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!
‘Hagen traverses the centuries fluidly and coherently, at one point evoking Sondheim. Justine Aronson and Joseph Gaines (members, as are all the soloists, of the Philadelphia-based song festival Lyric Fest) have the flexible, immediately engaging quality of the best cabaret singers.’ – Opera News
‘Music and readings that are telling, tough, thoughtful, emotionally fleet and powerfully recorded.’ – MusicWeb International
‘This may well be the finest single collection of Diamond’s music, and surely one played by a great interpreter who understands his aesthetic. You need to hear it, particularly the symphony!’ – The Art Music Lounge
‘The complete cycle of Grainger’s music for wind band by the Royal Norwegian Navy Band is cause for celebration. The intonation is flawless, and conductor Bjarte Engeset has a feel for Grainger’s music.’ – AllMusic.com
‘Marin Alsop’s finely differentiated and nuanced interpretation with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra floods the music with a pleasantly warm evening light and always seems to remind us that this piece is a ballet.’ – Pizzicato
‘With the Piano Concertos Nos 4 & 5 Romain Descharmes and Marc Soustrot complete a highly successful series with lively and genuinely French piano playing as well as a finely shaped and richly detailed orchestral accompaniment.’ – Pizzicato
‘There is absolutely no reason these concertos, especially the Fourth, should not be as common as Schumann’s on concert programs, and Descharmes and Soustrot have advanced the music toward this goal. Highly recommended.’ – AllMusic.com
‘Winning performances of both the Violin Concertos by Sibelius and Stravinsky. Wang’s approach of the Sibelius Concerto is deep and communicates in the first two movements the sense of atmosphere and mystery of the work, while the last movement is truly joyous.’ – Pizzicato
‘A lot of enthusiasm characterizes Rodolfo Leone’s performances. The Italian pianist, winner of the Vienna Beethoven Competition, shows a strong, generous, and imaginative personality and thus proves a very good Beethoven performer.’ – Pizzicato
‘Michael Endres brilliantly captures the gentle elegance and sublimity of these character pieces, and because he plays with a refinement that stops well short of preciosity, the performances convey sentiment without a trace of sentimentality, and exude a sophistication that at times seems quite modern, suggestive of Poulenc avant la lettre.’ – AllMusic.com
‘The excellent Danish National Vocal Ensemble under its director Marcus Creed illuminates the four works with a sensitive and committed singing.’ – Pizzicato
‘This is one of the most enjoyable discs I have reviewed in some time. With exemplary performances and recorded sound, the SACD should be in the collection of anyone who cares about twentieth-century choral music.’ – MusicWeb International
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