC661915

‘Tasini is an outstanding interpreter. ’ – MusicWeb International



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