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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

GÓRECKI Concerto-Cantata
Warsaw Philharmonic
Antoni Wit

Naxos 8.572872

BBC Music Magazine

‘Always riveting.’ – BBC Music Magazine

HINDEMITH String Quartets, Vol. 1
Amar Quartet
Naxos 8.572163

BBC Music Magazine

‘These inventive pieces are brought stunningly to life by the young Amar Quartet.’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘If this first disc is anything to go by, this will be a must-have cycle for all lovers of 20th century music.’ – MusicWeb International

BRITTEN Songs and Proverbs of William Blake
Roderick Williams, baritone
Iain Burnside, piano

Naxos 8.572600

‘One could hardly wish for a better showcase than these three items by Britten.’ – American Record Guide

BUSONI Clarinet Concertino, Flute Divertimento
Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
Francesco La Vecchia

Naxos 8.572922

‘The Rome Symphony Orchestra...performs superbly and La Vecchia demonstrates a sure touch…’ – Gramophone

‘a truly delightful CD’ – MusicWeb International

DUSSEK Four Symphonies
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
Aapo Häkkinen

Naxos 8.572683

MAYR Concerto bergamasco
Bavarian Classical Players
Franz Hauk

Naxos 8.570927

‘Music of lilt and loveliness, winningly played; a joyful discovery.’ – MusicWeb International

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5, The Year 1941
São Paulo Symphony
Marin Alsop

Naxos 8.573029

‘An auspicious launch of Marin Alsop’s Prokofiev symphony cycle in São Paulo.’ – MusicWeb International

TAYLOR Through the Looking Glass
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz

Naxos 8.559724

‘the performances are uniformly splendid: extremely well played, and just about perfectly conducted’ –

WEINBERG Symphony No. 6
St Petersburg State Symphony
Vladimir Lande

Naxos 8.572779

‘approachable, important, and of the highest quality’ – Fanfare

Elora Festival Singers
Noel Edison

Naxos 8.572812

La Scena Musicale

‘It is a real pleasure to listen to...beautiful timbres and perfect vocal harmony.’ – La Scena Musicale

See Naxos catalogue

Naxos Audiobooks

Thomas HARDY Wessex Tales (unabridged)
Neville Jason, reader
Naxos Audiobooks NA0085

‘Jason’s narration possesses an eloquence that will delight listeners and transport them to another time and place where the magical was indeed possible’ – Publishers Weekly

See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue

BR Klassik

MAHLER Symphony No. 9
Bavarian Radio Symphony
Bernard Haitink

BR-Klassik 900113

‘extraordinarily moving Dresden performance’ – Gramophone

See BR Klassik catalogue


SCHUBERT Piano Sonatas
Michael Endres, piano
Capriccio C7125

‘no other Schubert piano collection on the market offers Endres’ consistent level of satisfaction’ –

See Capriccio catalogue

C Major

Danish National Symphony
Thomas Dausgaard

C Major 710508 [DVD]

‘This is a sit up and take notice performance from the very beginning to the final movement, crowned with a radiant, jubilant finale, the like of which I’m unaware.’ – The WholeNote

See C Major catalogue


SØRENSEN Requiem / OCKEGHEM Missa pro defunctis
Ars Nova Copenhagen
Paul Hillier

Dacapo 6.220571

‘Ars Nova Copenhagen bring out the subtle colours of Sørensen’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Dacapo catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

Michael Landrum, piano
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92158

‘great late-night listening’ – WQXR

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue


A film by Esther Schapira
EuroArts 2058918 [DVD]

La Scena Musicale

‘This is an absolute must-see for anyone interested in the charismatic Luciano Pavarotti.’ – La Scena Musicale

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

WEINBERG Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
Grand Piano GP603

‘Franzetti’s playing in the Second Sonata is outstanding; layered and clearly the result of much thought.’ – International Piano

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

VERDI Requiem
State Academy Chorus
Moscow Philharmonic
Igor Markevitch

ICA Classics ICAC5068

‘This set was a real discovery for me.’ – MusicWeb International

See ICA Classics catalogue

Oehms Classics

PERGOLESI Stabat Mater
Mainz Vocal
Neumeyer Consort
Michael Hofstetter

Oehms OC831

La Scena Musicale

‘Quite simply a phenomenon!’ – La Scena Musicale

See Oehms Classics catalogue

Opus Arte

Theatre de Caen, 2011
Opus Arte OABD7106D [Blu-ray Video] / OA1080D [DVD]

‘There are no weak links in the cast, who impresses as a real ensemble of actors… Les Arts Florissants perform with enormous style’ – BBC Music Magazine

See Opus Arte catalogue

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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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