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Title: Naxos recommendations
Post by: DavidW on April 16, 2011, 11:03:31 AM
I like

Modern/Postmodern: Orchestral
Romantic: Piano
Classical: Chamber (PI)
Baroque: Vocal

Any recs?
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: Daverz on April 16, 2011, 06:20:11 PM
MDT is also having a Naxos sale, and an order of 5 CDs actually comes out a couple bucks cheaper for me because Archiv collects California sales tax (of course I include all this uncollected sales tax when doing my California state tax return  ;) ).  MDT also has the stuff that can't be released in the US.

Sticking to recentish Naxoi:

The Sarasate series with Tianwa Yang
Schmidt Symphonies (particularly Symphony No. 2)
Balada: Caprichos
Michael Daugherty orchestral works (the latest is Route 66 and other works.)
Roussel Symphonies
Brian: Symphonies 11 & 15
Ginastera: Veriaciones Concertantes
Dvorak: Piano Quartets
Hindemith: Chamber works for clarinet
Benjamin Lees: String Quartets
Schoenberg: String Quartets 3 & 4




Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: DavidW on April 17, 2011, 05:19:12 AM
Thanks!  I ordered one of the Roussel and a bunch of others that posters on that forum rec'd me.

Thanks for all of the recs, out of what I did not have and what I'm interested in plus a couple of others that I wanted I placed my order:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yJsI8N7RL._SS500_.jpg)
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: Brian on April 18, 2011, 10:30:32 PM
Is it still on? These are the things I ordered, (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,13.msg504421.html#msg504421) after weeks of NML listening; they're the ones I decided I had to have on my iPod/with me when I was internet-free.
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: Brahmsian on April 19, 2011, 04:08:49 AM
David, my obvious recommendation is to purchase all of the Taneyev Naxos recordings.  8)
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: karlhenning on April 19, 2011, 04:47:43 AM
Thanks!  I ordered one of the Roussel and a bunch of others that posters on that forum rec'd me.

Thanks for all of the recs, out of what I did not have and what I'm interested in plus a couple of others that I wanted I placed my order:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yJsI8N7RL._SS500_.jpg)

Well, that very conductor just led the BSO in that very symphony, Davey. A great experience!

His whole cycle on Naxos is worthwhile.

 
Have you considered any of the William Schuman symphony cycle on Naxos?
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: DavidW on April 19, 2011, 04:57:45 AM
Is it still on? These are the things I ordered, (http://www.good-music-guide.com/community/index.php/topic,13.msg504421.html#msg504421) after weeks of NML listening; they're the ones I decided I had to have on my iPod/with me when I was internet-free.

Oh sorry it ended on Monday, but the mdt one might still be on.
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: DavidW on April 19, 2011, 04:58:49 AM
Well, that very conductor just led the BSO in that very symphony, Davey. A great experience!

His whole cycle on Naxos is worthwhile.

 
Have you considered any of the William Schuman symphony cycle on Naxos?

Oh wow cool beans!  Next time I grab some cheap naxos I'll grab one of those Schuman recordings, and probably another Lutoslawski and a Stamitz cello concertos.
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: Brian on April 19, 2011, 05:15:46 AM
Stamitz cello concertos.

GREAT CD! I haven't put it on for a while, maybe this afternoon - 75 and sunny in London - is the perfect moment. :)
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: DavidW on April 19, 2011, 05:41:42 AM
GREAT CD! I haven't put it on for a while, maybe this afternoon - 75 and sunny in London - is the perfect moment. :)

Oh awesome!  I'll have to buy it soon. :)
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: karlhenning on April 19, 2011, 05:43:00 AM
Oh, you lads . . . you lured me to Arkivmusic . . . and I gave over my April music abstinence.

Mind you, the responsibility is all mine.
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: Xenophanes on April 20, 2011, 01:24:58 PM
Kraus symphonies
Vanhal Symphonies
Late Dvorak Quartets with the Vlach Qt. of Prague
Haydn Symphony No. 22
Stokowski-Bach transcriptions
Stokowski-Mussorgsky transcriptions
Elgar Symphonies
Smetana Ma Vlast
Bruckner Symphonies
Feeney Dracula ballet
Schumann Symphonies
Berwald Symphonies and Tone Poems
Lilburn Symphonies and Orchestral Works
Bach Oboe Concertos
Bach Cello Suites (Casals, Maria Kliegel)
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Bizet-Breiner Carmen Concerto
Shchedrin Carmen Suite
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2-Anissimov
En la Fete de Noel
The Mystery of Christmas
Mayuzumi Mandala Symphony
On the Way to Bethlehem
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4-Alsop
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: Brian on April 20, 2011, 01:33:28 PM
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4-Alsop

Hrm, I haven't heard the symphony, but I thought the Romeo and Juliet performance appended to it was pretty boring.

Lilburn Symphonies and Orchestral Works
Bach Oboe Concertos
Mayuzumi Mandala Symphony

Thanks for the reminder - need to listen to these. And I can endorse the following as Good Stuff:

Kraus symphonies
Vanhal Symphonies
Late Dvorak Quartets with the Vlach Qt. of Prague
Stokowski-Bach transcriptions
Stokowski-Mussorgsky transcriptions
Smetana Ma Vlast
Bruckner Symphonies
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2-Anissimov
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: karlhenning on April 21, 2011, 01:20:20 AM
Hrm, I haven't heard the symphony, but I thought the Romeo and Juliet performance appended to it was pretty boring.

Making that piece "boring" is a Crime Against Music!  Seek out the guilty party/parties!
Title: Re: Arkiv has naxos sale: what to buy?
Post by: DavidW on April 21, 2011, 07:20:09 AM
btw I've heard that naxos has the best Manfred recording:



I'm tempted to get it along with that Stamitz cc's.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: DavidW on April 21, 2011, 07:21:31 AM
btw I have changed the title of the thread since the sale is over but the discussion may continue.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on April 21, 2011, 08:16:30 AM
David/haydnfan, some recent Naxoses I got that I liked, even if they don't all fit exactly the category you outlined:

Schuman: Symphony #6
Dvorak: Piano Quartets (2nding an above rec!)
Sweelinck: Harpsichord Music (if you like Byrd, you'll like this)
Schoenberg: String Trio, Septet etc.
Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto
Rochberg: Symphony #1
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: DavidW on April 21, 2011, 09:12:12 AM
I think that's the second time someone has rec'd Schuman, I should listen to that guy!
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: listener on April 21, 2011, 09:25:27 PM
Naxos sale at HB Direct   link didn't copy, but address should work
"at HBDirect.com! Earlier this month increases in wholesale costs drove the price of a single Naxos CD up to $9.99, but with this private sale activated you'll pay just $6.99. Click the RSVP logo above or on our website and input the code NAX411 to turn the sale prices on. Order as often as you wish, but remember that the RSVP code expires on May 1st, so don't miss your chance to relive the Naxos prices of the good old days.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brahmsian on April 23, 2011, 05:58:01 AM




I haven't heard these recording, James, but I'd be willing to bet my last dollar that they are amazing!
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 29, 2011, 12:34:27 PM
Fodder for the haters of "Naxos artists" (aka Toucan): this month the Naxos Opera Blu-Ray was Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev. Next month's release in the same line is Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, with Placido Domingo in the title role. Aldo Ciccolini's Naxos debut, of piano quintets by Mario Pilati and Achille Longo (with the Circolo Artistico), will be released in November. Cho-Liang Lin's Vivaldi Four Seasons have just been re-released on Blu-Ray.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brewski on April 29, 2011, 12:38:13 PM
Fodder for the haters of "Naxos artists" (aka Toucan): this month the Naxos Opera Blu-Ray was Berlioz' Benvenuto Cellini with the Vienna Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev. Next month's release in the same line is Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac, with Placido Domingo in the title role. Aldo Ciccolini's Naxos debut, of piano quintets by Mario Pilati and Achille Longo (with the Circolo Artistico), will be released in November. Cho-Liang Lin's Vivaldi Four Seasons have just been re-released on Blu-Ray.

How embarrassing, to have to hire such hacks!

 ;D  ;D  ;D

--Bruce
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on April 03, 2013, 11:27:51 AM
Arkiv is having a sale on Naxos over the next couple weeks; multi-disc sets don't really seem to be a deal, but single discs come to ~$6.66, which is about as cheap as I will see them outside BRO.  If anyone has a few minutes to kill, I'd appreciate any recommendations for things that are really, really good....not only but especially "extra-repertory", non-canon type stuff.  FWIW here's a list of items I am pretty sure I want (feel free to correct me if you think there's a superior alternative that straight-up obviates the Naxos selection):
1. Bruckner: quintet etc (Fine Arts)
2. Penderecki: a couple more-recent discs (Cello Conc. 2, etc)
3. Wuorinen: some other discs than the one w/1st string quartet, which I have
4. Druckman: QUARTETS 2 & 3 etc
5. Stephen Albert: RIVERRUN (Symphs 1 & 2)
6. Havergal Brian: SYMPH 1 (GOTHIC) - no, actually I _do_ want this one...
7. Mozart: flute concertos (Gallois)
8. Martinu: Piano Quintets (Karel Kosárek & Martinu Quartet)
9. Miaskovsky/Vainberg: violin concertos (Yablonsky)
10. Krzysztof Meyer: three discs of string quartets
11. David Diamond: SYMPH 1 + ENORMOUS ROOM (maybe there's a better Diamond disc to start with?)
12. Silvius Weiss: what are the best couple discs of his lute music to try as an entree?  I've sampled some and I like it, but there's so much...
13. W.F. Bach: 12 POLONAISES (Robert Hill)

That's not even the whole list.   :-[   I'll post one more installment later tonight.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Archaic Torso of Apollo on April 03, 2013, 11:36:55 AM

8. Martinu: Piano Quintets (Karel Kosárek & Martinu Quartet)

I can highly recommend this one. The 2nd PQ is one of his best chamber works, and the 1st is certainly worth hearing.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mandryka on April 03, 2013, 11:38:27 AM
Beethoven dances by Capella Istropolitana (has anyone sampled their Brandenburgs?)

Scarlatti CDs from Benjamin  Frith,  Evgeny Zarafiants and Beatrice Long.

Everything from the Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet

Everything from the Campanella Trio

Van Dael's Bach solo

Everything by Bach and Buxtehude  from Ruebsam

Everything from Antti Siirala

Vartolo's Goldbergs

Beghin's Haydn

Béla Drahos's Haydn symphonies

Hill's WF Bach

Einar Steen-Nøkleberg's Grieg

Vartolo's Monteverdi Canzonettas

Oxford Camerata's Missa Susanna un jour

Does anyone like Glen Wilson's Byrd Fantasies? 
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 03, 2013, 11:41:58 AM
2. Penderecki: a couple more-recent discs (Cello Conc. 2, etc) Horn Concerto is stupendous; coupled with his avant-garde-iest stuff FYI
12. Silvius Weiss: what are the best couple discs of his lute music to try as an entree?  I've sampled some and I like it, but there's so much... I'm a huge Weiss enthusiast. I recommend some of the volumes around 7-8-9, where there are some nice works in really dramatic keys like D minor and F sharp minor

I also very very strongly second Mandryka's recommendation of the Trio Campanella's guitar CDs. Their Albeniz album is literally my favorite guitar CD.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mandryka on April 03, 2013, 11:43:29 AM
I also very very strongly second Mandryka's recommendation of the Trio Campanella's guitar CDs. Their Albeniz album is literally my favorite guitar CD.

You know, they prepared the transcription with Larrocha.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 03, 2013, 11:44:48 AM
You know, they prepared the transcription with Larrocha.
Wow. I did not know that.

The entrance of the third guitar thirty seconds into "Evocación" still bowls me over every single time.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on April 03, 2013, 11:45:44 AM
Vartolo's Goldbergs

That's on the Tactus label, isn't it?  Do you mean Vartolo's ART OF FUGUE?
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mandryka on April 03, 2013, 11:53:56 AM
That's on the Tactus label, isn't it?  Do you mean Vartolo's ART OF FUGUE?

Oops. I don't recommend that unless you have an open mind.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Sammy on April 03, 2013, 12:03:23 PM
I very much like Vartolo's Art of Fugue. 

I don't think anyone mentioned Medtner's Violin Sonatas (2 separate cd's) - great music played expertly and with appropriate expression.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: mc ukrneal on April 03, 2013, 12:07:11 PM
For me, this would be (and trying to keep it to a manageable number):
Ries: Piano Concertos (5 discs)
Dussek: Symphonies
Franz Xaver Richter: Symphonies (2 discs)
Brahms: Hungarian Dances
Dvorak: Legends, from the Bohemian Forest (Matthies and Kohn)
Grieg: Piano Works Steen-Nockleberg (lots of good stuff, if you don't want them all, I'd start with any of the first 4 in the series or the Lyric Pieces)
Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante 1851 version Jando
Mendelssohn: String Quintets (Fine Arts Quintet)
Rossini: Tancredi (opera)
Stanford: Requiem (definitely less mainstream, and would recommend you sample before you buy, but it is a good performance)
Tyberg: Syphony No. 3 (excellent)

There are a number of fine classical period symphonies that you could add (Cannabich, Pleyel, Vanhal, etc.), but did not want to make the list too long. Mendelssohn piano works was another I was thinking of. These get honorable mention.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Wakefield on April 03, 2013, 12:09:41 PM
I very much like Vartolo's Art of Fugue. 

+1 (mine)

- 1 (Premont)

Grand Total = still 1

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mandryka on April 03, 2013, 12:33:37 PM
For me, this would be (and trying to keep it to a manageable number):
Ries: Piano Concertos (5 discs)
Dussek: Symphonies
Franz Xaver Richter: Symphonies (2 discs)
Brahms: Hungarian Dances
Dvorak: Legends, from the Bohemian Forest (Matthies and Kohn)
Grieg: Piano Works Steen-Nockleberg (lots of good stuff, if you don't want them all, I'd start with any of the first 4 in the series or the Lyric Pieces)
Liszt: Études d'exécution transcendante 1851 version Jando
Mendelssohn: String Quintets (Fine Arts Quintet)
Rossini: Tancredi (opera)
Stanford: Requiem (definitely less mainstream, and would recommend you sample before you buy, but it is a good performance)
Tyberg: Syphony No. 3 (excellent)

There are a number of fine classical period symphonies that you could add (Cannabich, Pleyel, Vanhal, etc.), but did not want to make the list too long. Mendelssohn piano works was another I was thinking of. These get honorable mention.

The Steen-Nockleberg which impressed me the most was the big bad ballade. Best I've heard since Godowsky.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Sammy on April 03, 2013, 12:34:00 PM
For me, this would be (and trying to keep it to a manageable number):
Tyberg: Syphony No. 3 (excellent)

That's a real eye-opener.  I also like that it's coupled with a chamber work (the piano trio).
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on April 03, 2013, 08:39:39 PM
Thanks a lot everybody for these recommendations; a number of items I've never heard of, and a little sampling makes me glad you mentioned them.  More recommendations would still be appreciated.  Here are some more I was thinking of getting.  In many if not most cases of these I am mentioning, here and in my earlier post above, there's already been some discussion/recommendation of the discs at GMG, in case anyone wants to collect some opinions on their own.

14. Tveitt: PIANO CONCERTO 4 etc
15. Liszt: HUNGARIAN RHAPSODIES [Jeno Jando] (vols. 12/13 of his Liszt series)
16. Philip Glass: VIOLIN CONCERTO [Adele Anthony]
17. Gubaidulina: FACHWERK/SILENZIO
18. Ligeti: STRING QUARTETS (Parker 4tt)
19. Moeran: SYMPHONY & SINFONIETTA [Lloyd-George] - I think there was a Lyrita I was also considering...
20. Finzi: ENGLISH SONG SERIES vols. 12 & 15 ["I Said To Love", "Earth & Air & Rain"] - ....and/or other Finzi?
21. Bartok: three discs w/Pauk [SONATA/44 DUOS + RHAPSODIES + VIOLIN SONATAS
22. Busoni: MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS [Schiller/Humphrey]
23. Enescu: STRING QUARTETS 1 & 2 [Ad Libitum 4tt]
24. Rihm: COMPLETE VIOLIN/PIANO
25. Buxtehude: MEMBRA [Fasolis]
26. Dunstaple: SWEET HARMONY [Tonus Peregrinus]
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Opus106 on April 04, 2013, 12:59:11 AM
Arkiv is having a sale on Naxos over the next couple weeks; multi-disc sets don't really seem to be a deal, but single discs come to ~$6.66, which is about as cheap as I will see them outside BRO.  If anyone has a few minutes to kill, I'd appreciate any recommendations for things that are really, really good....not only but especially "extra-repertory", non-canon type stuff.

Thanks for reviving this thread. If you're interested MDT is having a Clearence sale and with to-be-deleted items (~2.50 Pounds). Naturally, not every title is available there. Also, $6.60 is about the price that Presto is asking for the Naxos CDs in their Early Music offer.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on April 04, 2013, 01:08:09 AM
Thanks for reviving this thread. If you're interested MDT is having a Clearence sale and with to-be-deleted items (~2.50 Pounds). Naturally, not every title is available there. Also, $6.60 is about the price that Presto is asking for the Naxos CDs in their Early Music offer.

Thanks for mentioning that MDT sale.  Since I got the "VIP" ~free shipping with Arkiv, I end up saving an additional buck or so per disc that way, but the Presto sale seems to have lots of nice Naxos Historical items that I cannot get Stateside.  And I think the Presto offer is not just for 'early music' Naxos titles but for ~all Naxos titles; it's a label-wide sale.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: The new erato on April 04, 2013, 01:55:53 AM
Oxford Camerata's Missa Susanna un jour
That's one of my favorite Lassus discs.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 04, 2013, 04:35:06 AM
15. Liszt: HUNGARIAN RHAPSODIES [Jeno Jando] (vols. 12/13 of his Liszt series)
16. Philip Glass: VIOLIN CONCERTO [Adele Anthony]

My landslide favorite Liszt Rhapsodies, and my favorite Jando; the Glass is really good too, and you must have seen Karl recommending the Busoni recently...
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on April 05, 2013, 12:08:56 AM
Indeed, I think it is Karl who mentioned that Busoni; I'm on a burgeoning FB kick right now, plus two-piano music is of interest to me generally.  And I think it's you I have to thank for the Jando/HUNGARIAN recommendation!  It is hard for me to remember where all the input comes from, even with me being a GMG homebody in terms of classical music info.

One more batch of items I'm interested in.

27. Carissimi: at least a few discs by Consortium Carissimi [curious how they compare with the recent Brilliant box set by Seicentonovecento/Colusso, and also a much-praised disc by Les Voix Baroques on Atma]
28. Brahms/Schumann piano quintets by Kodaly/Jando [I might be approaching overkill on both of these evergreens, but I have heard this disc singled out for praise several times, various places]
29. Bloch: VIOLIN SONATAS 1 & 2, SUITE HEBRAIQUE [Kramer/Over]
30. Bloch: FOUR EPISODES & TWO POEMS
31. Weber: SYMPHWS 1 & 2 (Queensland/Georgiadis)

Also interested in 20c/21c composers and works that I might not yet know.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: The new erato on April 05, 2013, 05:51:44 AM

Also interested in 20c/21c composers and works that I might not yet know.
The Meyer and Hindemith string quartet series.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: mc ukrneal on April 05, 2013, 06:05:55 AM
31. Weber: SYMPHWS 1 & 2 (Queensland/Georgiadis)
These are good. If I had continued my list, they might been in the second grouping. These are definitely on the lighter side (for the most part).
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 05, 2013, 06:27:13 AM
Also interested in 20c/21c composers and works that I might not yet know.

Hindemith quartets, Avner Dorman concertos, Robert Aldridge, "Echoes" with the Seattle Symphony, Glass string quartets, a Fine Arts Quartet CD featuring quartets by Bernard Herrmann and others, "Azerbaijani Piano Concertos" (this features two full-length concertos that are absolutely superb coupled with some filler that's astonishing in its terribleness; still worth hearing), "Concertos of the Jazz Age" with a fun work by Ms. Dana Suesse, Rafael Aguirre's two guitar recitals (one features Ibert and Rautavaara - unconventional fare!).

(http://cdn.classicsonline.com/images/cds/others/8.570444.gif) (http://cdn.classicsonline.com/images/cds/others/8.572715.gif) (http://cdn.classicsonline.com/images/cds/others/8.572212.gif)

I apologize for bankrupting you.  :)
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on April 05, 2013, 07:48:35 AM
All of you guys are terrible.   8)
I really will be buying a lot of these.  People will stop giving me recommendations if they see me always buying stuff other than what they recommend.
Already through samples I think I need much of what's been suggested.  I guess there is no rush; Naxos is a big label and these sales do seem to happen....in fact, it looks like at least three of the major online classical sellers are having big Naxos sales at once.  Breathe, Octave.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mirror Image on April 05, 2013, 08:26:13 AM
If you don't own the William Schuman/Schwarz , Stravinsky/Craft, Schoenberg/Craft, Roussel/Deneve, or the Poulenc chamber music box set, then you should definitely remedy this ASAP.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: vandermolen on April 05, 2013, 08:27:20 AM
All of you guys are terrible.   8)
I really will be buying a lot of these.  People will stop giving me recommendations if the see me always buying stuff other than what they recommend.
Already through samples I think I need much of what's been suggested.  I guess there is no rush; Naxos is a big label and these sales do seem to happen....in fact, it looks like at least three of the major online classical sellers are having big Naxos sales at once.  Breathe, Octave.

And don't forget this!  ;D

Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 05, 2013, 08:42:59 AM
Roussel/Deneve

*looks below fists*

This... is an ex-table.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mirror Image on April 05, 2013, 08:44:51 AM
*looks below fists*

This... is an ex-table.

 :P
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: mc ukrneal on April 05, 2013, 04:20:48 PM
All of you guys are terrible.   8)
I really will be buying a lot of these.  People will stop giving me recommendations if the see me always buying stuff other than what they recommend.
Already through samples I think I need much of what's been suggested.  I guess there is no rush; Naxos is a big label and these sales do seem to happen....in fact, it looks like at least three of the major online classical sellers are having big Naxos sales at once.  Breathe, Octave.
The past few years the sale at abeille (French site) has had Naxos discs (not the latest releases though) at about $6 per disc. And if you get 16+ discs, shipping is free (and if you know you want 32 discs or more, split it into 2 orders so that you can earn the points on the first order and use them to reduce the cost of the next one). Barnes and Noble had a good Naxos sale the past couple of years in Sept/Oct (though who knows if they will repeat this year) with discs at 6/6.5. Others have had similar sales, so I would just accumulate your wish list and eventually you will be able to unleash your purchases (if you don't figure it out in time for this sale)! There will be another one... :)
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: kishnevi on April 05, 2013, 05:40:30 PM
Thanks a lot everybody for these recommendations; a number of items I've never heard of, and a little sampling makes me glad you mentioned them.  More recommendations would still be appreciated.  Here are some more I was thinking of getting.  In many if not most cases of these I am mentioning, here and in my earlier post above, there's already been some discussion/recommendation of the discs at GMG, in case anyone wants to collect some opinions on their own.

14. Tveitt: PIANO CONCERTO 4 etc
15. Liszt: HUNGARIAN RHAPSODIES [Jeno Jando] (vols. 12/13 of his Liszt series)
16. Philip Glass: VIOLIN CONCERTO [Adele Anthony]
17. Gubaidulina: FACHWERK/SILENZIO
18. Ligeti: STRING QUARTETS (Parker 4tt)
19. Moeran: SYMPHONY & SINFONIETTA [Lloyd-George] - I think there was a Lyrita I was also considering...
20. Finzi: ENGLISH SONG SERIES vols. 12 & 15 ["I Said To Love", "Earth & Air & Rain"] - ....and/or other Finzi?
21. Bartok: three discs w/Pauk [SONATA/44 DUOS + RHAPSODIES + VIOLIN SONATAS
22. Busoni: MUSIC FOR TWO PIANOS [Schiller/Humphrey]
23. Enescu: STRING QUARTETS 1 & 2 [Ad Libitum 4tt]
24. Rihm: COMPLETE VIOLIN/PIANO
25. Buxtehude: MEMBRA [Fasolis]
26. Dunstaple: SWEET HARMONY [Tonus Peregrinus]

Quadruple yeah for the two I bolded.  The others I don't have.
Don't forget Petrenko's Shostakovich series, and the French Violinist Composer series, especially Wang's Sarasate recordings.
Konstantin Scherbakov's recording of Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues
I have to admit I wasn't nearly as keen on that Azerbajaini Piano Concerto CD as Brian is. 
As MI mentioned, Roussel/Deneve.

Over the years,  I've found that Naxos is hit or miss, and very often miss, on "mainstream" or "major" composers and music,  but incredibly good on stuff that's not so mainstream.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mirror Image on April 05, 2013, 05:43:09 PM
the French Violinist Composer series, especially Wang's Sarasate recordings.

You know, I need pick those recordings up myself. How are they?
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Wakefield on April 05, 2013, 05:43:21 PM
Some of my favourite discs on Naxos (although I think I have written a list before):



... and almost every thing recorded by Wilson on Naxos.

... and all the Bach harpsichord concertos performed by Helmut Müller-Brühl and his Cologne Chamber Orchestra, plus their excellent oboe concertos.  :)
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: kishnevi on April 05, 2013, 06:06:13 PM
You know, I need pick those recordings up myself. How are they?

They're very good, but I'm not sure if you're really interested in the music:  mostly 1800 to 1875 orchestral and chamber music (I'm referring to the entire series, not just the Sarasate.)

And Gordon properly pointed out their box of Haydn masses, and the Beghin box of Haydn keyboard works, to which I would add their set of Haydn concertos.

And Elizabeth Farr's double CD of Bach's concertos for solo harpsichord (but not her double CD of music for lute/harpsichord/Lautenwerk, which I think (to be very blunt) stinks like a skunk in smog.  Gordon obviously has a different opinion about that recording!)

And anything by the Oxford Camerata.

It strikes me that one could almost wander blindly through Naxos catalogue,  pick at random, and come up with all winners if one avoided  works that are often recorded by other labels.

And even there are some winners.  Slatkin's Rachmaninov, for example.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on April 05, 2013, 06:09:39 PM
I have to admit I wasn't nearly as keen on that Azerbajaini Piano Concerto CD as Brian is.
Is this even accounting for the fact that I described the three shorter works as "terribleness"?
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: kishnevi on April 05, 2013, 06:12:40 PM
Is this even accounting for the fact that I described the three shorter works as "terribleness"?

If I remember correctly, I thought the main featured works were worse than the fillers!
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Wakefield on April 05, 2013, 06:21:51 PM
And Elizabeth Farr's double CD of Bach's concertos for solo harpsichord (but not her double CD of music for lute/harpsichord/Lautenwerk, which I think (to be very blunt) stinks like a skunk in smog.  Gordon obviously has a different opinion about that recording!)

No doubt. Playing, instrument and sound quality are, IMO, first class.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: kishnevi on April 05, 2013, 06:39:40 PM
No doubt. Playing, instrument and sound quality are, IMO, first class.

I thought the playing and the instrument were very clunky.

But at least I agree with you about the sound quality  ;D
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Wakefield on April 05, 2013, 07:58:46 PM
I thought the playing and the instrument were very clunky.

But at least I agree with you about the sound quality  ;D

Well, admittedly some listeners have some problems to be used to the sound of the lute-harpsichord. Personally, I loved the instrument since the first time I listened to it (Robert Hill &  Kim Heindel).

IMO, this Keith Hill instrument (built under Bach's specifications) is probably the best modern attempt of reconstruction of this lost kind of keyboard.

For those interested, here can be read some reviews on Farr's 2-CD set:

http://www.naxos.com/reviews/reviewslist.asp?catalogueid=8.570470-71&languageid=EN

 :)
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Octave on May 14, 2013, 09:41:58 PM
The last slew of recommendations was incredibly useful; it guided a lot of buying and even more listening.

I think most of the recommendation, by far, were for normal Naxos titles, modern if not recent recordings.  Would anyone be willing to offer some essential Naxos Historical titles?
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Mandryka on May 15, 2013, 09:15:08 AM
Two things from the histoicals I recommend are Backhaus's pre war Brahms op 118 and Chopin's 3rd Ballade played by Rachmaninov, provided you like the music. Rubinstein's pre war Mazurkas and nocturnes too. The Schnabel Beethoven on Naxos  is good enough, I haven't heard a better transfer of his diabelli variations (though I dislike the performance) So is the Cortot (I especially recommend the Liszt and Webern, and Chopin preludes and etudes)  and Moiseiwitsch (the CD with the two recordings of the Barcarolle is particularly valuable I think, and the Beethoven concerto is valuable especially for the 1st movement cadenza. )

But maybe wait for someone who's more into transfer techniques  than me to make a comment.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Jo498 on January 12, 2017, 01:00:02 PM
Historical:
Schnabel's and Weingartner's Beethoven, Bruno Walter's live Fidelio and Don Giovanni (although neither has good sound), Heifetz/Feuermann Brahms double concerto, Heifetz/Toscanini Beethoven concerto + Heifetz/Koussevitzky Brahms concerto

Non-historical
Bartok: Early chamber music with Jando etc. Violin sonatas with Pauk/Jando

Brahms: 4 hand piano series (Frankly, I care only about the "original" works but they are all interesting and done very well - plus I met Christian Köhn several times socially and he is a very agreeable person..)

Buxtehude: Harpsichord music with Wilson, Chamber music with Mortensen and friends (supposedly the discs with Mortensen solo are also good as well as some of the organ and vocal series but I have not heard them)
 
Dohnanyi: Sextet + Senerade, fantastic music and great recording
Dvorak: string quartets and other chamber music with the Vlach quartet, great for filling gaps and pretty good anyway, if not up with the best recordings by the Smetana, Janacek or the old Vlach and other vintage Czech ensembles
Wind serenade (Oslo), recommended above, very nice disc, maybe even more for the less frequently recorded fillers (Enescu + Janacek)

Franck: piano quintet Levinas/Ludwig

Haydn: The Kodaly quartet series and some of the symphony series are quite and and certainly good enough as fillers, but I was not really impressed by any of them, that is one can usually do considerably better. Exception maybe for the "op.3" which is not by Haydn and therefore not included in most recent recordings; they do a very good job.

Liszt: Arnaldo Cohen with Totentanz etc.

Monteverdi: Madrigals

Mozart: Piano quartets

Reger: Chamber works, if one cares about that stuff

Rossini: Tancredi, Podles Alto arias recital

Shostakovich: 24 Preludes+Fugues and another disk with Sherbakov, Piano quintet + Schnittke, what I have heard of the string quartets is quite good but there are now so many cheap great complete recordings of them, one can probably do better even cheaper

Spohr: Clarinet concertos

Stravinsky: I have two or three of the Craft recordings; very good for lesser known works (and maybe for others, too)

Weber: Symphonies and piano concertos (although one can probably do somewhat better, the fillers of the symphony disc are hard to come by otherwise)

I guess there is a lot more that is at least pretty good and even more I never heard and never will.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Brian on September 05, 2021, 06:03:11 PM
Cross posting from Bargains thread:

Per Europadisc, Naxos is significantly raising its suggested retail price in October and this month is effectively "last call" on current Naxos prices. Europadisc is doing a big sale on Naxos recordings now so if you have anything on your wishlist, buy buy buy.

Full explanation: "Unfortunately, Naxos will be increasing their prices significantly from 29 September 2021. We will be continuing our discount sale right through to 14 November, but the discounts will have to apply to the new standard prices from 29 September onwards. We suggest taking advantage of the September prices while you can!

"(for reference, our current standard price of £7.65 for most single Naxos CDs will be increasing to £10.76 from 29 September - an increase of approximately 40%)"

Individual CDs are as low as US $3.69 for Rawsthorne and Alwyn symphonies and Bax chamber music.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Roasted Swan on September 05, 2021, 10:18:49 PM
Cross posting from Bargains thread:

Per Europadisc, Naxos is significantly raising its suggested retail price in October and this month is effectively "last call" on current Naxos prices. Europadisc is doing a big sale on Naxos recordings now so if you have anything on your wishlist, buy buy buy.

Full explanation: "Unfortunately, Naxos will be increasing their prices significantly from 29 September 2021. We will be continuing our discount sale right through to 14 November, but the discounts will have to apply to the new standard prices from 29 September onwards. We suggest taking advantage of the September prices while you can!

"(for reference, our current standard price of £7.65 for most single Naxos CDs will be increasing to £10.76 from 29 September - an increase of approximately 40%)"

Individual CDs are as low as US $3.69 for Rawsthorne and Alwyn symphonies and Bax chamber music.

Ouch!  And to think Naxos were launched on the platform of "bargain basement" prices.  At the moment Presto are offering their sale of 50% off hi-res downloads which makes them about £3.75.  As ever the debate about how audible this 'improved' audio is will rage, but at any case that price for lossless downloads is good.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Jo498 on September 05, 2021, 10:21:58 PM
Naxos had been climbing from budget to midprice over the last 20 years or so in Germany. It's about EUR 9.99 usually nowadays. But there are also sales occasionally. I don't recognize a system, but jpc has also some for 1.99 (clearly a sale), 3.99, 5.99, 6.99 (until a few years ago 5.99-6.99 was the standard price). I have not seen any announcement of higher prices, but maybe they have already gradually raised more to 9.99 frm 6.99 or 7.99. If EUR 9.99 remains, this would still be quite a bit cheaper than 10.76 GBP.
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: MickeyBoy on September 16, 2021, 01:18:53 PM
What about Gerhaher in all the lieder?

https://naxos.lnk.to/LiederEM?mc_cid=ae54a13d07&mc_eid=18ba6c5444

Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: Jo498 on September 16, 2021, 09:49:00 PM
The Gerhaher Lieder are not Naxos recordings, are they? (rather some BMG label)
Title: Re: Naxos recommendations
Post by: The new erato on September 16, 2021, 10:37:00 PM
They are. Just distributed by Naxos (in The US I guess).