April 10, 2011
Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

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Klaus Heymann created Naxos Records as a way to pursue his passion for music and share it with others around the world. Despite the demands of running a large company, he still guides repertoire choices and oversees many details of the label personally.  Below are Klaus’ thoughts on selected Naxos releases for April, 2011.

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen) 8.572704  Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 / Karelia Suite

This is the third volume of our ongoing Sibelius symphony project with the New Zealand Symphony conducted by Pietari Inkinen. The second is the most popular of the seven symphonies and is coupled here with the composer’s equally popular Karelia Suite.This disc was named "CD of the Week" by Classic FM in the UK.

SARASATE, P. de: Violin and Orchestra Music, Vol. 3 (Tianwa Yang, Navarre Symphony, Martinez-Izquierdo) 8.572275  Sarasate: Works for Violin and Orchestra Vol. 3

The first two volumes of this project were met with unanimous critical praise and this third volume is at the same high level. You will enjoy the composer's fantasies on themes from Mozart’s Magic Flute and Gounod’s Faust as well as several rarely heard Spanish gems. Recommended to all lovers of great fiddling.

KARLOWICZ, M.: Symphony in E minor, 'Rebirth' / Bianca da Molena (Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)
8.572487  Karlowicz: Revival Symphony / Bianca da Molena / Symphonic Prologue

This is the third volume of our project to record the complete orchestral works of the “Polish Richard Strauss". This recording offers the only available recording of the Symphonic Prologue. Great romantic orchestral music performed by the composer’s national orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic under our Antoni Wit.

SAINT-SAENS, C.: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2 (Fine Arts Quartet) 8.572454  Saint-Saens: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 2

These are two very attractive quartets which deserve to be better known. They are performed by our Fine Arts Quartet whose previous recordings for Naxos have met with the highest critical acclaim. Recommended to all chamber music fans.

SCHMITT, F.: Piano Quintet / A tour d'anches (Berlin Soloists Ensemble) 8.570489  Florent Schmitt: Piano Quintet / A tour d’anches

Schmitt was a contemporary of Debussy and Ravel -- he was born eight years after Debussy and five years before Ravel and outlived both. The Piano Quintet is perhaps the composer's greatest achievement and can stand comparison with the piano quintets by the greatest composers. It is reminiscent of Debussy with a touch of Wagner and Richard Strauss added. Not to be missed!

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