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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

GÓRECKI, H.M.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 – No. 3 • Sonata for 2 Violins
GÓRECKI, H.M.: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2 – No. 3 • Sonata for 2 Violins
Tippett Quartet
Naxos 8.574110

‘The superb Tippett Quartet prove themselves deeply eloquent communicators of this composer’s poignant voice.’
Gramophone


WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2018)
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2018)
Stemme • Lundgren • Skelton • Magee • Connolly • Anger • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Pappano • Warner
Opus Arte OA1308D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7270D)

‘The cast in this 2018 staging would have been the envy of every world class opera company. The result is just short of perfection.’
BBC Music Magazine

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Grand Symphonies Vol. 1 – Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (arr. J.N. Hummel for flute and piano trio)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Grand Symphonies Vol. 1 – Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 (arr. J.N. Hummel for flute and piano trio)
Grodd • Gould Piano Trio
Naxos 8.574039

‘If you want to experience a Beethoven symphony in a different way than you likely have before then give this disc a listen.’
ClassicsToday.com


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
Danish Chamber Orchestra • Á. Fischer
Naxos 8.505251

‘Exciting contrasts, powerful accents, expressive rubato let Beethoven ‘speak’ in a most persuasive way.’
ICMA


BERNSTEIN, L.: Songfest • GERSHWIN, G.: An American in Paris
BERNSTEIN, L.: Songfest • GERSHWIN, G.: An American in Paris
Wolf Trap Opera • National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • Judd
Naxos 8.559859


‘Performance is outstanding, this dazzling recording will make it difficult to hear in the future any castrated performance of An American in Paris.’
Pizzicato


GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (version edited by H. Berlioz) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018)
GLUCK, C.W.: Orphée et Eurydice (version edited by H. Berlioz) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018)
Crebassa • Guilmette • Desandre • Ensemble Pygmalion • Pichon • Bory
Naxos 2.110638 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0100V)

‘The production captures all the power and timelessness of this seminal myth, with striking visual effects and a direct approach that prioritizes the power of singing.’
Opera News

‘This is an imaginative production, impeccably rendered in every fashion. A marvellous achievement, and highly recommended.’
Fanfare


KOSHKIN, N.: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Vol. 1
KOSHKIN, N.: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Vol. 1
Asya Selyutina
Naxos 8.579058

‘Always engaging, never harsh, clever, expertly crafted and both easy on the ear and stimulating to the musical mind.’
ClassicsToday.com


MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
MAGNARD, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Freiburg Philharmonic • Bollon
Naxos 8.574083

‘The Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra proves: Albéric Magnard deserves to finally be established permanently in the concert halls.’
www.klassik.com

‘These rich, powerful, and flowing performances are confident, assured, and enthusiastic’
American Record Guide


RAHBARI, A.: My Mother Persia, Vol. 2 – Symphonic Poems Nos. 4–8
RAHBARI, A.: My Mother Persia, Vol. 2 – Symphonic Poems Nos. 4–8
Motamedi • Antalya State Symphony • A. Rahbari
Naxos 8.574065

‘Exciting, edge-of-the-seat music, and beautifully delivered by all concerned.’
MusicWeb International


RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6 – Piano Concertos • Tzigane
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6 – Piano Concertos • Tzigane
Dumont • J. Gilbert • Lyon National Orchestra • Slatkin
Naxos 8.573572


‘Powerful, even heartbreaking… High-level interpretations that will endure.’
Classica


WEBER, C.M. von: Euryanthe [Opera] (Theater an der Wien, 2018)
WEBER, C.M. von: Euryanthe [Opera] (Theater an der Wien, 2018)
Wagner • Reinhardt • Kronthaler • Foster-Williams • Cerny • Arnold Schoenberg Choir • ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • Trinks • Loy
Naxos 2.110656 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0107V)

‘This is the most approachable and effective Euryanthe yet in the current catalogues.’
Gramophone

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

LENNOX, C.: The Female Quixote (Unabridged)
LENNOX, C.: The Female Quixote (Unabridged)
Juliet Stevenson
Naxos AudioBooks NA0406

‘Stevenson’s reading heightens the humour and the pathos, and may help popularise this novel among today’s listeners.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

KREMER, Gidon: Finding Your Own Voice (Documentary, 2018) • WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (Preludes to a Lost Time)
KREMER, Gidon: Finding Your Own Voice (Documentary, 2018) • WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (Preludes to a Lost Time)
G. Kremer
Accentus Music ACC-20414

‘Incredibly enriching documentary film’
ICMA


GALERIE DORÉE – The 300th Anniversary Concert
GALERIE DORÉE – The 300th Anniversary Concert
Devos • Le Concert de la Loge • Chauvin
BelAir Classiques BAC171 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC571)

‘Surprising little gem’
MusicWeb International


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’ • POULENC, F.: Organ Concerto
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, ‘Organ’ • POULENC, F.: Organ Concerto
Apkalna • Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • M. Jansons
BR-Klassik 900178


‘Outstanding interpretation.’
Pizzicato


BRAHMS, J.: Ein Deutsches Requiem
BRAHMS, J.: Ein Deutsches Requiem
Farcas • Goerne • State Choir Latvija • Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen • P. Järvi
C Major 753208 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (753304)

‘Definitely go with this new effort by Paavo Järvi, and his performance is also competitive with the best on CD.’
MusicWeb International


‘There are many enchanting moments in these interpretations’
Pizzicato


LANG, D.: anatomy theater [Opera]
LANG, D.: anatomy theater [Opera]
P. Southwell • Kudisch • R. Osborne • Timur • International Contemporary Ensemble • Rountree
Cantaloupe Music CA-21152

‘The playing is exemplary, and the whole macabre affair is captured in sonic technicolour…’
Opera News


SCHARWENKA, P.: Piano Trio, Op. 121 • Duo for Violin and Viola • Viola Sonata • 4 Concert Pieces
SCHARWENKA, P.: Piano Trio, Op. 121 • Duo for Violin and Viola • Viola Sonata • 4 Concert Pieces
Breuninger • Berthaud • Triendl
Capriccio C5391

‘Magnificent interpretations, [will] immediately appeal to the listener. ’
Pizzicato


Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Black Oak Ensemble
Cedille CDR90000-189

‘Forgotten no more: A life-affirming collection of string trios that resonates through the ages’
Strings Magazine


The Other Cleopatra – Queen of Armenia – HASSE, J.A. • VIVALDI, A. • GLUCK, C.W.
The Other Cleopatra – Queen of Armenia
HASSE, J.A. • VIVALDI, A. • GLUCK, C.W.

Isabel Bayrakdarian
Delos DE3591


‘Isabel Bayrakdarian sings with passion and drama.’
Pizzicato


Piano Trios – DVOŘÁK, A. • SMETANA, A. • SUK, J.
Piano Trios – DVOŘÁK, A. • SMETANA, A. • SUK, J.
Irnberger • Geringas • Kašpar
Gramola99206

‘An outstanding collection in every way!’
Pizzicato


PFOHL, F.: Strandbilder • Suite Élégiaque • Hagbart
PFOHL, F.: Strandbilder • Suite Élégiaque • Hagbart
Jamina Gerl
Grand Piano GP784

‘The pianist takes this music earnestly, illuminates its stylistic qualities and musical characteristics and manages to rouse curiosity about Ferdinand Pfohl and his music.’
Klassik heute


WAGNER, R.: Organ Transcriptions
WAGNER, R.: Organ Transcriptions
Hansjörg Albrecht
OehmsClassics OC1874


‘There is much to enjoy in the technical and musical brilliance of Albrecht’s playing.’
Choir & Organ


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom • 9 Sacred Pieces
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom • 9 Sacred Pieces
Latvian Radio Choir • Kļava
Ondine ODE1336-2

‘Beauty, spirituality and passion.’
ICMA


LISZT, F.: 3 Études de concert • Grandes Études de Paganini • 12 Études d’exécution transcendante (Hommage à Liszt)
LISZT, F.: 3 Études de concert • Grandes Études de Paganini • 12 Études d’exécution transcendante (Hommage à Liszt)
Amir Katz
Orfeo C990202

‘A generously programmed and engagingly performed Liszt recital from Israeli pianist Amir Katz, hugely impressive pianims—particularly in the Transcendental Studies—compelling in its drama, virtuosity and poetry.’
Gramophone


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR • Norrington
SWR Classic SWR19525CD


‘Many new, original and above all consistent and convincing insights’
Pizzicato




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