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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

FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
FUCHS, K.: Piano Concerto, ‘Spiritualist’ • Poems of Life • Glacier • Rush
Biegel • A.N. Cohen • Sparr • McAllister • London Symphony • Falletta
Naxos 8.559824

‘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


BARTÓK, B.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
C. Tetzlaff • Finnish Radio Symphony • Lintu
Ondine ODE1317-2

‘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

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Thibaudet • Baltimore Symphony • Alsop
Naxos 8.559790

‘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)


BROUWER, L: The Book of Signs • BELLINATI, P.: Concerto Caboclo
BROUWER, L: The Book of Signs • BELLINATI, P.: Concerto Caboclo
Brasil Guitar Duo • Delaware Symphony • Amado
Naxos 8.573603

‘The Brasil Guitar Duo is the perfect ensemble for these works, especially the Bellinati—they have this music in their veins. ’
American Record Guide


GROSLOT, R.: Concerto for Orchestra • Violin Concerto
GROSLOT, R.: Concerto for Orchestra • Violin Concerto
Kurkowicz • Brussels Philharmonic • Groslot
Naxos 8.573808

‘An impressive, indeed magical, violin concerto.’
MusicWeb International


Guitar Recital: Zhang, Tengyue – SCARLATTI, D. • BACH, J.S. • TANSMAN, A. • CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. • BROUWER, L. • ASSAD, S.
Guitar Recital: Zhang, Tengyue – SCARLATTI, D. • BACH, J.S. • TANSMAN, A. • CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. • BROUWER, L. • ASSAD, S.
Zhang Tengyue
Naxos 8.573905

‘This album is certain to be on my Top 10 list at year’s end; what a fantastic way to spend 63 minutes!’
Classical Guitar Magazine


KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
KASTALSKY, A.: Memory Eternal to the Fallen Heroes
The Clarion Choir • S. Fox
Naxos 8.573889

‘I can think of no better advocates for this wonderful music than this superb choral ensemble.’
MusicWeb International


PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
PROKOFIEV, S.: Romeo and Juliet [Ballet]
Baltimore Symphony • Alsop
Naxos 8.573534-35

‘I would give a slight edge to Alsop over her rivals on CD because her sound reproduction is first rate…I highly recommend it.’
MusicWeb International


SPOHR, L.: Complete Violin Duets, Vol. 1
SPOHR, L.: Complete Violin Duets, Vol. 1
J. Cooper • J. Dickenson
Naxos 8.573763


‘Cooper and Dickenson elevate these slight miniatures to a level of sophistication that disguises their formal weaknesses and emphasizes their clever ideas’
AllMusic.com


British Viola and Orchestra Music – VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. • HOWELLS, H. • WALTON, W. • BOWEN, Y.
British Viola and Orchestra Music – VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. • HOWELLS, H. • WALTON, W. • BOWEN, Y.
Callus • New Zealand Symphony • Taddei
Naxos 8.573876


‘This outstanding programme from British virtuoso Helen Callus features one of the finest-ever accounts of the Walton Concerto, alongside Howells’s haunting Elegy’
BBC Music Magazine


Romantic Viola Sonatas – ONSLOW, G. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • KALLIWODA, J.W.
Romantic Viola Sonatas – ONSLOW, G. • MENDELSSOHN, Felix • KALLIWODA, J.W.
Hiyoli Togawa • Grigoryan
Naxos 8.573730

‘Here’s a lovely disc that deserves a spot in your collection of Romantic chamber music.’
ClassicsToday.com

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto • STRAVINSKY, I.: Violin Concerto
SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concerto • STRAVINSKY, I.: Violin Concerto
Zhi-Jong Wang • Philharmonia Orchestra • T. Sanderling
Accentus Music ACC-30430

‘The orchestral playing by the Philharmonia and the Abbey Road recording are of the highest order.’
MusicWeb International


MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
MOZART, W.A.: Lucio Silla [Opera] (Teatro Real, 2017)
Streit • Petibon • Tro Santafé • Kalna • Moreno • Tarver • Teatro Real de Madrid Chorus and Orchestra • Bolton • Guth
BelAir Classiques BAC150 [DVD]

‘The vocal laurels, and the principal reason for recommending this recording, belong to Patricia Petibon who tears into Giunia’s arias as if her life really did depend on it.’
BBC Music Magazine


VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller [Opera]
VERDI, G.: Luisa Miller [Opera]
Rebeka • Scheurle • Kutasi • Magrì • Petean • Mimica • Jerkunica • Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Münchner Rundfunkorchester • Repušić
BR-Klassik 900323

‘This new recording of Verdi’s Luisa Miller finds the outstanding Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka in a role that suits her to perfection.’
American Record Guide


HAYDN, J.: Symphonies Nos. 88, 92 and 94 • Sinfonia Concertante
HAYDN, J.: Symphonies Nos. 88, 92 and 94 • Sinfonia Concertante
Wiener Philharmoniker • Bernstein
C Major 746408 [DVD]

‘To hear his music played like this with such palpable love is always a treat.’
Gramophone


BRAUNFELS, W.: Piano and Orchestra Works – Hexensabbath • Konzertstück • Hebriden-Tänze
BRAUNFELS, W.: Piano and Orchestra Works – Hexensabbath • Konzertstück • Hebriden-Tänze
Blome • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • Bühl
Capriccio C5345

‘From start to finish, this is a spectacular piece that deserves much wider circulation.’
The Art Music Lounge


Notorious RBG in Song – MICHAELS, P. • LAITMAN, L. • FUNG, Vivian • GARROP, S. • WANG, Derrick
Notorious RBG in Song – MICHAELS, P. • LAITMAN, L. • FUNG, Vivian • GARROP, S. • WANG, Derrick
Michaels • Kuang-Hao Huang
Cedille CDR90000-178

‘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


GUNGE, B.: 12 Studies
GUNGE, B.: 12 Studies
Stærk • Duo Askou//Andersen • Pihl and Schelling
Dacapo 8.226599

‘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


Transcendent – AUCOIN, M. • KOSUGI, Sayo • YE, Xiaogang • CANNON, C.
Transcendent – AUCOIN, M. • KOSUGI, Sayo • YE, Xiaogang • CANNON, C.
Asia / America New Music Institute
Delos DE3555

‘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


PAGANINI, N.: Complete Paganini Edition (40-CD Boxed Set)
PAGANINI, N.: Complete Paganini Edition (40-CD Boxed Set)
Various Artists
Dynamic CDS7734.40

‘Pianist Marco Pasini handles the Hummel Fantasia’s salon-like patterns and the Dallapiccola’s delicate contrapuntal intricacy beautifully…’
ClassicsToday.com


BEETHOVEN, L.: Vocal Music (Beethoven’s Celtic Voice)
BEETHOVEN, L.: Vocal Music (Beethoven’s Celtic Voice)
L. Anderson • MacDougall • TrioVanBeethoven
Gramola99174


‘Together with the TrioVanBeethoven, soprano Lorna Anderson and tenor Jamie MacDougall, give thrilling accounts of this seldom heard repertoire.’
Pizzicato


RAFF, J.: Piano and Orchestra Works – Piano Concerto • Ode au Printemps
RAFF, J.: Piano and Orchestra Works – Piano Concerto • Ode au Printemps
Tra Nguyen • Prague Radio Symphony • Stratton
Grand Piano GP771

‘This is undoubtedly one of the most convincing Raff recordings in recent years. Everything impresses.’
Stretto


RACHMANINOV, S: Piano Concerto No. 3 • Corelli Variations • Piano Sonata No. 2
RACHMANINOV, S: Piano Concerto No. 3 • Corelli Variations • Piano Sonata No. 2
Korstick • Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava • Liss
OehmsClassics OC1896


‘Technically and musically outstanding performances.’
Pizzicato


DEAN, B.: Hamlet [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2017)
DEAN, B.: Hamlet [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2017)
Clayton • Hannigan • Connolly • Gilfry • Begley • Tomlinson • Butt Philip • Imbrailo • The Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Jurowski • Armfield
Opus Arte OA1254D

‘The drama unravels thrillingly, shockingly, touchingly. Screen viewing allows for total focus on an astonishing central performance from Allan Clayton.’
Gramophone


Vocal Recital (Soprano): Norman, Jessye – STRAUSS, R. • TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • WAGNER, R. • SCHOENBERG, A.
Vocal Recital (Soprano): Norman, Jessye – STRAUSS, R. • TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • WAGNER, R. • SCHOENBERG, A.
Norman • Levine
Orfeo C926161B


‘Jessye Norman’s Wesendonck Lieder is remarkable for the lush depth of vocal beauty and James Levine’s attentive accompaniment.’
BBC Music Magazine


ANTHEIL, G.: Violin Sonatina • Violin Concerto (version for violin and piano) • Spectre of the Rose Waltz (Specter)
ANTHEIL, G.: Violin Sonatina • Violin Concerto (version for violin and piano) • Spectre of the Rose Waltz (Specter)
Duo Odéon
Sono Luminus DSL-92222

‘I’m grateful to the Duo Odéon for their zealous advocacy. This is an auspicious debut CD and a vital addition to the Antheil discography.’
Gramophone



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