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!
‘The song-cycle Poems of Life (2017) is the heart of this well-played, sumptuously scored programme. It is a beautifully conceived cycle, the music tender and rich.’ – Gramophone
‘This is an outstanding recording both in terms of the excellent Naxos engineering and the the quality of the soloists, orchestra and conductor. All music lovers should give this album a try.’ – iClassical
‘With Christian Tetzlaff, Hannu Lintu and his Finnish forces you feel as if you’re eavesdropping on animated conversation, whether on the vicissitudes of helpless infatuation or the urgency and pathos of a Europe poised on the edge of war’ – Gramophone Awards
‘Flinging off phrases with relish, this is a reading of firm conviction.’ – Limelight
‘Any recording that can be recommended against Bernstein’s own is an outstanding one, and Alsop—one of Bernstein’s protégés—and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet deliver forceful, expressive performances.’ – WQXR (New York)
‘The final impression that emerges is a portrait of a family as much as of an individual—a very remarkable family indeed. I suspect that RBG may regard this as her greatest achievement of all.’ – ClassicsToday.com
‘These are pieces worth getting to know. They may not be avant-garde, or especially difficult or challenging, but the writing reveals both integrity and craft, and the disc is splendidly engineered.’ – ClassicsToday.com
‘The AANMI Los Angeles Ensemble, led by Yuga Cohler, are expert at illuminating the adventuresome scores and teaming vibrantly with the intrepid, expressive violinist Ryu Goto and the eloquent bass-baritone Davóne Tines, who also collaborates in the Whitman songs with composer-pianist Aucoin.’ – Gramophone
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