Record Labels Archives: Chandos

CD From Hell: Oundjian’s Rubenesque Sheherazade

The justification for this disc is incomprehensible. It’s only fort-five minutes long—there is no coupling. Not that you’d w...

Järvi’s Prokofiev Sixth: Still The Version Of Choice

Prokofiev's Sixth was pretty much neglected by major conductors in the West (Ormandy and Martinon excepted) until Neeme Järvi sco...

Reference Recording: Prokofiev’s Unloved Second Symphony

No one especially loves Prokofiev's Second Symphony. Even the composer had his doubts. It's a loud, dissonant, rather obnoxious pi...

Järvi’s Blistering Prokofiev Fifth

We know the drill: Järvi made too many records (who didn't in the 1980s and '90s?), his conducting was sometimes sloppy, his temp...

Andrew Davis’ Sombre-to-Sunny Elgar Disc

This CD takes us on the proverbial journey from “darkness to light”. Starting with Elgar’s gloomy Cello Concerto (the lugubr...

Bach For Those Who Can’t Count To Three

Hearing this disc brought to mind the immortal words of Mussolini: "It's not difficult to rule the Italians, it's just pointless."...

Bavouzet’s Prokofiev: Not His Best

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is such a good pianist that anything he does that is less than stellar comes as a bit of a shock, but his Pro...

Reference Recording: Wild’s Ageless Rachmaninov Concertos

Two caveats for prospective customers: One is that Earl Wild makes the once-standard "traditional" cuts in the finale of the Third...

Major Discoveries: Williamson’s Our Man in Havana

When Malcolm Williamson died in 2003, the musical world scarcely noticed. Still, I suppose it's better to enjoy growing posthumous...

Storgards’ Sibelius: Over-thought?

There's no question that John Storgards has thought through his Sibelius interpretations, sometimes to the point of mannerism. To ...