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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

BACEWICZ, G.: Symphony for Strings / Concerto for Strings
BACEWICZ, G.: Symphony for Strings / Concerto for Strings
Kupiec, Capella Bydgostiensis, Smolij
Naxos 8.573229

‘Throughout, a consistently elevated standard of craftsmanship is very evident, and these performances under Mariusz Smolij are both confident and devoted.’
ClassicsToday.com

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BACH, J.S.: Flute Sonatas, BWV 1030-1035
BACH, J.S.: Flute Sonatas, BWV 1030-1035
Fred, Häkkinen
Naxos 8.573376

‘Flutist Pauliina Fred and harpsichordist Aapo Häkkinen give scintillating performances, and the fluidity and spontaneity of their exchanges make these interpretations fresh and surprisingly loose. ’ – AllMusic.com

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BERNSTEIN, L. / TAN, Dun: Piano Music (Touches and Traces)
BERNSTEIN, L. / TAN, Dun: Piano Music (Touches and Traces)
Warren Lee
Naxos 9.70252

‘Warren Lee is a first-rate artist, and this program of miniatures by Bernstein and Tan is exquisite in every respect. ’ – American Record Guide

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BRAHMS, J.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
BRAHMS, J.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2
New Zealand String Quartet
Naxos 8.573433

‘These performances take you out of the realm of preconception and just deliver aggressive, uninhibited, and yes, passionate expressions of these scores, respectful of the composer’ – ClassicsToday.com

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CORIGLIANO JR., J.: Symphony No. 1 / TORKE, M.: Bright Blue Music / COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring Suite
CORIGLIANO JR., J.: Symphony No. 1 / TORKE, M.: Bright Blue Music / COPLAND, A.: Appalachian Spring Suite
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, Miller
Naxos 8.559782


‘A compelling symphonic score, that will never lose its importance’ – Pizzicato


‘Three 20th-century American symphonic scores magnificently performed and recorded.’ – Audiophile Audition

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COSTA, L.: Piano Trio / CARNEYRO, C.: Piano Trio / AZEVEDO, S.: Hukvaldy Trio (Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 1)
COSTA, L.: Piano Trio / CARNEYRO, C.: Piano Trio /
AZEVEDO, S.: Hukvaldy Trio (Portuguese Piano Trios, Vol. 1)

Trio Pangea
Naxos 8.573402


‘The Trio Pangea, with whom we find the pianist Bruno Belthoise, champions these three pieces with remarkable fervor and penetrating timbre. ’
Diapason

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CZERNY, C.: Grand Piano Concerto / Grand Nocturne Brillant / Variations de Concert sur la Marche des Grecs
CZERNY, C.: Grand Piano Concerto / Grand Nocturne Brillant /
Variations de Concert sur la Marche des Grecs

Tuck, English Chamber Orchestra, Bonynge
Naxos 8.573417


‘This collection of musicians under Richard Bonynge is remarkable. ’
Limelight Magazine

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FIELD, J.: Piano Concerto No. 7 / Irish Concerto / Piano Sonata No. 4
FIELD, J.: Piano Concerto No. 7 / Irish Concerto / Piano Sonata No. 4
Frith, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Haslam, Mogrelia
Naxos 8.573262

‘Frith shaping and colouring the music to perfection, running through some terrific fluent, richly textured passages. This performance is a real joy. ’
The Classical Reviewer

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MARTINŮ, B.: Songs, Vol. 4 - The White Dove
MARTINŮ, B.: Songs, Vol. 4 - The White Dove
Hrochová Wallingerová, Koukl
Naxos 8.573447

‘Koukl has supplied a great service to anyone interested in Slovak music through his tireless efforts to find and edit Martinů’s music. Mr Bauman named him “an ideal Martinů interpreter”, and his accompaniment here is sturdy and authoritative. ’ – American Record Guide

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PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
Walker, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559794


‘Here we have an orchestral portrait of one of the most inventive American composers, Kevin Puts, who has a lot to say in his evocative and colourful music.’ – Pizzicato

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RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573469

‘A gorgeous disc filled with pleasure for several listening times—I wouldn’t miss this one.’ – Rondo Classic


‘A wonderful souvenir of a concert that too many missed.’
The New Zealand Herald

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ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
Giordano, Pizzolato, Mchedlishvili, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Naxos 8.660382-84


‘This complete recording of Rossini’s ‘Il viaggio a Reims’ is entirely convincing: the ensemble is brilliant, as are the choir and the orchestra, energetically led by Antonino Fogliani.’ – Pizzicato

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SOR, F.: 24 Studies, Op. 31, "Leçons progressives" / 6 Short Pieces, Op. 32
SOR, F.: 24 Studies, Op. 31, "Leçons progressives" /
6 Short Pieces, Op. 32

Kraft, McFadden
Naxos 8.573624


‘These guitarists play with sensitivity and charm, and their recordings are quite consistent in sound quality. ’ – AllMusic.com

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SPOHR, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5
SPOHR, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5
Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Košice, Walter
Naxos 8.555500

‘The performances are quite respectable, with excellent spirit and detail. These are symphonies that trod untypical ground and do so in ways that please. An auspicious beginning! ’ – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

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BACEWICZ, G. / TANSMAN, A. / SPISAK, M. / PANUFNIK, A.: Polish Violin Concertos
BACEWICZ, G. / TANSMAN, A. / SPISAK, M. /
PANUFNIK, A.: Polish Violin Concertos

Plawner, Berlin Chamber Symphony, Bruns
Naxos 8.573496

‘These four works all deserve to be better-known; and that includes the Panufnik. Like everything here, it receives lively and committed advocacy.’
Gramophone

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WALTER, B.: Violin Sonata / Piano Quintet
WALTER, B.: Violin Sonata / Piano Quintet
Frolova, Sato, Vida, Peherstorfer, Häusle, Huber, Liu
Naxos 8.573351

‘Thoughtfully interpreted and smoothly played’ – AllMusic.com

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Naxos DVD

REVUELTAS, S.: Redes (Film, 1935) (NTSC)
REVUELTAS, S.: Redes (Film, 1935) (NTSC)
PostClassical Ensemble, Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos DVD 2.110372

‘The movie is fittingly somber. The actors often look stoic, proud, and stately even in the most grievous situations, which strikes me as an artistic choice—and an effective one.’ – American Record Guide

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Naxos Apps

Little Classical Music App
Little Classical Music App (iOS version)
Naxos Apps NAPP0201A

Little Classical Music App (Android version)
Naxos Apps NAPP0201C

‘Fun and wonderfully accessible, this is a great way to engage children in music they wouldn't normally listen to.’ – Music Maker Apps

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iOS
Android

Naxos Audiobooks

WHITMAN, W.: The Great Poets (Unabridged)
WHITMAN, W.: The Great Poets (Unabridged)
Garrick Hagon
Naxos Audiobooks NA0233

‘Hagon doesn’t try to imitate the one (disputed) recording we have of Whitman’s voice; instead he gives us the voice that Whitman should have had.’
AudioFile

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Accentus Music

BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations
BACH, J.S.: Goldberg Variations
Xiao-Mei Zhu
Accentus Music ACC-30372

‘This was a most reverent and completely engrossing performance.’
American Record Guide

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Arthaus Musik

KNAPPERTSBUSCH, H.: A Tribute To Hans Knappertsbusch (Blu-ray)
KNAPPERTSBUSCH, H.: A Tribute To Hans Knappertsbusch (Blu-ray)
Backhaus, Greindl, Nilsson, Uhl, Watson, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Knappertsbusch
Arthaus Musik 109213

‘The performances are mellow, graceful, and completely natural—no hype, no pretense, powerful climaxes, singing lyric sections.’ – American Record Guide

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BR-Klassik

CHABRIER, E. / GERSHWIN, G. / ENESCU, G. / RAVEL, M. / LISZT, F.: Rhapsodies (Orchestral Music)
CHABRIER, E. / GERSHWIN, G. / ENESCU, G. / RAVEL, M. /
LISZT, F.: Rhapsodies (Orchestral Music)

Matsuev, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900146

‘Exceptionally vivid and full of presence, making this album a fine showcase for what Matsuev, Jansons, and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra can do’
AllMusic.com

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C Major

BIZET, G.: Les Pêcheurs de perles (Teatro di San Carlo, 2014)
Ciofi, Korchak, Solari, Tagliavini, San Carlo Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Ferro
C Major 719604 [Blu-ray] | 719508 [DVD]

‘A pretty and bewitching production of Bizet’s oft-overlooked romance.’
Opera News

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Blu-ray
DVD

Capriccio

Hübsch, Cornelia - KORNGOLD, E.W. / GOLDMARK, K.: Vocal Recital
Hübsch, Cornelia - KORNGOLD, E.W. / GOLDMARK, K.: Vocal Recital
Hubsch, Spencer
Capriccio C3004

‘A disc of great charm.’ – Gramophone

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Dacapo

BUXTEHUDE, D. / GEIST, C. / BRUHNS, N. / TUNDER, F. / FÖRSTER, K.: Buxtehude and his Circle (Vocal Music)
BUXTEHUDE, D. / GEIST, C. / BRUHNS, N. / TUNDER, F. /
FÖRSTER, K.: Buxtehude and his Circle (Vocal Music)

Theatre of Voices, TOV Band, Hillier
Dacapo 6.220634

‘Each work is a gem in its own right, which performers manage to polish to perfection. ’ – American Record Guide

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Delos

GERNSHEIM, F.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quintet, Op. 34
GERNSHEIM, F.: Piano Quintet No. 2 / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quintet, Op. 34
Uchida, Formosa Quartet
Delos DE3497

‘The Formosa’s reading of the familiar Brahms is thrilling from end to end. ’
American Record Guide

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Dynamic

JANÁCEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / On the Overgrown Path (arr. J. Burghauser)
JANÁCEK, L.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 / On the Overgrown Path
(arr. J. Burghauser)

Quartetto Energie Nove
Dynamic CDS7708

‘This is the kind of sound that hearkens back to the Amar, Pro Arte and early Budapest String Quartets of the 1920s, bright and lean with an almost edgy quality tempered by their superb intonation and remarkable blend.’
The Art Music Lounge

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Grand Piano

LOURIÉ, A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
LOURIÉ, A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP737

‘We should thank our lucky stars that people like Giorgio Koukl are sufficiently motivated to pursue these searches with such determined zeal and this coupled with his luminous playing makes this disc a superb place to begin to fire up one’s interest in such a musically fascinating find.’ – MusicWeb International

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OehmsClassics

MARTINU, B.: Julietta [Opera] (Sung in German)
MARTINU, B.: Julietta [Opera] (Sung in German)
Lascarro, Streit, Gibson, Frankfurt Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Weigle
OehmsClassics OC966

‘You should be beguiled by changes of pace and texture even when you’re wondering when the dream will end’ – BBC Music Magazine

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Ondine

BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 / Violin Sonata, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 /
Violin Sonata, "F-A-E": III. Scherzo

Tetzlaff, Vogt
Ondine ODE1284-2

‘No matter that the catalogue is crammed with recordings of these sonatas; this one will sit proudly on my shelf alongside Szeryng/Rubinstein, Mullova/Anderszewski and Dumay/Pires.’ – Gramophone

‘The performances are agile, airborne, refreshingly unpredictable and alive with exhilarating freedom.’ – The Guardian

‘Tetzlaff has a lovely way of taking a little pause during the transition passages, as if to let you reflect on what you’ve just heard, and Vogt matches him with playing that is both quiet and detailed. ’ – AllMusic.com


‘These are warm, expressive readings throughout, always beautiful and very nicely paced’ – Infodad.com

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Opus Arte

MOZART, W.A.: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD)
MOZART, W.A.: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD)
Cradock, Eriksmoen, Gunnell, Kehrer, Matthews, Montvidas, Saurel, Glyndebourne Chorus, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ticciati
Opus Arte OABD7204D


‘David McVicar’s lively staging is matched by Robin Ticciati’s energetic conducting. With mostly good singers this is a really pleasant performance of Mozart’s Singspiel. ’
Pizzicato


‘It’s a brilliant conception that allows a would-be comedy to provoke some serious thought, as all of Mozart’s operas do, and its impact is even more profound by allowing the work to play out in Mozart’s designated time period.’
Audiophile Audition

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SWRmusic

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Shéhérazade / L'heure espagnole
RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Shéhérazade / L'heure espagnole
Beuron, d'Oustrac, Duhamel, Fouchécourt, Gay,
South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Denève

SWRmusic SWR19016CD

‘The French mezzo is terrific in Shéhérazade as well as in L’heure espagnole. A great and superb voice that has every bit of the flexibility needed for the two so different characters. ’ – Pizzicato

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Tactus

CHERUBINI, L. / CAMBINI, G.M.: String Trios (Chamber Music)
CHERUBINI, L. / CAMBINI, G.M.: String Trios (Chamber Music)
Trio Hegel
Tactus TC740001

‘The Trio Hegel has a clean, tight, ensemble sound. Their performances of these pieces have the right amount of expression and emotion with tasteful restraint—perfectly in line with the aesthetic of the gallant style.’ – WTJU

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