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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

BROUWER, L.: Concierto de Benicàssim /
RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez / MARTIN, F.: Guitare

Trápaga, Real Filharmonía de Galicia, Díaz
Naxos 8.573542

‘Vibrant, exciting and revealing in equal measure’ – Gramophone

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EGGERT, J.N.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 /
Svante Sture och Märta Lejonhufvud

Gävle Symphony, Korsten
Naxos 8.572457

‘Gérard Korsten plays with proprietary relish, and the orchestra responds enthusiastically to his leadership.’ –

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HERBERT, V.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Irish Rhapsody
Kosower, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573517

‘Mark Kosower is a wonderfully eloquent soloist who is a joy to hear, especially in the feisty company of JoAnn Falletta.’ – Gramophone

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IRELAND, J.: String Orchestra Music
Wallfisch, Orchestra of the Swan, Curtis
Naxos 8.571372

‘Raphael Wallfisch plays with full-throated eloquence; Curtis and company provide most sympathetic support.’ – Gramophone

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LISZT, F.: Opera Transcriptions (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 41)
Han Chen
Naxos 8.573415

‘It isn’t just Chen’s assured, elegant and totally effortless technique that blows me away, it’s also his idiomatic flair, his use of color and touch to convey character, plus a gift for textural variety and differentiation that one associates with golden age legends.’ –

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RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573469

‘[Boris Giltburg’s] originality stems from a convergence of heart and mind, served by immaculate technique and motivated by a deep and abiding love for one of the 20th century’s greatest composer-pianists.’ – Gramophone

‘Giltburg’s Etudes-Tableaux are very visual and thus magnificently rich tone paintings.’ – Pizzicato

‘Giltburg’s performances of the later Op. 39 set of nine are glittering in their impressive torrents of notes, but also darkly soulful and personal, without ever feeling exaggerated.’ – Financial Times

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RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Orchestrations
Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573124

‘Slatkin’s conducting is inventive and the orchestral playing gorgeous.’

‘These are all delightful performances that play to the strengths of Slatkin and his Lyonnais collaborator.’ –

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RUTTER, J.: Psalmfest / This is the Day /
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge / Psalm 150

Allen, Charbonneau, Cragg, Winpenny, St. Albans Cathedral Choirs,
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucas

Naxos 8.573394

‘The performances by the St. Albans Cathedral Choir and Royal Philharmonic are first rate. An exemplary collection.’ –

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SCHUMANN, R.: Variations on a Theme by Beethoven /
Geistervariationen / Variations on a Theme by Schubert

Olivier Chauzu
Naxos 8.573540

‘All in all, one appreciates Olivier Chauzu’s engaged, refined playing, which is without pretention… each of his discs reflects the portrayal of an artist of the highest calibre.’ – Diapason

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SIBELIUS, J.: Belshazzar's Feast / Overture in E Major / Scène de ballet / Cortège / Menuetto
Pajala, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573300

‘A wide-ranging and enjoyable tour of Sibelius’ music for the theatre.’
Audiophile Audition

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Stokowski Transcriptions
Walden, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Serebrier
Naxos 8.578305

‘Striking transcriptions all with the unmistakable Stokowski sound!’
KDFC Radio

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STRAVINSKY, I.: The Soldier's Tale
Biehl, Child, McGuire, Tianwa Yang, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, Falletta
Naxos 8.573537

‘There never was much doubt about this one. Naxos lined up its “A-Team” in the persons of Tianwa Yang, violin, and conductor JoAnn Falletta…’

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Accentus Music

BEETHOVEN, L. van / MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos
Znaider, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-20345

‘The essential qualities of the music shine through, unimpeded. ’
BBC Music Magazine

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Arthaus Musik

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fidelio (Zurich Opera, 2004)
Bermudez, Bidzinski, Groissböck, Kaufmann, Magnuson, Muff, Nylund, Polgar, Strehl, Zurich Opera House Chorus and Orchestra, Harnoncourt
Arthaus Musik 109224

‘This must be one of the best ever recorded Fidelio performances. The singers are outstanding, Harnoncourt is a tremendous conductor and the staging, so quite modern, is convincing too.’ – Pizzicato

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DVOŘÁK, A.: Symphony No. 8 / SUK, J.: Serenade
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900145

‘The evident delight [Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra] found in playing Dvořák’s joyous Symphony No. 8 in G major and the exuberant Carnival Overture makes this live disc one of their most enjoyable albums.’ –

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C Major

WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz (Semperoper Dresden, 2015)
Bauer, Dohmen, Erod, Jakubiak, Konig, Landshamer, Wartig, Zeppenfeld, Saxon State Opera Chorus, Dresden, Dresden Staatskapelle, Thielemann
C Major 733204 [Blu-ray] | 733108 [Blu-ray]

Der Freischütz remains a problematic opera, but Köhler was able to sweep away a lot of its cobwebs.’ – Opera News

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BUSONI, F.: Transcriptions
Holger Groschopp
Capriccio C5198

‘Groschopp’s suave balancing of lines and registers, instinct for tone color, intelligent tempo choices and large-scale sustaining power ideally serve Busoni’s aesthetic.’ –

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Grand Piano

GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 1 - Piano Works and Transcriptions
Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP677

‘Expert performances.’ – International Piano

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STRAUSS, R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten [Opera]
Baumgartner, Burger, Fritz, Hogrefe, Lazar, Magiera, Mayer, Porter, Rae, Stensvold, Volle, Wilson, Frankfurt Opera Chorus and Museum Orchestra, Weigle
OehmsClassics OC964

‘Conductor Sebastian Weigle and his Frankfurt forces conjure an orchestral carpet of considerable color.’ – Opera News

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LINDBERG, M.: Al largo / Cello Concerto No. 2 / Era
Karttunen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu
Ondine ODE1281-5

‘Throughout this stunningly performed and recorded disc, Lindberg shines as one of the most brilliant orchestrators of symphonic music of our time.’
Audiophile Audition

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OUR Recordings

Petri, Michala - ZAHNHAUSEN, M. / BOLLON, F. /
KOCHAN, G.: German and French Recorder Concertos (Recorder Recital)

Petri, Odense Symphony orchestra, Poppen
OUR Recordings 6.220614

‘Michala Petri is a flawless performer with stunning technical skills and a great charisma.’ – Pizzicato

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SWR Klassik

Duo d'Accord - MOSCHELES, I. / SCHUMANN, R. /
REINECKE, C.: Bachiana (Piano Duo Recital)

Duo d'Accord
SWR Klassik CD93.338

‘Pianists Huang and Euler, aka Duo d’Accord, are superb. This is extremely elegant, tautly controlled playing, devoid of flashiness, and rich in texture. This is a real gem.’ – Fanfare

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