Naxos Titles in Chicago’s Daily Herald Top 10 for 2008
January 17, 2009
Despite a growing trend toward digital downloads and rumors that the major labels will eventually leave the classical music business altogether, 2008 was another good year for recordings, wrote Bill Gowen of Chicago’s Daily Herald. Two outstanding Naxos releases were chosen among his Top 10 albums for 2008:
In May, the ESO triumphantly offered its virtuosity to the world with this release on the best-selling Naxos label as part of its American Classics Series. Pasternack's playing of the piano concerto is exquisite, and the St. Charles Singers prove ideal collaborators with Hanson and the CSO in the seldom-heard choral arrangements of Copland's "Old American Songs."
Alsop makes an impressive recording debut with her new orchestra, launching a Dvorak series with a dramatic interpretation of one of the most popular symphonies in the repertoire. She also conducts a well-thought-out performance of the Symphonic Variations. After a controversial appointment in 2007 as the first female music director of the Baltimore Symphony, Alsop appears to have settled comfortably into her new post.
- Bill Gowen, Daily Herald Classical Music Critic, 7 January 2009