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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

BALFE, M.W.: Satanella [Opera]
BALFE, M.W.: Satanella [Opera]
Bowes, Carby, Church, Gregory, Hayes, Sikora, Silver, Tocci, Wang,
John Powell Singers, Victorian Opera Orchestra, Bonynge

Naxos 8.660378-79


‘Performed to the high standard it is here, and under the direction of a master of the genre, Richard Bonynge, this is how Balfe’s interesting supernatural opera will be remembered. ’ – Limelight Magazine

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BOWLES, P.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
BOWLES, P.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
Invencia Piano Duo
Naxos 8.559787

‘Pianists Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn deliver technically adroit and stylistically sound performances that capture the full measure of Bowles’s musical imagination. ’ – Gramophone

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BRAHMS, J.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
BRAHMS, J.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
New Zealand String Quartet
Naxos 8.573433

‘I have truly never heard these two Brahms quartets played in this way. This is very special and urgently recommended.’ – Fanfare

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CATOIRE, G.: Complete Violin and Piano Works
CATOIRE, G.: Complete Violin and Piano Works
Kayaleh, Lemelin
Naxos 8.573345


‘Laurence Kayaleh and Stéphane Lemelin give flawless and beguiling accounts of this gorgeous music.’ – BBC Music Magazine

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COSTA, L. / LOPES-GRAÇA, F. / FREITAS BRANCO, L. de / BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Portuguese Music for Cello and Orchestra
COSTA, L. / LOPES-GRAÇA, F. / FREITAS BRANCO, L. de /
BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Portuguese Music for Cello and Orchestra

Borralhinho, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Neves
Naxos 8.573461

‘A delight from beginning to end: engaging, superbly played and recorded, and often very beautiful. ’ – Fanfare

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CLEMENTI, M.: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
CLEMENTI, M.: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
Susan Alexander-Max
Naxos 8.572664


‘Susan Alexander-Max exploits every operatic twist and turn in this vivid account of emotional turmoil and reflection, transporting the listener into a constantly changing world of musical colour.’ – Early Music Today

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COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring / Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring / Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Slatkin
Naxos 8.559806


‘After a powerful performance of the seldom played ballet Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, Leonard Slatkin delivers a striking account of Appalachian Spring, vividly colourful with poetically tender passages.’ – Pizzicato

‘Leonard Slatkin has a long history of delivering excellent Copland performances, and this new release is no exception.’ – ClassicsToday.com

‘The Detroit Symphony Orchestra gives Slatkin emotionally appropriate performances of both works, emphasizing the gritty urban ambience in Hear Ye! Hear Ye! and the naive sweetness of Appalachian Spring, all the while communicating Copland’s special style of Americana without caricature.’
AllMusic.com

‘I’d say Slatkin’s Appalachian Spring is one of the most illuminating performances of this American classic that I’ve ever heard. Bravo, bravo and thrice bravo! ’ – MusicWeb International

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CORIGLIANO JR., J.: Symphony No. 1 / TORKE, M.: Bright Blue Music / COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring Suite
CORIGLIANO JR., J.: Symphony No. 1 / TORKE, M.: Bright Blue Music / COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring Suite
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Miller
Naxos 8.559782


‘The raw emotional power of Corigliano’s Symphony is counterbalanced by naive and joyful Torke and Copland.’ – BBC Music Magazine

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Latino Ladino - Songs of Exile and Passion from Spain and Latin America (Counter-tenor Recital)
Latino Ladino - Songs of Exile and Passion from Spain and Latin America (Counter-tenor Recital)
d'Or, Leber, Reuven, Barrocade, Ensemble NAYA, Tiefenbrunn
Naxos 8.573566


‘Extraordinary stuff here, achingly personal and exquisitely lyrical.’
Audiophile Audition

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DAUGHERTY, M.: Tales of Hemingway / American Gothic / Once Upon A Castle
DAUGHERTY, M.: Tales of Hemingway / American Gothic /
Once Upon A Castle

Bailey, Jacobs, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559798

‘The performances, excellently recorded live before a very courteous audience, bring the music vividly to life.’ – ClassicsToday.com


‘Some of Daugherty’s finest music to date in bold, innovative scenarios.’
Audiophile Audition

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The Intimacy of Creativity - Five Year Retrospective
The Intimacy of Creativity - Five Year Retrospective
Akiho, Bamping, Cheung, Jiang, Kwan, Lin, Ling, Moermond, Pearson, Roberts, Simon, Sterling, Wang, Wilson, Zhao, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheng
Naxos 8.573614-15


‘Recommended collection from an ensemble that will be immensely important in concert music going forward.’ – AllMusic.com

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LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
LALO, É.: Symphonie espagnole / MANÉN, J.: Violin Concerto No. 1
Yang, Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Ang
Naxos 8.573067

‘[Tianwa Yang’s] playing cannot be faulted in any respect. She is enthusiastically (and idiomatically) accompanied by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra under Darrell Ang.’ – Classic FM

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LOPES-GRAÇA, F.: Complete Violin and Piano Works / Solo Violin Works
LOPES-GRAÇA, F.: Complete Violin and Piano Works / Solo Violin Works
Monteiro, Santos
Naxos 9.70177


‘The recording is admirably bright and vivid and the whole presentation is another feather in the crowded international Naxos cap.’ – Musical Opinion

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PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 6 / Waltz Suite
PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphony No. 6 / Waltz Suite
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.573518

‘The São Paulo players have the music’s measure: percussion and winds are ideally present, the movement’s stark climax both thrilling and terrifying.’
The Arts Desk

‘Marin Alsop, conducting the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, conveys the full power of this work.’ – The Northern Echo

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PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
Walker, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559794

‘Adam Walker plays the solo part with exquisite grace and purity of tone, and Marin Alsop elicits an impressively polished performance from Peabody’s student orchestra.’ – Gramophone

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RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573469


‘A wonderful souvenir of a concert that too many missed’
The New Zealand Herald

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RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 8
RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 8
Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic Orchestra, Pasquet
Naxos 8.573054

‘A continuous revelation, with Friedemann Eichhorn’s dapper performances recreating the stylistic world of the galant turn-of-the-19th century. ’ – Fanfare

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SAUL, W.: Kiev 2014 / Violin Concerto / Overture for the Jubilee
SAUL, W.: Kiev 2014 / Violin Concerto / Overture for the Jubilee
Buswell, Liu, Saul, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, Kuchar
Naxos 8.559791

‘Walter Saul’s music comes from the heart, and will touch the hearts of other listeners, as it did mine.’ – Fanfare

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STANFORD, C.V.: Choral Music - Stabat Mater / Song to the Soul / The Resurrection
STANFORD, C.V.: Choral Music - Stabat Mater / Song to the Soul /
The Resurrection

Cragg, Hopper, Murray, Soar, The Bach Choir,
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Hill

Naxos 8.573512


‘Bravo to David Hill, the Bach Choir and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for bringing three neglected large-scale works by Charles Villiers Stanford to wider attention in this excellent recording.’ – The Guardian

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STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
STEINBERG, M.: Passion Week
The Clarion Choir, Fox
Naxos 8.573665

‘The success of this recording has to be attributed to this excellent chorus, 30-plus voices who collectively project a serious love for this music with a vibrant, shimmering tone, perfectly judged dynamics, and consistently fine balance and intonation.’ – ClassicsToday.com

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Stokowski Transcriptions
Stokowski Transcriptions
Walden, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Serebrier
Naxos 8.578305

‘José Serebrier’s several discs of Stokowski transcriptions for Naxos were very successful, as this well-chosen selection reminds us. A logical choice if you’re looking for a single disc “best of Stokowski” sampler.’ – ClassicsToday.com

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STRAVINSKY, I.: Soldier's Tale Suite / Octet / Les Noces
STRAVINSKY, I.: Soldier's Tale Suite / Octet / Les Noces
Artymiw, Bishop, Breault, Cross, Hodges, Jackson, Jung, Laubach, Nash, Petrova, Redmon, Sanchez, Schub, Sedov, Solaun, Yang,
Virginia Symphony Chorus, Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Players, Falletta

Naxos 8.573538

‘Exceptional…focused and free of background noise emphasizing tone colors with even dynamics and crisp articulation.’ – AllMusic.com


‘it is Falletta’s sure hand in shaping the music and ensuring its crispness that is the primary attraction here. ’ – Infodad.com

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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia
Nebolsin, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stern
Naxos 8.573462

‘Nebolsin is energetic and sparkling in the Concerto, most of all in the dazzling third movement, and he indulges in light and lively exchanges with the orchestra in the Concert Fantasia.’ – AllMusic.com

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THOMPSON, R.: Requiem
THOMPSON, R.: Requiem
Philadelphia Singers, Hayes
Naxos 8.559789

‘Thompson’s Requiem is revealed here as a major work, unique and masterful, by an important American voice of the last century. ’ – Opera News

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BACEWICZ, G. / TANSMAN, A. / SPISAK, M. / PANUFNIK, A.: Polish Violin Concertos
BACEWICZ, G. / TANSMAN, A. / SPISAK, M. /
PANUFNIK, A.: Polish Violin Concertos

Plawner, Berlin Chamber Symphony Ensemble, Bruns
Naxos 8.573496


‘Four modern works for violin and orchestra have been assembled on this CD and present a living image of Polish music. The distinguished soloist plays in a very inspired way, admirably supported by the Kammersymphonie Berlin.’
Pizzicato

‘Piotr Pławner’s playing throughout is lithe and engaging.’ – The Strad

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Accentus Music

BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2005)
BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2005)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Barkmin, Gerhaher, Jovanovich, Peter, Woldt,
Zurich Opera House Chorus, Philharmonia Zurich, Luisi

Accentus Music ACC-20363

‘The best Wozzeck to have come my way. It’s a triumph: gripping, moving, indispensable.’ – MusicWeb International

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Arthaus Musik

ELEGANCE - KYLIÁN, J.: Car Men / La Cathédrale engloutie / Silent Cries (Dances) (Blu-ray)
ELEGANCE - KYLIÁN, J.: Car Men / La Cathédrale engloutie /
Silent Cries (Dances) (Blu-ray)

Barbuto, Hruska, Krugel, Kupferberg, Netherlands Dance Theatre,
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Haitink

Arthaus Musik 109279

‘Masterful choreographies by Jiří Kylián, with the Solo Silent cries featuring the outstanding Sabine Kupferberg who is also the soloist in the absolutely fascinating surrealistic paraphrase Car Men.’ – Pizzicato

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BR-Klassik

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame [Opera]
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame [Opera]
Diadkova, Didyk, Kurinaya, A. and M. Markov, Rosenfeldt, Savova, Schneider, Serjan, Shishlyaev, Sivko, Slawinski, Volkova, Zaplechny,
Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons

BR-Klassik 900129

‘The new BR recording conducted by Mariss Jansons earns a place on the list by virtue of his superbly precise, detailed, and dramatically effective leadership and of Misha Didyk’s hair-raising, over-the-top but still vocally secure realization of the central role of German.’ – Fanfare

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C Major

PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2009)
PUCCINI, G.: Turandot (Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2009)
Agullo, Anastasov, Berti, Esteve, Guleghina, Padulles, Previati, Tsymbalyuk, Voulgaridou, Coro de la Generalitat Valenciana,
Valencian Community Orchestra, Mehta

C Major 750008

‘As a spectacular video Turandot, this one stands tastefully between the hyperactivity of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1987 Met staging and the broad pageantry of Zhang Yimou’s 1998 outdoor production at the Forbidden City of Beijing, also conducted by Mehta.’ – Opera News

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Capriccio

GINASTERA, A.: Concerto per corde / Estudios sinfónicos / Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals / Iubilum
GINASTERA, A.: Concerto per corde / Estudios sinfónicos /
Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals / Iubilum

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tamayo
Capriccio C5271

‘Arturo Tamayo elicits committed, colourful playing from the DSO Berlin and the engineering is first-rate.’ – Gramophone

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Cedille

VIVALDI, A.: Complete Viola d'amore Concertos
VIVALDI, A.: Complete Viola d'amore Concertos
Barton Pine, Smith, Ars Antigua
Cedille CDR90000-159

‘The viola d’amore’s silvery sonorities, and Rachel Barton Pine’s easy way with them, are enough to impress a listener who, like me, is normally resistant to Vivaldi’s charms.’ – Fanfare

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Dynamic

DE GIOSA, N.: Don Checco [Opera]
DE GIOSA, N.: Don Checco [Opera]
Castoro, Cauteruccio, Cavalluzzi, Colaianni, Lippo, Monaco,
Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia, Beltrami

Dynamic CDS7737

‘The energetic cast goes the extra mile to deliver full-blooded, picturesque characterizations.’ – Opera News

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Grand Piano

GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 4 - The Hours / Modern Love Waltz / Notes on a Scandal / Music in Fifths (On Love)
GLASS, P.: Glassworlds, Vol. 4 - The Hours / Modern Love Waltz /
Notes on a Scandal / Music in Fifths (On Love)

Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP692


‘Glass enthusiasts need not hesitate. ’ – International Piano

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ICA Classics

SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4
SCHUMANN, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 4
Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra, Pappano
ICA Classics ICAC5139


‘The sound of the slow movement of the Fourth Symphony is enchanting, …Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra are a couple worth to listen to.’
Pizzicato

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OehmsClassics

STRAUSS, R.: Eine Alpensinfonie
STRAUSS, R.: Eine Alpensinfonie
Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, Weigle
OehmsClassics OC891

‘A truly great and highly attention-grabbing performance!’ – Pizzicato

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Opus Arte

BRITTEN, B.: The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne, 2015)
Alder, Clayton, Rice, Rock, Rose, Royal, Sumuel, Wyn-Rogers,
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hussain

Opus Arte OABD7206D [Blu-ray] | OA1219D [DVD]

‘Beautifully acted and sung. Rice wrings your heart throughout and her self-lacerating final scenes have a harrowing immediacy. ’ – Gramophone

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Timpani

THIRION, L.: Piano Trio, Op. 11 / String Quartet, Op. 10
THIRION, L.: Piano Trio, Op. 11 / String Quartet, Op. 10
Kuijk, Païdassi, Wagschal, Stanislas Quartet
Timpani 1C1237

‘The Quatuor Stanislas give a deeply committed performance, and their polished and flawless ensemble is a strongly positive element.’
MusicWeb International

‘Delightful and engaging music in splendid performance.’ – Fanfare

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Yarlung Records

MATHESON, J.: Violin Concerto / String Quartet / Time Alone
MATHESON, J.: Violin Concerto / String Quartet / Time Alone
Dodge, Sauer, Strickling, Color Field Quartet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Salonen
Yarlung Records YAR25670


‘Unquestionably worthwhile.’ – Pizzicato

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