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March 2011

Naxos’s New Shostakovich Symphonies Cycle is ‘something really special’ – Sunday Times

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 1 & 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Naxos Orchestral 8.572396

Naxos’s recordings of the charismatic Vasily Petrenko’s interpretations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra of Shostakovich’s symphonies have gained critical acclaim both for their subtlety and revelatory power as well as for their brilliant audio quality. Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled the teenage composer to international prominence, its emotional range and evocative orchestration marking him as a brave new voice on the scene. His festive, single-movement Third Symphony, ‘The First of May’, celebrates the Soviet victory over the Tsarist regime. Perhaps recalling the examples of Beethoven, Berlioz or Mahler, Shostakovich marshals his forces to reach a triumphant choral finale.

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SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Nos 1 & 3
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, conductor

Naxos Orchestral 8.572396

Naxos’s recordings of the charismatic Vasily Petrenko’s interpretations with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra of Shostakovich’s symphonies have gained critical acclaim both for their subtlety and revelatory power as well as for their brilliant audio quality. Shostakovich’s First Symphony propelled the teenage composer to international prominence, its emotional range and evocative orchestration marking him as a brave new voice on the scene. His festive, single-movement Third Symphony, ‘The First of May’, celebrates the Soviet victory over the Tsarist regime. Perhaps recalling the examples of Beethoven, Berlioz or Mahler, Shostakovich marshals his forces to reach a triumphant choral finale.

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Symphony No 3 – Allegro

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Once again our founder and Chairman Klaus Heymann shares his thoughts and opinions on new recordings from Naxos. Klaus Heymann created Naxos Records as a way to pursue his passion for music and share it with others around the world. Despite the demands of running a large company, he still guides repertoire choices and oversees many details of the label personally.

Please enjoy these recommended recent Naxos releases from the desk of Klaus Heymann.
8.572323 Josef SUK Fantasie in G minor, Pohádka (Fairy Tale), Fantastické Scherzo

The Fantasie is a mini violin concerto and the two orchestral pieces are among the composer’s most popular works. Wonderful late Romantic music with reminiscences of Dvořák. The Buffalo Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta gives first-class performances not bettered by any other recording. The concertmaster of the orchestra, Michael Ludwig is the excellent soloist in the Fantasie. Terrific sound!
8.572260 Ernesto HALFFTER Carmen (music for the 1926 silent film)

A student of Falla, Halffter is one of the most important Spanish composers of the 20th century and this film score is one of his greatest achievements. This is colorful, impressionistic music, exciting to listen to from beginning to end. This is another great film music recording featuring the Frankfurt Radio Symphony under Mark Fitz-Gerald, the same forces that brought you our successful recording of Shostakovich’s Odna. This is not just for film music fans, but for anyone who loves orchestral music with a Spanish flavor. Excellent sound!
8.572222 Robert FUCHS Serenades Nos 1 & 2, Andante grazioso and Capriccio

Fuchs composed 5 string serenades that can all stand comparison with the best works of the genre such as the popular serenades of Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. The remaining serenades have already been recorded and will be released later this year.

Excellent performances by one of our best-selling house orchestras, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra under its new conductor, Christian Ludwig.
8.572010 ROLLA Viola Sonatas, Duetto, Esercizi

This is a very attractive collection of pieces composed by Paganini’s teacher; great melodies combined with technically demanding writing. The performances by violist Jennifer Stumm are outstanding—she is a first prize winner of the American Concert Artists Guild Competition, the first violist to win First Prize in the competition’s 60-year history. One of the few violists to have a solo career.
8.572396 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 5 - Symphonies Nos 1 & 3

Our new Shostakovich symphony cycle has met with unprecedented critical acclaim. All the symphonies released so far are also among our best-selling titles.

Also available:
8.572082 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 1- Symphony No 11 ‘The Year 1905’
‘an amazing and deeply moving performance’ – American Record Guide
8.572167 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 2 - Symphonies Nos 5 & 9
‘deft and undeniably persuasive’ – Gramophone
8.572392 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 3 - Symphony No 8
‘unquestionably a great performance’ – 10/10 Classics Today
8.572461 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphonies Vol 4 - Symphony No 10
‘There’s been no finer account in recent years’ – Gramophone

Among the extraordinary range of this month’s Naxos new releases are these fifteen outstanding albums. Click on each cover image for more about each album.
Embark on Journeys to China with These Delightful DVDs
Chinese Musical Journeys
Cultural Tours with Traditional Chinese Music
  1. SHANXI 2.110556
  2. XINJIANG 2.110557
  3. SICHUAN 2.110558
  4. TIBET 2.110559
  5. YUNNAN 2.110560
Various Artists

In the 5 latest releases from our Chinese Musical Journeys series, the focal point is moved from major Chinese cities to the whole provinces, from Xinjiang at the north to Yunnan at the south. Accompanied by the haunting sounds of traditional Chinese music, you can expect to see more natural and cultural wonders of each province, painstakingly condensed into an hour of audio-visual enjoyment.

Also see other releases from the series:
  1. BEIJING 2.110551
  2. SHANGHAI 2.110552
  3. HANGZHOU 2.110553
  4. XI'AN 2.110554
  5. GUILIN 2.110555
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