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Mini-documentaries part of long-term Naxos plan to make classical music available through the internet 

In its continuing exploration of the digital world, Naxos is now offering an ongoing series of podcasts titled Classical Music Spotlight. With these podcasts, Naxos carries its commitment to education and developing new audiences into cyberspace.

Each 20-minute mini-documentary looks at some aspect of the music, the history, and the people that make up classical music; they are FREE for anyone who wishes to listen to or download them.   Topics so far include Thomas Tallis, Kurt Weill, Peter Boyer, Benjamin Britten, Timpani Concertos, and the music of William Boyce.   For streaming versions, go to and click on “podcasts.”  For downloadable versions, or to subscribe to the ongoing series, go through the iTunes Music Store.

The podcasts are written, narrated and produced for Naxos by Raymond Bisha, a long-time employee whose previous careers include professional classical musician, and Music Producer for CBC Radio in Canada.

Naxos’s podcasts are the latest in a series of initiatives that Naxos and its American distributor, Naxos of America, have taken to expand the reach of the label’s music into the digital realm. 

Earlier this summer, Naxos of America announced a worldwide digital distribution deal with The Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) and added thousands of Naxos tracks to the OverDrive Digital Library Reserve, a service that makes digital versions of the world's greatest classical recordings available for downloading through library web sites.

Naxos is a strong presence in the iTunes Music Store, with its CDs regularly appearing in the top ten albums for classical releases; its tracks are also available on Real Network’s Rhapsody, MSN, and Napster.

Naxos currently also leads the way in digital streaming of classical music, with three different services available to consumers and institutions. Naxos Music Library ( makes the entire Naxos catalogue--plus a number of other labels' recordings--available online in either CD quality (128 K) or near-CD quality (64K).  Naxos has been marketing this service primarily to libraries and educational institutions and currently has over 500 institutions and 270 individual subscribers.

Naxos Web Radio ( offers over 60 commercial-free channels in near-CD quality of classical music, jazz, blues, nostalgia, historical, world, folk and new age programmed by style and category.  Visitors to can register at the site to receive information from Naxos; the web site currently has 178,000 subscribers.


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