December 19, 2023

Native DSD Nominates Five PENTATONE Releases on their 2023 ‘Albums of the Year’ List

We are ecstatic to see five of our PENTATONE releases nominated for the Best Albums of 2023 by Native DSD Music!

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Payare, OSM)

“This is an exuberant, powerful performance conducted by the young maestro from Venezuela, and the Montreal Band is excellent.  Together they blow the dust of this symphony to make it almost new again.

Folk Songs (Magdalena Kozena, Czech Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle)

“‘Folk Songs’ with collections by Bartok, Berio, Ravel, and Montsalvatge.  Magdalena Kozena’s mezzo soprano seems perfect for these songs.  Sir Simon’s accompaniment is excellent.  The Pentatone recording is excellent.”

Martinu Cello Sonatas (Andrei Korobeinikov, Johannes Moser)

Fine renditions of cello Sonatas by one of my favorite composers of the 20th Century, Bohuslav Martinu!  From darkness to joyous release, one always feels a living, breathing reality in the music of Martinu.  Moser and Krobeinikov are superb.”

Mahler Symphony No. 1 (Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov)

“The Czech Philharmonic is one of the world’s great orchestras, and Bychkov conducts a fine performance of the Mahler 1st.  It’s easily the best of his current cycle of Mahler symphonies.  Bychkov takes his time to bring out the beauty of the work.”

Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Karina Canellakis)

“Karina Canellakis is a rising star in the rarefied world of conductors, and she conducts an excellent Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, and his Four Orchestral Pieces.  She gets below the surface of this music and brings it home.”