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

RAVEL, M.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 (Lyon National Orchestra, Slatkin)
8.572887  Ravel: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

This is the start of a new cycle with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Orchestre National de Lyon. The first disc includes the famous Boléro. Brilliant performances in outstanding sound.

RIES, F.: Piano Concertos, Vol. 5 (Hinterhuber, Grodd) - Nos. 2 and 9 / Rondeau brillant
8.572742  Ries: Piano Concertos, Vol. 5

This is the final volume of our project to record the complete Ries concertos. This disc offers the first and last of the composer's published concertos. Our series has met with tremendous critical acclaim. The attractive concertos can be placed somewhere between Beethoven and Hummel and are full of brilliant passages and attractive tunes. An absolute must for collectors of piano concertos.

WEINBERG, M.: Symphony No. 19 / The Banners of Peace (St. Petersburg State Symphony, Lande)
8.572752  Weinberg: Symphony No. 19 / The Banners of Peace

This is the second installment of our project to record those Weinberg symphonies not recorded by Chandos. Our first release was greeted by Gramophone as 'cause for hats in the air'. Ours is the only version of this symphony now in the market - an earlier recording on Olympia is no longer available. The Banners of Peace is an extrovert filler, avoiding the bombast of propaganda. A must for collectors of 20th century Russian symphonies.

RIHM, W.: Violin and Piano Works (Tianwa Yang, Rimmer)
8.572730  Rihm: Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Our star violinist Tianwa Yang has gained worldwide acclaim for her Sarasate recordings. This disc shows that she is not only a virtuoso of the highest rank but also a highly intelligent interpreter of contemporary music. Rihm is probably Germany's foremost living composer and these works employ contemporary techniques while carrying a rich emotional charge. There is no other recording combining the five works on this disc. It is a tour de force by Tianwa.

CASELLA, A.: Donna serpente Suites (La) / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita (Sun Hee You, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
8.573005  Casella: La donna serpente / Introduzione, aria e toccata / Partita for piano and orchestra

Includes World Première Recording

This is the final volume of our acclaimed project to record the complete orchestral works of the composer. This is a must for the collectors of our series. It includes orchestral fragments from the composer's only opera, La donna serpente. As previous volumes of the project, the works are performed by the Rome Symphony conducted by Francesco La Vecchia.

GRETRY, A.-E.-M.: Magnifique (Le) [Opera] (Gonzalez Toro, Calleo, Krull, Thompson, Sulayman, Williams, Scarlata, Opera Lafayette Orchestra, Brown)
8.660305  Grétry: Le Magnifique

World Première Recording

Grétry was the greatest French composer of opéra-comique in the 18th century. His music is tuneful and his overtures and orchestral interludes are very attractive. This is the world première recording of this opera performed by Opera Lafayette under Ryan Brown. A must for collectors of opera.

ALMEIDA, F.A. de: Spinalba, ovvero Il vecchio matto (La) [Opera] (Quintans, Madeira, Seara, Moreso, Fernandes, Os Musicos do Tejo, Magalhaes)
8.660319-21  Almeida: La Spinalba ovvero Il vecchio matto

This is the first complete recording on period instruments of this opera by this Portuguese composer of the late Baroque era. It fills a significant gap in the 18th century opera catalogue. The opera is filled with superb cantabile arias as well as a rich variety of original and dramatic orchestral effects. Sung in Italian, it is performed by a Portuguese cast and the Músicos do Tejo are directed by Marcos Magalhães.

8.572576  Das Glogauer Liederbuch

This has been one of my pet projects for a long time. Das Glogauer Liederbuch is a treasure of 15th century music. It contains 292 songs, chants and instrumental pieces from England, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Germany itself. It offers a snapshot of the most popular music of the time. A must for every collector interested in mid to late 15th century music. There is only one other recording, on Oehms, which offers 15 different pieces.

Asian Music for String Quartet - TAN, Dun / TAKEMITSU, Toru / GAO, Ping / UNG, Chinary / ZHOU, Long (New Zealand String Quartet)
8.572488  Asian Music for String Quartet

Another pet project of mine. This recording brings together musical elements of East and West and features works by three of the most prominent Chinese composers of our time, by Cambodian composer Chinary Ung and by the grand old man of Japanese contemporary music, Toru Takemitsu. Zhou Long and Chinary Ung are both award winning and internationally recognised composers. Tan Dun is the most widely performed Chinese composer of our time and an earlier recording of the chamber music of Gao Ping was well received by the international media. The five quartets on the disc are performed by the New Zealand String Quartet which vividly brings to life the often exotic sound world of these Asian composers.

HINDEMITH, P.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Amar Quartet) - Nos. 5, 6, 7
8.572164  Hindemith: String Quartets, Vol. 2 - Nos. 5, 6 and 7

The first volume of our project to record the complete quartets received tremendous critical acclaim and here is the second volume with the remaining three quartets. There is only one other complete recording, on CPO, but it takes up three CDs. Hindemith was a first class string player himself and for many years played in the Amar Quartet, one of the finest string ensembles of its time. If you collect 20th century string quartets, this is a release not to be missed.

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