September, 2011  
Klaus Heymann Recommends - ClassicsOnline

Dear ClassicsOnline Fans,

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

PART, A.: Piano Music - Piano Sonatine / Partita / Lamentate (van Raat, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, Falletta)
8.572525  Part: Piano Music

Dutch pianist Ralph van Raat has already made many successful recordings for Naxos, all receiving excellent reviews. This new recording features piano works by the Estonian composer Arvo Part. Part’s music has been selling exceptionally well on Naxos and this new release will be no exception.

SIBELIUS, J.: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 / Finlandia (New Zealand Symphony, Inkinen)
8.572705  Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7

This is the final volume of our new Sibelius cycle with the exciting young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen and our New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The first three volumes created a great deal of interest with reviews ranging from outstanding to critical. These performances all bring new insights to the symphonies and many surprises. They are a must for Sibelius lovers and collectors. It's a Sibelius Symphony cycle we can be proud of. Inkinen and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra will also record two more volumes of tone poems over the next few years so that, eventually, we will have the orchestral music of the Finnish composer complete.

RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 6 (Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet)
8.570767  Rode: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 6

Recording the works of the great French violin virtuoso/composers of the first half of the 19th century is one of my pet projects. This is the second volume of our project to record the 13 concertos of Rode. This is seldom recorded repertoire and the first volume was greeted with great critical acclaim. This is a must for all lovers of great fiddling and good tunes.

MALIPIERO, G.F.: Impressioni dal vero / Pause del silenzio (Rome Symphony, La Vecchia)
8.572409  Malipiero: Impressioni dal vero/Pause del silenzio

These are world premiere recordings some of the composer’s most important works. We already have all the symphonies on Naxos and this is the penultimate installment in our project to record the complete orchestral works of Malipiero. The final disc is already in the can.

The performances come from our Italian house orchestra and conductor, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma and Francesco La Vecchia. We expect this recording to generate a great deal of critical interest.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A.: Capriccio espagnol / Overtures (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)
8.572788  Rimsky: Capriccio Espagnol/Dubinushka/Overtures

This is the second installment of a three-disc survey of the orchestral music of Rimsky-Korsakov with the Seattle Symphony conducted by Gerard Schwarz. The first installment, Scheherazade received great critical acclaim and is considered to be among the finest recordings of the work. This new disc offers the ever-popular Capriccio Espagnol coupled with three of the composer’s most popular opera overtures as well as the Russian Easter Overture and the Overture on Russian Themes. Great performances and outstanding sound. The final disc of the survey will offer all the most popular orchestral suites from the composer’s operas.

PENDERECKI, K.: Viola Concerto / Cello Concerto No. 2 (Zhislin, Vassiljeva, Warsaw Philharmonic, Wit)
8.572211  Penderecki: Viola Concerto/Cello Concerto No. 2

These are two of the composer’s most successful Concerto compositions. The violist, Grigori Zhislin, has been closely associated with this work and gives a highly idiomatic performance. Cellist Tatjana Vassiljeva, winner of several important international compositions, is one of the world’s top cellists today. This is the ideal recording for listeners interested in our ongoing project to record the complete works of Penderecki with the Warsaw Philharmonic under Naxos house conductor, Antoni Wit.

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