Record Labels Archives: Naxos

Classy Dukas from Tingaud and RTÉ

Dukas' three major orchestral works make a logical and satisfying single program, and they are very well performed and recorded on...

CD From Hell: Strauss Was No Beethoven Conductor

It was a cute idea: for the centenary of the death of Germany's greatest dead composer, record the nine symphonies and include a f...

CD From Hell: Pfitzner’s Oleaginous Beethoven 1 & 6

Hans Pfitzner's Beethoven Symphony recordings, to put it charitably, are not among the 78 era's great milestones. When the curmudg...

Pfitzner’s Beethoven: Not “Historical,” Merely Old

With the advent of electrical recording, the German firm Polydor resolved to bring out the complete Beethoven symphonies in time f...

CD from Historical Hell: Koussevitzky Commissions and Ruins Pictures

Given the fact that Koussevitzky commissioned Ravel's famous orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition, it's surprising that Bost...

Very Promising New Fibich Cycle From Naxos

Zdenek Fibich only lived to be 50, but he was amazingly prolific: three symphonies plus numerous orchestral works, seven operas, t...

Beck’s Bounteous Op. 4 Symphonies

As the excellently written notes to this release point out, Beck probably would be far more highly regarded today had he not give ...

Alsop Finds Her Footing in Prokofiev’s Second

Marin Alsop's Prokofiev cycle with the São Paulo Symphony began disappointingly with the Fifth, improved dramatically with the Fo...

Petrenko’s Magnificent, Harrowing “Babi Yar”

Vasily Petrenko's generally sensational Shostakovich cycle concludes with this powerful and gripping performance of the Thirteenth...

Filling In The Gaps: Smart Bartók From Falletta

Here's a fine way to plug a hole in your Bartók collection. Kossuth is a big, fat Straussian symphonic poem (eight horns and all ...