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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 Releases

CAGE, J.: Works for 2 Keyboards, Vol. 2
Pestova, Meyer
Naxos 8.559727

‘the Pestova/Meyer Piano Duo excels in transforming themselves in highly talented string players, percussionists and...pianists’

‘this is a success on all levels’ – Fanfare

DANIELPOUR, R.: Toward a Season of Peace
Plitmann, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St.Clair
Naxos 8.559772

‘The engineering is as impressive as the playing. A sense of total commitment on the part of the orchestra, the chorus, and the conductor is almost palpable.’ – Fanfare

DOHNÁNYI, E.: Symphony No. 2 / 3 Songs, Op. 22: Nos. 1-2
E.T. Jones, Florida State University Symphony, Jiménez
Naxos 8.573008

‘a gripping work, and the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Jiménez gives a vibrant account of it’ – Pizzicato

DONIZETTI, G.: Aristea [Cantata]
A.L. Brown, Hershkowitz, C. Adler,
Members of Bavarian State Opera Chorus,
Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble, Hauk

Naxos 8.573360

‘The performance is thoroughly idiomatic and accomplished.’
MusicWeb International

DOVE, J.: Song Cycles - All You Who Sleep Tonight / Out of Winter / Ariel (English Song, Vol. 23)
Booth, Bardon, Spence, Matthews-Owen
Naxos 8.573080

‘This delightful anthology demonstrates that the composer is heir to the 20th-century English song tradition’ – Financial Times

DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 - Nos. 3 and 4, "Dumky"
Tempest Trio
Naxos 8.573279

‘acquire this release for what may well be the best Dvořák “Dumky” on disc ever’ – Fanfare

FAURÉ, G.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / Piano Trio (version for clarinet trio) / 3 Romances sans paroles
Kungsbacka Piano Trio, P. Dukes, R. Hosford
Naxos 8.573223

‘What impresses in the playing of all the musicians on this superb disc is the absence of any struggle between piano and strings; it is not a case of the piano playing against the three string players.’ – MusicWeb International

FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - Symphonic Poems: Othello / Záboj, Slavoj and Ludek / Toman and the Woodsprite
Czech National Symphony, Štilec
Naxos 8.573197

LOUSSIER, J.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / PADEREWSKI, I.J.: Violin Sonata
Kostecki, Iwicki, Hauer, Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573200

‘Piotr Iwicki is a delight’ –

SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 4 - Transcriptions
Tianwa Yang, Hadulla
Naxos 8.572709

‘Yang and Hadulla seem to have a lot of fun with this music, playing with style and finesse.’ – WQXR (New York)

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 - Symphony No. 14
G. James, A. Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko
Naxos 8.573132

‘To have a new version and in such a stunning performance and recording as this one by Petrenko, James, Vinogradov, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Naxos is very welcome indeed, and urgently recommended.’ – Fanfare

Wind Band Music - CRESTON, P. / SCHWARZ, G. / GRAINGER, P. / COPLAND, A. (Above and Beyond)
The President's Own United States Marine Band, Schwarz
Naxos 8.573121

‘The playing is topnotch.’ – Audiophile Audition

ZEMLINSKY, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 1 and 2
Escher String Quartet
Naxos 8.573088

‘this disc is little short of sensational—remarkable expressive and musical range achieved with a technical security and near perfect ensemble that transcends any criticism’ – MusicWeb International

‘a performance that probes the depths and surges forwards with a sense of inevitability that is ‘authentic’ in the truest possible sense’ – Gramophone

Arthaus Musik

PROKOFIEV, S.: Fiery Angel (The) (Mariinsky Theatre, 1993) (NTSC)
Arthaus Musik 100391

‘breathtaking, both dramatically and musically’ – Pizzicato

See Arthaus Musik catalogue


HAYDN, J.: Schöpfung (Die)
Tilling, Padmore, Müller-Brachmann, Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony, Haitink
BR-Klassik 900125

‘The present excellent live account of The Creation with impeccable Bavarian forces under Haitink is beautifully shaped and vividly radiates a fitting sense of reverence.’ – MusicWeb International

See BR-Klassik catalogue

C Major

STRAVINSKY, I.: Stravinsky in Hollywood (Documentary)
C Major 716404 [Blu-ray] / 716308 [DVD]

‘This is a fascinating glimpse not only into the last years of one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated composers but also an instructive look into how film music works and doesn’t work.’ – MusicWeb International

See C Major catalogue


BRAHMS, J.: Schöne Magelone (Die)
Behle, Bjelland
Capriccio C5203

‘…Daniel Behle is a top performer…not over romantic in Brahms’s Magelone. …highly recommendable.’ – Pizzicato

‘one of the warmest and cheeriest performances of Brahms you can possibly imagine’ – Fanfare

See Capriccio catalogue

CD Accord

LUTOSŁAWSKI, W.: Opera Omnia, Vol. 6 - Piano Concerto / Cello Concerto / Paganini Variations
Daroch, Ohlsson, Wroclaw Philharmonic, Kaspszyk
CD Accord CDAccordACD198

‘it is lyrical, it is tempestuous, it is ironic, and it will put a smile on your face’

See CD Accord catalogue


Guitar Quartets - FALLA, M. de / GRANADOS, E. / TURINA, J. / RODRIGO, J. / MOMPOU, F. (Spanish Dances)
Brazilian Guitar Quartet
Delos DE3466

See Delos catalogue


WAGNER, R.: Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Die) (Salzburg Festival, 2013)
EuroArts 2072684 [Blu-ray] / 2072688 [DVD]

‘the most vivid and funny Meistersinger ever recorded’ – Pizzicato

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

BOWEN, Y.: 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse
Grand Piano GP637

‘a delight for both the ear and the heart’ – Classica

See Grand Piano catalogue

Oehms Classics

BACH, J.S.: Clavierübung, Part I - 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830
(arr. for organ)

H. Albrecht
Oehms Classics OC684

‘a remarkable organ experience’ –

See Oehms Classics catalogue


BIBER, H.I.F. von: Mystery (Rosary) Sonatas
S.-L. Kaakinen-Pilch, Battalia
Ondine ODE1243-2D

‘extraordinary performance’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Solo Musica

FRANÇAIX, J.: Divertissement for Bassoon and Strings /
MOZART, W.A.: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191 (Through Time)

Solo Musica SM211

‘masterly playing’ –

See Solo Musica catalogue

Sono Luminus

Piano Duo Recital: ZOFO Duet - SISASK, U. / HOLST, G. / LANG, D. / CRUMB, G. (Zoforbit: A Space Odyssey)
Sono Luminus DSL-92178

‘A knock-your-socks off album of tremendous sonic import, with radiant performances to boot’ – Audiophile Audition

See Sono Luminus catalogue

Timpani Records

DEBUSSY, C.: String Quartet / 2 Danses / CAPLET, A.: Les Prières / Conte fantastique
M. Nordmann, Quatuor Debussy
Timpani Records 1C1207

‘Two French composers, inextricably linked, in compelling performances.’
MusicWeb International

See Timpani Records catalogue

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