I was listening to various Historical Recordings (online) and I
noticed that all your ADD and AADs before 1950 sound very hissy
and noisy although the website claims to have remastered them. Regardless,
I have other pre-1950 recordings of other labels and they sound
very clean and noise-free, as though they were DDDs. Care to clarify?
[Editor: Thank you for sending us your comments. Part of the reason
that our historical transfers sound hissy may be due to the low
quality of samples available on our website. The listening samples
can give the visitor an idea of how the CD sounds, but they do not
accurately portray the sound quality.
The other reason for the noise is slightly more complicated. Here
is an explanation from Mark Obert-Thorn, one of our award-winning
"The lower quality of the on-line samples is part of the reason;
however, I think the main reason is that Naxos Historical transfers
(which for the most part are done by Ward [Marston] and myself)
reflect our philosophy of taking the clicks and pops out but not
all the surface noise, in those cases where taking out surface noise
also takes out realistic orchestral timbres.
I was just reading a review of one of my Horowitz reissues for Naxos
in the latest issue of Fanfare. The writer was comparing what I
did to what EMI did in their own (denoised) transfers, and said
something like "There's a lot more hiss [on the Naxos], but the
piano really sounds like a piano." That's what we're trying for.
If your correspondent is listening to transfers from 78s that sound
as quiet as DDD recordings, he is most certainly missing a lot of
high frequency information."]
I purchase Naxos CDs from our local store on a regular basis. Recently
I have started dipping my feet into chamber music besides the usual
orchestral repertoire 'must haves'. I felt particularly astounded
listening to the Brahms/Schumann Piano Quintets and the Brahms Violin
Sonatas. Such glorious interpretations of these timeless classics!
. . . . Thank you so much for providing classical music lovers with
such a treasure trove, and may you continue with the good work.
December 31, 2003
I have bought over one hundred Naxos Classical CD's. They are all
excellent. I prefer post Mozart music. As a youth I jumped from
Stan Kenton to Stravinsky. The price is as excellent as the music
. . . I can even find Naxos in the far reaches of notheastern Vermont.
December 17, 2003
Your site is fantastic for discovering your collections . . .In
this period of gifts for grand-children learning flute, piano, and
cello, this is a goldmine . . . . Have a beautiful holiday time.
December 10, 2003
I want to thank you for making all this music available. On your
web site, I have just rediscovered Blomdahl's Adagio from "The Wakeful
Night", a piece that has haunted me for a long time. Because of
your website I was able to hear this beautiful music for the first
time in several years.
The public library I work for purchases many Naxos compact discs,
and our collection is popular with our clients.
December 2, 2003
I found your recordings when I visited Tower Records. It is so
refreshing to find CD's at reasonable prices . . . . I plan to obtain
many more items now that I have found your products. I am not a
connoisseur. Just a lover of classical music who is moved by its
power, grace and emotion.
November 24, 2003
Thank you for all your CDs - very fine performances of good music
at an affordable price. This has enabled me to try some music I
would never have bought had it not been for your low price.
November 16, 2003
Your site is one of the best on the web. It is truly a treasure
for music lovers and learners everywhere. Thank you so much for
your generosity. Long live Naxos.
October 18, 2003
I am enjoying your gradually expanding list of DVD-Audio releases.
I particularly like the Elgar. I think the sound of these discs
is excellent and I look forward to many more. Best wishes in helping
to pioneer this superior new format.
November 5, 2003
Thank you very much for introducing me to so many different composers
and their music. This has enabled me to become aware of so much
more music - and to buy CDs which I definitely would not have done
otherwise. Thanks for your wide vision, and bring on more of the same!
October 15, 2003
Thank you so, so much for your now completed Bax symphonic cycle.
For years I have waited for a truly justified interpretation of
these glorious works. Bax is such an elusive composer. Lloyd Jones
and band are evidently focused on the fight to lift him from the
no-man's land he currently abides in, to the 'name in lights' podium
he so desperately deserves.
Terms such as "the best" and "greatest" are not always appropriate
but, given the excellence of the above, no more higher praise can
be given. Sample the final few minutes of Symphony No. 6 and revel
in the glory that is Naxos Bax.
Thank you SO much.
G.M., United Kingdom
October 12, 2003
Dear Naxos: I am hoping that Naxos will record music by Wallingford
Riegger (especially the Symphonies), and music by Carl Ruggles.
Am looking forward to Theodore Kuchar's recordings of more Roy Harris
Symphonies. When is the "Adventures of Robin Hood" Marco Polo due
out in the States? I hope that in Marin Alsop's Barber series she
will include the Capricorn Concerto and the Toccata Festiva for
Organ and Orchestra. I have about 200 of your CDs and I do feel
that your new releases are more exciting than DG, Decca, SONY, BMG
and Phillips. You also have the best classical music website. I
really appreciate being able to listen to your CD's online first,
but I would rather own the CD's in my collection. They take pride
October 7, 2003
[Editor: No occurrences of Riegger or Ruggles on our release schedule
quite yet, nor future recordings of Roy Harris. The classic film
score for "The Adventures of Marco Polo" will be released in the
United States in November. The Barber series will include the Toccata
Festiva, although it will not be conducted by Marin Alsop. However,
a recording of the Capricorn Concerto with Alsop is due for release
in mid-2004. Glad you enjoy the website!]
I now have almost 300 Naxos CD's, most of which collected since
I retired 3 years ago....please don't change a thing!
October 4, 2003
The Kuchar / Ukraine recordings of Prokofiev are outstanding .
. . All the Kuchar are excellent, with no competition. Thank you
very much for these truly great recordings.
New Orleans, LA
September 27, 2003
I think Naxos is doing an excellent job, especially in promoting
an affordable product and nurturing brand loyalty. Thanks to both
Naxos' affordable prices (and H&B's deals) and opportunities like
the Saving Classical Music contest and your monthly classical music
quiz, I rarely buy any music other than Naxos. Please keep up the
September 26, 2003
I have just finished listening to the magnificent recording of
English Choral Music by Lennox Berkeley which I bought on Saturday.
This is the third CD of choral music by relatively neglected English
composers I have bought from Naxos, the other two being the Rubbra
and Finzi collections, both of which are also absolutely wonderful.
You are certainly to be congratulated on bringing these beautiful
but criminally neglected pieces into the public consciousness.
Please keep up this wonderful work.
September 17, 2003
A huge thank you to Naxos for the new Frank Bridge string quartet
issue! . . . . Also, may I congratulate you on the Arthur Foote
Chamber Music volume 3 - some of the most beautiful and inspiring
chamber music I have ever heard and brilliant playing/recording
- wonderful! Would love to hear more of Foote (I have vols. 1&2
of course). Must thank you for Dvorak Trios, Iceland Orehestra recordings
of Sibelius symphonies, Sibelius Piano Music, Field Piano Concertos/Solo
Piano, Elgar Piano Quintet, Vaughan Williams String Quartets, Smetana/Suk/Novak
Trios, Medtner Piano Concertos and Piano Quintet - all superb, fabulous!
I would urge every lover of music to buy all these CDs as they are
worth their weight in gold.
September 7, 2003
Thanks for the fantastic releases. Naxos is clearly providing the
cream of all classical releases in 2003.
September 4, 2003
Thanks for the fantastic releases. Naxos is clearly providing the
cream of all classical releases in 2003.
September 4, 2003
Much thanks for the recording of Roy Harris Symphony No. 7. As
a young lad I used to check out the record from the library. Had
not been able to find a recording of this anywhere till I was in
Barnes and Noble in Kansas and found your collections on a special
rack . . . thanks again.
August 22, 2003
I spend a lot of time listening to the wonderful performances of
Bach by W. Rubsam and cannot have enough of it. Many thanks for
allowing me (a retired music lover) to acquire such excellent performances
of my favorite composer at such an affordable price.
August 19, 2003
First of all, let me thank you for many of my CD collector friends
for such interesting and worthwhile releases. You keep us busy from
month to month will all kinds of wonderful discoveries.
Naxos is the only label presently offering music of interest to
the collector. We don't need more Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and
Tchaikovsky. We serious collectors are looking for unusual repertoire
and I buy as many Naxos discs as I can put my hands on. I just got
three . . . by Rorem, Balada and the excellent Hashimoto (and Rochberg
and others before that.)
I hope you will continue recording such interesting discs . . .
Santa Barbara, California
August 16, 2003
I recently purchased [Russian Songwriter - A Collection from Boris
Grebenshikov] and would like to say that it is giving me a lot of
pleasure listening to it. For the price it is a real bargain! Well
done and please keep up the good work!
August 5, 2003
The Naxos Sousa series is an evolving epic. To date no one label
has ever attempted the massive task of recording all of his music.
My hat goes off to Naxos for attempting this project. So much of
Sousa's music deserves a wider following in the United States. He
truly was one of our great composers who wrote or transcribed music
in all different genres. Naxos has begun to show us how varied Sousa's
music was. Each CD so far provides a fine balance of marches and
other works, providing for a concert style program. The use of Keith
Brion and the band of the Royal Regiment of Artillery are also inspired
choices for presenting this music. Please continue developing this
wonderful series of Sousa music.
July 18, 2003
Thank you for publishing the recordings of some of the rarer Sousa
music: Music for Wind Band vols 1-3 and the three CDs featuring
the Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra, all directed by Keith Brion.
Price is reasonable, too. Keep 'em coming.
July 17, 2003
I wanted to let you know how well received the recordings of Naxos
which we play in our clinic are by the patients. Not only do people
ask for the specific catalog numbers but also I have requests that
should I be going down to HMV to pick up certain ones for others, too.
July 14, 2003
You are undoubledly the best classical music label around. Delivering
the best, especially recording music of composers who are both difficult
and impossible to obtain music of elsewhere . . . For what you have
done for classical music, thank you, you are the best!
July 14, 2003
Thanks to Naxos I can get the CD at the price I can afford. At
70, I do not have much money, but I love good music, and with Naxos
I can afford it and get lovely music. Thank you, Naxos, for keeping
an old man happy.
July 3, 2003
I want to congratulate NAXOS for producing such a wide range of
quality recordings! I must say one can find virtually ANYTHING in
the NAXOS catalog! Not only does NAXOS offer listeners high quality
music, but the price makes collecting classical CDs much more joyous!
I personally love the Stephen Gunzenhauser Dvorak symphonies, The
Liszt Piano music played by Konstantin Scherbakov, and of course,
Handel's Messiah by the Scholars Baroque Ensemble! I think all the
NAXOS CD recordings are great! I am much surprised if the reviews
are anything less than positive! Keep up the great work!
New York, USA
June 30, 2003
Thanks for such affordable and innovative CDs. It is wonderful
to be able to buy 3 top quality CDs for the price of 1 'standard
priced' CD. Then again, is Naxos now the standard in price and quality?
June 28, 2003
Just to say thank you. I would never have known such beautiful
music as the Turangalila Symphony without Naxos. I also discovered
Kraus, Pleyel, Salieri, Lumbye, etc.. The Majors are too expensive
for me and their musical quality is often overestimated. Thanks
to your politics of price and the quality of your artists and of
your technical staff, I was able to discover more music. . . .
Many thanks, and long life to Naxos and Marco Polo
June 8, 2003
I want to congratulate you for the edition of operas by Siegfried
Wagner. I always thought it would be impossible to find these works
(like the symphonic poems of Dvorak and many other works!), but
Naxos makes my wishes a reality every time. Thank you, Naxos!
June 7, 2003
Thank you SO MUCH for being so accessible and for maintaining your
independence! Your website is simple and very user-friendly, and
a true relief after having to deal with the mega-labels.
San Fransisco, CA
June 4, 2003
I have been a Naxos customer for many years, and have been tremendously
pleased by the consistent quality and adventurous repertoire of
the recordings offered. I am especially impressed by the Historical
series, to unfairly name but one. But now I have reason to commend
Naxos on an issue often forgotten by companies that market a product,
especially one marketed in part on it's affordability - customer
service. Not only are Naxos' products exemplary, so is it's treatment
of it's customers.
I have on several occasions requested information on recording availability
or plans to record particular pieces, and have received very pleasant
personal responses. This itself is outstanding service, in my experience.
Recently, I made a request that I admitted to myself, as I wrote
it, was probably asking too much: I requested an extended listing
of performer's voice types for a recent Naxos release where this
information wasn't available by conventional cataloging sources.
Not only wasn't my request treated as excessive by Naxos USA, they
went beyond my request by compiling a hand-typed list of not only
the twenty-some performer's vocal types, but also their other theatrical
activities. And they apologized for the modest amount of time it
took, and promised to update me if they discovered any of their
information was in error.
I was astounded. Naxos has, if it was possible, made me an even
more loyal customer.
A great catalog of recordings and great customer service: no wonder
Naxos is such a phenomenon in the recording industry.
Brava! Bravi! Bravissimo!!!
Warmest regards and thanks.
June 3, 2003
I am a public school instrumental music teacher and just want to
thank you for your website which I only discovered by accident.
It is marvelous and an amazing resource for both me and my 200 elementary
band and orchestra students. I have enjoyed hearing the lesser known
artists and orchestras on your CD's and now have another reason
to "toot your horn." Please keep it up!
May 29, 2003
I cannot express how thrilled I was to discover the new J Strauss
Sr Edition,Vol 1 on the new releases page. I am even more delighted
after listening to the wonderful performances of the Camerata Cassovia
on your web site. I will certainly collect them all, hopefully to
be followed up with lots of Lanner!
May 15, 2003
Please forward on my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff
concerned for the quality of your newsletters and the fact that
so much of your recorded material is so readily available for auditioning
on-line. As I have received newsletters from No.52 onwards may I
request that the previous numbers be forwarded to me? And if possible,
please forward to the members of your historical sound restoration
and publishing staff my warmest thanks for their work. It comes
as no surprise that in all your classical departments Naxos leads
the way in the CD world and may you long continue to delight us
CD collectors the world over.
May 21, 2003
[Editor: We're glad you enjoy our website and newsletters! To view
past editions of the Naxos.com newsletter, go to the "News and Reviews"
section of the menu and click on "naxos.com newsletter" on the drop-down
When will the Red River film score recording by The Moscow Symphony
Orchestra be released in the U.S.? It is catalog number 8.225217
on Marco Polo according to your web site. I checked with several
music sources and they have no firm release date.
Thank You. The Marco Polo film score series is one of my favorites.
It is always first rate.
May 7, 2003
[Editor - We have had several questions about Red River this month!
While the Red River film score has been released in many parts of
the world, we have not yet received copyright clearance for certain
territories, such as the United States. Please be patient while
we work to make this release available to you.]
Naxos 8.555785-86, Beethoven Cello Sonatas, are a pleasure to hear.
The artists, engineers, and producers are to be commended for pellucid
sound - just lovely. I didn't think any performance could approach
DuPre, but Kliegel and Tichman stand at the same level. THANK YOU
May 5, 2003
I wanted to express my appreciation that you make your discs available
for listening through your web site. It is an excellent way to preview
them before purchase. Listening to the Jeno Jando performances of
the Brahms/Schumann Piano Quintets resulted in my purchase of that
Thanks for the site and for your excellent label.
May 1, 2003
My email is in reference to the email sent by J.M. from Toronto,
Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2003 . J.M. was inquiring about whether
Naxos would record the complete Milhaud symphonies. The reply was
that there was no plan for that. CPO has issued a 5 CD boxed set
of the complete Milhaud symphonies. I thoroughly enjoy them. I don't
feel badly recommending CPO to this Naxos buyer since Naxos distributes
I must say that I am a huge fan of Naxos. I have purchased over
340 Naxos CDs in the past 2 years. Your label enables me to explore
with abandon. I especially like the Japanese and American Classics
series, Guitar Laureate and anything French. I have also expanded
my knowledge of opera and the 18th Century symphony. I began my
Naxos love affair by collecting the complete 15 volume set of Chopin
piano music by Idil Biret. I am also making Naxos converts out of
my music-loving friends.
Keep up the terrific work. I intend to keep buying Naxos and Marco
Polo until the day I die!
April 10, 2003
I am hoping that you will consider recording, perhaps as part of
your splendid American Music series, Samuel Barber's opera Antony
A friend just sent me a recent Times article about the work, and
I just read several listener reviews of the one recording available
through amazon.com. In a nutshell, it seems as if the original version
is the better of the two, but the shorter, revised version has a
great love duet missing in the original. Perhaps you could combine
the two to come up with an operatic performance that does justice
to Shakespeare's wonderful (and wonderfully long) original and also
contains that duet.
By the way, I am a big Naxos fan and have been telling all my friends
to sign up with H&B Direct and check out your catalog. Keep up the
fine work, which is a music lover's dream!
April 11, 2003
[Editor: At this time, we have no plans to release Barber's Antony
and Cleopatra. However, this fall we will be releasing his opera
Vanessa. Thanks for recommending us to your friends!]
Thank you so very much for the Naxos label as it has helped me
enormously in establishing a wonderful CD collection (or the beginnings
of one). I now have over 950 classical CDs (as I only like classical
music whether it be early or contemporary) and 80 per cent of them
are Naxos CDs (all of which are excellent). Praise cannot be too
high for your CDs, not just the wide range of music but the lovely
artwork and informative notes on your CDs. Each month I await eagerly
your new releases and each quarter your newsletter. The only problem
is that I wish to buy all your new releases each month; they are
that tempting! I usually just stick to about four or five, though!
Seriously, your wide range of repertoire is so exciting that it
just puts all other labels in the shade. I do not know what the
majors are playing at, charging so much for their new releases (which
normally number about 1 or 2 a month, if that). Their budget labels
are so boring as well, just old stuff re-packaged for the umpteenth
time with boring covers and usually no notes or very little, talk
about short changing the customer! Please carry on with all the
good work at Naxos, and I hope you will continue to serve the public
for a good number of years to come, because if you don't we are
all done for! Sincere wishes for the future and congratulations
for achieving such an enterprising label.
April 04, 2003
Many thanks for your fix re: cookies/IE6/Windows XP. I've now
been able to hear, for the first time in over 40 years, a bit of
Bjorling et al in Il Trovatore. Brilliant, brilliant, and a wonderful
trip down memory lane! I shall buy that set forthwith! Thanks again.
April 5, 2003
Hello. I recently bought the Rutter Requiem. I honestly cannot
believe the quality of the recording and the standard of musicianship.
It truly is wonderful; thank you for a beautiful piece of work..........Why
so cheap? Worth 3 times the price.
April 2, 2003
I just ran into one of your recordings of Kraus. I had never heard
about him before. I do not know why. Now I can explore and enjoy
very good music because of your four CDs. I am grateful for your
contribution to the beauty of my world.
The sun is shining, the 'amoroso' part of the Symphony in F is
playing. Life is good.
Continue your very good work.
March 20, 2003
Just wanted to thank you so much because of the great albums you
have in your huge archive. Thank you so much, because many of these
albums don't exist in Egypt.
March 25, 2003
I have been buying Naxos recordings for ten years, but since discovering
naxos.com, I have bought dozens more I might not have purchased
without your 'listen and buy' approach, e.g. the excellent McKay,
Strong, and Carpenter issues.
Your site now serves as my homepage.
March 20, 2003
Thank you so much for your website. I particularly like the option
to hear complete recordings of historical series CDs - I own many
of them, but it is great to sample the recording first. I can assign
students to listen to recordings for their assignments - then many
will purchase the recordings they listen to online.
March 19, 2003
Congrats. This is a fantastic web site... I will be coming back
for MORE and MORE !!
A new enthusiastic subscriber . . .
March 09, 2003
I feel that I have to sit down here and write you a note about
the "American Classics" series of recordings. I've always been attracted
to this music, and have found that most recordings of it left me
disappointed, both in terms of their scarcity, and their usual lackluster
With some trepidation, I bought your CD of Walter Piston Violin
Concertos, and was thoroughly delighted with it; it's extremely
well-recorded, and performed with energy and conviction. Since then,
I've bought a good two dozen titles in the series, and have gotten
truly excited about the prospect of getting more of them. To me,
you're not only releasing some exciting classical music, you're
preserving a great part of the American heritage.
I sure hope there's more of Roy Harris' music in preparation.
The disc you've already issued is perhaps the best anthology of
his music I've ever heard. I'm sure you're already preparing a disc
of Roger Sessions' music as well, but if you're not, please consider
March 9, 2003
The Naxos site is undoubtedly my favourite destination on the
Internet, in fact I visit the site almost every day. There is always
something to interest me. I like to dip into the composer and artist
profiles and to look at the composer images, many of them were just
names and music to me and it is good to put a face to them. I read
the Norman Lebrecht articles with interest and like to take part
in the mini-polls and the competitions. Probably the greatest thrill
is being able to sample almost any of the tracks from the various
collections and recording labels listed on the site; in general
the whole thing is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in
music and the people behind the music making.
It seems churlish to ask for more when so much is already so freely
given, but I would like to see more news content particularly in
regard of recordings in progress. For instance, I recall reading,
some months ago, (in the BBC Music Magazine) about a new recording
of Walton's Belshazzars's Feast, I think with Paul Daniel and the
Leeds Festival Chorus, I've seen nothing since and I'm sure that
apart from this project there must be many more that would whet
the appetite of music addicts such as I.
Something else that I feel would be of interest would be a definitive
list of Naxos et al best sellers world-wide, by this I don't mean
that the listings should include anything released by other recording
companies, just a taking into account of HNH products and the labels
distributed by HNH.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all concerned with
your company for the many hours of enjoyment and the resource for
learning you have provided me with for a great number of years now.
February 21, 2003
I wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much I appreciate
the Naxos website. It is easy to use, and there is very copious
information for me to peruse. I visit almost every week.
It was through the website that I first became really aware of
Naxos. I was searching for biographical information on composers
using a search engine, and was pointed to pages on Naxos' website
several times. This prompted me to poke around a bit, and after
I found out I was looking at a record company's website I noticed
that I had already acquired some Naxos CDs, a fact had eluded me
previously as I was focusing on composers, not record labels.
I highly appreciate that Naxos makes the complete contents of
CDs available for online listening by registered users (only limited
by copyright restrictions in a few rare cases). All other companies
I know of only make snippets of various sizes available which doesn't
let me fully judge the CD contents. Thanks to Naxos I don't have
to buy a pig in a poke. The quality of the online recordings is
above average, and the streaming works extremely well with my 56K
As a consequence, I am now systematically looking for Naxos recordings
and have increased the proportion of Naxos CDs as a part of my total
CD purchases. I am interested in 17th and 18th century composers,
including some "esoteric" areas such as organ music. Naxos has recordings
of lesser known composers such as the organ music of Johann Gottfried
Walther that are hard to get elsewhere.
Keep up the good work.
-- N. J.
February 3, 2003
I am an avid Naxos buyer. I find that your catalogue is quite
overwhelming with a wide selection of music. One composer that has
been overlooked in most classical catalogues is Darius Milhaud.
I would be overjoyed if you would record his complete symphonic
cycle. Other composers that deserve attention are Eduard Tubin and
George Lloyd. Keep up the good work. Thanks.
January 11, 2003
[Klaus Heymann: "We plan to record the most popular works of Milhaud
this summer with the Orchestre National de Lille, but we have no
plans to record the complete symphonies. No plans for Tubin and
I bought your new release of Michael Torke's music (Rapture) yesterday,
and I just wanted to thank you for supporting contemporary American
composers like Michael. The music is excellent, and I still can't
believe how you produce such great performances at such a low cost.
January 25, 2003
I currently give monthly talks on recorded classical music at
the Alexandria Library, and recommend Naxos strongly to my group
as they expand their knowledge of music. Your company provides a
wonderful service for music lovers everywhere.
January 16, 2003