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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 Releases

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 and 2
Wallisch, Ensō String Quartet
Naxos 8.570572

‘Ensō String Quartet is of a like mind, playing these two gorgeous works as if they were the richest Hungarian gulyás, with a Dobos torta for dessert’

DOVE, J.: Song Cycles - All You Who Sleep Tonight / Out of Winter / Ariel (English Song, Vol. 23)
Booth, Bardon, Spence, Matthews-Owen
Naxos 8.573080

‘Spence’s diction is as exemplary as his vocalism.’ – Fanfare

GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets" (Blu-Ray Audio)
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0041
Also available in CD: Naxos 8.573161

‘This is simultaneously the most intellectually illuminating and the most emotionally wrenching recording of this score ever made.’ – Fanfare

HOVHANESS, A.: Symphony No. 48 / Prelude and Quadruple Fugue / Soprano Saxophone Concerto
Banaszak, Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, Schwarz
Naxos 8.559755

‘Gerard Schwarz does his usual fine job with all three works, galvanizing the players of the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra to a welcome degree of corporate integrity’ –

RESPIGHI, O.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2 / PICK-MANGIAGALLI, R.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete)
Bernecoli, Bianchi
Naxos 8.573130

‘captivating performance’ – Musica

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / Danse Macabre / Cypres et Lauriers
Warnier, Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573331

‘Vincent Warnier plays brilliantly throughout.’ – Mail on Sunday

SCHUMANN, R.: Carnaval / Davidsbündlertänze / Papillons
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573399

‘vivid, subtle performances’ – The Sunday Times, London

STANKOVYCH, Y.: Symphonies Nos. 1, 2 and 4
National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Kuchar
Naxos 8.555741

‘The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine offers spectacular, even larger than life readings under the impressive baton of Theodore Kuchar.’

ZEMLINSKY, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 1 and 2
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.573088

‘The Escher Quartet achieves a near-impossible balance’
BBC Music Magazine

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10299 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20299 [DVD]

‘A moving, powerful Mahler Ninth from one of today’s leading conductor/ensemble relationships.’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

HANDEL, G.F.: Ariodante (ENO, 1996) (Blu-ray)
Murray, Rodgers, English National Opera, Bolton
Arthaus Musik 108126

‘Bravi tutti! Excellent singers, excellent conducting, excellent staging: one couldn’t ask more for this marvelous opera!’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


HAYDN, J.: Schöpfung (Die)
Tilling, Padmore, Müller-Brachmann, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Haitink
BR-Klassik 900125

‘Haitink brings all his authority, wisdom and long experience to bear on this performance to telling effect: nothing is wasted, nothing overstated, nothing misjudged’ – Choir & Organ

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

STRAUSS, R.: Rosenkavalier (Der) (Salzburg Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD)
Stoyanova, Groissböck, Koch, Erdmann, Eröd, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Welser-Möst
C Major 719404

‘This is one of today’s rare opera productions bringing satisfaction from the musical as well as from the visual point of view. A fine staging, mostly outstanding singers and an outstanding orchestral playing make this videodisc worthwhile.’ – Pizzicato

See C Major catalogue


STRAUSS, R.: Heldenleben (Ein) / Metamorphosen
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Meister
Capriccio C5208

‘superbly played and spontaneous’ – Gramophone

See Capriccio catalogue


TURINA, J.: Chamber Music
Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-150

‘This is wonderful music, wonderfully played and superbly recorded.’

See Cedille catalogue

Grand Piano

HAMMOND, P.: Miniatures and Modulations
Michael McHale
Grand Piano GP702

‘Tunes noted by Edward Bunting at the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792, given fresh range and resonance in Philip Hammond’s re-imagined treatments. McHale plays them with great verve and alacrity.’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Grand Piano catalogue

Newton Classics

STRAVINSKY, I.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete)
van Keulen, Mustonen
Newton Classics NC8802062

‘There’s more Stravinsky for violin and piano than you might think, and this two-disc set stands alone as the best possible recording of it.’

See Newton Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 6 (ed. L. Nowak)
Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Young
Oehms Classics OC687

‘Young and the Hamburg Philharmonic deliver an impassioned and visionary performance that compels the listener to explore the piece in one sitting, and the experience is highly rewarding.’

See Oehms Classics catalogue


ENGLUND, E.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5 / The Great Wall of China Suite
Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Klas
Ondine ODE961-2

‘gripping, cogent, and virtuosic’ –

See Ondine catalogue

Solo Musica

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5
Duo Leonore
Solo Musica SM210

‘Maja Weber and Per Lundberg unite probing intellectual insight and profoundly felt emotional expression with playing of impeccable—dare I say, perfect?—execution to achieve performances of these sonatas which, in my experience, are second to none.’ – Fanfare

See Solo Musica catalogue

Sono Luminus

SCULTHORPE, P.: String Quartets with Didjeridu (Complete)
Kent, Del Sol String Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92181

‘exemplary performances’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Sono Luminus catalogue

Yarlung Records

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5
The Colburn Orchestra, Schwarz
Yarlung Records YAR41014

‘this is a superlative Mahler Fifth; given that it’s a live performance by a student orchestra, it’s frankly jaw-dropping’ – Fanfare

See Yarlung Records 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.

See previous months’ Critics Choices:

February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014


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