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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 CDs

BUSONI, F.: Piano Music, Vol. 8 - 24 Preludes
Macchiette medioevali

Naxos 8.572845

‘Wolf Harden’s clean, refined, and fully committed pianism makes the best case for these early works on disc’ –

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
4 Dances for Love's Labour's Lost

Marangoni, Malmo Symphony, Mogrelia
Naxos 8.572823

One of Filarmonica di Bologna Magazine’s Best CD for 2012

‘the performances fizz and sparkle’ – International Record Review

ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige
Harlem / Three Black Kings / The River Suite

Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.559737

Audiophile Audition

‘JoAnn Falletta catches the music’s “swing” in vivid interpretations that challenge Peress in their vitality, color, and verve.’ –

‘These recordings bring across Ellington’s music so well that one can agree with those critics who classify Ellington as one of America’s greatest composers ever.’ – Audiophile Audition

KARABITS, I.: Concertos for Orchestra Nos. 1-3
SILVESTROV, V.: Elegy / Abschiedsserenade

Bournemouth Symphony, K. Karabits
Naxos 8.572633

‘colourful and falls easily on the ear’ – Gramophone

‘Kirill directs the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra wonderfully and gets the very best from it with some fabulous orchestral colouration’
MusicWeb International

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Violin Concertos / Violin Sonata in F minor
Tianwa Yang, Descharmes, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois
Naxos 8.572662


‘Young violinist Tianwa Yang has exceptional technique, and her vision in the great E minor concerto is unfailingly intelligent.’ –

‘Not so many have the emotional maturity or feeling for the music, and this is where [Tianwa Yang] truly excels.’ – MusicWeb International

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / Pohjola's Daughter
Tapiola (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 1) (1930-1932)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Kajanus
Naxos 8.111393

‘In the crowded field of brilliant pre-war performances of Sibelius, Kajanus stands out as the most ethnic, the most Northern of all.’
American Record Guide

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 3, "War" and 4, "Victory"
Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky
Naxos 8.573151

‘These new performances present both symphonies in the best possible light, the playing the most refined these works have had on disc.’
- Gramophone

WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 8, Op. 83, "Tveti Pol'shi", "Kwiaty Polskie" (Polish Flowers)
Dobrowolska, Marciniec, Bartminski, Wit
Naxos 8.572873


‘Antoni Wit and his Warsaw forces are almost always at their best in choral music’ –

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SCRIABIN, A.: Piano Music (Complete)
Capriccio C49586

‘[Lettberg’s] overall consistency, meticulous technique, and total identification with Scriabin’s idiom deserve nothing less than our highest rating’ –

See Capriccio catalogue


Pine, Hagle
Cedille CDR90000-139

See Cedille catalogue

Grand Piano

SCHMITT, F.: Piano Duet and Duo Works (Complete), Vol. 1
Invencia Piano Duo
Grand Piano GP621

‘Schmitt’s extensive oeuvre for two pianists could have no better musicians, and I eagerly await the remaining three volumes in this series.’
– American Record Guide

‘The Invencia Duo’s nonchalant delivery perfectly matches the spirit of the piece [Rhapsodie parisienne] as they track the harmony’s sweet twists and turns with exquisite precision.’ – International Piano

See Grand Piano catalogue


In this moonlit night
Ondine ODE1216-2

‘[Dmitri Hvorostovsky] brings to his interpretations a new richness and darkness of timbre, beautifully polished as it always was but enhanced with an even deeper understanding of how to project the subtleties of Mussorgsky’s vocal writing’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigenie en Aulide
Iphigenie en Tauride (DNO, 2011) (NTSC)

Opus Arte OA1099D [DVD]; OABD7115D [Blu-ray]

‘Véronique Gens's joyous duet of reconciliation with the forthright Achilles of Frédéric Antoun transcends the foursquare writing.’ – Gramophone

See Opus Arte catalogue


LISZT, F.: 12 Etudes d'execution transcendante
(Transcendental Liszt)

TwoPianists TP1039206

‘This is probably the best interpretation of these etudes since Arrau.’
– American Record Guide

See TwoPianists catalogue

Yarlung Records

BACH, J.S.: Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Hunt Lieberson, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Yarlung Records YAR96298

‘Lieberson’s flawless tone, utterly even and capable of a dozen shades of dynamics and colors, along with her almost uncanny ability to convey feelings as rich as those expressed here, turns this half hour into an almost intimate experience’ –

See Yarlung Records catalogue

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