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2014 has been another bumper year for Naxos. Having released some 300 new recordings that have attracted thousands of positive reviews, we’re pleased to publish details of a selection of the releases that have been acknowledged as among the best of 2014 by key music publications and journals around the world.

Our warmest congratulations to the artists, producers and everyone involved. With ICMA and GRAMMY® nominations also in the pipeline, we are confident that the world’s leading classical music label will continue to excite in 2015 with innovative repertoire, superb performances and world première recordings.

Among the Best of 2014

ALBERT, E. d': Aschenputtel (Cinderella) / Seejungfräulein / Overtures
Leipzig MDR Symphony, Märkl

“The Little Mermaid is a brilliant, post-Wagnerian scena for soprano and orchestra, and it’s quite beautifully sung by soprano Viktorija Kaminskaite. Jun Märkl leads the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony with plenty of verve…”

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Blu-Ray Audio)
Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit

“This is a recording to live with for a long time, and audio fans in particular will have to have it.”
- Audiophile Audition

CASELLA, A.: Triple Concerto / GHEDINI, G.F.: Concerto dell'albatro
Ghidoni, Bosna, Piemonti, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Iorio

“These are…very fine performances. The music of both works is outstanding.”
- American Record Guide

GLIÈRE, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets"
Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta

“Pride of place this year goes to JoAnn Falletta’s magisterial new recording of Glière’s Il’ya Muromets. No one has a better sense of its overall dramatic structure than Falletta—and no one has a cannier sense of the flavor of its special sound world. A classic.”
- Fanfare

HINDEMITH, P.: Nobilissima Visione (Complete Ballet) / 5 Pieces for String Orchestra
Seattle Symphony, Schwarz

“Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony prove ideal exponents, capturing the essence of the music in a searing performance, and making the Five Pieces, despite their pedagogical origin, more than a mere filler.”
- BBC Music Magazine

LLOYD, N. / MENNIN, P.: Piano Music

“The disc is another milestone in the Naxos American Classics series which has done so much to reveal the fantastic breadth of meritorious music written in the USA.”
- MusicWeb International

MEYERBEER, G.: Overtures and Entr'actes from the French Operas
New Zealand Symphony, Darrell Ang

“It’s a fun CD, and a perfect opportunity to celebrate both the genius of Meyerbeer and the runaway talent of this young Singaporean conductor. Intoxicating performances, thrillingly recorded.”
- MusicWeb International

MILHAUD, D.: Orestie d'Eschyle (L')
L. Phillips, Dempson, Outlaw, Delphis, University of Michigan Choirs and Symphony Orchestra, K. Kiesler

“…this release by Naxos constitutes one of the most important issues the gramophone has achieved for quite some time.”
- International Record Review

PERSICHETTI, V.: Violin and Piano Works - Violin Sonata /
Masques / Piano Sonatinas

Borup, H. Conner

“These are fine interpretations and well-crafted performances.”
- MusicWeb International

PROKOFIEV, S.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Dreams (Blu-Ray Audio)
São Paulo Symphony, Alsop

“In sonic terms this is not only the best Naxos BD-A to come my way so far but one of the best of all the BD-As that I’ve heard to date.”
- MusicWeb International

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 11 - Symphony No. 13, "Babi Yar"
Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko

“The final instalment of Petrenko’s remarkable Liverpool Shostakovich cycle is a world-class achievement.”
- The Sunday Times

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 - Symphony No. 14
G. James, A. Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko

“The frenzy and the dances bite deep under Petrenko.”
- BBC Music Magazine

VIVALDI, A.: Concertos for 2 Cellos (arr. J. Lloyd Webber)
Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Hofmann

“…there’s a light-hearted feel to the performances and the recordings, and excellent playing by all concerned. It sounds like it must have been great fun to do; it’s certainly great fun to listen to.”
- The WholeNote

YSAŸE, E.: 6 Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27
Tianwa Yang

“…these are clearly thought-through performances of eyebrow-raising substance.”
- The Strad

ZEMLINSKY, A.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 1 and 2
Escher String Quartet

“An impressive disc... with a superb performance of the Second Quartet, one of Zemlinsky’s greatest and most radical achievements.”
- The Guardian

ICMA Nominees 2015


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Grammy Nominees


Best Opera Recording

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

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