July, 2011  
Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

Dear ClassicsOnline Fans,

Klaus Heymann offers insights into key Naxos releases from July 2011.

BORODIN, A.P.: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
8.572786  Borodin: Symphonies Nos 1-3

This is my favorite recording this month. This new recording is is with a first-class orchestra, recorded in state-of-the-art 24/96 sound and conducted by Jerry Schwarz whose recent recording of Scheherazade received tremendous critical acclaim. There are other recordings of the three symphonies but ours is now the top choice in this repertoire. You will love this recording!

FERRARA, F.: Fantasia Tragica / Notte di Tempesta / Burlesca / Preludio (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

Many of today’s leading conductors attended the composer’s conducting classes and it is as conductor that he is known today.

The music is very colorful and filmic and a worthy addition to our project to record the most important Italian composers of the late 19th and early 20th century.

HOFFMEISTER, F.A.: Viola Concertos / STAMITZ, C.P.: Viola Concerto No. 1 (Victoria Chiang, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Thakar)
8.572162  Hoffmeister/CP Stamitz: Viola Concertos

I have a soft spot for the contemporaries of Haydn and Mozart and there are not many good viola concertos. This is the only recording featuring both Hoffmeister concertos and there are not many versions of the C.P. Stamitz.

Very enjoyable and tuneful pieces in excellent performances from soloist Victoria Chiang and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. An hour’s worth of enjoyable listening!

STANFORD, C.V.: Piano Quartet No. 2 / Piano Trio No. 1 / Legend / Irish Fantasies (Gould Piano Trio)

Our recording resurrects the tuneful 2nd Piano Quartet and couples it with the better-known Piano Trio No. 1. Great performances by the Gould Trio and violist David Adams – the Goulds’ recording of the 3rd Piano Trio is available on 8.570416.

If you like chamber music, it’s difficult to imagine more enjoyable discoveries.

SAURET, E.: Violin and Piano Music - Scenes villageoises / Souvenir d'Orient / Souvenir de Los Angeles (Wiancko, Vainshtein)

The composer is largely forgotten nowadays but was one of the leading violinists of his time. He had studied with de Bériot and Vieuxtemps and later became Professor of Violin at the Royal School of Music in London. To give you an idea of his stature – Franz Liszt accompanied him on his first tour of the United States. Our recording offers some of the composer’s most distinctive and enchanting works – think of a French Fritz Kreisler.

The violinist here is a winner of the Young Concert Artists Competition and plays the pieces with great musicality and virtuosity.

ALDRIDGE, R.L.: Elmer Gantry [Opera] (Phares, Risley, Rideout, Kelley, Florentine Opera Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony, Boggs)

This is a contemporary opera that has the potential of rivaling Porgy and Bess or West Side Story.

There are hymns, gospel songs, marches and dance – all the right ingredients for a great night at the opera.

Very good cast and chorus and excellent orchestral contribution.

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