December 14, 2010  
Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

Dear ClassicsOnline Fans,

ClassicsOnline presents another installment of recommendations from our founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann. He created Naxos as a way to pursue his love of Classical Music and share it with the world.

Enjoy December's recommendations, including a special Christmas selection!

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang' 8.572294  Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 “Lobgesang”

This is the first instalment of our new Mendelssohn symphony cycle. Mendelssohn had a close association with Leipzig -- he was the conductor of the famous Gewandhaus Orchestra there.

The MDR Radio Choir is one of the top two choirs in Germany and with first-class lieder and oratorio singers and the MDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jun Maerkl this is a marvellous new version of this great symphony.
Lyapunov: Piano Concertos/Ukrainian Rhapsody 8.570783  Lyapunov: Piano Concertos/Ukrainian Rhapsody

He was a student of Sergey Taneyev and, briefly, of Tchaikovsky. Lyapunov is a representative of the Russian School -- he was close to Balakirev -- and was active as a collector of folk songs. He was also a very successful pianist and his two concertos are among the finest Russian concertos. The first concerto won the Glinka Prize and the second concerto is, in my opinion, among the finest Romantic piano concertos. If you like the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov concertos, you will enjoy these brilliant works. The composer's Ukrainian Rhapsody is a perfect filler.
Freitas Branco: Symphony No. 4/Vathek 8.572624  Freitas Branco: Symphony No. 4/Vathek

This is a very attractive late Romantic Symphony by the most important Portuguese composer of the first half of the 20th century. The symphony is based on Gregorian Chant and is, without doubt, the most creative, appealing, and accomplished of Freitas Branco’s four symphonies. Vathek is a symphonic poem in the form of variations on an Oriental theme. Vathek, in the novel by the same name, is a Caliph whose magnificence exceeded that of all his predecessors. He was dissatisfied by the Palace built by his father in the city of Samarah and added to it five other palaces, each one of which was destined to satisfy each of the human senses. Each of the variations of the symphonic poem represents one of the five palaces. This would make a nice Christmas present for the collector who has almost everything.
Christmas Goes Baroque 8.550301  Christmas Goes Baroque

This is my favourite Christmas record -- all the famous tunes without the singing. Peter Breiner, one of the world's most skilful arrangers, arranged all the most popular Christmas songs in the style of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Pure enjoyment from beginning to end!

Also check Christmas Goes Baroque 2 (catalogue no. 8.550670)

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