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 music and audiovisual albums!
‘All in all, this is a most welcome and valuable recording, one which is a winner and not just as an historical rarity, but also musically; this music deserves to be heard and in Tibbles and Tsalka we have the ideal partnership to bring this music to life.’ – MusicWeb International
‘The result of this recording is simply magnificent. Tim Fain and Michael Boriskin are soloists of great class, and Angel Gil-Ordóñez does an extraordinary job at the helm of his PostClassical Ensemble of Washington.’ – Scherzo
‘For me, the highlight of the Nashville/Guerrero disc is her achingly beautiful Viola Concerto and the symphonic potrait All Things Majestic, inspired by the Grand Tetons, are no less satisfying or evocative.’ – Fanfare
‘Boris Giltburg certainly has something fresh to say in Rachmaninov’s Second Concerto...he says it elegantly and eloquently.’ – Gramophone
‘Giltburg has the chops to handle the concerto’s technical challenges, as great as those in any other work Rachmaninov wrote, and also to get beyond conservatory dryness and put across the emotion of the work, the sense Rachmaninov had of rediscovering a musical wellspring after a long, creatively fallow period.’
SCHOENBERG, A.: Moses und Aron [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2015)
T.J. Mayer • Graham-Hall • J. Davis • Wyn-Rogers • Spence • Pflumm • Chae Wook Lim • Purves • Lukas • Maîtrise des Hauts-de-Seine • Paris National Opera Childrens, Chorus and Orchestra • P. Jordan
BelAir Classiques BAC436 [BD] | BAC136 [DVD]
‘Thomas Johannes Mayer is an ideal Moses, bringing expressivity and deep musical logic to the prophet’s sprechstimme utterances.’ – Opera News
‘These splendid live scenes showcase Botha’s vocal strengths—his effortless, radiant high notes, the honeyed tone, the almost bel canto phrasing, and the stamina to sound just as good at the end of a lengthy Wagner role as he did at the beginning.’ – Opera News
‘This disc is not only tremendous fun; it is one that should appeal far beyond trumpet and organ fans to lovers of opera, and indeed anyone who enjoys gorgeous melodies thrillingly performed. An absolute treat on every level; don’t let this one slip by!’ – Fanfare
‘Manfred Honeck had a terrific year in front of the microphones, for in addition to the stunning Pittsburgh Symphony recording of Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, …his Vienna Symphony anthology Springtime in Vienna is an unalloyed delight. ’ – Fanfare
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