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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

BALADA, L.: Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion /
Cello Concerto / Viola Concerto

Graf, Premo, Pillai, Carnegie Mellon Wind Ensemble
Naxos 8.573064

‘Balada has a gift for instrumental layering and chatter, and he takes the players to extremes of range and dynamics with almost giddy modernist delight.’ – Gramophone

Choral Concert: Wells Cathedral School Choralia - CHILCOTT, B. / MEALOR, P. / HOLST, G. / MACMILLAN, J. / O'REGAN, T
(The Song of the Stars)

Wells Cathedral School Choralia, Finch
Naxos 8.573427

‘This is an exceptional album, both in concept and execution.’

MOSCHELES, I.: Flute and Piano Music - Sonate Concertante /
Flute Sonatas / Divertimento à la Savoyarde

Kazunori Seo, Makoto Ueno
Naxos 8.573175

‘one of the best records I’ve heard this year’ – American Record Guide

PENDERECKI, K.: Magnificat / Kadisz
Warsaw Boys' Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit
Naxos 8.572697

‘Antoni Wit coordinates his ensemble superbly in both of these rather complex works by Krzysztof Penderecki and he never fails to rise to the composer’s inspiration.’ – Pizzicato

SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Symphonies, Vol. 3 - Symphony in F Major,
"Urbs Romana" / La Jeunesse d'Hercule / Danse Macabre

Malmö Symphony, Soustrot
Naxos 8.573140

‘[Urbs Romana] deserves a break-out recording, and Soustrot’s performance with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra may be the one to secure this symphony a place in the standard repertoire’ –

SIBELIUS, J.: Belshazzar's Feast / Overture in E Major /
Scène de ballet / Cortège / Menuetto

Pajala, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573300

‘Worth your time and attention, no doubt about it.’ –

TOWER, J.: Violin Concerto / Stroke / Chamber Dance
Cho-Liang Lin, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero
Naxos 8.559775

‘Lin has an intense style that imbues his performance with a frantic energy that gives the entire [concerto] a sense of urgency—and to good effect.’

WEBERN, A.: Vocal and Chamber Works (Webern, Vol. 3)
Arnold, Booth, Greenberg, Weiss, Sooyun Kim, Neidich, Josefowicz,
Simon Joly Chorale, Fred Sherry String Quartet, Philharmonia Orchestra, Craft

Naxos 8.557516

‘exciting and charming’ – American Record Guide

BYRON, L.: Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (Unabridged)
Jamie Parker
Naxos AudioBooks NA0137

‘[Jamie Parker’s] reading is admirably clear, expressive, and emotional.’

See Naxos catalogue

Accentus Music

(Blu-ray, Full-HD)

Nelsons, Faust, Ganz, Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Accentus Music ACC-10319

‘this film is one magically precious, magically enriching and truly unique document’ – Pizzicato

See Accentus Music catalogue


HOFFER, B.: Violin Concerto / Piano Concerto / English Horn Concerto
Oliveira, Hodgkinson, Stacy, Ireland RTÉ National Symphony, Pittman
Artek AR-0062-2

‘Elmar Oliveira’s playing is richly sonorous, the Dublin orchestra is superlative, and Artek’s expansive, airy sonics capture all in a faultless balance of crisp detail and holistic blend.’ – American Record Guide

See Artek catalogue

Arthaus Musik

ROSSINI, G.: Aureliano in Palmira (Rossini Opera Festival, 2014)
Spyres, Pratt, Belkina, Lupinacci, Pkhaladze, Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Crutchfield
Arthaus Musik 109074 [Blu-ray] | 109073 [DVD]

‘this is the Aureliano to have’ – Gramophone

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Pique Dame [Opera]
Diadkova, Didyk, Markov, Serjan, Shishlyaev, Sivko, Slawinski, Volkova, Zaplechny, Kinderchor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900129

‘Superbly paced and played; Mariss Jansons provides his excellent cast of singers the support and vision needed for a memorable performance.’

‘Hearing as refined and lustrous an orchestra as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is a treat in itself.’ – The Guardian

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

OFFENBACH, J.: Belle Hélène (La) (Hamburg State Opera, 2014)
Larmore, Jun-Sang Han, Rud, Loeb, Philharmoniker Hamburg, Priessnitz
C Major 731004 [Blu-ray] | 730908 [DVD]

‘Vividly conducted by Gerrit Priessnitz, the whole thing is a blast, and bang up-to-date too’ – Gramophone

See C Major catalogue


MOSOLOV, A.: Zavod (The Foundry) / Piano Concerto No. 1 /
Legenda / Piano Sonata No. 1

Schleiermacher, Riemke, Pschenitschnikowa, Kalitzke
Capriccio C5241

‘This is a very welcome and truly important CD, since recordings with the music of the Russian avant-garde composer Mosolov are still a rarity.’

See Capriccio catalogue


Chamber Music - DESSNER, B. / MUHLY, N. / LOTT, R. / GLASS, P. (FILAMENT)
Dessner, Muhly, eighth blackbird
Cedille CDR90000-157

‘This album demands much of its performers and audience, but the vitality of the music and Eighth Blackbird’s stunning virtuosity make it a compelling experience.’ –

‘One of our greatest new-music ensembles [...] Chicago-based sextet Eighth Blackbird’s programming is almost as tight as their ensemble playing.’
WQXR (New York)

See Cedille catalogue

Contrastes Records

Guitar Recital: Baranov, Anton - TÁRREGA, F. / LLOBET, M. /
SÁINZ DE LA MAZA, E. / MANJON, A.J. (Divina Mancha)

Anton Baranov
Contrastes Records Contrastes6201406

‘these are not pre-wrapped candies from the grocery, but truffles hand made by an expert chocolatier. Enjoy.’ – American Record Guide

See Contrastes Records catalogue


Chamber Music - BEACH, A. / BOULANGER, L. / CLARKE, R.
(20th-Century Women Composers)

Windsor, Trio des Alpes
Dynamic CDS7717

‘emotionally dramatic and sweeping performances’
American Record Guide

See Dynamic catalogue


BATTISTELLI, G.: Experimentum Mundi - An Experimental Opera
Raffone, Servillo, Giorgio
EuroArts 2059944 [Blu-ray] | 2059948 [DVD]

‘Out go professional singers; instead stonecutters, carpenters, shoemakers, stonemasons and chefs become the ‘cast’ of [Battistelli’s] opera. And Battistelli transforms their everyday noises into art... John Cage would have punched the air with joy.’ – Gramophone

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

HOFFMEISTER, F.A.: Keyboard Sonatas, Vol. 2
Biliana Tzinlikova
Grand Piano GP667

‘Tzinlikova plays the sonatas with a flawless technique and obvious joy’

See Grand Piano catalogue


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 5
Hamburg Philharmonic, Young
OehmsClassics OC689

‘this is one of [Young’s] finest performances and a stirring summation’

See OehmsClassics catalogue


BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Lars Vogt
Ondine ODE1273-2

‘a highly recommended tonic to grandiose Goldberg Variations’ –

See Ondine catalogue

OUR Recordings

Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - SØRENSEN, B. /
CHRISTENSEN, M. / CLAUSEN, T. (Nordic Sound)

Petri, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Schuldt
OUR Recordings 6.220613

‘understated virtuosity with committed playing...provocative and diverting in equal measure’ – Gramophone

See OUR Recordings catalogue

Paladino Music

POULENC, F.: Chamber Music - Violin Sonata / Flute Sonata / Improvisations / Sonata for 2 Pianos
Lessing, Wiese, May, Wienand
Paladino Music PMR0049

‘Collectively and individually it would be hard to imagine finer exponents of this marvellous music.’ – MusicWeb International

See Paladino Music catalogue

Sono Luminus

DEBUSSY, C.: Préludes, Book 1 / Estampes / Arabesque / Golliwogg's Cake-Walk / Nuit d'etoiles (Starry Night)
Michael Lewin
Sono Luminus DSL-92190

‘played with affection and style’ – MusicWeb International

See Sono Luminus 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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September 2015
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May 2015
April 2015
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February 2015
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