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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 Releases

BIZET, G.: Roma / Marche Funèbre / Patrie Overture / Petite Suite
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573344

‘delights aplenty, not least thanks to Jean-Luc Tingaud’s stylish and alert conducting’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘delectably unforced account of the Petite Suite… Vividly realistic sound is the icing on the cake of another irresistible bargain from this stylish partnership’ – Gramophone

Cello Recital: Hurtaud, Sébastien: HINDEMITH, P.
Sébastien Hurtaud
Naxos 8.573172

‘A real surprise. Excellent recital of little known music that deserves much greater recognition. Enjoy. ’ – MusicWeb International

GALLAGHER, J.: Symphony No. 2, "Ascendant" / Quiet Reflections
London Symphony, Falletta
Naxos 8.559768

‘It’s hard not to be won over by the prodigious energy, long-term thinking and melodic fecundity of Gallagher’s exuberant inspiration, to say nothing of the breathtaking skill and swaggering confidence with which he handles his forces.’ – Gramophone

Guitar Music (Colombia) - MEJÍA, A. / MONTAÑA, G. / SABOYA, L. / GONZÁLEZ, H.
José Antonio Escobar
Naxos 8.573059

‘Escobar’s performance can’t be faulted—lovely tone, impeccable technique, and rock solid rhythm. ’ – American Record Guide

HANDEL, G.F.: Keyboard Suites, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-8
Philip Edward Fisher
Naxos 8.573397

‘Philip Edward Fisher is an especially accomplished interpreter and more than able advocate for pieces that inexplicably don’t get the respect they deserve’ –

KARG-ELERT, S.: Flute Works (Complete)
Roorda, Tsvereli
Naxos 8.573269-70

‘Thies Roorda has such a beautiful sound I could listen to it all day.’
American Record Guide

McCABE, J.: Composer, Pianist, Conductor - Symphony No. 1 /
Liszt Fantasy / Studies / Tuning

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Snashall,
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, McCabe

Naxos 8.571370

‘here is a near–perfect introduction to McCabe’s diversity’ – Gramophone

PANN, C.: Piano's 12 Sides (The) / The Bills / The Cheese Grater
Joel Hastings
Naxos 8.559751

‘All the performances…are confident—refined yet impassioned.’
American Record Guide

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / Danse Macabre / Cypres et Lauriers
Warnier, Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573331

‘this is the Saint–Saëns Third Symphony recording par excellence’

SCHUMANN, R.: Carnaval / Davidsbündlertänze / Papillons
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573399

‘This new Schumann-recording…shows an artist whose interpretations can even stand the test with luminaries like Vladimir Ashkenazy or Claudio Arrau.’ – Fono Forum

PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Scythian Suite / Autumnal Sketch
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos NBD0047

‘A fine performance in excellent surround on audio-only Blu-ray.’
Audiophile Audition

See Naxos catalogue

Arthaus Musik

Carignani, Jurowski, Mariotti, Rovaris
Arthaus Musik 109062

‘With exquisite singing, sparkling orchestral performances and mostly acceptable staging, these four not really well known Rossini operas are made very attractive.’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


PÄRT, A.: Te Deum / Ein Wallfahrtslied / Berliner Messe /
Dopo la vittoria

Bavarian Radio Chorus, Munich Radio Orchestra, Dijkstra
BR-Klassik 900511

‘This CD is an exquisite homage to Arvo Pärt and gives a good overview of his sacred choral works.’ – Pizzicato

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

STRAUSS, R.: Letzte Lieder / Eine Alpensinfonie (Blu-ray, HD)
Harteros, Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann
C Major 726504

‘brilliant Strauss performances’ – MusicWeb International

See C Major catalogue


Chamber Music (String Quartet) - DEBUSSY, C. / ADÈS, T. / RAVEL, M. (Soundescapes)
Signum Quartet
Capriccio C5239

‘With an [impressive] palette of colours and nuances [Signum Quartet] gives the music of Debussy and Ravel the awe and mystery that familiarity has sometimes dimmed’ – Pizzicato

See Capriccio catalogue


ROSING-SCHOW, N.: Alliages
Gjerris, Sivebaek, Balland, Navasse
Dacapo 8.226580

‘Committed performances and unexceptionally fine sound’ – Gramophone

See Dacapo catalogue


HOVHANESS, A.: Piano Music
Alessandra Pompili
Dynamic CDS7701

‘Pompili…is a splendid young exponent of Hovhaness’ music. …indeed this is disarmingly well-played disc.’ – MusicWeb International

See Dynamic catalogue

Grand Piano

RAFF, J.: Piano Works, Vol. 5
Tra Nguyen
Grand Piano GP654

‘the excellent Nguyen playing with intelligence and devotion’
BBC Music Magazine

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 23 / Rondo, K. 386
Jacoby, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra, Marriner
ICA Classics ICAC5135

‘Being able to combine energy and naturalness in a totally convincing manner [Ingrid Jacoby] brings the listener to what one could call a relaxed enthusiasm.’ – Pizzicato

See ICA Classics catalogue


SIBELIUS, J.: Lemminkäinen Suite - Pohjola's Daughter
Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu
Ondine ODE1262-5

‘perfectly idiomatic Sibelius playing and conducting from a team that really knows its stuff’ –

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

MOZART, W.A.: Zauberflöte (Die) (DNO, 2014)
Schmitt, Landshamer, Oliemans, Lejderman, Sherratt, Martínez,
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Dutch National Opera Chorus,
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Albrecht

Opus Arte OABD7133D [Blu-ray] / OA1122D [DVD]

‘This is a people’s Magic Flute which restores the tale’s naive power. ’

See Opus Arte catalogue

Sono Luminus

Piano Recital: Weber, Janice - SMETANA, B. / BORTKIEWICZ, S. / GUILLAUME, E. / ROWLEY, A. / SAUER, E. von / BLUMENFELD, F. (Seascapes)
Janice Weber
Sono Luminus DSL-92188

‘Janice Weber’s playing truly encompass the vast possibilities for creation that the sea can inspire’ – WFMT (Chicago)

See Sono Luminus catalogue


IBERT, J.: Chevalier errant (Le) / Les Amours de Jupiter
Lorraine National Orchestra, Mercier
Timpani 1C1230

‘This is without a doubt a “must have” if you care about great 20th century ballet music—in other words, the kind that you can listen to just for itself. ’

See Timpani catalogue

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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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