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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!

Naxos CDs

FUCHS Atlantic Riband
Michael Ludwig, violin
London Symphony
JoAnn Falletta

Naxos 8.559723

BBC Music Magazine

‘On Naxos’s third Fuchs recording, everything gets five-star treatment: violinist Michael Ludwig and viola player Paul Silverthorne make the solo parts their own, and the LSO under JoAnn Falletta sounds brilliant in a spacious Abbey Road recording.’ – BBC Music Magazine

DELIUS A Mass of Life, Prelude and Idyll
Janice Watson, soprano • Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
Andrew Kennedy, tenor • Alan Opie, baritone
The Bach Choir
Bournemouth Symphony • David Hill

Naxos 8.572861-62

SARASATE Music for Violin and Piano, Vol. 3
Tianwa Yang, violin
Markus Hadulla, piano

Naxos 8.570893

PLEYEL Symphonies in B flat and G, Flute Concerto in C
Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä
Patrick Gallois, conductor and flute

Naxos 8.572550

BORZOVA Songs For Lada, To The New World
soloists and children’s choir
Detroit Symphony
Leonard Slatkin

Naxos 8.559706

‘Heavenly music … really like nothing else in the repertory.’ – MusicWeb International

PENDERECKI Fonogrammi, Horn Concerto, Partita
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit

Naxos 8.572482

‘This disc is an essential addition to any Penderecki collection and is an important listening experience to get to know more about one of this past century’s most important composers.’ – Audiophile Audition

FLAGELLO Passion of Martin Luther King
Ezio Flagello, bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Orchestra
I Musici di Firenze
Nicolas Flagello

Naxos 8.112065

‘This is music to live with and love, in performances of color and commitment.’ – Fanfare

LOPES-GRAÇA Symphony for Orchestra
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Álvaro Cassuto

Naxos 8.572892

‘celebratory and life-affirming’ – American Record Guide

HANDEL Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Nos. 1, 6 & 9
VIVALDI / C.P.E. BACH Flute Concertos

Scott Goff, flute
Seattle Symphony
Gerard Schwarz

Naxos 8.571208

‘It is rare to hear this music so well played and projected, so we should all grab this record right away.’ – American Record Guide

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Naxos Audiobooks

Alan GARNER Boneland
Robert Powell, reader
Naxos Audiobooks NA0109

‘Narrator Robert Powell delivers Garner’s poetic prose with the conviction and understanding’ – AudioFile

See Naxos Audiobooks catalogue

Accentus Music

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 5
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Claudio Abbado

Accentus Music ACC-10243 [Blu-ray Video]

‘the orchestra consistently performs at a level equal to the very best permanent ensembles on earth’ – Fanfare

See Accentus Music catalogue

Arthaus Musik

NEUMEIER Death in Venice
Hamburg Ballet, 2004
Arthaus Musik 101 622 [DVD]

‘Neumeier’s Death in Venice is a work of high sensitivity, creativity, and technical accomplishment, and it can only get better the more one sees it’ – Fanfare

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

Carpe Diem

FROBERGER Suites & Toccatas
Alina Rotaru, harpsichord
Carpe Diem CD-16290 [CD]

‘This release is excellent, musically satisfying, and beautifully presented.’ – American Record Guide

See Carpe Diem catalogue


Grant Park Chorus
Christopher Bell

Cedille CDR90000-131 [CD]

‘any fan of choral music...should enjoy not only the singing, but the manner in which these composers handle text and expressive vocal technique’ –

See Cedille catalogue


A FOOL FOR LOVE: Tenor Arias
Michael Spyres, tenor
Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Constantine Orbelian

Delos DE3414 [CD]

‘[Michael Spyres's] rendition of “Je crois entendre encore” is sung beautifully with a lyrical head voice, and it alone is worth the price of the disc.’ – Fanfare

See Delos catalogue

Dorian Sono Luminus

TWO LUTES: Lute Duets from England’s Golden Age
Ronn McFarlane & William Simms, lutes
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92155 [CD]

‘these exquisite performances by McFarlane and Simms bring the lute to life’ – WETA

‘Simms and McFarlane approach the recording with an air of warmth and accessibility’ – WQXR

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue

Grand Piano

WEINBERG Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2
Allison Brewster Franzetti, piano
Grand Piano GP607 [CD]

‘Endlessly fascinating and powerfully stated.’ – MusicWeb International

See Grand Piano catalogue

ICA Classics

RACHMANINOV The Bells / PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky
BBC Symphony Orchetra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov

ICA Classics ICAC5069 [CD]

‘few are as immediately gratifying and gripping as this one’ – American Record Guide

‘This is a phenomenal disc! It shows Evgeny Svetlanov at his incandescent, inspirational best.’ – MusicWeb International

See ICA Classics catalogue

Newton Classics

GALUPPI 25 Harpsichord Sonatas
Ilario Gregoletto, harpsichord
Newton Classics NC8802112 [CD]

‘truly inspired compositions, full of eloquence and invention’ – American Record Guide

See Newton Classics catalogue


Tapiola Choir
Pasi Hyokki

Ondine ODE1169-2 [CD]

‘there’s no denying the freshness and vitality and sheer virtuosity of the Tapiola Choir’ –

See Ondine catalogue

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Naxos recordings and those from the labels we distribute globally consistently receive critical acclaim for their fascinating repertoire, outstanding performances and audio quality.

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