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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

ROSSINI, G.: Siege de Corinthe (Le) [Opera]
Regazzo • Cullagh • Spyres • Sala • Ramos
Poznan Camerata Bach Choir • Virtuosi Brunensis • Tingaud

Naxos 8.660329-30

21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 1 - BROTONS, S. / PUERTO, D. del / MORALES-CASO, E. / CRUZ DE CASTRO, C. / BALADA, L.
A. Levin
Naxos 8.573024

These composers could not have asked for a better, more thoughtful and dedicated guitarist to premiere their works. - MusicWeb International

DAUGHERTY, M.: Mount Rushmore / Radio City / The Gospel According to Sister Aimee
P. Jacobs • Pacific Chorale • Pacific Symphony • St. Clair
Naxos 8.559749

played with tremendous verve and passion by St Clair and his multitude of musicians - MusicWeb International

ELLINGTON, D.: Black, Brown and Beige / Harlem /
Three Black Kings / The River Suite

Buffalo Philharmonic • Falletta
Naxos 8.559737

this new set of Ellington compositions by JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic shows the ducal legacy right at home in the concert hall - BBC Music Magazine

GODOWSKY, L.: Violin and Piano Music - 12 Impressions / Avowal / Waltz Poems
Rashidova • Chadwick
Naxos 8.573058

elusive, tantalising combination of insouciant cool and nostalgic intensity to perfection - The Strad

LECLAIR, J.-M.: Violin Sonatas, Op. 2, Nos. 1-5, 8
Butterfield • Manson • Cummings
Naxos 8.572866

intelligent, idiomatic performances - The Strad

MAXWELL DAVIES, P.: Symphony No. 6 / Time and the Raven / An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise
Royal Philharmonic • Maxwell Davies
Naxos 8.572352

The sound is spectacular, ranking in the demonstration class thanks in part to the composer’s gifted orchestration. - Audiophile Audition

CORDERO, E.: Caribbean Concertos - Concierto Festivo / Insula / Concertino Tropical
Pepe Romero • Figueroa • I Solisti di Zagreb
Naxos 8.572707

This disc is a treat, with inspired compositions and performances. - Audiophile Audition

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Arthaus Musik

VERDI, G.: Falstaff
Glyndebourne, 1976
Arthaus 102315

Falstaff has been a lucky opera on video, with many recommendable productions available, but this must be counted among the best of them. - MusicWeb International

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BR Klassik

WAGNER, R.: Opera Arias
T. Adam • Arroyo • Bjoner • Crass • Frick • Greindl • Grummer
Ligendza • Schock • Silja

BR-Klassik 900310

This latest release offers some stunning singing and remains one of the most enthralling discs I have heard for some time. - MusicWeb International

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C Major

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Missa Solemnis
Petersen • Kulman • Gura • Finley
Netherlands Radio Choir • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra • Harnoncourt

C Major 712608 [DVD]

it’s a helluva ride -

The Netherland Radio Choir is superb and focused, and the vocal soloists perfectly capture both the solemnity of this music and its spiritual uplift.
- Bay Area Reporter

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MOZART, W.A.: Serenades and Divertimenti
Camerata Salzburg • Vegh
Capriccio C7024

Anyone who can make Eine kleine Nachtmusik sound this new and fresh…deserves a permanent seat in the Classical Music Hall of Fame, and Végh does it not just in that work, but in every piece here, no matter how seemingly inconsequential. -

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Harlem Quartet • Chicago Sinfonietta • Chen
Cedille CDR90000-141

The Harlem Quartet, dedicatees of Abels’ piece, play all of this music very beautifully indeed. -

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Choral Concert - VICTORIA, T.L. de / THEOFANIDIS, C. / BACH, J.S. / LISZT, F. (Anniversaries and Messages)
Yale Schola Cantorum
Delos DE3436

the performances are fresh, articulate and poised - Gramophone

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Dorian Sono Luminus

AMERICAN ANTHEM - The Music of Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson
Ying Quartet
Dorian Sono Luminus DSL-92166

See Dorian Sono Luminus catalogue

Grand Piano

TCHEREPNIN, A.: Piano Music, Vol.
Grand Piano GP635

Giorgio Koukl establishes himself as the perfect vehicle through which this superb composer finds a voice that shows his brilliance to the greatest effect - MusicWeb International

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Idéale Audience

SPIRA (LA) (Documentary, 2012) / SCHUMANN, R.: Symphony No. 1, "Spring"
Spira Mirabilis
Ideale Audience 3079864 [Blu-ray]; 3079868 [DVD]

Gérald Caillat’s excellent documentary follows this exceptional chamber orchestra from their makeshift home-base in Formigine, Emilia-Romagna as they set about bringing music to all in every way they can.
- BBC Music Magazine

See Idéale Audience catalogue

Oehms Classics

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphony No. 3, "Polish" / The Sleeping Beauty Suite
Cologne Gurzenich Orchestra • Kitayenko
Oehms Classics OC670

Kitajenko presents Tchaikovsky’s Third as a journey into the composer’s tormented soul, leading the listener in parts of it where a clear description of feelings is no longer possible - Pizzicato

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BACH, C.P.E. / BACH, J.C. / BACH, J.S.: Keyboard Concertos
Injushina • Hamburger Camerata • Gothoni
Ondine ODE1224-2

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Opus Arte

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 / WOLF, H.: Lieder
Fleming • Thielemann
Opus Arte OA1115D [DVD]; OABD7127D [Blu-ray]

A sequence of Hugo Wolf songs (plus Strauss’s deeply moving ‘Befreit’) featuring Renée Fleming proves Thielemann to be the most sensitive and responsive of accompanists, anticipating or reflecting his soloist’s every phrase. - Gramophone

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