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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

EŠENVALDS, E.: Choral Music (Translations)
EŠENVALDS, E.: Choral Music (Translations)
Portland State Chamber Choir • Sperry
Naxos 8.574124

‘A stunning, timely triumph, therefore, full of ravishing, transformative and deeply touching music.’
Gramophone

‘Admirers of the music of this gifted Latvian composer should not hesitate to acquire this outstanding disc.’
MusicWeb International


‘A truly lovely choral release, with youthful voices at their most enchanting.’
AllMusic.com


‘The performances on this CD are excellent, very atmospheric, with excellent solo performances.’
Pizzicato


LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1332-5

‘This magnificent new recording completes a strong symphonic portrait of the Polish modernist master.’
BBC Music Magazine

‘The orchestra is in top form, and is optimally supported by the recording technicians.’
Pizzicato

‘Lintu’s performances are superb.’
MusicWeb International

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BACH, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
BACH, J.S.: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
András Schiff
Naxos 2.110653 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0104V)

‘A stunning, timely triumph, therefore, full of ravishing, transformative and deeply touching music.’
Gramophone


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 • Rondo, WoO 6
Giltburg • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • V. Petrenko
Naxos 8.574151

‘Giltburg plays both works with the youthful panache that they require’
ClassicsToday.com


JOLIVET, A.: Complete Flute Works, Vol. 2
JOLIVET, A.: Complete Flute Works, Vol. 2
Boulègue • Tulliez • L. Warnier • Gimeno
Naxos 8.574079

‘Hélène Boulègue once more proves her incredible talent in a seemingly effortless, playful virtuosity.’
Pizzicato


MALIPIERO, G.F.: Symphony No. 6 • Ritrovari • Serenata mattutina • 5 Studi
MALIPIERO, G.F.: Symphony No. 6 • Ritrovari • Serenata mattutina • 5 Studi
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana • Iorio
Naxos 8.574173

‘Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana is in great shape and focused under the skilled baton of Damian Ioro.’
Crescendo (France)


PRADO, J.A.R. de A: Piano Concerto No. 1 • Aurora • Concerto Fribourgeois
PRADO, J.A.R. de A: Piano Concerto No. 1 • Aurora • Concerto Fribourgeois
Rubinsky • Minas Gerais Philharmonic • Mechetti
Naxos 8.574225

‘This is quite a listening experience! For lovers of modern music, an indispensable disc.’
The Art Music Lounge


RESPIGHI, O.: La Bella dormente nel bosco [Opera]
RESPIGHI, O.: La Bella dormente nel bosco [Opera]
Nisi • Barsoumian • Gandía • Taormina • Pilipenko • Urru • Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari • Renzetti • Muscato
Naxos 2.110655 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0106V)

‘Utterly enchanting…’
OperaJournal


SKORYK, M.: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1–4
SKORYK, M.: Complete Violin Concertos, Vol. 1 – Nos. 1–4
Bielow • Ukraine National Symphony • Sirenko
Naxos 8.574088


‘Effective, varied and truly remarkable.’
Pizzicato

‘Bielow is terrific in top-notch performances of works full of strong, idiomatic writing.’
The WholeNote


SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Piano Works – Preludes, Op. 1 • Studies, Opp. 4 and 33 • Maski
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Piano Works – Preludes, Op. 1 • Studies, Opp. 4 and 33 • Maski
Andrea Vivanet
Naxos 8.551401

‘Ingratiatingly warm, singing, and expressive at all dynamics.’
Fanfare


Two Lutes with Grace – Plectrum Lute Duos of the Late 15th Century
Two Lutes with Grace – Plectrum Lute Duos of the Late 15th Century
Lewon • Kieffer
Naxos 8.573854


‘Exciting and entertaining’
Pizzicato


VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto • Harmonica Concerto • Sexteto místico
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Guitar Concerto • Harmonica Concerto • Sexteto místico
Barrueco • Staneck • São Paulo Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.574018

‘A joy from start to finish—a true voyage of discovery and delight.’
ClassicsToday.com

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1742 version)
HANDEL, G.F.: Messiah (1742 version)
Mields • Schachtner • Kristjánsson • Berndt • Gaechinger Cantorey • Rademann
Accentus Music ACC-30499

‘To discover the Messiah in such a new way is truly enriching.’
Pizzicato


WEILL, K.: Street Scene [Opera]
WEILL, K.: Street Scene [Opera]
Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Murray • Fulljames • Pita
BelAir Classiques BAC162

Also available on Blu-ray (BAC562)

‘A performance fully in keeping with the Broadway-styled numbers that are interspersed throughout the powerful score.’
MusicWeb International


SUK, J.: Asrael
SUK, J.: Asrael
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Hruša
BR-Klassik 900188

‘A compelling, narrative, atmospheric and agitated performance. ’
Pizzicato


‘It’s a strange emotional world, like nothing else in music, and this recording reveals it with heart-stopping intensity. ’
Daily Telegraph (UK)


OFFENBACH, J.: Les Contes d’Hoffmann [Opera]
OFFENBACH, J.: Les Contes d’Hoffmann [Opera]
Osborn • Roberts • Minasyan • Rice • Jaho • Schrott • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra • Rizzi • Kratzer
C Major 752808

Also available on Blu-ray (752904)

‘John Osborn is currently considered one of the best Hoffmann interpreters, and he fully lives up to this reputation in this production.’
Pizzicato


BERNSTEIN, L.: Mass
BERNSTEIN, L.: Mass
Dyk • Vienna State Opera Children’s Choir • Company of Music • Wiener Singakademie • Vienna Radio Symphony • D.R. Davies
Capriccio C5370

‘This recording reflects all the expressionistic excitement of the composition, and is definitely one of Mass’s reference recordings.’
Pizzicato

‘A Mass that holds together uniquely well, and a version that can compete with the one the composer led back in the 1970s.’
AllMusic.com


Rejoice – BACH, J.S. • GUBAIDULINA, S. • PENDERECKI, K. • YSAŸE, E.
Rejoice – BACH, J.S. • GUBAIDULINA, S. • PENDERECKI, K. • YSAŸE, E.
Sławek • Zdunik
CDAccordACD264


‘In one inspired dialogue, [Sławek and Zdunik] succeed in giving each work an individual character.’
Pizzicato


Civitas Ensemble – CHEN, Yi • FUNG, Vivian • LU, Pei • YAO, Chen • ZHOU, Long
Civitas Ensemble – CHEN, Yi • FUNG, Vivian • LU, Pei • YAO, Chen • ZHOU, Long
Jin Yin
Cedille CDR90000-193

‘A journey into another dimension…’
ClassicsToday.com

‘Highly impressive playing’
MusicWeb International

‘This is one of the finest such offerings I have heard, the very best in a long time.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


KOCH, J.: Concertos (Dreamscapes)
KOCH, J.: Concertos (Dreamscapes)
Fukacová • Tichindeleanu • Kruse • Odense Symphony • J. Brown
Dacapo 6.220579

‘A most auspicious release.’
MusicWeb International


GOULD, G.: String Quartet • GULDA, F.: String Quartet in F-Sharp Minor
GOULD, G.: String Quartet • GULDA, F.: String Quartet in F-Sharp Minor
Acies Quartett
Gramola99028

‘This disc is a real find. Both quartets are lovingly realised, beautifully and warmly recorded. This is a disc I will return to.’
Gramophone


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 5
Geoffrey Burleson
Grand Piano GP626

‘This is an absolute must for anyone interested in Saint-Saëns or romantic virtuosic piano music.’
American Record Guide

‘A virtuoso par excellence, easily handling the numerous difficulties one finds in this music.’
Fanfare


MARSCHNER, H.A.: Hans Heiling [Opera]
MARSCHNER, H.A.: Hans Heiling [Opera]
Teem • Trinsinger • Muirhead • B. Ranch • Dowd • Aalto Theatre Opera Chorus • Essen Philharmonic • Beermann
OehmsClassics OC976

‘A valuable addition to any music lover’s library.’
Opera News


‘Frank Beermann makes an ideal advocate for this music, and his conducting is engaging and high-spirited.’
Pizzicato


PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera]
PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly [Opera]
Busuioc • Guerrero • Sumuel • DeShong • Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Wellber • Miskimmon
Opus Arte OA1167D [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7166D)

‘The provocative staging is thoughtful and mostly effective. Equally thoughtful, and always effective, is Omer Meir Wellber’s conducting, which firmly supports the singers…’
Opera News


#CelloUnlimited  – KODALY, Z. •  PROKOFIEV, S. •  HINDEMITH, P. •  HENZE, H.W. •  CRUMB, G. •  CASALS, P.
#CelloUnlimited – KODALY, Z. • PROKOFIEV, S. • HINDEMITH, P. • HENZE, H.W. • CRUMB, G. • CASALS, P.
Daniel Müller-Schott
Orfeo C984191

‘A completely compelling musical journey.’
Gramophone


SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 • Concertos
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4 • Concertos
Szeryng • Fournier • A. Fischer • South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra • Baden-Baden • Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19085CD

‘I’ve never heard a more moving account of this work: every nook and cranny is explored, and the music’s deeply ambivalent nature truly touches the heart.’
Gramophone


DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA: Bigbands Live
DUKE ELLINGTON ORCHESTRA: Bigbands Live
Duke Ellington Orchestra
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-403


‘An exceptional Ducal night.’
Jazzwise



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