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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 Releases

BALFE, M.W.: Satanella [Opera]
Bowes, Carby, Church, Gregory, Hayes, Sikora, Silver, Tocci, Wang,
John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Bonynge

Naxos 8.660378-79

‘Bonynge is unsurpassed in this repertoire; he keeps it zipping buoyantly along, effortlessly supporting his singers and clearly relishing every baleful horncall, rippling harp and languishing cello solo.’ – Gramophone

GENERALI, P.: Adelina [Melodramma sentimentale]
Beltrami, Bijelic, Castrignano, Muñoz, Nani, Quarasema, Rabec,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Rigon

Naxos 8.660372-73

‘The precise and dynamic conducting of Giovanni Battista Rigon contributes to the success of this discovered discography.’ – Classica

Amadeus Guitar Duo - HANDEL, G.F. / VIVALDI, A. / BACH, J.S. / FRANCK, C.: Baroque Moments (Guitar Duo Recital)
Amadeus Guitar Duo
Naxos 8.573440

‘Another delightful recital by the Amadeus Duo, Dale Kavanagh and Thomas Kirchhoff.’ – American Record Guide

HAYDN, J.: Opera Overtures
Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Halász
Naxos 8.573488

‘Vivid and particularly dramatic performances of a vast collection of Haydn overtures, most of them not very well known and certainly worth to be played.’ – Pizzicato

HILL, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 6 - Nos. 15-17
Dominion String Quartet
Naxos 8.573416

‘Tremendously enjoyable music: tuneful, formally secure, expertly made’

LISZT, F.: Grandes études de Paganini /
6 Etudes d'exécution transcendante d'après Paganini
(Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 42)

Filipec Goran
Naxos 8.573458

‘In this music Goran Filipec shows resounding virtuosity and high mastery, freshness and refined musical eloquence supported by impeccable style and grace.’ – La Voce del Popolo

RAVEL, M.: L'Heure espagnole [Opera] / Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
Antoun, Barrard, Courjal, Druet, Le Roux, Lombardo,
Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin

Naxos 8.660337

‘Leonard Slatkin conducts with admirable delicacy. The entire cast is excellent, in fact, but Frédéric Antoun’s absurd, self-regarding poet deserves a special mention.’ – Gramophone

ROUSE, C.: Seeing / Kabir Padavali
Trevigne, Weiss, Albany Symphony, Miller
Naxos 8.559799

‘Trevigne is nothing less than sensational. She is assured in her presentation, and possesses a warm and, yes, voluptuous soprano that is perfectly matched to this material. ’ – Fanfare

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphonies, Opp. 49a, 110a and 83a
Kiev Soloists, Yablonsky
Naxos 8.573466

‘These three Shostakovich chamber symphonies by Rudolf Barshai are brilliantly played. But, above all, with the music coming deep out of the composer’s soul, they carry away the listener emotionally.’ – Pizzicato

WEINER, L.: Csongor és Tünde (2nd version, 1959) / Ballata
Szűcs, Jubilate Girls Choir, Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV, Csányi
Naxos 8.573491

‘Vivid and playful recording of Leo Weiner’s ballet music ‘Csongor and Tünde’ in the original version. Charming!’ – Pizzicato

WU, C.: Monkey (Unabridged)
Kenneth Williams
Naxos AudioBooks NA0216

‘It’s a bravura performance of a delightful text’ – AudioFile

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Symphony No. 2 / LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Livre / Musique funèbre
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Liebreich
Accentus Music ACC-30349

‘A superb programme.’ – Gramophone

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

LEGENDARY PERFORMANCES - GLUCK, C.W.: Iphigénie en Tauride (Zurich Opera, 2001)
Galstian, Gilfry, Jankova, Lorenz, Mrosek, Paunovic, Putz, Scharinger, Soranno, Walt, Zurich Opera House Chorus and Ballet,
Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra

Arthaus Musik 109193

‘In a dark, yet interesting staging by Claus Guth, Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride is musically fascinating, with an exquisite ensemble and good singers, all masterly led by William Christie.’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 1
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Nézet-Séguin
BR-Klassik 900143

‘Nézet-Séguin and his orchestra build to a truly seismic close, the Bavarians playing with all the passion and power they can muster.’
MusicWeb International

‘A delight, every detail comes across vividly in the recording.’

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

VERDI, G.: Aida (La Scala, 2015) (NTSC)
Colombara, Gagnidze, Isotton, Lewis, Rachvelishvili, Rza-Zada, Salminen, Sartori, Milan La Scala Chorus, Ballet and Orchestra, Mehta
C Major 732208

‘Sensuality and joy of life are convincingly expressed through music’
American Record Guide

See C Major catalogue


Jarnot, Petersen, Schneider
Capriccio C5251

‘No one being fond of the German Lied should miss this superb CD with compositions by Walter Braunfels, sung and played by three committed and technically excellent performers. ’ – Pizzicato

See Capriccio catalogue

CD Accord

WEINBERG, M.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 4 and 5 / Violin Sonatina
Różański, Sławek
CD Accord CDAccordACD217

‘On the whole, it’s a most compelling program and deserves to be urgently recommended.’ – Fanfare

See CD Accord catalogue


GLASS, P.: FILAMENT (Chamber Music)

Dessner, Muhly, eighth blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-157

‘Bryce Dessner’s clever and wonderfully engaging Murder Ballades really rocks the boat and is the best thing here, a piece that grabs you from the start and refuses to let go, played with an obvious love and belief in its importance.’ – Audiophile Audition

See Cedille catalogue


NIELSEN, C.: Choral Music
Danish National Choirs, Faber, Schønwandt, Wendt
Dacapo 8.226112

‘Sheer bliss. This CD is a joy from beginning to end.’
MusicWeb International

See Dacapo catalogue


BRAHMS, J.: Piano Trios Nos 1, 2 and 3
Perry, Vardi, Zamora
Delos DE3489

‘Elegant and insightful performances.’ – Gramophone

See Delos catalogue

DSO Live

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3
O'Connor, Greater Dallas Children's Chorus,
Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, van Zweden

DSO Live DSOLive007

‘This is Mahler’s longest symphony, but in van Zweden’s hands, its evocation of nature and predominantly happy mood make it a delight, and the DSO’s exuberant playing gives it an energy that is irresistible.’ –

See DSO Live catalogue

Grand Piano

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 4
Geoffrey Burleson
Grand Piano GP625

‘Overall, this is a superb disc played by a very talented pianist who is more than able to cope with Saint-Saëns’ myriad technical details and colours.’
MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue


SCHMIDT, F.: Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
Kalna, Krafft, Nurgeldiyev, Ranch, Vogt, Zeppenfeld, Latvian State Choir; North German Radio Chorus, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Young
OehmsClassics OC1840

‘An impressive presentation of the work, and the powerful performance marked the end of Young’s decade-long tenure with the orchestra.’

See OehmsClassics catalogue


DVOŘÁK, A.: Violin Concerto / Romance, Op. 11 /
SUK, J.: Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 24

Tetzlaff, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Ondine ODE1279-5

‘Dvořák’s Violin Concerto is one of the most perfectly balanced of all romantic works in the medium. It is this formal balance that Tetzlaff and Storgårds project so satisfyingly.”’ –

See Ondine catalogue

Paladino Music

FALLA, M. de: Complete Piano Music
Juan Carlos Rodriguez
Paladino Music PMR0062

‘A wonderful introduction to a lesser-known dimension of a well-known and loved composer.’ – Audiophile Audition

See Paladino Music catalogue

Solo Musica

VIVALDI, A.: The 4 Seasons / PIAZZOLLA, A.: Las 4 Estaciones Porteñas (8 Jahreszeiten)
Migdal, German Chamber Orchestra
Solo Musica SM235

‘Caring for tonal beauty, Liv Migdal and the Berliner Kammerorchester give us a charming version of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and a sensual performance of the Piazzolla Seasons. ’ – Pizzicato

See Solo Musica catalogue

Sono Luminus

ELDER, D. / TAVENER, J. / KEDROV, N. / LEIFS, J. / VUICHARD, R. / SCHUMAN, W.: Crossing Over (Choral Music)
Moyer, Petrus, Rood, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Guard
Sono Luminus DSL-92200

‘Combining some world premier performances, a natural and beautifully ethereal recording, and a well thought-out program, this disc is highly recommended.’ – Audiophile Audition

See Sono Luminus catalogue


RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Daphnis et Chloé /
Valse nobles et sentimentales

Stuttgart Southwest Radio Vocal Ensemble,
Stuttgart Radio Symphony orchestra, Denève

SWRmusic SWR19004CD

‘This is certainly one of the most sensual and mysterious Daphnis-recordings ever made, and Valses Nobles et Sentimentales bask in an equally sensuous climate, generously developing a highly poetic atmosphere.’ – Pizzicato

See SWRmusic catalogue

Yarlung Records

Cooke, Sasha - ADAMS, J. / CHAUSSON, E. / HANDEL, G.F. /
MAHLER, G.: If You Love for Beauty (Vocal Recital)

Cooke, Colbourn Orchestra, Gilad
Yarlung Records YAR14148

‘Cooke’s voice has the size and expressive range to sustain focus on and interest in whatever she is doing, in true collaboration with an orchestra that’s sizable and exceptionally colorful in its own right. ’

See Yarlung Records catalogue

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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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