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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!

CHOC de Musica

Soloists • Budapest Studio Choir and Honved Male Choir
Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Budapest • Laurent Petitgirard
Naxos 8.660300-01 10/10 Recordings

MOZART Divertimento in E flat major
Henning Kraggerud, violin • Lars Anders Tomter, viola
Christoph Richter, cello

Naxos 8.572258

‘In music bursting with some of Mozart’s catchiest tunes, there’s never a moment that turns dull or static in this performance, and the sonics let the music breathe in a warm but ideally intimate setting.’
BAX Winter Legends
Morning Song, Saga Fragment

Ashley Wass, piano
Bournemouth Symphony • James Judd

Naxos 8.572597

‘A Bax specialist, Wass highlights the alternating delicacy and bravura of the composer’s piano writing…while Judd is equally adept at the orchestral accompaniment, drawing rich, colorful playing from the Bournemouth Symphony. … Naxos’ recording captures the full range of the music (it’s pretty wide), yet maintains clarity even in the tutti passages.’
BORODIN Symphonies Nos 1-3
Seattle Symphony • Gerard Schwarz
Naxos 8.572786

‘If you're looking for a stellar disc containing all three Borodin symphonies in top-notch sound (the Third left incomplete, its two movements orchestrated by Glazunov), then look no further. Gerard Schwarz and his players seem to have developed a real affinity for Russian music, as their previous Rimsky-Korsakov disc suggests.’

MusicWeb International Bargain of the Month

GINASTERA Cello Concertos
Mark Kosower, cello
Bamberg Symphony • Lothar Zagrosek

Naxos 8.572372

‘This is a marvellous team performance from cellist, conductor and orchestra alike, making a compelling case for Ginastera’s concertos. The Government must act now to make these compulsory components of the repertoire.’
MusicWeb International

‘exciting and technically solid performance’ – Fanfare
Laureate Series – Johannes Möller Guitar Recital

‘A must for every guitar aficionado!’ – MusicWeb International
American Music for Percussion, Vol 1
New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Epstein

‘So much here to delight the receptive ear … astonishing … the most original percussion writing I’ve heard in ages’ – MusicWeb International

Naxos CDs

GESUALDO Madrigals, Book 3
Delitiae Musicae, Longhini

‘Every bit as solid, intriguing and downright enjoyable as the other two in the series. Not to be missed.’ – MusicWeb International

‘the music, and the performance here, are exquisite.’ – The Buffalo News
Kamran INCE Symphony No 5 ‘Galatasaray’
Bilkent Symphony, Ince

‘This CD is highly recommended, unless your doctor has warned you against nervous excitement!’ – Fanfare
Karłowicz ‘Rebirth’ Symphony Op 7, Bianca da Molena Op 6
Warsaw Philharmoinic, Wit

‘A new name? Don’t hesitate: these are wonderfully satisfying performances of striking music.’ – MusicWeb International

‘Karłowicz’s music is worthwhile, and Wit’s performances are very fine.’ – Fanfare
Ferdinand RIES Piano Sonatas and Sonatinas, Vol 5

‘a voyage of discovery that guarantees to delight and fascinate.’ – Fanfare

‘Kagan’s performance is simply marvellous throughout—she plays with sophistication, expression and humour that Ries himself would certainly have applauded.’ – MusicWeb International
SIBELIUS Symphony No 2, Karelia Suite
New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen

‘you could listen...for a long, long time, and for me, that’s heaven. Strongly recommended.’ – Fanfare

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Arthaus Musik

VERDI La traviata
La Fenice, 2004
107227 (DVD)

‘This Violetta has looks, acting ability and voice placing her among the best.’ – MusicWeb International

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BR Klassik

Great Singers Live: Mirella Freni
Freni, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Eichhorn, Ghiaurov

‘I just couldn’t stop playing this disc which is not surprising given that Freni has one of the finest soprano voices I have ever heard.’ – MusicWeb International

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C Major

MAHLER Symphony No 9
Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim
703708 (DVD)

‘Barenboim’s Mahler Ninth instantly comes up against Abbado’s recent DVD’ – Gramophone

‘Anyone seriously interested in Mahler should seek out this new DVD.’ – Fanfare

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The Pulitzer Project
Cox, Grand Park Chorus & Orchestra, Kalmar
CDR90000-125 (CD)

‘well worth investigating.’ – Chicago Tribune CD of the Week

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Anders KOPPEL Concertos
soloists, Aalborg Symphony, Aeschbacher

‘Dacapo’s recording presents it all in solid, engaging sound. A high priority disc.’ –

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Idéale Audience

Steve Reich – Phase to Face
A film by Eric Darmon and Franck Mallet
3058128 (DVD)

German Record Critics’ Award – Quarterly Best of New Releases (2nd Quarter of 2011)

‘This video should appeal to anyone curious about recent American art music; for those interested in the music of Steve Reich, this is the primer.’ – Fanfare

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Newton Classics

BERLIOZ Roméo et Juliette
Borodina, Moser, Miles, Bavarian Radio Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic, Davis

‘If you haven’t got a recording of this Berlioz masterpiece in your collection, you really can’t do better than this.’ – MusicWeb International

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OUR Recordings

Chinese Recorder Concertos
Petri, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Shui

“an absolute joy from start to finish” –

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