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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!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

HIGDON, J.: All Things Majestic / Viola Concerto / Oboe Concerto
HIGDON, J.: All Things Majestic / Viola Concerto / Oboe Concerto
Button, Díaz, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559823

‘The performances do the music proud, with Roberto Diaz (viola) and James Button (oboe) the excellent soloists, and Giancarlo Guerrero leading the Nashville Symphony with unflagging enthusiasm.’
ClassicsToday.com

‘Guerrero guides his ensemble through a performance in which both details and arching statements are set forth to resplendent effect.’
Gramophone

‘This is another winning concerto. James Button plays it splendidly and one readily senses a true partnership with the Nashville Symphony and Giancarlo Guerrero.’ – MusicWeb International


WAGNER, R. / BERLIOZ, H. / SCHUMANN, R. / DVOŘÁK, A.: Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 4 (1968-2014) (Orchestral and Choral Music)
WAGNER, R. / BERLIOZ, H. / SCHUMANN, R. / DVOŘÁK, A.: Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 4 (1968-2014) (Orchestral and Choral Music)
Various Artists
SWR Classic SWR19028CD

‘Michael Gielen is the sort of conductor whose recordings provide a slow burn: not for instant gratification, but a mass of interpretative subtleties that emerge more clearly with each successive encounter, the sort of privilege that only recordings can afford. An absolute winner.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Johnson Cano, Thibaudet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559790

‘Marin Alsop’s performances of these works are excellent and brilliantly played and recorded.’ – American Record Guide


DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" / Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant
DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" /
Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant

Rivalland, Orchestre National de Lille, Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573596

‘Darrell Ang leads a bold, gutsy performance, swiftly paced and played with great confidence.’ – ClassicsToday.com


FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571374

‘These quartets have found their true advocates in the Villiers Quartet, who surmount every challenge with consummate mastery and committed musicianship.’ – MusicWeb International


HINDEMITH, P.: Complete String Quartets
HINDEMITH, P.: Complete String Quartets
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.503290

‘This is the recording that Hindemith’s string quartets have waited for and deserved.’ – MusicWeb International


MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Sonata for Violin Alone / The Two Fiddlers: Dances / Violin Sonata / A Voyage to Fair Isle
MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Sonata for Violin Alone /
The Two Fiddlers: Dances / Violin Sonata / A Voyage to Fair Isle

D. and V. Ceccanti, Canino, Fossi
Naxos 8.573599


‘Peter Maxwell Davies’s violin chamber works reunited on this disc form one appealing program intensely played by very talented musicians.’
Pizzicato


NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains / Lady Godiva / Eternal Longing
NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains / Lady Godiva / Eternal Longing
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573683


‘Relatively neglected but richly colorful scores by Novak have opulent realization from the BPO under JoAnn Falletta.’ – Audiophile Audition


PUCCINI, G.: Complete Songs
PUCCINI, G.: Complete Songs
Stoyanova, Prinz
Naxos 8.573501


‘High praise for this CD release, which reveals another, unknown Puccini…’
Klassiek Centraal


‘The CD is…vocally fascinating. [Stoyanova] sings this music with a lot of love, skill and good taste.’ – Rondo

‘A valuable collection of rarely heard songs excellently sung by Krassimira Stoyanova.’ – MusicWeb International


RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Antar (after Rimsky-Korsakov) / Shéhérazade
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 5 - Antar (after Rimsky-Korsakov) / Shéhérazade
Druet, Dussollier, Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573448


‘This is a most rewarding CD, with Ravel’s nearly unknown incidental music Antar and the three Shéhérazade songs.’ – Pizzicato


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a / Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a /
Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a

Kiev Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Yablonsky
Naxos 8.573601


‘Playing with great intensity, Dmitry Yablonsky and the Kiev Virtuosi dig deep in Shostakovich’s music and grippingly show the composer’s torn feelings.’
Pizzicato


SMIRNOV, G.: Dowson Songs / Chaconne
SMIRNOV, G.: Dowson Songs / Chaconne
Bakari, Daurov, Valianatos
Naxos 8.579006

‘Much of this expressive music is sweet and gentle and is sung expressively by a tenor with a sweet and gentle voice.’ – American Record Guide


WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre [Opera]
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre [Opera]
DeYoung, Goerne, Lang, Melton, Skelton, Struckmann,
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden

Naxos 8.660394-97


‘Van Zweden's Wagner cycle goes from strength to strength.’ – Limelight


INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, "Pathétique", 14, "Moonlight" and 23, "Appassionata"
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, "Pathétique", 14, "Moonlight" and 23, "Appassionata"
Sunwook Kim
Accentus Music ACC-30409

‘Kim is blessed with technical command, intelligence and communicative flair in equal measure and at a very high level. ’ – Gramophone



DONIZETTI, G.: Roberto Devereux (Teatro Real, 2015)
Caria, Devia, Kunde, Mastroni, Sanabria, Tro Santafe,
Madrid Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra, Campanella

Bel Air Classiques BAC430 [Blu-ray] | BAC130 [DVD]

‘The show belongs to Devia, and it’s to her happy credit that neither age nor arachnophilia gets in her way.’ – Opera News


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3
Romberger, Augsburger Domsingknaben, Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Haitink
BR-Klassik 900149

‘Bernard Haitink is the finest living interpreter of the big symphonies…’
BBC Music Magazine


SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise (visualized by William Kentridge)
Goerne, Hinterhäuser
C Major 738104 [Blu-ray] | 738008 [DVD]

‘It’s fascinating viewing, by turns enchanting and disquieting’ – Gramophone


DVOŘÁK, A.: The Spectre's Bride [Cantata]
DVOŘÁK, A.: The Spectre's Bride [Cantata]
Breslik, Plachetka, Šaturová, Wiener Singakademie, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Meister
Capriccio C5315


‘The performance is very good, with Cornelius Meister giving the music a lot of passion and drama without neglecting the more lyrical side.’ – Pizzicato


BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quintet / SCHUMANN, R.: String Quartet No. 1
BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quintet / SCHUMANN, R.: String Quartet No. 1
Pressler, Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-170

‘As you’d expect, this is not Brahms of driving energy, yet you are constantly aware that Pressler is a supreme chamber musician and the way he can illuminate even the most familiar passage is constantly fascinating.’
Gramophone


Barton, Jamie - MAHLER, G. / DVOŘÁK, A. / SIBELIUS, J.: All Who Wander (Vocal Recital)
Barton, Jamie - MAHLER, G. / DVOŘÁK, A. / SIBELIUS, J.: All Who Wander (Vocal Recital)
Barton, Zeger
Delos DE3494

‘The extraordinary voice [of Barton] provides pleasure up and down its range—and throughout this recital.’ – Opera News


SAGYRBAYULY, K. / ZHUBANOVA, G.A. / TOLEGEN, M. / ZHAIYM, A. / QAZANGAPULY, T.: Kazakh Classical Music (Chamber Music)
SAGYRBAYULY, K. / ZHUBANOVA, G.A. / TOLEGEN, M. / ZHAIYM, A. / QAZANGAPULY, T.: Kazakh Classical Music (Chamber Music)
Kazakh State String Quartet
Divox CDX-21501-6


‘Full-blooded performances, vivid in feeling and passionate, of a colourful program with chamber music from Kazakhstan.’ – Pizzicato


MERCADANTE, S.: Francesca da Rimini [Opera]
Bonilla, Martinez, Matteo, Rivas, Sungu, Wakizono, Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Cluj-Napoca Philharmonic Orchestra,
Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Luisi

Dynamic DYN-57753 [Blu-ray] | DYN-37753 [DVD] | CDS7753.03 [CD]

‘If you want to hear bel canto magnificently performed by singers you have probably never heard of, go out and buy the discs right now.’ – Gramophone

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USTVOLSKAYA, G.I. / SILVESTROV, V. / KANCHELI, G.: Piano and Orchestra Works
USTVOLSKAYA, G.I. / SILVESTROV, V. / KANCHELI, G.: Piano and Orchestra Works
Blumina, Spitschka, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Sanderling
Grand Piano GP678

‘These performances are well prepared and committed. Elisaveta Blumina has a lovely delicate tone in the meditative works by Silvestrov and Kancheli but is appropriately robust…’ – MusicWeb International


Chylek, Friederike - BYRD, W. / DOWLAND, J. / FARNABY, G. / JOHNSON, R. / PURCELL, H. / TOMKINS, T.: Time Stands Still (Harpsichord Recital)
Chylek, Friederike - BYRD, W. / DOWLAND, J. / FARNABY, G. /
JOHNSON, R. / PURCELL, H. / TOMKINS, T.: Time Stands Still (Harpsichord Recital)

Chylek Friederike
OehmsClassics OC1864

‘The performances by harpsichordist Friederike Chylek are delightfully elegant and sensitive.’ – American Record Guide


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 5
Vogt, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Ondine ODE1292-2

‘Vogt shows the brilliance and the beauty of these two majestic works of the classic piano concerto literature.’ – Classic FM


GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014)
Davis, Moran, Silverman, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Philip Glass Ensemble, Riesman
Opus Arte OABD7173D [Blu-ray] | OA1178D [DVD]

‘This DVD, filmed at Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet during the 2014–15 international tour, may be the next best thing.’ – Opera News

Buy now

CHOPIN, F.: Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25
CHOPIN, F.: Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25
Amir Katz
Orfeo C922171A


‘Amir Katz is a pianist of intelligence and sensibility, and his set of Chopin Etudes is very personal, fresh and well sustained.’ – Pizzicato

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FRANÇAIX, J.: Clarinet Music
FRANÇAIX, J.: Clarinet Music
D. Ashkenazy, Glemser, Yvonne Lang, Meinich, Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, Mueller
Paladino Music PMR0074

‘The music is so captivatingly charming and the playing is so unutterably good.’
MusicWeb International



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