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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, July 2018

Koechlin’s last orchestral score, Le Docteur Fabricius, stands out. Composed between 1941 and 1946, it is a symphonic poem based on a novella of the same name by Koechlin’s uncle Charles Dollfus. Taking fifty-one minutes to perform here, it requires a very large orchestra including ondes Martinot.

Consistently throughout the set, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart under Heinz Holliger’s assured direction shows its undoubted expertise and unity, cementing its credentials as a leading radio orchestra in what is acknowledged as extremely difficult music. Although it has the field virtually to itself, this outstanding set as an overview of Koechlin’s orchestral works is hard to beat. © 2018 MusicWeb International  Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, March 2018

Koechlin was one of the major figures in 20th century music, an eclectic whose musical style included everything from medieval modes to baroque counterpoint to impressionism, neoclassicism and atonality. What makes him unique is that you can frequently find some or all of these qualities in the same work. He was also a master orchestrator. This music, by turns subtle and brilliant, is amazing.

…these exemplary performances, beautifully engineered, set a standard that we are unlikely to see surpassed. © 2018 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Records International, November 2017

The 150th anniversary of Charles Koechlin’s birth in November 2017 is marked by the reissue of all the Koechlin recordings made by the Sudwestrundfunk. This release of Koechlin’s orchestral works includes many world premiere recordings and gives a comprehensive overview of Koechlin’s output from the early orchestral songs to his orchestrations of works by other composers and to his huge later works. Koechlin’s compositional style was very subtle, full of delicate, colorful combinations of instrumental sounds. Many of his colleagues allowed him to orchestrate their works, simply because Koechlin was a master of the art. Koechlin’s compositions were also designed for the imagination, often built around extra musical elements, and are magical, reflective, and highly expressive. This is a shockingly luxurious reissue for these paltry days and at a shockingly low price—the notes, in three languages, sung texts and translations, and recording documentation run to 156 pages! © 2017 Records International



Lynn René Bayley
The Art Music Lounge, October 2017

All in all, an excellent set of Koechlin’s music… All the performances here are first-rate, as is the recorded sound. © 2017 The Art Music Lounge Read complete review





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