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I enjoy immensly your DVD set of Musical Journey.
Is there any way I can get a complete list of the titles including the cities/places that are shown in the DVD.

please let me know thank you,
Yoad Rowner
December 28, 2004

Dear Friends,

I'm a great admirer of your phonographical production. I also think that your priority is to provide us with high quality recordings by the lowest prices possible.

I've been accessing your website for a long time. Actually, I'm enchanted with the variety of titles in your catalogue. I love all kinds of classic music and you seem to be for me a high-quality alternative to buy CD's……

Jaffi Junior
December 21, 2004

Dear Sir / Madam,

First of all THANK YOU! for your excellent service – I think the ability to listen to most Naxos tracks for $20 for a year has to be the one of the best bargains ever……

Many thanks in advance.

Jon Fistein
December 18, 2004

Thank you for lovely music.

Yours sincerely,
Sven Carlqvist
December 08, 2004

Dear Friends:

Congratulations for your splendid label.

I´d like to receive your new releases of every month.

Thanks a lot.

December05, 2004

Dear Naxos,

Your products represent excellent and unrivalled value. I am very keen to obtain the new release below……

Greg Wolff
December 01, 2004

Yay! It's working! Woo hoo! Thank you so much! I am so relieved that you were able to get it to work. definitely adds to my quality of life at my otherwise boring day job. Thanks!

Nina Rogers
November 19, 2004

Hi there,


Many thanks for your dedication and service - a recommendation I will pass on to friends and anyone else interested in music.

Thank you again,

Charlie Morrow
November 18, 2004

Dear Naxos,

I am a loyal Naxos fan, and I just have to thank you for all the wonderful things you do. I enjoy finding out about the new releases from the newsletter each month, and I love trying out new composers and works. Thanks also for providing a helpful, organized website. I appreciate being able to find those releases that don't make it to my local store. I will continue to support Naxos for many years to come.

David Layton
Utah, USA
November 10, 2004


First, let me congratulate you on the magnificent work that you are doing. I have been listening to classical music since the age of ten (that's nearly 50 years!) and I have always been especially interested in exploring the lesser-known composers. Rare works were not so easy to come by in those early days - occasionally an LP came out with the first recording of some forgotten masterpiece or other, but most releases were yet another Beethoven or Brahms symphony cycle, when there were already dozens of excellent ones to choose from!

In the 1970s, some smaller labels, such as Vox, started to specialise in unusual repertoire, and then along came Marco Polo. I realised that Klaus Heymann was a man after my own heart - his musical interest seems to be virtually identical to mine, judging from the releases that flooded out every month. I felt like being trapped in a chocolate factory, with as much wonderful sustenance as I could ever want.

But things got even better! Naxos, which began be releasing the standard repertoire for almost give-away prices, seems now to have taken over from Marco Polo as the world's leading label for unusual repertoire (with many re-issues of Marco Polo now included in its listings). The recordings are simply outstanding, and I buy them by the armful. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd ever be able to get recordings of the works of George Templeton Strong (well known as a music critic), the lesser-known choral and orchestral works of Rodrigo, Moeran's early E flat string quartet, Wagner's lesser-known orchestral works and all those other rarities. And not only does Naxos provide them, but in outstanding performances, brilliant recording quality and at an unbelievable price too!

This brings me to my one disappointment, though it's a very positive one, I think! To may very great regret, I see that several Naxos releases are restricted to certain countries - mostly the USA. I simply cannot understand the logic of this. For example, the wonderful Macdowell Piano Concertos and Orchestral Suites were released in the UK, but the excellent set of piano works by the late James Barbagallo (re-issued from Marco Polo) were not! Would it make sense to restrict Beethoven releases to Germany, Elgar to the UK and Debussy to France?

My greatest frustration concerns the new Jewish American Music releases - another major coup for Naxos. I almost salivated at the list of recordings just issued - but then found that many of them will be beyond my immediate reach as they are restricted to the USA. OK, I can order them over the Internet - but why can't they be made available here in the UK too?

Kindest regards,
Herbert Goldberg
November 06, 2004

Thank you for your quick response and your suggested solution. It worked! Great service!

Rajni Bhagat
November 03, 2004


Our library is currently having a trial to the Naxos Music Library via the Michigan Library Consortium. I was so impressed that I decided to subscribe to your $19.95 service.

Kevin McDonough
October 13, 2004

Wonderful music listening site, and very reasonably priced.

Terry H
October 12, 2004

I'd like to start by saying how pleased I am with the music I can listen to as a subscriber. Simply great material and such an unparallel variety and quantity of recordings as well.

Hans Vikström
September 25, 200

Dear Naxos:

Please add my name to your growing list of satisfied customers, though "satisfied" is a gross understatement. I have been a classical music lover and collector for over 30 years and I must say that I think you have found the answer to a collector's dream: world-class musicians, excellent recording quality and what every consumer wants, affordable prices. There are a few artists (Philippe Herreveghe, Anner Bylsma, Andrew Manze and Zigiswald Kuijken among them) for which I am willing to pay the exorbitant prices charged by conventional recording companies, but with musicians like Lucy van Dael, Cecile Licad, Garrick Ohlsson and Alexander Rudin in your camp, that list is getting smaller and smaller. I have especially enjoyed listening to your Laureate Series cello interpreters, Vytautas Sondeckis and Hai-Ye Ni.

Thanks again for a great job,
Gabe Alexander
Laguna Niguel, California
September 8, 2004

I'd just like to say how pleased I am with the Naxos label. I've been collecting now for a good six or seven years, and have had very little to complain about in all that time. I'd like to commend you particularly for your work in bringing neglected composers, such as Thalberg, to the attention of a wider audience through the budget price.

I am particularly pleased with the Rodrigo edition you are currently recording. I normally can't stand the music of the 20th century, being too abrasive and experimental as it is, but Rodrigo is truly a genial composer. I have been thrilled by each disc so far, and eagerly await the ninth volume. Do you have any idea of when this will be released?

Another job well done is in the area of Classical Music (the period, not the generic). Such composers as Carl Stamitz, Franz Krommer, Albrechtsberger and Mozart senior have a lot of good work in their catalogues, and I am delighted to see it being recorded here. The Krommer disc of clarinet concertos was truly magnificent, and I hope you plan to record more works by this fantastically underrated composer in the future. I am also pleased with the steady stream of Hummel discs being released V probably the only rival to Beethoven in his day, and yet, comparatively very few recordings have been made.

I admit that I was initially sceptical of Naxos Opera. I had had bad past experiences with budget labels recording works where thick, heavy central-European accents rendered Italianate works a mush of nonsense. It was with some trepidation that I bought Die Zauberflote, but I was so pleased I listened to the whole thing through twice. Since then, I have looked forward to these releases. I reserve special praise for Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, released in January of this year. I had never heard the work before, and sat spellbound for the whole 50 minutes, not just by the music but the quality of the production. I had always thought operas should be bought on the big-name labels, but here was a budget-priced production that was infinitely better than anything from Deutsche Grammophon or Philips. Can we expect the rest of Il trittico this year? And what of Verdi's early works? These massively underrepresented operas deserve to be heard by more than just those who have the inclination to buy the Philips editions.

I am particularly interested in obscure repertoire from the classical and romantic periods, and I am delighted to see that Naxos are making their way into highlighting this increasingly. I mentioned Thalberg earlier, a tremendously intelligent composer of piano potpourris and the like; but I must also thank you for discs of music by Vieuxtemps, Spohr and Svendsen. These too-often neglected composers are finally being heard by everyone. And deservedly so.

Once again, thank you Naxos.
M. G.
North Wales
August 7, 2004

I recently returned from a month long vacation in Michigan. One of the highlights, probably the highlight, was shopping at the Borders stores in Travis City and Ann Arbor where they offered a 20% discount on Naxos label. I bought 18 discs to take advantage of the sale and take advantage of the fact that we don't have Naxos dealer nearby our home.

Following the Michigan leg of our summer journey, I spent ten days in St. Louis with family and again found myself buying more music. I added another six or seven discs from the Borders store in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Adding that music to my collection of CD's was one of the most enjoyable activities of my trip. Thanks for many hours of wonderful music. ( The Meredith Wilson 1st and 2nd Symphony CD is a gem. " The Missions" is simply exquisite! Bet you not one in a thousand is familiar with that piece.)

The American Music series has become very special to me. The idea for the series was a master stroke. I have now nearly three quarters of the American discs.

And finally, the new web site is nifty. In addition to the new selections featured, the composer bio file and the glossary are especially useful. Great idea to include these. Just shows what classical music folks know about their customers.

Thanks Naxos. Great label! Great music!

R. W. G.
Long Beach, Mississippi
July 29, 2004

Once again Naxos has risen high above other CD companies with it's recording of the Hummel Missa Solemnis. Thank you so very much for all the wonderful recordings that would not be available if not for Naxos.

July 28, 2004

Your variety of CDs is excellent. I own 8 Naxos Piano Concertos CDs: Franck, Bliss, Glazunov, D'Albert, Beach, Moszkowski, Barber, Rawsthorne and enjoy them thoroughly.

I love the opportunity to listen to them on the website, to see the cover and to read the reviews and about the recording before to buy them....

P. C.
July 2004

Hello Naxos,

I think your new website is a big improvement over the old one. I usually am interested in historical CDs and mostly vocal things. You have organized them now by composer which makes it much easier to read....

Thank you for the great work you do with Ward Marston and others to make those old recordings the very best. I have most of them, especially Marston, even though it requires me to twist the arms of my European friends to send the discs along.

Best wishes. J. J.
J. J.
Raleigh, NC
July 2004

Dear Naxos:

Having only recently discovered your website, I must convey to you how greatly I admire your company's recording of Johan Helmich Roman's Drottningholm Music (8.553733). This has been recorded several times before, never very well ...

, so to have it so well played by Anthony Halstead and his Uppsala ensemble is a privilege, especially given the recording's modest cost. While I nearly always cherish Naxos CDs anyhow, this one is exceptionally worthwhile.

Best wishes,
R. J. S., Melbourne, Australia
June 10, 2004

Thank you very much for your American Classics Series! Especially the Barber discs and the other discs in the series - Diamond, Hanson, Hadley. Keep up the good work and give us more wonderful American music.

B. B.
Gävle, Sweden
May 18, 2004

Dear Naxos,

It is no wonder you are the world's leading classical label! I have several Naxos CD's and I listen to them frequently. With your skill in providing the best classical music in North America, I would enjoy seeing some releases of my favourite composer, Dr. Thomas Augustine Arne, such as Artaxerxes or Alfred. I hope you will continue to provide beautiful classical music for years to come. Thanks for all you've done.

M. D.
Ontario, Canada
May 15, 2004

Bravo Naxos!

You've got the right answer to the "classical records crisis" : SACDs which are hybrid, stereo and multi-channel, and, cheaper than most of basic CDs of the other labels!

Though the anti-copy system of SACD is the only right one, the price range and the sound quality of your SACDs would make the copying mentality ridiculous!

The hybrid technology allows us to get, at once, a product for today and tomorrow with no extra expense!

In an interview, Klaus Heymann said that he likes DVD-A because there are more and more american cars DVD equipped. I would like to say that hybrid SACD can be played on CD players and DVD players as well but there's no way to listen a DVD-A with a CD player (which means in the great majority of cars which are just CD equipped). On the top of that, we can as well play a hybrid SACD on a "walkman" or a "ghetto-blaster" while a DVD-A can only be played on a DVD player and, even so, it can be a real hassle to play a DVD-A the right way with most of the DVD players. Actually, you're fair to propose both "Hi-rez" format each time.

Anyway, I already greatly appreciate Naxos for the musical quality, the innovative policy and, of course, the prices policy!

A. S.
May 15, 2004

Dear Naxos,

I have just puchased the new Marcello Giordani tenor arias disc which is a new release ( to add to my other 3000 cds!!!!!) and I would like to say being a very critical listener of these discs ( I am also a professional tenor myself) this is a masterpiece!!!!!! Marcello is the world's best kept secret an incredible vocal instrument also all credit to your wonderfull production and superb engineering on this project this disc could easily warrant being charged three times the price! congratulations and very well done!!!

kind regards,
L. R.
May 14, 2004

Dear Naxos,

I am a big fan of your label and I have written before but I must congratulate you once again! I bought the Elliot Carter disc of the Holiday Overture, Symphony No. 1 and Piano Concerto; what a fantastic disc this is! I must have played it at least 25 times in the last two weeks and it was a chance buy as I didn't know any of his works. I do try with contemporary music and many times I am shocked at how much I enjoy it and the aforementioned is proof of that.

Your new releases get my mouth watering each month and I feel like buying the whole lot!

D. L.,
Upper Tean, Staffs., UK
May 4, 2004

"I feel compelled to restate my liking of the Naxos classical music library, due to your support of extremely talented musicians who are barely known (and sometimes playing barely known composers, at least to me) . It seems odd to me that shops such as Borders and Barnes & Noble, which [now] carry a reasonable but not extensive selection of your line, had no knowledge of your catalogue when I moved here (Albany, NY) from Canada a few years ago. I hope that your line continues to grow and support musicians who have spent their lives practising and playing, yet do not have the recognition they deserve."

I. G.
May 4, 2004

The Naxos label is the greatest thing since CDs, [because of] the opening of repertoire that has [rarely] or never been heard. Douglas Lilburn is a find, [although] many people do not know of him. Having heard his music on vinyl, I am familiar with his work, but here are so many new works and old works that I am only recently discovering. I think Naxos is a God-send to music. I only wish Borders in Attleboro, Massachusetts would stock more and make more of your offerings available!

M. M.
April 26, 2004

... I want to thank Naxos because I think it's a good label ...I wish to complete my collection of Niklas Eklund's CDs ... I have been fascinated by his amazing sound and his brilliant phrasing.

- R.B.
April 20, 2004

I have just bought the Shostakovich 7 SACD and have been absolutely blown away by the sound in multi-channel!

- N.C.
April 11, 2004

I am a great admirer of your label. I can't thank you enough for the quality of your recordings and the price.

Montreal, Canada
March 31, 2004

Keep those historical opera recordings coming. What a treasure trove! The Callas recordings are superb, and at the asking price, unbeatable. I'm still hanging out for a Welitsch/Reiner Salome and hoping for the Toscanini Otello in the near future. But if they don't eventuate I will be immensely satisfied with what Naxos has given us already.

Melbourne, Australia
March 28, 2004

I am an amateur of Baroque guitar and lute music. Naxos has released some beautiful recordings containing Baroque guitar and solo Baroque lute music. Thank you for these important contributions to the lute and Baroque guitar CD repertoire.

March 22, 2004

Thanks so much for paying such close attention to Bruckner, whose day seems finally to be coming, and especially for recording the latest edition of the completed Ninth Finale, which is turning out to be some of the most remarkable music Bruckner ever wrote. I think Wildner's recording of the completed Finale is the best yet.

March 12, 2004

I am thrilled with your variety of CDs and the opportunity to listen to them on the website before I buy them. I own 12 Naxos CDs, and enjoy them thoroughly. In fact, I own all of your CDs by Jean-Baptiste Lully . . . Keep up the good work!

Ontario, Canada
March 7, 2004

I am a great supporter of Naxos, and have hundreds of your CDs in my collection - including many of the American series, which has been of enormous value in opening up this broad, but very neglected, repertoire.

These are not easy times for the recording industry, but your vision and enterprise are valued by many.

February 24, 2004

Just a brief note to let you know how very pleased I am with the Naxos 'Great Opera Recordings' CD of "I Puritani" with Maria Callas in the title role. The processing of the originals has been done excellently, and Callas is simply superb! . . . I look forward buying the Naxos re-release of Callas in "La Gioconda".

Sydney, Australia
February 19, 2004

It seems to me that Naxos is the most important new classical record label to emerge in the last few decades. The range of music covered is quite extraordinary and it is always a pleasure to read the monthly new release schedules. Keep up the good work!

- M.C.
February 3, 2004

I am so happy to have found! As a cancer patient currently undergoing chemotherapy, I find having access to the world's beautiful music a most pleasant feature of being confined to home.

January 30, 2004

Naxos is incredible. For us students it's an inexpensive way to stock up on the classics and venture into more modern territory with your surprisingly vast selection of 20th century music. I recently bought Korngold's Violin Concerto on Naxos and have since convinced about 7 friends of mine to do the same. Thanks.

New Jersey, USA
January 28, 2004

As a classical musician, librarian, and lover of the often times obscure musical artwork, I really love your labels! Your historic recordings are beautifully "cleaned up" and the variety of repertoire you offer is wonderful. Great prices, too!

Also congratulations on your excellent volume 1 of the Gaubert flute music with Fenwick Smith. Beautiful sound, superb performances.

Boston, MA
January 26, 2004

Thank you so much for your website. I am an elementary school music teacher and I do not have the money to buy every CD of music that I want to share with my class. Now that I have found you, I can use my computer to have the kids listen to the classics and not have to spend my entire school budget on CDs. Now that I know you are here I *will* be spending some of my personal money at this web site. Thank you so much for giving me a resource that will help me build a new generation of classical music lovers.

January 18, 2004

I wanted to tell you how much I thoroughly enjoy the Naxos label! You folks might be low-end price-wise, but you are top of the line in your choices of what to record!! I love the 21st Century Classics and the American Classics series. Who else does this?! No one! That's why you are the best!

January 9, 2004


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