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

VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Symphonies Nos. 3, 'War' and 4, 'Victory' (Sao Paulo Symphony, Karabtchevsky)
8.573151  Villa-Lobos: Symphony No. 3 'War' / Symphony No. 4 'Victory'

Villa-Lobos uses huge orchestral forces for these epic subjects, exploring unusual and evocative effects in the process. This disc follows up the pairing of Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 on Naxos 8.573043, in which Isaac Karabtchevsky and the Sao Paulo Symphony scored a knock-out over another recent cycle from the CPO label: "...a much finer ensemble, and Karabtchevsky's performances are far more persuasive." (David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com)

HANDEL, G.F.: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 (Aradia Ensemble, Mallon)
8.557358-60  Handel: Concerti Grossi, Op. 6

Handel's Op. 6 collection of concerti grossi represents the jewel in the crown of his orchestral repertoire. The works' wealth of colour and rhythmic dynamism have ensured frequent recordings, but the Aradia Ensemble has earned a high regard and competitive edge for their accomplished work in eighteenth-century interpretation under their founder/director Kevin Mallon, who has some 50 Naxos recordings to his credit.

PENDERECKI, K.: Piano Concerto, 'Resurrection' / Flute Concerto (B. Douglas, Dlugosz, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)
8.572696  Penderecki: Piano Concerto 'Resurrection' / Flute Concerto

Scored for a large and colourful orchestra, the Piano Concerto continues the 'grand' concerto tradition that culminated in the works of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev. This disc will surely prove a 'must-have' for collectors who have snapped up our previous recordings of Penderecki's work in large quantities. Soloist Barry Douglas premiered the revised Piano Concerto in 2007; Wit and Penderecki pair-up as "Poland's best living conductor at the service of its top living composer." (Culture Catch)

PETRASSI, G.: Partita / Divertimento / 4 inni sacri / Coro di morti (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
8.572411  Petrassi: Partita / Divertimento / 4 inni sacri / Coro di morti

Along with Casella and Malipiero, Petrassi was one of the greatest Italian composers of the 20th century, yet there are very few recordings of his music available, which gives instant appeal to this disc, with its focus on early orchestral and vocal works from the 1930s and 40s: the Divertimento in C receives its premiere recording here; the Coro di Morti (Chorus of the Dead) is the composer's first setting of a non-sacred text and arguably his finest achievement in vocal music.

MAYR, J.S.: Sagrifizio di Jefte (Il) [Oratorio] (Bassenz, Iranyi, Sellier, Kupfer, Simon Mayr Choir and Ensemble, Hauk)
8.572719-20  Mayr: Il sagrifizio di Jefte

Mayr's significant contributions to the sacred and operatic repertoire of his time are distilled in this world premiere recording of his dynamic sacred oratorio from 1795, which combines intense drama with imaginative vocal and instrumental scoring. Franz Hauk and his excellent Simon Mayr Chorus and Ensemble take the credit for rediscovering Mayr's legacy; they have already notched up a number of highly regarded discs of his music.

KARABITS, I.: Concertos for Orchestra Nos. 1-3 / SILVESTROV, V.: Elegy / Abschiedsserenade (Bournemouth Symphony, K. Karabits)
8.572633  Karabits: Concertos for Orchestra Nos. 1-3

Karabits was the inspirational leader of Ukraine's classical music scene during the decade following the country's independence in 1991. These three Concertos for Orchestra confirm him as a virtuoso orchestrator who fused a modern musical idiom with traditional elements: the works reflect the influences of Mahler, Shostakovich and folk music, which Karabits combines with his own voice to colourful, even theatrical, effect. Silvestrov's works are poignant memorials to his compatriot, developing some of Karabits' pencil sketches with his own ideas.

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Trios, Vol. 5 - Piano Trios No. 7, 'Archduke' and WoO 38 / Variations on Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu (Xyrion Trio)
8.572343  Beethoven: 'Archduke' Piano Trio / Kakadu Variations

This is the climax to the Xyrion Trio's cycle of Beethoven's Piano Trios and other chamber works, their previous discs having attracted positive reactions such as "exceptional" (American Record Guide) and "an unqualified success" (Fanfare). The expansive Archduke Trio, Beethoven's masterpiece of the genre, contrasts with two good-humoured works: the Kakadu Variations, based on a popular song of the day, and the Piano Trio in E flat major, a youthful work that Beethoven wrote in his early 20s, but was discovered only after his death.

ERNST, H.W.: Violin Music - Erlkonig / Le Carnaval de Venise / Polyphonic Studies (Spacek, Back)
8.572575  Ernst: Erlkönig / Le Carnaval de Venise / Polyphonic Studies

After many decades of near total neglect, Ernst is slowly winning admiration as one of the great virtuoso violinist-composers of the nineteenth century, rivaling even the great Paganini. Musicians around Europe at the time, including Mendelssohn and Chopin, expressed their admiration for him. This disc contains two of his best known and most important works: the Elégie sur la mort d'un objet chéri and the Polyphonic Studies that bristle with daunting technical challenges.

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