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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 Blu-ray Audio

CORIGLIANO Symphony No. 3 ‘Circus Maximus’, Gazebo Dances
University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin

“Superlative sound and first-rate performances, too … strongly recommended.” – Fanfare

Naxos DVD

M ADAMO Little Women
Houston Grand Opera, 2000

“The underlying strength of the work is Adamo’s assured sense of structure, creating an impressive and moving narrative arc … This is a remarkably successful opera given an excellent performance and production.” – Fanfare

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who starred as Meg in this recording of Little Women, has won the 2010 Gramophone Artist of the Year award.

Naxos CDs

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphonies Nos 7 & 8
Bournemouth Symphony, Bakels

The Atmospheric Choice – The Gramophone Collection, Apr 2011

“Kees Bakels and the Bournemouth SO are themselves impressive but their disc also contains the literary extracts with which Vaughan Williams headed each movement, spoken with real feeling by David Timson and sensibly recorded on separate tracks.” – Gramophone
Roberto SIERRA Piano Trios, Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetu
Trio Arbos

“The Arbós Trio…perform Sierra’s often virtuosic music with great accomplishment and conviction. Recording quality is very good throughout, but even if it were bad, this would still be an outstanding disc.” – MusicWeb International
GINASTERA Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation
London Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ben-Dor

The Atmospheric Choice – The Gramophone Collection, Apr 2011

“Here’s a terrific Ginastera collection … as a single-disc survey of Ginastera’s orchestral music it would be difficult to imagine a more attractive program than this one.” –
R FUCHS Serenades Nos 1 and 2, Andante grazioso and Capriccio
Cologne Chamber Orchestra, C. Ludwig
8.572222 Disc of the Month

“The performances are perfect: flowing, rhythmically clean and snappy, immaculately tuned, and affectionately phrased. It just doesn’t get any better, and the sonics are pristine.” –
SARASATE Music for Violin and Orchestra, Vol 3
Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo

“Tianwa Yang plays marvelously, fearlessly, and with great freshness and verve. Her technique is impeccable” –
British Women Composers
Howick, Rahman

“Recommended most strongly to collectors of this nevertheless still specialized repertoire and to those who have come to admire Howick’s championship, ardent and insightful, of British composers in general.” - Fanfare
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies, Vol 5 – Symphonies Nos 1 & 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Petrenko


( 9/9, BBC Radio 3 CD of the Week)

“Like all of the releases in this series so far, this is world-class. … Buy with confidence.” –
Great British Anthems
Vasari Singers, Backhouse

“Very satisfying selection of anthems, essential listening for anyone fond of Anglican church music.” - Gramophone
DEBUSSY Orchestral Works, Vol. 5
Orchestre National de Lyon, Märkl

“Märkl’s revelatory Debussy series is up there with Müller-Brühl’s Bach as one of the most iridescent musical jewels in Naxos’s crown. These treasurable pieces have never sounded finer on disc.” – Classic FM
RUTTER Gloria, Magnificat, Te Deum
Cragg, St Albans Cathedral Choirs, Winpenny, Ensemble DeChorum, Lucas

“John Rutter has a knack of writing choral music that shows off voices to their best advantage. His festive settings of the Gloria, Magnificat and Te Deum were written over the period 1974–1990. These vivid performances show how thoroughly Rutter can absorb them and make music of exhilarating impact.” – Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Naxos Audiobooks

DH LAWRENCE Lady Chatterley's Lover (Unabridged)

“Naxos Audio hammers that home with its inspired choice of Maxine Peake to perform this work. Her fully vocalized performance, unpretentious, intimate and non-judgmental, is all Lawrence himself could have hoped for from an interpretation of his novel.” – Sound Commentary

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BARTÓK String Quartets Nos 2, 4, 6
Euclid Quartet

“When the quartets on this disc are inevitably joined by their odd-numbered companions, I believe we will have another Bartók cycle worthy of being ranked alongside the big-name groups mentioned above. Strongly recommended.” – Fanfare

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Arthaus Musik

Salzburg Festival, 2010
101559 (DVD)


“This exciting performance from the 2010 Salzburg Festival is effectively directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and leaves the ghastly story to tell itself.” –

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Corridors of Light – Music of William Ferris
Various artists

“Anyone who enjoys the English vocal-choral tradition of Delius, Vaughan Williams, and Walton will find these works immediately and deeply engaging, and should not miss this very moving release.” – Fanfare

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Claude Frank 85th Birthday Celebration

“Interpretively, this one time pupil of Schnabel dares to conquer the mountain, and does so in a way that can shame many a young whipper-snapper of today. … No collection should be without this magnificent album.” – American Record Guide

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MAHLER Symphony No 1 / PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 3
Yuja Wang, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado

Yuja Wang and Claudio Abbado combine youth and experience in the Prokofiev and the combination is extremely successful. … The performance of the finale brings the house down; it deserves and receives a tremendous ovation.” – MusicWeb International

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Newton Classics

CHOPIN Ballades, Impromptus
Bella Davidovich, piano

The Independent Album of the Week

“Her artistry in Chopin is the most delicately calibrated there ever was. There are hundreds of interpretations of these works on record, but these are my all-time favourite.” – The Independent

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Solo Musica

Schönere Welten – SCHUBERT Works for Piano 4 Hands
Duo d’Accord

“Happily, the Duo d’Accord…is fully up to the task, despite the players’ relative youth. Their ensemble is razor-sharp, their sound always perfectly balanced, and their conception grand and expressive.” – American Record Guide

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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.

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