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 music and audiovisual albums!
‘This is a real find that could easily presage the return of the Symphony No. 6 to the symphonic repertoire’ – AllMusic.com
‘Diamond’s music would probably find an audience if it was performed with enough frequency. That would be especially true if performances showed the care and obvious love demonstrated by Arthur Fagen and his Indiana University musicians.’ – Fanfare
‘The Florentine Flavio Cucchi has, for many years, been considered one of the greatest interpreters of Italian classical guitar… A thoughtful exploration, symbolic of a musician of the highest level.’ – La Nazione
‘JoAnn Falletta’s performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic is so spellbinding it’s guaranteed to win over many new music lovers to Kodály’s score. Falletta’s new release with her Buffalo ensemble may just be the most thrilling Kodály recording we’ve had in over 25 years.’ – Fanfare
‘Schumann’s Cello Concerto is beautifully played by Gabriel Schwabe. Lars Vogt and the Northern Sinfonia share a real partnership with the soloist, and so does Nicholas Rimmer in the chamber music works, which are exquisitely performed by Schwabe.’ – Pizzicato
‘It is beautiful to hear how this young and exquisite musician [Gabriel Schwabe] lets the cello dance and sing smoothly in the concerto… Lars Vogt provides outstanding support. Schwabe is accompanied by Nicholas Rimmer. Together, they capture the right soft, lyrical and sometimes playful tone in these pieces.’ – Klara
‘The viola line [of Viola Concerto], with its edgy lyricism intensified by Ruders’s reworking, is wonderfully realised here by Lars Anders Tomter. Dacapo’s sound is vivid with terrific depth. A winner.’ – Gramophone
‘Filipec is an exciting prospect and his programme is most valuable. What a pleasant change from the Brahms Variations are the Hambourg and Friedman Variations on the ubiquitous A minor Caprice.’ – Gramophone
‘Along with the disc’s other tracks you’ll be left breathlessly awestruck by Filipec’s playing.’ – The WholeNote
‘Dmitrij Kitajenko’s recording of Sibelius’ Second Symphony must be the most atmospheric and the most gripping performance available on disc. With extremely rich and differentiated textures and a forceful breathing it is stunning in its immediacy and impact.’ – Pizzicato
‘Martin’s wonderful Songs of Ariel are given a virtuoso rendition that brings out every nuance and are alone worth the price of the disc.’ – Gramophone
‘Throughout the disc the performances are exemplary. The Danish National Vocal Ensemble’s intonation, diction, and blend are consistently at a high level, and the performers manage to convey both the beauty and the drama in the music.’ – Fanfare
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