December, 2011  
Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

Dear ClassicsOnline Fans,

Founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann offers his insights on a selection of December Naxos releases.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Snow Maiden Suite (The) / Sadko, Musical Picture / Mlada Suite / The Golden Cockerel Suite (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
8.572787  Rimsky-Korsakov: The Snow Maiden, Sadko, Mlada and Le Coq d’Or (Orchestral Suites)

This is the final installment of Russian orchestral music from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and its Conductor Laureate, Gerard Schwarz.

Our recordings of Rimsky's Sheherazade and Borodin's symphonies received outstanding critical acclaim both for the performances and for the excellent sound. The present recording matches its predecessors in terms of the brilliant performances and the same great sound from the orchestra's Benaroya Hall. This is an hour's worth of wonderful music – don't miss it!

HILL, Alfred: String Quartets, Vol. 4 (Dominion String Quartet) - Nos. 10 and 11 / Life Quintet
8.572844  Hill: String Quartets, Vol. 4

The Hill string quartets and symphonies are one of my pet projects. As a young man, Hill studied at the Leipzig Conservatory and his early quartets are wonderful Romantic chamber music. Some sound as if they had been written by Dvorák. The later quartets offer some hints of Gershwin or impressionist refinement. The Piano Quintet is unique in that it has a vocal final movement, with the piano and the four strings being joined by eight voices. Even though all three works are backward-looking they are highly attractive and should not be missed by any collector of string quartets.

STILL, W.S.: Symphonies Nos. 2, Song of a New Race and 3, The Sunday Symphony / Wood Notes (Fort Smith Symphony, Jeter)
8.559676  Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3 and Wood Notes

This is the final volume of our project to record the complete symphonies of this pioneering African-American composer. If you missed earlier volumes, don't miss this one. Still studied with Chadwick and Varèse. Symphony No 2 is the last of a trilogy of works depicting the African-American experience while Symphony No 3 describes a spiritual 'day in the life' of a devout worshiper. Both symphonies offer very attractive, accessible music in excellent performances by an American regional orchestra. The previous two volumes have received a lot of critical praise.

STRAUSS I, J.: Edition - Vol. 20
8.225340  Strauss I: Edition, Vol. 20

This is another of my pet projects – after the 52-CD Johann Strauss II and the 26-CD Josef Strauss Editions we are getting close to the completion of our final Strauss family project. This volume offers a selection of dances from the mid 1840s, a real high point for Strauss. They reflect the composer's limitless capacity to spin wonderful tunes.

Enjoy! After Volume 20, there are only four more volumes to go.

We hope you will enjoy these selections and more from Naxos Records and ClassicsOnline.

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