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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

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein)
Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.573061

‘powerfully performed’ - Scotland on Sunday

CORIGLIANO, J.: Conjurer / Vocalise
Glennie, Plitmann, Albany Symphony, Miller
Naxos 8.559757

‘The vocal part is lyrically soothing yet vocally acrobatic’ - Opera News

‘Glennie is her expected phenomenal self, partnered with pinpoint accuracy by the Albany strings under David Alan Miller’ - Fanfare

GLASS, P.: Concerto Fantasy for 2 Timpanists and Orchestra (arr. M. Lortz) / FAIROUZ, M.: Symphony No. 4
University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Popiel
Naxos 8.573205

‘This is a seriously fine disc and with Fairouz’s symphony here receiving its world première recording it should be flying off the shelves.’ - MusicWeb International

GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets"
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.573161


‘the finest version yet recorded of Glière’s epic Third Symphony, “Il’ya Muromets”’ -

‘highly dramatic and extremely colorful character’ - Pizzicato

MOERAN, E.J.: In the Mountain Country / Rhapsodies / Overture for a Masque
Frith, Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573106

‘Falletta brings a vivacity and enthusiasm to these works which is infectious’ - Gramophone

‘excellent performances, colourfully and vividly recorded’ - International Record Review

‘A welcome issue: a well-prepared, nicely played and well-recorded collection of Moeran’s shorter orchestral works’ - Musical Opinion

ROUSSEL, A.: Piano Works, Vol. 1
Naxos 8.573093

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 - Symphony No. 14
G. James, A. Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573132


‘sensational performance’ -

‘No previous recording of the 14th Symphony lays greater claim to beauty.’ - Sinfini Music

TROLLOPE, A.: Barchester Towers (Unabridged)
Naxos AudioBooks NA0147

‘David Shaw-Parker’s exemplary reading of Trollope’s masterpiece is like sitting in your club in a comfortable chair after a good meal and listening to one of the particularly good-natured other members tell you a story about some people he knows.’ - AudioFile

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C Major

Kaufmann, Thielemann
C Major 714908 [DVD] / 715004 [Blu-ray]

‘There is a disarming directness in these performances of Wagner that are faithful to the music but exceedingly affecting—recommended for all, not just Wagnerites. -

See C Major catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: String Quartets Nos. 13-15 / SCHNITTKE, A.: String Quartet No. 6 (The Soviet Experience, Vol. 4)
Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-145

‘This is a Shostakovich cycle for the ages.’ - Fanfare

‘There are many fine Shostakovich quartet cycles available, but none finer than this, and none more intelligently planned and programmed.’ -

See Cedille catalogue


RIISAGER, K.: Symphonic Edition, Vol. 3 - Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 / Sinfonia Concertante / Summer Rhapsody
Aarhus Symphony, Holten
Dacapo 8.226148

‘smashingly performed and recorded’ -

See Dacapo catalogue


SILVERMAN, T.: Between the Kiss and the Chaos / Axis and Orbits
Silverman, Calder Quartet
Delos DE3439

‘expansive, colorful sound worlds’ - The New York Times

See Delos catalogue


BELLINI, V.: Sonnambula (La) (NTSC)
Staatsoper Stuttgart, 2013
EuroArts 2059338

‘Demonstrates that what can appear to be a star vehicle responds even more to being taken seriously as music and as drama.’ - MusicWeb International

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

BOWEN, Y.: 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse
Grand Piano GP637

‘The whole disc is magically and superbly played by Cristina Ortiz, and it is undoubtedly the gleaming jewel in the crown of the present Grand Piano catalogue.’ - David’s Review Corner

See Grand Piano catalogue

Oehms Classics

MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Piano Music
Oehms Classics OC430

‘This recital, immensely enjoyable from start to finish, is a winner.’ - MusicWeb International

See Oehms Classics catalogue


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: 6 Romances, Op. 62a / Annie Laurie / Suite on Verses of Michelangelo, Op. 145a
Finley, Helsinki Philharmonic, T. Sanderling
Ondine ODE1235-2

‘Finley inhabits these songs completely and confidently, captivating and sometimes unnerving us with his affinity for the particulars of sound and language’ -

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

BERLIOZ, H.: Troyens (Les) (Blu-ray, HD)
Royal Opera House, 2012
Opus Arte OABD7113D

‘A total triumph in every respect. Equal to the very best Blu-ray opera issues I have seen.’ - MusicWeb International

See Opus Arte catalogue

Timpani Records

SCHMITT, F.: Petit elfe ferme-l'oeil (Le) / Introit, récit et congé
Lorraine National Orchestra, Mercier
Timpani 1C1212

‘a real find played with plenty of color and finesse’ -

See Timpani Records catalogue

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