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

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 8 - Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad' (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)
8.573057  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 'Leningrad'

Critical reaction to previous volumes in this cycle has been overwhelmingly positive, so this latest release will be eagerly anticipated. Although Shostakovich's epic work has drifted in and out of favour with public taste over the years, I am certain this recording is going to fulfil expectations of a definitive treatment from rising star Vasily Petrenko's immensely successful partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)
8.570934  Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 2

The full spectrum of Rossini's operatic catalogue continues to be reflected in this second of four volumes devoted to his complete overtures. The balance of familiar works with those that are difficult to find in catalogues will appeal to those looking for a comprehensive, well-assembled overview of Rossini's curtain-raisers. Volume 1 received excellent reviews for the Prague Sinfonia's lively response to Christian Benda's direction: "...bright as a button." (Fanfare)

TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Queen of Spades Suite (The) / Voyevoda Suite (arr. P. Breiner) (New Zealand Symphony, Breiner)
8.573015  Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades / Voyevoda

Peter Breiner has an internationally secure reputation in the art of arrangement which is already well represented in the Naxos catalogue. There are large tracts of wonderful music embedded in Tchaikovsky's operas that remain unfamiliar to many, so I hope this specially commissioned disc will both surprise and delight all lovers of Tchaikovsky's music.

GRIEG, E.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (arr. for violin and orchestra) (Kraggerud, Tromso Chamber Orchestra)
8.573137  Grieg: Three Concerti for Violin and Chamber Orchestra

I am happy to recommend this disc that features one of the world's best known composers in a set of his works that have remained relatively unknown. In transforming Grieg's violin sonatas into concertos through his excellent orchestrations and authoritative first performances, Henning Kraggerud also succeeds in raising the profile of the original works. The disc carries both a wide appeal and a certain rarity value.

LOPES-GRACA, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 (Nebolsin, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto - Casa da Musica, Bamert)
8.572817  Lopes-Graça: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2

This disc adds to our developing series of Portuguese orchestral music from composers such as Lopes-Graça, Freitas Branco and Braga Santos. It also features one of today's most exciting young pianists, Eldar Nebolsin, who was unanimously voted the winner of the First Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition in Moscow in 2005. His 2008 Naxos recording of the Liszt Piano Concertos earned top place in our bestseller list for six consecutive months. The combination of rare repertoire and outstanding talent is definitely not to be missed.

TINOCO, L.: Round Time / From the depth of distance / Search Songs / Cancoes do Sonhador Solitario (Gulbenkian Orchestra, D.A. Miller)
8.572981  Tinoco: Round Time

Putting together Portugal's finest orchestra and its top contemporary composer – arguably one of the best in the world – has produced this disc of colourful, world première recordings that should be high on everyone's list. Although relatively unknown outside Europe, critics have responded enthusiastically to the eclectic style of Tinoco's works that are "as engrossing as they are entertaining." (Musical Opinion)

GESUALDO, C.: Madrigals, Books 5 and 6 (Madrigali libro quinto e sesto, 1611) (Delitiae Musicae, Longhini)
8.573147-49  Gesualdo: Madrigals, Books 5 and 6

This is the final volume in Delitiæ Musicæ's triumphant cycle of Gesualdo's Six Books of Madrigals. Previous installments have received a great deal of acclaim for their authoritative delivery: "[Delitiæ Musicæ] truly owns this repertoire." (ClassicsToday.com); "...great beauty and lyrical force." (The Guardian) With such an impressive track record, I have no doubt that this recording will be snapped up by collectors who have been well rewarded by previous volumes.

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