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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

BALADA, L. / TORRES, J. / LÓPEZ GODOY, M. / GARCÍA ABRIL, A. / PABLO, L. de / SOUTULLO, E.: 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 2
BALADA, L. / TORRES, J. / LÓPEZ GODOY, M. / GARCÍA ABRIL, A. / PABLO, L. de / SOUTULLO, E.: 21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 2
Adam Levin
Naxos 8.573409

‘[Levin’s] performance cannot be faulted—huge dynamic and timbral range, deeply moving phrasing, committed virtuosity. He can be wildly dramatic, but never overplays. It’s hard to imagine these performances being improved on...’
American Record Guide


BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Johnson Cano, Thibaudet, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559790

‘The Age of Anxiety is a cracker of a piece and this excellent performance, splendidly engineered, amplifies that view in every way.’ – Gramophone


DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" / Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant
DUTILLEUX, H.: Symphony No. 2, "Le double" /
Timbres, espace, movement / Mystère de l'instant

Rivalland, Orchestre National de Lille, Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573596

‘The performance is always satisfying and constantly displays Henri Dutilleux’s scintillating and sensuous scores in the best possible light. This is a splendid CD that presents the listeners with three undoubted masterpieces from the composer’s pen.’ – MusicWeb International


FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 / Adagio and Scherzo
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571374

‘For the adventurous and discerning listener, there’s much to enjoy here. These quartets have found their true advocates in the Villiers Quartet, who surmount every challenge with consummate mastery and committed musicianship.’
MusicWeb International


HAWES, P.: Revelation / Beatitudes
HAWES, P.: Revelation / Beatitudes
De'Ath, Johnson, The Elora Singers, Edison
Naxos 8.573720

‘Noel Edison and The Elora Singers do much to bring the music to life in a wonderfully resonant and energetic performance.’ – Gramophone


KOŽELUCH, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - P. I:3, 5, 6, 7
KOŽELUCH, L.: Symphonies, Vol. 1 - P. I:3, 5, 6, 7
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Štilec
Naxos 8.573627

‘Marek Štilec leads lively, smartly paced performances, and gets fine playing from the ensemble.’ – ClassicsToday.com


MAHLER, G.: Das Lied von der Erde / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. A. Schoenberg)
MAHLER, G.: Das Lied von der Erde / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. A. Schoenberg)
Platts, Reid, Williams, Attacca Quartet, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, Falletta
Naxos 8.573536


NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains / Lady Godiva / Eternal Longing
NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains / Lady Godiva / Eternal Longing
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.573683


‘…the disc as a whole, splendidly engineered by Tim Handley, is a real pleasure for JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic do Novák’s music proud.’
Classicalsource.com


PUCCINI, G.: Complete Songs
PUCCINI, G.: Complete Songs
Stoyanova, Prinz
Naxos 8.573501

‘Krassimira Stoyanova is one absolutely brilliant, technically flawless performer of these songs.’ – Pizzicato


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1 and 2
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 1 - Nos. 1 and 2
Descharmes, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Soustrot
Naxos 8.573476

‘There’s no lack of virtuosity, but also time to savor the music’s many harmonic delights.’ – ClassicsToday.com


VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: The Lark Ascending / The Solent / 6 Short Pieces / Fantasia
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.: The Lark Ascending / The Solent /
6 Short Pieces / Fantasia

Kloke, Pike, Chamber Orchestra of New York, Di Vittorio
Naxos 8.573530

‘Jennifer Pike opens The Lark Ascending with delicacy and grace, her vibrato contained and expressive. She has the gift of making time stand still, even as the music flows forwards.’ – The Strad


VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Complete Guitar Manuscripts
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Complete Guitar Manuscripts
Artuso, Bissoli, Brait, Pace, Serafini, Schola San Rocco Chorus,
Ensemble Cirandinha, Ensemble Musagete,
Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra, Erle, Mechetti

Naxos 8.503289

‘Bissoli surrounded himself with first-rate collaborators and has given life to a work that sparkles with excellence from every angle. Hats off!’ – Seicorde


‘The young guitarist shows he has internalised deeply the peculiarity of Villa-Lobos’s language and aesthetic, translating them into an intense phrasing, full of nuance.’ – Musica


Accentus Music

BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2005) (NTSC)
BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2005) (NTSC)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Barkmin, Gerhaher, Jovanovich, Peter, Woldt,
Zurich Opera House Chorus, Philharmonia Zurich, Luisi

Accentus Music ACC-20363

Wozzeck, a work of genius, shines just as brightly in this very creative version.’
Opera News

Arthaus Musik

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 7-9 (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 7-9 (5-DVD Box Set) (NTSC)
Cleveland Orchestra, Welser-Möst
Arthaus Musik 109313


‘A dynamically stretched, bright, full and sumptuous sound, moderate tempi and a continuous tension characterize Welser-Möst’s Bruckner performances.’
Pizzicato

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Bel Air Classiques

GLINKA, M.I.: Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bolshoi Opera, 2011) (NTSC)
GLINKA, M.I.: Ruslan and Lyudmila (Bolshoi Opera, 2011) (NTSC)
Mynenko, Ognovenko, Penda, Petrenko, Polkovnikov, Shagimuratova, Svilpa, Workman, Zaremba, Bolshoi Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Jurowski
Bel Air Classiques BAC120

‘The outstanding performance of Ruslan and Lyudmila documented on this DVD shows a remarkable unity of artistic purpose. Cast, chorus, orchestra and production team revitalize the work while putting on a great show…’
Opera News

Cantaloupe Music

GORDON, M.: Timber Remixed
GORDON, M.: Timber Remixed
Mantra Percussion
Cantaloupe Music CA-21121

‘The live performance here by the wizardly members of Mantra Percussion has a visceral impact that will keep you glued to wherever you’re listening. ’
Gramophone

Capriccio

LEVINA, Z.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
LEVINA, Z.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Lettberg, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Matiakh
Capriccio C5269

Cedille

Lincoln Trio - CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands (Piano Trios)
Lincoln Trio - CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. /
MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands (Piano Trios)

Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-165

‘There’s a fire and urgency to these performances that pleads eloquently for this little-known repertoire.’ – Gramophone

Dacapo

NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music
NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music
Bryndorf, Nielsen
Dacapo 6.220635


‘Bine Bryndorf brings great imagination to her readings and is inventive in her use of registration so that the ear is provided with a variety of colours.’
Classicalsource.com

Grand Piano

ENESCU, G.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
ENESCU, G.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
ENESCU, G.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3

Josu de Solaun
Grand Piano GP705 | GP706 | GP707

‘…whether because of the unusual programme or the superb interpretations offered by Solaun, we are faced with a collection of music that needs to be listened to, an essential album that promises to delight even the most demanding music lover.’
Melómano (Spain)

OehmsClassics

MARTINŮ, B.: The Greek Passion [Opera]
MARTINŮ, B.: The Greek Passion [Opera]
Butter, Fournier, Hirzberger, Jähnig, Kaiser, Sanggyoul Lee, Mara, McShane, Miyus, Oreščanin, Perczak, Plautz, Reinhard, Romei, Scherler, Senden, Sekay, Sfiris, Witzurke, Yuan Zhang, Zelinka, Graz Opera Chorus and Philharmonic, Kaftan
OehmsClassics OC967


‘The music is colourful and ardent, and the recorded production from the Graz Opera deserves lots of praise.’ – Pizzicato

Ondine

SCHUBERT, F.: String Quartet No. 15 / HAYDN, J.: String Quartet No. 26
SCHUBERT, F.: String Quartet No. 15 / HAYDN, J.: String Quartet No. 26
Tetzlaff Quartet
Ondine ODE1293-2


‘In this new recording the prestigious Tetzlaff Quartett present a program of String Quartets by Franz Schubert and Joseph Haydn in exemplary performances.’ – Classical Ear

Opus Arte

SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Fritz, Larsson, Magee, Marquardt, Melles,
Dutch National Opera Chorus, Kammerchor des ChorForum Essen,
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Albrecht

Opus Arte OABD7215D [Blu-ray] | OA1227D [DVD]

‘A very impressive achievement all round.’ – Gramophone

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Orfeo

MOZART, W.A.: Opera Arias
MOZART, W.A.: Opera Arias
Fritsch, Munich Radio Orchestra, De Marchi
Orfeo C903161A

‘Anett Fritsch’s Mozart is a sheer delight.’ – Gramophone

Solo Musica

Casal Quartet - TITZ, A.F. / GLAZUNOV, A.K. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Russian Treasures (String Quartet Recital)
Casal Quartet - TITZ, A.F. / GLAZUNOV, A.K. /
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Russian Treasures (String Quartet Recital)

Casal Quartet
Solo Musica SM241

‘Chamber music works from a time, when this genre was just establishing itself in Russia. The development is well traced by the marvellous Casal Quartet.’
Pizzicato

Sono Luminus

JÓNSDÓTTIR, T. / VILMARSSON, H.A. / THORVALDSDÓTTIR, A.: Orchestral Music (Recurrence - ISO Project, Vol. 1)
JÓNSDÓTTIR, T. / VILMARSSON, H.A. /
THORVALDSDÓTTIR, A.: Orchestral Music
(Recurrence - ISO Project, Vol. 1)

Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bjarnason
Sono Luminus DSL-92213


‘While the compositions are clearly difficult to play, the Iceland Symphony pulls off a very fine performance.’ – Audiophile Audition

SWR Classic

STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 5 - Symphonia domestica / Metamorphosen
STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 5 - Symphonia domestica / Metamorphosen
Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Roth
SWR Classic SWR19021CD

‘Irresistibly full of energy and life: the sheer hustle and bustle and invention of the music is conveyed beautifully.’ – Gramophone



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