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Full Operas - Released January 5, 2009 | naïve

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 10 de Classica-Répertoire - Prise de Son d'Exception
Naïve has set itself the daunting task of recording all the works of the Antonio Vivaldi from the collection at the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria in Turin, about 450 works in all. The composer wrote nearly 50 operas, of which 15 are in this collection, and Naïve is doing a splendid job of presenting them to modern audiences with the utmost care, professionalism, and passion. This recording of La fida ninfa (1732), featuring some of the most expert performers of Baroque opera, won a prestigious Diapason d'Or award. Jean-Christophe Spinosi leads the French ensemble Matheus in a performance of enormously supple energy and musical finesse. Both elements are essential for this repertoire; the music demands the highest level of show-stopping virtuosity, both from the singers and the instrumentalists, but without being driven of a sure sense of the drama, it could come off merely as pyrotechnic note-spinning. Spinosi and his performers are fully successful in exposing the opera's dramatic contours, and in mining the emotional depth of the characters. The soloists, without exception, demonstrate complete mastery of Baroque performance practice, and they bring their characters to life with distinctive individuality without sacrificing wonderfully pure tone. Soprano Sandrine Piau is especially breathtaking in the precision and agility of her stratospheric coloratura. The other principals, soprano Verónica Cangemi, contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, bass Lorenzo Regazzo, countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, and tenor Topi Lehtipuu are no less effective. La fida ninfa departs from the conventions of late Baroque operas in enough particulars to make especially intriguing; Vivaldi includes a number of small ensembles, often significantly alters the da capo sections of the arias, and is not afraid of making startling metric shifts for dramatic effect. Naïve's sound is crystal clear, with excellent presence and balance.
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Classical - Released October 16, 2015 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or / Arte - 4 étoiles Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Described by the prestigious British music magazine Gramophone as ‘the most innovative and transcendent interpreter of all’ for his work in Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, as well as being capable of a grand refinement and a ‘crystalline beauty’ (The Financial Times) in Mozart and Schubert, Nikolai Luganski is an extraordinarily deep and versatile pianist. His CD recital of sonatas for piano by Rachmaninov won him a Diapason d’or and an ECHO Klassik prize, whilst his recording of the concertos of Grieg and Prokofiev was awarded an ‘Editors Choice’ by Gramophone. His previous recordings were also greeted with many awards, including a second Diapason d’or, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and a prize from ECHO Klassik. Here, he performs one of the ultimate Schubert sonatas, the incredible and titanic Sonata in C minor, which was written in the summer of 1828, a few months before the death of the composer. We hear – and Luganski emphasizes – the resonant impact of the last sonatas by Beethoven, by which Schubert was so fed and freed. The symphonic dimensions of this sonatas require an interpreter with strong shoulders, therefore: enter Luganski. Shortly before this work, Schubert composed his second collection, Impromptus, which hit somewhere between poetry and sombre savagery, as the Russian interpreter endorses here.
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French Music - Released March 26, 2012 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Sélection Les Inrocks - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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Quartets - Released February 26, 2016 | naïve

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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World - Released February 22, 2000 | naïve

Distinctions Choc de l'année du Monde de la Musique - 10 de Répertoire - Sélection FIP
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Opera Extracts - Released March 21, 2011 | naïve

Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Mélodies - Released May 12, 2014 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4F de Télérama - Hi-Res Audio
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Yiddish & Klezmer - Released November 5, 2012 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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Concertos for wind instruments - Released May 10, 2010 | naïve

Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or
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World - Released March 25, 2013 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 3F de Télérama - Hi-Res Audio
3 stars out of 5 -- "'Zoom Sur Oum' and 'Jamila' nod back to his electro phase.."
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Full Operas - Released August 26, 2013 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Full Operas - Released October 1, 2002 | naïve

Distinctions Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 29, 2012 | naïve

Hi-Res Distinctions Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
We Have Band's debut album, 2010's WHB, showed the London trio to be top-notch new wave dance revivalists. Filled with uptempo tracks, jumping basslines, and frenetic vocals, the album was a fun nostalgia trip with a modern edge. Two years later on Ternion, it sounds like the band is in a slightly darker place. There's a gloom that hangs over the album like a cloud, infecting the melodies and vocals with a melancholy that is both distant and painfully intimate. Throughout most of the album, Thomas WP sounds like Philip Oakey's morose little brother, crooning hopelessly as the synths envelope him in electric fog. Dede WP's icy tones complement him perfectly, and the few times she lets loose, it gives the album a welcome boost of energy. The feeling of overwhelming bleakness that the vocals, arrangements, and lyrics deliver like bad news are balanced by some seriously catchy songs; the pulsing "After All," "Tired of Running," and the the should-be hit single "Where Are Your People?" will have you dancing with tears in your eyes, while slower, more thoughtful tracks like "Shift" and "Pressure On" will just bring the tears, no dancing. A few songs, like the New Order-influenced "Visionary" and the rollicking "Watertight" have a lighter touch musically that gives the record some balance, while others, like "What's Mine, What's Yours?" and the hypnotic "Steel in the Groove" do a fine job of recapturing the dancefloor grooves of WHB but also add a melodic depth and restraint that is quite impressive. Taken as a whole, Ternion is a strong step forward for the band, one that takes them to the front of the line of bands looking to re-create the sounds, and more importantly, the feel of classic synth pop. ~ Tim Sendra
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French Music - Released June 13, 2011 | naïve

Booklet Distinctions 3F de Télérama - Sélection Les Inrocks
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Jazz - Released June 6, 2000 | naïve

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Jazz - Released August 26, 2013 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - Hi-Res Audio
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Art Songs, Mélodies & Lieder - Released May 28, 2012 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Full Operas - Released May 14, 2012 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Hi-Res Audio
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Jazz - Released November 8, 2010 | naïve

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - The Qobuz Standard
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 14, 2018 | naïve

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama