Record Labels Archives: Naxos

Mercadante’s Enjoyable Orchestral Works, Finally

Let's hope this disc represents the start of a series. Mercadante wrote a lot of orchestral music: concertos, fantasias, and whole...

Big Boxes: Prokofiev Symphonies and Concertos from Naxos

This box is a terrific deal. Having had the opportunity to review several of these recordings on initial release, I can say withou...

Major Discoveries: Petrassi’s Neoclassical Works

First the bad news: the sound quality on this release is highly variable. In the Divertimento and Partita the engineering is rich ...

Under the Radar: Ferrara’s Orchestral Works

Franco Ferrara (1911-85) probably was the most renowned conducting teacher before Finland's Jorma Panula. His brilliant early care...

CD From Hell: Harold’s Italian Passport Revoked

What can even a fine conductor do with a bad orchestra in an acoustically lousy room? Leonard Slatkin has had my admiration for de...

Major Discoveries: Hindemith’s Complete Nobilissima

"First recording of complete ballet" this CD tray card proudly proclaims. Sorry guys, that honor goes (at a minimum) to Karl Anton...

Historical Gems: A Thrill-A-Minute Forza

This 1941 recording actually does come under the category of “they’re not making them like this anymore.” Recorded in Italy ...

Horowitz And Beckerman Offer A Fresh Look At Dvorák

The Horowitz here is Joseph, the critic and music historian, not Vladimir, aided and abetted by noted Dvorák scholar Michael Beck...

Reference Recording: Engeset’s Complete Grieg, and Then Some

Choices, choices! Ole Kristian Ruud's superb Grieg box on BIS was and remains a reference for this music, and it is just a smidgen...

Peter Boyer’s Cinematic First Symphony

Two of the works on this disc appeared previously on Koch's collection of Boyer's orchestral music: Celebration Overture and Three...