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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

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017)
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017)
Maltman • Westbroek • van Aken • Beekman • White • Dutch National Opera Chorus • Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra • Albrecht
Naxos 2.110582 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0081V)

‘Reviewer Peter Quantrill calls this Marc Albrecht-conducted Wozzeck ‘among the most beautifully played and sung accounts on record and film’, praising too the staging.’
– Editor’s Choice, Gramophone


LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 • Jeux vénitiens
LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 • Jeux vénitiens
Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1320-5

‘Superbly recorded and comprehensively annotated, Lintu’s versions are worth considering’
Gramophone


‘Hannu Lintu does the piece absolutely proud, securing playing of painstaking polish, infectious commitment and impressive sheen from his Finnish RSO forces.’
Classical Ear

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2014)
BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2014)
Daszak • Melrose • Borczyk • Costanzo • Rock • Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra • Pérez
Naxos 2.110577 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0076V)

‘A nearly perfect evening.’
Diapason


CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 25, Nos. 1 and 3, Op. 33, Nos. 2 and 3, Op. 46
CLEMENTI, M.: Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 25, Nos. 1 and 3, Op. 33, Nos. 2 and 3, Op. 46
Stefan Chaplikov
Naxos 8.573712

‘Clementi comes alive in this fantastic recording.’
American Record Guide


CZERNY, C.: 2 Trios Brillants, Op. 211 • 3 Sonatinas for Piano Trio, Op. 104
CZERNY, C.: 2 Trios Brillants, Op. 211 • 3 Sonatinas for Piano Trio, Op. 104
Sun-Young Shin • Hayek • Gingher
Naxos 8.573848

‘Strongly recommended for the musical bubbly and the superb playing of these three artists who sound like they’re having the time of their lives playing these pieces.’
Fanfare


DODGSON, S.: Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar – Septet Variations • Pastoral Sonata • Solway Suite
DODGSON, S.: Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar – Septet Variations • Pastoral Sonata • Solway Suite
Karolos Ensemble
Naxos 8.573857

‘These fascinating and rewarding works are brilliantly performed by the different members of Karolos, and the programme is beautifully recorded.’
MusicWeb International


FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
Biegel • A.N. Cohen • Sparr • McAllister • London Symphony • Falletta
Naxos 8.559824

‘Nussbaum Cohen’s attractive, gently pulsating countertenor intertwines beautifully with Tim Hugh’s rich, singing cello tone.’
Opera News


PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Fort Smith Symphony • Jeter
Naxos 8.559827

‘The Fort Smith Symphony, from Price’s home state delivers idiomatic performances, and the Symphony No. 4 finale is especially exciting.’
AllMusic.com


GRAHAM, P.: Metropolis 1927 • On the Shoulders of Giants • New York Movie
GRAHAM, P.: Metropolis 1927 • On the Shoulders of Giants • New York Movie
Black Dyke Band • N. Childs
Naxos 8.573968

‘I think that music lovers of all levels will surely find much to enjoy on this disc. The music sings, swoons, dances, pulsates, parties, and just has a good time overall.’
Fanfare


Toccata – HODEL, S. • KHACHATURIAN, A.I. • MAAYANI, A. • MORTARI, V. • PARADIES, P.D. • ROTA, N. • SCARLATTI, A.
Toccata – HODEL, S. • KHACHATURIAN, A.I. • MAAYANI, A. • MORTARI, V. • PARADIES, P.D. • ROTA, N. • SCARLATTI, A.
Elisa Netzer
Naxos 8.573835

‘An outstanding debut recital from an exciting young Swiss artist: a must-buy for lovers of the harp.’
MusicWeb International

‘Netzer’s skillful performances make [the pieces] feel utterly idiomatic and natural to her instrument.’
AllMusic.com


HAYDN, J.: Die Schöpfung (The Creation) [Oratorio]
HAYDN, J.: Die Schöpfung (The Creation) [Oratorio]
Eriksmoen • Schmutzhard • Accentus Chamber Choir • Insula Orchestra • Equilbey
Naxos 2.110581

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0080V)

‘What we have is a quite unique performance’
MusicWeb International


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


‘Immanuel Davis plays in a virtuoso manner, with a featherlight sound, and manages the jazz rhythm very well’
Pizzicato


LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573981


‘Boris Giltburg’s new Liszt release is fascinating. He plays the Etudes in a very narrative way, with a lot of drama and poetic feelings as well.’
Pizzicato


‘Those—like Boris Giltburg—who through their mastery of the technical challenges manage to express the deeper poetic ideas, can count themselves amongst the very greatest pianists of today.’
Rondo


‘Someone who interprets the great works with a rare degree of insight and sensitivity’
iClassical

‘Bravura requires bravado, and the Russian-Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg seems to possess it in spades.’
WQXR (New York)


RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Feste romane • Fontane di Roma • Pini di Roma
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Feste romane • Fontane di Roma • Pini di Roma
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.574013


‘This Roman Holiday release, Falletta’s second of Respighi for Naxos, has magnetic pulling power.’
Classicalsource.com


TEA FOR TWO – Songs and Chansons from the Belle-Époque to the Roaring 20s
TEA FOR TWO – Songs and Chansons from the Belle-Époque to the Roaring 20s
Decouture • Brocard • Frivol’Ensemble
Naxos 8.573973

‘This CD is very enjoyable and refreshing’
MusicWeb International


VERDI, G.: Stiffelio [Opera] (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2017)
VERDI, G.: Stiffelio [Opera] (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2017)
Ganci • Katzarava • Landolfi • Sala • Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna • Calvo
Naxos 2.110590 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0084V)


‘Luciano Ganci is Stiffelio, his tenor having a good Italianate thrust, his demeanour intense.’
Opera Now

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)


SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Violin Concerto No. 1 • ZEMLINSKY, A. von: Lyric Symphony
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Violin Concerto No. 1 • ZEMLINSKY, A. von: Lyric Symphony
Vähälä • J. Winkel • M. Nagy • Polish National Radio Symphony • Liebreich
Accentus Music ACC-30470


‘Simply the best available.’
Ludwig Van Toronto


SUPPÉ, F. von: Overtures
SUPPÉ, F. von: Overtures
Münchner Rundfunkorchester • Repušic
BR-Klassik 900326

‘It’s joyful, melodic, perfectly recorded from top to bottom and beautifully played by the Munich Radio Orchestra.’
Fanfare


SCHULHOFF, E.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 • Piano Concerto No. 2 • String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
SCHULHOFF, E.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 5 • Piano Concerto No. 2 • String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Zichner • Zoon • Kluttig • Petersen Quartet
Capriccio C7297


‘The recordings feature highly committed and top quality performances.’
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

‘Violinist Rachel Barton Pine brings a compelling and completely convincing power and soul—not to mention virtuosity—to this fascinating programme.’
Gramophone


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (1885 version, ed. L. Nowak)
Altomonte Orchester St. Florian • Ballot
Gramola99189


‘Beautifully shaped and atmospheric, often moving version of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony’
Pizzicato


TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music – 11 Interludes • Visit to Israel • Caprices • 4 Piano Moods
TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music – 11 Interludes • Visit to Israel • Caprices • 4 Piano Moods
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP788

‘This disc was an absolute joy to listen to and will be welcomed by lovers of piano music everywhere.’
MusicWeb International


PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
Jaho • Puente • Hendricks • Deshong • Royal Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Pappano
Opus Arte OABD7244D [BD]

‘Ermonela Jaho turns in an outstanding performance to make this a very special Madama Butterfly.’
MusicWeb International


SENFTER, J.: Violin Works – Violin Sonatas • Suites for 2 Violins Nos. 1 and 2
SENFTER, J.: Violin Works – Violin Sonatas • Suites for 2 Violins Nos. 1 and 2
A. and F. Eichhorn • Rivinius
Paladino Music PMR0101


‘With intense and colorful world premiere recordings of works by Johanna Senfter this CD is a truly rewarding discovery.’
Pizzicato


Lieder Recital: Wunderlich, Fritz – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SCHUMANN, R. • WOLF, H. • STRAUSS, R. (1955-1965)
Lieder Recital: Wunderlich, Fritz – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRAHMS, J. • SCHUBERT, F. • SCHUMANN, R. • WOLF, H. • STRAUSS, R. (1955-1965)
Fritz Wunderlich
SWR19064CD

‘Everything is a must-listen for anyone who loves great Lieder singing.’
Fanfare




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