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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 music and audiovisual albums!

HIGHLY REVIEWED ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 • 3 Latin American Sketches
COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 • 3 Latin American Sketches
Detroit Symphony Orchestra • Slatkin
Naxos 8.559844

‘Slatkin rightly tilts the music towards nobility…’ – BBC Music Magazine

‘Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, in fine, energetic form’
AllMusic.com


‘The recording is first-rate, catching the crystalline strands of its Andantino and adding the requisite thrill factor to the many surging climaxes elsewhere. ’ – The New Zealand Herald


BACH, J.S.: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV 812-817
BACH, J.S.: French Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV 812-817
Xiao-Mei Zhu
Accentus Music ACC-30404

‘These are honest and deeply affectionate performances…’
BBC Music Magazine


‘Nobody plays Bach in a purer, more unaffected and unpretentious way. The combination of this simplicity, of an overwhelming beauty, of depth and transcendence is simply breath-taking.’ – Pizzicato

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

BRAHMS, J.: String Quartet No. 3 • Clarinet Quintet
BRAHMS, J.: String Quartet No. 3 • Clarinet Quintet
New Zealand String Quartet • J. Campbell
Naxos 8.573454

‘The New Zealand String Quartet performs it here with equal joy as well as technical mastery, and the result is a revelatory interpretation. ’
Baker & Taylor CD Hotlist


HARBERG, A: Viola Concerto • Elegy • WOLPERT, M.: Viola Concerto No. 1, "Giants"
HARBERG, A: Viola Concerto • Elegy • WOLPERT, M.: Viola Concerto No. 1, "Giants"
Deubner • Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra • Lerner
Naxos 8.559840

‘Viola concertos were never like this! Fine performances, good sound, terrific fun.’ – Gramophone


MORENO TORROBA, F.: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 2
MORENO TORROBA, F.: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 2
Pepe Romero • M. and V. Coves • Extremadura Symphony Orchestra
Naxos 8.573503

‘Like the first volume, this issue amounts to a beguiling program of warm-hearted music that ought to be heard more frequently. The Coves brothers are exceptional musicians, Pepe Romero has long been acknowledged as a master of this repertoire.’ – Fanfare


NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains • Lady Godiva • Eternal Longing
NOVÁK, V.: In the Tatra Mountains • Lady Godiva • Eternal Longing
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra • Falletta
Naxos 8.573683

‘Falletta is clearly superior: swifter, more exciting, and every bit as well played and recorded.’ – ClassicsToday.com


PUCCINI, G.: Complete Songs
PUCCINI, G.: Complete Songs
Stoyanova • Prinz
Naxos 8.573501


‘Stoyanova sails through it in glorious voice and Maria Prinz’s accompaniment is as equally accomplished. For lovers of good singing.’ – Opera Now


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

‘Giltburg boils up the essential core of Rachmaninov and creates something entirely fresh, personal yet faithful out of it. Sound quality on the download is splendid, with both warmth and bloom.’ – primephonic


RANDS, B.: Vincent [Opera]
RANDS, B.: Vincent [Opera]
Burchett • Perkins • Eck • Kruse • Linville • Conyers • Walton • Morstein • Grundy • Leonard • Indiana University Philharmonic and Opera Chorus, Fagen
Naxos 8.669037-38

‘Rands and McClatchy have every reason to be enormously pleased with this stellar recording of bold, original and memorable opera.’ – Opera News


SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2
SAINT-SAËNS, C.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 2
Descharmes • Malmö Symphony Orchestra • Soustrot
Naxos 8.573477

‘Move over, Pascal Rogé and Jean-Yves Thibaudet! Here is soft, seductive, supple pianism, with just the right touch of energy and feathery runs.’ – Fanfare


THOMPSON, R.: Symphony No. 2 • ADAMS, S.: Drift and Providence • BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 1
THOMPSON, R.: Symphony No. 2 • ADAMS, S.: Drift and Providence • BARBER, S.: Symphony No. 1
S. Adams • National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic • J. Ross
Naxos 8.559822


‘Here we have a highly attractive program with three diverse compositions’
Pizzicato

‘This is a performance that grabs you and won’t let go.’ – Gramophone


VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 and 11
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra • Karabtchevsky
Naxos 8.573777

‘An absolutely essential release. ’ – Gramophone


NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO: The Confessions of St. Augustine (Unabridged)
ST. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO: The Confessions of St. Augustine (Unabridged)
Mark Meadows
Naxos AudioBooks NA0261

‘Meadows adds an artistic flair to this bestselling classic that makes this particular audiobook edition a must-listen.’ – AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise
SCHUBERT, F.: Winterreise
Fischer-Dieskau • Brendel
Arthaus Musik 109317

‘This particular outing finds Fischer-Dieskau in superb voice at fifty-four, his vocal flexibility and ability to shade phrases entirely intact. Brendel plays superbly from beginning to end.’ – Opera News

Buy/Stream

MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 9
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900151


ELBPHILHARMONIE HAMBURG GRAND OPENING CONCERT (Blu-ray, HD)
ELBPHILHARMONIE HAMBURG GRAND OPENING CONCERT (NTSC)
ELBPHILHARMONIE HAMBURG GRAND OPENING CONCERT
Jaroussky • H.-E. Müller • Lehmkuhl • Breslik • Terfel • North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchester • Hengelbrock
C Major 741504 [Blu-ray, HD] | 741408 [DVD]

‘Filmed right from the very beginning, it unflinchingly documents the architectural and funding dramas as they unfolded, and follows some of the particularly noteworthy design and manufacturing processes. It’s great stuff. ’ – Gramophone


First Drop – SKEMPTON, H. • ORTIZ, P. • REICH, S. • ANDRIESSEN, L.
First Drop – SKEMPTON, H. • ORTIZ, P. • REICH, S. • ANDRIESSEN, L.
Bowers-Broadbent • Ars Nova Copenhagen • P. Hillier
Cantaloupe Music CA-21127

‘Terry Riley’s exuberant, multilayered musical evocation of Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness poem ‘Mexico City Blues’ brilliantly rounds off the disc, while Reich’s well-known Clapping Music is also given an energetic melodic and harmonic twist in Hillier’s clever vocal arrangement.’ – Gramophone


MALIPIERO, G.F. • CARILLO, J. • MAHLER, G.: Jubilee Edition
MALIPIERO, G.F. • CARILLO, J. • MAHLER, G.: Jubilee Edition
Mitsuko Shirai • Buss • Höll • Hoogeveen • Rollin • Sachtleben • Staege • Wolff • Izquierdo
Capriccio C5324

‘This is a voice not only of intrinsic beauty, but also of rare artistry., April 2017’
The Art Music Lounge


ROMAN, J.H. • FIORILLO, F. • KHANDOSHKIN, I. • PAGANINI, N. • RUST, F. • HANDEL, G.F.: Enlightened Virtuoso
ROMAN, J.H. • FIORILLO, F. • KHANDOSHKIN, I. • PAGANINI, N. • RUST, F. • HANDEL, G.F.: Enlightened Virtuoso
Zbigniew Pilch
CD Accord CDAccordACD232

‘This is violin playing of the highest order.’ – MusicWeb International



SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Trios
SCHUBERT, F.: Piano Trios
Irnberger • Geringas • Korstick
Gramola Records Gramola99110

‘If you’re in the market for new versions of Schubert’s two monumental piano trios, I cannot recommend any that are more beautifully played and emotionally satisfying than these. ’ – Fanfare


SATIE, E.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
SATIE, E.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Nicolas Horvath
Grand Piano GP761

‘French pianist Nicolas Horvath explores the eccentric mysticism of one of the leading minds of modernist music. ’ – WGBH


MOZART, W.A.: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5
MOZART, W.A.: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 5
William Youn
OehmsClassics OC1857

‘This is beguiling Mozart-playing—innate, intelligent, honest and fiercely musical. ’
Gramophone


CARTER, E.: Late Works
CARTER, E.: Late Works
Aimard • Currie • I. Faust • Queyras • Birmingham Contemporary Music Group • BBC Symphony • O. Knussen
Ondine ODE1296-2

‘Aimard’s credentials in Carter were established with a highly impressive account of Night Fantasies and he tackles this always demanding pianism with alacrity and perception.’ – Gramophone


BERLIOZ, H.: Béatrice et Bénédict [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016)
BERLIOZ, H.: Béatrice et Bénédict [Opera] (Glyndebourne, 2016)
d’Oustrac • Appleby • Karthäuser • Lhote • Bradić • Caton • Sly • Glyndebourne Chorus • London Philharmonic Orchestra • Manacorda
Opus Arte OA1239D

‘Stéphanie d’Oustrac is a perfect Béatrice, a comic actress with impeccable timing…’ – BBC Music Magazine


PUCCINI, G. • MASCAGNI, P. • CILEA, F. • CATALANI, A.: Verismo
PUCCINI, G. • MASCAGNI, P. • CILEA, F. • CATALANI, A.: Verismo
Stoyanova • Munich Radio Orchestra • Baleff
Orfeo C899171A

‘Krassimira Stoyanova’s glowing tone and thoughtful musicality make you hear those works with fresh ears.’ – Opera News


BRAZILIAN LANDSCAPES
BRAZILIAN LANDSCAPES
Petri • M. Mazur • D. Murray
OUR Recordings 6.220618


‘Colourful program with Brazilian music for recorder, guitar and percussion, in bright and sensual performances of a rare spontaneity.’ – Pizzicato


RAVEL, M.: L'enfant et les sortilèges • Ma mère l'oye
RAVEL, M.: L'enfant et les sortilèges • Ma mère l'oye
Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe • SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart • Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR • Denève
SWR Classic SWR19033CD

‘An affectionate disc to appeal to the child in all of us.’ – Gramophone



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