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!
‘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
‘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]
Burchett • Perkins • Eck • Kruse • Linville • Conyers • Walton • Morstein • Grundy • Leonard • Indiana University Philharmonic and Opera Chorus, Fagen
‘Rands and McClatchy have every reason to be enormously pleased with this stellar recording of bold, original and memorable opera.’ – Opera News
‘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
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
‘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
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