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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

NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor • O Garatuja: Prelude • Série brasileira
NEPOMUCENO, A.: Symphony in G Minor • O Garatuja: Prelude • Série brasileira
Minas Gerais Philharmonic • Mechetti
Naxos 8.574067

‘If subsequent volumes maintain the high standards heard here, we have a lot to look forward to. Urgently recommended.’
Gramophone


‘Uplifting stuff.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The Music of Brazil Series is off to an auspicious start with this enlightening and enjoyable survey of the music of Nepomuceno.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
BRITTEN, B.: Billy Budd [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
Imbrailo • Spence • Sherratt • Oliemans • Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Bolton
BelAir Classiques BAC154 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC554)

‘This one is just as fine, and many will prefer it.’
MusicWeb International

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

ADAM, A.: Le Corsaire [Ballet] (Vienna State Ballet, 2016)
ADAM, A.: Le Corsaire [Ballet] (Vienna State Ballet, 2016)
Gabdullin • Yakovleva • Wiener Staatsballett • Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper • Ovsianikov • Legris
Naxos 2.110594 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0090V)

‘This becomes the most generally attractive filmed version of Le corsaire.’
MusicWeb International


BENNETT, W.S.: Piano Sextet • Chamber Trio • String Quartet
BENNETT, W.S.: Piano Sextet • Chamber Trio • String Quartet
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571379

‘Brilliant and scintillating are adjectives that could be used to describe these performances as well.’
Fanfare


BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017)
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera] (DNO, 2017)
Maltman • Westbroek • van Aken • Beekman • White • Dutch National Opera Chorus • Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra • Albrecht
Naxos 2.110582 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0081V)


BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2014)
BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2014)
Daszak • Melrose • Borczyk • Costanzo • Rock • Teatro Real Chorus and Orchestra • Pérez
Naxos 2.110577 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0076V)


‘Musically, this version owes much to tenor John Daszak, who plays a rather young Aschenbach, vocally sound and dramatically convincing… a welcome addition.’
Opéra (France)


CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 3 • String Trio • Sonata for Violin and Cello
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 3 • String Trio • Sonata for Violin and Cello
Alogna • Pascalucci • Trainini • Stassi
Naxos 8.574003

‘Romantic chamber music lovers as well as any audiophiles among them will be pleased with this disc.’
Classical Lost and Found


CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta] (DNO, 2014)
CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta] (DNO, 2014)
d’Oustrac • Mortagne • Guilmette • Varnier • Dutch National Opera Chorus • Residentie Orkest The Hague • Fournillier
Naxos 2.110595 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0091V)

‘Stéphanie d’Oustrac makes a terrific Lazuli, impulsive and witty, wonderfully secure throughout the role’s wide vocal range.’
Gramophone


COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
Detroit Symphony • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559862

‘Leonard Slatkin’s Copland is always first rate, and this release is no exception.’
ClassicsToday.com


PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
PRICE, F.B.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4
Fort Smith Symphony • Jeter
Naxos 8.559827


‘Price was the real thing, and these performances in excellent sound do her proud.’
Limelight

‘Here is a release that brings many riches.’
Fanfare


RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.574025


‘Patient, refreshing and intimate’
Financial Times


RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Feste romane • Fontane di Roma • Pini di Roma
RESPIGHI, O.: Roman Trilogy – Feste romane • Fontane di Roma • Pini di Roma
Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.574013

‘The climaxes here have real bite.’
AllMusic.com


‘She came, she saw, she conquered: JoAnn Falletta sets light to a dazzling Roman candle’
Limelight


VERDI, G.: Stiffelio [Opera] (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2017)
VERDI, G.: Stiffelio [Opera] (Teatro Regio di Parma, 2017)
Ganci • Katzarava • Landolfi • Sala • Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna • Calvo
Naxos 2.110590 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0084V)

‘Graham Vick’s production of Stiffelio is a triumph.’
BBC Music Magazine


WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera] (La Scala, 2017)
WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera] (La Scala, 2017)
Kleiter • Liebau • König • Groissböck • Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala • Myung-Whun Chung
Naxos 2.110597 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0092V)

‘With its compelling production and its brilliant musicianship, it is now a clear first choice for Der Freischütz on film’
MusicWeb International


WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
WILLIAMS, G.: Chamber Music
M. Mitchell • London Chamber Ensemble
Naxos 8.571380

‘A powerful musical personality, well served by some gripping interpretations. More, please.’
Gramophone

‘This excellent CD is very hard to put down, and will undoubtedly encourage you to investigate more of Grace Williams’s other works.’
MusicWeb International

‘Mitchell assembles a fine collection of chamber players in what is obviously a labor of love. Brava!’
AllMusic.com

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS RELEASES

MAYHEW, H.: London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)
MAYHEW, H.: London Labour and the London Poor (Unabridged)
David Timson
Naxos AudioBooks NA0319

‘Overall it’s a performance of impressive creativity, sensitivity, and skill, a remarkable tour de force.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (arr. G. Kremer for violin)
WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (arr. G. Kremer for violin)
Gidon Kremer
Accentus Music ACC-30476

‘His [Gidon Kremer] playing outstandingly shows the depth of feelings and the technical richness of this pieces’
Pizzicato


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Mass in C Major • Leonore Overture No. 3
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Mass in C Major • Leonore Overture No. 3
Kühmeier • Romberger • M. Schmitt • Pisaroni • Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900170


‘Thrilling playing and solid singing from a reliable crack team—the superb recorded sound brings Beethoven’s liturgical work to almost operatic life.’
BBC Music Magazine


PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2018)
PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2018)
Harteros • Antonenko • Tézier • Mastroni • Staatskapelle Dresden • Thielemann
C Major 748308 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (748404)

‘A modern setting adds its own atmosphere to this Tosca from Salzburg, led by the superb Anja Harteros in the title role.’
Gramophone


Ascent – ASSAD, C. • BOWEN, Y. • KNOX, G. • SCHUMANN, R.
Ascent – ASSAD, C. • BOWEN, Y. • KNOX, G. • SCHUMANN, R.
Lipman • Kramer
Cedille CDR90000-184

‘You will not hear it better played, with more spirit and spark and commanding technique, than here.’
ClassicsToday.com


A Tribute to Danny Granados – BRAHMS, J. • GOLIJOV, O. • PIAZZOLLA
A Tribute to Danny Granados – BRAHMS, J. • GOLIJOV, O. • PIAZZOLLA
Granados • Fidelis String Quartet
Delos DE3562

‘This is a moving tribute as well as a satisfying programme.’
Gramophone


VIVALDI, A.: Violin Concertos, Op. 4, Nos. 1-12 (La Stravaganza)
VIVALDI, A.: Violin Concertos, Op. 4, Nos. 1-12 (La Stravaganza)
A. Martynov • Modo Antiquo • Sardelli
Dynamic CDS7778.02


‘A wonderful combination of listening and learning.’
Infodad.com


TSINTSADZE, S.: 24 Preludes for Piano
TSINTSADZE, S.: 24 Preludes for Piano
Inga Fiolia
Grand Piano GP783

‘An opportunity to discover not only a composer, but also some original music… eminently personal, expressive and endearing.’
Musiq3


LAZKANO, R.: Piano Works
LAZKANO, R.: Piano Works
A. Gómez • Zabaleta • Lazkano • Bilbao Symphony • Martínez Izquierdo
Kairos 0015041KAI

LOEWE, C.: Das Sühnopfer des neuen Bundes
LOEWE, C.: Das Sühnopfer des neuen Bundes
Mauch • Malotta • Poplutz • Arcis-Vocalisten Munich • L’Arpa Festante Baroque Orchestra • Gropper
OehmsClassics OC1706


‘A carefully prepared and very expressive account of this interesting composition.’
Pizzicato

‘…this new recording offers every incentive to investigate further.’
Gramophone


DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 4
DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios Nos. 3 and 4
C. and T. Tetzlaff • Vogt
Ondine ODE1316-2

‘This is big-hearted, spontaneous music making, the very ideal of chamber music in its original intimate, domestic setting, only with real virtuoso performers.’
ClassicsToday.com


PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 2017)
Jaho • Puente • Hendricks • Deshong • Royal Opera Chorus • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Pappano
Opus Arte OA1268D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7244D)

‘All contribute and blend to make as cohesive a performance of this work as can be conceived for today’s social values.’
MusicWeb International


Works for Violin and Piano –  BRAHMS, J. • SCHUMANN, R. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • GERNSHEIM, F.
Works for Violin and Piano – BRAHMS, J. • SCHUMANN, R. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • GERNSHEIM, F.
Eichhorn • Gallardo
Paladino Music PMR0097


‘An exciting release, all the more since the performances are technically stunning and also highly expressive.’
Pizzicato


THORVALDSDOTTIR, A.: Aequilibria • Fields • Illumine • Reflections • Scape • Sequences • Spectra (Aequa)
THORVALDSDOTTIR, A.: Aequilibria • Fields • Illumine • Reflections • Scape • Sequences • Spectra (Aequa)
International Contemporary Ensemble
Sono Luminus DSL-92227

‘Each piece on this superb disc has something new to say.’
MusicWeb International




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