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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 CDs

BRITTEN, B.: Reflections - Violin and Viola Works
M. Jones, Thwaite
Naxos 8.573136

Jones’s playing of both instruments enthrals. Annabel Thwaite’s accompaniments, beautifully shaded and weighted, are on the same superb level. - BBC Music Magazine

CAGE, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 1
Pestova, Meyer
Naxos 8.559726

lively, alert, and even virtuosic readings - Fanfare

beyond fabulous rhythmics, both of the pianists achieve in giving a soul to this very special music - Pizzicato

HAYDN, J.: Piano Trios, Vol. 4 - Nos. 8-12
Bartolozzi Trio
Naxos 8.573128

I found it a most enjoyable hour of Haydn. - MusicWeb International

KARAYEV, K.: 7 Beauties Ballet Suite / The Path of Thunder (Azerbaijani Composers, Vol. 4)
Royal Philharmonic, Yablonsky
Naxos 8.573122

red-blooded performances - BBC Music Magazine

MOERAN, E.J.: In the Mountain Country / Rhapsodies /
Overture for a Masque

Frith, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573106

The orchestration is creative and the piano interacts beguilingly with all the instruments and has some very lovely lines on its own, lines that Frith delineates with delicacy. - The Buffalo News

extremely enjoyable release that deserves wide circulation

MONTSALVATGE, X.: Madrigal sobre un tema popular /
5 Invocaciones al Crucificado / Folia daliniana

S.Cooke, Fain, Perspectives Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573101

elegant, refined and piquant - The New York Times

PAINE, J.K.: As You Like it Overture / The Tempest /
Symphony No. 1

Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.559747

the performances are completely satisfying, and very well recorded too

persuasively crafted, making these regal, beautifully played and recorded accounts impossible to dismiss - The New York Times

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Valses nobles et sentimentales / Gaspard de la nuit
Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.572888

subtle and delightful - International Record Review

SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval
Nashville Symphony, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559738

gorgeous rhythms and bright colors - Pizzicato

TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music - Ballades Nos. 1-3 / Arabesques /
Suite dans le style ancien / 5 Impressions / 8 Cantilenes

Naxos 8.573021


steel-edged, brilliantly articulated fingerwork -

TURINA, J.: Piano Music, Vol. 9 - Rincones sevillanos /
Por las calles de Sevilla / Contemplacion

Naxos 8.572915

Masó brilliantly advocates a fascinating but overlooked Spanish composer
- American Record Guide

VASKS, P.: Flute Concerto / Flute Sonata / Aria e danza / Landscape with Birds
M. Faust, S. Arnold, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä, P. Gallois
Naxos 8.572634

This is an album as remarkable for the extraordinary quality of Faust’s playing as for the quality of the music. - Fanfare

WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 12 / The Golden Key Suite No. 4
St. Petersburg State Symphony, Lande
Naxos 8.573085


a performance that is incisive and powerfully committed
- BBC Music Magazine

ZEMLINSKY, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Nos. 3 and 4
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.572813

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Naxos Audiobooks

RUSSELL, B.: History of Western Philosophy (A) (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0136

A worthy choice for libraries looking for a one-volume history of Western philosophy. - Library Journal

See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue

Accentus Music

MOZART, W.A.: Requiem
Accentus Music ACC-20258 [DVD], ACC-10258 [Blu-ray]

The undisputed focal point here is the conductor himself, whose soulful intensity, both heard and seen, makes this video an important complement to any of the fine recordings in the catalogue. - Opera News

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller (2012) (Blu-ray, HD)
Malmö Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Güttler
Arthaus 108088

splendid sound, never harsh or bright but always fulsome and vast, and expert cinematography - Audiophile Audition

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


SCHNITTKE, A.: Choir Concerto / 3 Sacred Hymns /
Voices of Nature / PÄRT, A.: Dopo la vittoria

Bavarian Radio Chorus, Dijkstra
BR-Klassik 900505

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

VERDI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Blu-ray, HD)
DiGiacomo, DeYoung, Grigolo, D'Arcangelo, Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel

C Major 714804

The Los Angeles performance has star quality. - MusicWeb International

See C Major catalogue


ZANI, A.: Cello Concertos (Complete)
Rummel, Kolner Akademie, Willens
Capriccio C5145

[Rummel] is a master of a range of expression from the virtuosic to the mysterious that makes these works come alive. - American Record Guide

See Capriccio catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 /
SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4)

Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-145

There is a wintry beauty in the Pacifica’s rendition of these tormented quartets and even where the mood is bleak, the sound radiates warmth and reconciliation. - The New York Times

See Cedille catalogue


RIISAGER, K.: Violin Works
Hansen, Iwan, Bjorkoe
Dacapo 6.220594

Impeccable and sympathetic musicianship combines with a first-rate sonic experience to make this an appetizing album. -

See Dacapo catalogue


HICKEY, S.: Cello Concerto / Clarinet Concerto
Fiterstein, Kouzov
Delos DE3448

This is not a concerto that overwhelms with ferocious passagework or impossibly dense chords, but rather, one that beguiles gradually in its three lightly scored movements. - The Juilliard Journal Online

See Delos catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

Chamber Music - LINCOLN-DECUSATIS, N. / HALLMAN, J. / BOYER, J. (Sprung Rhythm)
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92170

brilliant accounts of characterful instrumental pieces - The New York Times

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue

Grand Piano

BABADJANIAN, A.H.: Piano Solo Works (Complete)
Grand Piano GP674

Here is more extremely good and fulfilling work done by Grand Piano with a well documented and recorded recital played to the manner born by Hayk Melikyan. - MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

IVES, C.: 3 Places in New England /
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 4 (NTSC)

Boston Symphony, Tilson Thomas
ICA Classics ICAD5111

an important document of the early stages of a crucial Boston partnership
- The Boston Globe

See ICA Classics catalogue

MDR Klassik

LISZT, F.: Symphonic Poems - Les Preludes / Prometheus / Hamlet / Die Ideale
Leipzig MDR Symphony, Märkl
MDR Klassik MDR1204

If this is the beginning of a Liszt symphonic poem cycle, it’s off to a great start. - American Record Guide

See MDR Klassik catalogue

Newton Classics

GOLINELLI, S.: Piano Music
Newton Classics NC8802181

Francesco Giammarco’s playing is consistently confident and penetrating.
- American Record Guide

See Newton Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

JOLIVET, A.: Chamber music for Oboe and Cor Anglais
Schilli, Karg, C. Bianchi, Postinghel, Klinger, Triendl
Oehms Classics OC875

See Oehms Classics catalogue


MADETOJA, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3 / Okon Fuoko Suite
Helsinki Philharmonic, Storgårds
Ondine ODE1211-2

rhythmically zesty and bold account -

See Ondine catalogue

Solo Musica

MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 23 /
CHOPIN, F.: Variations, Op. 2 /
SCHUMANN, R.: Piano Concerto, Op. 54

Solo Musica SM189

No extravagance, no special effects but a lot of elegance, refinement and warmness. - Pizzicato

See Solo Musica catalogue


Organ Duo Recital: Ianella, Federica / Maccaroni, Giuliana - BELLINI, V. / DONIZETTI, G. / MOZART, W.A. / ROSSINI, G.A. (Atmosfere Teatrali)
Iannella, Maccaroni
Tactus TC750001

It would be hard not to enjoy these idiomatic performances on an instrument which produces such pungent and characterful sounds. - MusicWeb International

See Tactus catalogue

Yarlung Records

ZEISL, E.: Little Symphony after Pictures of Roswitha Bitterlich / November / Concerto Grosso for Cello and Orchestra
Lysy, Stulberg
Yarlung Records YAR96820

This is an all-around magnificent release, and not just for the music, which ranges from stunningly beautiful and deeply moving to rib-tickling funny. - Fanfare

See Yarlung Records catalogue

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