Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

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Klaus Heymann created Naxos Records as a way to pursue his passion for music and share it with others around the world. Despite the demands of running a large company, he still guides repertoire choices and oversees many details of the label personally. Now Klaus Heymann has agreed to share his thoughts on a few key releases each month exclusively for ClassicsOnline newsletter subscribers. Please enjoy these recent releases recommended by our Founder and Chairman:

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 4 - Symphony No. 10 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko) 8.572461  Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Our new Shostakovich cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Vasily Petrenko has received a lot of critical praise. No. 10 is among the composer's most important and most frequently performed works. This new recording can stand comparison with the best in the market today and you should give it a try if you do not yet have a modern recording of this work.
SCHMIDT, F.: Symphony No. 4 / Variations on a Hussar's Song (Malmo Symphony, Sinaisky) 8.572118  Schmidt: Symphony No. 4/Variations on a Hussar's Song

This is the final volume of our Schmidt symphony cycle featuring the Malmo Symphony under Vassily Sinaisky. I think that this is the composer's greatest symphony and our cycle is, without doubt, the best of the few cycles available. BBC Music Magazine called our cycle "consistently impressive”. Schmidt conceived his Fourth Symphony as a Requiem for his daughter Emma. If you only ever purchase one recording of a Schmidt symphony, No. 4 is the one to own. We have coupled it with the more light-hearted Variations on a Hussar’s Song which will probably remind you of the Brahms Haydn Variations.
SAINT-SAENS, C.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-3 (Clamagirand, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyvaskyla, P. Gallois) 8.572037  Saint-Saens: Violin Concertos Nos. 1-3

There are not many recordings of the three Saint-Saens concertos on one disc -- most violinists play only the third concerto. The concertos are performed here by the exciting young French violinist Fanny Clamagirand, winner of the 2007 Competition of Competition Winners. Fanny is extremely musical and is accompanied by her equally musical countryman, Patrick Gallois. If you don't have the three concertos in your collection here is a chance to hear them the way they should be played -- with great feeling and expression yet French elegance and style. I think this will be the new reference recording of this repertoire.
CHOPIN, F.: Songs (Olga and Natalya Pasichnyk) 8.572499  Chopin: Songs

This is our late contribution to the Chopin Year. I was not familiar with the Chopin songs until I decided to have them recorded for our boxed set of the complete works of Chopin (to be released in 2011). When I listened to the songs I started wondering why they were not performed and recorded more frequently. They possess the same combination of power, delicacy and beauty as the composer's greatest works. As fillers, we recorded four Mazurkas arranged for voice and piano by French singer Pauline Viardot. Our recording features the prize-winning graduates of the Chopin Academy of Music, sisters Olga and Natalya Pasichnyk. One of the most enjoyable recordings I have heard in a long time -- lovely singing, flexible accompaniment and idiomatic expression. Another reference recording!

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