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This month highlights Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2015 winners and nominees plus more great reviews from other 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!


HOWELLS, H.: Stabat Mater / Te Deum (Collegium Regale) /
Sine Nomine

The Bach Choir, Bournemouth Symphony, D. Hill
Naxos 8.573176

‘The Bach Choir and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, under David Hill’s brilliant direction, execute Howells’s numinous Stabat mater…with fluency and insight.’ – Gramophone

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Gewandhaus-Orchester, Chailly
Accentus Music ACC-10299 [Blu-ray] | ACC-20299 [DVD]

‘A moving, powerful Mahler Ninth from one of today’s leading conductor/ensemble relationships.’ – Gramophone

NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 8
Vienna Philharmonic, Oramo
Dacapo 6.220574

‘Dacapo’s recording is as beautiful as the Vienna Phil’s playing.’

LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 3
Nightingale String Quartet
Dacapo 6.220577

Gramophone’s current Young Artists of the Year complete their exploration of Langgaard in style, leaving those who have followed them on the journey much the richer for it.’ – Gramophone

BERIO, I.: Sinfonia / Calmo / Ritirata notturna di Madrid
Räisänen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Lintu
Ondine ODE1227-5

‘Half a decade on and in danger…of becoming a ‘classic’, here Berio’s Sinfonia feels as vivid, unexpected and contemporary as if new.’

BRITTEN, B.: Death in Venice (ENO, 2013)
Graham-Hall, Shore, Mead, Zaldivar, English National Opera, Gardner
Opus Arte OABD7141D [Blu-ray] | OA1130D [DVD]

‘No other performance on DVD has presented the psychological dilemma posed by Thomas Mann and Britten with such intensity.’ – Gramophone

Naxos Releases

BACEWICZ, G.: String Quartets (Complete), Vol. 1 - Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7
Lutosławski Quartet
Naxos 8.572806

‘The Lutosławski Quartet give wholehearted, stylish performances.’
The Guardian

BECK, F.I.: Symphonies, Op. 2
Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Mallon
Naxos 8.573323

‘Kevin Mallon and the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra honor the German composer Franz Ignaz Beck in a collection of his second set of six symphonies.’ – WGBH

BERNSTEIN, L.: Piano Music - Anniversaries / Piano Sonata /
Music for the Dance No. 2 / Non Troppo Presto

Alexandre Dossin
Naxos 8.559756

‘Alexandre Dossin’s luminous, expansive playing is a great delight from the beginning to the end of this disc.’ – Fanfare

COUPERIN, F.: Nations (Les)
Juilliard Baroque
Naxos 8.573347-48

‘This is French playing that would be hard to better.’ – BBC Music Magazine

GOTTSCHALK, L.M.: Piano Music - A Night in the Tropics
Steven Mayer
Naxos 8.559693

‘an essential Gottschalk release’ –

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Friedel
Naxos Blu-ray NBD0043

‘this is all a very up, tuneful collection in brilliant orchestrations and well performed and recorded’ – Audiophile Audition

MALIPIERO, G.F.: Sinfonia degli eroi / Dai sepolcri /
Ditirambo tragico

Thessaloniki State Symphony, Closel
Naxos 8.572766

‘Ten stars to du Closel for eliciting such vigorous and authoritative playing from the orchestra, and the sound quality is simply terrific.’ – Fanfare

MARTUCCI, G.: Piano Trios Nos. 1 and 2
Trio Vega
Naxos 8.573438

‘Trio Vega’s splendid advocacy of these obscure yet unquestionably first-rate works warrants an enthusiastic recommendation’ –

McCABE, J.: Piano Music - Variations, Op. 22 /
Studies No. 3, 4 and 6 / 5 Bagatelles / Haydn Variations

John McCabe
Naxos 8.571367

‘expansively and explosively powerful’ – The Guardian

PAINE, J.K.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphony No. 2 /
Oedipus Tyrannus: Prelude / Poseidon and Amphitrite

Ulster Orchestra, Falletta
Naxos 8.559748

‘John Knowles Paine emerges in these devoted performances as a gifted master in his own right’ – BBC Music Magazine

SIBELIUS, J.: Pelleas and Melisande / Musik zu einer Szene / Autrefois / Valse Chevaleresque
Pajala, Nordqvist, Turku Philharmonic, Segerstam
Naxos 8.573301

‘Leif Segerstam reveals the originality of Sibelius’s beautiful Pelléas and Mélisande and shows with much electrifying tension what a masterpiece it is.’ – Pizzicato

Wind Band Music - DOOLEY, P. / DANYEW, S. / MAGNUSON, R.D. / MCALLISTER, S. / HIGDON, J. (Point Blank)
Illinois State University Wind Symphony, Belongia
Naxos 8.573334

‘Terrific pieces, supremely well played’ – MusicWeb International

See Naxos catalogue

Arthaus Musik

KYLIÁN, Jirí: Choreographer (The) (Documentary, 1991) (NTSC)
A film by Hans Hulscher
Arthaus Musik 102212

‘an utterly fascinating film’ – Fanfare

See Arthaus Musik catalogue

C Major

SCHUBERT, F.: Fierrabras (Salzburg Festival, 2014)
Schade, Kleiter, Bernheim, Röschmann, Werba, Zeppenfeld,
Vienna Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra, Metzmacher

C Major 730804 [Blu-ray] | 730708 [DVD]

‘a work of many musical delights’ – Gramophone

See C Major catalogue


CZERNY, C.: String Quartets
Sheridan Ensemble
Capriccio C5234

‘truly a significant musical discovery, conveyed in an ardent and committed way’ – The Strad

See Capriccio catalogue


NIELSEN, C.: Maskarade (Masquerade) [Opera]
Dahl, Riis, Danish National Symphony, Schønwandt
Dacapo 6.220641-42

‘This latest CD boasts probably the strongest cast on record so far.’
BBC Music Magazine

See Dacapo catalogue


Vocal Recital: Pieczonka, Adrianne - STRAUSS, R. / WAGNER. R.
Pieczonka, Zeger
Delos DE3474

‘the focused sweetness of [Pieczonka’s] soprano sounds as radiant as ever […] everything here is worth hearing’ – The Guardian

See Delos catalogue


KERN, J.: Show Boat (San Francisco Opera, 2014)
Stober, Simpson, Irwin, Racette, Robinson, Simpson, Harris, Wyatt, Bolton, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, DeMain
EuroArts 2059684 [Blu-ray] | 2059688 [DVD]

‘colourful, swift and musically assured’ – Gramophone

See EuroArts catalogue

Grand Piano

HOFMANN, J.: Charakterskizzen / Piano Sonata in F Major /
Theme with Variations and Fugue

Artem Yasynskyy
Grand Piano GP675

‘Yasynskyy, with exemplary articulation, phrases ‘Kaleidoskop’ beautifully.’ – Gramophone


See Grand Piano catalogue


Vocal Recital: Schuster, Michaela - BRAHMS, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R.
Schuster, Schlemmer
OehmsClassics OC1833

‘Michaela Schuster draws on her experience of the dramatic stage to offer many moving interpretations of well-chosen songs’ – Gramophone

See OehmsClassics catalogue


PUUMALA, V.-M.: Anna Liisa [Opera]
Juntunen, Hynninen, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Helsinki Chamber Choir, Söderblom
Ondine ODE1254-2D

‘superbly performed performance’ – Gramophone

See Ondine catalogue

Orlando Records

Piano Recital: Weyer, Sabine - DEBUSSY, C. / RAMEAU, J.-P. (Images)
Sabine Weyer
Orlando Records OR0015

‘Sabine Weyer presents herself as a talented and outstandingly sensitive musician’ – Pizzicato

Solo Musica

Chamber Music - CORELLI, A. / KREISLER, F. / VIVALDI, A. / SCHNITTKE, A. (Metamorphoses)
Alicja Śmietana, Kuusisto, Extra Sounds Ensemble
Solo Musica SM219

‘effortlessly stylish playing with a striking purity that is simply radiant’
The Strad

See Solo Musica catalogue

Sono Luminus

Piano Recital: Weber, Janice - SMETANA, B. / BORTKIEWICZ, S. / GUILLAUME, E. / ROWLEY, A. / SAUER, E. von / BLUMENFELD, F. (Seascapes)
Janice Weber
Sono Luminus DSL-92188

‘a real attention grabber, especially in Weber’s scintillating, red-blooded performance’ –

See Sono Luminus catalogue


HAHN, R.: Divertissement pour une fête de nuit / Le Bal de Béatrice d'Este / Sérénade
Ensemble Initium, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, Chalvin
Timpani 1C1231

‘The performances are all wonderfully idiomatic.’ – Gramophone

See Timpani catalogue

Yarlung Records

Chamber Music - SANZ, G. / FALCONIERI, A. / PICCININI, A. / CAZZATI, M. (Dances on Movable Ground)
Yarlung Records YAR96819

‘extremely talented musicians, with a lively freshness to their delivery’
Audiophile Audition

See Yarlung Records catalogue

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