Record Labels Archives: Naxos

Bacewicz

Major Discoveries: Bacewicz Music for Strings

Grazyna Bacewicz was unquestionably a talented composer, one whose work is well worth getting to know. Stylistically these pieces ...
newzealandbrahms

NZSQ AOK In JB’s SQ 1 & 2

Successful string quartet performance is all about communication, in the purest sense of the word: constant giving and exchanging,...

Filling in the Gaps: Handel’s 1737 Il Trionfo del Tempo e della Verità

This almost unknown, large scale (almost 3 hour) oratorio, The Triumph of Time and Truth, was composed by Handel in Rome in 1707 a...

Alwyn: Orchestral Works and Fun Bits

For a composer no one much cares about and whose music seldom appears on concert programs, William Alwyn has been extremely well t...

Filling in the Gaps: Alwyn’s Appealing Violin Concerto

William Alwyn was a very intelligent composer. His serious concert music, rewarding though much of it is, tends to work "motivical...

Major Discoveries: Fikret Amirov Orchestral Works–Derivative And Fun

Let's face it, Shur sounds suspiciously like the third movement of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, and if the opening of the Azerb...
Raut7

Rautavaara: Angel of Light Shines on Naxos

Hannu Koivula and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra turn in very good performances of these two works. Symphony No. 7, a beaut...
satanella

Victorian Demonic Opera–Balfe’s Satanella

Please let me make clear that the words “light opera” usually make me cringe, but from the finely orchestrated three-minute ov...
RavelSlat

Slatkin Does Not-Quite-Ravel’s Pictures

This disc of "Ravel's" orchestral music (Volume 3 in the series) consists entirely of transcriptions of originals by other compose...

Ives: Three Orchestral Sets, No. 3 a World Premiere

Of all the composers on whom modern musicology is inflicting its current "completion mania", the cause of Ives makes more sense th...