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Naxos Educational is a bold venture in a fairly traditional marketplace, with the purpose of broadening the horizons and understanding of music lovers who may be new to classical music or want to go into greater depth.

Since the millennium, various series have been developed. Nearly all contain multiple CDs (some with narration, others with just music) and booklets of 100+ pages showcasing some of the best writers on classical music.

Below are samples from each of the series. For a complete list of the albums on Naxos Educational, click here.

“… In humanizing their subjects, these discs offer more than mere biographical information – they bring us closer to the men behind the music. Similarly, the opera and classics sets provide an understanding of such masterpieces as Verdi's Aida, Ravel's Bolero, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Brahms' second Piano Concerto. In these discs, the narrator walks the listener through the music, offering historical background, plot synopsis and plenty of excerpts. In the orchestral works, the complete music is presented following detailed examinations. Naxos is thinking big with this project, promising nearly three dozen releases – including examinations of orchestral instruments and several volumes devoted to conductors, string players, pianists and opera singers.”
– Denver Rocky Mountain News on Life and Works: BEETHOVEN (Siepmann) 8.558024-27

Portrait Series | Discover Series | Opera Explained | National Stories | Life and Works
Classics Explained
| Art and Music | A - Z

Portrait Series

The vibrant, contemporary arm of the label. The series begins with 'John Tavener', which contains a world première of Prayer of the Heart, written for and performed by Björk, and a fascinating 40-minute interview with the composer himself.

8.558152-53 TAVENER: John Tavener - A Portrait (MCCLEERY)
8.558188-89 SHOSTAKOVICH: Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait (WHITEHOUSE)
Available Titles: John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Peter Maxwell Davies, Dmitry Shostakovich, Béla Bartók

Discover Series

A visually arresting and intellectually engaging series, now branching out from periods in musical history.

8.558160-61 Discover Music of the Baroque Era
8.558168-69 Discover Music of the Twentieth Century
Available Titles: Early, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Twentieth-Century, Opera

Opera Explained

Light-hearted, narrated introductions to major operas.

8.558011 Opera Explained: PUCCINI - La Bohème (Smillie)
8.558078 Opera Explained: MOZART - The Marriage of Figaro (Smillie)
Available Titles: Over 20 operas, including La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Rigoletto, Aida

Forthcoming highlight: An Introduction to Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung, written and read by Stephen Johnson

National Stories

Engaging, well-illustrated surveys (music and pictures) examining the history of classical music in individual countries.

Available Titles: British, American

Life and Works

A captivating audiobook series bringing to life the great composers and their music.

8.558051-54 Life and Works: BACH, J.S. (Siepmann)
8.558024-27 Life and Works: BEETHOVEN (Siepmann)
Available Titles: Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Dvorák, Haydn, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more

Classics Explained

Friendly, narrated analyses of popular classical works.

8.558075-76 Classics Explained: SCHUBERT - Piano Quintet in A Major, 'Trout' (Siepmann)
8.558065-66 Classics Explained: DVORAK - Symphony No. 9, 'From the New World' (Siepmann)
Available Titles: Schubert’s Piano Quintet ‘Trout’, Dvorák’s ‘New World’ Symphony, and more

Art and Music

Explores the musical environment of great artists.

8.558057 Art & Music: Da Vinci - Music of His Time
8.558058 Art & Music: Monet - Music of His Time
Available Titles: Bruegel, Canaletto, Cézanne, Degas, Leonardo da Vinci, Monet, Renoir, Rubens, and more

A - Z

Comprehensive texts with illustrative CDs.

8.558107-10 A TO Z OF PIANISTS
Available Titles: A–Z of Classical Music, A–Z of Opera, A–Z of Pianists

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