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16 Feb 12 Dallas Symphony Going International

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Editor’s Note: The following story comes courtesy

of the Dallas Morning News.


Recordings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will be distributed internationally by the Naxos label, one of the world’s largest sources of classical CDs and DVD

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A three-year partnership was announced at a meeting Wednesday at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

Naxos will distribute CDs of DSO recordings on the orchestra’s own DSO Live label, and make them available for download. Releases so far, all led by music director Jaap van Zweden, include Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh symphonies and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Capriccio italien and Mozartiana Suite.

A recording of the DSO’s world premiere of Steven Stucky’s August 4, 1964,

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with soloists and the Dallas Symphony Chorus, is scheduled for later this month. Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and Rococo Variations will be recorded in concerts this week and in May.

“It is very important for us to be out there,” van Zweden said at the meeting. “This orchestra works tremendously. We have a fantastic marriage. I’m so happy that the day has come that we will be more visible.”

With the fragmentation of the recorded-music market, what used to be major record labels now issue far fewer orchestral recordings than in glory days 50 years ago. Because European orchestras are cheaper to record, even top American orchestras have rarely been represented on major labels for years. The DSO released numerous recordings on the independent Delos label during Andrew Litton’s tenure as music director, but that relationship ended with Litton’s 2006 resignation, and Delos has had a much lower profile since then.

More and more orchestras — notably the San Francisco, Chicago and London orchestras — are producing and releasing CDs on their in-house labels. Relationships with commercial labels such as Naxos and Harmonia Mundi offer international distribution and marketing.

Founded as a budget label, Naxos has grown into a leading producer and distributor of classical-music recordings.

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