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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 CDs

LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: Symphonies / Concertos / Choral and Vocal Works (10-CD Box Set)
Naxos 8.501066

[Wit] plays all of this music with idiomatic flair, but also a passion and intensity that is very special. -

ROSSINI, G.: Siege de Corinthe (Le) [Opera]
Regazzo, Cullagh, Spyres, Sala, Ramos, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud
Naxos 8.660329-30


BLOCH, E.: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor / Poems of the Sea
London Symphony, Atlas
Naxos 8.573241

The LSO play Bloch’s Symphony in C sharp minor marvellously and Dalia Atlas conducts it with understanding and conviction. - Gramophone

RACHMANINOV, S.: Isle of the Dead (The) / Symphony No. 1
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573234

These are impressive, highly desirable interpretations—budget in price but invaluable for the insights they bring so animatedly and poignantly into Rachmaninov’s world. - Gramophone

CORNELIUS, P.: Lieder (Complete), Vol. 1
Landshamer, M. Schafer, Hausmann, Veit
Naxos 8.572556

Altogether a delightful revelation. - Gramophone

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 9 - Symphony No. 4
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573188

Shostakovich’s opening in Petrenko’s hands puts one in mind of an Edvard Munch scream; stylised expressionism, chilling to the marrow. - Sinfini Music

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 3
Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos 8.570935

Absolutely sparkling. - Sunday Herald

RUTTER, J.: Suite Antique / GLASS, P. / FRANCAIX, J.: Harpsichord Concertos
Lewis, West Side Chamber Orchestra, Mallon
Naxos 8.573146

The performance is  terrific, as fine as the composer’s own, with John McMurtery an excellent flute soloist with a firm, round tone.

Cello Duet Arrangements (A Tale of Two Cellos)
Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, Lenehan
Naxos 8.573251

this inspired, captivatingly played collection represents the perfect musical antidote for all those long winter evenings ahead - Sinfini Music

TYBERG, M.: Symphony No. 2 / Piano Sonata No. 2
Bidini, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.572822

Unashamedly romantic music by this hugely gifted Holocaust victim, with Bidini performing prodigies in the Brahmsian Second Sonata.
- BBC Music Magazine

RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Dances
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin
Naxos 8.573051

Leonard Slatkin and his marvelous Detroit Symphony really hit a home run with their splendid Naxos release of Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony and Symphonic Dances. - Fanfare

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / Pohjola's Daughter / Tapiola (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 1) (1930-1932)
Naxos 8.111393

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Karelia Suite (excerpts) (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 2) (1930-1932)
Naxos 8.111394

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Jager March (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 3) (1928, 1932)
Naxos 8.111395

close to horse’s mouth as there is for this composer, in Mark Obert-Thorn’s exemplary transfers - Fanfare
ZADOR, E.: Divertimento / Elegie and Dance / Oboe Concerto / Studies
Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Smolij
Naxos 8.572549

evocative and often wistful works, many with a vestigial Hungarian flavor
- Fanfare

CASELLA, A.: Triple Concerto / GHEDINI, G.F.: Concerto dell`albatro
Ghidoni, Bosna, Piemonti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Iorio
Naxos 8.573180

ZEMLINSKY, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 - Nos. 3 and 4
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.572813

the Escher musicians prove to be exemplary guides, with playing that is unimpeachable in its technical accomplishment, sense of ensemble and rhythmical sharpness - The Strad

SCHOENBERG, A.: String Quartet No. 1 / Verklarte Nacht (Schoenberg, Vol. 13)
Fred Sherry String Quartet and Sextet
Naxos 8.557534

top-quality performances - The Guardian

the performances by the Fred Sherry String Quartet and the Fred Sherry String Sextet are among the most focused and committed that can be found -

COPLAND, A.: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salon Mexico /
Danzon cubano

Detroit Symphony, Slatkin
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0037

great performance, important works and superb hi-res surround fidelity
- Audiophile Audition

See Naxos catalogue

Arthaus Musik

KYLIAN, Jiri: Black and White [Ballets] (NTSC)
Arthaus 100085

a pinnacle of choreography, performing, music, lighting, costuming, and stagecraft - Fanfare

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major

Orchestral Concert - IVES, C. / ADAMS, J. / STRAVINSKY, I. / DVORAK, A. (From the New World) (Nelsons)
C Major 713408 (DVD), 713504 (Blu-ray)

Andris Nelsons really whips up the excitement - Gramophone

See C Major catalogue


HAYDN, J.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / MYSLIVECEK, J.: Cello Concerto
W. Warner, Camerata Chicago, D. Hall
Cedille CDR90000-142

Warner’s playing places this one at the very top -

See Cedille catalogue


LINDBERG, M.: EXPO / Piano Concerto No. 2 / Al largo
Bronfman, New York Philharmonic, A. Gilbert
Dacapo 8.226076

this is an exciting, almost nonstop display of sheer virtuosity for both the pianist and the orchestra - Audiophile Audition

See Dacapo catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

ZELENKA, J.D.: Capriccios
The Bach Sinfonia, Abraham
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92163

the Blu-ray Pure Audio disc is warm and superb - Audiophile Audition

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 (1992) (NTSC)
Berlin Philharmonic, Celibidache
EuroArts 2011408

Bruckner’s Seventh has seen many fine, even great recordings over the years, but none better than what the elderly Celibidache does with it.
- Fanfare

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

TÜRK Easy Keyboard Sonatas, Collections 1 and 2 (1783)
Grand Piano GP629-30

‘Tsalka’s sensitive shaping and intense commitment to this music give a very satisfying result, making this neglected repertoire available as it deserves to be’ - Harpsichord and Fortepiano        

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

Piano Recital: Gilels, Emil - SCHUMANN, R. / BRAHMS, J. / CHOPIN, F. (The Abbotsholme Recital) (1979)
ICA Classics ICAC5108

Russian piano master sings Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms in a 1979 recital from Abbotssholme, exquisitely mounted and gorgeously preserved. - Audiophile Audition

See ICA Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 7
Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra, Stenz
Oehms Classics OC652

See Oehms Classics catalogue


RAUTAVAARA, E.: Missa a cappella / Sacred Choral Works
Latvian Radio Choir, Klava
Ondine ODE1223-2

The Latvian Radio Choir develops a very intense, expressive and ethereal-floating sound, giving the music a significant depth and a strong meditative atmosphere. - Pizzicato

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

MEYERBEER, G.: Robert le diable (Royal Opera House, 2012) (NTSC)
Opus Arte OA1106D

This interpretation is highly visual, engaging, eye catching and infectious from the moment Daniel Oren raises his baton on the Royal Opera House Orchestra. -

See Opus Arte catalogue

Timpani Records

BORDES, C.: Songs / Piano Works
Marin-Degor, Bou, Duchable
Timpani 1C1196

Yet another annus mirabilis for the rare and recondite - Fanfare

See Timpani Records catalogue

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