Baltimore Symphony to record complete symphonies of Prokofiev for Naxos
In addition to the programming announcement of the BSO's 2010-11 season, reported on Tuesday's blog and, with a few little extras in Wednesday's paper, there's some news regarding the orchestra's recording projects.
One of the bonuses in having Marin Alsop as music director is that she brought a strong connection to the Naxos label with her, and the company was happy to add the BSO to its product line. The initial project was a cycle of Dvorak symphonies (Nos. 6-9). The first release, with the "New World," came out last season, the next, with the Seventh and Eighth symphonies, is due in June, but BSO subscribers can nab it early (and "at a special price," of course).
Next season, you will notice two Prokofiev symphonies, No. 1 and No. 6, on a program that Alsop will conduct. This marks the start of a new cycle that will be recorded by Naxos over the next few years; it will cover all seven of the composer's symphonies and possibly other orchestral works.
Never mind that, as the great experts have it, there is no classical music recording industry left and no real market for the CDs and downloads that keep being churned out by that dead industry. It's still understandable that orchestras want to get their work recorded, for marketing (well beyond the home turf) and, if you will, for posterity.