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June 2011

MOZART Divertimento in E flat major
Henning Kraggerud, violin
Lars Anders Tomter, viola • Christoph Richter, cello

Naxos 8.572258
At the peak of his powers, but beset by cash-flow problems brought on by living beyond his means, Mozart composed his famous String Trio, K. 563 for his friend, fellow-mason and creditor Johann Michael Puchberg. While labelled ‘Divertimento’, this masterful six-movement work is one of Mozart’s most substantial pieces for string trio and one of his greatest works. The Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, who has made a number of highly-praised Naxos recordings, joins prize-winning compatriot Lars Anders Tomter (who has recorded the Walton Viola Concerto for Naxos) and acclaimed German cellist Christoph Richter.


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Divertimento in E flat,
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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.

Here he gives his thoughts on some key Naxos releases for June 2011:
8.572258 MOZART Divertimento in E flat major

This is one of Mozart’s greatest works performed here by three solo-caliber artists, Norwegians Henning Kraggerud and Lars Anders Tomter and German cellist Christoph Richter. There’s no better performance available today and this recording should be in the collection of all Mozart and chamber music lovers.

8.572332 RESPIGHI Violin Concerto in A major (revised and completed by Di Vittorio)

I have always had a soft spot for Respighi’s 1921 Concerto Gregoriano which my wife Takako Nishizaki recorded for our Marco Polo label in the 1980s – I still cannot understand why it is not performed more frequently – great memorable tunes with a fiendishly difficult ending. The A major Concerto, composed in 1903, is on a smaller scale but is genuine Respighi from the first bar. It is coupled with the Suite for Strings and the composer’s Rossiniana, a delightful reworking of some of Rossini’s piano pieces. This is an hour’s worth of most enjoyable music.

8.570782 PIATTI 12 Caprices for Cello, Caprice on a theme from Pacini's Niobe

These are the cello equivalent of the Paganini Caprices for solo violin. Fabulous playing by the young Korean cellist, Soo Bae, winner of the 2005 Concert Artists Guild International Competition.

8.572604 RODE 12 Etudes for Violin Solo, Duos for 2 Violins

If you’re a fan of the 24 Paganini Caprices for violin solo you will enjoy these 12 Etudes by Rode, one of the foremost composers of the French violin school. They are probably as demanding technically as the Paganini pieces. The Duos are more lyrical and melodic. The soloist, Nicolas Koeckert is joined in the Duos by his father, Rudolf Koeckert, the leader of the famous Koeckert String Quartet. Great stuff for violin fans!

8.572586 D SCARLATTI Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol 14

This volume is performed by Duanduan Hao, winner of the 2009 Shanghai International Piano Competition, a young pianist of great promise. I was in Shanghai for the finals and was enormously impressed by the young man. He plays the sonatas with tremendous clarity and great feeling for the style. This is one of the finest volumes in our series. While originally written for the harpsichord I very much prefer the sonatas played on the piano.

8.572736 Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL At the Opera

Most people know Hummel as a composer for the piano. But he also composed operas himself. This recording combines variations, fantasies and potpourris on various operas, including his own. Most of these have never been recorded before – they’re great fun, not to be missed by piano lovers. The pianist is Madoka Inui who already recorded another CD with piano works by the composer for Naxos.


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