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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 CDs and DVDs available!

Naxos Blu-ray Audio

MAHLER Symphony No 8 ‘Symphony of a Thousand’
Warsaw Philharmonic and Choir, Wit

“This is a performance that you will gladly return to, over and over.” –

Naxos DVD

Maria Kliegel Cello Master Class

“Kliegel is to be congratulated. I am sure any cellist will find it fascinating and helpful.” – American Record Guide

Naxos CDs

S CURRIER Piano Music

“beguiling disc … the more engrossing the effect becomes.” – San Francisco Chronicle
DL POST String Quartets Nos 2-4
Hawthorne String Quartet

“three excellent quartets and a short fantasia, all played with elegance” – American Record Guide
Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit

“Top recommendation.” –
F HERMANN 3 Capriccios, Grand Duo Brillant, Suite in D minor
F and A Eichhorn, Kuppel, Hulshoff

“buoyant textures and insouciant gestures, all transmitted by the Eichhorns and Kuppel with consummate graciousness” – Fanfare
HAYDN Masses, Vol 8
Trinity Choir, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Burdick

“a top choice.” –
F SCHMITT La Tragedie de Salome, Ombres, Mirages

R FUCHS Serenades Nos 1 & 2, Andante grazioso and Capriccio
Cologne Chamber Orchestra, C Ludwig
8.572222 & Disc of the Month
E HALFFTER Carmen [film score]
Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Fitz-Gerald

PIAZZOLLA Sinfonia Buenos Aires
Binelli, Tianwa Yang, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero

“A most engaging collection … freshness, spontaneity matched by committed, idiomatic playing.” – MusicWeb International
SUK Fairy Tale, Fantasy in G minor, Fantasticke scherzo
M Ludwig, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta

Audiophile Audition

“the performance and recording, like Suk’s wonderful music itself, are world class.” – Audiophile Audition

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Marco Polo

Johann STRAUSS I Edition, Vol 17

“great zest and polish” – American Record Guide

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Naxos Audiobooks

G ELIOT Middlemarch (Unabridged)

Middlemarch has something for all grown-ups, and Ms. Stevenson’s reading makes all the somethings that much better.” – Sound Commentary

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Arthaus Musik

L MINKUS Don Quichot (Don Quixote)
Dutch National Ballet, 2010
101562 (Blu-ray Video)

“A treasurable disc and a must-see for all ballet fans.” – MusicWeb International

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BR Klassik

BRUCKNER Symphony No 5
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Haitink
900109 (CD)

5 de Diapasons

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C Major

DONIZETTI Maria Stuarda
La Fenice, 2009
704208 (DVD)
704304 (Blu-ray Video)

Gramophone Blu-ray of the Month

“Interpretively, this one time pupil of Schnabel dares to conquer the mountain, and does so in a way that can shame many a young whipper-snapper of today. … No collection should be without this magnificent album.” – Gramophone

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MOZART Cosi fan tutte
Salzburg Festival, 2009
2072534 (Blu-ray Video)

“The audio recording is excellent … The Philharmonic plays beautifully.” – American Record Guide

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ICA Classics

Charles Munch Conducts Wagner, Franck and Fauré
Boston Symphony, Munch
ICAD5015 (DVD)

“A very significant musical record.” – MusicWeb International

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Newton Classics

BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2
NC8802014 (CD)

“This fine performance will teach listeners a great deal about Bach’s music and how that music, by its very nature, can allow an interpreter to transcend the instrument.” – American Record Guide

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RACHMANINOV Liturgy of St John Chrysostom
Latvian Radio Choir, Klava
ODE1151-5 (CD)

“lovely sound, perfect blend, and vibrant timbre...a masterpiece of high artistic quality” –

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Opus Arte

La Scala, 2009
OABD7080D (Blu-ray Video)

“Terrific performance of the first grand opera is also eye candy!” – Audiophile Audition

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BEETHOVEN Sonatas for Cello and Piano
Martens, Magalhaes
TP1039053 (CD)

“gutsy, entertaining Beethoven” – The Buffalo News

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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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