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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

KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
The Clarion Choir • S. Fox
Naxos 8.573889

‘“The rehabilitation of a major work”; this is music powerfully rooted in the Russian sound world, sung with passion, and beautifully recorded.’
Gramophone


LEHÁR, F.: Das Land des Lächelns [Operetta] (Zürich Opera, 2017)
LEHÁR, F.: Das Land des Lächelns [Operetta] (Zürich Opera, 2017)
Beczala • Kleiter • Philharmonia Zürich • Homoki • Luisi
Accentus Music ACC-20435 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0081V)

‘If there’s been a more ravishingly played new operetta recording this century, I haven’t heard it.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

On the Path to H.C. Andersen – LOHSE, M. • KOCH, J. • LORENTZEN, B. • AAQUIST, S.
On the Path to H.C. Andersen – LOHSE, M. • KOCH, J. • LORENTZEN, B. • AAQUIST, S.
Hanzhi Wang
Naxos 8.573904

‘A delightful collection of music.’
Review Corner


BACH, J.S.: English Suites Nos. 4-6 (arr. Montenegrin Guitar Duo for 2 guitars)
BACH, J.S.: English Suites Nos. 4-6 (arr. Montenegrin Guitar Duo for 2 guitars)
Montenegrin Guitar Duo
Naxos 8.573676

‘If you acquired the first volume, you will want the second, and if you acquire neither, you are missing out.’
Fanfare


BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Wolfgang Rübsam
Naxos 8.573921

‘Beautiful, intimate, mellow sound, resonant yet with each note decaying quickly, recorder-warm rather than lute-pungent, which Rübsam exploits to the full’
Gramophone

‘Rübsam’s unerring instincts and consummate artistry make this performance much greater than a gimmick’
AllMusic.com


‘It is consistently engrossing and Rubsam’s recording will certainly be one worth adding to the collection of Bach aficionados’
Cinemusical


BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Piano Concerto • Symphonic Overtures Nos. 1 and 2
BRAGA SANTOS, J.: Piano Concerto • Symphonic Overtures Nos. 1 and 2
Filipec • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic • Cassuto
Naxos 8.573903

‘A splendidly performed and recorded miscellany that usefully mops up some rarities from both main phases of the composer’s career.’
MusicWeb International


Brass Septet Music, Vol. 6 – ELGAR, E. • FINZI, G. • PARRY, H. • WALTON, W.
Brass Septet Music, Vol. 6 – ELGAR, E. • FINZI, G. • PARRY, H. • WALTON, W.
Septura
Naxos 8.573825

‘If you like English pastoral music, and the sound of brass, this album is irresistible.’
The Observer (London)


BRUNEAU, A.: L’Attaque du Moulin Suite • Naïs Micoulin: Prelude • Messidor (excerpts)
BRUNEAU, A.: L’Attaque du Moulin Suite • Naïs Micoulin: Prelude • Messidor (excerpts)
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573888

‘Warm grandeur … a master of orchestration and romantic mood.’
MusicWeb International


CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello Concerto • Transcriptions
CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Cello Concerto • Transcriptions
B.A. Smith • Evelyn Chen • Houston Symphony • Kazuki Yamada
Naxos 8.573820


‘The artistry on display here is breathtaking.’
BBC Music Magazine


DAUGHERTY, M.: Dreamachine • Trail of Tears • Reflections on the Mississippi
DAUGHERTY, M.: Dreamachine • Trail of Tears • Reflections on the Mississippi
Glennie • A. Porter • Jantsch • Albany Symphony • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559807

‘This is certainly one of the more important offerings in Naxos’ extensive and mostly acclaimed American Classics series.’
MusicWeb International


HENZE, H.W.: Violin and Viola Works
HENZE, H.W.: Violin and Viola Works
Sheppard Skærved • Chadwick
Naxos 8.573886

‘Sheppard Skærved and Chadwick play throughout with an authority that bears witness to their long acquaintance with Henze’s melodious muse’
The Strad

‘Henze for one or two players; outstanding playing, terrific recording, potentially infinite impact.’
MusicWeb International


The Lully Effect – LULLY, J.-B. • TELEMANN, G.P. • RAMEAU, J.-P.
The Lully Effect – LULLY, J.-B. • TELEMANN, G.P. • RAMEAU, J.-P.
Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra • Kuijken
Naxos 8.573867

‘The performances are delightful and go a long ways to make us appreciate the irresistible charm of the music.’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


KOŽELUCH, L.: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, “Hail to the Monarch”
KOŽELUCH, L.: Cantata for the Coronation of Leopold II, “Hail to the Monarch”
Vylícilová • Korínek • Moravec • Martinů Voices • Prague Symphony • Štilec
Naxos 8.573787


‘Impeccable interpretation carried out with love and enthusiasm by Czechs eager to enhance their cultural heritage.’
Ritmo

‘An important (re) discovery. Highly recommended.’
Stretto


LISZT, F.: Dances – Valses oubliées • Czárdás • Grand galop chromatique
LISZT, F.: Dances – Valses oubliées • Czárdás • Grand galop chromatique
Goran Filipec
Naxos 8.573705

‘Goran Filipec is clearly a talent to watch.’
MusicWeb International


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POULENC, F.: Les Biches Suite • Les animaux modèles Suite • Sinfonietta
Ireland RTÉ National Symphony • Tingaud
Naxos 8.573739

‘The present CD is excellently recorded and as an all Poulenc disc it is pure joy. …it warrants a place not just in any Poulenc lovers collection but in any comprehensive music library.’
iClassical


RACHMANINOV, Sergey: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 5 – Final Edison and First Victor Recordings (1919-1923)
RACHMANINOV, Sergey: Piano Solo Recordings, Vol. 5 – Final Edison and First Victor Recordings (1919-1923)
Sergey Rachmaninov
Naxos 8.111408

Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions


RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 11 and 12
RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 11 and 12
Eichhorn • Jena Philharmonic • Pasquet
Naxos 8.573474

‘Friedemann Eichhorn deserves much credit and gratitude for having taken on a project that no other violinist has been willing to touch, and to acquit himself with such glory in works that test the player to the limits.’
Fanfare


SCHREKER, F.: Der Geburtstag der Infantin Suite • Vorspiel zu einem Drama • Romantische Suite
SCHREKER, F.: Der Geburtstag der Infantin Suite • Vorspiel zu einem Drama • Romantische Suite
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin • Falletta
Naxos 8.573821

‘This is a very smart performance.’
ClassicsToday.com


SIERRA, R.: Kandinsky • Clarinet Sonata • 33 Ways to look at the same object
SIERRA, R.: Kandinsky • Clarinet Sonata • 33 Ways to look at the same object
Continuum
Naxos 8.559849

‘The performances are splendid, the sound clear and bright.’
Gramophone

‘[Sierra’s] music is so good, I am confident of giving it a rave review before I’ve heard a single note of the new disc.’
Fanfare


SPOHR, L.: Complete Violin Duets, Vol. 1
SPOHR, L.: Complete Violin Duets, Vol. 1
J. Cooper • J. Dickenson
Naxos 8.573763

‘This album of Spohr duets can be easily recommended to all lovers of the violin for over an hour’s worth of beautiful music beautifully played.’
Fanfare


TICHELI, F.: Clarinet Concerto • WARNAAR, B.: Horn Concerto • RANJBARAN, B.: Flute Concerto
TICHELI, F.: Clarinet Concerto • WARNAAR, B.: Horn Concerto • RANJBARAN, B.: Flute Concerto
J. Zimmermann • L. Norton • É. Gratton • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559818

‘The orchestra delivers thoroughly committed performances that are immaculate, technically but also deeply human.’
Fanfare


WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 13 • Serenade
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 13 • Serenade
Siberian State Symphony • Lande
Naxos 8.573879


‘Easily digestible and not requiring a huge time commitment, this album is an excellent introduction to Weinberg’s music’
AllMusic.com

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

Clarinet Trio Chamber Music – STRAVINSKY • BARTÓK • SCHOENFIELD • HURNIK • BRUNNER • FILAS
Clarinet Trio Chamber Music – STRAVINSKY • BARTÓK • SCHOENFIELD • HURNIK • BRUNNER • FILAS
Trio Clavio
ArcoDiva UP0204

‘Trio Clavio is musically wonderful, unique and breathtaking in all they play!’
The WholeNote


SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 9, “Great”
SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 9, “Great”
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900169

‘The Bavarian brass and woodwind are in glowing, translucent form, and the recorded sound is warm and vibrant’
BBC Music Magazine


MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (National Theatre Prague, 2017)
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (National Theatre Prague, 2017)
Alberghini • Sampetrean • Kněžíková • Lungu • Korchak • Bruckler • Novikova • National Theatre Orchestra • Domingo
C Major 745208

‘Rarely today do you find such consistent singing in this work, especially among the three leading sopranos.’
Opera News


Songs from Chicago – BACON, E. • BONDS, M.A. • CAMPBELL-TIPTON, L. • CARPENTER, J.A. • PRICE, F.B.
Songs from Chicago – BACON, E. • BONDS, M.A. • CAMPBELL-TIPTON, L. • CARPENTER, J.A. • PRICE, F.B.
Hampson • Kuang-Hao Huang
Cedille CDR90000-180

‘An excellent slice of little-known American art song.’
AllMusic.com


LANGGAARD, R.: Complete Violin and Piano Works, Vol. 1 – Écrasez l’infâme • Violin Sonata No. 4
LANGGAARD, R.: Complete Violin and Piano Works, Vol. 1 – Écrasez l’infâme • Violin Sonata No. 4
Sihm • Tange
Dacapo 8.226130

‘This is Surprised-by-Beauty music of the first order, magnificently performed and recorded and very much recommended to any explorer of the hidden charming sides of 20th-century music.’
ClassicsToday.com


SMETANA, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
SMETANA, B.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
Quartetto Energie Nove
Dynamic CDS7817

‘‘Utterly compelling’ wrote Julian Haylock of this Swiss quartet’s Prokofiev disc…The same words—and more—come to mind when listening to this neat assembly of Smetana’s quartets’
The Strad


GULDA, F.: Piano Works
GULDA, F.: Piano Works
Martin David Jones
Grand Piano GP759

‘The blisteringly virtuosic Variations on The Doors’ Light My Fire alone are worth the price of admission. Fifteen minutes of white-hot pianistic bravura and astonishing inventiveness.’
Records International


Orchestral Music – MAHLER, G. • WAGNER, R. • HAYDN, J. • BRAHMS, J.
Orchestral Music – MAHLER, G. • WAGNER, R. • HAYDN, J. • BRAHMS, J.
Seefried • BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra • B. Walter
ICA Classics ICAC5151


‘This concert recordings under the baton of Bruno Walter show the great conductor in mastery performances. An invaluable album! ’
Pizzicato


REYNOLDS, R.: Aspiration • Shifting/Drifting • imagE/violin - imAge/violin • Kokoro
REYNOLDS, R.: Aspiration • Shifting/Drifting • imagE/violin - imAge/violin • Kokoro
I. Arditti • Hembree • Inauthentica • Menzies
Kairos 0015051KAI

‘This program is in every way a winner—with excellence of sound and sound staging, performance brilliance and compositional inspiration’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 6 – Also sprach Zarathustra • Don Quixote
STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 6 – Also sprach Zarathustra • Don Quixote
I. Enders • Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester • Weigle
OehmsClassics OC893

‘The performance of Don Quixote is, if anything, even finer. It’s helped by supremely expressive and—ultimately—moving cello-playing from the young Frankfurt-born cellist Isang Enders.’
Gramophone


LINDBERG, M.: Tempus fugit • Violin Concerto No. 2
LINDBERG, M.: Tempus fugit • Violin Concerto No. 2
F.P. Zimmermann • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1308-5


‘Frank Peter Zimmermann’s and Hannu Lintu’s account is excellent, with a finely nuanced playing by the soloist and a very transparent orchestra. A great recording!’
Pizzicato


DEAN, B.: Hamlet [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2017)
DEAN, B.: Hamlet [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2017)
Clayton • Hannigan • Connolly • Gilfry • Begley • Tomlinson • Philip • Imbrailo • The Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Jurowski
Opus Arte OA1254D

‘Hamlet is not the easiest Shakespeare work to set in music, but Brett Dean was particularly successful in doing so.’
Pizzicato


Årstiderne: 28 Danske Sange (Seasons: 28 Danish Songs)
Årstiderne: 28 Danske Sange (Seasons: 28 Danish Songs)
DR VokalEnsemblet • Holten
OUR Recordings 8.226911

‘Bo Holten is a specialist in this repertoire: the Danish Vocal Ensemble are superb collaborators.’
MusicWeb International


HESKETH, K.: Orchestral Works – In Ictu Oculi • In Ictu Oculi • Of Time and Disillusionment
HESKETH, K.: Orchestral Works – In Ictu Oculi • In Ictu Oculi • Of Time and Disillusionment
BBC National Orchestra of Wales • Mueller
Paladino Music PMR0092


‘This is a very distinctive and enthralling opus.’
Classicalsource.com


ANTHEIL, G.: Violin Sonatina • Violin Concerto (version for violin and piano) • Spectre of the Rose Waltz
ANTHEIL, G.: Violin Sonatina • Violin Concerto (version for violin and piano) • Spectre of the Rose Waltz
Duo Odéon
Sono Luminus DSL-92222

‘This is an auspicious debut CD and a vital addition to the Antheil discography.’
Gramophone


SCHUMANN, R.: Complete Violin and Orchestra Works – Violin Concerto, WoO 1 • Cello Concerto (version for violin) • Phantasie
SCHUMANN, R.: Complete Violin and Orchestra Works – Violin Concerto, WoO 1 • Cello Concerto (version for violin) • Phantasie
Neudauer • González
SWR19422CD


‘Deeply aware of the expressive refinement of Schumann’s late works, Lena Neudauer offers highly colorful playing, combining introspective depth and genuine passion.’
Pizzicato


SWR2 NowJazz Session: Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014
SWR2 NowJazz Session: Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014
Nikolas Anadolis Trio
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-471

‘This is truly some of the most exciting and original music I’ve heard in a very long time!’
The Art Music Lounge



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