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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
BERG, A.: Wozzeck [Opera]
Trekel • Schwanewilms • Molomot • N. Berg • Gietz • McPherson • Ciesinski • Griffin • Schultz • Ryan • Houston Symphony • Graf
Naxos 8.660390-91


Best Opera Recording


MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
Kraggerud • Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573513


Concerto Recording
of the Year


FACCIO, F.: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera] (Bregenz Festival, 2016) [BD]
FACCIO, F.: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera] (Bregenz Festival, 2016) [DVD]
FACCIO, F.: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera] (Bregenz Festival, 2016)
Černoch • Sgura • Tsanga • Soulès • Urbanowicz • Schweinester • I.M. Dan • Kaiser • Buratto • Winell • Winter • Yasushi Hirano • Ulm • Prague Philharmonic Chorus • Vienna Symphony Orchestra • Carignani
C Major 740704 [BD] | 740608 [DVD]

‘Amleto is a very fine work indeed—superior to Thomas’s Hamlet—and this Bregenz production constitutes a major operatic rediscovery.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

ARGENTO, D.: The Andrée Expedition • From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
ARGENTO, D.: The Andrée Expedition • From the Diary of Virginia Woolf
Mulligan • T. Long
Naxos 8.559828


‘Mulligan is living out the text with a rich, clearly articulating and dramatic voice, and Timothy Lang has all the sensitivity needed to create the right atmosphere at the piano’ – Pizzicato


BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Johnson Cano • Thibaudet • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra • Alsop
Naxos 8.559790

‘a fresh, exuberant, and thoroughly exhilarating alternative by one of the composer’s most devoted disciples’ – Fanfare


BUSH, G. • HOROVITZ, J.: Songs
BUSH, G. • HOROVITZ, J.: Songs
Fairbairn • Schellhorn
Naxos 8.571378

‘Soprano Susanna Fairbairn is in delectably fresh voice throughout, and she forges a splendidly stylish and communicative alliance with her accompanist Matthew Schellhorn.’ – Gramophone


In the Moment – TURINA, J. • WEBERN, A. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • SHOSTAKOVICH, D.
In the Moment – TURINA, J. • WEBERN, A. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • SHOSTAKOVICH, D.
Arabella String Quartet
Naxos 8.579013

‘This is a fine disc, the Arabella digging deep to produce performances of great intensity and poise’ – The Strad


CHILCOTT, B.: All Good Things
CHILCOTT, B.: All Good Things
Commotio • Hawkins • M. Berry • Chilcott
Naxos 8.573383

‘Buy this disc to blow away the cobwebs and put a smile on your face.’
MusicWeb International


COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 • 3 Latin American Sketches
COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 • 3 Latin American Sketches
Detroit Symphony Orchestra • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559844

‘A powerful, thrilling, extroverted, yet poetic account that can join the ranks of the very best’ – Fanfare


DITTERSDORF, C.D. von: 3 Ovid Sonatas - Ajax et Ulysse • Hercule changé en Dieu • Jason, qui emporte la toison d'or
DITTERSDORF, C.D. von: 3 Ovid Sonatas - Ajax et Ulysse • Hercule changé en Dieu • Jason, qui emporte la toison d'or
Tibbles • Tsalka
Naxos 8.573740

‘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


DONIZETTI, G. • MAYR, J.S.: Missa di Gloria and Credo in D Major
DONIZETTI, G. • MAYR, J.S.: Missa di Gloria and Credo in D Major
Adler • Berner • Papenmeyer • Pollak • Thornhill • Bayerische Staatsoper • Simon Mayr Choir • Concerto de Bassus • Hauk
Naxos 8.573605

‘Religious music that is engagingly human and colorful, it deserves to be taken seriously.’ – Fanfare


HARRISON, L.: Violin Concerto • Grand Duo • Double Music
HARRISON, L.: Violin Concerto • Grand Duo • Double Music
Fain • Boriskin • PostClassical Ensemble • Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.559825

‘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


HIGDON, J.: All Things Majestic • Viola Concerto • Oboe Concerto
HIGDON, J.: All Things Majestic • Viola Concerto • Oboe Concerto
Button • Díaz • Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559823

‘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


HINDEMITH, P.: Complete String Quartets
HINDEMITH, P.: Complete String Quartets
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.503290

‘The Amar Quartet were born for this music. Under their hands this music breathes, it sighs, it dances, it plays, it is alive!’ – Fanfare


LAITMAN, L.: The Scarlet Letter [Opera]
LAITMAN, L.: The Scarlet Letter [Opera]
Claycomb • D. Armstrong • MacKenzie • Belcher • Opera Colorado Chorus and Orchestra • Pelto
Naxos 8.669034-35

‘The Opera Colorado Orchestra play Laitman’s score with the refinement and urgency needed to catapult this impressive and fervent opera.’ – Gramophone


RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
Naxos 8.573629

‘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.’
AllMusic.com


SVIRIDOV, G.V.: Russia Adrift • Snow is Falling • Music for Chamber Orchestra
SVIRIDOV, G.V.: Russia Adrift • Snow is Falling • Music for Chamber Orchestra
Shkirtil • Mazhara • Voloshchuk • Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music Female Choir • St. Petersburg Radio and Television Children's Choir and State Symphony Orchestra • Serov
Naxos 8.573685

‘I am delighted to come across this recording of an arrangement by Leonid Rezetdinov for mezzo-soprano and orchestra. It’s just as powerful as the original version’ – Gramophone


TSONTAKIS, G.: Anasa • True Colors • Unforgettable
TSONTAKIS, G.: Anasa • True Colors • Unforgettable
Krakauer • E. Berlin • Luosha Fang • Eunice Kim • Albany Symphony Orchestra • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559826

‘The performances are outstanding, especially the soloists who are each well acquainted with the composer and who clearly understand what he requires.’
MusicWeb International


NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

TODD, B.E.: Worzel Gummidge (Unabridged)
TODD, B.E.: Worzel Gummidge (Unabridged)
Jessica Martin
Naxos AudioBooks NA0287

‘Jessica Martin reads with the crisp clarity vital in a children’s audiobook.’
The Times (London)

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Studio Production, 2001) (4K Ultra-HD + Blu-ray, Full-HD)
PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Studio Production, 2001) (NTSC)
PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera] (Studio Production, 2001)
Gheorghiu • Alagna • Raimondi • Muraro • Fissore • Cangelosi • Coliban • Tiffin Boys Choir • Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra • Pappano
Arthaus Musik 109293 [BD] | 109292 [DVD]


‘There is a lot of fascinating footage here, and the music is well served as well. …Angela Gheorghiu’s Tosca is gorgeous and so is Antonio Pappano’s conducting.’
Pizzicato


SCHOENBERG, A.: Moses und Aron [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2015) (Blu-ray, Full-HD)
SCHOENBERG, A.: Moses und Aron [Opera] (Paris National Opera, 2015) (NTSC)
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


ROSSINI, G.: Amor fatale  – Soprano Opera Arias
ROSSINI, G.: Amor fatale – Soprano Opera Arias
Rebeka • Munich Radio Orchestra • Armiliato
BR-Klassik 900321


‘Marina Rebeka is an exceptional Rossini performer: her luminous voice ensures powerful dramatic performances without lacking lyrical qualities.’ – Pizzicato


ADAMS, J.L.: Canticles of the Holy Wind
ADAMS, J.L.: Canticles of the Holy Wind
The Crossing • Nally
Cantaloupe Music CA-21131

‘John Luther Adams continues a winning streak with his Canticles of the Holy Wind, a vast choral work. I find it beautiful and haunting… ’ – Fanfare


Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert and Brahms
Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert and Brahms
Jorge Federico Osorio
Cedille CDR90000-171

‘Jorge Federico Osorio’s unmannered, vital playing gets right to the heart of the music.’ – Fanfare


VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016)
VERDI, G.: Otello [Opera] (Sferisterio Opera Festival, 2016)
Neill • Nuccio • Giusti • Frontali • Coro Lirico Marchigiano V. Bellini • Pueri Cantores D. Zamberletti • Complesso di palcoscenico Banda “Salvadei” • Marchigiana Philharmonic Orchestra • Frizza
Dynamic DYN-37767

‘[This disc] offers a genuine Otello’ – Opera News


RÄÄTS, J.: Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
RÄÄTS, J.: Complete Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP765

‘Among his [Rääts’] works devoted to the piano, his ten sonatas stand out, undeservedly neglected, which French pianist Nicolas Horvath performs with passion, enthusiasm and verve…’ – ResMusica.com


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Sleeping Beauty [Ballet]
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Sleeping Beauty [Ballet]
State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia • Jurowski
ICA Classics ICAC5144


‘Jurowski’s affection for the music, and the orchestra’s seasoned response to it, offers many rewards, presenting a vast symphonic canvas as much as a story with dancers’ – Classicalsource.com


Horn Fusion - STRAUSS, R. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BACH, J.S. / BRUCKNER, A.
Horn Fusion - STRAUSS, R. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BACH, J.S. / BRUCKNER, A.
China Horn Ensemble
OehmsClassics OC1870


‘Absolutely superb. With technical mastery and an outstanding musicality [China Horn Ensemble] provide marvellous performances of a well-chosen program.’
Pizzicato


CARTER, E.: Late Works
CARTER, E.: Late Works
Aimard • Currie • Faust • Queyras • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group • BBC Symphony Orchestra • Knussen
Ondine ODE1296-2

‘Astonishment seems the most natural response to these seven pieces, which are brimming with youthful energy and Haydnesque, impish wit…’
BBC Music Magazine


DONIZETTI, G.: Lucrezia Borgia [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 1980)
DONIZETTI, G.: Lucrezia Borgia [Opera] (Royal Opera House, 1980)
Sutherland • Kraus • Howells • Dean • Leggate • Gelling • Goldthorpe • Hudson • R. Kennedy • Jenkins • Price • Royal Opera House Chorus and Orchestra • Bonynge
Opus Arte OA1237D


Tenor Opera Arias - BEETHOVEN, L. / WAGNER, R. / STRAUSS, R. (Wiener Staatsoper Live) (1997-2014)
Tenor Opera Arias - BEETHOVEN, L. / WAGNER, R. / STRAUSS, R. (Wiener Staatsoper Live) (1997-2014)
Johan Botha
Orfeo C906171B

‘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


Garden Party - NIELSEN, C. • HANNIBAL, L. • LALO, E. • CHRISTIANSEN, A.L. • GRIEG, E.
Garden Party - NIELSEN, C. • HANNIBAL, L. • LALO, E. • CHRISTIANSEN, A.L. • GRIEG, E.
Petri • Hannibal
OUR Recordings 6.220619

‘Throughout, Petri offers the mix of clarity and tonal precision and warmth that has had her setting the standard for a while now. Highly recommended.’
AllMusic.com


Trascrizioni d'opera - ARBAN, J.-B. • CACCIAMANI, R. • FORESTIER, J. • ROSSARI, G. • SPIGA, L. • VERDI, G.
Trascrizioni d'opera - ARBAN, J.-B. • CACCIAMANI, R. • FORESTIER, J. • ROSSARI, G. • SPIGA, L. • VERDI, G.
Santi • Arlotti
Tactus TC850003

‘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


Frühling in Wien - BEETHOVEN, L. van • SCHÖNHERR, M. • STRAUSS, E. • STRAUSS, R. • SUPPE, F. von
Frühling in Wien - BEETHOVEN, L. van • SCHÖNHERR, M. • STRAUSS, E. • STRAUSS, R. • SUPPE, F. von
Vienna Symphony Orchestra • Honeck
Wiener Symphoniker WS011

‘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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