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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!

Gramophone Award Winner

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra • Petrenko
Naxos 8.572461

‘profound and passionate’

‘certainly one of the best’

‘The phrasing…is exquisite, the ensemble is very fine, and the musicality heartbreaking.’

Gramophone Editor's Choice

STANFORD Piano Quartet No 2, Piano Trio No 1, Legend, Irish Fantasies
Gould Piano Trio • Adams
Naxos 8.572452


‘stylish exploration that shows yet again that our concert halls should be programming more Stanford.’

‘most engaging music through gorgeous interpretations’
Toronto Star

Naxos CDs

Franco ALFANO Violin Sonata, Piano Quintet, Nenia e Scherzino
Darvarova • Dunn • MA & C Mumm • Magill
Naxos 8.572753

‘intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing’
The Strad
ALWYN Concerti Grossi Nos 2 & 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • Lloyd-Jones
Naxos 8.570145

‘This is a magnificent achievement that I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams some 40 years ago.’ – MusicWeb International

‘Attractive and colourful music played with apt energy and drive’ – Gramophone
Mario CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Shakespeare Overtures Vol 1
West Australian Symphony Orchestra • Penny
Naxos 8.572500

‘insightful and arresting’

‘Interesting and replete with colorful orchestration, dramatic moments, and winsome melodies.’
American Record Guide
DEBUSSY Suite bergamasque, Petite suite, En blanc et noir
Orchestre National de Lyon • Märkl
Naxos 8.572583

‘Jun Märkl’s outstanding Debussy series makes every piece sound like one of the most cherishable masterworks in the repertoire.’ – Classic FM
GESUALDO Madrigals, Vol 3
Delitae Musicae • Longhini
Naxos 8.572136

‘Every bit as solid, intriguing and downright enjoyable as the other two in the series. Not to be missed.’ – MusicWeb International

‘the music, and the performance here, are exquisite.’ – The Buffalo News
Frederic MOMPOU Impressions, Dances & Preludes
Jordi Masó
Naxos 8.572142

‘Nominating Naxos releases as Bargains of the Month is becoming a habit with me, but when the music – and musicianship – is as assured as this, nothing else will do.’
MusicWeb International

'finely recorded and played with special devotion'
- Gramophone
Soloists • Warsaw Boys’ Choir • Warsaw Philharmonic Choir
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra • Wit

Naxos 8.572032


‘the assembled forces under Penderecki advocate Antoni Wit turn in a performance fully worthy of the piece.’

‘Top recommendation.’
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 6 & 12
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • Petrenko
Naxos 8.572658

‘thrilling performance...expressive depth...gripping readings’ – The Sunday Times CD of the Week

‘pure music...with considerable expressive force.’ – Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Week
A E HOUSMAN A Shropshire Lad (unabridged)
read by Samuel West

‘West, you feel, reads poetry as it should be read—confidently, with ease and conviction, as if all the world spoke in meter and rhyme’ – AudioFile

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CHOPIN The Piano Concertos
Kissin • Demidenko • Warsaw Philharmonic • Wit
ACC-20104 (DVD)

‘a many-layered performance of great depth’ – Fanfare

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Arthaus Musik

Robert SCHUMANN Manfred
Bülow • Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra • Boreyko
Arthaus Musik 101575

‘This exceptionally beautiful staging is a revelation’
BBC Music Magazine

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C Major

BEETHOVEN Symphonies Nos 7 8 & 9 (with documentaries)
Dasch • Fujimura • Beczala • Zeppenfeld
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra • Thielemann

C Major 705108 (DVD) / 705204 (Blu-Ray)

‘the fact that this installment…makes me want to investigate the rest of the series is high recommendation indeed.’

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MAHLER Symphony No 4, Rückert-Lieder
Kožená, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado
2057988 (DVD)

“A must-have for all Mahlerians.” – MusicWeb International

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ICA Classics

SZYMANOWSKI Symphonies Nos 3 & 4
Bartmiński • Broja • Warsaw Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra • Wit
ICA Classics ICAD5017

‘May [International Classical Artists] give us many more discs like this one’

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Idéale Audience

Leonard Bernstein Conducts Shostakovich
London Symphony • Bernstein
3085318 (DVD)

‘Vintage Lenny; not to be missed.’ – MusicWeb International

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Newton Classics

STRAVINSKY The Works for Piano & Violin
Mustonen • van Keulen

‘one of the best “complete works” sets I’ve seen in a long time’ – The Wholenote

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MAHLER Symphony No 4
Oelze • Gürzenich-Orchester Köln • Stenz
OC649 (hybrid SACD)

‘The vividness of the detail in the weird, not-quite-Scherzo second movement mesmerises the ear’ – Classic FM

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PROKOFIEV Piano Sonatas Nos 1-9
ODE1103-2Q (CD)

‘Virtuosity and resolve in a reissued cycle of Prokofiev’s nine piano sonatas’ – Gramophone

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Opus Arte

WAGNER Der fliegende Holländer
De Nederlandse Opera, 2010
OA1049D (DVD)

‘the Haenchen Holländer in a performance whose compelling drama is made possible via Haenchen’s incendiary conducting.’ – Fanfare

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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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