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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

COPLAND, A.: Fanfare for the Common Man • El salón México • Clarinet Concerto
Goodman • Los Angeles Philharmonic • Copland
Naxos 2.110397

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0068V).


‘A chance to see Aaron Copland conducting his own works—a great watch, and a rewarding listen as well’ – Gramophone


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 3
Romberger • Augsburger Domsingknaben • Frauenchor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Haitink
BR-Klassik 900149


‘The playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony is outstanding, and beautifully captured in concert’ – BBC Music Magazine



NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 3 – MORALES-CASO, E. • VEGA, L. • GARCÍA ABRIL, A. • BALADA, L. • HALFFTER, C. • GRECO, J.L.
Adam Levin
Naxos 8.573760

‘Adam Levin’s playing is what might be expected from one who can inspire these works. His technique is faultless, his interpretive powers deeply moving, whether the music demands wild abandon or precious beauty—and his identification with the essence of each piece, each composer is clear.’ – American Record Guide


BEL CANTO – The Tenors of the 78 Era (Documentaries, 2018)
Various Artists
Naxos NBD0063-64V

Also available on DVD (2.110389-91).


‘This set contains an essential and invaluable documentation about the great tenors and bel canto singing’ – Pizzicato


BERNSTEIN, L.: Marin Alsop’s Complete Naxos Recordings (8-CD Boxed Set)
Marin Alsop • Various Artists
Naxos 8.508018

‘Here, in one convenient box, are all of Marin Alsop’s Bernstein recordings for Naxos—eight CDs worth—performances as fine as Bernstein’s own, and sometimes even better.’ – ClassicsToday.com


Brass Septet Music, Vol. 5 – FAURÉ, G. • RAVEL, M. • DEBUSSY, C.
Septura
Naxos 8.573619

‘Septura always sounds terrific—tone qualities, blend, and intonation are always wonderful, ensemble always precise.’ – American Record Guide


DAUGHERTY, M.: Dreamachine • Trail of Tears • Reflections on the Mississippi
Glennie • A. Porter • Jantsch • Albany Symphony • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559807

‘Daugherty at his inimitable and engaging best; don’t hesitate.’ – MusicWeb International


FARRENC, L.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
Solistes Européens, Luxembourg • C. König
Naxos 8.573706


‘These are well-paced, unfailingly musicianly and vital readings of two symphonies by Louise Farrenc, eminently serviceable to the French composer’s music.’ – Pizzicato


KARAYEV, K.: Symphony No. 1 • Violin Concerto
Gandelman • Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra • D. Yablonsky
Naxos 8.573722

‘Violinist Janna Gandelman tackles the solo part with striking conviction, while the Kiev Virtuosi Symphony Orchestra plays very well under Dmitry Yablonsky both [in the Violin Concerto] and in the First Symphony.’ – ClassicsToday.com


KLENGEL, J.: Complete Cello Concertinos • Concert Piece in D Minor
Rummel • Mari Kato
Naxos 8.573793

‘The Rummel/Kato duo is polished and secure, and they play these works not as pedagogical exercises, but as musical works with a story and a pulse.’ – Fanfare


KODÁLY, Z.: Concerto for Orchestra • Dances of Galánta • Dances of Marosszék • The Peacock Variations
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
Naxos 8.573838

‘Falletta and Buffalo is a winning combination, and I’m glad they are making recordings.’ – American Record Guide


PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra • Alsop
Naxos 8.573534-35

‘Alsop’s shows that Romeo and Juliet can still inspire a fine interpretation in the digital era, making this recording essential listening for Prokofiev fans’ – AllMusic.com


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonic Poems
Orchestre National de Lille • Märkl
Naxos 8.573745

‘Jun Märkl has led another excellent performance of French music with a provincial, yet excellent, French orchestra. All the performances are taut, vivid, full of energy and color, and played with enthusiasm. …Märkl leads the way.’ – American Record Guide


British Violin Concertos – PATTERSON, P. • LEIGHTON, K. • JACOB, G.
Howick • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra • Llewellyn
Naxos 8.573791

‘Technically secure, unfailingly expressive, and with an interest in obscure English repertoire, [Clare Howick] is a first-class musician in the line of Lorraine McAslan and Tasmin Little. She does all three works proud.’ – Fanfare

‘A thoroughly worthwhile and enjoyable disc.’ – MusicWeb International


WAGNER, R: Orchestral Music from Der Ring des Nibelungen
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
Naxos 8.573839


‘No BPO conductor has achieved anything close on record with the orchestra to the recording presence that Falletta has.’ – The Buffalo News

‘This may be the most epic playing to come out of Buffalo since the Bills won the AFL Championship in 1965!’ – WQXR (New York)

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

BAUDELAIRE, C.: Flowers of Evil (Unabridged)
Jonathan Keeble
Naxos AudioBooks NA0303


‘Jonathan Keeble’s excellent narration reminds us just how radical this work was…and Keeble shows he understands that in the way he delivers a body of work ranging in subject from Satan to cats.’ – AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

Violin Recital: Barenboim, Michael – SCIARRINO, S. • TARTINI, G. • BERIO, L. • PAGANINI, N.
Michael Barenboim
Accentus Music ACC-30431




‘Sublimely controlled, Barenboim throws down the expressive gauntlet with playing as subtle as it is high-voltage and apparently—paradoxically—on the edge of reason…’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘This recording is breathtakingly compelling, and one that’s full of brilliant revelations, all captured in an appropriately full but focused acoustic.’ – The Strad


KRČEK, J.: Oboe Concerto • 3 Dances in and Olden Style
Krčková • Koubková-Torgersen • Slovak Chamber Orchestra • Warchal
ArcoDiva UP0201

‘Splendid performances of the opening concertos and captivating account of the Film Suite’ – Classical Lost and Found


BERG, A.: Lulu [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2015) (NTSC)
Petersen • Skovhus • Klink • Sindram • Trost • Winkler • Bayerisches Staatsorchester • Petrenko • Tcherniakov
BelAir Classiques BAC129

Also available on Blu-ray BAC429.

‘Soprano Marlis Petersen delivers a powerhouse performance… Performed here by conductor Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Berg’s music is darkly fantastical, with a meandering, almost whimsical approach to melody.’ – Opera News


BIZET, G.: Carmen [Opera] (Bregenz Festival, 2017) (NTSC)
Arquez • Johansson • Hendricks • Tsallagova • Wiener Symphoniker • Carignani • Holten
C Major 742208

Also available on Blu-ray 742304.

‘Conductor Paolo Carignani gets a rousing performance from the Wiener Symphoniker, the Bregenz Festival Choir, the Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Children’s Choir of Musikmittelschule Bregenz-Stadt.’ – Opera News


ZEMLINSKY, A.: Eine Florentinische Tragödie [Opera]
W. Koch • H. Brunner • ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • de Billy
Capriccio C5325

‘The RSO Wien shows itself off splendidly under Paris-born Bertrand de Billy. The three singers communicate a variety of shifting moods, nearly always maintaining beautiful firm tone.’ – American Record Guide


Portraits – ROGERSON, C. • COLEMAN, V. • CONNESSON, G. • SCHOENFIELD, P.
McGill • McHale Trio
Cedille CDR90000-172


‘ A wonderful album all the way around. The music is flat out terrific.’ – Audiophile Audition


All Who Wander – MAHLER, G. • DVOŘÁK, A. • SIBELIUS, J.
Jamie Barton
Delos DE3494

‘Barton is wonderfully idiomatic in Dvořák and Sibelius, and she and her pianist give a performance of Mahler’s Rückert Lieder that is up there with the greatest.’ – BBC Music Magazine Awards


Cinema – ZAMECNIK, J.S. • SATIE, E. • MILHAUD, D. • AURIC, G. • PETERSON, O. • GRUSIN, D.
Luigi Palombi
Dynamic CDS7805


‘This is a fantastic release worth tracking down!’ – Film Score Monthly


Ladies’ Night – BEACH, A. • VIARDOT-GARCIA, P. • RÖNTGEN-MAIER, A.
Irnberger • Moser
Gramola99153

‘Perhaps the greatest surprise of all is the set of six expertly-crafted pieces by Amanda Röntgen-Maier, which flavours early Grieg with an occasional dash of Dvořák, yet retains its own distinctive creative impulse. Irnberger’s sparkling tone and intonational purity combine to captivating effect.’ – BBC Music Magazine


SATIE, E.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP762


‘In comparison with the fascinating version of Fils des Étoiles interpreted by Alexei Lubimov, Horvath plays up other aspects [of this piece]: clarity of motifs, a restrained transparency and a warm and wooded resonance’ – Classica


Das ewige Rätsel – KLEIN, R.R. • MAHLER, G. • MARTIN, F. • RAVEL, M.
Johannes Martin Kränzle
OehmsClassics OC1887


‘When Johannes Martin Kränzle is singing Lieder, he does it as an opera singer, with a fine sense for dramatic expression and plenty of temperament. Hilko Dumno is equally dramatic, and his piano playing adds the final touch to this album.’ – Pizzicato


CARTER, E.: Late Works
Aimard • Currie • I. Faust • Queyras • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group • BBC Symphony Orchestra • O. Knussen
Ondine ODE1296-2

‘There couldn’t be a better tribute to Elliott Carter than this recording, featuring five premieres and an all-star line-up of performers. It’s a dazzling showcase of the American composer’s late music.’ – Jury Award Winners: Premiere Award, BBC Music Magazine Awards


WAGNER, R.: Opera Scenes for Baritone
Volle • Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin • Fritzsch
Orfeo C904171A

‘Michael Volle is an intelligent artist. Three of his most successful roles—Dr. Schön in Lulu and both Sachs and Beckmesser in Die Miestersinger—are among the most demanding in the standard repertoire.’ – Opera News


Windows – BRUCE, D. • SCHUMANN, R. • MATHESON, J.
Bruce Levingston
Sono Luminus DSL-92218

‘Sono Luminus’s resonantly ample engineering particularly lends itself to Matheson’s vibrant writing and Levingston’s compelling, colourful pianism.’ – Gramophone


KOECHLIN, C.: Chamber Works (7-CD Boxed Set)
Korstick • Ruhland • Altmann
SWR Classic SWR19047CD

‘The performances are all expert and loving, with special kudos going to pianist Michael Korstick, clarinetist Dirk Altmann, and flutist Tatjana Ruhland’ – ClassicsToday.com



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