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Chairman’s Choice: Klaus Heymann spotlights some of July’s new releases

July 1, 2017



ROSSINI Sigismondo [Opera]
Gritskova, Aleida, Tarver, Bakonyi, Poznań Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani
Naxos 8.660403–04

This release marks the latest stage in our largely completed project to record all Rossini’s operas, in conjunction with the Dynamic label, before the end of the decade. It’s also a rarity, with only one alternative complete recording on CD. The fact that Rossini re-used much of his music for Sigismondo in later hit operas attests to its quality. The work’s emphasis on madness, guilt and coloratura expressions of inner feeling results in a fascinating meeting of convention and experiment, brought to life by the internationally renowned cast. The superb reviews were led by appreciation for mezzo-soprano Margarita Gritskova in the title role, “…deep, flexible and technically assured, outstanding in the role, faithfully portraying the insanity of Sigismundo.” (Operapronto) The performance, recorded live at last year’s Rossini in Wildbad, was once again in the expert hands of Antonino Fogliani, musical director of the festival since 2011.



SOLER Keyboard Sonatas Nos. 67–74
Regina Chernychko
Naxos 8.573750

This is Volume 7 in the second Naxos cycle of Soler’s keyboard sonatas. The first, recorded in the 1990s, featured Gilbert Rowland on harpsichord throughout. Our current cycle is distinguished by the fact that each volume is recorded by a different artist, and the performances are on piano, not harpsichord. The programme on this latest release includes some inventive and ingenious writing, from the fugal brilliance of No. 67 in D major, to the virtuoso elements of No. 69 in F major, and the delightful Spanish flavour of No. 74 in D major. Soloist Regina Chernychko has won many international competition awards, including First Prize at the 2014 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona.



Fritz Kreisler Complete Recordings, Vol. 7 (1921–1925)
Fritz Kreisler
Naxos Historical 8.111406

There are other Kreisler projects, then there’s the Naxos Kreisler project, which is uniquely placed in that it unites all the artist’s recordings from every label. This seventh volume takes us to the end of his acoustic sessions and the first to use the new Victor electric system. Performing on his favourite 1733 Stradivarius in Victor’s New York studio, Fritz Kreisler’s playing was still at its peak at the introduction of microphone recording with its heightened realism and fidelity. Using our highest standards of audio restoration and remastering, this ongoing series has become the main reference for these historic recordings: “…the results are incredible.” (ClassicsToday.com on Vol.3, 8.110922) Kreisler’s recordings with orchestra are already available on Naxos Historical.



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