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

BRAHMS, J.: Deutsches Requiem (Ein) (A.L. Richter, S. Genz, Leipzig MDR Radio Choir and Symphony, Alsop)
8.572996  Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Marin Alsop has long been an ardent and respected champion of Brahms' music. Her interpretations are noted for their natural affinity with his style, which makes this latest version of one of his greatest and most popular works stand above the many other available recordings. Alsop is joined on this new release by two outstanding soloists, soprano Anna Lucia Richter and baritone Stephan Genz, winner of the 1994 International Brahms Competition in Hamburg.

RACHMANINOV, S.: Isle of the Dead (The) / Symphony No. 1 (Detroit Symphony, Slatkin)
8.573234  Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1 / The Isle of the Dead

This is the much-awaited final release in the 3-disc set of Rachmaninov's symphonies. Winner of 7 GRAMMY® awards, conductor Leonard Slatkin continues his acclaimed artistic leadership of the Detroit Symphony, building here on the critical praise received by their previous disc that coupled the Third Symphony with the Symphonic Dances (Naxos 8.573051): "These performances are solid winners that will reward repeated listening" (ClassicsToday.com).

CORIGLIANO, J.: Conjurer / Vocalise (Glennie, Plitmann, Albany Symphony, Miller)
8.559757  Corigliano: Conjurer / Vocalise

This is a formidable combination of music by one of America's preeminent living composers and a performance by the world's greatest percussion virtuoso. Dame Evelyn Glennie has commissioned some 170 new works for solo percussion, including Conjurer, Corigliano's fascinating exploration of the percussionist's basic resources of wood, metal and skin. With an output hailed by Aaron Copland as "expertly crafted and aurally quite stunning", these world première recordings are certain to appeal to a wide range of listeners.

RUTTER, J.: Suite Antique / GLASS, P. / FRANCAIX, J.: Harpsichord Concertos (Lewis, West Side Chamber Orchestra, Mallon)
8.573146  Glass / Rutter / Françaix: Harpsichord Concertos

Coming from the pens of composers with a proven popular appeal, these three highly attractive concertos recast the old sound world of the harpsichord for modern ears in music that is by turns haunting, virtuosic, witty and elegant. Soloist Christopher D. Lewis brings his considerable knowledge of the 20th century revival of the harpsichord to this fascinating repertoire with playing that demonstrates his unique style and flair.

PAINE, J.K.: As You Like it Overture / The Tempest / Symphony No. 1 (Ulster Orchestra, Falletta)
8.559747  Paine: Symphony No. 1 / The Tempest / As You Like It Overture

Active in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, Paine's historic importance is as a pioneer of the symphonic tradition in America and a forerunner of the better known composers who were to come. The première of his Symphony No. 1 received a tremendous reception, with its attractive themes, skillful orchestration and accomplished design making it "the best Beethoven symphony that Beethoven didn't write himself." (Gunther Schuller). Conductor JoAnn Falletta's expertise and experience in promoting unfamiliar repertoire here comes into its own, making this the first recording of any consequence of this historic American symphony.

DANIELPOUR, R.: Darkness in the Ancient Valley / Lacrimae Beati / A Woman's Life (Plitmann, Brown, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)
8.559707  Danielpour: Darkness in the Ancient Valley / A Woman's Life / Lacrimae Beati

Award-winning composer Richard Danielpour has been championed by musicians ranging from Leonard Bernstein to the Emerson String Quartet. This is the third Naxos American Classics disc devoted to his music. Rooted in dramatic real-life events, the works on this disc of colourfully inspired music continue Danielpour's reputation for sweeping, romantic gestures, rhythmic energy and contrasts in stylistic character. For those looking for a visceral impact from their music, this disc comes highly recommended.

SAINT-SAENS, C.: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 2 (Clamagirand, V. Cohen)
8.572751  Saint-Saëns: Violin and Piano Music, Vol. 2

I have no doubt that this recording will be quickly snapped up by those who acquired Volume 1 (Naxos 8.572750) of this two-disc set of Saint-Saëns' music for violin and piano, featuring the amazing talents of the young French violinist, Fanny Clamagirand. The release brings together versions of works by Saint-Saëns that are rarely heard in recordings and are presented with an equally rare standard of execution. The combination of a flawless technique and the strong musical personality of the winner of the 2007 Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition are certain to prove a hit.

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