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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!

2018 OPUS KLASSIK WINNERS

BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
Thibaudet • Baltimore Symphony • Alsop
Naxos 8.559790

RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33
RACHMANINOV, S.:
Piano Concerto No. 2 • Études-tableaux, Op. 33

Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.573629


MARTINŮ, B.: Symphonies Nos. 1-6
MARTINŮ, B.:
Symphonies Nos. 1-6

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra • Cornelius Meister
Capriccio C5320

BERNSTEIN, L.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2
ANTHEIL, G.:
A Jazz Symphony • Piano Concerto No. 1 • Capital of the World Suite

Dupre • Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz • Steffens
Capriccio C5309


BRAUNFELS, W.: Ulenspiegel [Opera] (EntArteOpera, 2014)
BRAUNFELS, W.:
Ulenspiegel [Opera]

Horus • Ratzenböck • Goltz • Scheidegger • Jankowitsch
Capriccio C9006

BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Marin
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Marin
Danish National Symphony Orchestra • Søndergård
OUR Recordings 2.110426

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

ARNESEN, K.A.: Infinity • Choral Works
ARNESEN, K.A.: Infinity • Choral Works
Kantorei • Rinsema
Naxos 8.573788

‘Scandinavia is producing more than its fair share of great choral composers these days…Add the name of Norwegian Kim Andre Arnesen to the list.’
KDFC Radio


BERLIOZ, H.: Benvenuto Cellini [Opera] (DNO, 2015)
BERLIOZ, H.: Benvenuto Cellini [Opera] (DNO, 2015)
Osborn • Muraro • Naouri • Sicilia • Losier • Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra • Elder • Gilliam
Naxos 2.110575-76 [DVD]

‘An exuberant and mostly very satisfying production which should win new friends for this work.’
MusicWeb International

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0074V).


BROUWER, L: The Book of Signs • BELLINATI, P.: Concerto Caboclo
BROUWER, L: The Book of Signs • BELLINATI, P.: Concerto Caboclo
Brasil Guitar Duo • Delaware Symphony • Amado
Naxos 8.573603

‘The Brasil Guitar Duo is the perfect ensemble for these works, especially the Bellinati—they have this music in their veins.’
American Record Guide


Statements – LANG, D. • HEARNE, T. • LASH, H.
Statements – LANG, D. • HEARNE, T. • LASH, H.
Yale Choral Artists and Philharmonia • Douma
Naxos 8.559829

‘The strength of the work comes from Hearne’s mastery of vocal blend and rhythmic precision, executed adroitly by the Yale Choral Artists and its founding director, Douma.’
Opera News


And So It Goes – WHITACRE, E. • NOVELLO, I. • JOEL, B. • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.
And So It Goes – WHITACRE, E. • NOVELLO, I. • JOEL, B. • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R.
The Elora Singers
Naxos 8.573861

‘Lovely release’
AllMusic.com


DIAMOND, D.: Symphony No. 6 • Rounds • Music for Romeo and Juliet
DIAMOND, D.: Symphony No. 6 • Rounds • Music for Romeo and Juliet
Indiana University Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras • Fagen
Naxos 8.559842

‘Performances from Indiana’s student players under Arthur Fagen’s well-proportioned control are exemplary throughout.’
Classical Ear


DODGSON, S.: String Trios Nos. 1 and 2 • Violin Sonatina • Caprice after Puck • Cello Partita
DODGSON, S.: String Trios Nos. 1 and 2 • Violin Sonatina • Caprice after Puck • Cello Partita
Karolos
Naxos 8.573856

‘It’s a handsome collection, very well captured, vivid and immediate, tonally faithful.’
Classicalsource.com


FARRENC, L.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
FARRENC, L.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3
Solistes Européens, Luxembourg • C. König
Naxos 8.573706


‘Farrenc’s half an hour long symphonies have an impressive power and radiance with a brilliantly varied instrumentation.’
HiFi & Musik


GRAINGER, P.: Complete Wind Band Music, Vol. 1
GRAINGER, P.: Complete Wind Band Music, Vol. 1
Royal Norwegian Navy Band • Engeset
Naxos 8.573679

‘Given the wonders to be found in so many of the selections and the uniformly outstanding readings by the Norwegian Navy Band, it must have been challenging to decide where to begin.’
American Record Guide


GROSLOT, R.: Concerto for Orchestra • Violin Concerto
GROSLOT, R.: Concerto for Orchestra • Violin Concerto
Kurkowicz • Brussels Philharmonic • Groslot
Naxos 8.573808

‘This disc is a triumph for all concerned including Naxos: an exciting discovery that urgently demands to be heard. If I had not already submitted my 2018 Want List, this would be at the top.’
Fanfare


HENZE, H.W.: Violin and Viola Works
HENZE, H.W.: Violin and Viola Works
Sheppard Skærved • Chadwick
Naxos 8.573886


‘Throughout, Chadwick’s chromatic phrasing captivates and Skærved’s technical artistry commands.’
ConcertoNet.com


LISZT, F.: Dances – Valses oubliées • Czárdás • Grand galop chromatique
LISZT, F.: Dances – Valses oubliées • Czárdás • Grand galop chromatique
Goran Filipec
Naxos 8.573705

‘The more I continued listening to this recital, the more I felt that it was one of the finest all-Liszt discs I had heard for a very long time.’
Gramophone

‘Filipec devours this technically punishing fare, his touch velvety, crystalline, and thunderous in equal measure.’
American Record Guide


RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 • Variations on a Theme of Corelli
RACHMANINOV, S.: Piano Concerto No. 3 • Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Giltburg • Royal Scottish National Orchestra • Prieto
Naxos 8.573630

‘Giltburg’s growing fanbase should love this recording.’
MusicWeb International


RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 11 and 12
RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 11 and 12
Eichhorn • Jena Philharmonic • Pasquet
Naxos 8.573474

‘If you’re ready to be dazzled by exceptional playing—and want to hear some pleasantly tuneful music besides—this is the disc for you.’
WTJU


SMETANA, B.: Triumphal (Festive) Symphony • The Bartered Bride (excerpts)
SMETANA, B.: Triumphal (Festive) Symphony • The Bartered Bride (excerpts)
Berlin Radio Symphony • Darrell Ang
Naxos 8.573672

‘The excellent Berlin Radio Symphony plays like a group that is delighting both in the “new” music it is playing and the conductor leading it. The reading is fiery and as rich as it needs to be.’
American Record Guide


VIARDOT, P. • VIARDOT-GARCIA, P.: Violin and Piano Works
VIARDOT, P. • VIARDOT-GARCIA, P.: Violin and Piano Works
Kuppel • Manz
Naxos 8.573749

‘Reto Kuppel and his totally engaged, artistically compatible, and interpretively sympathetic piano partner Wolfgang Manz do exactly what performers of this music were expected to do: they sell it.’
ClassicsToday.com


WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 13 • Serenade
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 13 • Serenade
Siberian State Symphony • Lande
Naxos 8.573879

‘Lande does a magnificent job with this music and this is clearly a disc of superb music, superbly performed.’
The Art Music Lounge


ZÁDOR, E.: The Plains of Hungary • Fantasia Hungarica • Variations on a Merry Theme
ZÁDOR, E.: The Plains of Hungary • Fantasia Hungarica • Variations on a Merry Theme
Fejérvári • Balogh • Budapest Symphony MÁV • Smolij
Naxos 8.573800


‘Budapest Symphony Orchestra under Polish conductor Mariusz Smolij has done a great service by taking this music off the scrap heap of history and bringing it back to life.’
AllMusic.com

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

TROLLOPE, A.: The Eustace Diamonds (Unabridged)
TROLLOPE, A.: The Eustace Diamonds (Unabridged)
David Shaw-Parker
Naxos AudioBooks NA0300

‘David Shaw-Parker continues his marvelous tour of Trollope with this audiobook from the Palliser novels.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

MASSENET, J.: Werther [Opera] (Zürich Opera, 2017)
MASSENET, J.: Werther [Opera] (Zürich Opera, 2017)
Flórez • Stéphany • Meister • Gürbaca
Accentus Music ACC-20427 [DVD]

‘Juan Diego Flórez is a stirring and sympathetic Werther in Zurich.’
Opera News


SALIERI, A.: Prima la musica e poi le parole • MOZART, W.A.: Der Schauspieldirektor [Operas]
SALIERI, A.: Prima la musica e poi le parole • MOZART, W.A.: Der Schauspieldirektor [Operas]
Concentus Musicus Wien • Harnoncourt
belvedere edition BVE08035


‘The character interplay and music used to explore and elucidate these matters is joyous, intelligent, witty and thoroughly delightful—and the singing and playing are simply wonderful to sit back and bask in.’
Infodad.com


BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak)
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 8 (1890 edition, ed. L. Nowak)
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Jansons
BR-Klassik 900165

‘No lover of this symphony will be content with less than half a dozen recordings, and this should undoubtedly be among them’
BBC Music Magazine

‘Jansons’s performance is a notable achievement. …the quality of the playing is exceptional.’
Gramophone


BACH, J.S.: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019a
BACH, J.S.: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019a
Barton Pine • Vinikour
Cedille CDR90000-177


‘[Rachel Barton Pine] is direct and fervent, almost like she is performing for you alone, and that the music is designed by Bach to be communicated in this same, intensely personal manner.’
Audiophile Audition


RICORDI, G.: La Secchia rapita [Opera]
RICORDI, G.: La Secchia rapita [Opera]
Huseynov • Valerio • Hyuksoo Kim • Ravasio • Kieffer • Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano • Salvagno
Dynamic CDS7798

‘Aldo Salvagno, deserves his own bucket of encomia, both for leading such a buoyant performance of the score and for rescuing it from the footnotes of music history.’
Opera News


BERSA, B.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
BERSA, B.: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Goran Filipec
Grand Piano GP767


‘Croatian composer proves a truly exciting discovery.’
Limelight


QIN, Wenchen: Orchestral Works – Echoes from the other Shore • The Nature’s Dialogue • Across the Skies • Lonely Song
QIN, Wenchen: Orchestral Works – Echoes from the other Shore • The Nature’s Dialogue • Across the Skies • Lonely Song
Wei Ji • Weiwei Lan • ORF Vienna Radio • Rabl
Kairos 0015032KAI

‘Qin is excellently served by the Vienna Radio orchestra, whose energetic renderings are vividly captured, and by the outstanding soloists.’
Gramophone


STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 6 – Also sprach Zarathustra • Don Quixote
STRAUSS, R.: Tone Poems, Vol. 6 – Also sprach Zarathustra • Don Quixote
I. Enders • Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester • Weigle
OehmsClassics OC893


‘With an appealing characterization and a gorgeous richly detailed orchestral playing Sebastian Weigle’s account of Also sprach Zarathustra is outstanding.’
Pizzicato


BARTÓK, B.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
BARTÓK, B.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
C. Tetzlaff • Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra • Lintu
Ondine ODE1317-2

‘It’s a great performance, made even finer by exemplary sonics, balancing the solo against the orchestra in an ideally clear perspective. If you have ever questioned this work’s reputation (as I have), then this interpretation might put any qualms to rest.’
ClassicsToday.com


Seven Words from the Cross – BILLINGS, W. • DISTLER, H. • POULENC, F. • SHEPPARD, J.
Seven Words from the Cross – BILLINGS, W. • DISTLER, H. • POULENC, F. • SHEPPARD, J.
Skylark Vocal Ensemble
Sono Luminus DSL-92219

‘The sheer musical purpose and thrilling skill with which the many solo passages are handled testify to Skylark’s depth; their ensemble work is often stunning.’
Gramophone


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Symphonies Nos. 4 and 5
Südwestfunkorchester Baden-Baden • Rosbaud
SWR Classic SWR19062CD

‘This is a truly wonderful release, perhaps the most impressive so far in SWR’s admirable Rosbaud series.’
Gramophone



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