ONYX started in May 2005 and its owner/director is Paul Moseley, for many years a senior executive at Decca. It is a premium quality, artist-led label. Their aim is primarily to record classical artists who are already well-known worldwide (often with previous recording contracts with so-called ‘major’ labels), and now wish to take more control of their recording careers. They release about 12 recordings per year and in their first 3 years we have already been awarded 2 Grammy Awards (USA) 2 Gramophone Awards (UK) and 2 Diapasons d’Or de l’Année (France).
Further Reading: Onyx
Recording of the Week, Stravinsky and Rimsky-Korsakov from Vasily Petrenko and the Liverpool Philharmonic
The Russian conductor presides over sparkling, taut accounts of two avian fairy-tales: the complete ballet music for The Firebird and the suite from the posthumously-premiered opera Le Coq d’Or.
The German cellist talks to Katherine about his disc of Schnittke, released on Onyx last month.