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2013 has been another bumper year for Naxos. Having released some 280 new recordings that have attracted thousands of positive reviews, we’re pleased to share with you those that have been acknowledged as the ‘Best of 2013’ by key music publications and journals around the world. The list encompasses a wide stylistic variety, from Grieg’s rousing choruses invoking Norse gods to 21st-century repertoire for Spanish guitar, and comprises solo recitals, chamber ensembles and full symphonic forces. 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 2014 with innovative repertoire, superb performances and world première recordings.

Best of 2013 Press

Naxos 8.573024
21st Century Spanish Guitar, Vol. 1 - BROTONS, S. / PUERTO, D. del / MORALES-CASO, E. / CRUZ DE CASTRO, C. / BALADA, L.
A. Levin


Adam Levin’s first volume contains no crummy music, a lot that delights, and outstanding playing. - MusicWeb International

Adam Levin’s playing is superb—no technical difficulties, lovely tone, wide range of dynamics and articulation. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.570829
BLOCH, E.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique
Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij

The solo playing is spectacular on all counts. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572840
Choral Music - Music from the Eton Choirbook
Tonus Peregrinus, Pitts

performances leave nothing to be desired in technical polish or stylistic poise - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.559758
COPLAND, A.: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salon Mexico / Danzon cubano
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin

My top-choice Rodeo, including the composer’s own. - MusicWeb International

Naxos 8.559749
DAUGHERTY, M.: Mount Rushmore / Radio City / The Gospel According to Sister Aimee
P. Jacobs, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair

Daugherty becomes more impressive with every release. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572575
ERNST, H.W.: Violin Music - Erlkonig / Le Carnaval de Venise / Polyphonic Studies
Spacek, Back

Spacek’s playing is so tasteful, expressive, and elegant that it is sometimes difficult to remember that the feats he is performing on the violin are probably the most difficult ever devised. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572985
FIBICH, Z.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Symphony No. 1 / Impressions from the Countryside
Czech National Symphony, Stilec

An idiomatic performance from a “local” and accomplished orchestra, skilful conducting and first rate recording make this disc a real treat. - MusicWeb International

Naxos 8.559723
FUCHS, K.: Atlantic Riband / American Rhapsody / Divinum Mysterium / Concerto Grosso
London Symphony, Falletta

should delight conservative listeners and all sympathetic to the style - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.573052
GOEHR, A.: Marching to Carcassonne / When Adam Fell / Pastorals
P. Serkin, BBC Symphony, London Sinfonietta, Knussen

100 Best
Records of the Year:
Contemporary Composers - #8

Serkin is splendid. - The Sunday Times, London

Naxos 8.573045
GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 7 - Olav Trygvason / Landkjenning / Sigurd Jorsalfar (excerpts)
Malmo Symphony, Engeset

The New York Times Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

This wonderful album...presents three extended scenes from that incomplete work, with rousing choruses, invocations to Norse gods, a prophetess weaving ominous spells, and more. - The New York Times

Naxos 8.572633
KARABITS, I.: Concertos for Orchestra Nos. 1-3 / SILVESTROV, V.: Elegy / Abschiedsserenade
Bournemouth Symphony, K. Karabits

blown away by the extraordinary command of the orchestral writing - Fanfare

Naxos 8.559670
LESHNOFF, J.: Symphony No. 1, "Forgotten Chants and Refrains" / Double Concerto / Rush
Wetherbee, Diaz, IRIS Orchestra, M. Stern

soulfulness and sincerity that make a strong impression - Fanfare

Naxos 8.572817
LOPES-GRACA, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2
Nebolsin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto - Casa da Musica, Bamert

splendid piano concertos - Fanfare

Naxos 8.572696
PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, "Resurrection" / Flute Concerto
B. Douglas, Dlugosz, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit

this work is both a cri de coeur and a virtuoso showpiece, and Barry Douglas is fully invested in it - Fanfare

Naxos 8.572411
PETRASSI, G.: Partita / Divertimento / 4 inni sacri / Coro di morti
Rome Symphony, La Vecchia

The whole album is a tribute to one of the masters of Italian art. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572826
PROKOFIEV, S.: Piano Recital
Kim, DongKyu

Kim, a dynamic, exciting young pianist with seemingly limitless technique, gives us world class performances. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.573051
RACHMANINOV, S.: Symphony No. 3 / Symphonic Dances
Detroit Symphony, Slatkin

Leonard Slatkin and his marvelous Detroit Symphony really hit a home run with their splendid Naxos release of Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony and Symphonic Dances. - Fanfare

Naxos 8.559761
ROREM, N.: Piano Album I / 6 Friends
C. Enger

The New York Times Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

a collection of tender yet pungent miniatures written for friends, intimates and personal occasions from 1978 to 2001 - The New York Times

Naxos 8.660340-42
ROSSINI, G.: Semiramide [Opera]
Penda, Pizzolato, Regazzo, Osborn, Mastroni, Fogliani

100 Best
Records of the Year:
Classical - #8

Naxos 8.660329-30
ROSSINI, G.: Siege de Corinthe (Le) [Opera]
Regazzo, Cullagh, Spyres, Sala, Ramos, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud

The added virtue of this particular issue is that its well sung and conducted performance fills in a gap in the lexicon of recordings of the works that Rossini composed or rewrote for Paris. - MusicWeb International

Naxos 8.572904
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Piano Quartet / Piano Quintet / Barcarolle
Fine Arts Quartet, Ortiz

it belongs with the very best—as do the performances - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.573057
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 8 - Symphony No. 7, "Leningrad"
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko

climaxes are all the more shattering because of the sensitivity with which the conductor treats the quieter passages - Fanfare

Naxos 8.573188
SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 9 - Symphony No. 4
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko

100 Best
Records of the Year:

an absolutely stonking performance - Gramophone

coruscating performance - The Sunday Times, London

Chicago Tribune's best classical recordings of 2013
this latest installment is in a class of its own - Chicago Tribune

Naxos 8.111393
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 1 / Pohjola's Daughter / Tapiola (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 1) (1930-1932)
London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kajanus

close to horse’s mouth as there is for this composer, in Mark Obert-Thorn’s exemplary transfers - Fanfare

Naxos 8.111394
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Belshazzar's Feast Suite / Karelia Suite (excerpts) (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 2) (1930-1932)
London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kajanus

close to horse’s mouth as there is for this composer, in Mark Obert-Thorn’s exemplary transfers - Fanfare

Naxos 8.111395
SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 3 and 5 / Jager March (Kajanus Conducts Sibelius, Vol. 3) (1928, 1932)
London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kajanus

100 Best
Records of the Year:
Classical Reissues - #8

close to horse’s mouth as there is for this composer, in Mark Obert-Thorn’s exemplary transfers - Fanfare

Naxos 8.572870
THUILLE, L.: Violin and Piano Works (Complete)
Rogliano, G. Luisi

Rogliano and Luisi play with commitment, a good sense of style, and an appropriate…level of passion. - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572873
WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 8, Op. 83, "Tveti Pol'shi", "Kwiaty Polskie" (Polish Flowers)
Dobrowolska, Marciniec, Bartminski, Wit


terrific from all quarters, including the sound - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572980
Wind Band Music - HOLST, G. / GILBERTSON, M. / TICHELI, F. / MACKEY, J. (Rest)
Ohio State University Wind Symphony, Mikkelson

thoughtfully done and very enjoyable - American Record Guide

Naxos 8.572549
ZADOR, E.: Divertimento / Elegie and Dance / Oboe Concerto / Studies
Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, Smolij

evocative and often wistful works, many with a vestigial Hungarian flavor - Fanfare

Naxos Audiobook NA0142
HEYER, G.: Grand Sophy (The) (Unabridged)

The Washington Post's Best Audiobooks of 2013

a delightful specimen - The Washington Post

ICMA Nominees 2014


Early Music

Best Collection

Best Collection




Symphonic Music


Symphonic Music

Chamber Music

Chamber Music

Grammy Nominees 2013


Best Choral Performance

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

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