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The term ‘Chamber music’ refers to works written for small instrumental ensembles, usually with only one instrument playing each part, which is suitable for performance in intimate venues. Originally these were the rooms, salons or chambers of royal and aristocratic palaces, but more recently chamber music has moved into the concert hall and, of course, is much recorded.

When we think of chamber music, Classical composers such as Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven immediately spring to mind. However, many others both before and after them composed chamber music – such as the Baroque masters Bach, Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi or Romantics such as Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, not to mention a multitude of modern composers such as Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Boulez…and beyond!

In fact, so much chamber music has been, and is still being, composed, that we couldn’t possibly cover it all here. But take a moment to browse through the ‘Chamber Music’ section on to explore this fascinating and rewarding genre in more detail.

From January to March 2011, Naxos has released more than a dozen new CDs as well as several digital albums devoted to chamber music – from the 16th to the 21st Centuries – some by famous composers, some less well-known but awaiting your discovery and enjoyment. Click on each cover for mare about each album.

Each album page on has links to the composers’ and artists’ biography & discography pages – a handy way to find more chamber music and other works that catch your interest! And there’s plenty more great chamber music coming from Naxos in future. Browse through the ‘Chamber Music’ section on for more great albums.

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