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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

RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
RACHMANINOV, S.: Préludes, Op. 3, No. 2, Opp. 23 and 32
Boris Giltburg
Naxos 8.574025

‘Giltburg’s set of the 24 preludes is my first choice now and one more fine example of his superior keyboard art.
MusicWeb International


‘There is not one Prelude here you would want to do without. ’
Daily Mail


TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom • 9 Sacred Pieces
TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom • 9 Sacred Pieces
Latvian Radio Choir • Kļava
Ondine ODE1336-2

‘The atmosphere and context is magisterially conveyed here by a choir on top form, with sound engineering that captures them perfectly.’
Gramophone

‘An exceptional choral release.’
AllMusic.com

NAXOS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

AUBER, D.-F.: La Sirène [Opera]
AUBER, D.-F.: La Sirène [Opera]
Crousaud • Lorthiois • Flabat • Les Métaboles • Orchestre des Frivolités Parisiennes • Reiland
Naxos 8.660436

‘Jeanne Crousaud [is] particularly delightful to hear in the coloratura-laden role of Zerlina’
American Record Guide


BERLIOZ, H.: Roméo et Juliette
BERLIOZ, H.: Roméo et Juliette
Lebègue • Behr • Caton • Spirito • Orchestre National de Lyon • Slatkin
Naxos 8.573449-50

‘Exemplary, and thoroughly enjoyable.’
Fanfare


BOND, V.: Instruments of Revelation • Frescoes and Ash • Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming • Binary
BOND, V.: Instruments of Revelation • Frescoes and Ash • Leopold Bloom’s Homecoming • Binary
R. Müller • Jenny Lin • Vinokur • Chicago Pro Musica
Naxos 8.559864

‘An excellent disc and a benchmark for how contemporary music can be presented to a wider public.’
Gramophone


BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
BRAHMS, J.: Violin Concerto • Double Concerto
Tianwa Yang • Gabriel Schwabe • Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin • Wit
Naxos 8.573772

‘These fresh and vital interpretations by Yang and Schwabe make this disc a complete success.’
MusicWeb International


BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 16
BRIAN, H.: Symphonies Nos. 7 and 16
New Russia State Symphony • A. Walker
Naxos 8.573959

‘Despite first-class competition, this record must now take pride of place. Slava!’
American Record Guide


EL-KHOURY, B.: Piano Sonatas 1-4 • Rivers • Étude • Thème et variations
EL-KHOURY, B.: Piano Sonatas 1-4 • Rivers • Étude • Thème et variations
Giacomo Scinardo
Naxos 8.579022


‘Scinardo, whose playing is never harsh, radiates the power of the sun.’
Pizzicato


FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
FALLA, M. de: El Amor brujo (1915 version) • El retablo de Maese Pedro
Fernández • García • Zetlan • Garza • Perspectives Ensemble • Gil-Ordóñez
Naxos 8.573890

‘The vocal performances are engaging. Gil-Ordóñez leads the music with authority and animation.’
American Record Guide


HANDEL, G.F.: Alexander’s Feast (excerpts) • Saul (excerpts) (Total Eclipse: Music for Handel’s Tenor)
HANDEL, G.F.: Alexander’s Feast (excerpts) • Saul (excerpts) (Total Eclipse: Music for Handel’s Tenor)
Sheehan • Pacific MusicWorks Orchestra • Stubbs
Naxos 8.573914

‘This is a provocative and informative program that is worth returning to repeatedly.’
American Record Guide


KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Das Wunder der Heliane [Opera]
Jakubiak • Jagde • Wagner • The Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra • Albrecht • Loy
Naxos 2.110584-85 [DVD]

Also available on Blu-ray (NBD0083V)

‘A truly ground-breaking achievement, a magnificent set which deserves every success.’
MusicWeb International


LESHNOFF, J.: Symphony No. 4 • Guitar Concerto • Starburst
LESHNOFF, J.: Symphony No. 4 • Guitar Concerto • Starburst
Vieaux • Nashville Symphony • Guerrero
Naxos 8.559809

‘A superb account of these engaging Leshnoff selections.’
Classical Lost and Found


MARX, J.: Romantisches Klavierkonzert • Castelli Romani
MARX, J.: Romantisches Klavierkonzert • Castelli Romani
Lively • Bochum Symphony • Sloane
Naxos 8.573834

‘Absolutely exemplary throughout.’
MusicWeb International


SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Piano Works – Preludes, Op. 1 • Studies, Opp. 4 and 33 • Maski
SZYMANOWSKI, K.: Piano Works – Preludes, Op. 1 • Studies, Opp. 4 and 33 • Maski
Andrea Vivanet
Naxos 8.551401


‘Andrea Vivanet gives a strong and individual profile to the various pieces taking the listener on an interesting journey’
Pizzicato

NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS

BYRON, R.: The Road to Oxiana (Unabridged)
BYRON, R.: The Road to Oxiana (Unabridged)
Barnaby Edwards
Naxos AudioBooks NA0359

‘Perfect listening for the armchair traveler in all of us.’
AudioFile

TROLLOPE, A.: The Prime Minister (Unabridged)
TROLLOPE, A.: The Prime Minister (Unabridged)
David Shaw-Parker
Naxos AudioBooks NA0346

‘David Shaw-Parker’s usual exemplary narration brings all the inner torments of the characters in this classic novel to life.’
AudioFile

INDEPENDENT LABELS RELEASES (in alphabetical order)

WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (arr. G. Kremer for violin)
WEINBERG, M.: 24 Preludes (arr. G. Kremer for violin)
Gidon Kremer
Accentus Music ACC-30476

‘Solo cello music appropriated for the violin—in dazzling, charismatic style.’
The Strad


Choral and Orchestral Music – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRUCKNER, A. • HAYDN, J. • MAHLER, G. (11-CD Boxed Set)
Choral and Orchestral Music – BEETHOVEN, L. van • BRUCKNER, A. • HAYDN, J. • MAHLER, G. (11-CD Boxed Set)
Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks • Haitink
BR-Klassik 900174

‘The effect of arriving home, where everything is as it should be—the music, its playing and its interpretation, all captured in excellent sound quality.’
Gramophone


WEIGL, K.: Violin Sonata No. 2 • 2 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 33 • 2 Pieces for Violin and Piano • Piano Trio
WEIGL, K.: Violin Sonata No. 2 • 2 Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 33 • 2 Pieces for Violin and Piano • Piano Trio
Frühwirth • Kloeckner • Krumpöck
Capriccio C5318

‘This is gorgeous music, gorgeously performed by these three musicians, and absolutely recommended.’
Fanfare


Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Silenced Voices – FRID, G. • KATTENBURG, D. • KLEIN, G. • KRÁSA, H. • KUTI, S.
Black Oak Ensemble
Cedille CDR90000-189

‘Insightful, committed, and masterful performances’
ClassicsToday.com


TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music – 11 Interludes • Visit to Israel • Caprices • 4 Piano Moods
TANSMAN, A.: Piano Music – 11 Interludes • Visit to Israel • Caprices • 4 Piano Moods
Giorgio Koukl
Grand Piano GP788


‘Brilliant technique, paired with resonant sound, remarkable precision and an acute sensibility to rhythm’
Classica


LEHÁR, F.: Die Lustige Witwe [Operetta]
LEHÁR, F.: Die Lustige Witwe [Operetta]
Samoilov • Petersen • Rea • Chor der Oper Frankfurt • Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester • Mallwitz
OehmsClassics OC983

‘The music’s the thing: this beguiling ball deserves the warmest welcome.’
– Disc of the Month, Opera

‘This is a perfectly enjoyable account, possibly closer in spirit to the piece’s light-footed, popular theatre roots than the more sumptuous classic recordings.’
Gramophone


BENJAMIN, G.: Lessons in Love and Violence [Opera]
BENJAMIN, G.: Lessons in Love and Violence [Opera]
Degout • Hannigan • Orendt • Hoare • Boden • Royal Opera House Orchestra • Benjamin • Mitchell
Opus Arte OA1221D

Also available on Blu-ray (OABD7199D)

‘George Benjamin’s darkly beautiful morality play revisits a familiar story in new ways.’
Opera News


STRAUSS, R.: Don Quixote • Cello Sonata
STRAUSS, R.: Don Quixote • Cello Sonata
Müller-Schott • H. Schuch • Melbourne Symphony • A. Davis
Orfeo C968191


‘Daniel Müller-Schott’s playing is beautifully lyric and intensive.’
Pizzicato


KERNIS, A.J.: String Quartet No. 3, ‘River’ • DEBUSSY, C.: String Quartet, Op. 10 (The Kernis Project: Debussy)
KERNIS, A.J.: String Quartet No. 3, ‘River’ • DEBUSSY, C.: String Quartet, Op. 10 (The Kernis Project: Debussy)
The Jasper String Quartet
Sono Luminus DSL-92233

‘The Jasper Quartet’s [Third Quartet] account is compelling.’
Gramophone


RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, ‘Vespers’
RACHMANINOV, S.: All-night Vigil, ‘Vespers’
SWR Vokalensemble • M. Creed
SWR19522CD

‘This is truly very fine, and should have an honoured place on the shelves of any lover of this sublime work.’
MusicWeb International




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