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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

EŠENVALDS, E.: The Doors of Heaven
EŠENVALDS, E.: The Doors of Heaven
Portland State University Chamber Choir • Sperry
Naxos 8.579008

‘This is a super disc. The singing throughout is excellent and the various members of the choir who are called into the spotlight to sing solos all acquit themselves very well. Anyone wanting to explore the extraordinary music of Ēriks Ešenvalds could start here with confidence.’
MusicWeb International

‘An altogether enlightening and enjoyable release. ’ – ClassicsToday.com


BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2015) [BD]
BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2005) [DVD]
BERG, A.: Wozzeck (Zürich Opera, 2005)
Ablinger-Sperrhacke • Barkmin • Gerhaher • Jovanovich • Peter • Woldt • Zurich Opera House Chorus • Philharmonia Zurich • Luisi
Accentus Music ACC-10363 [BD] | ACC-20363 [DVD]

‘Scrupulously sung, acted with a gentle honesty, Gerhaher’s Wozzeck is vulnerable, plaintive, in short all-too-touchingly human.’ – Gramophone

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NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

DITTERSDORF, C.D. von: 3 Ovid Sonatas - Ajax et Ulysse • Hercule changé en Dieu • Jason, qui emporte la toison d'or
DITTERSDORF, C.D. von: 3 Ovid Sonatas - Ajax et Ulysse • Hercule changé en Dieu • Jason, qui emporte la toison d'or
Tibbles • Tsalka
Naxos 8.573740

‘All in all, this is a most welcome and valuable recording, one which is a winner and not just as an historical rarity, but also musically; this music deserves to be heard and in Tibbles and Tsalka we have the ideal partnership to bring this music to life.’ – MusicWeb International


FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 • Adagio and Scherzo
FRICKER, P.R.: String Quartets Nos. 1-3 • Adagio and Scherzo
Villiers Quartet
Naxos 8.571374

‘Bold and searching accounts fashioned by the highly-accomplished Villiers players show a great understanding and sympathy for these searching and expressive works.’ – The British Music Society


HAWES, P.: Revelation • Beatitudes
HAWES, P.: Revelation • Beatitudes
The Elora Singers • De'Ath • Edison
Naxos 8.573720

‘The highly disciplined voices of the Canadian Elora Singers, delivers a lovely litany of emotive pieces ranging with engaging titles from simply ‘Peace’ to ‘Let Us Love’.’ – The British Music Society


LAJTHA, L.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6
LAJTHA, L.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 6
Pécs Symphony • Pasquet
Naxos 8.573648

‘There’s magnificence and beauty among the blistering tragedy of these two symphonies of the last century.’ – MusicWeb International


PERSICHETTI, V.: Harpsichord Sonatas Nos. 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9
PERSICHETTI, V.: Harpsichord Sonatas Nos. 1, 3, 5, 8 and 9
C.D. Lewis
Naxos 8.559843

‘Christopher Lewis performs each as an individual masterpiece, bringing out the many shades of dark and light, frequently subtle colours, and the marches, dances and fantasias that abound in the music.’ – Gramophone


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a • Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphony, Op. 73a • Symphony for Strings, Op. 118a
Kiev Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra • Yablonsky
Naxos 8.573601

‘Yablonsky knows his Shostakovich and, a cellist himself, he also knows how to get his players to perform with a gutsiness and energy that never turns crude.’
ClassicsToday.com


NAXOS DVDs

FLOYD, C.: Susannah [Opera] (St. Petersburg Opera, 2014)
FLOYD, C.: Susannah [Opera] (St. Petersburg Opera, 2014)
Spatafora • Donovan • Wichael • Webb • Wehrle • Bloomfield • S. Wilson • Frabotta • Misener • Rocklein • Izzo • Ritums • St. Petersburg Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Sforzini
Naxos 2.110381

‘This is a thoroughly satisfying, top-notch production. ’ – Opera News

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

JAMES, H.: The Turn of the Screw (Unabridged)
JAMES, H.: The Turn of the Screw (Unabridged)
Rawlins • B. Elliot
Naxos AudioBooks NA0221

‘A listening treat.’ – AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

STRAUSS, R.: Eine Alpensinfonie • Tod und Verklärung
STRAUSS, R.: Eine Alpensinfonie • Tod und Verklärung
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900148

‘With its sheer technical splendour, this is an account of breathtaking clarity and virtuosity—taken from live performances—captured in stunning sound.’
Gramophone


HEARNE, T.: Consent • Sound from the Bench • Ripple • Privilege
HEARNE, T.: Consent • Sound from the Bench • Ripple • Privilege
The Crossing • Levine • J. Moore • Wiltrout • Nally
Cantaloupe Music CA-21126

‘The marvelous choral singers of The Crossing navigate Hearne’s explosion of styles with fearlessness and authenticity, as does Donald Nally, their impressive conductor.’ – Opera News


Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert and Brahms
Final Thoughts: The Last Piano Works of Schubert and Brahms
Jorge Federico Osorio
Cedille CDR90000-171

‘A generous feast: All of Brahms’ last piano pieces bracketed in between Schubert’s last two sonatas, performed by a musicianly virtuoso, captured in intimately close yet amply robust sonics.’ – ClassicsToday.com


SVIRIDOV, G.V.: Russia Cast Adrift (arr. E. Stetsyuk)
SVIRIDOV, G.V.: Russia Cast Adrift (arr. E. Stetsyuk)
Hvorostovsky • Style of Five • St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra • Orbelian
Delos DE1631

‘This performance is impassioned, a testament to Hvorostovsky’s art and spirit.’
Opera News


ROSLAVETS, N.A.: Complete Piano Works
ROSLAVETS, N.A.: Complete Piano Works
Olga Andryushchenko
Grand Piano GP743-44


‘The works’ frightening virtuosity demands fingers of steel, their sound seeking a large range of timbres and their draconian logic a keen sense of construction—all qualities in the possession of Olga Andryushchenko, who adds a welcome sensuality in these overtly Scriabinian pieces, clearly outperforming the rather dry vision of the excellent Marc-André Hamelin.’ – Classica


SCHUBERT, F.: Schwanengesang • Lieder
SCHUBERT, F.: Schwanengesang • Lieder
R. Trekel • O. Pohl
OehmsClassics OC463


‘A fascinating Schubert release!’ – Pizzicato


BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
BACH, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006
Christian Tetzlaff
Ondine ODE1299-2D

‘Tetzlaff is one of the most compelling exponents of these classics to date: aware of period practice and technique, yet conscious of the “Romantic” performance tradition of the sonatas and partitas.’ – The Sunday Times, London


BRITTEN, B.: The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne, 2015)
BRITTEN, B.: The Rape of Lucretia (Glyndebourne, 2015)
Rice • Clayton • Royal • Rock • Rose • Sumuel • Wyn-Rogers • Alder • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hussain
Opus Arte OA1219D


MOZART, W.A.: Opera Arias
MOZART, W.A.: Opera Arias
A. Fritsch • Munich Radio Orchestra • De Marchi)
Orfeo C903161A


Garden Party
Garden Party
Petri • Hannibal
OUR Recordings 6.220619


‘Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal have selected a very special program of mostly calm and reflective music, wonderfully played.’ – Pizzicato


Beyond
Beyond
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92214

‘Jaw-dropping; the best thing I’ve heard all year.’ – MusicWeb International


Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 6, 1988-2014 – MAHLER, G.: Complete Symphonies
Michael Gielen Edition, Vol. 6, 1988-2014 – MAHLER, G.: Complete Symphonies
Sinfonieorchester des Südwestrundfunks, Baden-Baden und Freiburg • Gielen
SWR Classic SWR19042CD

‘Michael Gielen’s Mahler cycle is now complete, and as predicted it moves straight to the top of the list as the most idiomatic and consistent single set currently available.’ – ClassicsToday.com


ANTICO, A.: Frottole intabulate da sonare organi, Book 1
ANTICO, A.: Frottole intabulate da sonare organi, Book 1
Maria Luisa Baldassari
Tactus TC480101

‘Baldassari brings spirit and clarity to her performances.’
Maria Luisa Baldassari



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