2005-02-14

Orchestra labels

The new century has given rise to a number of orchestras creating their own record labels. Orchestras find this allows them to circumvent the ills of the struggling commercial industry and still reach their audiences. Orchestras are in the habit, after all, of giving live concerts. With a greater investment of expertise and resources in their recording activities orchestras find they can produce viable recordings that circumvent the ills of the struggling commercial industry.

The trend has been led by Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra possessed recording resources of its own and benefited from the presence of reording veterans as players. Its label, LSO Live, scored a with its recording of Berlioz Les Troyens with Sir Colin Davis. The expanding catalog offers LSO performances with Davis of major Berlioz works, Holst's The Planets, Verdi's Falstaff, and symphonies by Dvorak, Elgar, and Sibelius. The new cycle of Brahms symphonies with Bernard Haitink is good news for those of us interested in the work of this conductor of stature at the peak of his career.

Some links to orchestra-sponsored labels:

RCO Live (Royal Concertgebouworchestra, Amsterdam)
RLPO Live (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic)
The Halle Orchestra UK
LSO Live (London Symphony Orchestra)
Monteverdi Productions (English Baroque Soloists)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra

Thanks to my colleagues at Orchestralist, especially Martin Anderson and Lawrence Yates, for calling my attention to some of these.

Know of more? Please post a comment and I'll add the links.

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