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

TYBERG, M.: Symphony No. 2 / Piano Sonata No. 2 (Bidini, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)
8.572822  Tyberg: Symphony No. 2 / Piano Sonata No. 2

JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic build here on their ground-breaking efforts to bring the forgotten music of World War II Holocaust victim Marcel Tyberg to public attention. Following their previous release of his Third Symphony in 2011, the Washington Post responded enthusiastically both to the music ("well-crafted...tuneful... harmonic mastery") and the orchestra ("never sounded better"). The new revelations on this follow-up disc will no doubt create a similar stir, with the same team of crack performers for the Second Symphony and the artistic mastery of Fabio Bidini, one of today's leading Italian pianists, for the Piano Sonata No. 2.

MONSIGNY, P.-A.: Roi et le fermier (Le) (The King and the Farmer) [Comic Opera] (Opera Lafayette, Brown)
8.660322  Monsigny: The King and the Farmer

This premiere recording, with its cast of star singers and superlative orchestral forces, represents a significant next step in our continuing series of recordings devoted to French opera from the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I am confident that it will be a standard bearer for recordings of the genre for a while to come, with Opera Lafayette giving outstanding service to the work that made Monsigny's name. Distinguished by innovations that foreshadow the full bloom of Romanticism, Le Roi et le fermier qualifies as a milestone in operatic history.

PALESTRINA, G.P. da: Cantica Salomonis (Canticum Canticorum) (Palestrina Ensemble Munich, V. Schubert)
8.573096-97  Palestrina: Cantica Salomonis

A must for connoisseurs of the purity of polyphony, these performances inject Palestrina's devotional settings with a mix of chamber-like refinement and an underlying sense of joy. The disc consolidates the composer's position as one of the most recorded composers of his age, reflecting both the fame he enjoyed during his lifetime, and the spiritual oasis he created amid an era of religious tumult with the 29 motets that make up the Cantica Salomonis, supplemented here by the plainchant antiphons related to the texts.

CIMAROSA, D.: Overtures, Vol. 3 (Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, Gallois)
8.572734  Cimarosa: Overtures, Vol. 3

With at least one more volume still to come in the series devoted to Cimarosa's vivacious operatic overtures, this latest instalment includes the prelude to one of his most famous operas, I due baroni di Roccazzura, plus that for his last, incomplete work, Artemisia. All the works brim with the composer's gift for melodic invention and his deft handling of the orchestral resources that secured his position as the most popular Italian opera composer of the second half of the 18th century. Furthering Cimarosa's reputation is now facilitated by the availability of all the material on the recordings from Naxos' publishing subsidiary, Artaria.

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