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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

FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
Fernández • García • Zetlan • Garza • Perspectives Ensemble • Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573890

‘The Boy is interpreted by a female voice in this version, its colour and ambiance are well expressed in this excellent recording.’
Record Geijutsu


‘Impeccable with a remarkable natural rhythmic impulse and excellent soloists’
Ritmo


BRAHMS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 • Piano Concertos • Serenades
BRAHMS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 • Piano Concertos • Serenades
Südwestfunkorchester Baden-Baden • Rosbaud
SWR19069CD

‘A well-recommended chance to immerse yourself in conductor Hans Rosbaud’s exploration of the music of Brahms.’
Gramophone

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Complete Symphonies
Danish Chamber Orchestra • Á. Fischer
Naxos 8.505251


‘Dedicated musicianship communicated on an immense scale is yours for the taking.’
Classical Ear


BERLIOZ, H.: Roméo et Juliette
BERLIOZ, H.: Roméo et Juliette
Lebègue • Behr • Caton • Spirito • Orchestre National de Lyon • Slatkin
Naxos 8.573449-50


‘Slatkin gets the perfect assembly with full ease and eloquence.’
Ritmo


BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
Tianwa Yang • Gabriel Schwabe • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Wit
Naxos 8.573772

‘Tianwa Yang’s violin concerto comes alive with her own tonal glow… The Double Concerto is even more commendable… A perfectly harmonised ensemble!… Their intimate ambiance is unforgettable.’
Record Geijutsu


BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 16
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 16
New Russia State Symphony • A. Walker
Naxos 8.573959


‘Three compelling orchestral episodes from the life of Brian.’
Limelight


CASELLA, A.: La Donna serpente [Opera]
CASELLA, A.: La Donna serpente [Opera]
Pretti • Grimaldi • Chiuri • Romano • Remigio • Sassu • Marsiglia • De Candia • Teatro Regio Torino Chorus & Orchestra • Noseda • Cirillo
Naxos 2.110631 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0096V)

‘Beautiful staging and playing of music!’
Record Geijutsu


19th Century Russian Cello Music – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • DAVÏDOV, K. • LIADOV, K.N. • ARENSKY, A.S.
19th Century Russian Cello Music – TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. • DAVÏDOV, K. • LIADOV, K.N. • ARENSKY, A.S.
Khrychev • Solovieva
Naxos 8.573951


‘This music is presented expressively so that one really loves this sound.’
Pizzicato


CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta]
CHABRIER, E.: L’Étoile [Operetta]
d’Oustrac • Mortagne • Guilmette • Varnier • Dutch National Opera Chorus • Residentie Orkest The Hague • Fournillier • Pelly
Naxos 2.110595 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0091V)

‘A star is born – Chabrier’s unjustly overlooked comedy sparkles under Laurent Pelly.’
Opera News


The Grand Mogul – BLAVET, M. • LECLAIR, J.-M. • PERGOLESI, G.B. • TELEMANN, G.P.
The Grand Mogul – BLAVET, M. • LECLAIR, J.-M. • PERGOLESI, G.B. • TELEMANN, G.P.
B. Kuijken • Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra
Naxos 8.573899


‘Very fresh and joyful’
Pizzicato


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
Jakubiak • Jagde • Wagner • The Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus & Orchestra • Albrecht • Loy
Naxos 2.110584-85 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0083V)


‘The intensity is always present. It is not surprising that [it] concluded with twenty minutes of applause.’
Ritmo


LISZT, F.: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S172a (1847 version)
LISZT, F.: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S172a (1847 version)
Wojciech Waleczek
Naxos 8.573773

‘A recording—and performance—of great distinction.’
MusicWeb International


MESSIAEN, O.: Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
MESSIAEN, O.: Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
Tom Winpenny
Naxos 8.573979

‘Winpenny’s finest Messiaen yet; superb sound, too.’
MusicWeb International

‘A winner in every way. This is essential!’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review


MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 8, 23 (arr. I. Lachner for piano, string quartet, double bass)
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concertos Nos. 8, 23 (arr. I. Lachner for piano, string quartet, double bass)
Castell-Jacomin • Vienna Chamber Symphony Quintet
Naxos 8.574012

‘More-than-delightful transcriptions of works by Mozart which are surprisingly not often included in programme concert.’
ResMusica.com


RAMEAU, J.-P.: Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les dieux d’Egypte [Opera]
RAMEAU, J.-P.: Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour, ou Les dieux d’Egypte [Opera]
The New York Baroque Dance Company • Kalanidhi Dance • The Seán Curran Company • Opera Lafayette • Brown • Turocy • Nehru • Curran
Naxos 2.110393 [DVD]

‘Claire Debono moves from severity to tenderness with full sound and excellent focus’
Opera News


ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 11 – Péchés de vieillesse: Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 4
ROSSINI, G.: Piano Music, Vol. 11 – Péchés de vieillesse: Chamber Music and Rarities, Vol. 4
Alessandro Marangoni
Naxos 8.573964

Abbiati Prize (Premio Abbiati)
of the Italian Critics
(Associazione Italiana Critici Musicali)

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

HAWTHORNE, N.: The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged)
HAWTHORNE, N.: The Scarlet Letter (Unabridged)
Adam Sims
Naxos AudioBooks NA0323

‘Listen, and allow Sims to do the heavy reading, bringing you all the hidden treasures of this American original.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 9
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 9
Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado
Accentus Music ACC-30489

‘Every element necessary to a truly great performance is operating here’
Pizzicato


PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera]
PUCCINI, G.: Tosca [Opera]
Harteros • Antonenko • Tézier • Mastroni • Staatskapelle Dresden • Thielemann • Sturminger
C Major 748308 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (748404)

‘Thielemann and the Dresden Staatskapelle phrase their music with love, skill and dramatic intent.’
Opera News


ADAMS, J.L.: Become Desert
ADAMS, J.L.: Become Desert
Seattle Symphony Chorale and Orchestra • Morlot
Cantaloupe Music CA-21148

‘This package is a shoo-in for my super six at the end of the year’
MusicWeb International


‘Seattle Symphony under Morlot’s experienced hand is in top form evoking the shimmering stillness of Adams’ desert meditation. ’
Limelight


Souvenirs of Spain and Italy – BOCCHERINI, L. • CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. • TURINA, J.
Souvenirs of Spain and Italy – BOCCHERINI, L. • CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. • TURINA, J.
Isbin • Pacifica Quartet
Cedille CDR90000-190

‘Isbin’s playing remains a rare pleasure.’
AllMusic.com


NØRGÅRD, P.: Whirl’s World • Spell • Babettes Gaestebud Suite • Trio Breve
NØRGÅRD, P.: Whirl’s World • Spell • Babettes Gaestebud Suite • Trio Breve
Ensemble MidtVest
Dacapo 8.226136

‘Beguiling music, performed with passion and complete affinity.’
Gramophone


DONIZETTI, G.: Enrico di Borgogna [Opera]
DONIZETTI, G.: Enrico di Borgogna [Opera]
Bonitatibus • Ganassi • Sekgapane • Castoro • Tittoto • Academia Montis Regalis • Coro Donizetti Opera • De Marchi • Paoli
Dynamic DYN-37833

Also available on Blu-ray (DYN-57833)


‘A lively staging, tight tempi, glowing colours from the orchestra, very good choir make this a valuable production.’
Pizzicato


‘Liveliness and precision are added to generally admirable performances.’
Ritmo


1825 – BEETHOVEN, L. van • LACHNER, F.P. • PARISH ALVARS, E. • PLEYEL, I.J. • ROSSINI, G.
1825 – BEETHOVEN, L. van • LACHNER, F.P. • PARISH ALVARS, E. • PLEYEL, I.J. • ROSSINI, G.
Elisabeth Plank
Gramola99186

‘This CD awaits the music lover with a remarkably beautiful and varied programme.’
Klassik heute


BALAKIREV, M.A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3
BALAKIREV, M.A.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 3
Nicholas Walker
Grand Piano GP714


‘Walker returns to delight us with his high-level pianism’
Ritmo


SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Violin Concerto No. 1 • WAXMAN, F.: Carmen Fantasie
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Violin Concerto No. 1 • WAXMAN, F.: Carmen Fantasie
M. Hattori • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Buribayev
ICAC5156

‘Hattori has an immense potential’
www.klassik.com


WEBER, C.M. von: Oberon [Opera]
WEBER, C.M. von: Oberon [Opera]
Kerschbaumer • Roschkowski • D.M. Marx • Peroš • M. Seidler • Giessen State Theatre Chorus and Philharmonic • Hofstetter
OehmsClassics OC984

‘This can stand unabashedly next to the few great predecessors in the record market’
www.klassik.com


BEETHOVEN, L. van • SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concertos
BEETHOVEN, L. van • SIBELIUS, J.: Violin Concertos
C. Tetzlaff • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Ticciati
Ondine ODE1334-2

‘Engaging, ever-communicative artistry of Christian Tetzlaff—perfectly demonstrated in these questing, excellent concerto performances.’
Gramophone


BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera]
BARBER, S.: Vanessa [Opera]
Bell • Verrez • Montvidas • Plowright • Albert • The Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Hrůša • Warner
Opus Arte OA1289D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7258D)

‘Here now is the production and cast that Vanessa has been waiting for.’
BBC Music Magazine


MOZART, W.A.: Così fan tutte [Opera]
MOZART, W.A.: Così fan tutte [Opera]
Price • Fassbaender • W. Brendel • Schreier • Grist • T. Adam • Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra • Sawallisch
Orfeo C918182I


‘Most thrilling of all is the superlative Fiordiligi of Margaret Price that means stunning singing, both technically and interpretively.’
Classical Music




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