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Film Music: The Neglected Art, May 2012

To celebrate twenty five years, Naxos is offering a CD of some of their best selling CD’s at a suggested retail price of $4.95. It offers a wide range of material spanning nearly 1000 years of music including choral, symphonic, piano material solo and concerto and violin material. The best sellers actually come from the first ten years and include several tracks from the much improved Slovak, Budapest, and Polish orchestras.

For the newcomer to classical music this is an excellent way to introduce you to some of the finest selections from the huge catalog of material that Naxos has to offer.

Highlights of the release include a marvelous reading of the first Hungarian Dance composed by Brahms and performed flawlessly by the Budapest Symphony conducted by Istvan Bogar. Your immediate reaction is to want to run out and purchase the entire CD to hear these wonderful dances originally written for piano. Another surprise was the third movement of George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in ‘F’ Major. The Slovak Radio Symphony and Kathryn Selby feel right at home with this underperformed work. Klara Kormendi gives a nice reading to Gymnopedie No. 1 of Erik Satie. Her delicate touch is nicely captured by the Naxos engineers. © 2012 Film Music: The Neglected Art Read complete review

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