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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

THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018)
THOMAS, A.: Hamlet [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018)
Degout • Devieilhe • Alvara • Brunet-Grupposo • Les éléments • Orchestre des Champs-Élysées • Langrée • Teste
Naxos 2.110640

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0103V)

‘The video recording heightens our wonder at Cyril Teste’s spectacular Hamlet by [Ambroise] Thomas, illuminated in 2018 by the duo Stéphane Degout and Sabine Devieilhe.’
Diapason


ELLER, H.: Night Calls • White Night • Twilight • Dawn
ELLER, H.: Night Calls • White Night • Twilight • Dawn
Estonian National Symphony • Elts
Ondine ODE1335-2

‘A beautiful, remarkably homogeneous mix… Hats off!’
Diapason

‘Add this to your Eller collection without delay. ’
MusicWeb International


‘Vital, compelling performances’
Limelight

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Compositions and Transcriptions for Piano (Military Beethoven)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Compositions and Transcriptions for Piano (Military Beethoven)
Carl Petersson
Naxos 8.573928

‘The pianism is superb and the recording is nice and clear.’
MusicWeb International


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Voice and Orchestra Works
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Voice and Orchestra Works
Haavisto • Karlström • Greenlaw • Turku Philharmonic • Segerstam
Naxos 8.573882

‘These pieces are included in the monumental compilation of Naxos’ Beethoven complete edition.’
– Record of the Month, Rondo Classic

‘Here is a wonderful opportunity to hear a less familiar aspect of Beethoven performed at a high level.’
American Record Guide


CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 1 – Sonatine d’Avril • 3 moments musicaux d’après Corot • Flûtes en vacances
CASTÉRÈDE, J.: Flute Works (Complete), Vol. 1 – Sonatine d’Avril • 3 moments musicaux d’après Corot • Flûtes en vacances
du Toit • Doreen Lee
Naxos 8.573949

‘These performances would be difficult to surpass.’
American Record Guide


Flute Music from the Harlequin Years – ANTHEIL, G. • AURIC,G. • BRÉVILLE, P. de
Flute Music from the Harlequin Years – ANTHEIL, G. • AURIC,G. • BRÉVILLE, P. de
Roorda • Soccorsi
Naxos 8.579045

‘Thies Roorda and Alessandro Soccorsi create captivating renditions in luscious sound worth savouring.’
American Record Guide


GOUNOD, C.-F.: Nonne sanglante (La) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018)
GOUNOD, C.-F.: Nonne sanglante (La) [Opera] (Opéra Comique, 2018)
Spyres • Santoni • Lebègue • accentus • Insula orchestra • Equilbey • Bobé•
Naxos 2.110632

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0097V)

‘A rarity unlikely to be performed again any time soon.’
Opera News


JUON, P.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
JUON, P.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3
Wetherbee • Korevaar
Naxos 8.574091


‘This is an important release in the field of 20th century chamber music.’
AllMusic.com


LISZT, F.: Later Piano Music (Historical Hungarian Portraits)
LISZT, F.: Later Piano Music (Historical Hungarian Portraits)
Jenő Jandó
Naxos 8.574059

‘Jandó delivers a splendid performance’
MusicWeb International


MATHIAS, W.: Choral Music – A May Magnificat • Learsongs • Riddles
MATHIAS, W.: Choral Music – A May Magnificat • Learsongs • Riddles
St. John’s Voices • The Gentlemen of St. John’s • G. Walker
Naxos 8.574162

‘Buy or download this disc now; it’s kept me smiling for weeks.’
The Arts Desk


MORAVEC, P.: Sanctuary Road [Oratorio]
MORAVEC, P.: Sanctuary Road [Oratorio]
L. Mitchell • Bryce-Davis • Blue • Merriweather • Burton • Oratorio Society of New York • Tritle
Naxos 8.559884


‘This recording must be certified as being of a high standard and highly recommendable.’
Pizzicato


ROSSINI, G.: Eduardo e Cristina [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Eduardo e Cristina [Opera]
Polverelli • Dalla Benetta • Tarver • Xiang Xu • Anderzhanov • Gelmetti
Naxos 8.660466-67

‘Rossini veteran Gianluigi Gelmetti leads a performance that crackles with energy’
Fanfare


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ascanio: Ballet • Overtures to Stage Works
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Ascanio: Ballet • Overtures to Stage Works
Malmö Symphony • Märkl
Naxos 8.574033

‘Vivacious performances, equally well played and recorded.’
ClassicsToday.com


WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2  •  12 Miniatures  •  5 Pieces for Flute and Piano
WEINBERG, M.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • 12 Miniatures • 5 Pieces for Flute and Piano
C. Stein • Szczecin Philharmonic • Blumina • Coleman
Naxos 8.573931

‘This disc is not simply a must hear but it demands repeated listening’
MusicWeb International

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRUCKNER, A.: Requiem • Choral Works
BRUCKNER, A.: Requiem • Choral Works
RIAS Chamber Chorus • Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik • L. Borowicz
Accentus Music ACC-30474


‘A pleasure from start to finish’
Choir & Organ


LEVINAS, M.: Passion selon Marc (La) – Une Passion après Auschwitz [Oratorio]
LEVINAS, M.: Passion selon Marc (La) – Une Passion après Auschwitz [Oratorio]
Léger • Blanchet • Lausanne Vocal Ensemble • Kissóczy
BelAir Classiques BAC152

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC552)

‘This is a powerful and singular artistic achievement.’
Opera News


DVOŘÁK, A.: Stabat Mater (original 1876 version)
DVOŘÁK, A.: Stabat Mater (original 1876 version)
Kleiter • Romberger • Korchak • Nazmi • Bavarian Radio Chorus • Drake • Arman
BR-Klassik 900526


‘Excellent performance.’
Pizzicato


MOZART, W.A.: Entführung aus dem Serail (Die) [Opera]
MOZART, W.A.: Entführung aus dem Serail (Die) [Opera]
Ruiten • Devieilhe • Peter • Schmitt • Teatro Alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra • Mehta • Strehler
C Major 752008

Also available on Blu-ray (752104)

‘A delight.’
Gramophone


DOHNÁNYI, E.: Symphony No. 1 • Symphonic Minutes
DOHNÁNYI, E.: Symphony No. 1 • Symphonic Minutes
Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic • Paternostro
Capriccio C5386

‘Buoyant and zesty.’
Gramophone


20th Century Oboe Sonatas – BOWEN, Y. • EBEN, P. • DUTILLEUX, H. • BOZZA, E. • POULENC, F.
20th Century Oboe Sonatas – BOWEN, Y. • EBEN, P. • DUTILLEUX, H. • BOZZA, E. • POULENC, F.
Klein • Bush
Cedille CDR90000-186


‘This recital is important and necessary.’
Audiophile Audition


BENTZON, N.V.: Tempered Piano (The) (excerpts)
BENTZON, N.V.: Tempered Piano (The) (excerpts)
Per Salo
Dacapo 8.226077

‘A most welcome release.’
ClassicsToday.com


RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (The Hope of Loving)
RUNESTAD, J.: Choral Music (The Hope of Loving)
Conspirare • C.H. Johnson
Delos DE3578

‘Their ensemble discipline is impressive all the way through.’
Choir & Organ


Travels in My Homeland: Portuguese Piano Music
Travels in My Homeland: Portuguese Piano Music
Joana Gama
Grand Piano GP792

‘The playing is exquisite and sensitive.’
American Record Guide


Orchestral Music – MAHLER, G. • WAGNER, R. • HAYDN, J. • BRAHMS, J.
Orchestral Music – MAHLER, G. • WAGNER, R. • HAYDN, J. • BRAHMS, J.
Seefried • BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra • B. Walter
ICAC5151


‘This is a stirring performance verging on greatness.’
Classicalsource.com


LISZT, F.: Liebesträume No. 3 • Grandes Études de Paganini • Consolations No. 3 • Après une lecture du Dante (Kaleidoscope)
LISZT, F.: Liebesträume No. 3 • Grandes Études de Paganini • Consolations No. 3 • Après une lecture du Dante (Kaleidoscope)
Shin-Heae Kang
OehmsClassics OC1713

‘The playfulness of the interpreter and the free spirit of the composer are definitely a happy combination.’
Klassik heute

‘Superb technique and innate musicality.’
MusicWeb International


BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018)
BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2018)
Bell • Verrez • Montvioas • Plowright • Albert • Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hrůša • Warner
Opus Arte OA1289D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7258D)

‘A noirish production of Vanessa makes a strong case for this unloved opera.’
Opera News


LISZT, F.: 3 Études de concert • Grandes Études de Paganini • 12 Études d’exécution transcendante (Hommage à Liszt)
LISZT, F.: 3 Études de concert • Grandes Études de Paganini • 12 Études d’exécution transcendante (Hommage à Liszt)
Amir Katz
Orfeo C990202


‘Exciting, sovereign, very cultivated and at the same time refreshing performance’
Pizzicato


Concurrence – ISO Project, Vol. 2
Concurrence – ISO Project, Vol. 2
Iceland Symphony • Bjarnason
Sono Luminus DSL-92237

‘No praise can be too high for the outstanding musicianship of all involved in this priceless album’
MusicWeb International


‘Four composers, four telling works. Iceland shares the latest fruits of its vast pool of talent.’
Limelight





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