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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 CDs

BORODIN Symphonies Nos. 1-3
Seattle Symphony, Schwarz
Naxos 8.572786

‘Borodin’s First Symphony has modernist touches and fluid melodies’ – BBC Music Magazine
Thomas BLOCH Missa Cantate, Cold Song, Sancta Maria,
Christ Hall Blues

Waschinski, T. Bloch, Coulter, Paderewski Philharmonic, Quattrocchi
Naxos 8.572489

‘beautiful music that you can lose yourself in.’ – American Record Guide
Ernesto HALFFTER Carmen [film score]
Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Fitz-Gerald
Naxos 8.572260

‘This performance by the Frankfurt orchestra is colorful and committed, and winningly recorded. Mining the many forgotten byways of music, Naxos has come up with another sparkling gem.’ – Fanfare
Georges LENTZ Ingwe
Naxos 8.572483

‘compelling work’ – Limelight
MALIPIERO Impressioni dal vero, Pause del silenzio
Rome Symphony, La Vecchia
Naxos 8.572409

'so beautiful, and so remarkable that criticism is disarmed' -
MARTINŮ Songs, Vol 1 – A Wreath of Carnations
Wallingerová, Koukl
Naxos 8.572588

‘Naxos offers good notes and a superb recording. … This collection of early Martinů songs is an ideal start of the complete set at a bargain price.’ – American Record Guide

‘All in all, this is a most rewarding disc, throwing new light on its composer. It is very well recorded, too.’ – Gramophone
Pierre RODE Violin Concertos Nos 3, 4 and 6
Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet
Naxos 8.570767

Deutschlandradio Kultur CD of the Week
TANEYEV Complete String Quartets, Vol 2
Carpe Diem String Quartet
Naxos 8.572421

‘Carpe Diem is…exceptional and deserve praise for an admirable and electrifying go at Taneyev.’ – American Record Guide
BEETHOVEN AND HIS TEACHERS: Music for Piano, Four Hands
Bryant, Rachmanov
Naxos 8.572519-20

‘Whether you are an expert in the field of period instruments or just curious about their sound, you owe it to yourself to make this recording a part of your collection. The repertoire, performers, booklet notes, and recorded sound are all superb’ – American Record Guide

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Naxos Audiobooks

The Clumsy Ghost and Other Spooky Tales (Unabridged)
read by Sean Barrett, Anne-Marie Piazza et al.
Naxos AudioBooks NA0054

‘ideal for family listening.’ – AudioFile

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Arthaus Musik

OFFENBACH La Belle Helene
Chatelet, 2000
Arthaus DVD 107000

‘La Belle Helene is a landmark Offenbach, and not to be missed.’ – American Record Guide

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C Major

HANDEL Theodora (Staged Version)
Salzburg Festival, 2009
C Major DVD 705708

‘Christoph Loy, one of the most interesting directors around at the moment, stages the action in a concert setting. Paradoxical though that may sound, it works brilliantly, throwing the emphasis on to the music as action in itself. Christine Schäfer leads a fine line-up.’ – Gramophone

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CD Accord

Back to Melody
OPiUM String Quartet
CD Accord CDAccordACD163

‘The performances are superb, and the engineering is spectacular.’ – American Record Guide

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Oppens, Lowenthal
Cedille CDR90000-123

‘This will likely be the standard reference for this repertoire for some time to come.’ – American Record Guide

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SCHÜTZ Matthäus-Passion
Podger, Jespersen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hillier
Dacapo 8.226094

‘exhilarating performance’ – American Record Guide

‘this one will be hard to pass up’ – Fanfare

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Dorian Sono Luminus

Mexican Romantic Quartets
Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Dorian DSL-92130

‘This is wonderful place to start expanding your collection of Latin American classical music.’ – American Record Guide

‘a warmly recommended indulgence.’ – Fanfare

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Newton Classics

STRAVINSKY Violin and Piano Works (Complete)
van Keulen, Mustonen
Newton Classics NC8802062

‘sophistication, brilliance, merit, and inspiration’ – American Record Guide

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JS BACH French and English Suites
Wolf, Temmingh, Marincic
Oehms OC795

‘This recording is a breath of fresh baroque air for anyone who needs it.’ – American Record Guide

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RAUTAVAARA Violin and Piano Works
Kuusisto, Jumppanen
Ondine ODE1177-2

‘Ondine’s Rautavaara recordings really are major additions to the contemporary music scene. This one is no exception.’ –

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Opus Arte

TCHAIKOVSKY Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades)
Liceu, 2010
Opus Arte OA1050D

‘Tells the story so compellingly with singing and playing being excellent from everyone.’ – MusicWeb International

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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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