A pleasant surprise
The Maggini Quartet plays Bax -
and RON BIERMAN listens
'... enthusiastic, first-class performances.'
Inexpensive Vox boxes were once a great way to scratch an LP collector's
itch. The full-priced labels didn't mind because Vox wasn't direct
competition. It specialized in off-beat repertoire, and sound and performance
rarely approached the best. Today's low-priced Naxos label on the other
hand must be driving the full-priced labels crazy. It appears they plan
to record everything ever written with production standards never less than
competitive. Naxos is taking advantage of new technology and today's
larger supply of first-rate musicians, chamber groups and orchestras. The
results are often wonderful for collectors, even if not on a budget.
The Naxos recordings of the Maggini Quartet help prove the point. The
Quartet's Elgar, Britten and Walton performances are as fine as any
at full price. Try their recording of a less well known composer such as
Moeran and you'll be delighted with your find.
Copyright © 2 October 2002
Ron Bierman, San Diego, USA