Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

David DeBoor Canfield
Fanfare, July 2016

The orchestra really rises to the occasion, …with inspired playing by trumpet, tenor tuba, and saxophone in their famous solos. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2016

…this has to be one of the best executed, virtuosic performances of the work I’ve heard. The Bavarian orchestra is a magnificently tuned machine, with rich, creamy strings, smooth, rock-solid brass, bright, effortless sounding woodwinds, and a squad of percussionists that more than satisfies Ravel’s requirements. And, they all play seamlessly together and as a single voice. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Roger Hecht
American Record Guide, May 2016

…this is a beautiful Germanic performance, somewhat similar to Karajan’s reading with the Berlin Philharmonic. …there is plenty to listen to and dwell on if you are of a mind for it. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2016

Beauty of execution dominates Jansons’s approach to the evergreen Ravel orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition. From the opening Promenade the rich ripeness of the brass chords is ravishing. Immediately moving into “The Gnome,” one notices that the interpretation has risen a step up from the Stravinsky, with extremely detailed attention to inner details and piquant touches in the orchestration. Jansons had a surprisingly fresh, original take on Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique in 2014, and the same thing happens here. The pace is slowed in order for him to extract all the color and atmosphere he can, and since this is a conductor with extreme skill at managing the orchestra, the result is arresting. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Jessica Duchen
primephonic, February 2016

Sumptuousness of tone is perhaps the first quality one associates with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra—and there is plenty here.

Jansons paces everything marvellously… © 2016 primephonic Read complete review

Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, February 2016

The attraction here is that we have two powerhouses of the symphonic repertoire, captured in full-blooded performances by Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian RSO and recorded in sonics that give us all the top-to-bottom range of the music. © 2016 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review

Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, December 2015

…satisfying and absorbing performances. In Petrushka, Jansons captures in equal measure the various aspects of the drama, which Stravinsky depicts so tellingly: the milling crowds, the personal tensions between the three puppets and the pathos of the ending. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Robert Benson, December 2015

Both have been recorded in fine stereo with a fine hall ambience. A fine disk. © 2015 Read complete review

David Gutman
Gramophone, December 2015

.the Bavarians make a glorious noise, perfectly integrated from top to bottom with a delightfully rounded lower-middle, well captured live in two local venues. Indeed, Petrushka can rarely have seemed more sheerly beautiful… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, November 2015

This dazzling and richly scored orchestral showpiece proves an excellent vehicle for the Bavarian orchestra to display its considerable talents. Calmly assured Jansons demonstrates his prowess in producing impeccable musical colouring from the score’s myriad moods and glorious sonorities. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group