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NAXOS AUDIOBOOKS – Summer special offer

Take 10% off the prices marked in the new Naxos 2017 Audiobook. Offer available until 28 July 2017.

 

Here are a few top selling audiobooks on CDs. Please do ask for more info about these CDs, or, for a catalogue.

NON-FICTION

The History of Classical Music read by Robert Powell @ £15.29* (page 81, std price £16.99*)

LIFE and WORKS –

J S Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Verdi –  with music extracts and booklets – now at @£17.99* each (pages 94 & 95 std price @ £19.99*)

OPERA EXPLAINED

An Introduction to Rossini’s The Barber of Seville read by David Timson @ £5.39* (page 96, std price £5.99*)

COLLECTIONS

Classic Ghost Stories read by Stephen Critchlow @ £9.89* (Page 55, std price £10.99*)

DRAMA

William Shakespeare – The Tempest performed by Ian McKellin, Emilia Fox and cast @ £9.89* (Page 76, std price £10.99*)

JUNIOR CLASSICS  

Benedict Flynn – King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table read by Sean Bean @ £9.89* (Page 11, std price  £10.99*)

CLASSIC FICTION

H E Bates – The Darling Buds of May (Unabridged) read by Philip Franks @£15.29* (Page 21, std price £16.99*)

H P Lovecraft – At the Mountains of Madness read by William Roberts @ £15.29* (Page 43, std price £15.99*)

Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde read by Roy McMillan @ £10.57* (Page 49, std price £11.75*)

Johnston McCulley: The Mark of Zorro read by Bill Homewood @ £22.49* (Page 44, std price £24.99*)

MODERN CLASSICS

The Essential Dylan Thomas read by Philip Madoc, Richard Bebb and Jason Hughes @ £15.29* (Page 61, std price £16.99*)

CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Haruki Murakami – Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World read by Adam Sims and Ian Porter @ £31.50* (Page 63, std price £35)

POETRY

Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales, Volume 1 various @ £12.59* (Page 65, std price £13.99*)

John Milton – Samson Agonistes read by Iain Glen and cast @ £9.89* (Page 69, std price £10.99*)


Previous special offer promotions …

ROLL BACK THE YEARS- 30 Naxos CDs at £4.99* until 31 May 2017 

To celebrate Naxos’s 30th Anniversary, we’re rolling back the years and offering 30 favourite Naxos recordings at their 1980s prices. The selection includes acclaimed performances by Marin Alsop, Roderick Williams, Boris Giltburg, and Vasily Petrenko and showcases the outstanding recordings made by Naxos over the last thirty years.

With just 30 titles included, why not browse through the whole list shown below?

HOLST – THE PLANETS   Clare Rutter, RSNO, David Lloyd-Jones “The most impressive performance of The Planets I’ve heard for quite a while. The RSNO is on excellent form” BBC Music Magazine 8555776 

PROKOFIEV  – PETER & THE WOLF Dame Edna Everage, Melbourne SO, John Lanchbery 8554170    

RUTTER – REQUIEM   Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Christopher Robinson 8557130             

ARNOLD – DANCES Queensland SO, Andrew Penny “The advantage this Naxos disc enjoys—to say nothing of its price—is the inclusion of the four Welsh Dances… Andrew Penny and the Queensland Orchestra present them with their colours gleaming.” The Penguin Guide 8553526         

ADAMS – VIOLIN CONCERTO  Chloe Hanslip, Royal PO, Leonard Slatkin “Chloë Hanslip’s pure tone and naturally expressive playing suit this music right down to the roots.” MusicWeb International 8559302  

BARBER – CELLO CONCERTO Wendy Warner, RSNO, Marin Alsop “Lyricism and obsessive patterns are finely realised by the RSNO, while conductor Marin Alsop shows a keen sensitivity to both scores” BBC Music Magazine 8559088       

BERNSTEIN  – CHICHESTER PSALMS Bournemouth SO & Chorus, Marin Alsop “Marin Alsop is the perfect champion for these powerful, charismatic pieces–Bernstein in all his versatile, many-splendoured glory.” The Observer 8559177  

BLISS  – PIANO CONCERTO Peter Donohoe, Martin Roscoe, RSNO, David Lloyd-Jones “With his commanding presence and rich tonal palette, Donohoe exhibits remarkable empathy with Bliss’s red-blooded inspiration. This rewarding Naxos disc deserves every success.” Gramophone 8557146     

BUTTERWORTH – SONGS FROM A SHROPSHIRE LAD – Roderick Williams, Ian Burnside “No lover of British song should miss hearing what Roderick Williams and Iain Burnside have to bring to this gorgeous repertoire.” Gramophone  8572426  

DEBUSSY – CLAIR DE LUNE And other Piano Favourites François-Joël Thoillier 8555800  

DELIUS, ELGAR, GOODALL – AND THE BRIDGE IS LOVE  – English Music for Strings English Chamber Orchestra, Julian Lloyd Webber “Julian Lloyd Webber emerges as a conductor of some distinction, drawing eloquent performances from the English Chamber Orchestra.” The Mail on Sunday 8573250    

ELGAR/DVORÁK – CELLO CONCERTOS Maria Kliegel, Royal PO, Michael Halasz “The technical accomplishment of Kliegel’s playing is balanced by a richness of musical insight.” Gramophone 8550503            

ELGAR – SYMPHONY NO. 3 Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel “This recording, on Naxos, is certain to win more friends for Payne’s remarkable achievement… The disc-Naxos’s 2,000th release-is outstanding and a steal at only a fiver.” The Sunday Times 8554719 

DVORÁK  – SYMPHONY NO. 9  Baltimore PO, Marin Alsop “The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony has a verdant freshness which strips away any over-familiarity.” The Sunday Telegraph 8570714         

FAURÉ – REQUIEM   Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly 8550765      

FINZI – CLARINET CONCERTO Robert Plane, Northern Sinfonia, Howard Griffiths “Robert Plane’s highly responsive performance of the concerto also uses a wide range of dynamic, and movingly brings out the work’s sense of improvisatory lyricism.” The Penguin Guide 8553566    

GLASS – HEROES SYMPHONY Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop “Alsop provides a blend of warmth and energy that particularly suits Glass’s lyrical side and his constantly shifting rhythms.” BBC Music Magazine 8559325     

GORECKI – SYMPHONY NO. 3  Zofia Kilanowicz, Polish RSNO, Antoni Wit “What impresses me most about this performance is its spirituality.” Gramophone 8550822      

HOWELLS – HYMNUS PARADISI Clare Rutter, James Gilchrist, Roderick Williams, The Bach Choir, Bournemouth SO, David Hill “This distinguished release is an undoubted feather in the Naxos cap.” MusicWeb International 8570352

MOERAN – IN THE MOUNTAIN COUNTRY Benjamin Frith, Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta “This new recording has a vibrancy and precision which is thoroughly beguiling. Falletta brings a vivacity and enthusiasm to these works which is infectious.” Gramophone 8573106  

ORFF  – CARMINA BURANA Bournemouth Chorus & SO, Marin Alsop “Conductor Alsop is a constantly energising presence… this is a lusty and in many ways extremely appealing version of Orff’s popular classic.” BBC Music Magazine 8570033   

RACHMANINOV – Boris Giltburg “Giltburg, a natural Rachmaninov interpreter, plays with technical fluidity and honed musicality.” The Guardian 8573469 

RAUTAVAARA  – CANTUS ARTICUS  Royal Scottish NO, Hannu Lintu “The Cantus arcticus (1972) uses taped Arctic bird-cries against an evocative orchestral background… Laura Mikkola is a fervent exponent of it.” The Penguin Guide 8554147      

SHOSTAKOVICH – SYMPHONY NO. 10Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko “If there has been a finer account of the Tenth in recent years, I confess I must have missed it.” Gramophone Award 8572461     

SIBELIUS  – SWAN WHITE Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam “Leif Segerstam directs all this material with unhurried authority, abundant perception and heaps of character.” Gramophone 8573341            

STAINER – THE CRUCIFIXION Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Tim Brown “The expressive conviction of soloists James Gilchrist and Simon Bailey, incisive choral singing and the spacious acoustics of Guildford Cathedral add to the success of Timothy Brown’s multi-faceted interpretation.” Classic FM 8557624      

TALLIS – SPEM IN ALIUM Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly “Crystalline tone, superior enunciation and clarity of line make this one of the most memorable performances of a mass ordinary that I have ever heard.” Musicweb International 8557770       

TCHAIKOVSKY  – MANFRED SYMPHONY, THE VOYEVODA Royal Liverpool PO, Vasily Petrenko “Petrenko’s splendid new version of Tchaikovsky’s Manfred was rightly chosen as Orchestral Record of the Year. It is thrilling and finally establishes the symphony as a masterpiece.” Gramophone 8570568 

TAVENER – CHORAL MUSIC Choir of St. John’s College Cambridge, Christopher Robinson “Superbly sung and atmospherically recorded.” The Guardian 8555256 

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – PHANTASY QUINTET, STRING QUARTETS NOS. 1 & 2  The Maggini Quartet “One of the most beautifully played and recorded discs of chamber music to appear for some time” The Telegraph 8555300      


BIS single CDs – £14.25* each or 2 for £25 *

Offer available until 14 March 2017

BIS is the highly regarded Swedish CD label. Here are some of the top CDs but please note the offer is for the complete BIS catalogue.

George BUTTERWORTH: Orchestral Works inc Idyll, ‘The mBanks of Green Willow’,  *Six Songs from ‘A Shropshire Lad’,  Rhapsody ‘A Shropshire Lad’,  Two English IdyllsBBC NOW, Kriss Russman, *James Rutherford.  “ It’s good to see the growing international regard for British composers extended to the tragically unfulfilled Butterworth.”                       BBC Music Magazine, Choral Choice.  BIS 2195 @ £14.25*

HAYDN: ‘Sun’ Quartets, Op 20 Nos 1 – 3. Chiaroscuro Quartet. “..a  fascinating range of ‘alternative’ insights and nuances.” BBC Music Magazine. BIS 2158 @ £14.25*

MENDELSSOHN: String Quartets Nos 5 & 6, Capriccio in E minor, Op.81 , Fugue in E flat, Op.81. Escher String Quartet. “…fabulous unanimity, tonal warmth and care over detail….” The Guardian. BIS 2160 @ £14.25*

 

MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos 1 – 4 ‘Pasticcio Concertos’ Ronald Brautigam, Die Kolner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens. “Brautigam and Willens complete their superb Mozart concerto series with four very early pasticcio works.” Music Web. BIS 2094 @ £14.25*

MOZART: Mass in C minor, K427 ‘Great’, Exsultate, jubilate, K165. Carolyn Sampson, Bach Collegium Japan Chorus & Orchestra, Masaaki Suzuki.  “Period-instrument C minor Masses get better and better. ….” Gramophone Editor’s Choice, December 2016 BIS CD 2171 @ £14.25*

PROKOFIEV: Violin Concertos 1 & 2, Sonata in D. Vadim Gluzman, Estonia National Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi. “Gluzman makes the melody sound pure intonation is a constant glory, haloed in natural sound…a thing of great beauty.”  BBC Music Magazine.  BIS 2142 @ £14.25*

PROKOFIEV: Symphonies 4 & 6. Bergen Philharmonic, Andrew Litton. “Andrew Litton’s disc arguably trumps them all.” BIS 2134 @ £14.25*

Erik SATIE:  Piano Music Volume 1 inc Gnossiennes Nos 1–7, Trois Gymnopédies. Noriko Ogawa, piano (Érard 1890). “The choice of a clean, crisp 1890 Erard is excellent for this music, and it’s very good news that this disc is Volume 1 in a collection of all Satie’s solo piano music.” BBC Music Magazine. BIS 2215 @£14.25*

SCARLATTI: 18 Sonatas. Yevgeny Sudbin rhythms are crisp and buoyant; virtuoso passagework is dashed off with devil-may-care abandon. This is impressive playing, by any standards.” BBC Music Magazine BIS 2138 @ £14.25*

SIBELIUS: Symphonies 3, 6 & 7. The long-awaited final disc in the Sibelius cycle from Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä.  “With these recordings, Vanska confirms his status as our greatest living Sibelian. Irreplaceable.” The Sunday Times. BIS CD2006 @ £14.25*


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