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Perfect 10/10 for Naxos and partners

March 19, 2013

Naxos and its distributed labels have been recently dominating’s 10/10 list with album releases encompassing a variety of genres from orchestral to sacred choral music and inspired by colourful nationalistic backgrounds from Hungary, Poland, UK, Germany and Italy.

Naxos CDs

ALDRIDGE Elmer Gantry
Naxos 8.669032-33

Baritone Keith Phares’ performance of Gantry makes me wish I’d seen the show: his charisma comes through the speakers.

CASELLA La donna serpente, Introduzione, aria e toccata, Partita
Naxos 8.573005

This disc marks the conclusion of Naxos’ Casella series, and it has been a wonderful journey.

Glogau Song Book (The)
Naxos 8.572576

exceptional and very satisfying release.’

HINDEMITH String Quartets Vol 1
Naxos 8.572163

full of good music and certainly worth the serious consideration of chamber music aficionados

HINDEMITH String Quartets Vol 2
Naxos 8.572164

Connoisseurs of chamber music will find this disc an endless source of pleasure.

PENDERECKI Fonogrammi, Horn Concerto, Partita, The Awakening of Jacob, Anaklasis, De natura sonoris
Naxos 8.572482

get this stunningly played and recorded disc, as well as the others in this important and worthy series.’

WHITBOURN Living Voices, Son of God Mass, Requiem canticorum
Naxos 8.572737

well worth hearing—and repeating.’

ZÁDOR Divertimento, Elegie & Dance, Oboe Concerto, Studies
Naxos 8.572549

The orchestra plays with enthusiasm; this is quality music that’s evidently a lot of fun to play.’

Distributed Labels

BERLIOZ Herminie, Les nuits d’été
RAVEL Shéhérazade

Ondine ODE1200-2

compellingly sung by Gens and conducted with conviction

Hasse Reloaded
Oehms Classics OC830

This is a superb disc for lovers of the high Baroque and beginnings of bel canto, not to mention countertenor singing.

HOLMBOE Chamber Symphonies
Dacapo 6.220621

John Storgards and the Lapland Chamber Orchestra play with an attention to detail, precision of ensemble, and clarity of texture that can only be called perfect.

MADETOJA Symphony No 2, Kullervo, Elegy
Ondine ODE1212-2

The performances are just about perfect in all respects: totally idiomatic, committed, passionate, and immaculately played.

NIELSEN Symphonies Nos 2 & 3
Dacapo 6.220623

If this series keeps up as it has begun, it’s going to be stupendous.

Ondine ODE1169-2

there’s no denying the freshness and vitality and sheer virtuosity of the Tapiola Choir

Soviet Experience Vol 2 (The)
Cedille CDR90000-130

the Pacifica players capture the music’s quasi-tragic mood with unflinching honesty and (as in all these performances) impeccable ensemble

VASKS Choral Music
Ondine ODE1194-2

Vasks has managed to capture a combined sense of melancholy…with an ever-present optimism that infuses the Latvian spirit

VIVALDI String Concertos
Tafelmusik TMK1009CD

very welcome reminders of the high level of musicianship and technical mastery period-instrument performers

WAGNER Parsifal
EuroArts 2066738 [DVD]

pretty riveting, due mainly to the commitment of the cast to character and to superb singing and playing

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