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Higdon: Concertos (Naxos)

Two attractive examples of this prominent American composer’s work [SB]

Ballard: Orchestral music (Naxos)

Committed performances of works of cultural rather than musical significance [NB]

Mozart: Complete Masses, Vol. 2 (Naxos)

A laudable addition to the discography of Mozart’s unfinished ‘Great’ Mass [DF]

Copland, Creston, Kay & Piston: Concertos & Orchestral Suites (Naxos)

Mid-20th century Americanism in works of universal appeal [JF]

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Humperdinck: Königskinder (Naxos)

Impressive and likely to remain unchallenged for a very long time [MP]

Schreker: Der Schatzgräber  (Naxos)

A first video release of a rare Schreker opera deserves a heartfelt welcome [PCG]

Penderecki: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

A beautiful, approachable vocal symphony coupled with two concertante works [WH]

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Brahms: Hungarian Dances (Naxos)

A brilliant idea, well executed [SB]

RVW Hodie Fantasia Naxos 8.570439

Vaughan Williams: Hodie (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Though not quite ideal in the popular Fantasia, this version of Hodie brings to life a work which I had previously written off as one of RVW’s few failures [BW]

Haydn: Late Symphonies, Vol 2 (Naxos)

Thrilling second instalment of Haydn’s ‘London’ Symphonies [DF]

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Kodály: Háry János Suite, Symphony (Naxos)

Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic continue to shine in Kodály [LW]

Lutoslawski Christmas Carols Wit Naxos 8.555994

Lutosławski: Twenty Polish Christmas Carols (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Makes one glad to be alive during the sparkling darkness of midwinter [DC]

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David Martinez (guitar) Recital (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A release that shows the guitar at its traditional best [ZT]

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Poston: Carols and Anthems (Naxos)

Impressive rediscovery of much beautiful but unfamiliar music by a familiar composer [NB]

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) The greatest Beethoven violin sonatas performed by arguably the greatest duo partnership of the last century [SHJ]

Martinu Piano Trios Arbor Trio Naxos 8.572251

Martinů: Complete Piano Trios (Naxos)

The Arbors showcase these compelling works with vitality and élan [SG]

Nielsen Aladdin Suite Naxos 8.557164

Nielsen: Aladdin Suite (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) An excellent introduction to Nielsen’s marvellous music. Established Nielsen enthusiasts should also add this splendid anthology to their collections without delay [JQ]

Music on Christmas Morning (Naxos)

An enjoyable and varied Christmas programme, expertly performed [JQ]

Griffes: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) A nice addition to the impressionist repertoire, and a great diversion from Afternoon of a Faun [KS]

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Haydn: Late Symphonies, Vol 2 (Naxos)

Neat, deft playing from Ádám Fischer and a Danish band always light on its feet and strong on charm [RMo]

The Guerra Manuscript Vol. 6 (Naxos)

The glorious conclusion of an interesting and important project [JV]

Beethoven & Schubert: Orchestral Works (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Articulate and exciting performances by a past master of one art prepared for a present-day audience by a master of another [PSe]

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Schubert: String quartets Vol. 5 (Naxos)

The Kodály’s musicality shines through this delightful selection of three earlier works [CC]

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Humperdinck: Königskinder (Naxos)

An enjoyable production of Humperdinck’s King’s Children, beautifully performed in effective modern staging [EJW]