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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:

HOSOKAWA, Toshio: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Horn Concerto / Lotus under the Moonlight / Chant (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Markl)
8.573239  Hosokawa, T.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Horn Concerto / Lotus under the Moonlight / Chant
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Markl

Toshio Hosokawa is one of Japan's most prominent contemporary composers, whose award-winning music is frequently performed by the world's greatest orchestras. This first disc in a series devoted to his orchestral works features three concertos in their world première recordings. The Horn Concerto: Moment of Blossoming was co-commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and London's Barbican Centre. The soloist is Stefan Dohr, principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic. Pianist Momo Kodama and cellist Anssi Karttunen complete the virtuoso line-up of soloists.

DAVID, F.: Lalla Roukh [Opera-comique] (Fiset, Gonzalez Toro, Paulin, Deletre, Newman, Adelsberger, Opera Lafayette, R. Brown)
8.660338-39  David, F.: Lalla Roukh [Opera-comique]
Fiset, Gonzalez Toro, Paulin, Deletre, Newman, Adelsberger, Opera Lafayette, Brown

Félicien David was the pivotal figure in French opera who ignited the obsession for setting works in the exotic East. Almost all the country's leading composers in the late 19th century followed his lead, including Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Gounod and Massenet. Premièred in 1862 and recorded here for the first time, David's magical opera Lalla Roukh uses evocative orchestration to support the fairy-tale plot of an Indian princess and her journey in search of love. The work contains some memorable melodies, the most famous of which, Charmant oiseau, has been a favourite of the world's greatest sopranos.

DANIELPOUR, R.: Toward a Season of Peace (Plitmann, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair)
8.559772  Danielpour, R.: Toward a Season of Peace
Plitmann, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair

One of the most sought-after and acclaimed composers of his generation, Richard Danielpour refers to himself as "an American composer with a Middle Eastern memory." Toward a Season of Peace is an oratorio which explores violence and war in the name of religion and demonstrates the composer's insistence on music having “an immediate visceral impact". Danielpour's work has attracted much critical acclaim and this disc will no doubt repeat the success of previous Naxos recordings of his music. The Third Symphony (8.559712) was admired by MusicWeb International for its "almost Wagnerian expansiveness", and his piano preludes The Enchanted Garden (8.559669) attracted with their "poignant processional chords and discreet dissonant touches" (Gramophone).

MEYERBEER, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Nesterowicz)
8.573076  Meyerbeer, G.: Ballet Music from the Operas
Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra, Nesterowicz

In bringing together some of the most popular and renowned opéra-ballet music ever written in a single programme, this release has all the elements to make it a big hit for a wide audience. Meyerbeer was one of the most significant composers of grand opera and the works represented on this disc brought him his greatest fame. The recording includes the first complete version of the ballet from Robert le Diable; the Skaters' Ballet from Le Prophète is authentically performed in its original orchestration. The Barcelona Symphony, one of our best 'house' orchestras, gives superb, warm-hearted performances.

SHENG, Bright: Blazing Mirage (The) / The Song and Dance of Tears / Colors of Crimson (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Bright Sheng)
8.570610  Sheng, B.: Blazing Mirage (The) / The Song and Dance of Tears / Colors of Crimson
Lee, Li, Wu, Chen, Cheung, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sheng

Describing himself as "100% Chinese and 100% American", Bright Sheng epitomises the stylistic fusion that hallmarks a small group of Chinese composers who moved to the West in the 1980s, having survived the country's Cultural Revolution. This fourth Naxos disc devoted exclusively to Sheng's music again showcases his skill in marrying sonorities from across time and space. His fascinating spectrum of orchestral effects incorporates elements of classical and folk music from China and Central Asia. The Blazing Mirage for cello and strings features soloist Trey Lee, who both commissioned the work and gave the première in October 2012.

LOCKE, M.: Broken Consort (The), Part I / Tripla Concordia: Suites in G Major and E Minor (Wayward Sisters)
8.573020  Locke, M.: Broken Consort (The), Part I / Tripla Concordia: Suites in G Major and E Minor
Wayward Sisters

This debut album by the remarkable young ensemble Wayward Sisters is certain to appeal to early music fans. Locke was the pre-eminent English composer of the generation preceding Henry Purcell. His music is full of surprises, with ambitious tonality, rhythmic quirkiness and dramatic gestures. This is the first Naxos disc to be devoted entirely to Locke's music, with the winners of the 2011 Early Music America/Naxos Recording Competition here giving vibrant interpretations, admired for their "polished and spirited playing” within "alert, stylish performances” (Chicago Classical Review).

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