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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

CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta] (DNO, 2014) (NTSC)
CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta] (DNO, 2014) (NTSC)
d’Oustrac • Mortagne • Guilmette • Varnier • Chorus of Dutch National Opera • Residentie Orkest The Hague • Fournillier • Pelly
Naxos 2.110595 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0091V)

‘Delightful Star
Opéra (France)

‘A dreamcast for a show on which blows a gentle wind of madness à la Prévert.’
Diapason

‘Superlative musicianship and stagecraft.’
MusicWeb International


NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017)
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017)
Maltman • Westbroek • van Aken • Beekman • White • Chorus of Dutch National Opera • Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra • Albrecht • Warlikowski
Naxos 2.110582 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0081V)

‘Krzysztof Warlikowski’s 2017 Dutch National Opera production gives the grim narrative a febrile buzz: even as we’re horrified, we’re riveted.’
Opera News


BRUNEAU, A.: L’Attaque du Moulin Suite • Naïs Micoulin: Prelude • Messidor (excerpts)
BRUNEAU, A.: L’Attaque du Moulin Suite • Naïs Micoulin: Prelude • Messidor (excerpts)
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573888


‘Darrell Ang outclasses his austere predecessor by finding the commitment and generous lyricism essential to these poignant verismos.’
Classica


CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello and Piano Works
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello and Piano Works
Dindo • Marangoni
Naxos 8.573881


‘An evocative tribute’
Archi Magazine



CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 3, Op. 8, No. 2 and Op. 50, Nos. 2-3
CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 1, No. 3, Op. 8, No. 2 and Op. 50, Nos. 2-3
Sandro de Palma
Naxos 8.573880

‘An illuminating portrait of Clementi…superbly controlled playing and good sound.’
Fanfare


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


‘All the ingredients are here to complete this reference version.’
Classica


FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
Fernández • García • Zetlan • Garza • Perspectives Ensemble • Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573890

‘Slimmer, fresher and more colorful’
Pizzicato

‘As fine as any and just might be the best around.’
ClassicsToday.com


GOMPPER, David: Double Concerto, ‘Dialogue’ • Clarinet Concerto • Sunburst
GOMPPER, David: Double Concerto, ‘Dialogue’ • Clarinet Concerto • Sunburst
W. David • T. Gill • Norsworthy • Royal Philharmonic • Siffert
Naxos 8.559835

‘Expressive, rich, beautifully made music.’
Fanfare


D’INDY, V.: Médée • Karadec Suite • Saugefleurie
D’INDY, V.: Médée • Karadec Suite • Saugefleurie
Malmö Symphony • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573858


‘Idiomatic music-making. Very enjoyable.’
Pizzicato


KROUSE, I.: Armenian Requiem
KROUSE, I.: Armenian Requiem
Lark Master Singers • Tziatzan Children’s Choir • UCLA Philharmonia • Stulberg
Naxos 8.559846-47

‘With the composer producing, conductor Neal Stulberg’s command of the assembled forces brings with it the assurance of authority.’
Gramophone



MESSIAEN, O.: Livre d’orgue • Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace
MESSIAEN, O.: Livre d’orgue • Verset pour la Fête de la Dédicace
Tom Winpenny
Naxos 8.573845

‘Winpenny imbues [Livre d’orgue] with Gregorian elegance, and a Tristan and Isolde Love Theme which is a discovery.’
Diapason


NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor • O Garatuja: Prelude • Série brasileira
NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor • O Garatuja: Prelude • Série brasileira
Minas Gerais Philharmonic • Mechetti
Naxos 8.574067

‘Orquestra Filarmonica de Minas Gerais is simply world-class.’
Klassik heute

‘Fabio Mechetti did a great job’
Diapason


PIAZZOLLA, A.: Time of Life – Arrangements for Accordion and Piano
PIAZZOLLA, A.: Time of Life – Arrangements for Accordion and Piano
Draugsvoll • Rasmussen
Naxos 8.573896

‘Draugsvoll and Rasmussen let us hear [Piazzolla] at his best.’
Fanfare


RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.574025


‘It’s been worth the wait. Hugely recommendable.’
BBC Music Magazine


ROSSINI, G.: Aureliano in Palmira [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Aureliano in Palmira [Opera]
Gatell • Dalla Benetta • Viotti • Pitts • Poznan Camerata Bach Choir • Virtuosi Brunensis • Pérez-Sierra
Naxos 8.660448-50

‘A beautiful set for a rarity.’
Diapason


SCHREKER, F.: Der Geburtstag der Infantin Suite • Vorspiel zu einem Drama • Romantische Suite
SCHREKER, F.: Der Geburtstag der Infantin Suite • Vorspiel zu einem Drama • Romantische Suite
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin • Falletta
Naxos 8.573821

‘[Falletta] negotiates the transitions and translates each episode with an unparalleled sense of narration. Impressive.’
Diapason


WEINER, L.: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 – Toldi
WEINER, L.: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 – Toldi
Budapest Symphony MÁV • Csányi
Naxos 8.573847


‘Exciting, enthusiastic performance. Delightful.’
AllMusic.com


WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
M. Mitchell • London Chamber Ensemble
Naxos 8.571380


‘Spirited performances with just the right degree of flair.’
iClassical

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

RAVEL, M.: Valses nobles et sentimentales • La valse • Daphnis et Chloé Suites Nos. 1 and 2
RAVEL, M.: Valses nobles et sentimentales • La valse • Daphnis et Chloé Suites Nos. 1 and 2
Lucerne Festival Orchestra • Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-20451 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (ACC-10451)

‘High-class musicians play with bright orchestral colours.’
Pizzicato


BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
Imbrailo • Spence • Sherratt • Oliemans • Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Bolton • Warner
BelAir Classiques BAC154 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC554)

‘An especially beautiful and successful film’
Scherzo


GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018)
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Euridice [Opera] (La Scala, 2018)
Flórez • Karg • Said • Hofesh Shechter Company • Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala • Mariotti • Shechter • Fulljames
belvedere edition BVE08052 [DVD]

‘Juan Diego Florez’s Orphée triumphs in a dance-and-trance performance by choreographer Hofesh Shechter.’
Diapason


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (9-CD Boxed Set)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (9-CD Boxed Set)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Blomstedt • Haitink • Jansons • Maazel
BR-Klassik 900716

‘A marvellous collection of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies’
Pizzicato


RIHM, W.: Das Gehege • BEINTUS, J.-P.: Le Petit Prince Suite
RIHM, W.: Das Gehege • BEINTUS, J.-P.: Le Petit Prince Suite
R. Dupuis • Schönweiss • K. Ecke • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Kent Nagano
Capriccio C5337

‘The stream of music, subtly centered, flows so well under the smooth direction of Kent Nagano.’
Diapason


MIELCZEWSKI, M.: Vocal and Chamber Music
MIELCZEWSKI, M.: Vocal and Chamber Music
Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble • Kosendiak
CDAccordACD248

‘Musical gems which all devotees of baroque music will enjoy greatly.’
MusicWeb International


20th Century Oboe Sonatas – BOWEN, Y. • EBEN, P. • DUTILLEUX, H. • BOZZA, E. • POULENC, F.
20th Century Oboe Sonatas – BOWEN, Y. • EBEN, P. • DUTILLEUX, H. • BOZZA, E. • POULENC, F.
Klein • Bush
Cedille CDR90000-186

‘Tone, technique, breath control, musical expression, and stylistic awareness are all exemplary.’
Fanfare


KUHLAU, F.: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2
KUHLAU, F.: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2
Duo Åstrand/Salo
Dacapo 8.226083


‘Sublime, stylish expression’
Pizzicato


ANDERSON-BAZZOLI, C.: Continent’s End
ANDERSON-BAZZOLI, C.: Continent’s End
Baggott • K. Korth
Delos DE3567

‘The recording is fabulous; present, detailed, clear.’
Fanfare


VACCAI, N.: Giulietta e Romeo [Opera] (Festival della Valle d’Itria, 2018)
VACCAI, N.: Giulietta e Romeo [Opera] (Festival della Valle d’Itria, 2018)
Bonilla • Lupinacci • Cortellazzi • Marrocu • Stajkic • Senn • Orchestra Accademia • Teatro alla Scala • Quatrini • Ligorio
Dynamic DYN-37832 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57832) and CD (CDS7832.02)

‘ A discovery for many says critic Hugo Shirley, to be “an excellent, highly effective piece”.’
Gramophone


VIVALDI, A.: Stabat Mater • Gloria, RV 589
VIVALDI, A.: Stabat Mater • Gloria, RV 589
Herfurtner • Joowon Chung • A. Scholl • Salzburg Bach Choir • Bach Consort Wien • Dubrovsky
Gramola99165

‘Captivating, entrancing’
ClassicsToday.com


GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 5 – Mad Rush • Metamorphosis II • 600 Lines (Enlightenment)
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 5 – Mad Rush • Metamorphosis II • 600 Lines (Enlightenment)
Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP745


‘There is a purity that is astonishing and Horvath’s concentration does it full justice.’
International Piano


MOZART, W.A.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 13
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Sonatas Nos. 2, 3, 8 and 13
Lars Vogt
Ondine ODE1318-2

‘Perfectly controlled drama is paired with moments of deeply moving fragility by the pianist Lars Vogt’
Gramophone


‘The performances are rhetorical, rich in contrast, and of an astonishing determination’
Pizzicato


The Munich Symphonic Recordings – HAYDN, J. • MOZART, W.A. • BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. (15-CD Boxed Set)
The Munich Symphonic Recordings – HAYDN, J. • MOZART, W.A. • BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. (15-CD Boxed Set)
Rafael Kubelík
Orfeo C981115


‘With a broad symphonic repertoire and mostly excellent performances this box pays tribute to a conductor who was always underestimated.’
Pizzicato


Edge of Youth – BRITTEN, B. • ENESCU, G. • MAZZOLI, M. • PROKOFIEV, G. • VISCONTI, D.
Edge of Youth – BRITTEN, B. • ENESCU, G. • MAZZOLI, M. • PROKOFIEV, G. • VISCONTI, D.
Janet Sung
Sono Luminus DSL-92230


‘An engaging program and technically unimpeachable playing’
AllMusic.com




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