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Great Naxos recordings

C. Quinn "totality denier"
 
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos 4 & 5
"A Mahlerian 4th and Beethovenian 5th that are also perfectly Sibelian."
Shostakovich: String Quartets [Complete], Vol. 5
Shostakovich: String Quartets [Complete], Vol. 5
"Beautifully shaped, unhistrionic performances."
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
Beethoven - Missa Solemnis
"Fine version of a work that seems unlikely ever to get an 'ideal' performance."
Holst: The Planets [DVD AUDIO]
Holst: The Planets [DVD AUDIO]
"Need convincing about DVD-A? This should work. Great interpretation too."
Górecki: Beatus Vir / Symphony No. 2
Górecki: Beatus Vir / Symphony No. 2
"Hats off to Naxos for going beyond the Third. Brutal, stirring and intensely spiritual."
Ligeti: Etudes (Books 1 & 2)
Ligeti: Etudes (Books 1 & 2)
"Possibly the best recording of this essential contemporary repertoire."
Tveitt: Piano Concerto No. 4
Tveitt: Piano Concerto No. 4
"Tveitt is a true original while recognisably in the Scandinavian tradition. Treat yourself."
Rautavaara: Symphony No. 7 - Angel of Light
Rautavaara: Symphony No. 7 - Angel of Light
"Cantus Arcticus sells better, but this is less gimmicky. Deep and occasionally terrifying."
Arvo Pärt : Passio
Arvo Pärt : Passio
"First recording to follow Pärt's instructions fully. Beatifully sung with just the right degree of detachment."
Cage - Music for Prepared Piano, Volume 2
Cage - Music for Prepared Piano, Volume 2
"If all you know about Cage is 4'33", Naxos have the antidote. Magical and constantly surprising."
Bax: Quintet for Harp & Strings, Elegiac Trio, Fantasy Sonata, Sonata for Flute & Harp
Bax: Quintet for Harp & Strings, Elegiac Trio, Fantasy Sonata, Sonata for Flute & Harp
"Wonderful works done by an exciting young group. Franck and Debussy fans, dive in."
Bartok - Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
Bartok - Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1
"Ignore the 3-star review for supposed 'inaccessibility': Bartok's piano music is like breathing fresh air after air freshener."
Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 And 2
Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 And 2
"His violin sonatas, though, ARE tricky listening -- but worth it."
Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos
Beethoven, Brahms: Violin Concertos
"Technically breathtaking performances, still sounding great."
String Quartets (Kodaly Quartet)
String Quartets (Kodaly Quartet)
"The Kodalys' Haydn is justly celebrated. Op 54 is flashier than most and a great intro to this repertoire."
Schubert: String Quintet - String Trio
Schubert: String Quintet - String Trio
"Want to hear the world's most beautiful melody perfectly played? It's here. The finale is a slight let-down though."
Piano Pieces Opp. 117, 118, & 119
Piano Pieces Opp. 117, 118, & 119
"Brahms's solo piano works are unfairly neglected. Some lovely stuff here."
Takemitsu: Chamber Music
Takemitsu: Chamber Music
"Definitive performances from a group close to the source. Particularly lovely flute sound."
Penderecki: St. Luke Passion
Penderecki: St. Luke Passion
"Superbly well-drilled account of a shattering, unforgettable masterpiece."
Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589; Beatus Vir, RV 597
Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589; Beatus Vir, RV 597
"For those ready to explore beyond the concertos and find the 'other' Vivaldi."
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony; L'ascension
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony; L'ascension
"Stiff competition even in this price bracket, but holds its own. And the more Turangalilas the better."