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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

BACEWICZ, G.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 - Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7
Lutosławski Quartet
Naxos 8.572806

‘Superbly recorded, the Lutosławskis project with presence and warmth’
BBC Music Magazine

Chamber Music - CURRENT, B. / STANILAND, A. / OESTERLE, M. / WRIGHT, J.K. (Elements Eternal)
Nesrallah, Gryphon Trio
Naxos 8.573533

‘four immediately attractive commissions … easy on the ear, played with highly euphonious style and virtuosity’ – Gramophone

McCABE, J.: Piano Music - Variations, Op. 22 /
Studies No. 3, 4 and 6 / 5 Bagatelles / Haydn Variations

John McCabe
Naxos 8.571367

‘this recital is valuable both as a survey of [McCabe’s] work in the genre and a demonstration of his formidable gifts as an exponent’ – Classical Music

PORTER, Q.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5-8
Ives Quartet
Naxos 8.559781

‘The Ives Quartet live up to their iconoclastic namesake by championing neglected repertoire. ’ – Gramophone

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

Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573218

‘I’ve never heard a reading as eloquent from start to finish as Petrenko’s, with a magnificent soloist in bass Alexander Vinogradov.’ – Fanfare

SIBELIUS, J.: Jokamies (Jedermann) / 2 Pieces, Op. 77 /
In Memoriam

Pajala, Katajala, Söderlund, Palmu, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573340

‘It’s complex but rewarding, and especially worthwhile are two beautifully crafted pieces for violin and orchestra.’ – Mail on Sunday

‘Segerstam gives an emotional and beautifully spirited account of it’

SIBELIUS, J.: Swanwhite / The Lizard / A Lonely Ski Trail /
The Countess's Portrait

Eklundh, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573341

‘Segerstam’s performance is gorgeous’ –

SORABJI, K.S.: Piano Music
Michael Habermann
Naxos 8.571363-65

‘Habermann gives miraculous performances.’ – Fanfare

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphony No. 3, "Organ" / Danse Macabre / Cypres et Lauriers (Blu-Ray Audio)
Warnier, Orchestre National de Lyon, Slatkin
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0045

‘graceful, luminous, and uplifting a performance as you’re likely to hear’

STOKER, B.: Dracula (Unabridged)
Horovitch, Parker, Kloska, Pettitt
Naxos AudioBooks NA0190

‘this mesmerizing production brings new life to this familiar and timeless horror classic’ – Booklist

See Naxos catalogue


MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Schwarz
Artek AR-0061-2

‘This is a rendition of soaring lyricism and revelatory beauty. ’ – Fanfare

See Artek catalogue

Arthaus Musik

Walker, Johnson, Rigby, Van Allan, Vaughan, Opie, Elder, Graham
Arthaus Musik 109151

‘brilliant, flawless cast’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


WAGNER, R.: Rheingold (Das) [Opera]
Volle, Kulman, Konieczny, Ulrich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rattle
BR-Klassik 900133

‘An impressively played, excellently conducted and engagingly sung Das Rheingold from Rattle, and one recorded in very good sound too.’

See BR-Klassik catalogue

Cantaloupe Music

WOLFE, J.: Anthracite Fields
Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, Wachner
Cantaloupe Music CA-21111

‘The sound is intense, evocative, and completely original.’
Second Inversion

See Cantaloupe Music catalogue


Chamber Music (String Quartet) - DEBUSSY, C. / ADÈS, T. / RAVEL, M. (Soundescapes)
Signum Quartet
Capriccio C5239

‘I was captivated each time, always noticing something new and always drawn in emotionally.’ – American Record Guide

See Capriccio catalogue


RZEWSKI, F.: People United will never be Defeated (The) /
Four Hands

Oppens, Lowenthal
Cedille CDR90000-158

‘Oppens’ virtuosity, musicality, and insightful inspiration add up to the most gratifying People United on disc’ –

‘the playing is always fully audible and often sparkling in its details’

See Cedille catalogue

Contrastes Records

Guitar Recital: Micheli, Lorenzo - CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / TANSMAN, A. / BREVILLE, P. de / GILARDINO, A. / ASCENCIO, V. (Autumn of the Soul)
Lorenzo Micheli
Contrastes Records Contrastes9201409

‘Lorenzo Micheli’s playing is simply gorgeous—he is a superb musician, a fearless virtuoso, and a moving interpreter’ – American Record Guide

See Contrastes Records catalogue


KOPPEL, A.: Marimba Concertos Nos. 1-4
Bednarska, Aalborg Symphony, Christensen
Dacapo 6.220595

‘performed with energy and sheer joie de vivre’ – Fanfare

See Dacapo catalogue

Grand Piano

NIEMANN, W.R.: Piano Music - Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 /
3 Compositions for Piano / Fantasie-Mazurka

Bing Bing Li
Grand Piano GP662

‘Li’s stunning technique and subtle musicality serve the pieces splendidly.’

See Grand Piano catalogue


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Iolanta [Opera]
Golovneva, Vinogradov, Bondarenko, Chor der Oper Köln,
Gürzenich-Orchester, Kitajenko

OehmsClassics OC963

‘A beautiful and moving opera which only now seems to be getting the attention it deserves’ – Gramophone

See OehmsClassics catalogue


SILVESTROV, V.: Sacred Choral Works (To Thee We Sing)
Latvian Radio Choir, Kļava
Ondine ODE1266-5

‘An absorbing, immersive choral experience’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Opus Arte

WAGNER, R.: Parsifal (Royal Opera House, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD)
O’Neill, Finley, Pape, Denoke, White, Lloyd, Royal Opera Chorus,
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Pappano

Opus Arte OABD7159D

‘Angela Denoke is a compelling Kundry with impressive vocal command’

See Opus Arte catalogue

OUR Recordings

Recorder Concertos - KOPPEL, T. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. (Danish and Faroese Recorder Concertos)
Petri, Aalborg Symphony, Christensen
OUR Recordings 6.220609

‘understated virtuosity with committed playing...provocative and diverting in equal measure’ – Gramophone

See OUR Recordings catalogue

Paladino Music

FALLA, M. de: Piano Music (Complete)
Juan Carlos Rodríguez
Paladino Music PMR0062

‘A remarkable small oeuvre, but as played here always charming and felicitous’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Paladino Music catalogue

Solo Musica

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5
Solo Musica SM210

‘These Swiss-recorded performances are arresting, superlatively played, and the sonics are just about ideal.’ – Fanfare

See Solo Musica catalogue

Wiener Symphoniker

Schubert, F: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8
Wiener Symphoniker, Jordan
Wiener Symphoniker WS009

‘Philippe Jordan ideally combines a great and beautiful lyricism with a sharply shaped and dramatic playing by the excellent Wiener Symphoniker’ – Pizzicato

See Wiener Symphoniker catalogue

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