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Klaus Heymann Recommends

October 8, 2010

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Klaus Heymann founded Naxos Records in 1987 as a way to pursue his passion for music and share it with others around the world. Though the demands of running an international label and distribution network are many, Klaus Heymann still guides repertoire choices and oversees many details of the label personally. Here a few ClassicsOnline recent releases recommended by our Founder and Chairman:

8.572258 Mozart: Divertimento K. 563

This is one of my favourite Mozart pieces, a substantial string trio. Alfred Einstein, the well-known musicologist, called it “One of Mozart’s noblest works”, and I couldn’t agree more. Even though it is called a divertimento it is anything but light music and is probably among the 10 greatest chamber music works ever written. In this recording, it is played by three solo-calibre musicians who give one of the most beautiful performances of the work I have ever heard.
On CD in 2011! Read more

8.570380 Kreutzer Violin Concertos Nos. 17-19

Here are three rarely, if ever performed concertos by one of the greatest violinists of the early 19th century. Kreutzer was the dedicatee of Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata. He was also an influential composer not only of violin concertos but also of operas. These are light-hearted, tuneful and virtuosic concertos and if you like the Paganini concertos you will like these. They are performed by Axel Strauss, the first German winner of the Naumburg Competition and now a professor of violin at the San Francisco Conservatory.
On CD in October 2010! Read more

8.572088 Ries: Concerto Pastorale/Piano Concerto No. 4

Here are two concertos in a style somewhere between Beethoven and Hummel with a bit of Chopin for good measure. If you’re tired of hearing the same standard piano concertos, here are two eminently enjoyable pieces. They are played brilliantly by Christopher Hinterhuber who has embarked on a project to record all the works for piano and orchestra of Ries. He is accompanied by the Bournemouth Symphony conducted by Uwe Grodd. Enjoy!
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8.572305 Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3

Naxos already has two Sibelius cycles in its catalogue and I had not thought of recording another cycle when I heard a recording of Sibelius tone poems by the young Finnish conductor Pietari Inkinen and his New Zealand Symphony. I decided there and then to record another cycle and this is the first release in the series. These are among the finest performances of the symphonies I’ve ever heard, full of emotion and drama recorded in wonderfully natural sound. If you don’t have a recording of these symphonies yet or if you’re not happy with the one you have you cannot go wrong with this new wonderful CD.
On CD in October 2010! Read more

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