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

Gershwin, G.: Rhapsody in Blue / Strike Up the Band: Overture / Promenade / Catfish Row (Weiss, Fullam, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)
8.559750  Gershwin, G.: Rhapsody in Blue / Strike Up the Band: Overture / Promenade / Catfish Row (Weiss, Fullam, Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

The combination of Gershwin's immediately attractive music and conductor JoAnn Falletta's gift for tapping into its essential qualities will surely make this release one of the summer's hottest releases. I am certain it will build on the accolades Falletta received for the pizzazz of her previous Gershwin volume with the Buffalo Philharmonic, which featured the Piano Concerto in F and Rhapsody No. 2. The Grammy® nominated disc certainly made its mark: "This is world-class Gershwin; Falletta really swings." (Fanfare)

Copland, A.: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salon Mexico / Danzon cubano (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)
8.559758  Copland, A.: Rodeo / Dance Panels / El salon Mexico / Danzon cubano (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)

Replacing one of our oldest best-sellers by Stephen Gunzenhauser and the Slovak Radio Symphony (8.550282), this first of two volumes featuring Copland's complete ballet music is certain to appeal. At the helm of one of the top-10 US orchestras is Grammy® Award-winning Leonard Slatkin, a leading proponent of American music, whose pedigree in this field was further confirmed by the critical reaction given to his recording of Copland's Lincoln Portraits (8.559373-74): "the kind of performance that brought tears to my eyes." (Audiophile Audition)

Rossini, G.: Le Siège de Corinthe [Opera] (Regazzo, Cullagh, Spyres, Sala, Ramos, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud)
8.660329-30  Rossini, G.: Le Siège de Corinthe [Opera] (Regazzo, Cullagh, Spyres, Sala, Ramos, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Tingaud)

There are few competing versions of this stylistically significant but relatively unknown work by Rossini, which will surely be greeted enthusiastically by connoisseurs of his operas. Le Siège de Corinthe is an adaptation for the Parisian stage of his own Italian opera, Maometto, and displays many of the hallmarks of the emerging style of French grand opera, including rich orchestral colour in support of powerful and personality-rich singers. The release marks another step in our successful co-operation with the German Rossini Festival.

Ghedini, G.F.: Architetture / Contrappunti / Marinaresca e baccanale (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
8.573006  Ghedini, G.F.: Architetture / Contrappunti / Marinaresca e baccanale (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)

Although Ghedini was able to count illustrious names such as Claudio Abbado and Luciano Berio among his students, he himself came to the attention of the Italian public only his late 40's through his concerto for orchestra, Architetture. I'm happy, therefore, to recommend this disc that presents the work alongside two others of his stunning orchestral pieces, in the hope that it will help cement the recognition he only belatedly received. Currently the only disc devoted entirely to Gedhini's works for orchestra, the performances of Contrappunti and Marinaresca e baccanale are also first studio and stereo recordings.

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