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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

ROSSINI, G.: Péchés de vieillesse, Vol. 8
(Sins of Old Age)
Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 1

Marangoni • Quarta • Dindo • Favaro • Jø • Taddia • Ars Cantica Choir • Berrini
Naxos 8.573822

‘The lightness and irony that we find in the interpretations of Alessandro Marangoni and his companions… seduce the listener from the first to the last note.’ – Classic Voice


‘A truly unmissable record…’ – Cd Classico


DONIZETTI, G.: Il Borgomastro di Saardam [Opera] (Fondazione Donizetti, 2017)
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DONIZETTI, G.: Il Borgomastro di Saardam [Opera] (Fondazione Donizetti, 2017)
Caoduro • Gatell • Concetti • I. Dubrovskaya • Donizetti Opera Choir and Orchestra • Brignoli
Dynamic DYN-37812

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57812) and CD (CDS7812.02).


“‘Great fun,’ says Richard Lawrence, offering his nod of approval to this Donizetti rarity from Bergamo’s Festival devoted to the music of the composer.” – Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

DEVIENNE, F.: Flute Concertos, Vol. 4 – No. 13 • Sinfonies concertantes, Opp. 76, 25
P. Gallois • Flemstrøm • Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573697

‘It’s at once spirited, illuminating and thoroughly enjoyable.’ – Classic FM


DIAMOND, D.: Symphony No. 6 • Rounds • Music for Romeo and Juliet
Indiana University Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras • Fagen
Naxos 8.559842

‘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


Flavio Cucchi Guitar Recital – COREA, C. • BORGHESE, A. • GISMONTI, E. • CLEMENTI, G. • DUARTE, J.W.
Flavio Cucchi
Naxos 8.573917

‘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


KODÁLY, Z.: Concerto for Orchestra • Dances of Galánta • Dances of Marosszék • The Peacock Variations
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.573838

‘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


POULENC, F.: Les Biches Suite • Les animaux modèles Suite • Sinfonietta
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony • Tingaud
Naxos 8.573739

‘Tingaud’s RTÉ recordings for Naxos have been excellent, but this release really shines. This is the real deal.’ – ClassicsToday.com


RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 • Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
Naxos 8.573630

‘Giltburg’s approach is fundamentally lyrical, rhetorically apt and, aided and abetted by Prieto and the Scots, sensitive to every marking in the score.’ – Gramophone

‘The orchestra sounds light, bright, elastic and that fits formidably well to that well controlled and explicitly balanced way of piano playing by Boris Giltburg.’ – NDR Kultur (NDR.de)


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 3 – Nos. 4 and 5
Descharmes • Malmö Symphony • Soustrot
Naxos 8.573478

‘This is an achievement of which everyone can be proud.’ – ClassicsToday.com


SCHUMANN, R.: Cello Concerto • Cello and Piano Works
Schwabe • Rimmer • Royal Northern Sinfonia • Vogt
Naxos 8.573786


‘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


TICHELI, F.: Clarinet Concerto • WARNAAR, B.: Horn Concerto • RANJBARAN, B.: Flute Concerto
J. Zimmermann • L. Norton • É. Gratton • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559818

‘As 21st-century wind concertos go, this is as entertaining as it gets… on the evidence of these straightforward yet superbly constructed pieces I definitely want to hear more.’ – Gramophone


Beyond Bach and Vivaldi – NOGUEIRA, P.L. • LOCATELLI, P.A. • BALTZAR, T. • PISENDEL, J.G.
Augusta McKay Lodge
Naxos 8.573893


‘Anyone who plays at a certain level can play the notes, but it’s artists like Lodge who make the music sing and dance and sometimes really engage on a deeper interpretive level’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘A delightful exploration of overlooked repertoire, this CD offers intimate sound and crisp details which Baroque enthusiasts will relish.’ – AllMusic.com

‘The true gem here is the bold, yet nuanced technique of Augusta McKay Lodge. Hers is a name to watch.’ – WQXR (New York)


WAGNER, R.: Der Ring des Nibelungen Orchestral Music
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.573839

‘All of these orchestral versions are beautifully performed by the Buffalo Philharmonic, led by Falletta. Get ready to be washed away with an hour-plus of inspiring listening.’ – WRTI-FM, Philadelphia

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1, “Titan”
Gewandhaus-Orchester • Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-20335

Also available on Blu-ray (ACC-10335).


‘An opportunity to hear Riccardo Chailly’s insight into Mahler’s First Symphony, both from the perspective of the podium through this filmed performance of 2015, and in interview.’ – Gramophone


RACHMANINOV, S.: The Bells • Symphonic Dances
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900154

‘This new Jansons coupling, lustrously recorded, is of such outstanding quality that it is in a class of its own.’ – Gramophone

‘Brilliant conducting from Jansons, stupendous playing and singing from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and vocal soloists, and an astonishingly revealing recording’ – Fanfare


MARTINŮ, B.: Symphonies Nos. 1–6
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • Meister
Capriccio C5320

‘With ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Cornelius Meister in spectacular form I can’t praise this set highly enough.’ – MusicWeb International


Paddle to the Sea – GLASS, P. • DRUCKMAN, J. • CONNORS, S. • DILLON, R. • MARTIN, P. • SKIDMORE, D.
Third Coast Percussion
Cedille CDR90000-175

‘We are charmed, delighted and intrigued.’ – Audio Video Club of Atlanta


RUDERS, P.: Viola Concerto • Handel Variations
Tomter • Aarhus Symphony • Soustrot • Delfs
Dacapo 8.226149

‘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


BLOCH, E.: Viola and Piano Music – Suite for Viola and Piano • Suite for Viola • Suite hébraïque • 2 Pieces
Neubauer • Garrett
Delos DE3498

‘Neubauer is in top form, and he really feels the music. He draws a beautiful tone from his instrument and plays with unfailingly pure intonation.’ – American Record Guide

‘Neubauer and Garrett play brilliantly throughout the disc, and the recording does a splendid job in portraying the beautiful tone of both instruments.’ – Fanfare


‘Virile, robust performances of Bloch’s viola compositions make this collection a must for those who cherish the instrument at its best.’ – Audiophile Audition


Paganini at the Piano – HAMBOURG, M. • BUSONI, F. • ZADORA, M. • FRIEDMAN, I. • PAPANDOPULO, B.
Goran Filipec
Grand Piano GP769

‘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


SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 • GRIEG, E.: Symphonic Dance, Op. 64, No. 2 • Våren
Gürzenich-Orchester Köln • Kitajenko
OehmsClassics OC457

‘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


BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 • Lieder (arr. for violin and piano)
Kaakinen-Pilch • T. Hakkila
Ondine ODE1315-2

‘A refreshing, unified view of these sonatas, and one I expect to return to again with grateful pleasure’ – Gramophone


The Secret Mass – MARTIN, F. • MARTINŮ, B.
Danish National Vocal Ensemble • Creed
OUR Recordings 6.220671

‘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


MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 1–10 • Orchestral Song Cycles (Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 6 (1988–2014))
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg • Gielen
SWR Classic SWR19042CD

‘This live 1967 performance, released this year, finds Ančerl in electrifying form… It’s a significant and timely discovery.’ – Gramophone



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