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Naxos Founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann shares his thoughts on a few key October titles from Naxos.

Choral Recital: The King's Singers - SCHUTZ, H. / POULENC, F. / LASSO, O. (Pater Noster)
8.572987  Pater Noster: A Choral Reflection on the Lord's Prayer

The King's Singers are one of the world's best-known vocal groups and the concept of this album is unique – it is built upon the individual clauses of The Lord's Prayer, beginning and ending in plainchant and ranging over the centuries to explore the text.

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)
8.570933  Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 1

This is the beginning of a project in the making for more than 10 years. There will be altogether four or five volumes. Each volume will offer a mixture of well-known and rarely heard overtures.

The overtures are performed by the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra and their conductor Christian Benda, the team that has received tremendous critical acclaim for their recordings of the complete Schubert overtures. This is a winner.

DELIUS, F.: Appalachia / Sea Drift (arr. T. Beecham) (Williams, Tampa Bay Master Chorale, Florida Orchestra, S. Sanderling)
8.572764  Delius: Appalachia • Sea Drift

This release comes hard on the heels of our tremendously successful Delius Mass of Life. It is the Delius American Album.

Appalachia is a set of variations on a slave song which Delius heard when teaching the violin in Virginia. Sea Drift is a song of love and death based on the text of Walt Whitman. There is no other coupling of these two works and the performances by the Florida Orchestra under Stefan Sanderling are outstanding.

CHEN, G. / HE, Z.H.: Butterfly Lovers Piano Concerto (The) / CHU, W.H.: The Yellow River Piano Concerto (Jie Chen, New Zealand Symphony, C. Kuan)
8.570607  Chen / He: The Butterfly Lovers Piano Concerto • Chu: The Yellow River Piano Concerto

We already have several versions of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto in our catalogue. One of the two composers, Chen Gang made an arrangement for piano and orchestra which was subsequently adapted and edited by Chen Jie, the soloist in our new recording. It is coupled here with the most famous Chinese piano concerto, The Yellow River. Our recording therefore combines the two most famous Chinese concertos. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Carolyn Kuan, a protégé of Marin Alsop. Not to be missed.

Also Available:
Chen: Chinese Piano Favourites  8.570602

TAN, Dun: Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes / Orchestral Theatre I, 'Xun' / Concerto for Orchestra (after Marco Polo) (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tan Dun)
8.570608  Tan: Symphonic Poem of Three Notes • Orchestral Theatre • Concerto for Orchestra

This is the first recording of a series devoted to the most important Chinese contemporary composers. Tan Dun is by far the best known of these. Mr. Tan has a high profile in a variety of media. His music has been played throughout the world by leading orchestras and opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera [The First Emperor]. He composed the soundtrack for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

Concerto for Orchestra describes the geographical, musical and spiritual journeys of Marco Polo. Orchestral Theatre centers on memories of rituals from the composer's childhood. The composer himself conducted the recording which features the Hong Kong Philharmonic in stunning sound produced by Tim Handley.

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