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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 Releases

ALBÉNIZ, I.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 - 7 Studies in the Natural Major Keys / Les saisons / Rapsodia Cubana
Mudarra Gámiz
Naxos 8.573293

‘All his [Juan José Mudarra Gámiz] performances are shot through with brilliance and conviction.’ – Gramophone

BECK, F.I.: Symphonies, Op. 4, Nos. 1-3 and Op. 3, No. 6
Czech Chamber Philharmonic, Pardubice, Štilec
Naxos 8.573248

‘Marek Štilec leads with well-jedged tempos and brings plenty of life to the music—energy without crudeness’ –

DONIZETTI, G.: Aristea [Cantata]
A.L. Brown, Hershkowitz, C. Adler, Members of Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk
Naxos 8.573360

‘First rate recording of Gaetano Donizetti’s ‘mini opera’ Aristea, with much enthusiastic singing and playing.’ – Pizzicato

DOVE, J.: Song Cycles - All You Who Sleep Tonight / Out of Winter / Ariel (English Song, Vol. 23)
Booth, Bardon, Spence, Matthews-Owen
Naxos 8.573080

‘[Ariel] is a virtuoso performance, sung with sensuous beauty’

‘Andrew Matthews-Owen is a superlative pianist’ – MusicWeb International

HOWELLS, H.: Stabat Mater / Te Deum (Collegium Regale) /
Sine Nomine

The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill
Naxos 8.573176

‘There’s extraordinary depth of feeling here, and David Hill, the Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra cover an immense range, captured by excellent recording engineering, from blazing anger to almost impossibly quiet grief.’ – Sinfini Music

KHACHATURIAN, A.: Othello Suite / The Battle of Stalingrad Suite
Slovak Radio Symphony, Adriano
Naxos 8.573389

Performance: Recording:
‘Vividly performed, well recorded.’ – BBC Music Magazine

LLOYD, N. / MENNIN, P.: Piano Music
Naxos 8.559767

‘superlatively interpreted by Myron Silberstein’ – Fanfare

LOPES-GRAÇA, F.: Violin and Piano Works / Solo Violin Works (Complete)
B. Monteiro, J.P. Santos
Naxos Digital 9.70177

‘It is a bravura performance...and extends a powerful invitation to the music world to appreciate a woefully overlooked composer who should stand with the other greats of his time.’ – Strings Magazine

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Resurrection [Opera]
D. Jones, C. Robson, M. Hill, N. Jenkins, BBC Philharmonic, Maxwell Davies
Naxos 8.660359-60

‘This opera is screaming for a new staging. ’ – The New York Times

PANUFNIK, A.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 /
LUTOSLAWSKI, W.: String Quartet

Tippett Quartet
Naxos 8.573164

‘A much recorded piece, but this is the equal of anything out there.’
BBC Music Magazine

PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Dreams (Blu-Ray Audio)
São Paulo Symphony, Alsop
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0044
Also available in CD: Naxos 8.573353

‘Without minimizing the [Second] music’s violent energy, Alsop plays the piece with a vivid sense of its long melodic lines.’ –

‘Another fine audio-only Blu-ray of Prokofiev symphonies with Marin Alsop.’ – Audiophile Audition

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 11 - Symphony No. 13,
"Babi Yar"

Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573218

‘powerful and gripping performance of the Thirteenth Symphony’

‘a performance crackling with electricity’ – Financial Times

SOLER, A.: Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 42-56
Naxos 8.573281

‘sensitive and stylish’ –

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 5 (NTSC)
Accentus Music ACC-20284

‘Clarity with power, clear balances and ferocity combined: Riccardo Chailly’s latest Mahler Five surely has the best of all possible worlds for this comprehensive drakness-to-light epic.’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘This is an enthralling performance of Mahler Fifth, dauntingly intense, with much dramatic force and an impressive dynamic range.’ – Pizzicato

See Accentus Music catalogue


STRAUSS, R.: Alpensinfonie (Eine) /
Intermezzo: 4 Symphonic Interludes

Bavarian Radio Symphony, Welser-Möst
BR-Klassik 900124

‘The conducting displays elegance to complement the score’s exhilarating power.’ – Fanfare

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

C Major 717004 [Blu-ray] / 716908 [DVD]

‘The sight and sound of these youngsters playing this great music with such complete commitment is heartwarming’ – Gramophone

See C Major catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

LANG, David: Love Fail
Anonymous 4
Cantaloupe Music CA-21100

‘With its mix of simplicity and complexity, Love Fail is both haunting and thought-provoking.’ – Gramophone

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


BUSONI, F.: Transcriptions
Capriccio C5198

‘genially relaxed renderings of the Bach fare and searching readings of the arcane Busoni bits’ – Fanfare

See Capriccio catalogue


NIELSEN, C.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4, "Inextinguishable"
New York Philharmonic, Gilbert
Dacapo 6.220624

‘The playing of the New York Philharmonic throughout is fresh and unaffected, full of spirit and drive.’ –

‘Alan Gilbert continues his exceptional SACD series of the symphonies of Carl Nielsen, performed with high energy and technical brilliance by the New York Philharmonic’ –

See Dacapo catalogue


Cello Recital: Samis, Michael - REINECKE, C. / TAVENER, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / BLOCH, E. / GOLIJOV, O.
Delos DE3446

‘what a stunning beauty of a piece it is’ – Fanfare

See Delos catalogue


TOUCHING THE SOUND - The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii (Documentary, 2014)
EuroArts 2059834 [Blu-ray] / 2059838 [DVD]

‘It is not only an improbable journey but a compelling and inspirational one.’ – Gramophone

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

ABRAMIAN, E.: 24 Preludes
Grand Piano GP665

‘these lovely preludes are a brilliant introduction and any lover of piano music will find this CD a thoroughly rewarding experience. Mikael Ayrapetyan plays all of it with due reverence for his compatriot’s music’
MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue


MESSIAEN, O.: Turangalîla-symphonie
Hewitt, Hartmann-Claverie, Finnish Radio Symphony, H. Lintu
Ondine ODE1251-5

‘wholly committed performance, extremely well played, and brilliantly engineered in SACD surround sound’ –

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

MOON, F.: Metamorphosis (The) [Dance Theatre]
(Royal Ballet, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD)

Opus Arte OABD7137D

‘this production is stunning in its own right’
Audiophile Audition

See Opus Arte catalogue


Chamber Music - MORLACCHI, P. / TORRIANI, A.
(Operatic Fantasies)

Trio Hormus
Tactus TC820002

‘Trio Hormus prove that they are more than up to the job, which they do with great virtuosity. What’s more they sound as if they are really enjoying themselves.’ – MusicWeb International

See Tactus catalogue

Vienna Symphony Orchestra

Orchestral Music - STRAUSS II. J. / STRAUSS, E. / STRAUSS, Josef
Vienna Symphony, Honeck
Vienna Symphony Orchestra WS005

‘Manfred Honeck twirls us through a winning programme with every solo beautifully pointed, every transition perfectly judged, while his orchestra responds as if he’d been conducting them for generations’ – Gramophone

See Vienna Symphony Orchestra catalogue

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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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October 2014
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August 2014
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May 2014
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March 2014
February 2014


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