October, 2011  
Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

Dear ClassicsOnline Fans,

Founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann offers his insights on a selection of October Naxos releases.

HANDEL, G.F.: Violin Sonatas (Complete) (Ensemble Vintage Koln)
8.572245  Handel: Complete Violin Sonatas

This is one of very few Baroque violin performances of the complete sonatas. They are part of the curriculum of many young violinists, two are even included in the Suzuki Violin School. The soloist, Ariadne Daskalakis previously recorded works by Tartini and Lutoslawski for Naxos. Excellent performances of some of the most popular works for violin and keyboard of the Baroque era.

SHOSTAKOVICH, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 6 - Symphonies Nos. 6 and 12 (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Petrenko)
8.572658  Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 12

Another volume in our critically acclaimed project to record the complete Shostakovich symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Russian star conductor Vasily Petrenko. These are two of the less performed symphonies and deserve to be heard alongside the rest of the cycle.

AZERBAIJANI PIANO CONCERTOS (Badalbeyli, Adigezalzade, Royal Philharmonic, Yablonsky)
8.572666   Azerbaijani Piano Concertos

Naxos house conductor, Dmitri Yablonsky, has struck gold in Azerbaijan and recorded these colorful concertos with two Azerbaijani pianists and the Royal Philharmonic. Exotic sounds, colorful orchestration and musical storytelling -- think of Khachaturian's best works. Idiomatic performances and terrific sound.

IRELAND, J.: Piano Concerto / Legend / Rhapsody / A Sea Idyll (Lenehan, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Wilson)
8.572598  Ireland: Piano Concerto/other works by Ireland

Soloist, John Lenehan, previously recorded three volumes of Ireland's solo piano music to great critical acclaim. This is part of our ongoing project to record as many British piano concertos as possible.

PHILIDOR, F.-A. D.: Sancho Panca dans son isle [Opera-bouffon] (Perry, Calleo, Sulayman, McCall, Opera Lafayette, Brown)
8.660274  Philidor: Sancho Panca

French Baroque opera from Opera Lafayette, our Washington-based specialized opera company. The Washington Post praised the production of this comedy revue as a "sparkle of shining surfaces". Enjoyable singing and playing.

BUSONI, F.: Piano Concerto (Cappello, Luca Marenzio Choir, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
8.572523   Busoni: Piano Concerto

This recording forms part of our ongoing project to record works by Italian composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Busoni Concerto is the longest piano concerto in the repertoire and features not only quite a big orchestra but also a male chorus. The soloist here, appropriately, is a winner of the Busoni Piano Competition. And, of course, the performances by the Rome Symphony Orchestra conducted by house conductor Francesco La Vecchia are as good as the others in our series.

GRIEG, E.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 6 - From Holberg's Time / Lyric Suite / Melodies (Malmo Symphony, Engeset)
8.572403  Grieg: Music for String Orchestra

Bjarte Engeset recorded these works with 60 string players instead of the usual chamber forces. Bjarte’s other recordings of Grieg’s orchestral works have received great critical acclaim, and we are now down to only one more volume left in the project.

We hope you will enjoy these selections and more from Naxos Records and ClassicsOnline.

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