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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

BOWLES, P.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2
BOWLES, P.: Piano Works (Complete), Vol. 2
Invencia Piano Duo
Naxos 8.559787

‘The performances are beautifully idiomatic, capturing the brittle character, whimsicality and subtle power of the music. ’
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

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Latino Ladino - Songs of Exile and Passion from Spain and Latin America
Latino Ladino - Songs of Exile and Passion from Spain and Latin America
d'Or, Leber, Reuven, Jacob, Barrocade, Ensemble NAYA, Tiefenbrunn
Naxos 8.573566


‘An innovative and lovely recording. ’ – AllMusic.com

‘Sumptuous programme’ – Gramophone

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LISZT, F.: Transcriptions of Symphonic Poems (Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 43)
LISZT, F.: Transcriptions of Symphonic Poems
(Liszt Complete Piano Music, Vol. 43)

Sergio Monteiro
Naxos 8.573485

‘Under the very capable hands of Monteiro it all comes alive for some lyrical and explosive piano fireworks’ – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

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MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
MOZART, W.A.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4, 5
Kraggerud, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Naxos 8.573513

‘Kraggerud’s buoyant, mellifluous spontaneity and spotless intonation are in a class apart.’ – The Strad

‘Kraggerud’s zestful love of these works shines from every bar.’
Classical Music Editor's Choice

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PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
PUTS, K.: Symphony No. 2 / Flute Concerto
Walker, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Alsop
Naxos 8.559794

‘This album is a fine introduction to a rising composer whose music is highly accessible, emotionally satisfying, and memorable.’ – AllMusic.com

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RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
RACHMANINOV, S.: Etudes-tableaux, Op. 39 / Moments Musicaux
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573469


‘Giltburg does not disappoint, delivering richly nuanced, well-prepared performances of these wonderful scores.’ – International Piano

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ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
ROSSINI, G.: Il viaggio a Reims [Opera]
Giordano, Pizzolato, Mchedlishvili, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir,
Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Naxos 8.660382-84

‘The piano-accompanied recitatives are vividly delivered; the performance has a vividness and theatrical ‘carry’ that confirm that Il viaggio is indeed ‘a feast’.’
Gramophone

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RUTTER, J.: Psalmfest / This is the Day / Lord, Thou hast been our refuge / Psalm 150
RUTTER, J.: Psalmfest / This is the Day /
Lord, Thou hast been our refuge / Psalm 150

Allen, Charbonneau, Cragg, Winpenny, St. Albans Cathedral Choirs,
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucas

Naxos 8.573394


‘An attractive, beautifully recorded recital that will greatly please fans of Rutter and fine singing. ’ – Choir & Organ

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SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphonies, Opp. 49a, 110a and 83a
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Chamber Symphonies, Opp. 49a, 110a and 83a
Kiev Soloists, Yablonsky
Naxos 8.573466

‘Yablonsky and his Kiev Soloists play…with cutting directness and uncover this music in a way that even connoisseurs might listen to something previously unheard.’ – www.klassik.com

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SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 15
SOUSA, J.P.: Music for Wind Band, Vol. 15
Marine Band of the Royal Netherlands Navy, Brion
Naxos 8.559745

‘Crisp and musical, and quite possibly the best of all at embracing the Sousa style. ’ – Fanfare

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TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Piano Concerto No. 2 / Concert Fantasia
Nebolsin, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Stern
Naxos 8.573462

‘This CD is a real winner, not just for Nebolsin’s playing, but because of the addition of the totally overlooked Concert Fantasia.’ – Classic FM

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THOMPSON, R.: Requiem
THOMPSON, R.: Requiem
Philadelphia Singers, Hayes
Naxos 8.559789

‘Not only technically superb but exceptionally warm and passionate’
Gramophone

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THE ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA: Program 11: A Hero's Life in Music / Program 12: Mozart and a World Premiere (NTSC)
THE ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA: Program 11: A Hero's Life in Music / Program 12: Mozart and a World Premiere (NTSC)
Bilger, Kim, Meyers, Ralske, The All-Star Orchestra, Schwarz
Naxos DVD 2.110371


‘It does not surprise me at all that the performances here are top notch. The members of [The All Star Orchestra] orchestra are indeed “some of the country’s greatest musicians.” ’ – Audiophile Audition

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BR-Klassik

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Symphony No. 9
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Jansons
BR-Klassik 900139


‘This is a crucial performance, one that tells all about the Ninth.’
Stereophile

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Cantaloupe Music

Moore, Lisa - ADAMS, J.L. / BRESNICK, M. / WOLFE, J. / MAZZOLI, M.: The Stone Poeple (Piano Recital)
Moore, Lisa - ADAMS, J.L. / BRESNICK, M. / WOLFE, J. /
MAZZOLI, M.: The Stone People (Piano Recital)

Lisa Moore
Cantaloupe Music CA-21115


‘A CD of contrasts: relentless percussive writing contrasts with beautiful, uncanny stillness. Moore gives both extremes her all. ’ – BBC Music Magazine

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Capriccio

GINASTERA, A.: Concerto per corde / Estudios sinfónicos / Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals / Iubilum
GINASTERA, A.: Concerto per corde / Estudios sinfónicos /
Glosses sobre temes de Pau Casals / Iubilum

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tamayo
Capriccio C5271


‘Arturo Tamayo’s performance with the Berlin Deutsches Symphonie captures every bit of brilliance’ – The Guardian

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Cedille

CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands (Piano Trios)
CLARKE, R. / BABADJANIAN, A. / MARTIN, F.: Trios from Our Homelands (Piano Trios)
Lincoln Trio
Cedille CDR90000-165

‘A splendid concert of three excellent 20th-century chamber works played with proprietary zeal and recorded with perfect discretion and naturalness.’
ClassicsToday.com

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Dacapo

NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
NØRGÅRD, P.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Storgårds
Dacapo 6.220646

‘John Storgårds has brought this music so finely and compellingly into focus’
BBC Music Magazine

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Delos

Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PROKOFIEV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I / RUBINSTEIN, A.: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (Vocal Recital)
Hvorostovsky, Dmitri - PROKOFIEV, S. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I / RUBINSTEIN, A.: Dmitri Hvorostovsky Sings of War, Peace, Love and Sorrow (Vocal Recital)
Grigorian, Guzhov, Hvorostovsky, Morozov, Shishkova, Volkov,
Helikon Opera Chorus, Russian Federation Academic Symphony Orchestra, Orbelian

Delos DE3517


‘Highly charismatic baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky delivers a poignant program with Russian music where, in full voice, he shows his commanding musical intelligence, a remarkable breath control and his ability to shape his singing in the best possible way. ’ – Pizzicato

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Grand Piano

FRIEDMAN, I.: Original Piano Compositions
FRIEDMAN, I.: Original Piano Compositions
Joseph Banowetz
Grand Piano GP711

‘[Banowetz] is a sober and competent advocate of a musical world which is all about enjoyment of concertant conversation and picturesque understatement.’
www.klassik.com

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OehmsClassics

HENZE, H.: Symphony No. 7 / 7 Boleros / Overture for a Theatre / L’heure bleue
HENZE, H.: Symphony No. 7 / 7 Boleros / Overture for a Theatre / L’heure bleue
Gürzenich Orchestra, Stenz
OehmsClassics OC446


‘Markus Stenz and the Cologne orchestra present a precise and vivid reading of the score, recorded with a sense of breadth and depth.’ – BBC Music Magazine

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Ondine

MELARTIN, E.: Traumgesicht / Marjatta / Blue Pearl Suite (arr. H. Lintu)
MELARTIN, E.: Traumgesicht / Marjatta / Blue Pearl Suite (arr. H. Lintu)
Isokoski, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lintu
Ondine ODE1283-2

‘Soile Isokoski sings with typically opulent tone and the kind of awareness of the words that makes us glad to have a native singer on hand, especially in such an unfamiliar work.’ – ClassicsToday.com


‘Beautifully evocative’ – The Guardian

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Opus Arte

Pirgu, Saimir - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / STRAUSS, R. / CILEA, F. / DONIZETTI, G. / MASSENET, J.: Il Mio Canto (Vocal Recital)
Pirgu, Saimir - VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / STRAUSS, R. / CILEA, F. / DONIZETTI, G. / MASSENET, J.: Il Mio Canto (Vocal Recital)
Pirgu, Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Scappucci
Opus Arte OACD9041D

‘There is much to admire in tenor Saimir Pirgu’s spacious, ardent singing, showcased here in well-known arias from Italian and French opera.’
Opera News

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Paladino Music

HELLER, S.: Variations for Piano
HELLER, S.: Variations for Piano
Biliana Tzinlikova
Paladino Music PMR0065

‘Elegance, clarity, and beauty.’ – Fanfare

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Solo Musica

Hofbauer, Josef - ARUTIUNIAN, A. / PLANEL, R. / TORELLI, G. / HAYDN, J. / PIAZZOLLA, A.: My Favorite Trumpet Concertos (Trumpet Recital)
Hofbauer, Josef - ARUTIUNIAN, A. / PLANEL, R. / TORELLI, G. /
HAYDN, J. / PIAZZOLLA, A.: My Favorite Trumpet Concertos
(Trumpet Recital)

Heumesser, Hofbauer, Schonbrunn Festival Orchestra, Mancusi
Solo Musica SM234

‘What a delightful surprise to encounter a set of top-notch performances!’
Fanfare

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SWR Jazzhaus

JONES, Q.: Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
JONES, Q.: Quincy Jones and his Orchestra
Bailey, Bown, Dixon, Fuller, Hubbard, Johnson, Jones, Liston, Lopes, Persson, Shihab, Spann, Watkins, Woods, Quincy Jones Orchestra
SWR Jazzhaus JAH-455

‘Beyond the brilliant performances and stellar solos you get the supercharged ambiance.’ – The Absolute Sound

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