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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

DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017)
DEBARGUE, Lucas: To Music (Documentary, 2017)
Debargue • Shereshevskaya • D. Castro-Balbi • A. Castro-Balbi
Naxos 2.110639 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0101V)

‘Martin Mirabel, who has known Lucas Debargue for years, portrays the pianist friend subtly, in all his versatility and creativity, but also with his doubts and uncertainties.’s poignant voice.’
Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award)


HINDEMITH, P.: Kammermusik, Nos. 1–3
HINDEMITH, P.: Kammermusik, Nos. 1–3
Philippe • Park • Xi Zhai • Kronberg Academy Soloists • Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra • Eschenbach
Ondine ODE1341-2

‘This new recording is extremely exciting’
Pizzicato

‘These young people are amazing! Just listen to the quality of their musical collaboration and their technical assurance in the Kleine Kammermusik to be convinced!’
Crescendo (France)

‘All the performances on this disc can be favourably compared with such elevated competition speaks volumes; I await Volume 2 with excitement.’
MusicWeb International


‘This music has been well recorded before, but the project looks to be as satisfying a set as any.’
BBC Music Magazine


‘Philippe is brilliant and so are his colleagues, skilfully conducted by Christoph Eschenbach.’
Fono Forum

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

CZERNY, C.: Grand Concerto No. 2 • Concertino, Op. 210 • Rondino, Op. 127
CZERNY, C.: Grand Concerto No. 2 • Concertino, Op. 210 • Rondino, Op. 127
R. Tuck • English Chamber Orchestra • Bonynge
Naxos 8.573998

‘A fine discovery!’
Diapason


DAUGHERTY, M.: This Land Sings – Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
DAUGHERTY, M.: This Land Sings – Inspired by the Life and Times of Woody Guthrie
Socolofsky • J. Daugherty • Dogs of Desire • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559889

‘This is original stuff, ideally and flexibly performed.’
AllMusic.com


‘Performances are stylish and truly attractive.’
Pizzicato


FRANCK, C.: Psyché (version for choir and orchestra) • Le Chasseur maudit • Les Éolides
FRANCK, C.: Psyché (version for choir and orchestra) • Le Chasseur maudit • Les Éolides
RCS Voices • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Tingaud
Naxos 8.573955

‘This is the recording to own. It’s a Franck festival.’
ClassicsToday.com


HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6
Aradia Ensemble • Mallon
Naxos 8.557358-60

‘It’s extremely fine. The playing is as crisp and lively as you could ask for.’
ClassicsToday.com


LISZT, F.: Grandes études de Paganini • 6 Etudes d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini
LISZT, F.: Grandes études de Paganini • 6 Etudes d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini
Goran Filipec
Naxos 8.573458

‘Definitely a must-have. I want to listen to more of Filipec’s albums.’
Record Geijutsu


MAYR, J.S.: Le Due duchesse [Opera]
MAYR, J.S.: Le Due duchesse [Opera]
M. Schäfer • T.M. Herbert • Bavarian State Opera Chorus • Simon Mayr Choir • Concerto de Bassus • Hauk
Naxos 8.660422-23


‘Franz Hauk delivers a spirited and lively account of Mayr’s wonderfully inspired and varied music.’
Pizzicato


Rare French Piano Music – BOULEZ, P. • DEBUSSY, C. • MESSIAEN, O. • RAVEL, M.
Rare French Piano Music – BOULEZ, P. • DEBUSSY, C. • MESSIAEN, O. • RAVEL, M.
Ralph van Raat
Naxos 8.573894

‘A trove of little-known gems’
The New York Times


PRADO, J.A.R. de A: Piano Concerto No. 1 • Aurora • Concerto Fribourgeois
PRADO, J.A.R. de A: Piano Concerto No. 1 • Aurora • Concerto Fribourgeois
Rubinsky • Minas Gerais Philharmonic • Mechetti
Naxos 8.574225

‘A lasting listening experience thanks to the the brilliant Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky and the Brazilian conductor Fabio Mecchetti.’
Pizzicato


PROKOFIEV, S.: Songs and Romances
PROKOFIEV, S.: Songs and Romances
Gritskova • Prinz
Naxos 8.574030

‘Exquisite, intelligent and always immediately appealing performances.’
Pizzicato

‘Highly recommended for the outstanding performances of both the singer and pianist.’
MusicWeb International


SKALKOTTAS, N.: Sinfonietta • Classical Symphony • 4 Images • Ancient Greek March (The Neoclassical Skalkottas)
SKALKOTTAS, N.: Sinfonietta • Classical Symphony • 4 Images • Ancient Greek March (The Neoclassical Skalkottas)
Athens State Orchestra • Tsialis
Naxos 8.574154

‘You really must hear this. It’s a revelation.’
ClassicsToday.com


SKORYK, M.: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1–4
SKORYK, M.: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1–4
Bielow • Ukraine National Symphony • Sirenko
Naxos 8.574088

‘Andrej Bielow embarks on this adventure of Skoryk’s complete violin concertos with an intensity and clarity that never fails to impress… magnificent versions of these concertos, whose discovery is an absolute revelation.’
Crescendo (France)


SKORYK, M.: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 – Nos. 5–9
SKORYK, M.: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 – Nos. 5–9
Bielow • Ukraine National Symphony • Sirenko
Naxos 8.574089


‘Bielow and the Ukrainian National Orchestra under Volodymiyr Sirenko play the imaginatively composed musical dramas very rhetorically.’
Pizzicato

‘Andrej Bielow embarks on this adventure of Skoryk’s complete violin concertos with an intensity and clarity that never fails to impress… magnificent versions of these concertos, whose discovery is an absolute revelation.’
Crescendo (France)


WEILAND, D.: String Quartets Nos. 4 and 5
WEILAND, D.: String Quartets Nos. 4 and 5
Melbourne Quartet
Naxos 8.574028

‘The Melbourne Quartet absolutely inhabit each of these big, serious works. There is never any sense of indifference or ‘play-through’; every nuance, texture, colour and beat cuts through with clarity and style.’
MusicWeb International


TUATH – Songs of the Northlands
TUATH – Songs of the Northlands
Fiona Mackenzie • Brian Ó hEadhra
Naxos World Music NXW76116-2

‘With dreamlike harmonies, modern interpretations of prehistoric, Gaelic lyrics and songs (with tasteful synthesizers), Ó hEadhra and Mackenzie explore the connections between the Gaels and its neighbors.’
Lira

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

STRAVINSKY, I.: The Rake’s Progress [Opera] (Equilibrium Young Artists, 2018) • HANNIGAN, Barbara: Taking Risks (Documentary, 2018)
STRAVINSKY, I.: The Rake’s Progress [Opera] (Equilibrium Young Artists, 2018) • HANNIGAN, Barbara: Taking Risks (Documentary, 2018)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra • Hannigan
Accentus Music ACC-20420 [DVD]

‘Wonderfully flourishing and sparkling performance.’
Pizzicato


DVOŘÁK, A.: Stabat Mater (original 1876 version)
DVOŘÁK, A.: Stabat Mater (original 1876 version)
Kleiter • Romberger • Korchak • Nazmi • Bavarian Radio Chorus • Drake • Arman
BR-Klassik 900526

‘Goose bumps guaranteed…one of the most beautiful choral music recordings of the decade.’
Opéra (France)


ROSSINI, G.: Ricciardo e Zoraide [Opera] (Rossini Opera Festival, 2018)
ROSSINI, G.: Ricciardo e Zoraide [Opera] (Rossini Opera Festival, 2018)
Yende • Flórez • Romanovsky • Yarovaya • Ulivieri • Anduaga • Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale Della RAI • Sagripanti • Pynkoski
C Major 752608 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (752704)

‘Pretty Yende as Zoraide is terrific, singing like an angel’
MusicWeb International


GORDON, M.: Anonymous Man
GORDON, M.: Anonymous Man
The Crossing • D. Nally
Cantaloupe Music CA-21154

Anonymous Man is a unique choral work likely to be absorbed into the general repertory.’
AllMusic.com


SCHULZ, J.A.P.: 6 Diverses Pièces, Op. 1 • Keyboard Sonata, Op. 2 • WEYSE, C.E.F.: Theme and Variations
SCHULZ, J.A.P.: 6 Diverses Pièces, Op. 1 • Keyboard Sonata, Op. 2 • WEYSE, C.E.F.: Theme and Variations
Christine Schornsheim
Capriccio C5363


‘Schornsheim unleashes a stunning, powerfully shining orchestral sound on the fortepiano—the peak of richness, which beautifully brings out the harmonic and expressive nuances of Schulz’s music.’
Fono Forum


HYNES, D.: For All Its Fury • Perfectly Voiceless • There Was Nothing (arr. for percussion ensemble) (Fields)
HYNES, D.: For All Its Fury • Perfectly Voiceless • There Was Nothing (arr. for percussion ensemble) (Fields)
Third Coast Percussion
Cedille CDR90000-192

‘This disc is absolutely beautiful; the recording itself is one of the finest to come my way, the music revelatory.’
Fanfare


MALVEZZI, C. • MARENZIO, L. • CACCINI, G. • BARDI, G. de’ • PERI, J.: La Pellegrina [Intermedi]
MALVEZZI, C. • MARENZIO, L. • CACCINI, G. • BARDI, G. de’ • PERI, J.: La Pellegrina [Intermedi]
Coro Ricercare Ensemble • Modo Antiquo • Sardelli
Dynamic CDS7856

‘The singing is both wonderful and an embodiment of the wondrous.’
MusicWeb International


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5 (arr. for organ)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5 (arr. for organ)
Matthias Giesen
Gramola99169

‘Remarkable recording.’
MusicWeb International


20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 1: Austria & Czechia – KRENEK, E. • BENATZKY, R. • MITTLER, F. • GROSZ, W. • EISLER, H.
20th Century Foxtrots, Vol. 1: Austria & Czechia – KRENEK, E. • BENATZKY, R. • MITTLER, F. • GROSZ, W. • EISLER, H.
Gottlieb Wallisch
Grand Piano GP813

‘This new recording is an utterly delightful collection of Austrian and Czech foxtrots and other dance music, performed with panache and great affection.’
American Record Guide


WEBER, C.M. von: Oberon [Opera]
WEBER, C.M. von: Oberon [Opera]
Kerschbaumer • Roschkowski • D.M. Marx • Peroš • M. Seidler • Chor des Stadttheaters Giessen • Philharmonisches Orchester Giessen • Hofstetter
OehmsClassics OC984

‘With this Oehms Classics release we have finally a wonderful recording.’
Pizzicato


BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018)
BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018)
Bell • Verrez • Montvioas • Plowright • Albert • Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hrůša • Warner
Opus Arte OA1289D [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7258D)

‘A major success…an atmospheric production that is particularly effective on screen.’
BBC Music Magazine Awards 2020


STRAUSS, R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Opera]
STRAUSS, R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Opera]
S. Gould • Nylund • Herlitzius • W. Koch • Stemme • Vienna State Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Thielemann
Orfeo C991203

‘This is a major notch in Thielemann’s baton.’
AllMusic.com


‘Strauss’s fairytale epic is full of magnificent detail in the hands of Christian Thielemann, while Camilla Nylund’s Empress is supple and intense’
The Guardian


‘From the finest to the most powerful passages, the orchestra offers a dramatically exciting performance’
Pizzicato


Piano Concertos – MOZART, W.A. • BEETHOVEN, L. van • HAYDN, J. (1959–1962)
Piano Concertos – MOZART, W.A. • BEETHOVEN, L. van • HAYDN, J. (1959–1962)
Gulda • Keilberth • Müller-Kray • Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19088CD

‘There’s much to admire in these performances by Friedrich Gulda’
Gramophone




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