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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

ADOLPHE, B.: Piano Music - Chopin Dreams / 7 Thoughts Considered as Music / Piano Puzzlers
ADOLPHE, B.: Piano Music - Chopin Dreams /
7 Thoughts Considered as Music / Piano Puzzlers

Carlo Grante
Naxos 8.559805

‘Carlo Grante’s detailed, colourful and thoughtfully articulated interpretations will be hard to equal, let alone surpass’ – Gramophone


BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
Berg, Ciesinski, Gietz, Griffin, McPherson, Molomot, Ryan, Schultz, Schwanewilms, Trekel, Houston Symphony, Graf
Naxos 8.660390-91

‘This Wozzeck is more sung; and evenly so, than most rivals on record…Graf could hardly have left a more dedicated testament of his commitment to the opera and to his work in Houston.’ – Gramophone

‘This is unquestionably a worthy addition to the library; a powerful overall achievement, including one truly great performance.’ – MusicWeb International

‘The singing is gripping: baritone Roman Trekel is one of today’s top Wozzecks, full-on and volatile, his violence cracked with frailty, and Anne Schwanewilms plays Marie with devastating dignity.’ – The Guardian

‘There can be no single definitive Wozzeck, but this is a brilliant one in which the music appeals as powerfully as the drama appalls.’ – Voix des Arts


BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Johnson Cano, Thibaudet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559790


‘With its layers of fiercely bubbling musical lava, the volatile Second Symphony boasts virtuosic flair from the Baltimore players, Alsop whipping things along with involving pace and a fine ear for detail and dynamics.’ – Classical Ear


DAUGHERTY, M.: Tales of Hemingway / American Gothic / Once Upon A Castle
DAUGHERTY, M.: Tales of Hemingway / American Gothic /
Once Upon A Castle

Bailey, Jacobs, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559798


FAIROUZ, M.: Zabur
FAIROUZ, M.: Zabur
Coakwell, Kelly, Indianapolis Symphonic and Children's Choir,
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Stark

Naxos 8.559803

‘This is one of Fairouz’s most moving, exciting, penetrating and enveloping works to date. All are exemplary; the piece is extraordinary.’ – Opera News


FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571374

‘Buy this CD of the string quartets. For those of you who may not like ‘modern’ music you really must try this. It is a real find. ’ – www.wrightmusic.net


GARRIDO-LECCA, C.: Orchestral Works
GARRIDO-LECCA, C.: Orchestral Works
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Harth-Bedoya
Naxos 8.573759

‘You probably couldn’t ask for a more persuasive interpreter than Miguel Harth-Bedoya, who leads both the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and the Forth Worth Symphony in wholly winning performances of all four pieces.’
ClassicsToday.com


GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liliana / Suite Oriental / Elisenda
GRANADOS, E.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Liliana / Suite Oriental / Elisenda
Espasa, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, González
Naxos 8.573265

‘Maestro González and the orchestra are to be commended for their extraordinary musicality.’ – American Record Guide


d'INDY, V.: Symphony No. 2 / Souvenirs / Istar
d'INDY, V.: Symphony No. 2 / Souvenirs / Istar
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Tingaud
Naxos 8.573522


LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
Yang, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Ang
Naxos 8.573067

‘We have here the best version of the Lalo I’ve heard—the most vividly recorded, too. I don’t know what it tells one to say so, but I’ve been listening to this piece for 44 years—and I’ve never liked it so much as today.’ – Fanfare


RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Daphnis et Chloé / Une barque sur l'océan
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Daphnis et Chloé /
Une barque sur l'océan

Spirito, Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573545


‘Spectacular performances by the Orchestre National de Lyon.’ – AllMusic.com


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 /
String Quartet No. 8 (arr. for piano)

Giltburg, Owens, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573666

‘Petrenko matches Giltburg’s dashing virtuosity and subtlety’
BBC Music Magazine

‘Boris Giltburg has burst relatively recently onto the international piano scene, but what a splash he has made! It was inspired to pair [Giltburg] up with the UK’s most lauded Shostakovich team in Petrenko and the RLPO. The results are, predictably, of the very highest quality.’ – MusicWeb International


STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir, Fox
Naxos 8.573665

‘Performed with breathtaking sensitivity by an outstanding New York-based choir, it emerges as a work of equal stature to Rachmaninov’s justly acclaimed Vespers. ’ – BBC Music Magazine


TISHCHENKO, B.I.: Symphony No. 8 / Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra
TISHCHENKO, B.I.: Symphony No. 8 /
Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra

Mazhara, Osmanov, Shkirtil, St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Serov
Naxos 8.573343

‘The performances by the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under Yuri Serov are entirely idiomatic.’ – AllMusic.com


VAN DER ROOST, J.: Spartacus / Poeme Montagnard / Sinfonietta, "Suito Sketches"
VAN DER ROOST, J.: Spartacus / Poeme Montagnard /
Sinfonietta, "Suito Sketches"

Philharmonic Winds OSAKAN, Van der Roost
Naxos 8.573486

‘All of this is wonderful music, and Roost’s band gives it superb readings.’
American Record Guide


WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
WAGNER, R.: Die Walküre
Goerne, DeYoung, Skelton, Melton, Lang, Struckmann,
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, van Zweden

Naxos 8.660394-97


WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 17 / Suite for Orchestra
Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, Lande
Naxos 8.573565


‘The performances are spectacular and the music speaks for itself.’
Audiophile Audition


Accentus Music

BELLINI, V.: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Zürich Opera, 2015)
BELLINI, V.: I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Zürich Opera, 2015)
Bernheim, Botnarciuc, DiDonato, Kulchynska, Lorenzi, Puchalski,
Zurich Opera House Chorus, Philharmonia Zurich, Luisi

Accentus Music ACC-20353

‘Joyce Di Donato is the complete mistress of all things bel canto, and she demonstrates her mastery in this role.’ – American Record Guide

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Arthaus Musik

Bel Air Classiques

GLINKA, M.I.: Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bolshoi Opera, 2011)
GLINKA, M.I.: Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bolshoi Opera, 2011)
Mynenko, Ognovenko, Penda, Petrenko, Polkovnikov, Shagimuratova, Svilpa, Workman, Zaremba
Bel Air Classiques BAC120

BR-Klassik

STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) / Tod und Verklärung
STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) / Tod und Verklärung
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900148

‘Jansons elicits powerful playing from the orchestra, and draws out resplendent sonorities that are thrilling for their brilliance and force.’ – AllMusic.com

C Major

BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Blu-ray, HD)
BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Blu-ray, HD)
Buchbinder, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mehta
C Major 733604

‘Buchbinder and Mehta’s expertise, and the beauty of tone of the Viennese players, makes for charming listening. These are really idiomatic performances.’ – Classic FM

‘This is a marvellous disc, showcasing everybody doing what they do at their best.’ – MusicWeb International

Capriccio

LOURIÉ, A.: Piano Music
LOURIÉ, A.: Piano Music
Ansull, Ernst
Capriccio C5281

‘Ernst’s sensitively artistic performances point up Lourié’s remarkable diversity of expression, and make a compelling case for his music.’ – Gramophone

Cedille

REICH, S.: Mallet Quartet / Sextet / Nagoya Marimbas / Music for Pieces of Wood
REICH, S.: Mallet Quartet / Sextet / Nagoya Marimbas /
Music for Pieces of Wood

Connors, Duvall, Friend, Hagen, Martin, Third Coast Percussion
Cedille CDR90000-161

Delos

 Barton, Jamie - MAHLER, G. / DVOŘÁK, A. / SIBELIUS, J.: All Who Wander (Vocal Recital)
Barton, Jamie - MAHLER, G. / DVOŘÁK, A. /
SIBELIUS, J.: All Who Wander (Vocal Recital)

Barton, Zeger
Delos DE3494

‘This really is an exciting talent, and a terrific disc.’ – Gramophone

Dynamic

DONIZETTI, G.: Olivo e Pasquale [Opera]
Taddia, Morace, Giordano, Bergamo Donizetti Teatro Chorus,
Accademia d'Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Sardelli

Dynamic CDS7758.02 [CD] | DYN-37758 [DVD] | DYN-57758 [Blu-ray]

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CDS7758.02
DYN-37758
DYN-57758

Grand Piano

KAPRÁLOVÁ, V.: Complete Piano Music
KAPRÁLOVÁ, V.: Complete Piano Music
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP708


‘Giorgio Koukl’s chronicle of [Kaprálová’s] life at the piano provides compelling listening.’ – Musical Toronto

‘A fabulous, thoroughly enjoyable and fascinating disc of truly inspirational music.’ – MusicWeb International

OehmsClassics

MOZART, L.: Serenade / Concerto for 2 Horns / Symphony, "Neue Lambacher"
MOZART, L.: Serenade / Concerto for 2 Horns /
Symphony, "Neue Lambacher"

Duffin, Millischer, Römer, Zierow, Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Goebel
OehmsClassics OC1844

‘The orchestra sounds terrific: wiry yet resonant, bursting with energy in the vigorous opening measures.’ – American Record Guide

Ondine

GLANERT, D.: 4 Präludien und Ernste Gesänge (after Brahms) / BRAHMS, J.: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 (arr. L. Berio)
GLANERT, D.: 4 Präludien und Ernste Gesänge (after Brahms) /
BRAHMS, J.: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 (arr. L. Berio)

Kriikku, Nagy, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Elts
Ondine ODE1263-2


‘Conducted by Olari Elts, the Helsinki Philharmonic packs a sense of epic scale into its 11 minutes. ’ – The Guardian

Opus Arte

GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014)
GLASS, P.: Einstein on the Beach (Châtelet, 2014)
Davis, Moran, Silverman, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Philip Glass Ensemble, Riesman
Opus Arte OA1178D

OUR Recordings

BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Piano Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Piano Music
Erik Kaltoft
OUR Recordings 6.220616


‘Erik Kaltoft fascinates with outstanding and suggestive performances.’
Pizzicato

Paladino Music

FRANÇAIX, J.: Clarinet Music
FRANÇAIX, J.: Clarinet Music
Ashkenazy, Glemser, Lang, Meinich, Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, Mueller
Paladino Music PMR0074

Solo Musica

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
DOHNÁNYI, E.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / Sextet (Being EaRNeST)
Ketler, Ensemble Raro
Solo Musica SM250

‘This is chamber music playing of the highest calibre.’ – MusicWeb International

SWR Classic

BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van / BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concertos
Neveu, Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Désormière, Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19018CD

Vienna Philharmonic

BEETHOVEN, L. van / SCHÖNHERR, M. / STRAUSS, E. / STRAUSS, R. / SUPPE, F. von: Frühling in Wien (Orchestral Music)
BEETHOVEN, L. van / SCHÖNHERR, M. / STRAUSS, E. / STRAUSS, R. / SUPPE, F. von: Frühling in Wien (Orchestral Music)
Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Honeck
Vienna Philharmonic WS011

‘Full of delightful and vivacious Viennese dance themed music the Wiener Symphoniker under Manfred Honeck is on intoxicating form. This album is a sheer delight.’ – MusicWeb International



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