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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!

ICMA 2012 Winners

PENDERECKI Viola Concerto, Cello Concerto No 2
Zhislin • Vassiljeva • Warsaw Philharmonic • Wit
Naxos 8.572211 [CD]

MAHLER Symphony No 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra • Abbado
Accentus Music ACC-20214 [DVD]

Carlos Kleiber – Traces to Nowhere
Carlos Kleiber

Arthaus Musik 101553 [DVD]

Grammy® 2012 Winners

ALDRIDGE Elmer Gantry [Opera]
Phares • Risley • Rideout • Kelley • Buck • Florentine Opera Chorus • Florentine Opera Company • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra • Boggs
Naxos 8.669032-33 [CD]


SCHWANTNER Percussion Concerto, Morning’s Embrace, Chasing Light…
Lamb • Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559678 [CD]


‘The performances by the Nashville Symphony under Giancarlo Guerrero are as brilliant and exuberant as the music itself, and are very well recorded.’

MACKEY Lonely Motel – Music from Slide
Eckert • Mackey • eighth blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-128 [CD]

Claude Frank 85th Birthday Celebration
Claude Frank
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92122 [CD]

Naxos CDs

ROUSSEL Le Festin de l’araignée, Padmâvatî Suites Nos 1 & 2
Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Denève
Naxos 8.572243 [CD]

‘Roussel’s balletic exposé of seething life in the insect world receives a vibrant performance from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Stéphane Denève’

‘This final installment provides a worthy and memorable conclusion to the series.’

BOWEN Viola Sonatas Nos 1 & 2, Phantasy
Bridge Duo
Naxos 8.572580 [CD]

‘Matthew Jones and Michael Hampton’s enthusiastic and sympathetic performances bring out Bowen’s style in spades’

‘The Bridge Duo—violist Matthew Jones and pianist Michael Hampton—are fully up to the challenge in a beautifully-recorded disc’
The WholeNote

BRAHMS Choral Music
Wolak • Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra • Wit
Naxos 8.572694 [CD]

‘marvellously sung and played’

Evening Songs (arr. for cello & piano) – DELIUS, IRELAND
Webber • Jiaxin Cheng • Lenehan
Naxos 8.572902 [CD]

‘ideal collection to while away the summer evenings’

GERSHWIN Concerto in F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations
Weiss • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
Naxos 8.559705 [CD]

‘The Second Rhapsody is very well played and conducted by the team of Orion Weiss and JoAnn Falletta, and comes across as a work of impressive brilliance and depth’

HANSON Symphony No 3, Merry Mount Suite
Seattle Symphony • Schwarz
Naxos 8.559702 [CD]

‘beautiful in a purely and uniquely American vein’

Chiang • Baltimore Chamber Orchestra • Thakar
Naxos 8.572162 [CD]

‘It is hard not to hold your breath as [Chiang] executes the amazing runs penned by Stamitz.’
Strings Magazine

STILL Symphonies Nos 2 & 3, Wood Notes
Fort Smith Symphony • Jeter
Naxos 8.559676 [CD]

‘This is very expressive and colorful music…It is the kind of playing a first hearing deserves.’
Classical 91.7 KUHA

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Arthaus Musik

Voigt • Fiorillo • Podleś Margison • Guelfi • Colombara • Liceu Grand Theatre Chorus • Orchestra • Callegari
Arthaus Musik 107291 [DVD]

‘this well staged performance…will not be bettered on film in the near future’
MusicWeb International

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major

Kinshasa Symphony
– A film by Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer
C Major 708308 [DVD]; C Major 709004 [Blu-Ray Video]

‘Required viewing for all in the affluent West who take part in group musical activities at any level.’

‘An inspiring story, movingly told.’
MusicWeb International

See C Major catalogue


NIELSEN The Masterworks Vol 1 – Orchestral Music
Danish National Symphony Orchestra • Schønwandt • Dausgaard
Dacapo 8.206002 [CD]

‘It is stunning in every respect…a mandatory acquisition’

See Dacapo catalogue


LANG New Love Must Rise
George • Mauro
Delos DE3410 [CD]

‘Lang’s music is full of appealing melodies and sophisticated harmonies but most of all, the songs have a freshness, an innocence of days gone by.’
MusicWeb International

See Delos catalogue


Argerich • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra • Temirkanov
EuroArts 2057894 [Blu-Ray Video]

‘It is a vivid and passionate performance with a huge dynamic range which has the audience applauding loudly, as it should.’
MusicWeb International

See EuroArts catalogue

ICA Classics

ROSSINI Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Panerai • Berganza • Alva • Covent Garden Opera Chorus & Orchestra • Guilini
ICA Classics ICAC5046 [CD]

‘a performance that takes wing and which captures the listener in its spell whatever its sonic or other limitations’
MusicWeb International

See ICA Classics catalogue

Idéale Audience

BEETHOVEN Missa Solemnis
Wilson • DeShong• Schukoff • Sherratt • Blankestijn • Gulbenkian Chorus • Chamber Orchestra of Europe • Nelson
Idéale Audience 3079358 [DVD]

‘The Gulbenkian Choir is fearless and exults in Beethoven’s demands’
BBC Music Magazine

‘the performance has done its job, and I am duly uplifted’

See Idéale Audience catalogue

Oehms Classics

HOLST The Planets
Hansjörg Albrecht
Oehms Classics OC683 [CD]

‘Organ music is a whole different experience in the excellent hi-res surround provided by Oehms’
Audiophile Audition

See Oehms Classics catalogue


Hvorostovsky • Ilja
Ondine ODE1207-2 [CD]

‘Hvorostovsky’s power and commitment, complemented by Ivari Ilja’s tumultuous pianism…monotony is avoided and the overall effect of the recital is overwhelming’
Daily Telegraph (UK)

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

STRAVINSKY The Rake’s Progress
Lehtipuu • Persson • Rose • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Glyndebourne Chorus • Jurowski
Opus Arte OABD7094D [Blu-Ray Video]

‘an endless delight that will go along way to getting this under-rated opera in many homes’

See Opus Arte catalogue

OUR Recordings

PRAULINS The Nightingale
BÖRTZ Nemesis divina
BRUUN 2 Scenes with Skylar

Petri • Danish National Vocal Ensemble • Layton
OUR Recordings 6.220605 [CD]

‘This is an unequivocal treat for connoisseurs of fine choral singing and recorder lovers alike.’

See OUR Recordings catalogue

Solo Musica

Chanson Vocalise
Berger • Gallardo
Solo Musica SM165 [CD]

‘Glorious music from Rachmaninov presented with two fascinating contemporary scores from Suslin makes this Solo Musica release worth investigating.’
MusicWeb International

See Solo Musica 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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