Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search

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!

BBC Music Magazine 5 Stars Rating

SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol 3
Tianwa Yang, violin • Markus Hadulla, piano
Naxos 8.570893

‘Yang proves simply inimitable…Bravo!’ – BBC Music Magazine

Grant Murphy • Gubisch • Skelton • Courjal
Chœur & Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France • Eliahu Inbal

Naxos NBD0020 [Blu-ray Audio]

‘this music is worth hearing…and bears repeated hearing in this compelling performance from Radio France ensembles under Eliahu Inbal’ – BBC Music Magazine

SCHUMANN Scenes from Goethe’s Faust
soloists • Warsaw Boys’ Choir
Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra • Antoni Wit

Naxos NBD0015 [Blu-ray Audio]

‘The rarity of this masterpiece is baffling, and this unaffected performance should win many friends, especially in the much-better Blu-ray sound.’ – BBC Music Magazine 10/10 Top Rating

FUCHS Serenades Nos 3, 4 and 5
Cologne Chamber Orchestra • Christian Ludwig
Naxos 8.572607

‘This is music of very high quality. It deserves a place in every serious collection.’ –

JANÁČEK Taras Bulba, Lachian Dances, Moravian Dances
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Antoni Wit
Naxos 8.572695

‘Everything about this disc is fabulous…Antoni Wit’s Taras Bulba sounds like no other.’ –

MusicWeb International Recording of the Month

DEBUSSY Complete Orchestral Works [9-CD Boxed Set]
Orchestre National de Lyon • Jun Märkl
Naxos 8.509002 [9 CDs]

POTT In the Heart of Things
Grace Davidson, soprano • Commotio • Matthew Berry
Naxos 8.572739

‘A most beautiful disc of some absolutely beautiful music.’ – MusicWeb International

ROUSSEL Le festin de l’araignée • Padmâvatî – Suites
Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Stéphane Denève
Naxos 8.572243

‘As sad as it is that this Naxos series had to end, the final volume is just as glorious as the first four.’ – MusicWeb International

Naxos CDs

BACH Orchestral Transcriptions by Respighi and Elgar
Seattle Symphony • Gerard Schwarz
Naxos 8.572741

‘Gerard Schwarz gets his players to blast their way…with total conviction. Buy it and love it.’ –

VERDI Complete Ballet Music from the Operas
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra • José Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19 [2 CDs]

‘this set will easily repay repeated listening as Verdi’s warm-hearted melodies and full-throated brass make for nearly two full hours of the best opera has to offer’ – American Record Guide

‘The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under José Serebrier makes a strong case in a new recording of the complete Verdi ballet scenes’ – WQXR

See Naxos catalogue

BR Klassik

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Peter Dijkstra
BR-Klassik 900503

See BR Klassik catalogue


Gudrun Schaumann, violin • Wolfgang Brunner, fortepiano
Capriccio C5074

‘The opportunity to hear this wonderful Kirchner and Reinecke violin and piano music played this well on instruments like these is not to be missed.’ – American Record Guide

See Capriccio catalogue

CD Accord

NFM Wrocław Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum • Ernst Kovacic
CD Accord CDAccordACD168

‘Here is a collection of superb music, superbly played and engineered, that will make you listen to fugues in an entirely new way.’ – American Record Guide

See CD Accord catalogue


KABGGAARD String Quartets, Vol 1
Nightingale String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220575 [SACD]

‘These are remarkable works…consistently entertaining, expressive, and curiously moving.’ –

See Dacapo catalogue


Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Divox CDX-79707

‘Superb playing by Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca brings to mind the finest interpretations of the vivid scenes in Il Combattimento di Tancredi E Clorinda.’ – American Record Guide

See Divox catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

The Jasper String Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92142

‘The Jasper Quartet gives off joyous energy like sparks. Don’t miss this album.’ – MusicWeb International

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue

Grand Piano

RAFF Piano Works, Vol 1
Tra Nguyen, piano
Grand Piano GP602

‘Tra Nguyen shows what an original and brilliant voice Raff’s is’ – The Independent

SCHULHOFF Piano Works, Vol 1
Caroline Weichert, piano
Grand Piano GP604

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

HAYDN Symphony No 55 / BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos 7 and 8
Boston Symphony Orchestra • William Steinberg
ICA Classics ICAD5067 [DVD]

See ICA Classics catalogue

Newton Classics

SCHUMANN Humoreske, Fantasiestücke
Emanuel Ax, piano
Newton Classics NC8802084

‘This is beautifully played Schumann and in a recording that need make no apology for its age…none that I’ve heard are any more musically satisfying than this one.’ – Fanfare

See Newton Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

HASSE Didone abbandonata, La Gelosia, Artaserse (excerpts)
Valer Barna-Sabadus, countertenor
Hofkapelle München • Michael Hofstetter

Oehms Classics OC830

See Oehms Classics catalogue


SEGERSTAM Symphonies Nos 81, 162 and 181
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra • Leif Segerstam
Ondine ODE1172-2

‘profoundly awesome volume in which music of such prodigious imagination floods out’ – MusicWeb International

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

MOZART Die Zauberflöte
Teatro alla Scala, 2011
Opus Arte OABD7099D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1066D [DVD]

‘Don’t miss this visually enchanting and thought-provoking treat.’

See Opus Arte catalogue

Visit selected websites that review our recordings

See the CD and DVD labels that Naxos distributes

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:

May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2011
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009


View our special weekly features:
View all Features »


Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group