Just a thank you for R.B.'s [Robert Barto's] superb CDs of Sylvius
Leopold Weiss's Lute sonatas. Quite remarkably moving. Another pat
on someone's back: your CD of Peter Phillips' 5-part sacred music
is ravishingly good. More, please.
Newcastle under Lyme, UK
December 24, 2002
I just had to write to thank you and your staff for giving us
the privilege to hear those fine artists from the past. As a teenager
I grew up listening to the Met Opera each Saturday with such illustrious
stars as Lily Pons, Grace Moore, Kirsten Flagstad, Lauritz Melchoir,
Lawrence Tibbett, and the list goes on. It conjures up such fine
memories of singers that we do not hear each Saturday today. Your
reproductions are the greatest!
Evans City, PA
December 11, 2002
I just want to praise the Naxos label for your pioneer work for
music of all categories, especially classical music. Recently I
bought a Naxos Nostalgia CD with Marion Anderson. Recommended for
all music lovers!
I am also an eager user of your very good website for classical
music. I check your catalogue before I decide to buy a classical
work, and I prefer the Naxos labels for 75% of my purchases. You
have so many outstanding recordings of chamber music, baroque music,
operas... Thank you, call me gladly a Naxos fan!
December 9, 2002
I just wanted to tell you how much I love Naxos CDs. Naxos is
the label that got me interested in classical music. It is all I
will listen to now. I am a clarinet player, and I love all of the
clarinet CDs you have. My favourite clarinettist on your label is
Kalman Berkes. He has such a wonderful tone.
My favourite CD you make is the Krommer Partitas played by the
Budapest Wind Ensemble. Keep up the great work.
December 2, 2002
I have been buying Naxos recordings for sometime now, and the
recent Bax Chamber music is excellent. Being a professional musician
and teacher, I can appreciate the quality of the performances very
much. The Moeran Symphony in G minor is one of the best I've heard;
please do some other Moeran Orchestral works. Also, the American
series of Edward Macdowell's music is also very well done; in fact,
the choice of lesser recorded works seems to be growing all the
time. I can fully recommend this wonderful array of great music
to anyone; I can hardly find the words to describe the pleasure
these recordings bring to both me and my wife. I do also buy recordings
as gifts for other members of my family!
Penarth, South Wales
November 30, 2002
I have just listened to your new recording of West Side Story.
This is quite the best performance of the piece I've heard: streets
ahead of the competition. It must stand as a particular high point
in the many Naxos discs which I've purchased.
For sheer energy and prodigious musicality I'd recommend this
release to even the most hardened cynic: a near-perfect cast, and
quite exceptional playing from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
Now, how about 'On the Town' with the same forces......?
November 24, 2002
I've intended for some time to write you and thank you for the
superb work you have done for the classical music buying fan. The
Naxos catalogue is without precedent in its selection of quality
and quantity. You are to be congratulated. Give yourselves a pat
on the back. Your web site is the best.
I've been buying almost exclusively Naxos cd's since 1988. Back
then, it was Naxos (Pacific Music Co. Ltd.) via Enigma Classics.
I believe the disc that got me hooked was "The Enigma Classics/Naxos
Sampler." I still pull it out every now and then to listen.
I recently purchased one of the "Listen Learn and Grow" series.
This will be for my new grandson, and it will initiate a third generation
of my family to enjoy your product.
Thank you for all you have done in the past and thank you for
the future. My grandson will appreciate it too.
p.s. Are there plans to record any more of the Spohr Violin Concertos?
These are such wonderful works. The Adagio from the 9th is a lovely
November 13, 2002
[Klaus Heymann: Eventually, we will do the Spohr concertos complete,
but not any time soon.]
Naxos rules. This will sound a bit daft, but there it is. I actually
wanted to rave about your website, as I came home from a concert
a week ago with some fantastic Bruch ringing in my ears. Delved
into your site, found it, and was able to listen to it. More than
just music to my ears, it gave a real lift to my heart, o thank
you, thank you, Naxos. And when I'm back in civilisation I'll buy
November 18, 2002
I'm now teaching "History of Music" in a Secondary School (16-18
years) near Barcelona. Your web is simply EXTRAORDINARY. I send
you my congratulations.
El Masnou, Spain
November 15, 2002
My comment is simply that you have a class act. I don't know of
any classical record company that even comes close to you in terms
of quality, price, choice, and an incredibly helpful web site. I
believe I own more Naxos recordings than of any other company, and
you can be assured that that number will continue to increase steadily.
As you know, it is possible to listen to brief snippets of recordings
on Amazon, with poor sound quality and too short to be of any help.
I just listened to the entire MacDowell piano recording on your
site with great sound quality. And that listening was not in lieu
of purchasing the record. Quite the contrary - it made me anxious
to buy a copy as soon as possible.
One thing that would be very helpful would be for you to try to
get more of your CDs in the (ridiculously small) classical sections
in the Borders and Barnes & Noble stores. It would be even more
helpful if they could set aside a section for Naxos recordings.
I am a particular fan of 20th Century British and American music,
and you are far in the lead in those areas. Please keep adding to
them. You're doing a great job, and you have my enthusiastic support.
November 10, 2002
Thanks to outstanding releases of both known and less known, or
even unknown repertory, presented with great artistry and excellent
sonics at a very fair price, Naxos has become the most relevant
label in my ever growing collection of classical CD's. Please, keep
up with your wonderful job!
November 07, 2002
I would like to know what kind of guitar Victor Villadangos used
for the recording of "Guitar Music of Argentina" (ref: 8.555058).
I think this recording is fantastic and the tone of his guitar is
magnificent. I hope this question is not too difficult to answer.
Thank you for your assistance.
Los Angeles, USA
November 5, 2002
[Victor Villadangos: In the Naxos recording I used my hand made
classical guitar (1996) by the Argentine constructor Osvaldo Bragan,
in the classical Spanish way (Enrique Garca model 1906).]
I just wanted to thank you for being enlightened enough to put
audio samples online. Many media companies seem to think that if
customers can get free samples, they won't bother buying the products.
In my case, the samples have exposed me to lots of beautiful music
that I didn't even know existed, and as a result, I've made many
new Naxos CD purchases.
You are to be praised for your reasonable prices, your incredibly
diverse selection, and your progressive attitude towards online
audio samples. I'm really impressed!
Tigard, OR, USA
November 5, 2002
Thank you sincerely for your excellent guide, "How to Enjoy a Live
Concert." It confirmed my understanding that one does not applaud
until an entire work is complete. I found your website on AskJeeves
after attending an orchestral concert last night. I hope we both
encourage other people to enjoy music.
October 30, 2002
I'm a 21 year old Kansan college student who has just in the past
few months taken a serious interest in Classical music and I must
say, I have been very pleased with your label, and I hope to be
a lifetime customer. I have experimented with a number of labels,
and while it goes without saying that your records are always the
better bargains, I have actually found the quality of your recordings
to generally be better as well! My purchases from other record labels,
including big names, have been entirely unsatisfying, in fact, I'm
almost considering giving them away simply to have the purity of
an all-Naxos collection. I have bought a number of compilation discs
from your "best of" series as well as few other odd recordings,
such as a Brahms piano concerto and Beethoven's 2nd and 5th. All
totaled, in the past few months I have purchased 11 of your records
and they have all been truly top of the line. I plan on buying exclusively
Naxos in the future as well. I thank you for nurturing my youthful
interest in classical music and I look forward to a lifetime of
wonderful music from you guys.
October 25, 2002
I have been an advocate for Naxos almost since its inception,
and consider its project to be as important culturally as Allen
Lane's Penguin paperbacks (much lamented - I remember the magical
list of the '60s). To extend the comparison, the Naxos historical
releases are as significant as the Penguin Classics. Naxos has given
us Tolstoy in the form of Toscanini. My question is when will it
give us the Dostoevsky of Furtwangler? There needs to be a balance,
and Furtwangler's unforgettable live performances of Beethoven,
Brahms, Bruckner and Wagner need a Ward Marston. There are other
conductors out there waiting for Naxos's attention - Jochum, Schuricht,
de Sabata, Celibedache, Mravinski. When will it happen?
May I also put in an appeal for Schorr's "Meistersinger" and Landowska's
"48", and more Szigetti - the Bach sonatas and partitas, please.
October 21, 2002
[Editor: Thank you for being an ardent supporter of Naxos.
We are adding many new Historical releases to our catalogue every
month, thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of our restoration
engineers. You will continue to see the legacy of many great conductors
documented with state of the art audio technology.]
[Klaus Heymann: Furtwaengler complete is planned but not the broadcasts.
LANDOWSKA 48 and most SZIGETI. No plans for the other conductors.]
As for your requests, you'll be happy to know that in September
Naxos released a Great Conductors CD of de Sabata, including Beethoven's
Symphony No.6 (8.110859). Although the other conductors you mentioned
will not be featured on releases before the end of the year, perhaps
we will be seeing them soon. I'll pass your suggestions along.]
Hi, I must join the thousands of satisfied customers and congratulate
you on giving so much at so reasonable a price. The stand out performers
for me are Idil Biret with her complete Chopin series and anything
by Konstantin Scherbakov. Idils' playing on the 1st and 2nd Chopin
Concertos is breath-taking. Konstantins' interpretation of the preludes
and fugues, op 87 by Shostakovich, is enthralling. The vision of
your company is leading the way by ensuring the average person has
access to the rich world of music. I just wish more stores would
respond to the demand by stocking at least the current best sellers
or those artists currently playing in various areas. It would be
nice to be able to go out and buy an artists' work having just heard
a concert, etc.--in other words, marketing to the demand. It would
be good if, in each city, at least one retailer was able to stock
an up to date range. Thank you once again for your dedication and
Dunedin, New Zealand
October 19, 2002
Thanks so much for "American Classics." Every month new composers,
stunning works, and great orchestras. Splendid! And by the way:
Central and South America would also be worth being fully discovered.
October 13, 2002
It's a great pleasure for me to sent you this mail. I have been
visiting your website (Naxos), and it's one of my favourite sites
where I can get much information about classical music. In fact,
I am new to music through the internet. Previously, my learning
source was only through books.
October 11, 2002
Are there plans for the Capella Istropolitana to record complete
sets Handel's Opp. 32 and 6? They have done so well on the two CDs
currently out that a comprehensive set seems to me a natural.
I want to mention how impressed I am by the Karl Muck performances
of Parsifal, which I picked up recently: how you manage to do such
impressive work so consistently, and at such excellent prices, does
not cease to amaze me.
Many thanks to you. And best of luck to all at Naxos - at times,
you seem to be almost single-handedly keeping classical music recordings
alive. And doing an extraordinarily good job of it! May you all
prosper, for you have certainly enriched my world.
San Francisco, CA
October 5, 2002
[Editor: Thank you for your kind words. The Handel Concerti Grossi
Op. 6 will be recorded in 2003, but not by Capella Istropolitana.]
I enjoy the naxos new jazz really. But the last times I've visited
your jazz-homepage there were no new releases. Do you plan to do
new productions the next time?
October 5, 2002
[Editor: I am glad that you enjoy our Naxos Jazz releases. However,
there are no new Jazz releases scheduled for the next six months.]
I have always wanted to know, what brand of pianos do your piano
artists use to record?
October 2, 2002
[Editor: I contacted a few of our Naxos pianists to find out what
instruments they use. Here are some of their responses:
"I definitely prefer the German Steinway, model D. The Boesendorfer
is better than the American Steinway, but "my" model D is the best....
At the end, the choice of the instrument isn't that important for
pianists as, for example, for string-players - it always depends
on the player, the instrument isn't responsible for poor results..."
"It's always one (or two) Steinway(s) D!"
--Wolfgang Fahrenholtz, representing Piano Duo Matthies/Kohn
"I (artistic leader and accompanist of the "Deutsche Schubert
Lied Edition) use Steinway for my recordings."
Do whatever you must to persuade Beatrice Long to record more Scarlatti.
Her Naxos CD establishes her as one the greatest of all Scarlatti
I cannot recall so many new revelations in the space of one recording,
in sonata after sonata, since I first listened to the 1952 Kirkpatrick
recordings forty years ago. Understand the significance of this
comparison: Kirkpatrick was introducing me to Scarlatti; since then,
I have heard thousands of performances of Scarlatti sonatas and
was familiar with every sonata on Beatrice Long's CD when I sat
down to listen to it.
That was four weeks ago and still I am out of my mind. Please,
do whatever you must...
October 2, 2002
[Klaus Heymann: She will do more Scarlatti for us in future.]
Question: I have searched your website for Ivor Novello Music,
which was popular in the 30s and 40s. Can you tell me if any of
his recordings are available please?
Lymington, Hampshire, UK
October 1, 2002
[Editor: We have one recording of Ivor Novello:
NOVELLO, Ivor: Shine Through My Dreams]
Keep up the good work. I especially enjoy going through your yearly
catalog as you show what was rated by which magazine or other source
so that gives me a good idea as to how good it will be. Overall
I've found that Naxos sound has been excellent and performances
September 30, 2002
Question: Is the Liszt/Beethoven Symphony Nos. 1 & 3 by Scherbakov
released yet in the United States? Been looking forward to it for
PS: I am up to 152 Naxos CDs and I would rate most of them 9 or
10 out of a scale of from 1-10. Sound on almost all of them is fantastic
as are performances. Have particularly liked the Liszt cycle.
September 25, 2002
[Editor: The Liszt/Beethoven Symphony Nos. 1 & 3 (8.555354)
was released in the US in July. However, this title currently is
on backorder, so you may not see it in your favorite music stores
for awhile. If you can't order the CDs you want from your local
stores, you might want to check out hbdirect.com.
They stock many Naxos titles.]
I just thought you'd like to know that www.hnh.com/mgloss.htm
saved my MUSIC APPRECIATION grade. All I did was look up a bunch
of definitions and aced my test but I couldn't have done it without
you. I just wanted to say your site is awesome and I'll be doing
a lot of visiting in the next eight weeks. Thanks again.
Thank you very much for hosting the very informative website and
music samples. I wonder if you have the titles and composers of
compositions used in the movie From Mao to Mozart. It is about Isaac
Stern going to China and teaching children there. Thanks.
September 23, 2002
[Editor: While I have never seen From Mao to Mozart, I think it
sounds like a fantastic movie. I have done my best to find some
of the pieces included in it:
MOZART: Violin Concerto in G major (Naxos 8.550418)
BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 25 "Spring" (Naxos
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto in D minor (Naxos 8.553233)
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major (Naxos 8.550195)]
I need to choose a composer of an orchestral music to research.
I must write about the composer's personal life, musical pursuits,
musical period in which he/her wrote, types of music composed, examples
of work and any interesting information or important innovations.
PLEASE HELP ME!!
[Editor: I believe that our "Life and Works" series would be of
great help to you. Each 4-CD set contains a narrated biography of
the composer plus several extended musical examples. For your project,
I would recommend the Life and Works of Beethoven or Tchaikovsky.
Additionally, you may want to check out our Learning Zone on Naxos.com.
There you can find biographies and discographies of many composers,
plus lists of their works on Naxos albums. If you register with
our website (a note to our visitors who are under 18--you should
get permission from your parents first), you can even listen to
full-length works by each composer.]
Dear friends from Naxos,
I'm a 19 year old student of music (composition and regency) and
I live here in Brazil.
I'm so grateful with this label! Your policy of prices and good
artists like Jando, Bruhl, and my favorite, Idil Biret, makes this
label special. I'm not rich, really I'm a little poor guy who makes
every kind of sacrifice to become a musician. The "focus" of my
learning and future career is composition. I love and give all my
forces to this "laboratory of sounds" like Thomas Mann says in "Dr.
Faust." No, I'm not a kind of "Leverkunn." I'm only a music lover.
I always have many exercises to do, like music analysis. And here,
Naxos enters into my musical learning.
I have no money to buy DG discs, or even Teldec, Harmonia mundi,
etc. to study the music with the score. So, always I prefer to buy
a Naxos disc, and then, I can continue my job. Yes, you offer quality
and good prices, and, first of all, musical education to me, to
everyone who wants to know more about the music, and for those who
admire this blessed art
Now I'm buying the Schubert Deustche Lied Edition. And I have
some questions that I couldn't find an answer to here in the site.
How many volumes of this series are available to buy? I only have
4 volumes (1, 3, 4, 7). Will this collection record all of Schubert's
lieder? Or only that which was "inspired" from a German poet? Will
this wonderful project keep going on?
I hope I won't bother you with these questions. Please answer,
Thanks, Naxos, with all my heart.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
September 11, 2002
P.S. Sorry but my English is terrible!
[Editor: Thank you for your dedication to the Naxos label. We
like loyal customers!
I believe we now have 9 volumes of the Deutsche Schubert Lied Edition
available for purchase. We do plan on recording the complete catalogue
of Schubert lieder with German vocalists and pianists.
P.S.-- Your English is much better than my Portuguese.]
I purchased this wonderful CD (8.553154) several days ago. The music
is glorious but I was disappointed to find that there was no printing
of the words to the songs in your enclosed booklet. Is there a way
for one to procure these? I find that knowing the words makes listening
to the music so much more meaningful. Keep up the good work! The music
listening public owes you a great debit of gratitude for making such
high quality recordings available - and at such an affordable price.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
September 10, 2002
[Editor: At this time, we do not have a source for the lyrics
on 8.553154. I am very sorry that you were disappointed with your
purchase. My recommendations for finding the lyrics would be to
search folk song sites on the internet. There are many of them,
and at least a few of the Red Army songs are out there. Some sites
I recommend include:
I hope you find this helpful!
Thank you for your inquiry.]
In which of the Faure CD's will I find Pavanne? I've only heard
a tiny bit of it,but it was so beautiful.
September 6, 2002
[Editor: You actually have several choices for Pavane recordings.
There are two all-Faure CDs with the piece:
FAURE: Piano Music Vol.6 (piano version)
FAURE : The Best of Faure
There are several collections of music that have other versions:
French Festival (Orchestral version)
ROMANTIC FRENCH MUSIC FOR GUITAR AND ORCHESTRA (Orchestral version
I'd just like to thank Naxos for the exceptional job it is doing for
classical music. You pride yourselves on delivering great music from
the great and the lesser known composers -- and outstanding quality
-- not just "making a buck." Your selection is truly wonderful! Not
only my favorite composers that I know and love, but also ones who
I will get to know, too. Today, I discovered you have remastered a
very old Toscannini recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto. This is
now a "must have" for me. Thanks for making these wonderful audio
gifts available, and at a reasonable price.
September 5, 2002
I can't take any more! Every month you throw 1, 2, 3, 4, 5+ "must
have's" into the works. At this rate, life's vital goods (food,
toilet tissue etc) will become life's 2nd most vital purchase!!!
PLEASE, I want to live beyond 26!
September 5, 2002
[Editor: I strongly urge you to continue consumption of food and
water. You must preserve yourself so that you can live for many
years and spread your love of Naxos throughout the world. Surely
our low price point will allow you to buy at least a small allotment
of food for each day. Thank you for your fanaticism, and I hope
to hear from you for many years to come.]
I have just received your news letter for September and just wanted
to let you know that I think the new format is a triumph, beautifully
laid out and a joy to read.
September 4, 2002
[Editor: Thank you for your comment concerning our newsletter.
We love to receive customer feedback, especially when it is as generous
as yours. We hope you will continue to read our newsletter and provide
us with your valuable feedback for many years.]
Question: Several labels, like Philips and Decca, have artist
series such as 'The art of Alfred Brendel' on Philips, 'Best of
Wilhelm Backhaus' on Decca, etc.
I recently purchased the Naxos CD featuring pianist Michael Ponti
playing 2 Liszt works as well as the Brahms variations (8.550408).
Ponti's playing is spectacular and the recording superb - I can't
find much on Ponti in the Catalogues (except for several early Turnabout
and Vox recordings). Have you other Cds available featuring this
September 1, 2002
[Editor: Thank you for your interest in our recordings. At this
time, the Liszt and Brahms album is the only recording by Mr. Ponti
in our catalogue. However, please feel free to check back with us
from time to time, as we release about 30 new albums each month.
Naxos is a repertoire-driven label, rather than being driven by
artists. While we occasionally do have artists record a series of
works for us, we do not feature artists in "Best of" compilations.]
First of all, thank you for your time. I have been a great fan
of Naxos for several years now and am especially fond of your small,
but lively collection of recordings of Johan Nepomuk Hummel's music.
I would very much like to know if more music of Hummel's is in the
works for Naxos release - possibly a rumored second volume of Piano
Sonatas by Hae-won Chang. The most wonderful thing about Naxos,
aside from the great recording sound and performances at reasonable
price, has to be the label's efforts to expose the beautiful works
of lesser known composers. Johan Nepomuk Hummel is a hidden gem
of the classical period and I commend those responsible at Naxos
for taking the initiative to reveal his skill (and the skill of
the chosen performers). Any information on upcoming Hummel productions
would be greatly appreciated. Once again, thank you for your time
and keep up the fantastic work.
August 26, 2002
[Editor: Thank you for being a devoted Naxos customer. Right now
we have no news concerning a second volume of Hummel piano sonatas,
although other Hummel works are scheduled to be recorded in 2003.
In the mean time, you can find a complete discography of Hummel's
works that are available on Naxos by searching the catalogue at
Naxos.com. You might be interested in the Hummel Piano Concertos
recorded by Hae-won Chang, catalog #8.223107
I own a copy of your CD "Berceuse, Music of Peace and Calm" and am
trying to obtain sheet music for cut #5 Wiegenlied by Bernhard Flies.
I hope that you might help accomplish this.
August 22, 2002
[Editor: I have found several options for you concerning Wiegenlied
by Flies. The background of the work certainly could make it hard
to find the score. Wiegenlied often is mis-attributed to Mozart
, and I believe it actually was assigned a Kochel number. Additionally,
it has an alternate title: "Schlafe, mein Prinzchen" ("Sleep, My
Prince"). When looking for the sheet music, you may find it under
several combinations of composers and titles! While I could not
find the exact arrangement on the recording, here are several that
I did find. You may be able to find more with this new information.
That recording of the Haydn quartets op. 3 nos. 3-6 by the celebrated
Quartet is magnificent! But, will NAXOS release a recording of
Haydn op. 3 nos. 1 & 2 and op. 2 nos. 3 & 5? If so, when and will
it be done by the wonderful Kodaly ensemble? I'm waiting.
August 22, 2002
[Editor: The Kodaly Quartet already has recorded and released
Haydn's complete string quartets for Naxos. However, I do not believe
that op. 2, no.3 & 5 or Op.3, no.1 & 2 will be recorded. The selections
from op. 2 are not considered true string quartets, while the selections
from op. 3 are believed to have been written by another composer.
Check out the Kodaly Quartet's page in our artist gallery for details
on the existing recordings as well as catalogue numbers. If you
cannot find the recordings in your local music store, they should
be able to special order them for you. You also might want to check
online CD retailers.]
Besides expressing appreciation for the recordings I've purchased
for my own pleasure, I wanted to let you know that most of the patients
at our health centre enjoy them as well. On any given day music from
some 6 CDs is played in our treatment rooms and I can only remember
one negative comment from someone. Typically we play piano works of
Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. I am particularly enjoying collecting
the complete cycle of piano concerti by Mozart performed by Mr. Jeno
I look forward to introducing our patients to more of your recordings
in the near future.
August 20, 2002
First of all I am quite pleased that Naxos has decided to start
making recordings with American Orchestras. It is high time a music
company did so. The recording of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony can
stand with just about any other one in the catalog. I think it is
better than some of the older recordings that other companies charge
more than twice as much for these days. I hope that Naxos will continue
this project and give American Orchestras the chance to be heard.
July 25, 2002
When I was writing another thanks giving letter about the Bach's
transcriptions by Enno Voorhorst, which is really excellent, I have
just found the Gallen recording of Giuliani, which is really a must.
The sound, the selection of pieces, the strength of the interpretation,
the appropriateness of the instrument, the rhythm really worth listening.
Is the best Giuliani I have listened to.
Thank you for this new jewel.
July 14, 2002
I just continue to love Naxos and all that it is doing for classical
music! Now I probably purchase 4 Naxos discs for every full-price
CD. And of course your wonderful website just keeps getting better.
(Other companies sites are embarrassing.)
June 28, 2002
Dear folks at Naxos:
Please add my personal plaudits the many kudos you've
already received for your disc of the American
composer William Fry, including the "Santa
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
June 7, 2002
Hi there at Naxos,
I'm a recent buyer of Naxos CDs and I want to congratulate you for
your Brahms four-hand piano series. I must confess that previously
I dismissed Naxos recordings as second best at the most until I
read some Classicstoday.com reviews that enthused about some of
your recordings. So, being a big fan of Brahms' symphonies, I bought
Silke-Thora Matthies/Christian Kohn's rendition of Brahms' 1st symphony,
which is marvelous! Then I bought the same duo's Serenades 1 and
2 -a sparkling delight!
By the way, your newsletters with audio samples are a winner.
May 27, 2002
As a collector of ballet music, I've been very impressed by the
Naxos label, particularly by the work of conductor Andrew Mogrelia.
I have his Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Sylvia - they
are uniformly excellent. I appreciate the fact that the Naxos CDs
offer the complete score, not just highlights. The tempo is even
and unhurried - I can visualize the dancers moving to the music
(which is impossible with many "concert hall" versions of the music).
What I would love to see from Naxos is more of the Bournonville
repertory, specifically Napoli and Flower Festival in Genzano. I
am noticing Napoli in more and more of the repertories of American
ballet companies - for instance, Ballet San Jose did the complete
ballet last year, and the School for American Ballet did much of
Act 3 for their Spring show. I would love to have this lively and
colorful music on CD. And I know Naxos would do it well!
Los Angelese, California
June 5, 2002
I've written to you at least several times before thanking you and
praising you for your absolute genius. And recently, you've made
me love you even more. Your new release, JAPANESE ORCHESTRAL FAVORITES,
features my favorite composer, Akira Ifukube. I have an extensive
collection of Ifukube's music mainly on expensive Japanese import
CDs that are usually hard to find in the US. How excited I was,
however, to learn that my favorite (by far) classical label was
coming out with music from my favorite composer. I mean, how perfect
I sincerely hope Naxos will continue to release more works of Ifukube
on your incomparable label. I have always strongly contended Naxos
is the most consistent classical label in terms of quality of recordings,
talent of artists, repertoire, and of course, value. You folks are
Thank you for the many years of superiority.
San Diego, California
June 3, 2002
"I have just purchased two more of your American Classics recordings.
Outside of CRI and New World Records, I know of no other recording
company that has devoted time and effort to bring American music
to the listening public. For reasons that I do not fully understand,
American music is neglected in its homeland. Most estimates that
I have seen indicate that 85% of the music played by American symphony
orchestras and American classical music radio stations is by European
composers. The Naxos American Classics initiative is helping to
offset this incredible and disgraceful imbalance.
Reading, PA, USA
February 21, 2002
I would like to congratulate you on your Gramophone Award for the
excellent Vaughan-Williams recording with the Maggini Quartet (8.555300).
I also think the Elgar Piano Quintet, with Peter Donohoe, is a magnificent
recording - one of my favourite CDs. May I suggest that the Maggini
Quartet and Peter Donohoe would be the number one choice to perform
the wonderful Piano Quintet of Frank Bridge? This would be a very
attractive addition to your English chamber music series, and I
would love to hear their rendering of this work. The one recording
I have of it is frustratingly second-rate and I don't believe it
has ever been recorded again.
I would also like to say that the Arthur Foote chamber music Volume
3 (Naxos American Classics 8.559039)
is absolutely brilliant! I would recommend every lover of beautiful
music to rush out and buy this as it is some of the best music I
have ever heard - the more I listen to it the more I love it - very
exciting to find an unknown composer who is so deserving of discovery.
Are there any more of his works, chamber or otherwise, to be released?
(I also have and enjoy vols. 1 and 2, but the third is the best
- material, performance and recording.)
Thank you very much,
(no address given)
May 4, 2002
About 20 yrs ago, I started to listen to classical music. In that
period, LPs were very expensive for a student like me. The cheapest
tape I could afford was published you - all packed in a silver background
and blue text case. I remember the first music I listened to was
Beethoven's Symphony no.6 which was performed by a Hungarian orchestra.
It is one of my two favourite versions. I started with high grade
but in low price music from that period and build up my own musical
sense. I have full sets of those tapes. Of course I can now only
Thanks from your fan whom grow up with you.
(No name or address given) May 23, 2002
I discovered classical music late in life, but, I discovered the
excellent quality, and superior performances of naxos recordings,
early on. A special thank you, to Klaus Heymann, and the naxos family,
for making such a superb selection of classical music available
and affordable, to the pauper, as well as the pompous. I appreciate
each and every one of you, very much. I wish naxos music continued
growth and success in the years to come.
A "naxos only" classical music collector,
North Carolina, USA
April 27, 2002
Great Website ! Webmaster, easily navigated, and well layed out. "Superb Job"
April 27, 2002
Thank you for the wonderful site NAXOS.COM, I have just recently
acquired the naxos catalogue 2002. I was looking in the shops for
a piece of music I heard on a film and the shop gave me a NAXOS
catalogue which I have looked through to see if the piece of music
was in there, and I found it, and others that I have been looking
for as well, now being on the site itself I have the opportunity
of listening to some tunes before I buy the c.d.
Gosport Hampshire, UK
April 26, 2002
All your Beethoven/Jando Kodaly Beethoven and Haydn are truly remarkable. I never really appreciated
Beethoven's late quartets until I heard the Kodaly. They are now my
favorites. Stay as wonderful as you are, Naxos. Warm regards and affection.
Brooklyn, NY, USA
April 9, 2002
This isn't really a question, but a release of yours really amazed me.
I recently acquired the Schubert Impromptus 8.550260,
and was completely amazed the brilliance of the pianist.
It is the best recording, I think, that I've heard.
Are there any other releases of the pianist, Jeno Jando?
Johannesburg, South Africa
April 7, 2002
[Jeno Jando is often described as our 'house pianist.' He plays
an extremely wide repertoire at a consistently high level. His discography
is found in our artists gallery. ed.]
Dear friends at Naxos:
The world would be a better place if everyone listened to Naxos. I
visit your website daily to explore your vast library of classical
music in search of new musical experiences. I am in the process of
learning about Franz Schubert. I recently purchased the compact disc
featuring the Piano Sonata D.664.
Wow! It is so beautiful. It is music therapy for me because I listen
to it on my way to and from work. You can not overestimate classical
music's value as a cure for road rage. It really helps take the edge
off of erratic behavior by other motorists.
Thank you for making it possible to accumulate the world's most beautiful
music at the world's most beautiful price.
(no address given)
April 5, 2002
I am sitting here listening to your recently released recording
of Adolphe Adam's La Filleule des Fees for the hundredth time. I
would like to thank your company for giving us the opportunity to
hear such delightful work.
April 4, 2002
I have just purchased your CD of Adolphe Adam's La Filleule des Fees after a long
wait. I would like to let you know that I am absolutely thrilled with
it, its a fantastic work. I have waited all my life to hear it and
know I have played it constantly over the past couple of days. If
possible please convey my thanks to the conductor and the producers
for giving us such a wonderful CD. Do you have plans to release any
more of Adolphe Adam's work, or any more 19th century romantic ballet
music? thank you for your time.
April 3, 2002
[There are no plans for any further Adam recordings in the medium
term. Perhaps in late 2003 or in 2004 - ed.]
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your exceptional website. Your decision
to provide full audio samples from your albums is much appreciated.
At other labels the listener is lucky to get a 30 or 60 second sample.
Your commitment to full audio samples shows that you take pride in
the quality of your recordings, and that you trust your customers
to recognize this quality. Personally, I've already bought several
Naxos albums after listening to the online samples, and there are
certain to be others added to my collection soon. Thanks again for
your great work.
March 19, 2002
Dear Mr. Heymann,
I am an American music scholar and performer from Boston, MA. I just
returned from a conference for American music in Lexington , KY. While
there, the hosts were kind enough to pass along a copy of a sample
CD of your American Classics series of discs as well as a full catalogue
of your offerings. Being in the "business" of American music, I would
like to take this opportunity to thank you for your devotion to an
outstanding recording series devoted to such music.
All the best,
March 12, 2002
I purchased 3 Naxos CD's from a local retailer this afternoon. Although I am by
no means a classical music expert or critic, I know quality when I
hear it. The Naxos recordings I have are wonderful (Mendelssohn/Tchaikovsky
Violin Concertos, Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, The Best of Wagner).
Please accept my thanks for producing quality recordings of beautiful
music and at such incredible prices too. I am amazed.
March 10, 2002
Not a question, merely sincere thanks for the superb series of English String Music
which lead me to the discovery of the delights of the music of Gerald
Finzi in the form of your excellent recordings of his Clarinet and
March 9, 2002
I have bought almost all the really good recordings you have on Classical Guitar.
I have been immensely inspired by Norbert Kraft's playing and transcriptions
(the Villa-Lobos record [8.553987]
sets the standard by which all recordings be judged).
I am requesting that Norbert help transcribe and perform an album
of Debussy's works: Danse profane and sacre for harp and strings,
petite suite, girl with the flaxen hair, the cake walk etc. I feel
these works will sound very nice on the guitar. I will be interested
in the score for these transcription too.
I would also like to commend Antigoni Goni on her performance of the
John Duarte [8.554554]
and Barrios [8.554558]
music very beautifully played...Because of you guys in Naxos I am
seriously playing the classical guitar also and even bought a new
guitar Made in Madrid by Manuel E Hijos.
Garland, Tx, USA
March 5, 2002
Naxos CDs have long been part of my collection of classical music.
Having been a performing musician for many of my 71 years, I prefer
to purchase recordings of superior performances. Recently, I have
been purchasing DVD Audio recordings since I find the sound field
to be much more authentic that stereo.
Your recent release of the Vivaldi Concerti is one of the best examples
of this technology.
Several months back, you indicated another DVD Audio disc to be
forthcoming, and I anxiously await the availability of that recording.
It is my fervent wish that you continue to produce more recordings
in 96/24 DVD Audio.
Many years ago, I purchased a CD of Schubert's Trout Quintet which
had as an extra a few of the "Moments Musicaix" performed by Jeno
Janos. Upon my first auditioning of this CD; after the Trout was
finished, I was amazed by the excellent performance of pieces I
had both played and taught. It required several repeats on the spot
to this wonderful performance. It became apparent that a superior
performance did not necessarily come with a 'major' label!
I have since purchased a large number of Naxos CDs for their quality
of performance, contrary to the generally held belief that the major
labels had the best artists. Notoriety does not mean quality in
Again, I was most impressed with your first DVD Audio disc and look
forward to many more.
Finally, thank you for finding artists who are most excellent performers
and bringing them to our attention.
San Francisco, CA, USA
February 20, 2002
Today I found two wonderful narrated classics for children produced by Naxos. The
first is Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Dame Edna Everage, N0.8.554170
and the second Nutcracker, narrated by Prunella Scales, NO.8.555342.
Is there any chance of you letting me know the names and catalogue
numbers for any similar marvels......PLEASE!
February 19, 2002
[I suggest you take a look at our Educational series. Just go to the
upper part of the left menu on naxos.com, find series, and click on
Naxos Educational. The Life and Works series is excellent. -Ed.]
Just wanted you to know what a pleasure the Flagstad/Melchior TRISTAN [8.110068-70]
and the 1939 Serafin VERDI REQUIEM [8.110159]
are. It's obviously no coincidence that both were restored by Ward
Marston. These two are among the finest restorations I've ever heard
-- and Mr. Marston is to be congratulated. Naxos does serious music
lovers a real service with these.
By the way, are you aware of the 1939 or 1940 Gigli/dalMonte BUTTERFLY
which was available in the early 1960's on EMI's Great Recordings
of the Century. It's a brilliant recording and would make a great
addition to the Naxos catalog.
St. Louis, MO, USA
February 14, 2002
A year or two ago, I read on Naxos' website that there were plans
for a series of recordings devoted to 20th century Japanese composers.
Whatever happened to this project? Will there in fact be recordings
Columbus, Ohio, USA
February 8, 2002
[Seven orchestral recordings already in the can plus Takemitsu chamber
music. Japanese Orchestral Favourites has already been released
in Japan and will be released Internationally in April. Next will
be Orchestral Works by Yashiro. We will announce this next month
on the website. -ed.]
I arrived here about half an hour ago and I just wanted to let you
know that I think your site is FANTASTIC - I was pleased to see
that sound clips were available but can hardly believe that you
just let me listen to the whole of the last movement from Beethoven's
9th. I'll buy it.
February 2, 2002
[Our feeling is that people do appreciate being able to hear an
entire movement (or work, if necessary) to decide if our recording
is the one that they want to own.]
I have a few questions. I was wondering if there were any plans for
you to commission a full version of I Puritani perhaps with Luba Orgonasova?
She appears singing an excerpt on your opera A-Z CD which I have and
I know she stars in your recording of La Sonnambula which I plan to
One other question, would it be possible for you to include more details
of when the Historical recordings were made? Sometimes there's no
mention of it.
Actually that's about it as most of my other questions are answered
in your FAQ section. I would like to say however, how much I have
enjoyed your Historical series so far - I have mostly listened to
them on the website, but I plan to buy loads soon - I think what you
have done is really incredible, the sound quality on some of the recordings
Well done for using Media Player and not RealPlayer - it seems to
work much better in my experience. Keep up the good work.
January 12, 2002
[Thank you for your comments. At present there no plans for a full
version of I Puritani. As for the years of the recordings on Historical
CDs, they are normally given on the cover with full details found
in the restorer's notes. - Klaus Heymann]
What can I say of this marvellous orchestra which has given me moments of pure
pleasure hearing C.M. Ziehrer recordings other than: exceptional performances!
H. Santos (Portugal)
January 21, 2002
I'm enjoying your 21st century classics series, including the rather
unusual operas. But I'm a little curious as to what your inclusion
mechanism is. For example, Macmillan's Veni Veni Emmanuel (8.554167)
is an excellent recent work by a young composer- why not move it into
the new category and get some exposure to a superb but hard-to-find
disc? Disc 7 of your Lutoslawski series was wonderful- having all
3 postludes together was a good move. Are you going to bundle them
into a white box collection soon?
Thanks, best regards,
[The inclusion mechanism is that a composer should not have been recorded
much before and be relatively unknown out side his home country. Macmillan
already had a lot of exposure. But we'll give your suggestion some
thought. As for the Lutoslawski, there will be 9 volumes altogether
... I am not sure we'll give them the White Box treatment but we'll
do some sort of box. Klaus Heymann]
Naxos....I would love a new catalog. I must own over 500 of your wonderful CD's
and tell everyone I know how great your recordings are. I really think
you may ultimately be the ones that save Classical music; for it is
definitely on the endangered species list here in the USA.
January 17, 2002