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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

GOUNOD, C.-F.: La Nonne sanglante [Opera]
GOUNOD, C.-F.: La Nonne sanglante [Opera]
Spyres • Santoni • Lebègue • accentus • Insula Orchestra • Equilbey • Bobée
Naxos 2.110632 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0097V)

‘I enjoyed it tremendously’
MusicWeb International


EINEM, G. von: Der Prozeß [Opera]
EINEM, G. von: Der Prozeß [Opera]
Laurenz • Schmeckenbecher • Schmidlechner • Woldt • Kammler • Schneider • Vienna Radio Symphony • H.K. Gruber
Capriccio C5358

‘This revival breathes vigorous life into a work that gets to the core of the novel.’
Opera News

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Compositions and Transcriptions for Piano (Military Beethoven)
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Compositions and Transcriptions for Piano (Military Beethoven)
Carl Petersson
Naxos 8.573928

‘Unusual Beethoven repertoire, vigorously interpreted by Carl Petersson. The various moods are convincingly captured—from extrovert brilliance to intimate melodies.’
Opus


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Variations, WoO 65, 69, 72, 75 • Piano Sonata, WoO 51
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Variations, WoO 65, 69, 72, 75 • Piano Sonata, WoO 51
Larry Weng
Naxos 8.573939


‘This is a record that combines the didactic with the artistic in the hands of a young man who stands out in his career.’
Ritmo


BERMEL, D.: Migration Series • Mar de Setembro • A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace
BERMEL, D.: Migration Series • Mar de Setembro • A Shout, A Whisper, and A Trace
Souza • Nash • Julliard Jazz Orchestra • Albany Symphony • D.A. Miller
Naxos 8.559871

‘Luminous vocal by Souza and an ever-so-delicate backdrop by the Albany Symphony’
Textura

‘The Albany Symphony Orchestra, with their various partners, play superbly—and idiomatically—throughout. Fine sound, too. Recommended.’
Gramophone


BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
Tianwa Yang • Gabriel Schwabe • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Wit
Naxos 8.573772


‘The two soloists join forces in a captivating dialogue. Superb.’
Diapason


COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
COPLAND, A.: Billy the Kid • Grohg [Ballets]
Detroit Symphony • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559862

‘High-level Copland’
Fanfare


FACCIO, F.: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera]
FACCIO, F.: Amleto (Hamlet) [Opera]
Cernoch • J.M. Dan • Sgura • Kaiser • Prague Philharmonic Chorus • Vienna Symphony • Carignani
Naxos 8.660454-55

‘Highly valuable. ’
Pizzicato


Forgotten Dreams – Australian Guitar Music: CHARLTON, R. • HOUGHTON, P. • ISAACS, M. • WESTLAKE, N.
Forgotten Dreams – Australian Guitar Music: CHARLTON, R. • HOUGHTON, P. • ISAACS, M. • WESTLAKE, N.
Timothy Kain
Naxos 8.573961


‘Fine new recording. Colour. Timbre. Sonority. Harmonic richness. Melodiousness.’
Limelight


KARCHIN, L.: Jane Eyre [Opera]
KARCHIN, L.: Jane Eyre [Opera]
Zetlan • MacPherson • Meglioranza • J. Thompson • Orchestra of the League of Composers • Karchin
Naxos 8.669042-43

‘As intense a performance as anyone could ask for.’
Performing Arts Monterey Bay


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
Jakubiak • Jagde • Wagner • The Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus & Orchestra • Albrecht • Loy
Naxos 2.110584-85 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0083V)

‘No praise is too high for the three lead singers…Hugely recommended: an in-at-the-deepest-end introduction to Korngold’s art.’
Gramophone


LISZT, F.: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S172a (1847 version)
LISZT, F.: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S172a (1847 version)
Wojciech Waleczek
Naxos 8.573773


‘Colourful and nuanced playing… the transparency of the Polish pianist’s playing is also remarkable.’
Pizzicato


LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
LISZT, F.: 12 Études d’exécution transcendante • La Leggierezza • Rigoletto: Paraphrase de concert
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573981

‘The clarity of the recording and also the purity with which Giltburg plays are marvellous and no details are lost or fudged.’
MusicWeb International


REINECKE, C.: Complete Cello and Piano Works
REINECKE, C.: Complete Cello and Piano Works
Rummel • Krüger
Naxos 8.573727

‘Both artists demonstrate the enjoyment, intimacy and banter of these chamber works in this fine duo performance.’
Stringendo


RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
RIHM, W.: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 2
Tianwa Yang • Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573667

‘Yang succeeds without imitating but rather expressing a unique stamp to the music. ’
www.klassik.com


SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Piano Works – Preludes, Op. 1 • Studies, Opp. 4 and 33 • Maski
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Piano Works – Preludes, Op. 1 • Studies, Opp. 4 and 33 • Maski
Andrea Vivanet
Naxos 8.551401

‘A terrific CD, almost a legacy.’
Klassik heute


WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera]
WEBER, C.M. von: Der Freischütz [Opera]
Kleiter • Liebau • König • Groissböck • Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala • Myung-Whun Chung • Hartmann
Naxos 2.110597 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0092V)

‘The cast is top-drawer.’
Opera News

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

MACHEN, A.: The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales (Unabridged)
MACHEN, A.: The Great God Pan and Other Weird Tales (Unabridged)
Peter Wickham
Naxos AudioBooks NA0301

‘This collection is an excellent introduction to his [Machen] gentle and eerie worlds.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 9
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra • Abbado
Accentus Music ACC-30489

‘This is a solid Bruckner, sobre, far from Celibidache. A serene, elegant version, careful with the details so that nothing spoils its gleam.’
Scherzo


‘Abbado conducted Bruckner, and it’s a very special experience.’
Classicalsource.com


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Maazel • Jansons • Haitink • Blomstedt
BR-Klassik 900716

‘An exceptional box, with a lot of thrill and inspiration for both music lovers and artists.’
Crescendo (France)


MOZART, W.A.: Die Zauberflöte [Opera]
MOZART, W.A.: Die Zauberflöte [Opera]
Goerne • Peter • Shagimuratova • Karg • Plachetka • Nazarova • Porter • Brandauer • Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor • Wiener Philharmoniker • Carydis • Steier
C Major 749708

Also available on Blu-ray (749804)

‘Steier offers brilliant and convincing solutions to the perennial problems of Die Zauberflöte.’
BBC Music Magazine


Chamber Music (String Quartet) – PENDERECKI, K. • SZYMANOWSKI, K. • PANUFNIK, A.
Chamber Music (String Quartet) – PENDERECKI, K. • SZYMANOWSKI, K. • PANUFNIK, A.
Ãtma Quartet
CDAccordACD252


‘Sophisticated technical realisation and fresh, spontaneous performances’
Pizzicato


Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Black Oak Ensemble
Cedille CDR90000-189


‘A compelling collection of characterful music…recorded so crisply I could swear the musicians were sitting just by my right shoulder.’
The Times (London)


LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2, ‘Vaarbrud’ and 6, ‘Det himmelrivende’ • GADE, J.: Tango Jalousie
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2, ‘Vaarbrud’ and 6, ‘Det himmelrivende’ • GADE, J.: Tango Jalousie
A. Komsi • Vienna Philharmonic • Oramo
Dacapo 6.220653
Gramophone Classical Music Awards Winner: Orchestral

‘Interpretative insights, committed playing and tangibly realistic sound.’
Gramophone


Clarinet Classics at Riversdale – GLAZUNOV, A.K. • KOCH, E. von • OSBORNE, W. • WEBER, C.M. von
Clarinet Classics at Riversdale – GLAZUNOV, A.K. • KOCH, E. von • OSBORNE, W. • WEBER, C.M. von
DiLutis • Mellifera Quartet
Delos DE3561

‘This superbly performed programme is a joy to listen to’
Gramophone


DONIZETTI, G.: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth [Opera]
DONIZETTI, G.: Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth [Opera]
Pratt • Remigio • Anduaga • Pop • Orchestra Donizetti Opera • Coro Donizetti Opera • Frizza • Aspa
Dynamic DYN-37834

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57834)

‘Both the principal women are simply outstanding.’
MusicWeb International


ELGAR, E.: Violin Concerto • Violin Sonata
ELGAR, E.: Violin Concerto • Violin Sonata
Irnberger • Korstick • Royal Philharmonic • Judd
Gramola99141

‘In perfect fusion, the performers alternate exuberant energy, fragile grace and expressive rubato.’
Classica


RAFF, J.: Piano and Orchestra Works – Piano Concerto • Ode au Printemps
RAFF, J.: Piano and Orchestra Works – Piano Concerto • Ode au Printemps
Tra Nguyen • Prague Radio Symphony • Stratton
Grand Piano GP771

‘[Tra Nguyen] is a stylish, technically assured soloist: dazzling in the flourishes, articulate in the passage work, and capable of changing moods on a dime.’
Positive Feedback Online


MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera]
MOZART, W.A.: Le Nozze di Figaro [Opera]
E. Blanc • E. Schwarzkopf • E. Söderström • F. Corena • Philharmonia Chorus and Orchestra • Giulini
ICA Classics ICAC5157

‘Those who discovered their Noces di Figaro with EMI Classics’ will instantly find the same energy and attention to detail they are familiar with [here]’
Diapason


BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 6 (fragment) • Piano Concerto, WoO 4
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 6 (fragment) • Piano Concerto, WoO 4
S.-M. Vetter • Hamburg Symphony • Ruzicka
OehmsClassics OC1710

‘Vetter’s brilliant playing let this extraordinary program become an important contribution to the Beethoven Year.’
Pizzicato


BEETHOVEN, L. van • SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van • SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concertos
C. Tetzlaff • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Ticciati
Ondine ODE1334-2


‘Well-known works played with impressive nonchalance and grace by violinist whose touch is light and right’
The Guardian


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

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7231D)

Gramophone Classical Music Awards Winner: Contemporary

‘The drama unravels thrillingly, shockingly, touchingly.’
Gramophone


LYSSARIDES, Joel: A Better Place
LYSSARIDES, Joel: A Better Place
Lyssarides • Fernqvist • Blixt
Prophone PCD200

‘In a time of polarisation, hate rhetoric, restlessness, storms, Joel Lyssarides becomes a port to throw anchor in the night. Music that points to A better place.’
Dagens industri


KIM, P. • TOPEL, S.: Ambient Chaconne (after J.S. Bach’s Ciaccona) • Deo (after J. Ockeghem’s Deo gratias) (Heroine)
KIM, P. • TOPEL, S.: Ambient Chaconne (after J.S. Bach’s Ciaccona) • Deo (after J. Ockeghem’s Deo gratias) (Heroine)
P. Kim Harris • Topel
Sono Luminus DSL-92235

‘A balanced program that will fascinate and move many listeners. ’
AllMusic.com


Music of the 20th Century – RAPHAEL, G. • NEUMEYER, F. • BAUSZNERN, D. von • HELM, E. (1954–1960)
Music of the 20th Century – RAPHAEL, G. • NEUMEYER, F. • BAUSZNERN, D. von • HELM, E. (1954–1960)
Fritz Wunderlich
SWR19075CD

‘The superb triptych of the second disc highlights the Orphic greatness of the interpretation, evocative celebration, enigmatic, too…. A major release.’
Diapason




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