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Naxos Founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann shares his thoughts on a few key April releases from Naxos. Here are his recommendations:

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 10 - Symphony No. 14 (G. James, A. Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)
8.573132  Shostakovich, D.: Symphony No. 14
James, Vinogradov, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Petrenko

This is the penultimate release in Vasily Petrenko's internationally acclaimed cycle of the Shostakovich symphonies. I have every confidence that it will attract accolades similar to those received for the previous installments, confirming the opinion that "Vasily Petrenko's Liverpool Shostakovich Symphonies cycle will stand as a major recorded achievement for the 21st century." (BBC Music Magazine). Shostakovich himself said that "everything that I have written until now ... has been a preparation for this work." I have no doubt that all the composer's expectations will be authoritatively realised by Petrenko and his superb Royal Liverpool Philharmonic forces.

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (Libor, T.E. Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Wit)
8.573061  Brahms, J.: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
Libor, Bauer, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir (Choirmaster: Wojnarowski), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Wit

This stunning release is certain to build on Antoni Wit's other recent triumphs in the field of choral-orchestral works. His Brahms Choral Music (8.572694) was judged "a trove with as much musical-dramatic weight as many an opera" (Opera News), while Janáçek's Glagolitic Mass (8.572639) was described as "gripping from start to finish" by Gramophone. With soprano Christine Libor and baritone Thomas E. Bauer, we have two outstanding established soloists topping the bill for one of Brahms' most universally admired works.

ALBERT, E. d': Aschenputtel (Cinderella) / Seejungfräulein / Overtures (Leipzig MDR Symphony, Märkl)
8.573110  D'Albert, E.: Aschenputtel (Cinderella) Suite / Das Seejungfräulein (The Little Mermaid) / Overtures
Kaminskaite, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Märkl

This release offers newcomers to the music of Eugen d'Albert a rare opportunity to become acquainted with the virtuoso pianist/composer's legacy of 19 operas. The disc comprises a unique compilation of suites, scenes and overtures representative of d'Albert's output across the years. With each track demonstrating the composer's theatrical self-confidence, skilful orchestrations and exciting thematic material, listeners will quickly come to realise why he was dubbed 'Albertus Magnus' by his teacher Franz Liszt.

DVOŘÁK, A.: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 (Tempest Trio) - Nos. 3 and 4, 'Dumky'
8.573279  Dvorák, A.: Piano Trios, Vol. 1 - Nos. 3 and 4 'Dumky'
The Tempest Trio
(Kaler • Peled • Goldstein)

Dvorák's four surviving Piano Trios are cornerstones of the Czech chamber music repertory. This debut album from the Tempest Trio features the last two. No. 3 is a telling mix of melancholy, tender lyricism and nervous energy; No. 4 is one of the best loved of all piano trios, with its alternation of sadness and elation that never fails to delight. The works are given superb accounts by three outstanding virtuoso performers: violinist Ilya Kaler, "...a consummate musician...with a peerless mastery of his violin" (The Washington Post); cellist Amit Peled, "...warm glowing tone...seductive timbre" (The New York Times); and pianist Alon Goldstein, "...extremely cultivated, refined command of the keyboard" (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

BARTÓK, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 7 (Jandó) - 14 Bagatelles / 9 Little Piano Pieces
8.573224  Bartók, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 7 / Fourteen Bagatelles / Nine Little Piano Pieces

This latest volume in Jenõ Jandó's survey of Bartok's piano music includes the Fourteen Bagatelles. The work is a significant one in the composer's output, marking a turning away from solely western European influences and the incorporation of eastern musical traits. This synthesis foreshadowed the terse, experimental character of Bartok's maturer style, prompting the eminent composer Ferrucino Busoni to declare: "At last, something really new." Jenõ Jandó, already one of the most prolific artists in the history of classical music recording, continues here to add to his distinguished Naxos discography.

8.578281-82  Animals in Music
Various Artists

Either through imitation or symbolism, animals have a long history of featuring in classical musical, appearing as centrepieces in both colourful instrumental pieces and imaginative songs. Birds have often been painted into sound, from Handel's organ concerto The Cuckoo and the Nightingale to Messiaen's virtuosic catalogue of birdsong. Elsewhere, we find Vivaldi celebrating the goldfinch, Sibelius the swan and Grieg the raven. With its motley collection comprising fleas to foxes, wasps to wolves and bees to blackbirds, this delightful musical menagerie will appeal to all generations of listeners.

BOWEN, Y.: 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse (Ortiz)
GP637  Bowen, Y.: 24 Preludes / Suite Mignonne / Berceuse

This exquisite new release couples one of the greatest British composers for piano with one of the most respected pianists in the world, Cristina Ortiz. Described by Saint-Saëns as "the most remarkable of the young British composers", York Bowen produced in his 24 Preludes a sequence of concise, richly expressive and scrupulously polished studies. The disc offers a superb opportunity for listeners to get better acquainted with this remarkably multi-faceted, but still under-represented master of the keyboard.

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