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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Mstislav Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow
Mstislav Rostropovich: The Indomitable Bow
A film by Bruno Monsaingeon
Naxos 2.110583 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0082V)

‘Absorbing film that captures the very human essence of a cello legend.’
The Strad


HANDEL, G.F. • LEO, L.: Rinaldo (1718 Naples version) [Opera]
HANDEL, G.F. • LEO, L.: Rinaldo (1718 Naples version) [Opera]
Iervolino • Remigio • Fernández-Rueda • Castellano • Ascioti • Savinova • Orchestra La Scintilla • Luisi
Dynamic DYN-37831 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57831) and CD (CDS7831.03)

‘Handel’s Rinaldo—though not as we know it. This film of a Neapolitan reworking is an intriguing and fascinating addition to the opera catalogue.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

ATTAINGNANT, P.: Harpsichord Works
ATTAINGNANT, P.: Harpsichord Works
Glen Wilson
Naxos 8.572999

‘I strongly commend this disc to any lover of keyboard music. It will certainly fill a gap in his or her collection.’
MusicWeb International


AUBER, D.-F.: La Sirène [Opera]
AUBER, D.-F.: La Sirène [Opera]
Crousaud • Lorthiois • Flabat • Les Métaboles • Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes • Reiland
Naxos 8.660436


‘Jeanne Crousaud sings the title role with a luminous, well timbred voice.’
Pizzicato


BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Piano Concerto • Symphonic Overtures Nos. 1 and 2
BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Piano Concerto • Symphonic Overtures Nos. 1 and 2
Filipec • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • Cassuto
Naxos 8.573903
‘This is a terrific disc full of wide-ranging music.’
ClassicsToday.com


BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
Tianwa Yang • Gabriel Schwabe • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Wit
Naxos 8.573772

‘This is one of the very best recordings of the Double Concerto in the entire catalogue.’
Pizzicato


CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello and Piano Works
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello and Piano Works
Dindo • Marangoni
Naxos 8.573881


‘Chamber gems receives a premiere recording here and is a delight among many.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The performance of Enrico Dindo and Alessandro Marangoni is excellent throughout.’
MusicWeb International


CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta]
CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta]
D’Oustrac • Mortagne • Guilmette • Varnier • Dutch National Opera Chorus • Residentie Orkest The Hague • Fournillier
Naxos 2.110595 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0091V)


COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
Detroit Symphony • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559862

‘You couldn’t ask for a better combination than Slatkin and the Detroiters in bringing out his [Copland] personality in the music.’
AllMusic.com


‘Played with terrific swagger by Slatkin’s Detroit forces.’
BBC Music Magazine


HOWELLS, H.: Chamber Music – String Quartet No. 3 • Piano Quartet • Lady Audrey’s Suite
HOWELLS, H.: Chamber Music – String Quartet No. 3 • Piano Quartet • Lady Audrey’s Suite
Dante Quartet • Gould Piano Trio • D. Adams
Naxos 8.573913

‘This disc contains music-making of such energy, clear-sightedness and passion that sceptics may wonder where Howells has been all their lives’
Gramophone


KAPUSTIN, N.: Complete Chamber Works for Flute – Flute Sonata • Divertissement • A Little Duo • Trio
KAPUSTIN, N.: Complete Chamber Works for Flute – Flute Sonata • Divertissement • A Little Duo • Trio
I. Davis • Kuenzel • P. Shin • Jarka • Lovelace
Naxos 8.579024

‘Superb performances, especially, Davis’ skill on flute deserves special recognition.’
Record Geijutsu


LIPINSKI, K.: Trios for 2 Violins and Cello, Opp. 8 and 12
LIPINSKI, K.: Trios for 2 Violins and Cello, Opp. 8 and 12
Proniewicz • A. and J. Roszkowski
Naxos 8.573776


‘We must welcome these excellent performances and recommend them to everybody who is fond of chamber music.’
Pizzicato


MARX, J.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 – Natur-Trilogie (Nature Trilogy)
MARX, J.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 – Natur-Trilogie (Nature Trilogy)
Bochum Symphony • Sloane
Naxos 8.573831

‘A banquet where every course is a dish of superbly done profiteroles’
American Record Guide


POPPER, D.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1-4
POPPER, D.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1-4
Rummel • Mari Kato • Czech Chamber Philharmonic • Pardubice • T. Evans
Naxos 8.573930


‘Rollicking tunes and inventive figuration make for a fun listen.’
BBC Music Magazine



QUAYLE, M.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3
QUAYLE, M.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3
Avalon String Quartet
Naxos 8.559851

‘This will delight listeners again and again.’
American Record Guide


RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.574025

‘This is a tremendous account of the complete Preludes, and on a very fine instrument very well recorded.’
MusicWeb International


‘Colourful and poetic Rachmaninov preludes from Giltburg’
iClassical

‘This is a fascinating account of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes, very coherent, rich, colourful and pulsating.’
Pizzicato


RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Roman Festivals • Fountains of Rome • Pines of Rome
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Roman Festivals • Fountains of Rome • Pines of Rome
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.574013

‘A strong album challenging all other works previously done.’
Record Geijutsu


Songs of Russian Composers – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. • RACHMANINOV, S.
Songs of Russian Composers – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. • RACHMANINOV, S.
Gritskova • Prinz
Naxos 8.573908

‘This is by some margin the best recital with Russian songs I’ve heard for many moons! Don’t miss it!’
MusicWeb International


WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera]
WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera]
Kleiter • Liebau • König • Groissböck • Coro E Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scalla • Myung-Whun Chung
Naxos 2.110597 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0092V)


‘Weber’s Der Freischütz at Milan’s Scala under the direction of Myung-Whun Chung is a great success.’
Pizzicato


WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
M. Mitchell • London Chamber Ensemble
Naxos 8.571380


‘The London Chamber Ensemble play with exemplary reciprocity, conviction and persuasive charm throughout.’
Classical Ear

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS RELEASES

DURRELL, G.: The Aye-aye and I (Unabridged)
DURRELL, G.: The Aye-aye and I (Unabridged)
Rupert Degas
Naxos AudioBooks NA0357

‘Oh, the utter delight of adventuring in Madagascar with the late English naturalist Gerald Durrell and his poly-voiced narrator, Rupert Degas, who beautifully channels Durrell’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (arr. G. Kremer for violin)
WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (arr. G. Kremer for violin)
Gidon Kremer
Accentus Music ACC-30476

‘All in all, this is a fascinating and expressively inclusive opus to which Kremer does justice with his resourceful and idiomatic transcription’
Gramophone


MOZART, W.A.: String Quintets Nos. 1-6
MOZART, W.A.: String Quintets Nos. 1-6
R. Capuçon • Ibragimova • Caussé • Hennino • Hagen
belvedere edition BVE08004

‘It’s not only instructive to watch and a thing of beauty to behold, but on these two discs is music-making of the highest order.’
Fanfare


RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Festival • FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D Minor
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Russian Easter Festival • FRANCK, C.: Symphony in D Minor
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Kondraschin
BR-Klassik 900704


‘The finale is urgent and absolutely brilliant, far away from any heaviness and grandeur that other conductors have celebrated in this piece’
Pizzicato


MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera]
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera]
D’Arcangelo • Concetti • Remigioi • Papatanasiu • Iori • Miller • Fondazione Orchestra Regionale delle Marche • Frizza
C Major 749308 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (749404)

‘This production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is especially attractive because of the inventive staging.’
Pizzicato



Blues Dialogues – BAKER, D.N. • PERKINSON, C.-T. • STILL, W.G. • DACOSTA, N.
Blues Dialogues – BAKER, D.N. • PERKINSON, C.-T. • STILL, W.G. • DACOSTA, N.
Barton Pine • Hagle
Cedille CDR90000-182


‘The standout work is Filter, from Daniel Bernard Roumain, brought to life in Pine’s dynamic and versatile performance.’
Limelight


HOLTEN, B.: Gesualdo – Shadows [Opera]
HOLTEN, B.: Gesualdo – Shadows [Opera]
Henning-Jensen • Lind • Kappelin • Thomsen • Paevatalu • Ingels • Jakobson • Musica Ficta • Concerto Copenhagen • Holten
Dacapo 2.110428

‘Musica Ficta offers superb work throughout, expertly handling the many quotations from Gesualdo’s own madrigals and motets, and taking solo parts as well.’
Opera News


A te, o cara – BELLINI, V. • DONIZETTI, G. • VERDI, G.
A te, o cara – BELLINI, V. • DONIZETTI, G. • VERDI, G.
Costello • Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra • Orbelian
Delos DE3541

‘Costello’s performance is supplely endearing and remarkably convincing.’
Opera News


ELGAR, E.: Violin Concerto • Violin Sonata
ELGAR, E.: Violin Concerto • Violin Sonata
Irnberger • Korstick • Royal Philharmonic • Judd
Gramola99141


‘Thomas Albertus Irnberger presents a soulful and expressive performance of Edward Elgar’s Violin Concerto.’
Pizzicato


TSINTSADZE, S.: 24 Preludes for Piano
TSINTSADZE, S.: 24 Preludes for Piano
Inga Fiolia
Grand Piano GP783

‘Inga Fiolia achieves in this recording the perfect balance between highly virtuoso elegance, which always remains noble and exciting’
Klassik heute


JANÁČEK, L.: The Cunning Little Vixen [Opera]
JANÁČEK, L.: The Cunning Little Vixen [Opera]
Alder • Carlstedt • Neal • Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester • Chor und Kinderchor der Oper Frankfurt • Debus
OehmsClassics OC982

‘This Frankfurt recording of the opera The Cunning Little Vixen is a must for all who love Janáček and have ears for something special.’
www.klassik.com


SCHUMANN, R.: Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra • Adagio and Allegro • SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Morceau de concert • GLIÈRE, R.: Horn Concerto
SCHUMANN, R.: Konzertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra • Adagio and Allegro • SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Morceau de concert • GLIÈRE, R.: Horn Concerto
Maskuniitty • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic • Oramo
Ondine ODE1339-2

‘This entire programme is an absolute delight.’
Gramophone


VERDI, G.: Il Trovatore [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Il Trovatore [Opera]
Kunde • Haroutounian • Bilyy • Rachvelishvili • Royal Opera Chorus • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Farnes
Opus Arte OA1262D [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7238D)

‘The cast in this 2017 performance from Covent Garden fares better than most.’
Opera News


SCHUMANN, R.: Spanisches Liederspiel • BRAHMS, J.: 18 Liebeslieder Waltzes
SCHUMANN, R.: Spanisches Liederspiel • BRAHMS, J.: 18 Liebeslieder Waltzes
E. Mathis • Fassbaender • P. Schreier • W. Berry • Werba • Schilhawsky
Orfeo C953181B

American Recorder Concertos – HICKEY, S. • NEWMAN, A. • SIERRA, R. • STUCKY, S.
American Recorder Concertos – HICKEY, S. • NEWMAN, A. • SIERRA, R. • STUCKY, S.
Petri • Tivoli Copenhagen Phil • Shelley • Danish National Symphony Orchestra • Lan Shui • Royal Danish Academy of Music Concert Band • Thorel • Nordic String Quartet
OUR Recordings 8.226912

‘The coherent, stirring program is splendidly played and also very well recorded.’
Pizzicato


Citizen – CHOPIN, F. • GASSER, N. • GROSS, A. • STILL, W.G.
Citizen – CHOPIN, F. • GASSER, N. • GROSS, A. • STILL, W.G.
Bruce Levingston
Sono Luminus DSL-92228


‘The piano recording has exceptional presence with an excellent sense of the instrument’s volume.’
The Absolute Sound


The  Michel Petrucciani Trio: One Night in Karlsruhe
The Michel Petrucciani Trio: One Night in Karlsruhe
Petrucciani • Peacock • Haynes
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-476

Yuko Mabuchi plays Miles Davis
Yuko Mabuchi plays Miles Davis
Yuko Mabuchi • Kirkpatrick • Atkins • Breton
Yarlung Records YAR88171

‘It is compelling. It is lively. It is at times explosive. It is always original and filled with intensely new musical ideas from many old Miles favorites.’
Positive Feedback Online




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