Record Labels Archives: Naxos

WagnerOvs

Wagner Concert Overtures, Sort Of

Last time I checked, the Siegfried Idyll was not a concert overture. It's a pity, really, because Wagner did write more than we fi...
naxossiegfried

Lyrical Siegfried With Top-Notch Leads From Hong Kong

This is a fine follow-up to the same group's Die Walküre released on Naxos last year (see reviews). Maestro Jaap van Zweden is ag...

Hely-Hutchinson, etc.: Christmas Carol Symphonies

[Re-post from 2003] There's nothing like Christmas to bring out a composer's more unapologetically clever and enthusiastically ind...
Szechenyi

Light Music from A Hungarian Diplomat

Imre Széchényi (1825-98) was a Hungarian diplomat and composer noted for his dance music--you know, sort of like Johann Strauss,...

Major Discoveries: Karayev’s Symphony No. 3 and Other Works

This is an important release. A native of Azerbaijan, Kara Karayev (1918-82) was one of Shostakovich's favorite colleagues, and a ...
BizetGonz

Bountiful Bizet from Barcelona

We can never have too many fine recordings of this perennially fresh music, but you'd be surprised just how few releases contain t...
MayrOvertures

Plagiarism 101: Mayr Overtures

Giovanni Simone Mayr may not have been a great composer, but he was certainly an opportunistic one. The seven opera overtures pres...
hawesrevelation

From The Sublime To The Unmemorable

A new recording by the Elora Festival Singers--now called simply The Elora Singers--is always cause for interest, and usually sign...
bianca

Bellini’s Bianca e Gernando In Splendid First Recording

This, Bellini's second opera (actually the first, after the student production Adelson e Salvini) got off to a poor start: schedul...
esenvaldsnaxos

Ešenvalds’ Doors Of Heaven

This is a recording that makes me wish I had scores at hand while listening. These four works, written by Latvian composer Eriks E...