Harbison and Stucky Headline a Stirring Naxos CD

Fascinating program from conductor David Alan Miller   A recent CD in the “American Classics” series from Naxos offers a compelling combination of works, masterfully played by the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic, conducted by David Alan Miller. John Harbison headlines the booklet, but the first work on the disc is the earliest, Sun-Treader, by Carl… Continue reading Harbison and Stucky Headline a Stirring Naxos CD

A Pair of New CDs from JoAnn Falletta

Naxos releases of Kodaly and Wagner highlight the Buffalo Philharmonic’s polish If there’s a busier conductor than JoAnn Falletta in the recording studio these days, please let me know: she has released nearly two dozen CDs since 2015, about half of them with the Buffalo Philharmonic. She has been music director there since 1999, and… Continue reading A Pair of New CDs from JoAnn Falletta

“Copland Conducts Copland” a Real Time Capsule

Naxos DVD reissue provides a powerful encounter with two American icons   It certainly is to be expected that many folks have personal reasons for their eager anticipation of hearing a particular recording, seeing a film, et al. I surely did as soon as I learned that Naxos was releasing a “new” DVD titled “Copland… Continue reading “Copland Conducts Copland” a Real Time Capsule

Sono Luminus Label Does It Again…

CD featuring violinist Irina Muresanu as eclectic as it gets   In the space of less than two years, the recording company Sono Luminus (distributed by Naxos) has proven to be the go-to label if you’re looking to break out of a listening rut. One of their latest releases features a violinist few are familiar… Continue reading Sono Luminus Label Does It Again…

Naxos Music Group Helps Us Remember Those Who Can’t—and Breaks New Ground (Again)

The record label and mega-distributor launches “Purple Classics” in joining the fight against Alzheimer’s, and unCLASSIFIED leads the way in classical music streaming services I have to admit that neither of these items are “breaking news” (“Purple Classics” was announced in June, and “unCLASSIFIED” a few weeks ago), but then again it’s hard for anyone… Continue reading Naxos Music Group Helps Us Remember Those Who Can’t—and Breaks New Ground (Again)

Madison Opera Stands Tall for “Little Women”

(Eric Neuville as Laurie and Courtney Miller as Meg in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. Photo by James Gill). In presenting Mark Adamo’s 1998 operatic treatment of Little Women, Madison Opera continued a strong and welcome tradition of presenting worthy recent works, particularly by American composers, and effectively utilizing the more intimate Capitol Theater. When a… Continue reading Madison Opera Stands Tall for “Little Women”