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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 Releases


BARTÓK, B.: Kossuth / 2 Portraits / Orchestral Suite No. 1
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos 8.573307


‘The Buffalo Philharmonic performances under JoAnn Falletta don’t stint on what this music needs: energy and colour.’ – The Guardian


‘JoAnn Falletta and her Buffalo Philharmonic find bravura vehicles in the scores of young Bartók, which showcase everyone in glowing colors.’
Audiophile Audition

BLOCH, E.: Israel / Suite for Viola and Orchestra
Gandelsman, Atlas Camerata Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony, Atlas
Naxos 8.573283


‘If you like Bloch, this CD is worth having, both in terms of performance and recording.’ – Audiophile Audition

CORNELIUS, P.: Lieder (Complete), Vol. 4
Landshamer, M. Schäfer, Begemann, Hausmann, Veit
Naxos 8.572859

‘Schafer’s radiant and sensitive singing is marvelous.’
American Record Guide

FUCHS, K.: Falling Man / Movie House /
Songs of Innocence and Experience

R. Williams, London Symphony, Falletta
Naxos 8.559753

‘The performances are exemplary, from baritone Roderick Williams’s commanding artistry to the bold, fresh playing of the London Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta’s sensitive direction.’ – Gramophone

GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets" (Blu-Ray Audio)
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta
Naxos NBD0041
Also available in CD: Naxos 8.573161


‘May be the best available version of this colorful widescreen late romantic epic, certainly sonically.’ – Audiophile Audition

‘Musically and technically first rate; a performance that really does stand out from the herd.’ – MusicWeb International

‘this interpretation is the real thing; the energy, enthusiasm, and grandeur of Falletta’s reading are graphic evidence of her love of this music’
American Record Guide

HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet) /
5 Pieces for String Orchestra

Seattle Symphony, Schwarz
Naxos 8.572763


‘Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony prove ideal exponents, capturing the essence of the music in a searing performance’
BBC Music Magazine

KNECHT, J.H.: Portrait musical de la nature (Le) /
PHILIDOR, F.-A.D.: Overtures

Torino Philharmonic, Prague Sinfonia, Benda
Naxos 8.573066

‘Italy’s Turin Philharmonic turns in a delightfully colorful and energetic performance.’ – American Record Guide

MILHAUD, D.: Orestie d'Eschyle (L')
L. Phillips, Dempson, Outlaw, Delphis,
University of Michigan Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, K. Kiesler

Naxos 8.660349-51


‘an operatic curiosity well worth investigating’ – The Guardian

PANN, C.: Piano's 12 Sides (The) / The Bills / The Cheese Grater
Hastings
Naxos 8.559751

‘Feisty, sense-sating music from a terrific talent; superbly played and recorded.’ – MusicWeb International

TCHAIKOVSKY, B.: Piano Quintet / The War Suite
Solovieva, Anisimov, Petcu-Colan, Vanbrugh Quartet
Naxos 8.573207


‘The performances…are exceptional.’ – The Guardian


See Naxos catalogue


Accentus Music


Orchestral Concert - BRAHMS, J. / SCHOENBERG, A. /
BEETHOVEN, L. van (NTSC)

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado
Accentus Music ACC-20282

‘These performances are incomparable. [Abbado’s] subtle musical control leads in particular to one of the best Eroicas you might ever have heard.’
Pizzicato


See Accentus Music catalogue


Arthaus Musik


PUCCINI, G.: Madama Butterfly (Hamburg State Opera, 2012) (Blu-ray, HD)
Arthaus Musik 108106

‘Director Vincent Boussard...has created a beautiful production, stunningly dramatic. This is a Butterfly for the ages.’ – American Record Guide


See Arthaus Musik catalogue


Basel Symphony Orchestra


STRAVINSKY, I.: Sacre du printemps (Le) (version for orchestra / version for piano 4 hands)
Basel Symphony, D.R. Davies, Maki Namekawa
Basel Symphony Orchestra SOB06

‘Dennis Russell Davies gives two phenomenally interesting accounts of Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’’ – Pizzicato


See Basel Symphony Orchestra catalogue


BR-Klassik


BACH, J.S.: St. Matthew Passion
Bavarian Radio Chorus, Regensburg Cathedral Choir, Concerto Köln,
P. Dijkstra

BR-Klassik 900508

‘emotionally charged, vibrant interpretation’ – Opera News


See BR-Klassik catalogue


C Major


VERDI, G.: Otello (La Fenice, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD)
C Major 716604


‘American Gregory Kunde offers a sterling presentation while Carmela Remigio’s Desdemona, despite her rather small instrument, is nicely rendered and coupled with outstanding acting.’ – Audiophile Audition


See C Major catalogue



Cedille


BACH, J.S.: Concerto for 2 Violins, BWV 1043 / CLYNE, A.: Prince of Clouds / GLASS, P.: Echorus (Two x Four)
Jennifer Koh, J. Laredo
Cedille CDR90000-146

‘There’s not a weak composition or questionable moment in these performances’ – ClassicsToday.com


See Cedille catalogue



Dacapo


DANISH STRING QUARTET: Wood Works
Dacapo 8.226081


‘a quietly innovative and unexpected delight, whose charms only grow as the music unfolds track by track’ – Sinfini Music


See Dacapo catalogue


Delos


Piano Recital: Kamangar, Tara - GLINKA, M.I. / HOSSEIN, A. / KHACHATURIAN, A.I. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. (East of Melancholy)
Delos DE3471

‘all rendered with passionate, soulful conviction’ – The New York Times


See Delos catalogue


Grand Piano


TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol. 7
Koukl
Grand Piano GP658

‘Taking us through this musical journey Giorgio Koukl has demonstrated his prowess as a pianist from the most demanding pieces to the most delicately tiny fragment. ’ – MusicWeb International


See Grand Piano catalogue


Idéale Audience


CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Celebrating Strauss (Blu-ray, HD)
Idéale Audience 3075054

‘This is a most touching remembrance. Exquisite, intelligent, knowledgeable singing.’ – American Record Guide


See Idéale Audience catalogue


Oehms Classics


MAHLER, G.: Symphonies Nos. 9 and 10
Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra, Stenz
Oehms Classics OC654

‘Stenz brings this work to a radiant conclusion that matches virtually any great performance that can be named.’ – Allmusic.com


See Oehms Classics catalogue


Ondine


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
T. Mørk, Oslo Philharmonic, Petrenko
Ondine ODE1218-2

‘these recordings are among the most intense, with heartbreaking slow movements and breathtaking climaxes’ – Pizzicato


See Ondine catalogue


Opus Arte


DONIZETTI, G.: Don Pasquale (Glyndebourne, 2013)
Opus Arte OABD7144D [Blu-ray] / OA1134D [DVD]

‘Any recording with Alessandro Corbelli in the title-role has to be worth investigating and his playing of the old curmudgeon, at once grumpy and delightfully vulnerable, is Italian comic opera at its most sophisticated.’
Gramophone


See Opus Arte catalogue

Sono Luminus


FAIROUZ, M.: Symphony No. 3, "Poems and Prayers" / Tahrir
S. Cooke, D. Kravitz, Krakauer, UCLA Performing Groups, Stulberg
Sono Luminus DSL-92177

‘The performances are magnificently assured’ – MusicWeb International


See Sono Luminus catalogue


Tactus


Vocal Recital: Alesci, Angela - MARENZIO, L. / CAROSO, F. / GORZANIS, G. / LORENZINO DEL LIUTO
(Luca Marenzio e il suo tempo)

Tactus TC531302

‘These are graceful, gentle, and intimate performances by three excellent musicians.’ – American Record Guide


See Tactus catalogue


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