Naxos

Auric: Beauty and the Beast (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A most desirable release recommended to film buffs and anyone with interest in 20th Century French music [HC]

Pärt: Passio (St John Passion) (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Spotless intonation, and a clear sense of the rhythmic ebb and flow, world class [KS]

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J S Bach: Guitar Transcriptions (Naxos)

One of the best guitar recordings of music by JS Bach [ZT]

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Schubert: Mayrhofer Lieder Vol 2 (Naxos)

Intimacy in music encapsulated on a small circle of plastic – remarkable and breathtaking [SA]

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Turina: Works for Strings (Naxos)

An interesting survey of Turina’s music arranged for string orchestra. A little extra glamour in the recording would have made it even more appealing [NB]

Martinů: String Quartets No. 4, 5, 7 (Naxos )

(Déjà Review) Czech dances never seem to be far away … rollicking and suspense-laden [GH]

Piazzolla: Buenos Aires (Naxos)

Well played if just a tad too restrained [NB]

Enescu: Piano Quintet, Quartet No 2 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Yet another jewel in the Naxos crown [KS]

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Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Naxos)

Some good performances do little to redeem this drab, even absurd production of Meistersinger [LW]

Liszt: Transcriptions from Operas, Piano Music Volume 61 (Naxos)

Some poetic moments but little sparkle or brilliance [MB]

Price & Sowerby: String Quartets (Naxos)

A fine sampling of Florence Price’s music for string quartet [LW]

Bingham: Choral Music (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Good to hear such a generous selection of her choral music in these fine performances [RH]

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Alfano: Orchestral & Instrumental works (Naxos)

Fine, memorable music by the Italian composer who completed Puccini’s last opera [EJW]

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Auber: Overtures, Vol 6 (Naxos)

A very generous new instalment in an enterprising ongoing series [RMay]

19th Century Guitar Favourites (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) In decades to come this will remain a testament to superb guitar playing, refined interpretations and good taste [ZT]

Luxembourg Contemporary Music 3 (Naxos)

Little-known music, well worth hearing; Kontz’s and Dartevelle’s works stand out [HC]

Donizetti: La favorite (Naxos)

Javier Camarena as Fernand is worth a listen, but the singing on the whole is too compromised for a general recommendation [GF]

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Tchaikovsky: None But The Lonely Heart (Naxos)

The singing is especially good from some impressive young singers but the staging… [MP]

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Martinů: Symphonies Nos 3 & 5 (Naxos)

A good introduction to the symphonies [JF]

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Rodrigo: Orchestral Works v4 (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Amongst the most atmospheric and delicious works that I have experienced in some time [KS]

Piston: Symphony No. 4, Capriccio, Three New England Sketches (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A must-buy featuring some truly outstanding 20th century American music [NH]

Wagner: Die Walküre (Naxos)

A Wagner production from hell to be avoided at all possible costs [PCG]

Beethoven: Works for cello and piano (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An outstanding first instalment of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano [KS]

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Clarke: Works for Viola and Piano (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A  splendid release in every respect [HC]